Thursday, May 5, 2016

100 Quilt Block Blog Hop

Greetings and welcome to my blog!  I'm sew glad that you're here.

If you stopped by early this morning and my Blog Tour post wasn't up yet, I am sew sorry.  Somehow it didn't launch when it was supposed to.  Probably human error.......Thanks for checking back in.

Did you know that there's a BLOG TOUR going on right now from May 2nd until May 6th?  Did you know you can win fun quilty prizes?  Visit Quiltmaker magazine's blog, Quilty Pleasures to learn more, register for prizes, or to see the featured designers.



What fun!  It's my turn to host a block party as part of the Volume 13 Blog Tour on my blog!  WAHOO!  1....2...3.....Let's all blow our party horns!    Whoosh.....I'll throw the confetti.  Hey! Turn up the music -- loud!   Okay.......that's more like it!  Let's get the party started!  Yeah!

I am sew sew excited to be part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13.  This is my first time in the magazine, although my designs have been featured in many other magazines and publications and I've authored 2 books.  I have a new book -- my third book -- coming out in November.
 Read on to find out more about it.  :)

But first......on to my block.




This is my quilt block, Cotillion, featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks Volume 13.  It's block #1284 on page 51.  Additionally, it's on the front cover of the magazine.  

Can you find my block, below?


Aha!  There it is!  Second row down, fourth block from the left.

  Let me show you how I came up with the design for my Cotillion block.

When I first decided to challenge myself to create a block, I decided to start with my favorite 
quilt block, Shoofly.  I sat down with my computer and Electric Quilt 7 software to play and 
had a little fun with my Shoofly block, but one big Shoofly block wasn't very interesting. 
 Hmm.  Now what?


Then I decided to put four Shoofly blocks together to see what would happen.  Since the block would finish at 12", I made my little Shoofly blocks 6".


I knew I was on the right track, but it definitely needed a little tweaking.

What if I featured a different fabric in the center instead of the background fabric?


Better....What if I made the white squares into rectangles and the center triangles into a solid square?  This would make it easier to cut.


I was really getting excited at this point because the block was starting to come together, but it wasn't quite there yet.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should take away the triangle squares in the four corners?


Now that's what I'm talking about!  Here is my original design.  But wait -- I need to add some fabric, don't I?   I decided to use fabric from the Samantha line by Carrie Quinn for Penny Rose Fabrics.
I had recently made a quilt using this lovely pink and brown collection and was happy to use the
leftovers for Cotillion.


Aha!  There it is!  Done!

Now that I've shown you my step-by-step process for creating my Cotillion block,
 look what happens when you put them into a quilt:

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Here's a very traditional setting with sashing.


This is what happens when I put the blocks on-point with no sashing.  Interesting....

NEW BOOK     NEW BOOK!!!

Okay, since you're kind of a captive audience, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you about my new quilt book with C&T!  My new book is all about PRECUTS and will be out in November 2016.  There are 16+ projects ranging from table runners and place mats all the way up to big bed quilts. Shhh!  Don't tell, but you're the first to officially hear about my upcoming book -- it's called I LOVE PRECUT QUILTS!.  Great title, huh?  So ask for it at your local quilt shop in November.

 

  NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment on my blog anytime from May 5th until May 9th and tell me what your favorite quilt block is.  You might just win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks Vol. 13!  Woot!  Woot! 



Now if you want a chance to win a copy of my first book, Orphan Block Quilts, become a follower and leave me a another comment letting me know that you're a follower.  


Winners will be drawn randomly on Monday, May 9th.  Please don't forget to include your email address so I can let you know that you're a winner!  YAY!  GO YOU!


Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.........................................








271 comments:

  1. My favorite quilt block is the Ohio Star.

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  2. Your block is wonderful, it looks so complicated. My favorite block is a Log Cabin the first block I ever learned to make. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Dana, it's not complicated at all...just an adapted Shoofly with squares, triangles, and rectangles. Hope you give it a try.

