Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beyond Neutral by John Q Adams [giveaway alert]



It's not often that you buy a book that completely inspires you,
but this week I brought this book and I totally love it.
It's written by the amazing and genuinely lovely John
who somehow manages to hold down a high-powered job,
love and look after his kids and make quilts too.


Any way I've owned this book for a week,
and I made a variation of this quilt already,
which I'm hand quilting in my 'spare' time.


And then I fell in love with this one,
and remembered my very precious stash of Catnap fabric
and it seemed like a match made in heaven.

I discovered by clicking on a link on Instagram,
that these quilts are named after real places
which mades me inordinately happy. 
I fully plan to google to see where they are on the US map.


I particularly love John's patterns, because they are so clear
and easy to follow. I'm dyslexic and I find patterns difficult to follow 
but these completely work for me.
Just because they are easy to follow, doesn't mean they aren't satisfying to make.
They look amazing made up.


Last semester I did four level 2 papers and it nearly killed me. 
Study combined with running a family actually made me sick by the end of the semester.
One of the things that keeps me sane is sewing
and as I'm determined to stay sane this semester,
I've been making sure I keep making stuff before the day starts.


I've actually almost sewn this quilt top together, one more morning and it will be done.
It's really beautiful and I can't wait to finish it.
I'm hoping that my friend will have a mouse pattern to quilt it with.
I want to make this with vintage sheets too.
It's just perfect for showing fabric off.


And then once that was almost done, I decided to start this one. 
I'm sick with a chesty cold, my hip is killing me
and I have two essays to write.

Of course I need a distraction!! Doesn't everyone??


So last night I cut out Canyonlands with my secret stash
of Alison Glass fabric plus a few others.
It's going to have this silver dot background
and I think it is going to work out well..


This afternoon I sewed a couple of blocks together,
I can see it's going to be amazing (even though I say it myself).

Anyway I've owned this book exactly a week
and I have three projects underway, if that's not a recommendation,
I don't know what is.

Because I love Beyond Neutrals so much, I'm going to give away a copy.
As these quilts are named after real places,
 I want to you leave a comment telling me your favourite place in the world.
In a week, I'll pick a winner and get a copy posted to you.

Enter below and if all else fails you can buy the book here!


68 comments:

  1. My favourite place in the whole wide world is the Orkney Isles. They were an important part of my youth and the place just speaks to my soul.

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  2. Oooo exciting! And gosh that is a very high recommendation! My favourite place in the world... So tricky... I love love Cape Town, and the Eastern Transvaal, i adore Russell and the bay of islands but i think at the moment and for a while I am very in love with Central Otago and the Lakes District. It takes my breath away and makes me feel calm and at peace and humbled and in awe. I just cant choose just one!

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  3. My favorite place in the world is my Dad's kitchen. Hanging out and cooking with my dad will always be some of my best memories. xo

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  4. From what I've seen that book does look amazing! Love the different looking patterns. Faveoure place I have visited is a little village on outer islands in Tahiti, filled with beautiful warm & caring people. Where you can sit & join in Village life! Favourite place I'd like to visit is the Grand Canyon, the way the sand & earth has been shaped & the light reflects just amazes me. I'd get lost with my slr in there!

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  5. Right here in Auckland - of course it took me moving overseas for 5 years to figure it out!

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  6. My favourite place wold be Waipu Cove, NZ - love summer camping, boogie boarding, fossicking on the beach with my family. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. Oooh! That's hard as I've never been overseas! So I guess my favourite would have to be digging my feet into the sand on a summers day beside the boat ramp at Narrowneck Beach devonport....I have such a lot of good memories visiting almost everyday with my mum as a kid :)

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  8. My favorite place? That's a tough one. I'm going to say Belize! And of course, my hometown, San Luis Obispo, California :)

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  9. Sounds like this book has been soul food for you. My favourite place is Turangi right here in NZ!
    Deb, did you know I have a giveaway on my blog too?

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  10. I'm not a quilter but I know who I'd give this too if I'm the lucky winner! Favourite place in the world...golly, that's tough...I'm going to have to say it's a tie between Budapest and New York City xx

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  11. That's a hard question- there are so many wonderful places in the world, and many I never even been to! So I'll say ..."there's no place like home!"

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  12. Honestly, I don't even know how to think about that! I'm entering because you say the patterns are easy to follow and the pictures look amazing! ....okay so my top 4 places/ memories Florence in Italy, Salzburg in Austria ( it was snowing when we arrived, our first st in Europe), czecky krumlov in the Czech Republic, and driving around the South Island probably the Lewis pass.... All because they are beautiful, beauitful places with rich memories x

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  13. What an amazing generous giveaway! My fav place in the world is London. I love to stand on Westminster Bridge and look over to the Houses of Parliament . That place exudes power!

