Sunday, March 27, 2016

Scrap Quilt Secrets Give-Away

I was lucky enough to get a peek at  Diane's brand new Scrap Quilt Secrets book and as you can see, mine is already tabbed, sticky noted and not making it to the bookshelf any time soon!
I feel so very honored to be part of  Diane' Blog Hop to help spread the news of her book release and want to welcome you, if you are new to my blog.  I hope you'll take a look around and if ya like what ya see, become a new follower. Let me know...as it's always fun to meet new quilty bloggers.

If her adorable cover isn't enough to make ya get your own copy, 
here's a peek at what you'll find inside:

Take a peek at her table of contents and you'll see her secrets revealed chapter by chapter:
S-Style
C-Contrast
R-Repetition
A-Accents
P-Palettes
S-Selvages

So much to learn in one book! And for some reason, I always find myself reading books backwards and after only a few days of having my own book in hand, I emailed Diane and told her I'm now addicted to selvages...I will never cut into a piece of fabric the same way again!

Seriously, look at this fabulous quilt she made...from selvages!

She also made this adorable mug rug and included it with her book as a thank you. 

Something else to smile about...along with her scrappy secrets, Diane included an entire chapter of Quiltmaking Basics. I found this ingenous, because I can't tell ya how many times I search for my piece of paper telling me how to finish a binding or another book with my directions on how to cut on the bias. This is truly a book I wish was written when I started quilting and am grateful to have.

So as my copy got placed on the top of my nightstand pile of books, Diane is offering you yet one more reason to smile as she is offering you many chances to win a copy of her book!
First, leave a comment here on my blog telling me what little thing makes you smile every day.
(This give-away is closed. The winner was announced right here.)

Next, stop by each of these blog hop participants to get more peeks into Diane's Scrap Quilt Secrets book and enter to win on their posts as well. And congrats again Diane on an awesome book release.
{PS} If you can't wait to win, click over to here to purchase your copy today.
3/21    C&T Blog
3/22    Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville
3/23    Lori at Humble Quilts
3/24    Karen at Nana Girl Quilts  
3/25    Audrey at Quiltyfolk
3/26    Pat Sloan at Pat Sloan
3/27    Valerie at  Val's Quilting Studio (You are here!:)
3/28    Kelly at  Pinkadot Quilts
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe at  Bumble Beans Inc
3/30    Rachaeldaisy at Blue Mountain Daisy
3/31    Angie at Quilting on the Crescent
4/1      Julie at  Me and My Stitches
4/2      Barb at Fun with Barb


Click below to read about my Tuesday Linky.
Val's Quilting Studio

184 comments:

  1. Right now seeing the little birds sitting in the bird feeder bowls pecking away makes me smile. But I'm always tickled pink to open the fabric cupboard doors and see my own personal rainbow of quilt possibilities.

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  2. NOTHING MAKES ME SMILE MORE THAN CREATING A QUILT OF SCRAPS. I CALL THEM MY FREEBIE QUILTS.

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  3. Sewing makes me smile, coffee helps too! Thanks for sharing as this looks like a good one. Thanks.

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  4. When my sons give me a hug I have to smile!

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  5. Scraps make me smile. Bonnie Hunter said it best, "Once you go scrappy, you will never go back." I'm new to your blog, but have signed up to receive your posts. Thanks. Diane O

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  6. My cat Grady always makes me smile. Thanks.

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  7. I love Diane's quilts. Those selvedge baskets are really cute!!

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  8. I try to find a smile in everything. If I'm really having a hard time, I go to my happy place either sitting on the couch doing embroidery and watching a movie with family or into my sewing area for some quilting and an old movie.

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  9. My dogs make me smile everyday--they are so funny! Also, a great song on the radio will always make me smile. I want to explore this book so much. :0)

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  10. A text with a picture of granddaughters is my best smile moment. Otherwise many things, my son, husband, birds outside, my birds inside. Pretty fabric. Etc. Etc.

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  11. Finishing a project, knowing that no matter how many people don't like me I always have one that loves me no matter what, my kitties, new fabric, and list goes on.

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  12. Every day, on the way to the coffeemaker, I walk past my wall of mini-quilts and it always makes me smile.

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  13. I'm with Tanya with this one...belly rubs and doggie loving first thing in the morning while the coffee is brewing! Nothing puts a smile on my face faster then having her so excite that a new day has begun!! I get such a kick out of my little Rylie! And of course seeing a scrap-happy quilt doesn't hurt either!! haha
    Hope you are having a wonderful Easter!!
    P

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  14. My dog, too, makes me smile; I defy anyone to be sad around a Golden Retriever, they are always so happy to be alive!

