Friday, 10 October 2014

An unapologetically Christmassy giveaway!


This is just a really quick post to invite you to leave a comment to have the chance to win these gorgeous fabrics from my sponsor, Fabric HQ, who have recently launched a shiny new website, as well as opening up a real-life, you-can-actually-touch-it shop in Buckinghamshire.

I know many people are hideously offended by thinking about Christmas in October, but for me, the moment three family birthdays are over at the end of September, my thoughts turn to how excited I feel about Christmas, so these bundles are unapologetically seasonal! However, I've already seen some people beginning Christmas sewing over on Instagram, so I do wonder whether sewists are naturally willing to embrace the whole thing earlier, just because we sometimes need longer to prepare our gifts if we're making them!

There's a fairly well-padded Christmas section, but I also love this 'Autumnal Woods' panel, which actually looks deliciously wintry to me.


But when not thinking about Christmas, Fabric HQ do offer a fantastic selection of fabrics. From memory, most of the prints in this stack are ones that I bought there when I first started on my Passacaglia quilt six months ago. But they also do some amazing dressmaking fabrics (rabbits and hares, and leaves!). If you want to keep track of what's coming and going at Fabric HQ you can sign up to their newsletter by clicking on the button that's right at the bottom of every page on their website

Anyway, how to enter - I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment telling me what you're enjoying reading, listening to or looking at, recently. 

Personally, I'm currently reading the newly published 'Us' by David Nicholls, author of the book (and now film), One Day. My sister actually sent me an Amazon gift voucher (with an incredible dancing dogs animation and a 'happy birthday' message even though it's not my birthday until March. It was quite thrilling - she knows just what's going to delight me) for this book so that I could download it to my Kindle and read it at the same time as her. We're both unsure of how much we love the characters yet, but we're both huge fans of David Nicholls' writing. I'm also reading-by-proxy, Bounce: the Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed (by proxy as I bought it for my husband, but he's relaying it to me chapter-by-chapter as he reads and we've discussed the ideas in it so much that I feel like I've read it myself - it's a sports psychology book and a really inspiring, empowering and fascinating read, irrespective of whether you have a direct interest in sport - so much of what's written in it is applicable to wider life). 

I'll announce a winner next week. Rae is happy to post the fabric to anywhere in Europe. Really looking forward to reading what you're enjoying at the moment.

Florence x

121 comments:

  1. I am reading Small World: An Academic Romance by David Lodge. I enjoy his books but am not so impressed with this one. I am also reading the .pdf of the manual for my new baby, the Brother NV1250, which is due to arrive in about a month's time!

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  2. Yay! Christmas is coming...

    I'm reading first aid for fairies and other fabled beasts. It's really my daughters book, but I was so intrigued by the first chapter I had to keep reading for myself. It's by Lari Don and set in the Scottish Borders, where my in-laws live!

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  3. I'm currently reading the 2nd Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. I'm about halfway through the first book so it will keep me occupied for a while.

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  4. I am reading The girl Who Saved the King of Sweden which is really great. An off the wall story, wry observations, historical contexts twisted a little. Very clever. And I am watching seasons 3&4 of The Good Wife as I complete my hand sewing. I love that little Christmas bundle!

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  5. This fabric looks so exciting! I've started thinking about Christmas too, which is very early for me (I blame it on the Lakeland catalogue!) At the moment I am reading Inkheart, an old favourite, and remembering how much I love it.

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  6. I just finished reading Gone Girl. It was so good, it only took me just over 24 hours to read! I couldn't put it down. X

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  7. I have just finished reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I enjoyed reading it but still puzzling over the deeper meaning! Love the fabrics!

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  8. I've got loads of family birthdays/weddings before Christmas so I'm trying to be very organised this year - famous last words... These fabrics would be great as part of my mum's presents, if I were selfless enough to give them away!
    I'm currently reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, leant to me by a friend and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought. I'm also devouring podcasts, especially Short Cuts, Serial and Radiolab.