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  3. Wonderful block! I love how the quilt came out with the sashing.

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    1. Thanks! I liked that one too. I'm thinking it would look great scrappy.

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  4. It was interesting to see how you came up with that block! Very nice!!!

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  5. Great block--loved reading about how you came up with the design! My favorite blocks are star blocks--any and all! And your block looks like a star to me, so it's a favorite!

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    1. Yay! I like stars too. Cotillion does look a bit star-like, doesn't it? Hmmm. Maybe blues and yellows on a solid white ground?

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  6. Reading your design process was truly educational. I've always wanted to design but never thought I could. Now I'm going to try. I love your block.

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    1. That's great, Jeanne! Electric Quilt 7 software is mt favorite design tool, but I usually just start with a simple favorite quilt block, like Shoofly! Good luck. :)

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  7. thanks for showing how you designed the block. Inspiring to those of us, like me, who are design-challenged.
    Congrats on the new book too.

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    1. Awww, thanks, Michele! Don't be sew hard on yourself. Anyone can design a quilt (or quilt block). Start with what you know....or what you like. I have found that deadlines really help.

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  8. Log Cabin has always been a favorite of mine! I adore any kind of block that looks like stars! Congrats on getting into the magazine.

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    1. I like log cabin blocks too -- they are sew versatile and there's sew much variety.

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  9. I like star blocks and your block fits with that.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  10. I too like the shoo fly block. Traditional, but able to be made contemporary looking.

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  11. congratulations. your block is fantastic. i love how you came up with it.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks, Lori. When I looked over the process after writing it down, it kind of surprised me at how the Cotillion block developed. :)

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  12. congratulations on your new book.
    I am trying to find how to follow you and see nothing. Hmmm
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Hopefully, I've fixed that now. Not sure where the Follow this Blog went......

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  13. Good morning... Thank you for showing the block's developmental process, it was interesting to see your thoughts. The choice of fabrics could really be the key to this blocks appeal. Since i do mostly charity quilting I tend to make quilts that pack a punch but don't require a boo-coo of pieces. I like stars because all foster kids or shelter kids are stars in the making. I also like hearts, especially for quilts that will be going to girls.
    Congratulations on your block being the book and you being on the tour... fun.
    Kaylace@bellsouth.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Kaylace. I try to make several charity quilts every year too, when I can fit them in. It's a great use for all the leftover fabrics and batting that I end up with.

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  14. I really like your fabric choice. Pink and chocolate just makes me happy. I'm sorry I don't have a favorite block yet. I am just starting out quilting and don't know enough

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    1. Hi Gabriella, Welcome to the wonderful and wacky world of quilting! Sew glad that you joined out quilt cult(ure).

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  15. block creates a very cool secondary design.. love that about quilts!

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    1. Me too, Maria! It adds such a cool dimension to making quilts when you can turn blocks or move them around for a totally different look.

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  16. Thank you for a chance to win. I like star blocks. Your block is great and I love your post explaining the design process.

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    1. Sew glad you visited my blog. Star blocks are pretty awesome. It's funny but I guess I didn't realize it until today how "star-like" Cotillion really is.

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  17. It's hard to choose, but I like nine patches and I really want to make an Irish Chain quilt.

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    1. You can't go wrong with a nine patch quilt block. It may be humble but it's such a traditional favorite. And Irish Chain quilts are sew much fun!

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  18. Congrats on having your cute block in this Quiltmaker issue and also on your new book!! I enjoyed reading about your "design process"! Your block is definitely going on my "to do" list!! Thanks!

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    1. That's sew nice to hear, Debbie. Would love to see how you interpret Cotillion.

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  19. I joined to follow your blog :) - love your ideas!