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  15. Waking up to see my reflection in the mirror makes me smile. Why, because it has been 4.5 years since my csncer surgery. I'm still here to play with my room full of stash.

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  16. My! My! That's a tough question. Because you didn't put a "s" at thing, I can only pick one? Ouch! lol! I smile when I see my boys seated around the dinning table, just swallowing whatever I have cooked with gusto! I smile at birds at the feeders. I smile when I walk in the forest. I smile when I read lovely posts of quilt bloggers. I know I'd smile if I were to win this book! ;^)
    scrap(dot)and(dot)quilts via gmail(dot)com

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  17. Easy one! Fabric makes me happy. It's a fresh box of crayons reincarnated.

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  18. My cats, my kids and my stash make me smile every day! Thanks for the opportunity! Pbstrand@msn.com

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  19. My dog Stella makes me smile everyday--she is always so happy to spend time with me! Diane's book looks awesome!

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  20. Waking up after a good nights sleep makes me smile!! I always look forward to a new adventure each day too!!

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  21. The picture of my 15 month old grandson each time I open my iPad !!! I love him and his smiling face.

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  22. Sunny days always make me smile. Even if the sunshine is created by a warm greeting from someone on a cloudy day.

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  23. Every morning when I wake up and see the sun rise over the trees with all of the colors it makes me smile. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. So which project from the book are you itching to start?

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  24. Waking up to see my reflection in the mirror makes me smile. Why, because it has been 4.5 years since my csncer surgery. I'm still here to play with my room full of stash.

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  25. Babies always make me smile. Thanks for the opportunity to win Diane's book. It looks so inviting!

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  26. My morning latte and the quiet as the day begins b

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  27. Phone calls with family make me smile. I don't live close to any of them, so staying in touch, especially with my 89yr. old Dad, is always special. I'd love to page through this book and I really like the selvage quilt. It's on my list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Watching my flowers come up makes me smile.

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  29. The tiniest piece of fabric makes me smile. And of cours a glimse into your blog, I just love it. thanks for this giveaway, it would be perfect for me. Have to buy this book if I do not win.

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  30. Thinking of my husband and knowing that he loves me makes me smile each day. This book looks great and I love the cover quilt.

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  31. Hi Val! Looks exciting book! Scrap projects make me smile and I would love to win! x Teje
    nerospost(gmail(dot)com

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  32. opening my curtains in the morning and seeing the light of day makes me smile.

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  33. I smile because of listening to the fountain my husband made for me in our pool! Moving water always makes my heart sing as my Lord is the living water of eternal life!

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  34. Sitting quietly with my morning coffee and reading quilting blogs makes me smile every day.

    slowery@shaw.ca

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  35. I am the queen of malapropisms. Most days I wake up with gospel hymns running through my mind and I will sing to myself as I'm getting ready for the day. At some point, I'll realize that I'm singing the wrong lyrics on a tag line. It makes me giggle and I hope it makes God laugh.

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  36. Bargains make me smile, and what's a scrap quilt if it's not a bargain. Recycling of all sorts is close to my heart.

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  37. Good company brings a smile to my face.

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  38. Well, this morning after making my coffee (and before drinking it), I nearly put the kettle in the fridge! So, there is always something to make me smile. :D

    Please count me in! I intend to win this book.

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  39. I smile every day - especially knowing I have a new day to create.

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  40. My grands make me smile! That and my sewing room! Thanks for this chance!

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  41. My three cats make me smile each and every day.

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  42. Thinking of my Grandkids, when my cat comes to curl up to me where ever I am, Hubby giving me a little peck as he passes by, finding the perfect fabric in my stash!

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  43. There are so many things to smile about. My cats, the morning sun, my DH, playing with fabric and good friends.

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  44. My husband makes me smile! He encourages my quilting, taking me to quilt shops when we travel, and to many quilt shows too. His threat to throw out the huge bin of scraps I had collected, turned me into the scrappy quilter I am today! He even does half of the cooking so I can have more time to quilt!!!!

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  45. The Lord makes me smile because I know my sins are forgiven, and I have become one of his children. I have seen His hand at work in my life in so many ways. My husband makes me smile every day because of the many ways he shows me he loves me. My children and grandchildren make me smile every time I think of them. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  46. A dog wagging his tail always makes me smile.

