Text It! Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

I'm so excited to share my Pi to Infinity quilt with you! Just in time for Pi Day!

Sherri Noel from Rebecca Mae Designs wrote a fabulous new book called Text It!, and she's having a two-week long blog hop to celebrate! There are tons of giveaways, so be sure to check out the list of blogger's at the bottom of this post and visit them all for more chances to win!


Pi to infinity quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts



I met Sherri at Spring Quilt Market in 2017. She has the cutest quilt patterns, and I'm honored to be a part of her book launch party!

When I saw the cover of Text It!, I knew I *had* to make the infinity quilt! I can never resist math-related quilts! The book includes directions for an infinity pillow, so I would use that to make a mini quilt. And since the blog hop is so close to Pi Day, it was a no-brainer to incorporate pi into my version!


Text It! quilting book by Sherri Noel

I eagerly cut apart the templates and pulled out some of my hoarded math fabric (Geometry Math by Zen Chic for Moda). This is when I realized I only had a fat quarter, so I wouldn't be able to use it. I stewed for several days about what to do. I just didn't want to use any other fabric!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Then I had an epiphany! I could just shrink the templates! I printed them again at 75%, and I was ecstatic that I could use my math fabrics!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

I chose the black and gray solids by Island Batik. Did you know they made these solids?? (There's black, white, and gray too!) I love them! The thread count and quality is SO much greater than most solids. And they have one of my favorite qualities of batiks - nearly ZERO fraying! It makes them a no-brainer choice for raw-edge applique.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Armed with a glue stick and 80wt Aurifil in #2600 Dove, I was ready to dive in!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

I first glue basted the gray Island Batik solid to all of the infinity pieces.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Then I hand stitched them together with Aurifil thread.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

I used my Hera marker to loosen the glue and pop out the papers.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

A peak behind the seams before I glued it in place!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Next, I used Steam-A-Seam on the Island Batik black solid, traced, and cut out the numbers. (Do you see those scissors?? They are my favorite pair of scissors, and they've been lost since we moved over six months ago! BUT I FOUND THEM!! Seriously have been happy dancing for a week!)


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Since I was using black fabric for the background, I decided to try out this Hobbs black batting. It's always a good day to try something new!


Hobbs black batting

It was such a bizarre thing to work with! I mean, it FELT like regular batting, and it ACTED just like regular batting, but it was completely solid black. It was a bit like that purple ketchup that Heinz made several years ago. It tasted just like regular ketchup, but it was purple!


Hobbs black batting

I made a quilt sandwich using a fat quarter of the Zen Chic math fabric in cream for the back, the Hobbs black batting, and the fat quarter of black math fabric for the front and pin basted it together.


Hobbs black batting

I pressed the numbers in place right before quilting. I chose 50wt Aurifil in #2600 Dove for the straight-line quilting.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

I used my Juki TL-2010Q and Janome walking foot to quilt vertical lines. I used the edge of the walking foot to space the lines, so they are just shy of 1/2" apart.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Of course I machine sewed my binding on (tutorial here). I used 2 1/4" strips of the black Island Batik solid for my double fold binding (that's my default size now!).


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book


I absolutely love how my mini quilt turned out!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

This quilt is exactly what the math fabric from my stash has been waiting for!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

The black batting was a superb choice! There wasn't any stray lint or fuzzies to clean off before taking these photos. And no sign of bearding at all either! I will definitely be using this again!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

I'm so excited to hang this up to celebrate Pi Day this year! (See my previous Pi Day quilts here and here.)

Another fun fact: When the digits of pi roll around through the middle of the infinity symbol, there's supposed to be a six in both places! So the middle square gets used twice in this number loop.


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Want to make your own infinity quilt? Be sure to get a copy of the Text It! book! You can get a signed copy from Sherri on her blog here, the book is available from the publisher here, it's on Amazon here, and you can even find it at lots of quilt shops right now too!

Would you like to try and win a copy of Text It!? One random commenter will win both the book AND two spools of Aurifil thread! To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me if you have snow like we do! Please leave your email address in your comment if you're a no-reply commenter so I can contact you if you win! (Giveaway is US only and ends March 16th.) Giveaway closed. Congratulations, Tammy!


Infinity quilt from Text It! quilting book

Want to see even more examples of projects from the Text It! book?

Be sure to visit all the bloggers participating in the hop! There are giveaways at every stop too!

