Thursday, January 12, 2012

Announcing

Officially CLOSED - winner to be announced soon 


Yes I am announcing a giveaway. (Can I get a Hooray?)  
After doing the book review more than half of the comments said "Yes do a giveaway." So  a copy of Finish Almost Any Quilt  by Marguerita McManus is going to be up for grabs.  Oh, not "just a book" no, it will be autographed by the author!  (I love having autographed books!) 




If you need to go back and read the review it is here


So how do you enter?  You can get several entries.
1. Comment on why you want or need this book.
2. Be a follower and tell me so in a separate comment. 
3.  Blog about this giveaway and come back tell me in a comment with a link to your post. 
4.  The lucky few who commented on the book review PRIOR to this post (and I know there were 17!) get an extra entry for commenting to tell me that they commented on that post. 


This giveaway will run through January 27th.  Mr Random will pick a winner.  The winner will be contacted prior to being announced.   
Please be sure that you are NOT a no-reply blogger.  (not sure?  Check by following this tutorial)  If you are no-reply, you must leave your email in the comment to win. 


Okay...let the comments begin! 
I must inform you that I probably won't respond to all the comments on this.  But I do promise that I will read them all!

168 comments:

Donna said...

I am very interested in this technique which is why I want the book. I need it just 'cause! Thanks for the book review.

Donna said...

I am a follower.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I have never used this technique and it sounds perfect for the Loving Hands quilts I make. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I am a faithful follower of your wonderful blog :)

Pat said...

Comment #1 for me....I need this book because I spent more than I could really afford last year on getting my tops quilted...I need to find a workable way to quilt them myself!

Pat said...

Comment #2 for me.....I have been a follower of this blog for a long time now!

Pat said...

Comment #3 for me: I have posted about this on my blog (even though it will lessen MY chance of winning....boo-hoo!!!) I told my blog readers if they decide not to enter the giveaway, that's fine but I told them they really should sign on as followers of your blog. Here is the link to my blog post http://alittleofthisandalittleofpat.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-link.html

Pat said...

Comment #4 for me: I do believe I was one of those who jumped right in and commented when you first spoke about this book and started to review it. So.....this comment is to inform you of that. (AND...can you tell how well I followed your rules for entering this giveaway? Can you tell how much I want to WIN this giveaway?? LOL) Here's hoping!!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I need the book because of that crazy Moose on the Porch!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm one of your faithful followers.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Jumping up and down!! I posted on your previous post!!! Good think I like to chat.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Alrighty Gene. I posted your announcement. Kind of small, because I want to win. Here's the link:

http://billiebeesblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/announcing-genes-announcing-of-giveaway.html

arlette said...

Oh please!!!, enter me in the drawing!!!, I'd love to finish alot of quilts using the book, thank you for the chance :)!!!!

arlette said...

I have been your follower, from a while now, *fingers crossed*

Denise :) said...

Hey Gene! I'd love a copy of this book--I've done several quilts using one form of QAYG method, but there are several quilts I've not tried because it didn't seam to be possible. Lucky for me I'm not a perfectionist ... just a quilter living in a very small space (5th wheel) and I know my quilting would benefit from this book! To have it autographed is the icing on the cake -- I love autographed books, too! :)

Denise :) said...

I am a follower. I thought I already was (us Alabamians need to stick together!), but evidently something went wrong. As is well with the world now, though. :)

Denise :) said...

And... I blogged about it, too! :)

quiltma said...

I would love you win this book. Sounds interesting

Sarah said...

I need this book because I hate finishing and would make a lot more quilts if I knew an easier way to quilt them. That is all.

Sarah

Michele said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. Enter me in the drawing for this interesting book. I do have trouble (sometimes) finishing a quilt! Thank you for the chance to win. Michele G

Michele said...