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  47. My grand daughter laughing, the cats and dog playing, loved ones around me.

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  48. Hi,waking up alive and well and seeing the sunshine again! Thank You for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  49. Waking up to a new day makes me smile. I try to smile at everything and frowns cause wrinkles too! Just being alive and seeing the trees budding and flowers coming back from last year are reasons to smile.

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  50. I smile every day when I think of my five adorable grandchildren! I'm loving this blog hop!

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  51. My children make me smile everyday! I love the dirty faces and little feet. I love the smell of their hair,and the hugs and giggles.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  52. Lately I smile at all the quilting inspiration I find in the Splendid Sampler project - I have to check every day to see what others have created!

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  53. I smile when my seeds start to grow and I get time to sew or play with fabric.

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  54. I have an Airedale terrier who brings smiles and laughter to us every day. She has such personality and is so fun! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Diane's new book. I keep hoping to win a copy!
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  55. My grandchildren and the baby quilt that I am finishing for the one that is due very soon.

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  56. Exercise makes me smile -- maybe not always while I'm doing it, but when I finish I'm happy to have done it! Then I can go sew. Another reason to smile.

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  57. Thing that makes me smile is my first cupof steaming hot black coffee in the mornings.......Then my day runs smooth....... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  58. My study and worship time in the morning almost always reminds me of something I have to smile about. I'm starting to stay away from the news. Thanks for the chance at this give away. And I just thought books make me smile too, I love to read.

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  59. Walking into my lounge and seeing all my family photos on the wall. I love them and can remember when they were taken. Even the family who are no longer with us....

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  60. Watching our chickens in the backyard doing funny chicken things like chicken chase where one has something and she tries to get all the other chickens to chase her down the side of our house. So funny! or when I give them treats and one chicken, Clementine, will take just a bit and run off to eat it and then come back for more. Usually she is not quick enough and the treat is all gone. Love your blog and thanks for sharing about this book. It looks like a lot of fun. K-

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  61. I smile when I read Quiltville Open Studio on Facebook. It's so neat to see what others are working on and what they've accomplished. I love reading their stories and sooo enjoy seeing their quilts.

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  62. I smile at my dog, or rather her cuteness makes me smile.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  63. Ooh....a book of scrappy loveliness. The pretty selvage baskets are very cool. What makes me smile....sooo many things, but let me say Old Man Sun beaming through my windows, first thing in the morning brings a smile to my dial. =)

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  64. Well, your blog post made me smile! What a wonderful review of Diane's book!! I've learned so much from reading her blog. I really hope to win. Now I'm going to take look around your blog!!!

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  65. Looking forward to reading this book! My daughter's infectious giggle makes me smile every time I hear it.

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  66. I think just getting up in the morning gives me a reason to smile. I have been blest in my life and am grateful for it!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  67. What makes me smile each day? Waking up to the quilt on my bed made by my own hands! With so many of my scrappy quilt icons championing this book, the more intrigued I am to read it. So I'm in, hope I win and thanks for another peek in(-to the book)!

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  68. My cat Skylar makes me smile. He's still a kitten and does the crazy kitten stuff that makes me laugh but best of all he's a purr machine and loves to be snuggled.

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  69. This is what is making me smile presently. The fact that i can retire in one more year and then spend all my days quilting and sewing. That makes me smile!

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  70. Looking out my kitchen window I see my plants starting to come up and the buds on the trees, mother nature makes me smile. tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  71. This certainly does look to be a fabulous book. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope that I win!!

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  72. Waking up each morning with my loving husband makes me smile EVERY day! Quilting gives me a happy place at my sewing machine each day I can get to it. Thanks for the give-away. This is definitely a book I want!

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  73. My first cup of coffee every morning makes me smile! That's because of the handsome man who brings it to me: Tom, my husband of 48 years! Thinking he might be a keeper . . . lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  74. Just today my sweet Aubrey (who is 6) lost a top front tooth and hearing her pronounce the "th" sound melted my heart. I couldn't help, but smile in reminiscing of the last 7 years (included my pregnancy time) and how fast she's growing.

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  75. I can't help but smile when I think about how blessed I am to be at home to make quilts and other handmade goodies to share with friends and family. I'm grateful that my husband supports my habit.

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  76. My Grandsons make me smile and our loving cat, who has to help me at the computer an while sewing. I am having a blast using scraps in a controlled palette for The Splendid Quilt Sampler.