Monday, March 4 - Bee Happy
Pamela Jane Morgan at My Sweet Little Stitches
Sharon Lilabelle Lane at Lilabelle Lane Creations

Tuesday, March 5 - Infinity Quilt
Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts (That's me!!)
Leanne Parsons at Devoted Quilter
Katie Muter Starcher at Katie Mae Quilts

Wednesday March 6 - Pillow Talk
Kate Colleran at Seams Like a Dream
Cheryl Daines Brown at Quilter Chic
Dorie Hruska at Forever Quilting

Thursday, March 7 - Freedom Quilt
Jen Shaffer at Patterns By Jen
Lynn Kane at Puppy Girl Designs
Tara Miller at Quilt District

Friday, March 8 - Loving You Wall Hanging
Ellen Ault at Handmade 3D
Sherri Noel at Rebecca Mae Designs

Monday, March 11 - Counting Sheep Baby Quilt
Deanne Eisenman at Snuggles Quilts
Raewyn Barge at Stitching Farmgirl
Susan Pelland at Sue Pelland Designs

Tuesday, March 12 - Home Pillow
Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne
Patty Dudek at Elm Street Quilts
Andy Knowlton at A Bright Corner
Sandra Starley at Utah Quilt Appraiser
Cindy Pieters at Stitchin' at Home

Wednesday, March 13 - Life Is Short Wall Hanging
Becca Fenstermaker at Pretty Piney
Katie Bock at Sewing with Katie
Alla Blanca at Rainbows Bunnies Cupcakes

Thursday, March 14 - Hustle Pillow
Terri Banden Bosch at Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Willow Olson at Bear Paw Design
Erin Sampson at AuriBuzz

Friday, March 15 - Sewing Machine Mat
Lauren Wright at Molly and Mama
Sandra Healy at Sandra Healy Designs
Cheryl Krisel Lynch at Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Saturday, March 16 - Blog Hop wrap up
Sherry Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs



Pi to infinity quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts


Pi to Infinity quilt at Slice of Pi Quilts


Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF at Faith and Fabric, and Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting.

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Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, releases Blogger of responsibility, and agrees to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CST March 5, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm CST on March 16, 2019. One winner will receive a copy of the Text It! book and two large spools of Aurifil thread. Total value of prize approximately $45. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this blog post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on March 17, 2019 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Slice of Pi Quilts from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

90 comments:

  1. I Love Love Love it! The concept, the fabric, the straight stitching, and the 6 in the center... perfect!

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  2. That is awesome, Laura! I love that the 6 is in the right place both times you cross the center :) Smart thinking to reduce the size of the templates because that math fabric is absolutely perfect for this little mini.

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  3. This book sounds great. And your project is amazing. I have a US address.

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  4. Kathy R.
    Love the quilt! Yes we have snow! It started Sunday afternoon and ended by Monday Morning. My husband & I cleared the sidewalks & driveway. The worst part is the mounds the snow plows leave in the driveway. Petuniakr@aol.com

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  5. Oh! My math geek daughter would love this quilt! We also have snow and another round of cold weather for the week. But that means I can stay inside and sew! hopsoncm at hotmail dot com

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  6. Love your ingenuity in shrinking the templates to use what you have! The project turned out great!

    At home we have snow, but I am on vacation in Florida so no snow here!
    Sandy A

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  7. Your pillow is perfect and I'm glad you found a way to use your math fabric. We had about 4 inches last night and it is still coming down.

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  8. Your excitement about this quilt is catching; I got excited with you just reading it. What a fun quilt. I love it when all the elements come together and everything works out. Yes, we have snow like you do -- Minnesota got 35 inches of snow in February!! Want some? Haha.

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  9. Great Quilt! I am currently working in the Foothills of NC... No snow where I am but got lots of it at my home :)

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  10. I love this quilt so much! It makes me absurdly happy that it worked out just right for the six to fit both ways in the middle. And how exciting to have found your favorite scissors just in time for all that cutting! All those precise cuts can really hurt your hands without the right tools.

    Like you, we have so. much. snow. It hasn't gotten above zero in a while, but we finally had a break in the snowing yesterday. The harsher part of winter hit us late this year. I'm actually enjoying all the snow. :)

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  11. Love your quilt! I live in Florida so no snow here.

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  12. Yes I would love to win a copy of Sheri’s new book! Her designs are always fresh and wonderful! I’m in North Carolina and we got very little snow, but bucket-loads of RAIN!!! I would have liked to see a littlle more snow :*)

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  13. I'm in Florida so no snow. It is raining this morning which is a bummer because I have visitors from Michigan, where they have mountains of snow. Was wishing they would have a perfect vacay. But it will be awesome by the weekend. I love your take on the Infinity block. Impressive.

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  14. I love your project! Your fabrics are perfect for this! I worked with that black batting once and it is great to work with, but...different. :) Please don't add me to the giveaway, I just had to comment how much I love this.