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  20. It's very fun to see your design process here. Your block is lovely! One of my favorite blocks is the Buckeye Beauty :-)

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  21. Love your block. Loved seeing your process. Interesting. My favorite is log cabin probably because nit was my first. Drhodes9@cox.net

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    1. Log Cabin blocks offer sew much variety....there have been entire books written on just the log cabin blocks and its variations.

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  22. Great block and I am glad you showed the quilt on point. I love that setting.

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  23. I signed up to be a follower on the blog/Google.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. my favorite blocks are stars, all kinds! I especially love paper-piecing stars, like Mariners compass.
    I really enjoy seeing the creative process, thanks!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. My hat's off to you for the paper piecing because I am paper piecing challenged. I blame it on being left-handed. (wink, wink)

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  25. It is so nice to see how you create your block as well as to see how the blocks comes together into a quilt. I like both with and without the setting. My favorite block is yours. How's that for a great answer? Thank you for being a part of QM's 100 blocks and sharing your block with us and giving us a chance to try and win a copy of this fabulous magazine.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  26. My favorite block is either the Churn Dash or the pinwheel block. Putting them both together makes a great block, too.

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  27. Yes, I'm a follower, and would love a copy of your new book. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. For the longest time, you were my one and only follower on the new blog. Thank you sew much!

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  28. Your block is so unique when on point. I like this block, it is easy but has so many design possibilities that it looks difficult. Love your fabric colors.
    djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Donna, THANKS! I agree that Cotillion is kind of cool, but then I am a wee bit biased..... :)

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  29. Mariners Compass is my favorite block. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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    1. Ouch...that's a complex block. I challenged myself to make one for my first book, Orphan Block Quilts. It wasn't perfect, but I did it!

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  30. My favorite block is the Dutchman's Puzzle, though the New York Beauty is a close contender!

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  31. My favorite quilt block seems to be the one I am currently working on... until I have done about twenty. :-)

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  32. And for the change to win a copy of your new book ...Orphan Block Quilts that sounds like a book right up my alley.

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  33. My all time favorite quilt block is the log cabin. There are so many variations you can do with it.

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    1. Log Cabins seem to be a favorite with a lot of quilters! I love them, too.

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  34. My favorite block is friendship star. Loved seeing the evolution of cotillion and how fabric placement changes the look.

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    1. Friendship Star is a super block and sew fun to play with. Thanks for stopping in today! Come again soon!

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  35. Shoofly is also one of my favorite blocks, but I think log cabin comes in ahead of it. Thank you for going through your thought process --- it is very informative and I really like the diagonal set of your block.
    quiltschon@att.net

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    1. Shoofly and log cabin....hmm. maybe we need to pair them together in the same quilt?

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  36. My latest fave block is Carpenter's Star. Just finished a quilt and have some ideas for my next project.

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  37. I have become a follower and look forward to receiving mail from you!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  38. I love feathered stars but I'm a sucker for any star block. I love your block especially the version of it on point in your quilt.

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    1. Wow --Feathered Stars....sew classic....sew complicated with all those triangles.

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  39. Lately I've been creating various themed quilts with the 9-patch block. I like your block and your process to develop it.

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    1. The humble nine patch is a favorite of mine. There are sew many variations.....like Shoofly. :)

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  40. I enjoyed reading about the process of modifying and creating a new block from a traditional block. I am anxious to make a quilt from this adorable block.

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    1. Oh, please do. And when you do, send me photo. I'd love to see your quilt.

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  41. Please know that I'm going to try to read and comment on everyone's comments, but if I miss anyone's comment, I'm sorry, but it's sew hard to keep up with them. LOL!

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  42. I am following your blog & thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your "Orphan Blocks" book.

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  43. My favorite quilt block is the pinwheel.

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    1. Pinwheels are really fun blocks and there are a lot of different variations so you cam mix it up.

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  44. I guess my favorite block would be the nine patch. Congratulations, cover-girl!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Nine patch blocks have endless fun options and variations.

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  45. I love log cabin blocks.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  46. Double Wedding Ring, it's what made me take the plunge into quilting.