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  77. My Grandchildren make me smile but so do Humming birds. I can't wait for them to return.

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  78. A friendly smile from a passerby, grassy green hillside made even greener from our recent rains, and beautiful California poppies waving in the breeze along the highway as I pass by...they all bring a smile to my face.

    Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

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  79. The little things make me smile each day: waking up to bright sunshine, watching my two little dogs, feeding the birds and watering my plants waiting to go into the ground for my summer garden. I also try to fit in at least a small amount of time each day to sew something because it soothes my soul and makes me so happy!

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  80. My dog, my little grands, a new day and playing with fabric are a few of the things that make me smile.

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  81. Every morning at 6:15 my dog comes into our bedroom and sits on my side of the bed and stares at me. Doesn't make a sound just stares until I get up and let him outside. It's as if he can read a clock. Cracks me up.
    tracinecharest at gmail dot com

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  82. My kids first, and then my fabric stash! Would love to win!

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  83. I have this book on my wish list so it made me smile today to see it is a giveaway

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  84. Looks like a great book--I have quiet a stash of selvages

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  85. My two cats make me smile every day. They are always into something!
    Jenniferk2p2 at gmail dot com

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  86. My four grandkids. But also have to give a shout out to my sweet husband of 37 years who includes fabric in almost every holiday gift for me. He knows I have more than I can sew in a lifetime but gives it anyway. My local quilt shop thinks he is quite the catch. He even went on line to find out how to fold them into roses so I get bouquets
    Tjbetan@icloud.com

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  87. Waking up each morning to the ever increasing signs of Spring is making me happy. Today it's raining on our newly planted trees and the air smells fresh and clean. I've been starting my day by making a block for my 365 Circle Challenge.

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  88. My teenagers always do and say something to make me smile! .....and anytime I can play with my fabrics, I will be smiling! Jspwarren at aol dot com

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  89. My sweet fur babies (cats) make me smile and set my day off just right!Plus some sewing every afternoon with my sewbabies by my side!

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  90. So many things make me smile: a child, a puppy or kitten, creating something fun, my grown children and my grandson, my husband and my friends...it's all good.

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  91. I love this book! The pictures I've seen are beautiful. Right now, since I live in a heavily wooded area, I'm enjoying seeing the deer families come by for some corn, and the dogs chasing chipmunk through the yard.
    Susan in NE PA
    Susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  92. My first smile of the day is when my husband brings me a cup of coffee. I usually wake up, do my morning routine, and then get on the internet. He is upstairs on the desktop. When he finishes his browsing, he comes downstairs, grabs the coffee pot and comes my way. Lovely way to start our day!!

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  93. I love this book! The pictures I've seen are beautiful. Right now, since I live in a heavily wooded area, I'm enjoying seeing the deer families come by for some corn, and the dogs chasing chipmunk through the yard.
    Susan in NE PA
    Susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  94. This book is full of inspiration. Right now, what makes me smile are all the new calves running around the barnyard.

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  95. this looks like such a wonderful book. what a great way to use selvages.
    When I wake every morning, I smile because I have the freedom to spend time in the Word. I see my husband :) and another beautiful day has begun.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  96. Selvages make me smile!! They create cheerful quilts & bags.♡♡♡

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  97. I'm a selvage keeper and have quite a pile of them, so could use a few more ideas to put them to good use! Everyday gives me more reasons to smile! Just seeing a fresh day with unlimited possibilities to help others, bring kindness into the world, and share positive actions is enough to keep me smiling! If I need more, I have the sweetest little Morkie dog named Sophie who loves me no matter what my hair looks like, make-up or not, fat pants or skinny jeans, and lets me know her world is OK with who I am.

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  98. My quilt club buddies make me smile and laugh with their stories & show and tell quilts.

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  99. A finished quilt block always makes me smile!

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  100. Great review, Val. Thanks for pointing out some great quilts in Diane's new book. Things that make me smile everyday?.... finding time in my sewing room to play. :-)

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  101. My cats make me smile every morning!

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  102. My ring tone on my phone is a little girl giggling. I smile every time it rings. Who can resist and small child being so happy and who can resist getting this book?

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  103. My little schnauzer "Sassy" makes me smile and she loves to watch me quilt and get on my stuff when I have it spread on the floor. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this lovely book.

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  104. Seeing pictures or even thinking about, my daughter's two kitties. The other thing that always makes me smile, is ending my day with some play time in my sewing room.

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  105. My puppy makes me smile everyday, she is my constant & loyal companion.