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  9. I'm reading The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo but not enjoying it as much as the other two of his I've read. I really enjoy a good thriller. Once summer hols are over I get focused on Christmas. I like to get sorted early, forget about it and then do the build up again nearer the time - only without all the stress and hassle!

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  10. I start thinking about Christmas when the children go back to school in September - despite the fact that two of them have birthdays in October and November. We love Christmas! I'm reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson ( for the second time. It's a fantastic book and I can't recommend it highly enough. I've also rediscovered my She & Him cds so that's what I'm listening to when I can put my book down!

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  11. I'm reading a trashy book called the last year of single, it's an easy read, not too serious and a it of fun. I have recently taken up tambour embroidery so I am spending a lot of brain power on this new technique leaving little brain cells for much else x

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  12. I've been listening to the book thief audio book and looking at Modflowers blog which is one of my favourites (after flossieteacakes of course!!).

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  13. I'm doing three small local Christmas fayres in November so I have already got my Christmas sewing hat on! What I'm looking at, at the moment, are other Crafters' Blogs. There is SO much inspiration out there, as well as practical tutorials. I am fairly new to sewing but loving it so much.

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  14. I've been doing bits and pieces of my Christmas sewing all year round this year and it's made such a difference. I feel on top of things and under no pressure because I have already made most of what I want to make.
    I'm currently reading John Lyman's God's Lions series which I am quite enjoying. I read a page or two of Quilting Isn't Funny: A Collection of Threadful Humor every now and again over a quiet cuppa, but only if I'm alone as I just can stop laughing over it.

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  15. not too early at all! I ordered material to make an advent calendar (my first) two months ago (ok, they're still waiting for my attention, but got to sew something for my sons' halloween at school first)... I'm listening to Jeffrey Archer audiobooks at the moment (evening and night). Lovely to be read to!

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  16. Never too early! I've been doing some re-reading. Loads of my doctor who books that i read as a teenager :)

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  17. I'm currently reading the second Sydney Chambers Grantchester book and I was desperately trying to finish before it was shown on TV. Somehow once you've seen actors in the character's roles it becomes harder to keep your original image in your head.

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  18. I'm reading an old 1950s copy of an Agatha Christie book. Somehow reading it in the small type on yellowing, slightly friable paper adds to the atmosphere of the story.

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  19. Apart from Couples by Kate Figes, and The Scandal of Christianity by RT Kendall, I am mainly reading How to Refurbish Sewing Machines, which you can downlaod for free from the Tools for Self Reliance website. It sits open on the kitchen table while I refurbish a lovely 1914 hand crank Singer 66. Oh how lovely is the sound of it purring when I turn the handle. Like the Queen purrhaps.....

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  20. I don't often read because I could be sewing instead, however my daughter asked me to read Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, so I did. It was great to have an idea about what she enjoys reading and to talk about it together.

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  21. a book i really liked recently was Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore. quite different but really good!

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  22. I have not been able to read much since I just had my first grandson so I have been busy loving on him and making bibs and burp cloths

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  23. Hi Florence. I've just finished reading Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim. This is a very uplifting story of a white plantation owner's daughter and her relationship with her black "mammy" slave, and how the white girl grows up to appreciate the terrible plight of her father's slaves. It isn't my normal kind of book but I loved it. It really made me think about slavery and what it meant for both sides and also that not every white person was bad. A lovely read and well written. Thanks for the opportunity of a giveaway and an introduction to Fabric HQ - I shall now away and spend a good time browsing their store. Jean.x

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  24. I'm down to the last 100 pages of the Spoils of Time trilogy by Penny Vincenzi and I almost don't want to read it because I simply don't want it to end. I've actually read it before but I am completely in love with the characters and they feel so real after almost 2.5k pages. What will I do without them?

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  25. Listening to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani while knitting. Christmas knitting begins very early!

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  26. I'm reading Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. Clever, atmospheric and dark but with an upbeat ending.

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  27. I'm reading a series of crime novels by Karen Rose at the moment. Lots of gore, but a bit of romance still!