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  48. I don't really have a favorite - I like Irish chain, and Ohio star blocks the best I guess.

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  49. Trying again. Thanks for sharing this fabulous block. My all time favorite block is churn dash.

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    1. Glad you got through, Laura. Churn Dash is one of those great traditional blocks with sew many different options and variations.

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  50. Congratulations on being a cover girl with your first block in 100 Blocks! I love your Cotillion block...the fabric and colors are gorgeous! I love star blocks and log cabins.

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  51. Congratulations on your new book. Loved your block too. rogineering@yahoo.com

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  52. Love your block. Any type of block with a star is my favorite.

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    1. Did you know that some of the earliest quilts known feature star blocks?

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  53. Wow your block is amazing! I love the variations. It is my favorite so far.

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    1. Thanks SEW much, Happy! I'm looking forward to playing with it some more to see what happens.

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  54. HELLO,SUCH A NEAT BLOCK>SO PRETTY! THANKS FOR SHARING ON YOUR BLOG+THIS GIVEAWAY! HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA GMAIL. msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  55. Shoo Fly is actually one of my favorite blocks along with Ohio Star. Hope I win this book.

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  56. I like the woven effect of your block. My current favorite block is a ribbon star.

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    1. Thanks, I'm looking forward to playing with it some more to see what else I can come up with.

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  57. I have always been attracted to star pattern blocks. Congrats on getting to be on the cover.

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    1. Hi Janet, star blocks really are sew appealing and sew classic, aren't they?

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  58. Thank you for sharing your creative process. It is interesting to find out how designers approach the creation process. I'm partial to stars except for those with "Y" seams. rmgsummers @ yahoo . com

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  59. I follow you on Google. Congrats on your block! noreentrotsky@gmail.com

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  60. Congratulations! I like your pretty block. Thank you for sharing your creative process and for he chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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    1. I LOVE to talk "quilty" with people. Especially other quilters. Non-quilters just roll their eyes and walk away....

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  61. I'm a new follower via Google.

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  62. My favorite blocks always seem to be stars. Your block is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks sew much, Allison! Stars are a great choice because the variety is endless.

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  63. Your block will be a challenge with the little pieces but I am willing to try.

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    1. Don't stress....the pieces may be small, but there's nothing difficult, just straight forward sewing. Use a scant 1/4'' seam and take your time. You've got this!

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  64. My first quilt was a log cabin, and I love that block.

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    1. Log Cabin blocks are such fun and there are sew many different ones to choose from.

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  65. I do not really have a favorite go to block. I like the variety and challenge of making different blocks. I have used issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks several times to try new block patterns. Congratulations on getting your block published.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  66. I love to make the churn dash block.

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    1. You know....for me Churn Dash and Shoofly are sew connected. Maybe like cousins?

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  67. I love any quilt block with an HST and I dread any one with a flying geese, so that tells you which blocks I'm drawn to! Your new book sounds like it would be very useful! I'm always wondering what to do with the precuts in my stash, and I like that your book provides small as well as big projects. Sometimes you just have one charm pack, you know?

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    1. Yes, I understand the sentiment! Fun! As time marches on, I'll be blogging more about my new book, I Love Precut Quilts!, as it comes out in 6 months, so stop back often!

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  68. My favorite block is the log cabin. I always return to it, in one of its forms. It's a classic.

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    1. I sew agree with you! Log cabin blocks are as classic as they come, but they also play well with modern quilts, too. Very versatile.

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  69. My fav is the double wedding ring even though I've never made one. I have a double wedding ring quilt that my mother quilted years ago.

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    1. The double wedding ring is on my bucket list. I've never made one either, but I have several vintage ones that are unfinished. Someday I'll get the courage to finish them.

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  70. Congratulations on being chosen for the magazine. My favorite block is the bear paw. Thanks for sharing with us! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. Huh. I think you're the first commenter today to say bear paw. It is a cool block.