Gene, I need to read this book. Currently I have two quilts, back from the long arm quilter for over 10 months, that just need to be binded. Another two that are in rows..sew those rows together..come on... another that is all together except for the last row, I need to make one more block...I think I need to read this book. I'm hoping that it will help me stay on track. Why is it so much fun to start a new project, and so painful to finish? Michele G

Coloradolady said...

I spend a small fortune having quilts done....I really am interested in this book. Thanks for the chance.

Jo said...

I not only want the book I need the book! Anyway I can save money is wonderful these days. I have spent I an sure thousands of dollars sending quilts out, if I can find a managable way to do them at home that will not make me rip out my hair I am all for it! Thanks for the chance

Jo said...

I am a follower

das said...

I am new to quilting and would like to learn this method. I love reading and all things books. And I love havng autographed ones.
swordfish4203 at gmail dot com

Mego said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...I NEED it! I used to send everything out but now due to finances I have to finish them myself! I need HELP! Thanx for the chance!

Margaret said...

I really want to learn to finish my own quilts. I have always sent them to a quilter but my hubs says that is getting way too expensive.

robin said...

I tend to start and not finish projects, so I really think I need to read this!! lol

robin said...

I'm a follower.

Margaret said...

I am a follower.

robin said...

I blogged about this giveaway: http://quiltyascharged.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-at-gene-black-alabama-artist.html

Rachel said...

I'm sure my reasons for wanting this book are similar to others' - starting projects is much easier than finishing them. A little quilters' ADD, perhaps?

Rachel said...

I am a follower! Have been for a while ;)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Gene, I'm sure this book would be very useful to most quilters, and I need all the help I can get-lol. :)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I am one of your followers. :)

Momof3girls said...

I would love to own this book. I've been quilting for a while, but I'm new to the quilting as you go method. I plan to start a new quilt and try that method. It seems to be much easier to quilt as you go along.
Blessings!

Hilachas said...

I need this book because I spend SO much time trying to finish, unsewing, continuing to finish, unsewing, etc.. Maybe this book would help me to just FINISH my quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Hilachas said...

I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book

Momof3girls said...

I am following you now!

Momof3girls said...

Here is the link to my website with your giveaway:
http://momof3girls-momofmanytrades.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-by-gene-black.html

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I'd love this book because I have been curious about this technique for a while now!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I am a follower! Thanks for the chance!

Lindi said...

I have uUFOs stashed all over the place, waiting to finished. If I could learn her techniques, they'd be finished in a trice and I could get started on using up my stash and finishing as i go. I definitely need this book!!!

Lindi said...

I'm an avid follower, Gene! :)

Cassandra said...

Cool book! I am a newer quilter and the quilting process intimidates me. I've completed two quilts but still feel I have no idea what I am doing! ;)

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm a new follower.

hueisei said...

I need this book to guide me on finishing the blocks that I make and no idea what to make with it! thanks for the chance.

hueisei said...

New follower!

astitch said...

I am a follower

Judith said...

Hello, I am a follower. I would love to win this signed book.

Judith said...

I really need this book asI need to finish two quilts and the prospect seems daunting to me.

Spoolhardy Girl said...

This is perfect timing! I just started what is going to be a HUGE quilt and I am too cheap to send it out for quilting. I've been looking around for a good QAYG method.

Spoolhardy Girl said...

2. I am a long time follower!

Spoolhardy Girl said...

3. Blogged! http://spoolhardygirl.blogspot.com/

And Tweeted, just for good measure. :)

VickiT said...

Oh yes please. I'd love to win this. I have a Granddaughter arriving next month. With this I would be able to make more quilts for her much more easily.

jqluo said...

Wonderful book. I am sure the tips provided in the book will help me. TQ.

jqluo said...

New follower!

VickiT said...

Oh man! :( I have been following your blog for quite awhile now via email subscription so hopefully that counts. I just looked and somehow I never clicked the 'follow me' button on the sidebar of your blog however. I have done so now and am now a 'legal' (haha) follower.

