Desert to Sea book Giveaway!


I know I've been a quiet blogger of late but it's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I've taken part in every Giveaway Day for the last 5 years so I couldn't let one go by without joining in. 

Today I'm giving away a copy of Desert to Sea: 10 Quilts from Australian Designers. 
(If you already have a copy of the book there's something for you too so keep reading)

This description of the book sums it up perfectly,

"Take a journey to the great Land Down Under … Ten beautiful, eclectic quilts designed by eight inspirational Australian quilters, reflective of the bountiful colour and beauty of the Australian landscape and culture. Quilt patterns to entice and challenge passionate quilters to make unique quilts that will bring a little of the Land Down Under into your home. Betty Kerr, Charlotte Dumesny, Danielle Aeuckens, Jane Davidson, Lorena Uriarte, Cathy Underhill, Rachaeldaisy and Jeannette Bruce, bring to you quilts made with their favourite techniques, injected with a piece of their own personalities and style. Compiled by Jane Davidson."


Here are some photos of the my quilt Ric Rac Razzamatazz that is one of the 10 projects in the book. 

With a very cute koala!!

Now I know a lot of awesome people have already raced out and bought Desert to Sea (thank you!) so to make it fair if the random selector picks someone who already has a copy of the book I'll make them a special custom made mini quilt instead. 

But wait, there's more! 
I think we all agree parcels are more fun padded with fabric. To tie in with the Aussie theme I'll include some Australian town name text fabric. 


This giveaway is now closed - Thank you to all of you who entered!! Congratulations to Bea of une aiguille dans une botte de foin blog for being selected as the winner. 
If you're interested in getting Desert to Sea ( it's a great book full of fabulous colourful Australia quilts) you can purchase it here from Amazon or ask at your local book shop or quilt shop. 

For 2 chances to win:
*You must be a follower of my blog or sign up as a follower, eg GFC, Bloglovin, Feedly, Let me know in a comment how you follow.
*For a second chance, let me know in another comment what you like about Australian quilts or something you like about Australia.

The giveaway is open until Sunday13th, 6pm Blue Mountains Australia time, when a winner will be picked randomly. I'm happy to ship anywhere in the world.

Normally I like to reply to comments but I'll thank everyone now for visiting my blog and wish you all good luck. And a big thank you thank you to SewMamaSew for hosting such a fun event. 


Desert to Sea book Giveaway!

277 comments

  1. One of my best friends lives in Australia and I miss her

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  2. Love your quilt featured in this book. I love the unique animals and landscapes that can only be found in Australia!

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  3. Meow I would love to see more of the Australian quilts and the fabric is just too cute! Following you still thru the old Blogger dashboard

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  4. I love all the animals Australia has.....and their accents!

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  5. I love the australian bloggers :)

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  6. I love that Australia represents the last wild area of the world.

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  7. I love that Australia represents the last wild area of the world.

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  8. Would love to win a copy of this book. As a U.S. quilter, I love seeing how you folks down under have carried out your quilting tradition. Wish I could afford to subscribe to your magazines. I occasionally buy them and snatch them up if I see them used at a garage sale.

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  9. I follow you via Bloglovin. :-)

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  10. I went to Sydney on a business trip in 1990 (yes, ancient history). A beautiful parrot roosted on my hotel balcony's railing. I went to the front desk to report the missing parrot, and the desk clerk laughingly told me that it was a Rainbow Lorikeet, and that they are wild birds in Australia. Ever since, I've been in love with your Down Under country, and plan to come back! This time, I'll check out your "Ozsome" quilting community!

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  11. What I love about Australian quilters is the wonderful way you mash up prints. Makes my heart sing!

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  12. My favourite thing about Australia is my Australian friend Penny!

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  13. I got you on bloglovin........happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  14. My son visited your country on the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and said it would be his 1st choice of places to live other than the uSA....So that was goos enough for me love to visit some time.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  15. follow with blogloving

    rtgandy at gmail

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  16. Koalas :) I love Koalas!
    rtgandy at gmail

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  17. The scenery looks amazing. Would love to visit one day.

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  18. My favorite thing about Australia is the people - everyone that I met is so friendly and warm. At first I thought it was just the few people that I knew but as I continued to meet more Australians, the trend continued so it must be true for all. :)

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  19. I follow via email, thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. Australia is on my bucket list, I want to snorkel the coral reefs.

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  21. Aw--that koala looks so cute with your quilt! Thanks for the chance--the book looks awesome!

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  22. Australia quilts are usually so bright and happy.

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  23. I would like to go to Australia once to see the beautiful nature down under!

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  24. We spent 6 weeks exploring your country in 1988 and loved every second. I think Adelaide (sp?) was my favorite city.

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  25. I am a faithful follower via bloglovin.

