Wednesday, November 16, 2016

quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol. 14 blog tour

We had a really long summer here in Germany and autumn appeared the middle of October quickly followed by a sudden appearance of winter with a touch of snow. Today it looks like a typical autumn day though - overcast, raining, dreary...so I would like to cheer you up with some pretty quick quilt blocks to pep up your day. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is having another great blog tour of fabulous designs from today's hottest designers and giving away gorgeous fabrics as well as other prizes every day this week. Please stop by and check it out.

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/tag/100-blocks-vol-14-blog-tour/

Oh, I almost forgot! My block is also published in the magazine. You can find it in the centerfold (again). I just love being in the centerfold. My newest block is called "Mountain Range." As you might have guessed, I like to design blocks with nature in mind. This block was inspired by the Appalachian Mountains of N. Carolina, my home for more than a decade before I moved to Germany.

Mountain Range designed by Karen Ackva

Some of you might look at this block and think it is complicated as far as sewing it together. It is much simpler than you think. The magazine gives an excellent explanation as how to sew it all together and your points will match up perfectly, I promise you.

Mountain Range made with Cotton & Steel Fabrics
Have I gotten your creative juices going about what to make with this block? If not, here are a couple of suggestions:

Make a full-sized quilt with the 12" blocks adding multiple sashings and borders. No one ever said you had to make 48 quilt blocks for a quilt - 16 blocks are enough.

Scrappy Mountain Range Quilt ~ 72 x 72 inches

Or shrink the blocks down to 6 inches, make four, set on point and make a modern throw pillow.

Mountain Range Throw Pillow ~ 19 x 19 inches

Go go for an ultra modern look by adding blocks and changing up the arrangement. Add an  interesting border in contrasting colors and you have a new masterpiece your the house. Now wouldn't that make a nice holiday quilt?

Ultra Modern Mountain Range Quilt ~ 70 x 85 inches

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you join up to the other participants along the blog tour Quiltmaker Blog Tour and see all the blocks from extremely creative quilters and designers. Along the way, you will find great prizes, fabrics and always the great quilt publications from Quiltmakers!!

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/tag/100-blocks-vol-14-blog-tour/

GIVEAWAY

And let us not forget, I am also giving away a copy of the magazine (maybe more than one) to a lucky person (or more and maybe a few other goodies). Just leave a comment below stating what your favorite block is and why. One entry per person please. (My personal block favorite is the Sweet Cupcake by Krista Lea of Quiet Play at quietplay.blogspot.com, because I love cupcakes!!) I will pick one (or more) lucky winner on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Good luck and happy patching!

****WINNERS chosen******

Congratulations to PrairieKat and to the Swedish Scrapper for winning. Please contact me so I can get your winning prize out to you. Thank you everyone for participating. Have a great weekend!

134 comments:

  1. Karen, I love your block! It has such potential! I don't have a favorite because I've only seen one or two. Enjoy your day! XO

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  2. I love log cabin blocks, but I like foundation piecing, string quilt blocks, and recently I have been trying various types of appliqué. All,are fun. So maybe my favorite is what I am currently working one. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  3. I love your block-- the different spin on the hourglass block. Lots of possibilities. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Wow, just stunning.Log cabin one of my best favorite block and any with star.

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  5. Cute block. Thank be you for the giveaway. My favorite block is the Dresden Plate because I love anything scrappy and you can make these blocks very scrappy.

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  6. My all time favorite b lock is the log cabin in all its iterations. So far on this hop, my favorite is Colour Swatch designed by Janina Van Harberden.

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  7. Eye catching. favorite to make is whatever I am doing at the time.

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  8. Your block is very graphic. I like it and think it would be great made with solids. Thanks for the inspiration. My favorite block so far is the Gosling Goes Wild, because I like triangles and the name is fun! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  9. I love your colors! The oranges and pinks, so pretty. I like any block that has applique, mostly birds. I guess I do not have a favorite block. Thanks. sweetlildaisy5566@yahoo.com

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  10. Log cabin because when I think of them like HST I can do sooooooo much with them

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  11. Fun block--simple but effective! I like Shoo Fly blocks--maybe because of the name--lol!

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  12. Your block stopped me in my tracks! I love triangles! Susanperrymanson at gmail dot com

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  13. I've seen quite a few blocks that I like so far; the juggling snowman and falling star come to mind.

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  14. Wow! Your block is the only one I've seen, so it is definitely my favorite. I can see so many options for it.

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  15. Great block - very unique! I like the Friendship Star because it is simple and can be used in sew many ways.

