Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z Book Blog Tour


Good day everyone! If you're reading this, then you're probably here for another installment of Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z Book Blog Tour! Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the book.

Nancy Zieman, executive producer of Sewing With Nancy and founder of Nancy's Notions is no doubt an expert in the field of sewing and quilting. In her new book, Sewing A to Z, she's compiled over 100 basic to advanced sewing and quilting methods and techniques. Relying on her 35 years experience teaching and lecturing, this book is sure to become the cornerstone of any sewist’s library, whether novice or professional.

Full of step-by-step illustrations, tips and thorough explanations, this book contains a wealth of information and will be an invaluable guide to fine-tuning sewing skills. The spiral binding allows you to follow along easily right at your machine or worktable.

Among the many topics covered in the book of interest to quilters like myself, including: applique, binding, thread, half square & quarter square triangles, machine quilting, needles, etc, I found the tutorial on mitered quilt borders to be excellent.

What a great alternative to straight borders and a simple, easy way to frame your quilt. Nancy's instructions are precise and thorough, as always. The illustrations throughout the book are well labeled and clearly drawn.



You can watch Nancy herself talking about her new book in the video here.

Need a quick answer about sewing with knits? Want to know the best way to install a zipper? The alphabetized index at the back of the book will direct you to the proper section quickly and have you back behind the sewing machine in no time. All and all, I believe this book will give me a better understanding of my quilting hobby and perhaps encourage me to expand my talents and branch out to garment sewing. We'll see!

I want to thank Nancy for allowing me to preview Sewing A to Z and hope my readers will benefit from the information contained therein.

If you're interested in winning your very own copy of Sewing A to Z, please leave a comment here on this post. I will draw a winner and announce their name here on Monday, August 29th!


Nancy has also put together an amazing grand prize package worth $450 for one lucky reader. Visit Nancy’s blog and comment on her blog tour post for another chance to win!

If you've missed any Sewing A to Z tour stops here is the complete schedule including the remaining stops. Toot toot!

15-Aug Nancy Zieman’s blog
16-Aug Whipstitch
17-Aug Sew Mama Sew
18-Aug Diary of a Quilter
20-Aug Amy’s Creative Side
22-Aug Quiltville
23-Aug Crap I’ve Made
24-Aug Eileen Roche’s blog
25-Aug I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts
26-Aug The Free Motion Quilting Project
27-Aug Sew Serendipity
29-Aug Lazy Girls Designs
30-Aug Pat Sloan Blog
31-Aug Tallgrass Prairie Studio
01-Sep True Up
02-Sep Sew News
06-Sep Off the Cuff Sewing Style
07-Sep V and Co.
08-Sep The Cottage Home
09-Sep Colette Patterns

Enjoy your day!

191 comments:

  1. I could really use this to brush up on my sewing skills!

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  2. I remember watching her shows years ago! I was a fairly experienced sewist at the time, but there were always new things to learn or tips for doing things easier or more efficiently. She is truly a pro!

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  3. This looks like a great reference to have at the sewing table. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. This looks like a terrific book! Thanks for reviewing it.

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  5. Thanks for the sneak peak of the book!

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  6. I'd love to win the book - thanks for the chance.

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  7. What could be better than having an A-Z account of sewing tips!! if i Had this i would be set!!

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  8. I'm fairly new to sewing, and not only am I attempting my first quilt, I'm also attempting to make a bridesmaids dress, so I'm sure this will give me some much needed help!

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  9. Good review, Ryan. I watched Sewing With Nancy when I was a young wife. Back then I did more sewing on clothes for me and my baby girl.

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  10. I would love to win. This looks like an amazing book.

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  11. I would really love to win this book, so much useful info. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Nancy always has such great tips. I would love to have this book.

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  13. The illustrations look very clear. This would be such a helpful book to have. Thanks for the chance.

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  14. I love this book. I want to teach my girls how to sew and I need to learn first! haha! Maybe this book will help.
    Thanks~

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  15. This is one book I could really use to improve my sewing-skills.

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  16. Hi . I live in Russia. I'm just beginning to master the art of sewing. Your book is very useful to me at work. And your prize is a miracle. On such a gift can only dream of. I'd like to win it, but I have this bad luck.
    I wish all of winning.
    With love from Russia.

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  17. This looks a great book - I would love to win a copy!

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  18. Well written review! Thanks so much! Hope I win! YAY!

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  19. This book sounds amazing! Just what this self-taught quilter/sewer needs :)

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  20. i'd love to win this book! Looks great!

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  21. What a neat book to have in your library. I am fairly new at machine quilting so this would be a fantastic addition to my sewing library. Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Thanks for a chance to win, love your post and blog, thanks

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  23. I'd love to win that awesome prize pack but if I don't I hope that another quilting newbie does!