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  26. I love the fabric choices from Down Under!

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  27. I love the bold colour combinations on Australian quilts.
    I owe a visit to my uncle in NSW anyway, so I'm overdue for a trip to Australia.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  28. Can say that I love the images of Australian flora and fauna. Would really love to see them in person!

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  29. Can say that I love the images of Australian flora and fauna. Would really love to see them in person!

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  30. I follow you many ways, as a follower, on bloglovin and a link from my blog...oh on Facebook also...does that mean I'm a stalker? Oh my!

    I've always wanted to visit Australia, it has long fascinated me, the varying landscapes, animals, cities, climates. A friend lived there and as I planned to say may I come and visit she up and moved to England. I still hope to come one day.

    I recently bought a newsprint fabric and the realized it had all sorts of Australian location names one it, but not the one you are sharing.

    Thanks for a chance to win this bit of Oz.

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  31. That book has been on my wish list because I love the creativity of Australian quilters!

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  32. I just "discovered" you and joined to follow via email. I enjoy the inspiration I get from others talents! Thanks for the giveaway
    Cheri

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  33. I don't know much about Austrailia...other than my favorite mini series of all time was placed there... All the Rivers Run. So I'd love to see quilts styles and themes they might use there, and not here in USA
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. HI,love your animals!!!
    Thanks for sharing a net giveaway!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  35. FOLLOW>BLOG LOVIN' !
    linda.douglas35
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  36. I'd love to visit Australia and see some of your wonderful flowers and fauna!

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  37. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. I've never been to Australia but I've always wanted to go to Ayers Rock. Maybe one day...

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  39. I've never visited Australia, but I wish it because I love travel and discover another countries...and see australian quilt shops ;) !

    tortugueta9@gmail.com

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  40. Feedly is my life-line :-) I love the vibrant colours you can see in a lot of Australian Quilts. If my hubby ever gets over the "deadly-animals living in Australia" phase I would love to visit it. Crossing fingers.

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  41. I would love this book. I follow via Bloglovin.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  42. What I love about Australia is that it is where my sister lives.

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  43. It is one of the only safe place right now. REDDOG!!!

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  44. Following on bloglovin' Would love to win the book and love the koala and the quilts! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  45. I haven't been to Australia, but I would love to go. I'd love to go on a "walk-about". Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  46. I love seeing all the awesome quilts coming out of Austrailia.

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  47. Congratulations! Ive been looking forward to this for a while.

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  48. I forgot to say in the last post that I am already a follower. I love the liberated way Australians quilt. There's a nod to tradition, but a real willingness to push the frontiers out to try new things.

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  49. Although I've never been to Australia, I expect the wildlife would be something I would enjoy seeing.

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  50. Always a pleasure to see you on FB and give aways are better than lotteries.

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  51. I follow on feedl and love your work

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  52. I currently live in Melbourne, my husbands job brought us here 2 and a bit years ago. I love how vibrant the city is all the time, whether it is walking along the yarra at 11am or 11pm there is always something happening. The shopping is to die for, food, fabric and fibre. There are some really great shops here and it is the local unknow that are the best, there is always a bargain to be had.

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  53. We all dream of going to Australia! I love how you have lots of kangaroos! And I love kaolas.

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  54. I follow you on Bloglovin...already have this amazing book but wanted to tell everyone that it is a great book to buy if you don't win! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  55. I love Australian quilt designers--the ones in your book are a good start! I dreamed of going to Australia but I think I'm too old to withstand the flight now. (As an aside, I was thrilled when Bindy Irwin won Dancing with the Stars!)

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  56. My sister loves Koala Bears and dreams of going to Australia some day. I'm always on the look out for stuff with Koala bears on it for her. Planning on making her a quilt on day with a koala theme.

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  57. I'm in on this one and I'm a Follower! Thank you Rachael for this giveaway!

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  58. I love the colour in Australian quilts and the change of seasons that happen so differently in every State!

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  59. I love Australian quilts for their eclectic use of prints and colors. They're just awesome!

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  60. Hi Rachael your quilt is gorgeous and what lovely prizes you are giving away,i am a very happy follower,i follow with blogger and i also follow you on FB.
    I hope you have a wonderful day and thankyou for hosting this wonderful giveaway xx

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  61. I am following you on bloglovin - the quilts look dynamite!!!

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  62. Discovered several Aussie magazines on quilting and was just blown away by how creative those people down under are!!!!

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  63. Follow with Bloglovin . Love the weather amd people on Aussie land.

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  64. I enjoy the difference in style between Australian and US quilts. So bright and exciting and unusual.

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  65. Following on bloglovin. I live in Sunny Queensland and just love the variety of quilts in this book

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  66. Rachel, I follow on bloglovin. I always comment to my husband that if we ever visit Australia , there are a lot of bloggers and quilts shops to go too . Their magazines and quilts are stunning.