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  16. My favorite block I've made recently is a tea kettle. You can't beat anything to do with tea - there are so many varieties. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  17. congratulations. such a fun block. my favorite block right now is from yesterday - Cindy - Snow Juggler. I collect snowmen and will be making a pillow with this fun little man. I will try to make this also into a snow lady for matching pillows. How fun will that be?
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  18. Mariners Compass, I like the complexity of the block. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  19. I love tumbler blocks. I like using a variety of fabrics, and tumblers sew together so easily. The pattern makes for a nice, Scrappy Quilt!

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  20. Congratulations on making the centerfold of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks! Since I live in North Carolina, I will definitely be making your Mountain Range block. With so many beautiful blocks in this issue it is hard to pick just one. Color Swatch, Pretty Posies, and Gosling Goes Wild are some of my favorites. bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I like the Ditch Daisies block by Gail Pan. It has been fun to see so many different style blocks. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  22. I love the log cabin block. I think the pillow layout of your block is so interesting! Thanks so much.

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  23. You ask hard questions....faborite block at this time "Monkey in the Middle". However, I like the way your block looks and the different layouts you have shown. Thank you.

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  24. I am a traditional quilter, so I really love blocks like pinwheels, bowtie, and 9-patch. Thanks!

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  25. Even though I do like yours (the throw pillow shows its great potential), my favorite has been Quilty Question by Kelli Fannin. Who would have thought about symbols in a quilt? This has opened my eyes!

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  26. Like your modern looking block. I guess my favorite is a quick to make half log cabin block.

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  27. I love star blocks, probably because I make a lot of patriotic quilts for soldiers, and they always look great in red, white and blue. As for the blocks I've seen so far on this blog tour, I love colour swatch and snow juggler.

    Pat K
    yfg3749@yahoo.com

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  28. This is it....my favorite block! (and no, I am not just saying that to suck up lol) I see so many possibilities with this block and I am loving your bold colors....this is sooooo me!

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  29. I love star blocks and Dresden Plates, but my favorite from this issue so far is Laser Beam. I love the pinwheel and use of a variety of different colors. I love the pillow layout of your block, thank you for sharing.

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  30. Oh Karen your block is so beautiful. But sorry I have not a favorite block because I love many different blocks. Enjoy the day ...
    Astrid

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  31. Love your block! My favorite blocks are generally star blocks.

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  32. I love a Granny Square, easy and you can make it big or small, change the colors and it's always wonderful.

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  33. Stars are my favorite blocks. Just like them.

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  34. Love your block, so many possibilities! I see so many beautiful blocks, difficult to make a choice. Thanks for the chance.

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  35. Neat block--a goood spin on it--
    It is sooo hard to pick a favorite one so far--guess it would be the silly snowman--or your favorite one, the cupcake--but then again--I really liked the basket one with the hexie flower!!!
    love and laughter, di

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  36. Oh such a great block! I especially love Gail Pans block ditch daisies, because I am always stitching something. Every bag has a small stitchery Project in it, so when I have to wait somewhere, I just take out my block and stitch the time away. It feels like never waisitng time this way, lol!

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  37. Love your block made with the bright colors. Star blocks are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win. cjneubauer@iowatelecom.net

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  38. My all time favorite block is the Double Wedding Ring. I'm also a fan of any bold bright colors paired with black.

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  39. Very modern block. Thanks for all the ideas for piecing. prycek@mymts.net

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  40. Your block is so interesting! I like the un-balanced look of it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. Your block design is fascinating -- I love the fact that it seems completely different when you group them together! My favorite block is ditch daisy, because I love to combine piecing and embroidery.

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  42. Really like your block. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Of the blocks from this magazine, yours is one of my favorites. I am definitely going to put it on my list to try--with solids, I think it would make a really striking quilt. My favorite block of all time is the log cabin block. It is so versatile--can be wonky, can change shape with the different dimensions of the strips, and has that lovely metaphor with the center block. I just love it, and love knowing that quilters have been making it for about 150 years.

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  44. Great block!
    Yours is my favourite today!!

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  45. Your block is very interesting with lots of options. Really can't choose a favorite block overall - too many fabulous ones. It all depends on whether I am in the mood for modern, for applique, for whimsical!

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  46. Your block is really unusual (in a good way) - I can see so much potential for playing with it! Thanks for sharing!!! (I do like the cupcakes too!!!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I guess my favorite block, right now, is the "Patchwork of the Crosses".

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  48. Beautiful block! My favorite so far is Radiating Star.

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  49. My favorite is a double wedding ring. My favorite on the tour is the one that had the star with the tail. Sorry, can't remember the name, I have seen so many blocks. ndfromsd at gmail. com

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  50. You have a most unusual block and i can see many possibilities that will make an amazing quilt.
    I like the snowman block just in time for Xmas
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I like star blocks. They are versatile and can give great secondary patterns. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  52. Love your block and the opportunities i

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  53. Star blocks are always good... wonderful for Quilts of Valor, or children's quilts...
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  54. A very nice block. I love traditional piesed block. The best is flying geese.