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  28. I just finished reading Phyllida Law's "How Many Camels Are There In Holland" and I have five newly ordered Meave Benchy books to start on. I also like to gaze at Pinterest and get holiday ideas. These pre-cuts are wonderful....so many ideas for quilts and bags!

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  29. I am currently reading perfect by Rachel Joyce. The novel has at the heart of it trying too understand and control life form the point of view of a child and an adult with emotional issues. Very thought provoking. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. x

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  30. Currently reading an Elm Creek Quilters book by Jennifer Chiaverini. I love to watch home improvement programmes and went to the theatre last weekend to see Warhorse, it was amazing!

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  31. About to start reading Gone Girl and listening to Ed Sheeran quite a bit. Getting started on the Christmas sewing now as I have a baby due on December 24th,will be a very special time!

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  32. I'm in between books at the moment, and catching up on my magazine reading. I love "Home Farmer" magazine, it's so homely. I had a long solo road trip on the weekend and without children, was able to listen (and sing) to Queen Greatest Hits, very loudly. I've been loving looking at the apples lately. We've just moved to Herefordshire, and the glorious autumn colours and smells of ripening apples are just lovely.

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  33. I wish I had time for reading - I used to read masses on my commute to work but since I started to work at home, that precious 'alone' time has gone (although I don't miss the actual commute - I know contradictory, but true!) Most recent book was Capital by John Lanchester and loving Sam Smith on the ipod.

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  34. I'm reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent about the last public execution in Iceland in 1829. I'm also very intrigued by 'Us' so might give that a go next!

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  35. I've just finished 'Reconstructing Amelia' by Kimberley McCreight and am now almost at the end of 'The Proposal' by Tasmin Perry. I've also recently had a go at 'Gone Girl' and 'Room' and hated them both - I finished the first but I'm not sure why I bothered and I gave up on the second about halfway through. I'm enjoying listening to DID podcasts and looking at Archie asleep in the sun.

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  36. I'm reading Kate Atkinson's Life After Life in actual book form. Lovely. Lovely fabric, too. Thanks for the chance to win xx

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  37. On my bookshelf at the moment - a stack of Anne McCaffrey dragon series books I am re-reading from my teenage years, light and easy. Bridge books to help me improve my game. And a knitting book, 400 knitting stitches, no author pion the cover but from
    Murdoch books (via my local library, hooray for libraries)

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  38. I've just received a copy of Quiltmaking by Hand by
    Jinny Beyer, so that's my reading for a while. Thank you for the giveaway.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  39. I love me a bit of Shakespeare every now and then so and am currently reading Macbeth. An all time classic!
    samanthajhammond@hotmail.co.uk

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  40. Quilting tips are always useful. Congratulations on the new store. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  41. О! Прекрасно! Я люблю перечитывать Диккенса. У него прекрасные рождественские рассказы! В октябре любимая книга - Вашингтон Ирыинг и герой Икобод Крейн, всадник без головы и прочее.

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  42. The only thing I have had time to read lately are blogs! I would love the chance to win!

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  43. Because I work on hte computer all day I tend to listen to more than I read. Right now I am finishing up the Lord of the Rings trilogy and have been really in the History of the English Language podcast!

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  44. I've been reading "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton. I read the recommendations on goodreads.com and it was a must to download. It is one of those books that you do not want to end. Set in Amsterdam in the 18thC it is the story of the new wife of a merchant. The detail of life in the city for the well heeled middle class is described so well, but this is more than just a history. There are the mysterious appearances of objects which seem to foretell the future. I could hardly put this book down.
    Apart from that I read blogs every morning in bed with a cup of tea for 30 minutes before breakfast and this afternoon have been reading the latest issue of Just Quilting.
    Thank you for hosting a giveaway and I hope the store is a huge success!

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  45. I am enjoying lots of Youtube videos and teaching myself to sew :)

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  46. Beautiful fabric! I'm reading Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald - great detective fiction with a (realistic) supernatural twist. My top recommendation this year is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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  47. I'm reading "to kill a mockingbird" as my daughters GSCE english teacher said all the parents ought to read it too..... must do as teacher tells me....