Thanks Gene for the great giveaway.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'd love to win the book to learn more about this technique of finishing my quilts (have way too many UFOs - need to rethink how I make my quilts). Thanks for the chance to win.

sosarahsew said...

I would like the book to inspire me to finish up a bunch of my UFOs. I'm sure it has a lot of great ideas. And while I am sewing instead of reading it, it can be reminder sign for me to "Finish Any Quilt"!!

sosarahsew said...

I'm a follower. THanks for the chance to win!

sewmeow said...

Here's a LOUD HURRAY! Yes, I am also one of your faithful followers.

Linda V said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway chance!
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

sewmeow said...

I want to win this book 'cause I have sooooooooo many UFO'S that I'm sure this book could help me get some of them finished.

Besides.......I haven't won anything in quite a while...lol

Linda V said...

I NEED a book called, "Finish any Quilt", since I have several dozen blocks that need to go into quilts! Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

sewmeow said...

Yes...yes...I did a quick blurp on my blog...

here 'tis:

http://sewfunquilts-sewmeow.blogspot.com/2012/01/did-ya-enter.html

Lee said...

I do need helping finishing a few quilts so I am thinking this book is for me! :) thank you.

Lee said...

I am a new follower! Thank you again.

Needled Mom said...

I would love to win a copy. I certainly can use all the advice possible on finishing up around here.

Patti Williams said...

I would love this book! I want to learn everything I can about quilting!

Patti Williams said...

I do follow your blog daily!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

I need this book because I am awful at finishing!

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Kathy said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win the AUTOGRAPHED book. I love autographed books too.

Patti Williams said...

I blogged about your fantastic giveaway!
http://pattis-tyme.blogspot.com/

Kathy said...

I have only been quilting for a year. I need all the help I can get! Hooray for the chance to win Finish Almost Any Quilt.

Kathy said...

I blogged about your giveaway today at:

http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-should-be-great-year-to-learn-free.html

Mimi said...

I would love to learn this technique!! Thanks for the chance!!

Mimi said...

I am a new follower and look forward to your future posts!!

mary said...

I need this quilt because I am working on using my stash of fabrics and need different ideas

Rhonda said...

Gene, I am not usually a big finisher of quilts but sometimes I do like to give quilts as gifts. This book would definitely aid me in finishing and afford me some new techniques.

Rhonda said...

I'm back..... So I've posted and linked back to you and of course, I'm a "FOLLOWER". Good luck to everyone participating!

Martina said...

I have a lot of quilts to be finished. This book sounds like a great help!

Martina said...

I am a new follower! Looking forward to read more!

c said...

I am new to your blog, and I reallllly need this book , even though MZBillie forwards me your info. I have 8 tops that need to be machine quilted, and I have never done it, and am scared to death to try. these are charity quilts for the fire victims of central bastrop, TX
I am kingcooper0001@aol.com

c said...

Also a new follower, and since I cant afford to have anything pro quilted I need to learn how to do it myself. thanks

I am kingcooper0001@aol.com

Sallie said...

I'd love to see what blocks and patterns work well together to finish quickly. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I'm a follower. :)

Sallie said...

I'm one of the lucky few (#10). Thanks for the giveaway!

James-Linda said...

NEAT BOOK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!
HAPPY QUILTING ALL!

Sallie said...

I blogged about your giveaway at http://salliessampler.blogspot.com/2012/01/two-more-giveaways.html

hueisei said...

Blogged here - http://loveitsewit.blogspot.com/2012/01/lots-of-great-giveaways.html
Thank you!

Suze said...

hum..finishing a quilt is good.. would love to finish more! New follower..

emmy said...

After reading the review, this is definitely a book I could use. Love the idea of 'finishing' quilts. Thank you for the giveaway.

emmy said...

I am a follower, but don't have a blog.

Gwen said...