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  55. It's hard to pick just one favorite block! If I think about blocks in general, one favorite is a log cabin because it can be made with so many different looks to the block and to the layout of a quilt. If I think about blocks I've seen on this hop I also love the cupcake, so so cute! I like your block - asymmetrical blocks are interesting because turning and rearranging them gives lots of variety.

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  56. You made another awesome block Karen, too hard to pick just one, would depend on what I felt like making :)

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  57. Intriguing design. I could see one super-sized block made into a quilt. There have been so many great blocks offered so far. But I do like Kay Mackenzie's Falling Star. njjnoah@comcast.net

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  58. My favorite block is the humble yet versatile nine patch because it will transform into anything!

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  59. What a beautiful block and I think of the Appalachian mountains with fondness, because as a child we used to drive through them and then as a VISTA volunteer over 50 years ago I got to know them and their people very well. Your block is a beautiful reflection of those hills and valleys. Thanks for sharing the history of your block....it brought back many happy memories. It did my heart good today!

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  60. I like blocks with many pieces, right now a paper pieced feathered star comes to mind, I like your ultra modern quilt, clever use of your block. Kathy in colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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    1. You won! Congratulations, PrairieKat!! Please contact me so I can get your prize out to you! Thank you for commenting and playing along!

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  61. I love Monkey in the Middle @ 42 Quilts.

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  62. I love the churn dash, because it's a classic.

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  63. I love making Dresden plates. They are so versatile.

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  64. So far my favorite block is a paper pieced truck because it looks fun for a kid and unique. Super cute. But there are so many awesome possibilities and a huge variety. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  65. I love the color wheel block on today's quilty pleasures blog post.. I think I have just the right fabric for it.. your block might be a good one for the next wedding quilt I make!! thanks drhodes9@cox.net

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  66. Modern blocks are my favorite. Yours is one that will go on my list of go-to patterns for block exchanges.

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  67. i like your scrappy mountain quilt. It was exciting to see your block used in different way in a quilt. I don't have favorite block of my own. I do sew simple quilts after one with lots of details. Your block for me would be neat block to relax and have fun with, maybe even use up scrapes.

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  68. Lately I'm hooked on making tree blocks. I use Diary of A Quilter's tutorial for improv trees and Olivia Jane Handcrafted's tutorial for paper pieced trees. Both would work great as borders with your mountain block!
    Congratulations on making this awesome magazine again. Keep those ideas coming!

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  69. i love the little truck block.i want to make a quilt for my grandson and I think this will be perfect.

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  70. I love all Bonnie hunters books . Love your block would make a great boys quilt.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  71. I love all Bonnie hunters books . Love your block would make a great boys quilt.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  72. My favorite block is any block using half-square triangles because of the many ways it can be used.

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  73. Love your Mountain Range made with Cotton & Steel Fabrics! That block is beautiful!

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  74. I am fascinated by house blocks.

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  75. So far love the "Hungarian Posies" block best.

    Thanks for chance to win your give-a-way too :D

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  76. Love your block. My favorite block is the log cabin, because there are so many variations & settings, and it can look very traditional and very modern. Thanks.

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  77. My favorite block is a basket block, because I like the spring-y look.

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  78. Love your block - and the inspiration behind it! My favorite block is the Flying Geese

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  79. Would make a cute kid's quilt! My favorite block is any star.

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  80. I love the colors and shapes in your block and am putting it on my "to do" list. Because nine patches are my favorite traditional block, so far my favorite block in this issue is the block designed by Doris Rice.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  81. Although I am a more traditional quilter, I really like your block. I like the placement of the blocks in the pillow and would like to see a whole quilt done this way. Thank you for inspiring me! Haven't picked a favorite yet on the blog hop but I really like stars and pinwheels.

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  82. I love all the blocks I've seen so far...but the block "Fallin" has caught my eye.
    remillsatamtelecomdotnet

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  83. My first block 26 years ago, Rail Fence - still play with it on extreme scales now, like the ones right now = 13/16th's.

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  84. I do not really have a favorite block, I like to try my hand at many but a simple patchwork block such as a 9 patch or the every versatile HST block are my go tos.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  85. I love your block, what a great idea! My favorite block is the simple nine patch, no matter what you do with it or what size it is, it's always beautiful.

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  86. Currently my favorite block is wild goose chase...which yours kinda reminds me of...all those triangles. ;o)

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  87. Its too hard to pick a favorite block! Yours makes a great inspiration and would work great with novelties.