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  24. I have watched Nacy Z for years. She has taught me so much but would love to have a book of hers to have right in front of me. Thanks for giving us more details in it and for this give-a-way..

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  25. I have sewn and quilted for so many years, but then so has Nancy. There are bound to be plenty of new-to-me tips in this book. THanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  26. I'd love this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  27. I am a big fan of Nancy Zieman. I always learn something useful from watching her show on PBS.
    I am sure this book is a wealth of information that I could and would use.

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  28. Nancy Z is awesome! It would be so great to win. Thank you so much for the chance.

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  29. I would love Nancy's book. I learned quite a few sewing tricks from her shows years go.

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  30. My brain is a sieve, so having a reference would really help. Thank you for the chance of winning.

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  31. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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  32. Being a self taught quilter, my sewing skills are basic. This would be useful...

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  33. Love Nancy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I would love to win this book of Nancys.

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  35. The book looks terrific, and since Nancy put it all together, I am sure it is Fab.U.Lous. Thanks for the chance!

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  36. Would love to win such a wealth of knowledge!

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  37. I have been looking for a good sewing reference book, I have a feeling this will be it!

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  38. Ryan, thank you for the great review. I frequently read your blog and appreciate your insight! I hope our paths will cross in the near future!

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  39. I need a copy of this book if only for the binding pages.
    I love to quilt but hate to put the bindings on so I normally beg a favour of my aunt who sews them on for me.

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  40. Nancy was the one who hooked me into sewing on the TV! would love it!

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  41. Ooh! I so need this book!

    ambs101 [at] hotmail [dot] come

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  42. Ah, fiddle! That should say:

    ambs101 [at] hotmail [dot] com!

    Sorry!

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  43. Nancy rocks!! I'd love to get my hands on her book.

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  44. Looks like a great book, Thanks for the chance.

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  45. Looks like a great reference go-to book.

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  46. OH my gosh! I love Nancy Zieman! I taught myself to quilt using her books.
    What an amazing prize package, and of course I love your blog and all you bring to us! :)

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  47. What a great book to have! Not just quilting techniques but also basic sewing skills...that's what I like about Nancy...she doesn't focus just on quilting, etc. She has a great variety of knowledge to share!

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  48. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  49. How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  50. I'd love this book! I have several of Nancy's books and they are great! Thanks for the chance to win! - Jeanne

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  51. I'm a beginner at this sewing thing, this sounds perfect for me! love this!

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  52. Thanks for the chance to win. Love nancy and all she has to offer.

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    I love to win the book :)

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  54. How exciting! I 'sew' need this book. When I am sewing I have so many unanswered questions and I have multiple books, but nothing with everything in one place!

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  55. This looks like such a great book to have on hand!

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  56. This looks like a good reference book to have on hand! I will definitely have to check it out!

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  57. This book looks like a must have for my sewing library - I need to brush up on some basic sewing skills. Thanks for the chance to win! =)

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  58. I would love a copy of Nancy's book, as a newish quilter who hasn't done much sewing before I'd really benefit from a fantastic reference like this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. Thank you for the book review. I am a VERY beginner sewer & becoming interested in quilting. Nancy's blog book reviews have acquainted me with some great sewing/quilting websites that are now bookmarked and will help me as I grow as a sewer.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. I am always on the lookout for new techniques! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. As a new sewer/quilter, I would so love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. This book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance!

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  64. Thanks Ryan, for reminding us how to miter a border. I sure would like to win Nancy's Sewing A to Z book.

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  65. Who wouldn't love a dictionary to sewing!

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  66. Looks like a wonderful book to add to my library.

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  67. looks like an amazing book, another one to add to the reference library!

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  68. This looks like a fantastic reference book. I would love to have it in my new sewing room!

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  69. I could use a copy of this book. After years of quilting I am getting ready to make some garments and need to brush up on my sewing skills. Thanks.

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  70. Nancy is a sewing guru! Would love to win her book :)

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  71. I have been following Nancy's career for years and she has taught me a lot! I would love this prize package.

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  72. This sounds like a great book! And it would be super helpful for a new sewer/quilter like myself :)

    Thanks again for the chance to win something :)

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  73. I would love to win a copy of this. Thanks for the chance!

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  74. I have been watching Nancy for many, many years. I watched her when we lived in rural Illinois and had to turn the rotar for the antenna and sometimes the picture was so bad....it looked like she was sewing in a snowstorm. I bet I have been a fan of her show and catalog for over 30 years. I counted the months for her catalog to appear in the mail and then dreamed thru every page. Thank you Nancy for all your wonderful education.
    Denise

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  75. I would love to win this book! I love Nancy Zieman! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  76. Amazing! I'd love a copy of this book!