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  71. I love the Ohio Star Block. I also love this block and picked it for my favorite today. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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    1. Awwwww. Thanks sew much. The Ohio Star is such a wonderful block. Good choice.

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  72. I follow you on Google but if you have a newsletter sign me up. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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    1. No newsletter as of yet....but maybe I should look into that. Thanks sew much!

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  73. I love this block above as it looks like twist candies all around the outside! It would look adorable if they were each done in diagonal red and white stripes!

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    1. Huh! I never thought of that......Hmmm.....you've got me thinking now. Can you smell the smoke?

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  74. I'm not sure I have a favorite block, but I do like anything scrappy with lots of color! It it's too intricate, I shy away from it.

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    1. I'm not one for intricate blocks either. I like simple piecing and basic shapes. My claim to fame is making the fabrics do the work.

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  75. Thanks for showing the design process. The result is sweet.

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  76. I really don't have a favorite block. I love making different blocks. I really like the on-point layout of your block. Congratulations on your block being selected.

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    1. I think I'd call you "eclectic." Another quilter commented earlier that her favorite block was whichever one she was working on right now. LOL!

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  77. Love the pink flower in the center of your block. Really sweet in pink and brown. My favorite block is a log cabin.

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    1. I know, right? The center of Cotillion is just the right place for a fussy-cut, don't you think?

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  78. I like lots of blocks but probably make log cabins more than any other single block. The cool thing is, it can have so many different looks.

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    1. You are sew right about the log cabin block. It IS sew versatile and has sew many options.

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  79. Each block has their own charm but I admit I like the flashy- Carpenters Star has to be a favourite.

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  80. your cotillion block is my favorite so far!!!

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  81. This one is great. I would like to try it. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  82. Weathervane is my favorite. I like your color combo and your block. Thanks for the chance to win.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  83. Love your block! It would make a wonderful scrappy quilt.

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    1. You know Susan, that's exactly what I was thinking today.....are you reading my mind????

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  84. I love traditional quilt blocks because of the interesting history they come with, so I will say my favorite is the log cabin. Your block looks great in every example you show.

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  85. Oh my gosh! what a creative Block!! Loooove it! & the Quilt layout is Awesome!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! I would definitely make your Quilt! :)

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    1. Yay, OhioLori! Thanks! Would love to see what you come up with......

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  86. Very useful block ty for the ideas ..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Anna. After reading/talking with sew many other quilters today, I'm getting really inspired to play with Cotillion to see what else I can come up with.

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  87. I also signed up to follow you! Glad I found you thru this Hop! :)

    (hope my comment about Looooving YOUR block..was understood that I meant it IS my current Favorite block? lol)

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  88. Love your block! I really enjoyed you showing us how you came to design your block, how cool! I love star blocks, any and all star blocks! Your block reminds me of a star as well. Congratulations on having your block in Vol. 13.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You know, sew many people have said the same thing -- that they found my design process interesting. I think that I found something new to blog about in upcoming entries. :)

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  89. I'm now following you via BlogLovin.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. I've always loved the log cabin block. Thx for sharing your creative process in making this block!

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    1. You are definitely not alone in the log cabin camp.....Sew many quilters today have chosen that as their favorite too!

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  91. Star blocks are my favorite, for now. That will change as soon as another cool block catches my eye.

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  92. My favorite quilt block is a star. Congratulations on making it into the magazine and on the front cover. Your block looks almost like a star and looks like it would be fun to make.

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  93. I love log cabin blocks! Congrats on your block!

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  94. I love star blocks. Congratulations on your block and being on the cover . Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. I loved the transformation of your shoofly block. My favorite block is the log cabin block and all of its variations.

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  96. I loved seeing your process. I would have never guessed you started with shoofly. I have two favorite blocks, log cabin and drunkard's path. Simple blocks with endless possibilities.

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  97. I like your block. I have always liked log cabin blocks.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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