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  15. Yes. We are giving away free snow here, (to a good home)
    Ssgaron@msn.com
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  16. Really awesome pi quilt! So cool! I'm in Western NC and we don't have snow where I am right now anyway. Ya never know though! Enjoy your day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  17. No snow in my corner of Texas but it was 28 degrees when I woke up. Love your Pi quilt!

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  18. This is very clever. Love this block. And yes, we have snow. LOTS of snow in Rochester NY.

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  19. Love you pi quilt! We have tons of snow and below zero temps! Can’t wait for spring!!

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  20. I always enjoy how you incorporate math and Pi into your projects! This mini is super fun and so perfect for the upcoming Pi day! It would be weird at first to use black batting, but I'd be willing to give it a try...so glad it worked out for you. Do we have snow here? Do cats have furballs? Heck yes! We have way too much and it isn't going anywhere soon. Boo!

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  21. I love your mini too! No snow here in South Mississippi, but it was 28° this morning! All the buds from our warm 75±° last week will catch a chill for sure! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  22. You did it again!! Love your creative mind!!! And YES we have snow too---most of it blew in from the cornfield into a huge drift across our driveway that took my husband 2 1/2 hours to scoop out with the tractor and loader!!

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  23. What a fun project! I'm in Utah. We've had a lot of snow this year. The last couple of days have been warmer, though, so there are only a few patches of snow left.

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  24. Absolutely love your pi quilts! I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects from this book.

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  25. We had snow on Sunday (about 1/2 to an inch), but it is all gone now except in the shadows. We are expecting flurries again on Thursday.

    I love this mini, pi day is one of my favorite days of the year, especially because we homeschool. I have some math fabric hoarded away that will be great!

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  26. Love your quilt! I have a pi day quilt I need to finish...thanks for the reminder that it's coming up again! We have snow like crazy. However, it's melting (in between storms)so we have a lake and a glacier on the end of our driveway between two piles of snow (and whatever ice chunks the kids can peel up). I'm off to look at your other pi day quilts.

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  28. There's no business like snow business but no snow here!!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  29. Loved your quilt! Really nice work.... I live in southern CA. We have no snow where I live, but I can see snow on the mountains. Beautiful! Thanks, Lyn

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  30. That book looks really great. I work with math so this one is especially interesting to me. We have some snow flurries and it is cold today, but the streets are clean.

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  31. Oh Yes we do! About 21"!!! Thanks for sharing in the "Text It Blog Hop"!

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  32. Love your quilt, and your solution for using your fat quarter! We rain...lots of rain!

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  33. Ohhh yes we have snow more ice cold wind here in elsie michigan ..happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  34. A very intuitive quilt!!! Yes , there is snow and ice for days!!! Thank you!!!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  35. Not very much snow, but cold and rainy! I will be so glad when spring gets here!

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  36. No snow! It all melted on Sunday. I'm loving your pi quilt! Just wish the giveaway was BEFORE pi day, so I could make it in time for my anuala pi party! 😀

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  37. Doesn't it feel fantastic when you find that *perfect* project for the most *perfect* fabric you've been holding on to? Your mini quilt is so very you Laura and I love the way it turned out. Congrats on a great finish! Thanks for sharing on Main Crush Monday!

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  38. Your mini quilt is so cool! Nope, we don't have any snow here.

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  39. I love your mini. No snow but it is cold out.

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  40. Thankfully there is no snow in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

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  41. We had snow here on the OR/WA border, then it melted, and now they are predicting more snow tomorrow--just in time to keep me from making it to my doctor's appointment again. I was snowed in for my last appointment. I'm so upset about this, as if that is going to make any difference.

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  42. We had a little over 2 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago but it has mostly melted now.
    I love math and quilting. Your mini quilt is singing to me.

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  43. Love your pi quilt. No snow here in sweet home Alabama. Adillman3@gmail.com

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  44. we have snow and it has been very cold here. Good quilting weather

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  45. Don't you love it when a plan comes together? What a great quilt! There is more snow here than we've had in years! There are huge snow banks everywhere.

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  46. Great quilt! My granddaughter would love your quilt! I live in Florida, so no snow. Thank goodness!

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  47. We had 3 inches Sunday But although we have had a really lousy winter with icy roads and very cold we haven’t had much snow for several years every since we bought a snow blower. 3 years ago. I love all your work and find this book interesting. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  48. We have only a dusting of snow. Enough for me. Love your project.

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  49. No snow for us. (Plano, TX) Great quilt, brilliant!

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  50. I love your infinity pi! So much fun. We have snow here near Philadelphia, but luckily only 4 inches at a time!

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  51. We do not have snow at the moment. This has been the craziest winter in the Pacific Northwest!

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  52. Great Idea!!! We have snow and we are getting much more snow this weekend!!!