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  67. I follow you on Bloglovin'. Lovin' your blog!!!

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  68. There are many things I like about Australia...Koala Bears, Eucalyptus trees, The beauty of the whole country. But the thing I like the most about Australia is the people. I have never met an Australian I didn't like!

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  69. I have been following you for quite some time - been missing you! You are an inspiration I love your quilts - a bit quirky - perfect! I do not have that book and I would love it. Fingers crossed

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  70. I live in Australia, so my favourite thing is ... Everything!

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  71. I follow your blog on Bloglovin'

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  72. I love Australia, and visit as often as I can. Sydney is a beautiful city, love it all from the harbour to the mountains.

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  73. There's just something about quilts made and created by Australians that really grab me. They are so colorful and different. Thanks for the chance.

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  74. I've been following you for a while on GFC and Bloglovin'

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  75. I spent a year in Australia as a teenager. Lived in and around Merrylands, N.S.W. Spent time in the Blue Mountains. Beautiful place. Got to go up to Townsend for a week and have fresh fish caught off the back deck of the restaurant. Took the glass bottom boat ride over the reef. Stunning. Can't think of the name of the town but I spent a week out on a sheep farm. Wayyy out in the country. Sydney opera house was just being built. Loved Toronga Park Zoo. I could go on and on. Some day I may get back. Thank you for reminding me of those memories. I was an exchange student.

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  76. I've always wanted to visit Australia and see Koala Bears

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  77. and i love that my husband's family is from australia and we hope to visit one day xo

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  78. I've been following Blue Mountain Daisy on Feedly for a little while now. I'm just down the road in Western Sydney, and often wonder where in the Blue Mountains you are.

    One of the (many) things I love about Australia is that we have Christmas in summer. I love that we have a relaxed, warm, Christmas season that spreads itself over a couple of weeks while we holiday and catch up with friends and family.

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  79. My brother has moved to Australia and I miss him - looking forward to visiting!

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  80. I follow with bloglovin! thank you!

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  81. I'm following via GFC! Lovely quilts, and a lovely giveaway. Thank you!

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  82. I love the friendliness that I find in almost every Australian I've ever met. :)

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  83. I follow on blog lovin! thanks for the chance!

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  84. Tim tams! tim tams! tim tams!! :) thanks for the chance!

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  85. I've never been to Australia--such a long flight from the US!--but I'm fascinated by the animals. Quokkas in particular. ;)

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  86. Thanks for the opportunity! I love Australian quilts for the creativity, especially love modern quilts that are so happy! I follow on Bloglovin.

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  87. This may be silly, but my name seems tricky for people in America to say. They usually pronounce it Cindy and i correct them and say is Cydnee, like (the capital of) Australia!

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  88. I am a new follower on Bloglovin". Thank you!

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  89. I would love to explore the different areas of Australia especially the Outback. Many thanks!

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  90. I'm a new Blogovin' follower (kylie carlson, kcarlson1152)

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  91. I love the Australian Aboriginal design fabrics - they are so gorgeous. The fact that they are mostly made up of dots is amazing to me, plus the way snakes are portrayed is super cool.

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  92. I'm happy to have found your blog! I just started following through email. Love the look of your quilts!

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  93. What I love about Australia? Your accent :-) Seriously, would love to visit someday. Bucket list!

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  94. I have always wanted to visit Australia. thanks for the great giveaway.

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  95. Australian quilts fascinate me in their colors and complicated piecing. I've always been fascinated with Australian animals and would love to visit.

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  96. I am fascinated by the wildlife in Australia!

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  97. bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  98. I would love to visit Australia. I'd like to see the koala bears and kangaroos.
    Great giveaway!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  99. Beautiful projects. Thanks for the chance. I follow on bloglovin.

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  100. We really enjoy the soft black Australian Licorice our friends bring when they visit. I guess they would be my favorite things there. : )

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  101. I follow by email.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  102. I don't know if it's all Australian quilters but the ones I follow seem to have a great sense of color and fun.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  103. Another wonderful give away Rachael! Of course I follow on Bloglovin' and I do velieve that this beautiful country of ours is the very best in the world - there is literally nowhere else I would want to be! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  104. I follow through email
    sushikrazy@hotmail.com

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  105. Australian quilts are sassy, they have an attitude. I enjoy them all.

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  106. I love the people. Have not been there yet, but have met many people and they are all friendly and down to earth

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  107. What I love about Australia: the people of course!

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  108. I like the scrappiness and carefree nature of Australian quilts

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  109. The beautiful open landscape of Australia and the many Australian quilters that I follow.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  110. Following on IG.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  111. I love Australian quilts because of the vibrant colors you always see used. They have a particular unique style that says "Australia"! Love them!