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  77. Love your header! I'll have to spend some time browsing your blog now that I know you're here. Would love a chance of winning this book!

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  78. I could use this to dump some bad habits!! Great giveaway!

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  79. Ryan, I am so excited to find your blog. This is my first visit, through Nancy's blog tour.
    Her mitered corner tip is wonderful! I have been sewing quilts for years but never thought of this most simple way to make a corner! Thanks!
    My favorite tip so far is gathering over the thread with a zig zag stitch. I was watching the video just now.
    Thanks for your part on this tour.
    ~a

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  80. Love Nancy! Watched her shows years ago; would love to win!

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  81. looks to be a great book! thanks for the chance!

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  82. Thank you for hosting this wonderful book giveaway! The book looks fabulous!

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  83. I'd love this book!
    Thanks for the chance :D

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  84. I love Nancy's approach to sewing. She has great tricks that make the finished product so much less "homemade" looking.

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  85. Great review on Nancy's book. This is a must have book for anyone; sewing or quilting.

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  86. Wow - how have I missed this? I am definitely going to have to take a peak at this, I am new to sewing and need all the help I can get. Thanks!

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  87. Sounds like a great book to have on the sewing table. Thanks for the review.

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  88. This looks like an amazing resource!

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  89. I would really love to win a copy of this book! I have been following the blog hop and am impressed with everything that has been discussed. Thanks!

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  90. Looks like a really great reference for those of us still learning.

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  91. Nancy is full of good advice and tips. Always something new to learn.

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  92. As a beginner at this quilting thing, I'll bet this book would be a useful wealth of information.

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  93. There is so much I could learn from Nancy Z. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  94. That looks like a great reference book!

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  95. I enjoy watching her tutorials and would love to win her book!! Thanks for the chance.

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  96. Looks like an excellent reference work to have on hand. I need all the help I can get!

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  97. no, just have to see what's going on with your day ..... but yes,of course, i'd like an opportunity to win this book! i forget things about sewing i learned 50 years ago, and need to look things up frequently. thanx!

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  98. What a great giveaway. I have watched Nancy Zieman for many years. She is a great sewing teacher. I would love to win her book.

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  99. I would be a sewing genius if I had this book!

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  100. Pls include me to win Nancy's Book! Thanks for the tour.

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  101. I would love to have Nancy's book! She is my absolute favorite when it comes to sewing and creating.

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  102. This book would be a fabulous addition to anyone's sewing library, especially mine! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  103. What a great book! I just taught a mini seminar on how to do mitered borders ... love Nancy's instructions! Thanks.

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  104. Wonderful graphics on the sample page you displayed. Looks like the perfect resource for sewing tasks and projects.

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  105. We are starting to make clothing for my grandnieces so this would be a handy reference to use! Thanks for that chance.

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  106. One of the things my quilting friends have the most trouble with is getting the binding right, so it's great to see that this book can help with that. I'm working up the courage to try a quilt with proper piecing, machine quilting and a binding, so I can use all of the help I can get!

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  107. I am still a newie in this crazy and exciting quilting/sewing world! This would be sew handy!

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  108. I would love this book! thank you!

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  109. This book looks like a fabulous resource; I'd love to add it to my library.

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  110. I would love to win this quilt. I'm a newbie so it would be super helpful!

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  111. I am a visual learner and this book was written for me! Thanks for the give away!

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  112. This looks like a very nice book- thanks for the opportunity to win such a useful and interesting looking book.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  113. I have been a fan of Nancy's for a long time and would love to win anything! I am thanking you in advance.

    Erma in TX

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  114. What a great one stop reference

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  115. I would love a copy of this book!

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  116. Looks like a great book to win!

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  117. looks like a great book - thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  118. I'm enjoying finding out more about Nancy's book and I know I could use it. I like that it lies flat and since I'm a visual learner, I'm glad there are lots of pictures. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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  119. This book looks fabulous! Thanks!

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  120. This looks like a great book and I could really gain a lot of information on basic sewing since I haven't done any in a number of years. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. This is just the sort of reference book that I need. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  122. I would love this book. I have been watching her for years.

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  123. Yes, choose me!! How fun!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  124. This book seems amazing. I sure hope I can get my hands on one eventually. Thanks for sharing.

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  125. great book, hope i'm lucky this time... thanks.

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  126. I'd love to win this book - or the grand prize! Thanks!

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  127. What a wonderful book, thank for the give away.

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  128. What a wonderful book, thank for the give away.

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  129. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, it looks like an excellent resource!

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  130. Great review! Would love to have this book. What a great resource!