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    1. I reread To Kill a Mockingbird a few years ago and was shocked to find out how FUNNY it was. I mean, I remembered it as teaching us Important Lessons and all, but I hadn't remembered the humor at all. What an accomplishment Ms. Lee had with her book!

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  48. in the U.S. but wanted to put my 2 cents in anyway! I listen to books on tape because I have RLS and can't sit for a long time. I just finished HOME, by Marilynne Robinson. I'm looking forward to see the movie Wild. Today I'm going to a movie called Gone Girl. Which was a pretty good book. I hope I can sit though the whole movie. I'm working on a table topper for Xmas...never to early to start. Love your blog.

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  49. I've just finished reading Little Lies, which is then latest one by the same author as The Husband's Secret. I'm trying to decide which one I love the most!! Such fantastic reads, I highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you for the chance to win, those Christmas fabrics are yummy :-)

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  50. With an upcoming move I haven't had much time to read (add a four year old and a 5 months old to that and it's hard to believe I can sit at all!) But I've been reading slowly through Dorothy Whipple's "They Knew Mr. Knight". I enjoy the readability of Whipple's novels, it makes it hard to put them down!
    Also, I just listened to Ian McEwan's "The Children Act" on BBC radio 4 Book at Bedtime. It was the first time listening to a book and I loved it! It's great that BBC puts the emissions on line so we can listen on other countries.

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    1. A Jodie Picoult book - Keeping Faith - only started it but interested to see where it goes. Lovely fabrics

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  51. Hi, and thanks for the giveaway :) I'm not reading anything at the moment, but I went into a science fiction phase some months ago and read Neuromancer from Gibson (loved it). Right now all my thoughts turned to quilting, which is what I'm trying to learn right now.

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    1. Oops, I'm sorry, I saw you'll post the giveaway to Europe only. Please disregard my comment for the giveaway ;)

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  52. My book-club pick is The Twits by Roald Dahl. I read it as a kid but want to re-read it again and see how sinister it (really?) is!!!!

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  53. oooh, love to discover new UK fabric shops!

    as for what I'm reading, after finishing your recommendation of "Love, Nina" by Nina Stibbe, I moved on to Alan Bennett's journals! (well, the two books of his collected writings, which include his journals). I kept waiting for him to refer to Mary-Kay's nanny Nina, but it never happened. But he did talk about Mary-kay and Sam! in paper book fashion, I'm finally indulging in my first John-Banville-as-Benjamin-Black murder mystery and wondering what took me so long!!

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  54. I'm currently reading "This Sceptred Isle" by Christopher Lee. I'm quite into history but usually hone in on more topic specific books. It is very interesting reading all of it in one volume and seeing the wider picture.

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  55. I am reading Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel.
    And the Quiltmania magazine all about quilting and quilters.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. I'm reading a few things at the moment. I am refusing to watch the Outlander series on TV until I've had a re-read of the series and so am currently halfway through the first one, Cross-stitch (Outlander in the US). I'm also about 2/3 of the way through The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which I am reading aloud to my 6 and 5 year old daughters - it makes a nice change to all the re-reads of the Little Red Train books (gorgeous though they are) that I usually read to my 2 year old son!
    Viewing-wise I have just started watching a new series on Sky called The Leftovers. I'm a little wary as it's by the same people who produced Lost and I really don't want to be watching loads of series and it have such a rubbish ending that Lost did!

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  57. Fantastic Giveaway !! I am currently reading Mollie Makes Blogger. One day I will have the courage to start my own blog ! xx

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  58. i love mysterys , have you ever read the Peter Robinson's Insp Banks books?

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  59. Wonderful giveaway :)

    For Christmas 2013 I got a kindle paperwhite and I've been so addicted my crafty hobbies have taken a back seat this year (my bank account thanks me though!). After working my way through various fantasy epics, I'm currently reading the Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb.