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  106. Seeing my grandbaby each day makes me smile.

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  107. Opening the front door and hearing the little birdies singing makes me smile every morning. Love this book and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance! ckrutjo@gmail.com

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  108. My kids' smiles make me smile everyday. I would love to win a copy of his book - it sounds fantastic!! Thanks for the chance :0)

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  109. Seeing or hearing my dog's tail wag gives me a big daily smile.

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  110. The smell of coffee and bacon puts the smile on my face! Good start to a good day. Thanks for the chance!

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  111. My big fat tuxedo cat! chocolatewiskers@aol.com

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  112. I love salvages as well and am collecting them for a quilt. My grandson makes me smile. He is the sweetest thing!

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  113. My cats make me smile everyday!

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  114. Being retired and able to watch Kelli and Michael or sew whenever I want makes me smile!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  115. Things that make me smile are my puppies and the sweet smiles from friends and today it is the beautiful sunshine. Kristikay at spratt dot net Thanks for sharing!

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  116. The birds that arrive at our bird feeders.

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  117. My grandkids make me smile every day - and sometimes laugh out loud!!!

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  118. Sewing makes me smile and my dog.. he cracks me up every day... a 10lb pomo-poo what doesn't sleep, he charges his batteries :)

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  119. Going into my sewing from makes me smile every day! Even when it's a mess, I smile because it's ALL mine and I have fun there!

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  120. Seeing wildlife near my house makes me smile. I can spot lizards most every day, and yesterday I saw sandhill crane chicks.

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  121. Funny and cute things my daughter says make me smile every day. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  122. My dog Pepper wagging her tail as I approach her, no matter what time of day or night.

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  123. My grandchildren and my puppy make me smile every day. I am smiling when I can spend a few minutes creating at my sewing machine. Scrappy quilts are my favorite quilts.
    charlottebetts@yahoo.com

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  124. Having my first cup of morning coffee, seeing that it's going to be a sunny day, knowing that I'll have some time for quilting -- all reasons to make me smile as a day begins.

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  125. My darling dear husband makes me smile everyday! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  126. just waking up every day and being alive is enough to make anyone smile, even in the darkest times....life is to be celebrated!

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  127. Seeing my flowers grow makes me smile every day, especially this time of year.

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  128. My kids make me smile- they are 4 and 6 and fully of funny sayings!

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  129. Thinking about my grandchildren makes me smile every day. We have 20 of them and they are all very special.

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  130. Seriously..this may sound corny, but my husband makes me smile every day! There has not been one day that has gone by, be it good, or bad, that he hasn't made me laugh! Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway! I have only made two scrappy quilts and I am hooked! Margo [onlydiamonds at hotmail dot com]

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  131. Just thinking about my grandkids will make me smile.

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  132. my sweet tabby cat Nick makes me smile when he curls up in my lap and begs me to rub his chin and ears.

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  133. My first thought about what makes me smile every day is that my husband of 43 years makes me laugh every single day! He's certainly not a "little thing". I am glad to have found your blog, I'm going to sign up to follow by email.

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  134. Val, I know you will relate to this one: My dog Pip makes me smile (and laugh) every day. She's a real goofball, LOL. This looks like a really fun book and I'm adding it to my amazon wishlist!

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  135. I'm not sure I have the patience to deal with salvage edges, but I love how they look all sewn together.

    The view from my verandah makes me happy everyday, and the silence that comes with it.

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  136. The Bad Basset Boyz make me smile every day. I know. There he is, with a quilt I am finishing for my sister-in-law who has breast cancer. McGee the REALLY Bad Basset Boy) is slinging it around the back yard, bucking like a Brahma Bull, all happy about himself.

    He makes me so mad! But he makes me smile, too........sigh.

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  137. My little granddaughter makes me smile every day.

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  138. My husband usually puts a smile on my face besides my sewing room

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  139. Waking up to a new day makes me smile...and having coffee with my sweet Husband!! :)

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  140. My silly kitty makes me smile every day, and so does playing with my fabrics!

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  141. Seeing the sweet faces of my loved ones on our family photo wall makes me smile every day. Your post is a great introduction to the book, btw. I, too, flip from back to front when exploring new reading material! :-)

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  142. New signs of spring in my yard, make me smile. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  143. Seeing a picture of my grandsons makes me smile everyday. Looking forward to seeing this book in person.