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  131. Nancy Zieman's newest book, 'Sewing A to Z, will be valued resource for all skill levels of sewing, her clear illustrations take the mystery out of sewing techniques. I would love to add this book to aid my sewing skills, thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  132. I really need this book, I am new to sewing and could use some help. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  133. I am fascinated with a guy who quilts. There don't seem to be too many men sewing but it is great to read your blog and follow your journey.
    Thanks for sharing
    Cindy

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  134. I so need this book! I could brush up on my skills as well!

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  135. Good morning folks and I'm sure some of you are watching hurricane Irene's movements especially if you live on the east coast. ............. I have a post called "Lancaster on 2 wheels" today on Amish Stories where i tour the Amish country side taking pictures and observations which I've just posted................Enjoy your weekend everyone and i hope your out of Irene's path and safe. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  136. Love your blog and love her! She never leaves a question unanswered when explaining hot to do something! This is an amazing giveaway! THANK YOU! Keri S.

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  137. I woiuld love to have this for my grandaughter

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  138. This would be a great book for a beginning quilter such as myself. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  139. What a great giveaway - thanks for the chance!!

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  140. Found your site because of the book, but I'm looking forward to reading more.

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  141. I have been following Nancy for many years and would love to get this book. Thanks for the giveaway1

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  142. What a great resource. I think that having a guide that you can reference again and again is essential for any sewist.

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  143. This book looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  144. This book seems to be a must have for anyone who covers the full spectrum of sewing. So glad to see it hitting the shelves soon. I still manage to come across an episode of Nancy's every so often on the weekends. Thanks for the intro, Ryan!

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  145. I'm a beginner...sounds like Nancy's book would be a great addition to my quickly growing sewing library. Thanks for the informative review!

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  146. As a beginner I'm thinking this would be a great resource! Thanks for the informative review!

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  147. As a sewer of many years a new book is always fun to read to learn new ways of doing things because you never stop learning

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  148. I love Nancy Zieman! I watch her show on public television all the time!!

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  149. I'd love to win this book.
    Thank you for the review.

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  150. I would love to win a copy but I suspect I'll just buy it cause it does look awesome! Thanks for the chance to win and love your work!

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  151. Love it that you a guy who quilts. I made sure both of my boys learned to sew and they took quilt classes. Never know one of them may decide to quilt down the road. Thank you for the chance to win Nancy's book.

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  152. I would love to have this book. I watch Nancy's show every chance I get and there are always so many good tips. Since I sew clothing and quilts it would all be useful to me.

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  153. I would love to win! Thanks for the chance...!

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  154. What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you and Thank Nancy.

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  155. I'm just starting out quilting (just finishing my first quilt and starting my second!) and boy, could I use this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Giles (Touch And Sew / touchandsew.blogspot.com)

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  156. Thnaks for the chance to win this great book!
    Greetings from Germany
    Hildy

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  157. Great resource for forgotten sewing basics. My first class in 7th grade!
    (Over 50 yrs ago-oh my!)Nancy's a great teacher! Thanks.

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  158. Would love to win this great book.

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  159. Looks like a good book for information. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  160. Как бы я хотела выиграть эту великолепную книг!!!

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  161. Thanks for showing a bit of the book - would love to put it in my sewing room.

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  162. Nancys book looks terrific and your review was good reading. Thanks :)

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  163. I've been a fan of Nancy for many years, and she helped me to sew professional quality clothing for myself and my family. What a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  164. Great giveaway, I used to watch her shows a long time ago.

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  165. Great prize - a book like this is missing in my library!

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  166. Hey,
    I would so love to win this book. I am currently searching for a sewing instruction book and haven't found the right on yet.
    My email: thebanana(at)web(dot)de

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  167. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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  168. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win

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  169. I'm so glad that Nancy included you on her blog tour. It sure is a great combination. I know I've been pretty lucky lately but this would be the prize that brings it all together. Too many times I sew by the seat of my pants and having the benefit of Nancy's expertise in these books and tools would be a tremendous help. Thanks for the chance!

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  171. Nancy has always given viewers & readers a wealth of knowledge.

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  172. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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  173. I've been making the rounds, and the more I see and read about this book, the more I want. Fingers crossed :)

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  174. What a great reference book, thanks for the giveaway!

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  175. Nancy makes it so easy! I love this new book!

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  176. Looks like a fantastic book! Just what I need to help me learn to sew. :)

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  177. I would love to win this book and thanks for the chance.

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  178. My daughter is learning to sew and I think this would be the perfect book for her.

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  179. Concise and clear review. Not only do I want "Sewing A to Z", I want it.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  180. Nice to meet you! Lovely blog.

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