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  60. Hello Florence!
    Thank you for this giveaway. Like a lot of us… I do love fabric. And reading your blog, which I find joyful and always clever.
    At the moment I enjoy…
    - reading books on Shaker architecture and furniture : so much beauty there!
    - listening to podcasts from the French radio station France Culture, which is truly awesome!! (it's in French though… but I recommend it warmly to those of you speaking the language :)
    - I also like to discover new music with $1 a piece old vinyls that I buy on my way home (i.e. Music, Martinis and Memories… Love that title ;) and the music!)
    Thank you!
    Anaïs

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  61. Just read 'the Goldfinch' . Very long but a good read. Loving the fabrics.

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  62. I'm currently reading Princess Gwendoline's Sunday Slippers by Mary Ann Forster and it's definitely not too early to be thinking about Christmas as I'm busy making Christmas presents already :)

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  63. Its not too early, already christmas shopping here! I am readin To rise again at a decent hour, took a while for me to get into it but quite enjoying it now.

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  64. I'm reading The House at Riverton and drooling over pictures of sew together bags and milliefiori quilts - both of which are on my "to make" list!

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  65. I am currently reading Clash of Kings. It is the second Game of Thrones book. I have a love hate relationship with these books. I am not sure I like them bit I can't stop reading them

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  66. Currently reading Gabriels Redemption by Sylvain Reynard. It is the last of a trilogy

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  67. I'm currently loving lots of music by Arcade Fire and Black Keys.

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  68. I listen to books on CD/tape all the time. I can sew, quilt, clean, etc., etc at the same time! I recently listened to "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult and enjoyed it so much that I've picked up several more of her novels. "The Storyteller" concerned the treatment of the Jews during WWII and was riveting. I'm welll into "Handle With Care" about a family who has a child with OI. I like that the novels make me think about situations and people that make me feel uncomfortable.

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  69. I am reading The pattern on the carpet by Margaret Drabble ! Filled with wonderful family reminiscences and a history of jigsaw included!
    I always have great Christtmas stitching intentions, often far too late to do anything about them. May be this year.

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  70. Lovely giveaway!

    I am currently on holiday in North Devon and the sea air means I have been falling asleep without reading anything (other than maps during the day), listening to the sound of the waves and the birds and the cows (and the odd crash of thunder) and looking at the view from the Lynton cliff railway, crows against the Devon sunrise, National Trust and RHS gardens as the colours turn Autumnal, wonderful animals at Exmoor Zoo and the amazing coastline and countryside of North Devon. Back home to Bath today, via Dunster Castle.

    Sue.x

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  71. I have to admit that I read a lot of rubbish since I got my Kindle as nobody can see the tacky covers and it helps me relax after a hard day as a single mom. However, one of my all time favourite books that I recommend to everyone is 'Last Chance to See' by Douglas Adams. It's such a funny book despite the very serious subject.
    Thank you so much for the chance of winning.

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  72. I'm watching the rugby - Gloucester v Saracens!!!

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  73. The last book I read was Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol", it was a good read. But right now I am engrossed in reading "Beaded Bracelets" by Claudine McCormack Jalajas, first craft book were I have wanted to make just about every project, I would say 18 out of the 25.

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  74. I'm reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I read it 20 years ago but felt I wanted to read it again. Its a critically acclaimed history of China, and documents the incredible cruelty perpetrated by one man but also shows the bravery and survival of the people. It is a very hard read but I couldn't put it down.
    Love the fabric and love Christmas, thank you for giving us the opportunity to win but also for letting us know about Fabric HQ, will certainly be checking the website.
    Andrea x

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  75. I have been fishing alot, so not much time reading. I really like the fabric it is lovely
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  76. Love those fabrics!! I just finished reading "Before I Go To Sleep" which was way better than I'd expected and I've made a start on the new Poirot which is nowhere near as good as it should be.

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    1. I loved Before I Go To Sleep, apparently the newly released film is just as good :-)

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  77. I just started reading a series by Rachel Hauck. Based on hymn lyrics, set in a real town, I love it so far. thank you for the chance to win
    whatknotgirls at yahoo dot com

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  78. I'm reading Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver. Fantastic lead character, butterflies galore and even some subtle sewing references.