This is definitely the book for me!!! I am a lot of things--- but not a perfectionist-- and I like it that way. Life is too short to spend too much time worrying about that last 5%-- just get the first 95% done and call it good! :-) I would so love to be able to learn to quilt my own tops too.. I have quite a stack of them waiting for me to hand quilt-- mainly because I cant' afford to have them all machine quilted.. Anyway, I would surely love to have a copy -- and autographed? That's even MORE special!! :-) Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!!

Gwen said...

I am a blog follower too! AND a fellow Alabamian.. :-) Thank you for the giveaway!

Leah said...

sounds like a great book to keep me moving forward with projects

Leah said...

I`m a follower

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I'm a (silent) follower.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I am one of the lucky 17.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Anything to help me get these flimsies finished is a plus in my book :)

ladyof2 said...

I could do alot of projects with this book!

ladyof2 said...

I'm a follower..

SassyCathy said...

Hello! First things first - I'm an Alabama girl! Literally - Roll Tide Roll Go Bama! Way down in the deep south on the good old Gulf Coast.
I need this book very badly - I NEED to finish a lot of quilts I have in progress. Surely need some guidance, tips, and other help :)
So send it on down here -
Thank you,
Cathy Byrd
byrd at gulftel.com

SassyCathy said...

I'm following you - now don't get us lost ok?
and '
HOORAY!
Cathy Byrd
byrd at gulftel.com

SassyCathy said...

http://sassycathy-sassycathy.blogspot.com/2012/01/finish-almost-any-quilt-book-giveaway.html
I blogged about your site and the book giveaway!
Cathy Byrd
byrd at gulftel.com

Shirley in Canada said...

I so "need" this book!! I have made my goal to learn/practice different FMQ and believe this would so help me with that!!!

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

I've tried to do this technique on my own but was a dismal failure lol. This technique would be perfect for me and this book would make me actually capable of doing it! VermontPines@aol.com

Melinda Cornish said...

I love books that teach me different things....I have several different quilts that I could use ideas on....Sometimes I get in a rut and need some help to think outside of the box. I also love to pass on a book when I am through so other people can enjoy it...Thanks for the opportunity Gene!

Melinda Cornish said...

and I have been a follower for a long time!

Jennifer Gail said...

Cause I don't know what i'm doing.That's why:)

Jennifer Gail said...

Yes Gene, I follow you.

Jennifer Gail said...

I will make a post. I promise.

Jennifer Gail said...

Oh yes I was one of the commenters!!

Brita said...

Do I have any UFO blocks to finish? Does a bear... Well, the answer is yes, I do. And this books sounds like something I could use to turn them into quilts!

Sonia said...

Hooray! This looks like a good giveaway. :)

I'm a new follower.

Sonia said...

I would need this book for inspiration to get my projects done.

I think it will be a good one.

Sonia said...

I'm posting this on my blog this evening.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

swakins said...

I so want to finish a quilt, but can never get the hang of wrestling a full sized quilt in my machine. This book is just what I need!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Thanks so much for doing this giveaway! I'm a brand new quilter, intimidated by large projects. I just finished my first quilt top (lap-sized) and would love some new tips and inspiration.

Hugs,
Pam

Pam at Antique or Not said...

I'm a new follower!

swakins said...

Thanks to Margeurite introducing me to your blot I'll be a follower now.

Leslie C said...

This sounds like EXACTLY the book I need! Thanks for the chance to win...

KatieQ said...

It would be great to know how to break down the process of quilting a large project into more manageable portions. I love having books autographed by the author.

KatieQ said...

I am a follower.

c said...

this is so wonderful of you to offer this giveaway. I need this book cause I am afraid of doing anything large than a small lap size quilt, and then I just get the top done and fall apart on the backing and qulting. I am so behind finishing charity quilts. thank you

aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

KarenC said...

I would love to have this book if it would help me complete any (some) of my quilt tops, ufo's and fufo's. I just can't stop piecing but cannot quilt a top on my own machine. I need HELP!!!! ROLL TIDE!!