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  14. My favourite place is New York City. I think it has inspired my quilting more than any other place.

    Thank you for the opportunity! I am purchasing this book next week at the exhibition but should I win I shall give it to a friend who I know will love it.

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  15. I love laying in bed curled up around my husband. Always makes me happy.

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  16. one of my very favorite places in the world is the upper coast of Maine. my family has been visiting and vacationing there since i was a kid and i love everything about it. standing by the ocean and just listening to the water and the birds is life changing. thanks for sharing this book and having this giveaway. all the projects you have begun so far look amazing. i am particularly excited to see your canyonlands quilt...that silver polka dot speaks to me.

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  17. Montana is my choice. I need this book! Thanks for the chance.

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  18. Thanks for posting this, Deb! I would like to contribute two more signed copies of the book to the giveaway, so that you can give away a total of three!

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  19. I love the beach! I am lucky enough to live on the Oregon coast, so I don't have to go far. :)
    clc97423@gmail.com

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  20. Tapu Bay, NZ. Our view over the bay which changes constantly as the tide goes on and out, in and out!

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  21. My favorite place is Northern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan. Trees and water in abundance - that is peace to me.

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  22. Favorite place..the beaches of Maine. We always went as kids and such dear memories!

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  23. My favourite place in the world is Omarama, New Zealand. I love the wide open spaces and the colours of the surrounding mountains.

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  24. This book is on my must buy list, it really appeals to me. Sympathise about your hip as it is hard to live with, I had mine replaced 4 years ago and now it's fab. Good luck with work.

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  25. My favourite place in the world is Camusdarach beach, Arisaig, Scotland

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  26. Galicia, the northwest of Spain :)

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  27. My favourite place is the Marlborough sounds, it's so pretty, we went there on our honeymoon and I'd love to go back there

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  28. My favorite place was my grandmother's house, where I always felt safe and I could play with her pedal-powered Singer sewing machine whenever I wanted.

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  29. Oh Deb! You do inspire me! I am so grateful for the chance to win! I also hope you feel better asap!

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  30. Oh no! I stumbled on the first hurdle! My favourite place in the whole world? That seems so hard when I think geographically! My heart really says....."Wherever my husband and children are". xx

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  31. London is my favourite place. So many memories that I shared there with my Grendma. Your quilts are gorgeous Deb and 3 in a week is an awesome recommendation :-)

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  32. Where I live - on a lake in Minnesota - is my favorite place.

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  33. So far the in my travels the best place I've been is on a did ey cruise to the Bahamas with my entire mom's side of the family. It was a great time!!

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  34. My favourite place in the world ... it's the east coast of Australia, between Rainbow Bay and Merimbula. But not all of it. Just the bits that I grew up on and where my family are from . Rainbow, Byron, Ballina, Hat Head, Crowdy, Harrington and now the Sapphire Coast ... I just have to stand at the water's edge in these spots and I feel so much love and joy and life flow through me. It's an incredible connection. I stood in the shallows at Crowdy earlier this year - I hadn't been there in decades - and it was almost overwhelming. Tears poured down my face, I felt so at home. I cannot wait to leave this southern city and return to my beloved pacific ocean.

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  35. Okay so WHOA, I wasn't going to enter, because I felt like it should go to someone amaaazingly talented at quilting - but now that you've got THREE copies (whoa, thanks John! what a guy!) to giveaway I'm thinking I might be in with a shot! I was actually in at spotlight this week looking at their crafting books, but I didn't have a clue what was good, so its so good to hear your unreserved recommendation! Yahoo!

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  36. Oh, my favourite place in the world? I haven't been many places, but last year I went for a walk through the limestone caves near Karamea on the west coast, and they BLEW MY MIND. I'm still mind blown! Crazy how something incredible, so tapu, can be in the middle of nowhere, a little hidden secret! Amazing. x

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  37. My favorite place is Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It's the most beautiful, refreshing, calming, relaxing place and I love being there with my family. I would also love a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. My favourite place seems so hard to narrow down, but probably anywhere along the NZ coast line, I love to breathe in that salty sea air!

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  39. Luang prabang in Laos is one of my favourite places.

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  40. I've not been many places, mostly in NZ and the place I've liked best is Nelson, NZ. I liked Melbourne a lot too, but Nelson was a great family friendly place to have a holiday.