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  53. No, we finally have sunshine in Tennessee! So over all the rainy days!! Love this mini quilt and your design elements! May be something for my engineering student grandson!!!

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  54. No snow in NC. I have to try and make this quilt for my niece in love!

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  55. No snow here in Mississippi...and I am glad. Love your small quilt! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  56. We got a foot of snow Monday with more on the way Sunday. Ugh! If you love Pi and own an embroidery machine check out this design from Urban Threads: https://urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UT3125. It’s the numbers of Pi in the shape of the symbol of Pi. I’ve used it and it’s really cute. By the way, I homeschooled my 3 children too. We had so much fun and learned sooo much. Great decision to homeschool your children!

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  57. Love your new Pi Quilt!! It is raining here, so all our snow has melted...the mountains are looking to get 3-4 more feet of snow this week!

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  58. Great quilt! So different! No snow here in Texas, but it got below freezing last night and the two nights before! Brrrrrrrrrrrr.
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  59. It's almost PI day, too! This is brilliant! We have a covering of snow and it is very cold. thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  60. Thankfully no we do not have snow like you! Love your Pi wall hanging, it's awesome!

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  61. What a great quilt for YOU to make. LOL. I love it, the design is perfect also.

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  62. Love it! Perfect choices for your math fabric. I love your comments about the black batting-- it would take a little getting used to, but such a great option to have.

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  63. You have the patience of a saint and I love the project. No snow here in the AZ valley of the sun unless you're in the mountains.

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  64. I would love to win a book of this lovely projects. I am from northern Germany. No snow this year, perhaps we get springtime.
    Elke

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  65. Snow in the forecast but none on the ground, there’s hope

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  66. We have had really cold temps for awhile now, and the snow is piled up 2-4 feet along our driveway. Seems I'm always shoveling snow!

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  67. Yes, we have snow, lots of it. I am dreaming of green grass and flowers. A couple of years ago we had a storm that dumped 3 feet at the end of March. Love your project!

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  68. We have lots and lots of snow. Definitely ready for spring! jthauge@srt.com

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  69. We are really fortunate to have only had a little bit if snow at a time. Not likemost of rthe country.

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  70. Yes, do we ever have snow! Great for staying in and sewing : )

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  71. Wow your quilt looks great and yes I would love to win the book.

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  72. Yes, there has been snow in my area for the past 2 days. So ready for spring! Love your mini-quilt!

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  73. No snow here (in Atlanta) but we're about to float away due to all of the rain we've had the last 6 or 8 weeks. Now our cabin in Northern Minnesota is buried in the white stuff.
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  74. What a fun little quilt! No snow here - just a lot of rain

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  75. Wow! That quilt looks awesome :)
    and yes, we still have snow on the ground...
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  76. Do we have snow you ask??? I wonder if it will ever go away and more coming tomorrow. A year ago yesterday my husband went for his first bike ride! What a difference a year makes. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I love anything to do with text fabric or quilts with text on them.

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  77. Wow, this is so fun! I love seeing your math-themed quilts! I'm glad you had the idea to shrink your templates so that you could use your math background fabric. I have those same scissors and they are also my favorite!!!! Question--your backing fabric looks like it's on the light side; did you have any trouble with the black batting showing through? That's one thing I'm worried about with the black batting. (Also, no snow here in North Carolina, just lots and lots and lots and lots of rain.)

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  78. Beautiful project. The stark black and white reminds me of a snowy night....something that we do not have right now.

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  79. I love your quilt. Like you, I love math and this is the perfect quilt to celebrate Pi day. We don't have snow right now, but we've had several days where it has snowed recently.

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  80. What perfect fabrics for an infinity quilt! We had snow just the other day but now the rain has melted it. Yesterday felt like spring but I understand that tomorrow it will be winter again. Crazy weather!

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  81. Love this quilt. It's so perfect for you! Love the idea of adding text to a quilt. So cool. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  82. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Yes, there is snow in MN!

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  83. No snow in pittsburgh , pa. I love the infinity of pi

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  84. Heee :) I remember the trippiness of black batting the first time I used it, too! and after yesterday's Bomb Cyclone, we sure HAVE SNOW. Lots of it. Lots of abandonded vehicles blocking up the roads, so very slow plowing happening today. Thankfully, the big Ponderosa we lost to the storm fell in a way that didn't hit any houses or vehicles, so it's all good in the end.

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  85. Oh Laura...this is just awesome. Yes we have snow, and we got some with the bomb cyclone that hit Colorado. Bot today, the 15th it is melting! Yea, Spring is just 5 days away!

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  86. I love so many things about your pi design! Adorable!

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  87. this is so clever--love it! We have had some snow but not too bad.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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