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  79. I'm reading/rereading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I'm enjoying the characters and their adventures.
    I read between quilting and keeping up with friends in person, by phone and email.

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  80. I'm reading (well, as much as I can read before I fall asleep as I am 7 months pregnant) Tinkerlab: A Hands on Guide for Little Inventors for some inspiration to keep my almost 4 year old entertained. I've added some of your recommendations to my Christmas list so I have plenty to read over the winter!

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  81. I have started with Christmas too and love making what I can. I am listening to a wonderful story as I work called A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Thank you for inspiring me to try fussy cutting and to enjoy patchwork again. I am waiting for my Millefliori Quilts book to arrive and wondering if I will fall down the Passacaglia Quilt rabbit hole:)

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  82. Right now I am reading Lords and Ladies by Terry Patchett as I need some light hearted easy reading desperately and who better for that than good old Terry Patchett? My son is watching The Gruffallo on TV :)

    We will crack open the Christmas books and DVDs as soon as Guy Fawkes has passed to try and introduce our 3 year old to the magic of Christmas in plenty of time and I started my Christmas crafting in September too... I don't like the bombardment of Christmas in general too early but for crafting purposes it is a must to start early enough!!

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  83. I don't really read. But if I was to choose a book it would be 'Oliver and the Seawigs', I recently read with my 6 year old. A delightful tale, with super illustrations.
    Thanks to your amazing work, I have got the passacaglia quilt bug and am addicted to fussy cutting fabric and the like!

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  84. I'm reading Lena Dunham's memoir, it's super funny!

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  85. I so wish I had time for reading, what with baby, sewing and house renovations I barely get time to sleep :o(

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  86. I have just enjoyed Donna Tartt's The Chaffinch and am now engrossed with The Little Friend. She is such a beautiful writer, her works are engrossing. Every word is important.

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  87. I'm reading Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Supposedly it's a little less racy than the TV series... But it's still perfect. Reminding me that the female race is just awesome. I'm also getting an excited running commentary from the other half on The Walking Dead graphic novel - cue a lot of oohs and ahhs and noooooos...

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  88. I am reading Me After You, a true story about a lady whose husband and love of her life passed away suddenly in bed. It's tough reading as my husband passed away suddenly in his sleep too but the sun is starting to shine again in my life. This is reiterated by my reawakened love of crunching through the Autumn leaves. I adore the seasons and this year, the fifth Christmas since I lost my husband I have the strength to sew gifts for my family and these beautiful prints would be very welcome to add to my creative Christmas :-)

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  89. I'm an unashamed christmas enthusiast and as soon as the evenings start getting darker I am in the shops snapping up any christmassy chick-lit, especially if there is glitter on the front cover! This year I have started wtih 'Christmas at the Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop'.

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  90. I'm busy sorting through my recipe books trying to sort out things I'm going to be making for Christmas. Fruit is already soaking in alcohol.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  91. Currently looking at all the drunkards path pieces that I have cut out and contemplating how long it is going to take me to piece them all together! Love Xmas so the fabric would be v welcome x

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  92. I just borrowed "Eco Crafts" from my local library and am dying to have a proper look through it as it seems to have some original crafts using recycled materials. The author has background in graphic design and it shows in the projects. So delighted that I found this book!

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  93. I'm currently enjoying a bit of a blast from the past and rereading a bunch of Enid Blyton books! Partway through the Malory Towers series currently! I love the nostalgia that comes with rereading books :3

    Gorgeous fabrics, I have a few Christmas crafty projects in mind and seeing such lovely designs makes me want to get sewing!

    Amy xx

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    1. Thought it only me who had that guilty pleasure! Am tempted by the Ann of Green Gables collection currently!

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  94. I am reading, or re-reading to be accurate, The World According to Garp, by John Irving. When I have time that is!