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  41. Hi! Deb,
    This is a sooooo long over due comment.. Thanks to you saying that you could not help me finish a quilt that I had inherited in "1000 pieces", (last Nov).I decided to have a go and am now totally addicted to quilting- I finally found my craft!!!!. Now have done about 25 quilts and given away most of them.
    SOOooo my fav. place in the world is CHCH, we came on holiday 14 years ago and never used our return tickets, due to meeting, connecting with and being inspired by so many amazing people like YOU.
    Main lesson learned in all of this- sometimes by NOT helping someone they learn more and find out stuff they never new they could learn! Ta lots Ngarie Worsley

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  42. I don't quilt so I won't enter the giveaway but my favourite place is my own backyard.

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  43. My favourite place is Montréal, I went there on holiday last year with my husband and we both fell in love with it!

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  44. My favorite place in the world is Sedona, Arizona...it is so beautiful and fresh! Anyplace with my husband of 31 years is just fine with me!

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  45. My favorite place to visit is Seattle. I love that there's so much to see and do there when the weather is nice. I don't like it when it's rainy, though.

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  46. My favorite place is probably New York City at the moment. The food, shopping, sight-seeing... it's a magical place!

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  47. My favorite place is Montreal, good memories.

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  48. Of all the places I have been I think I would say that Singapore is my favourite. I have met John in real life and he is lovely. So clever!

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  49. My favorite place in the whole world is Switzerland. sarah@forrussia.org

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  50. My favorite place in the world is the sandy beach next to the Hotel Del in Coronado. Something special about sinking toes in the sand there. I have never actually stayed at the Hotel Del (someday I will!) but love to go to that beach. Happy thoughts. Thanks for the smile!
    melee19 @ Hotmail dot com

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  51. I would have to say exactly were I am, a small country town, with an old rambling cottage, its called home :)

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  52. My favorite place is Hanalei bay on the north coast of Kauai. Especially Kee beach with the view of the Napali coast. The light, the sea, the sand, and the people. Love it!

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  53. Hmm I haven't been blessed to travel much. So I'd say a coffee shop. The aroma when I step into one takes me away, I love coffee so much!

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  54. My very favourite place in the world is Burrill Lake on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia. My husband grew up there and his parents still live there on the lake, five minutes' walk from the beach. I have so many very happy memories there.

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  55. Deb, I do not know how you do so much. Four papers is a huge full time student load, on top of all the family stuff. Too much. Love that you still sew, mine would just gather dust as being in the too hard basket. I love love Mt Cook as a place to be. Good old NZ.

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  56. It's hard to only have one favourite place when our world us full of so many wonders. When I was healthy enough to travel I always went to Africa. Each country has its own unique beauties but what links them all is their exsquisite wildlife. No words can describe the feeling of sitting in a jeep with a pride of lions within a meter of 2 of the vehicle and the deep gutteral rumbling that remanates from deep within as they call to each other. Or the joy or having an elephant walk out from the bushes and cross right in from of you. So many amazing species of birdlife. Watching the hippos heads bob up and down in the water... I could go on forever. Africa is a place that gets into your soul and effects your very being, forever carving a niche in your heart.

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  57. My favorite place in the whole world is home!! Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia!

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  58. OH! I so would love this book! My favourite place in the world is at Birdlings Flat/Burlington Bay. I just love the air, the noise that the ocean waves make crashing on the millions of polished flat riverstones, the riverstones, the driftwood. It's beautiful out there.

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  59. My favorite place in the world. Turkey Run State park near Rockville Indiana. It is a beautiful place to hike and spend time with family. My husband and I didn't have much for a honeymoon when we were young, so that is where we started. Now we take our children there to climb, hike, and skip stones in Sugar Creek. It is magic

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  60. Oh this is so difficult......I have so many places I love like Paris, London, Cesky Kromlov (Czech Republic), Switzerland, Melbourne, and now Hong Kong.

    I guess my favourite place is where my family is, I can't imagine being anywhere else.

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  61. My favorite places are the lake region and coastal regions of Maine and the Green Mountains of Vermont. I would love to travel to Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand someday.

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  62. I have always loved seeing your quilts progress, it is very inspiring and the stories you weave into the quilts in your blog are really touching. These ones are so amazing and how cool that a guy has designed them! that rocks.

    My fave place is the crest of the hill on the Brynderwyns that overlooks Whangarei and Waipu. Gets me everytime.

    I also love Tucson Arizona especially in winter time.

    Great giveaway Deb.

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  63. Hi. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm struggling to name one perfect place but I'm going to say the snowy mountains of nsw. But not when it's snowing! When I finally get to nz I expect it will be hard to beat.

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  64. I love San Fran, but also love London England. So many beautiful places in the world, love to just pack up my sewing machine and fabric stash and travel and quilt from inspirations I felt from the areas.
    Thanks for the chance on the book, it looks awesome. Love to try some of those patterns.

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  65. Can I say my favourite place is home, with people dear to my heart? There are so many amazing places in the world that I love. It might just be where my week has been, but tonight I'm just so thankful for home.

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