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  112. Love your quilt featured in the beautiful book. I love the colours of the Australian bush and vegetation, they are a quilt in themselves.

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  113. I follow your blog by email and have just signed to also follow on "Bloglovin"

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  114. Following your blog, and loving i!
    The beautiful photos of your wedding are perfect examples of australiana... natural bush, and beautiful people.
    Thankyou for always sharing the beautiful xx

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  115. Hola Soy de Argentina y me encanta Australia, sigo su blog por correo electrónico, ojalá tenga suerte de ganar el libro, amo los edredones

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  116. sigo su blog por correo electrónico

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  117. I love the different animals in the Aussie quilts.

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  118. I'd love to win this book! I love all the amazing Australian animals (and the amazing quilt bloggers!)

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  119. One of my best friends just left for Australia for Christmas Vacation! She will be staying with her sister in Perth.

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  120. My favorite thing about Australia is the friendliness of the people! Thanks for the opportunity. Your bubble quilt is beautiful too!

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  121. I follow you still through Google Blogger! I love Australian quilts, they make my heart sing! Some of yours are my favorite!

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  122. I don't know much about Australia, but It's on my bucket list.

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  123. I follow by e-mail. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  124. I love Australian quilts - there is just something about them that draws me to them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. I follow you with e-mail. sarah@forrussia.org

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  126. I love the names of some things -- billabong, kooabura (I'm sure my spelling is horrible!) -- they sound like they're out of a Dr. Seuss book. sarah@forrussia.org

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  127. I was lucky enough to visit your country several years ago and wish I could make a return visit some day!

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  128. I follow your blog by email. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  129. I just love the colors and graphics of the Australian quilts that I've seen. Thank you for the chance to win the book. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  130. I lived in Australia for a few years growing up. All the names on that fabric bring back memories of Year 7 Geography!

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  131. I'm an Aussie living far , far away from home-- on the west coast of Norway! So, I can say I love everything about home, especially-- my family , my friends and the bright sunshine and special light of the southern hemisphere :-) I follow you via my google account. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  132. I love Australian people! We have a friend, once he offer us to have a tea at his home, and it was for dinner! Love the Australian accent too!
    Hugs from France

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  133. Hi Rachael: I have quite a few PP blocks with Austrailian animals. I am collecting them to make a quilt from them. I would love to go to Austrailia some day. That pattern book and fabric is a great prize. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  134. My favorite place to fantasize about visiting, ever since A Town Like Alice.

    On top of that, my favorite quilters are from Australia.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  135. The only connection I have to Australia is that my sister is going to be there for Christmas. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  136. I'm also your follower by Bloglovin'.

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  137. I FOLLOW YOU ON BLOGLOVIN AND LOVE TO GET YOUR POSTS.

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  138. AUSTRALIAN QUILTS SEEM TO HAVE A WONDERFUL QUIRKINESS TO THEM THAT IS VERY APPEALING TO ME. DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN, BUT KEEP IT UP.

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  139. This is one book that hasn't made it to my bookshelf yet but is on the wish list. I have just done a road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne with my nephew, traveling inland through the process country towns and had a great time. Even managed to visit a couple of quilt shops on the way. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  140. About Australia, i love Aborigene art, and music!

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  141. Subscribed to e-mail updates looking forward to them :-)

    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  142. I love Australian quilting fabric in particular because of the depth and richness of the colors. They are very bold!

    My niece brought back Australian fabric from her trip there so I made her a quilt and it was one of my favorites to make.

    Haven't seen the book, but it looks AH-MAZING!!!!!
    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  143. Austrailia is on my bucket list to visit. So having said this, I love the relaxed, do as you like style that many quilters who reside and quilt in Austrailia seem to exude from their choice in prints, solids, layout, finishing touches, you name it, you all seem to be unencumbered by the prolific fast quilts so prevalent in American quilt designs.
    This book would be so welcome in my home, I'd spend the winter pouring over it and learning more about Austrailia. Did you ever see the exhibition of quilts made about the "outback and how resourceful people are in some of the most inhospitable parts of the world" you must find a way to see those quilts, my goodness, I drooled over that magazine article.
    Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win this awesome book!
    Merry Christmas!!
    carli the quilter at gmail dot com

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  144. Rachal, I choose to follow via my inbox, then I'll actually get to read new posts by those I follow. This way, I see all the new posts right in my inbox and I make time to read the new posts.
    Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity a second time to win this awesome book and fabric!!
    carli the quilter at gmail dot com

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  145. I love the natural beauty thats Australia. I would love the opportunity to visit one day.

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  146. I am a proud Australian, living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Love the Australian weather and birds. Would be very happy to win a copy of this beautiful book. Thank you. Christa Theron. christatheron@yahoo.com.

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