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  95. I've been listening to Frank Sinatra whilst painting furniture. Read the first few pages of The Shadow of the Wind several times just can't keep awake or remember what I've read. Mainly flicking through knitting pattern books and cook books. Ready to hibernate!

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  96. I loved re-reading Les Miserables after I saw the stage musical.

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  97. I'm not having a chance to do much reading at the moment with trying to sort out a place for my eldest going to go to college

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  98. Last night I finished reading Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer. It was a sad story and I'm hoping with a little reflection I'l find it empowering and not feel so sad about it. I love the Christmas fabrics and having been making Christmas gifts for weeks :)

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  99. I'm reading the new Love patchwork and quilting magazine that I saw on your blog! I'm just starting my christmas making projects! fingers crossed :-)

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  100. Hi Florence, to be honest I am enjoying reading the oncoming season of autumn, listening to the wind in the trees and looking at the changing colours. Let's face it, this is going to lead us to Christmas. Happy stitching ��

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  101. I'm currently looking at pinterest for Christmas sewing ideas! No problem thinking about Christmas in October here (or even September!)

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  102. I'm loving looking through Instagram at all the amazing Passacaglia quilt photos - they are all so wonderfully different and gorgeous. I'm just getting going with mine but it's so great to see the progress of others.

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  103. The fabrics are wonderful; such carefully drafted designs...I finished 'Us' last night and I just loved it... So true, sad and funny and, actually, wise...

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  104. I have just finished reading "The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden" by Jonas Jonasson - just couldn't put it away! Now that that's out of the way, Christmas crafting can commence...

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  105. Hi, I'm looking at your blog and feeding my pinterest addiction which has led to me purchasing white narcissus to force for Christmas ..and whilst looking at these found this which made me think of you and your ranuculus addiction.. plant now and revel in their pleasure (and value for money!) http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ranunculus-aviv-white/classid.2000025316/
    Also am still busy quilting since you first inspired me last year! x

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  106. I'm rereading Gone with the Wind, which I read many years ago. Always intrigued by how the film's are different from the book. Love your the fabric. X

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    1. Popped into the store today and Rae remained me about this giveaway, so lucky to has this fab new store near me.

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  107. 6music constantly plays during the day, making sure my 20month old hears some good tunes and hoping he'll never want to listen to radio 1! I've just finished reading The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear. Great giveaway, thanks and for the first time ever I'm thinking its never to early to think about Christmas.
    Kirstystewart1 at hotmail dot com

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  108. I've just finished The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, really enjoyed it. Am now starting The Fault in Our Stars. Lovely giveaway, I've already got some Xmas presents and am in full organising mode til the big day!!

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  109. I recently read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, which is a phantastic book. And since it's autumn I love to look at the trees with their red and golden leaves, especially when the sun shines.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway.

    Claudia x

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  110. I've just finished reading the latest Ian McKewan book Children Act, discovered his books when I read Atonement before seeing the film and he is by far my favourite novelist. Every book he writes is different and his attention to detail for every book he writes make it sublime reading. They are all different topics with fascinating lead characters from very compelling and powerful love stories to drunken environmental scientists, spies in MI6 and high court family judges!! Have a read I promise you won't be disappointed :-)

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  111. I have just finished reading "The diary of Ann Frank" after visiting her home in Amsterdam. She was a gifted writer as well as a chronicler of terrifying times.

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  112. I've read my first ever Jack Reacher, it was good but very violent. So, now im turning to a bit of fun fluff (59p on kindle) The Beach Cafe! One extreme to another but that's the magic of books.

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  113. I finished "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and it's a wonderful book; loved it!

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  114. I'm reading ' 12 years a slave '. I haven't seen the film yet, as I really wanted to read it first once I found out it was based on a true story. An absolutely amazing narrative. Especially for the time it was written.

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  115. I tend to only read books (kindle) when on holiday as I love to have the time to get totally engrossed and read it from start to finish in a day or two. The rest of the time I'm reading blogs everyday, I love that insight into other people's lives and creativity, especially on grey days.

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Florence x

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