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  88. Your block is gorgeous!!!, log cabin is my favorite block

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  89. I love making the 3D bowtie block - only 3 seams and it looks so complicated. I love to teach this one to beginning quilters - the look on their face when they open up the block is priceless. And it is a great place to use up the "leftover" squares from my church's quilt group. I've probably made almost 100 quilt tops from these blocks.

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  90. Now that I think about it, I like basket blocks, probably because I liked the song: A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket.....

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  91. your block is very different and will certainly be looking out for the magazine though being in the UK it will probably be a while before it arrive in the shops.

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  92. I always have at least 6 favs out of each issue..Like the clean look of yours, but haven't picked new favorites yet

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  93. My favorite block is the Log Cabin. There are so many different things you can do with it. Your block is so creative, and I can see lots of potential with designs based on color placement. Thanks for sharing your giveaway!

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  94. So far, my favorite block on the tour is the snowman one. I'm wanting to make pillow covers and that would be a fun one to use for these 'winter' months that don't feel so wintry in hawaii...

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  95. Hello Karen,
    I love that geometric block, especially your version with the red solids. Again you are an inspiration.
    Viele Grüße
    Martina

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  96. I like your block the most. It is very versatile.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  97. I really like the Churn Dash block.

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  98. My favorite is the log cabin. I'm not sure why. I like the old fashioned look of it. And the scrappiness of it. I've always wanted to live in a log cabin too :)

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  99. Lovely block, Karen! It's so fab when they look harder to do them they actually are! My standby favors block is the log cabin, in all its versatility.

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    1. Congratulations, Swedish Scrapper! You are also a winner of the drawing! Please contact me so I can get your prize out to you. Thank you for playing along.

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  100. I love Dresden Plate but i must admit never sewn one though. I love your mountain block its lovely all the different ways you can arrange it allows for creativity. Well done.

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  101. I love Dresden Plate but i must admit never sewn one though. I love your mountain block its lovely all the different ways you can arrange it allows for creativity. Well done.

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  102. I am new to quilting so am keeping it easy with simple patchwork type blocks
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  103. I use the 9-Patch block a lot as it is versatile and can be used with other blocks like Snowball to create great quilt designs. rozz01 at cox dot net

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  104. My favorite block is Strait of Mackinac by Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com

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  105. My favourite is nine patch and all the variations.

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  106. What a fun new design! My favorite block seems to be the Buckeye Beauty :-)
    Thank you for the sweet giveaways!

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  107. I love log cabin blocks - the first block i learned to make from my great grandmother!

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  108. It may seem mundane to many, but I favor the nine patch simply because it serves as a springboard for so many other designs.

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  109. Great block! I love it because it can be done in so many ways! My favorite block right now is pinwheels...they are so fun and playful!

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  110. Your block is great, such potential. My favourite block? Love a nine patch to chop about.

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  111. Although I love flying geese, my favorite is the Ohio Star. Never have seen an ugly one.

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  112. Oh! I really love your block! So modern!... And inspiring! I can see SO many ways to use this!!
    Thank you!!
    Pat T.

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  113. Your block does look hard. I always like log cabin quilts.

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  114. Karen, your block is so unusual! I love it. Maybe it is just the season but I think my favorite block right now is Mary'/ poinsettia.

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  115. I love all the triangles in your block it looks very fun to make. My favorite quilt block is a star block.

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  116. My favorite this week is the log cabin block. Varying the coors makes it a fun block to work with.

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  117. Love this block ! My favorite block might be a liberated star.

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  118. My favorite all-time block is log cabins. My favorite of the tour is the juggling snowman, partly because I'm not good at appliqué, let's just face it. Congrats on your block. I love the depth, those tiny little triangles give it in the layout!

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  119. I like how funky your block is. Living in NC, I've got to love Bonnie Hunters block too.

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

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  120. I like how funky your block is. Living in NC, I've got to love Bonnie Hunters block too.

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

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  121. Any block with a star is my favourite block.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  122. Can i pick yours as a favorite .... I love modern and i love color and your block has both of those.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  123. I love your modern block. I don't have favorites. There are so many that I am enjoying.

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  124. I like log cabin blocks! Yours is beautiful!

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  125. My favorite blocks are stars! Any kind of star, but diamonds, Le Moyne, and Mariners compass types are my favorite. So I like the concentricity of your block with the square within a square within a square (the one you suggested for a pillow layout).
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  126. I like your modern looking block. My favorite is the log cabin block. Thanks for the chance to win.
    beatedotlederhoferatgmxdotde

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  127. Liebe Karen, ich gratuliere Dir zu den vielen Kommentaren zu Deinem Bericht und zum Erscheinen Deines Blocks in dem Heft.
    LG
    KATRIN W.

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