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  144. My fantastic husband makes me smile x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  145. Lovely quilts, meeting friends, a card, birds or flowers in the garden, my mothers little dog, so many things can make me smile...
    aubphg (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  146. Sunshine and daffodils and I'm going on a road trip to a fabric store tomorrow!

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  147. Looks like a fantastic book!!! My puppy (she's 12...) makes me smile each day when she sticks her wet nose in my face and says time to go out!!!

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  148. I would love to win the book! The quilts look awesome!

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  149. Just walking in my sewing room every day and looking at all the inspiration makes me smile.

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  150. I love my dog - she is 8 years old and makes me smile every day!

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  151. Perfect foam on my homemade morning latte alays makes me smile. Yeah, and walking into the messy room I call my quilting studio does too!

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  152. I would have to say thinking about my husband, 4 children and 8 grandchildren makes me smile everyday. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  153. Something that makes me smile every day is my cat Dublin-he's my special quilting friend!

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  154. My 6 month old kitten not only makes me smile everyday but also bust out laughing at his antics. A good crazy on four legs.

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  155. I commute to work early every morning, I see the sun come peaking up from behind the yonder foothills and I smile at the beauty of the world. I am lucky to witness the sun rise majestically at this time of the year!

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  156. Every day I wake up makes me smile. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book.
    lbcookie1@gmail.com

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  157. My kids make me smile... and creating, especially sewing/quilting.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  158. My fabric stash and all the inspiration I get from the quilting blogs that I follow make me smile. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  159. My cats & dogs manage to make me smile every day. Also some of my favorite bloggers.

    susan4cats@gmail.com

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  160. My husband makes me smile the most, but any day I can quilt is a smiley one!

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  161. A hug and a kiss from my husband makes me smile every morning. Even after 37 years together, each day is special.

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  162. Making and creating makes me smile.

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  163. What a fun book! I'm always looking for scrappy projects! My dog makes me smile everyday...and quilting!

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  164. Waking up and being greeted by my two loyal furry friends every day makes me smile! Awesome book - thank you for the chance to win it.

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  165. My 4 grandchildren are the little things that make me smile every day!

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  166. Planting my flower seeds yesterday made me smile all day.
    jean
    jlickun@aol.com

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  167. Seeing a pop of yellow, whether it's a flower, a quilt scrap, or the sunshine always makes me smile.

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  168. Lots of things make me smile...the dogs waking up in the morning, my husband coming home from work, a quilty finish, a photo from my daughters.....

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  169. Lots of things make me smile. Last year we downsized and moved, so when I go in search of something that I haven't used in a while and I find it in the first place that I look ! Yes, that makes me SMILE really big. I really hate looking and looking for things. When I finally find them, I usually will put them back in the first place that I looked. I'm loving the warmer temps here in NY at my new house. Walking around the yard and seeing daffodils, tulips or other flowers that I hadn't known were planted makes me SMILE too!

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  170. I also have a lot of things that make me smile. This year my husband and I share a cup of coffee and have breakfast together at the front window - overlooking the native plants that are growing so wonderfully. We have a family of birds using the same nest for the third time in the last four years. It's so fun to see the birds on the bushes and to be able to walk by and see the nest. The little ones are already gone for this year but the larger birds are hanging around. It's a wonderful way to start the day, saves water, saves time, and is so satisfying to see the birds, lizards, bees and butterflies in our yard now! Thanks for the chance!

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  171. My children make me smile!!
    Thanks for the chance to win this fun book.

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  172. Colorful fabric makes me smile! If I need a pick me up, all I have to do is walk into my sewing room and play with my fabric.

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  173. What little things make me smile? Well, lately there are a lot! As I'm recovering from a knee replacement surgery, I smile at a fresh, hot cup of coffee each morning, being able to hobble outside and sit in the warm sunshine, the help of my husband, the outreach of my friends, and being able to watch the deer return to the valley as the grasses begin to grow again. (You can see I'm in a very humble state of being right now, eh?) Life is good.

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  174. My rescue cat, Miss Kitty always makes me smile.

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  175. My 5-year-old makes me smile every day; she's so funny and cute!

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  176. Really?!! something sweet, like this week it's what's left of the wonderful See's Easter egg candies and Cadbury mini eggs!! Heaven! :-) But it's spring here right now, so there are lots of wonderful flowers in bloom too!! Thanks for hosting on the hop: it's been fun!! Hugs, H

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  177. I love reading these great comments. Thanks again Val for being so supportive and willing to host a stop on the hop. I'm having fun reading through all the things I missed while on vacation. You're a busy girl!!

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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