Snoodles said...

I need this book because I want to learn how to do the technique that you inspired her to write about! LOL I truly would like to know how to accomplish it, and I'm a visual learner, so this would work!

Snoodles said...

I'm one of the seventeen! Yay! Thanks for the extra chance to win!

Snoodles said...

I happily follow your blog!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-finished.html

Laura said...

I need it cos I'm a terrible finisher!! :) Quantity more than quality!

Deb said...

Sounds like a great book! My new sewing group has been talking about different ways to deal with big quilts and home sewing machines and this would be great to try!

Jessica Pierre'auguste said...

I would love to have this book for the tips on t shirt quilting and machine binding! Thanks!

Jessica Pierre'auguste said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Kylie said...

I've very interested in Quilt as You Go and similar methods and this looks like a great resource to start me off. Plus I have a pile of t-shirts waiting to be made into a quilt, I'd love to read her suggestions and method! Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

Kylie said...

I'm a GFC follower- kylie c.

Janet said...

Quilt as you go is the next quilting technique on my list of "must learn". I would love to have this book as it would be a great help in that learning process.

Susan said...

The main reason I need it is that I have quilts to finish. Some are still block sets!

Susan said...

I am a follower. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

Shari said...

This certainly sounds like the book for me. I always get stuck at the big quilt under the little machine stage.

free indeed said...

Well, you know, I have been the perfectionist type and to prove it I have a gazillion unfinished projects in the cupboard! I need this book to give me the strength to just get them done! How else will I have any legacy to pass on to future generations? I need some ideas!

free indeed said...

I'm a follower.

Snowinmay said...

I am a follower now. Best regards :)

Rebecca said...

I would love to learn this method of quilting! And I am lacking in the quilt book category, so this would be great. THANKS for the chance!

Rebecca said...

I follow :)

Kim said...

I'm always up for learning a new technique, this one looks very efficient too! thanks for the chance to win.

Happy Sewing

Kim said...

I thought I was a follower before. But I wasn't good thing I checked.
I'm a follower now......goes I remember emailing with you years ago......remember when you did your flute music blog? Way back then :0). thanks for the chance to win.

Happy Sewing

Raelene said...

Hooray!
I really NEED this book, I never seem to finish my quilts. :-)

Hugs
Raelene

Raelene said...

PS I am now a follower.

Raelene said...

Also put on my blog

raelenesramblings.blogspot.com

Richard Healey said...

I need the book because I am new to quilting and need all the help I can get.


http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Richard Healey said...

I am also a follower.

Andrea said...

I am into simplicity and making a huge quilt and then either man-handling it through the quilting process or paying someone else to do it is just not where I'm at right now...I love organization and this looks like something I really want to try...thanks for the giveaway!

Andrea said...

I'm now a follower...

Kathy MacKie said...

I am a follower, thanks for the giveaway.

Carla G said...

I am a new quilter & would like to know a simple way to finish my quilts with a way that isn't overwhelming. Thanks for a chance to win this book! :)

Carla G said...

I'm a follower! :)

charlotte said...

Gene, it looks like a great book. Good review too. Those are the things I need to know before I invest in a book. Thanks.

charlotte said...

I am now a new follower of you. Thanks!

Nancy Sue said...

I've always been curious about the technique and still trying to wrap my brain around it. Perhaps the book is like being invited backstage to a magic show! Secrets to be revealed! Bring it on David Copperfield :)

Nancy Sue said...

I'm a follower :) Thank you Gene for organizing this giveaway. The book is a perfect giveaway item! Hope you are enjoying what is left of January! Really! Where DOES the time go!

c said...

i get your emails, as I am a follower. I need this book , since you asked, because I have several charity tops here that need to get to the homes they belong to and need to be finished and I am scared to death of doing the quilting.

Cozy in Texas said...

I'm intrigued - sounds like a great book.

Ann

Cozy in Texas said...

Great giveaway.
Ann