Thursday, February 13, 2014

HUGS AND KISSES BLOG HOP

Hello SWEETHEARTS!  HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Are you ready to be smothered in sugar HUGS AND KISSES?  I hope so.  I've got a couple of things to show you.  This blog hop is all about paper piecing hearts and x's and o's!  I really enjoy paper piecing.  I LOVE the perfection it brings to a block or project.  It' really is very easy.  I hope you FALL IN LOVE with it and give it a try.

Madamme Samm, our fearless leader at Sew We Quilt, who is also our SWEETHEART of a cheerleader for this hop, has teamed up with Soma, at Whims and Fancies a SWEETHEART of a creative paper piecing lady to bring us the pattern we were to use.  You're going to want the pattern for yourself.  You can get it here at Etsy  or here at Craftsy( all proceeds will be going to 2 charities they are pretty passionate about). 

I designed this quilt pattern myself.  I'm calling it "FLIRT".  I thought the paper piecing took on a modern feel so I wanted the blocks to go with it to be larger, more chunky.  It was a little out of my box HEART.  The long rectangular blocks are 12" x 24" finished.  My original design was to be a twin sized quilt.  You know how I am about bed size quilts.  But when I laid it out on my design wall floor, I didn't like it.  So then I took away a few blocks and it was lap size.  I still didn't like it so now it's wall hanging size 48" x 60".  And now I LOVE it!





I played with my embroidery machine and finally figured out how to turn a design in the hoop to make it stitch out larger.  The embroidery made a LOVELY addition to the blocks.





And the paper pieced blocks.  I made 2 of each, swapping the focus fabric for the background in each of the 3 block patterns.
 KISSES......



HUGS.....

HEARTS.....


I quilted it with a whimsical heart pattern in a Glide thread called Magic Mint to soften it up a bit.

But since I had all those extra blocks, 3 went into the backing.



I quilted my label in the back with my longarm and this time I got it right.  The first time I stitched the label in the back of my son's quilt, I forgot to flip the design and you had to read it with a mirror.  My son thought it was neat.  It was a label in code!




And the other 2 went into a pillow case.





Now that LOVE was in the air, I made this little wall hanging/table topper.  I was scheduled to teach an applique class to my quilt group, Texas Star Quilters and this was the perfect project.  Didn't it turn out SWEET?  I also used the pattern to teach the applique class I did at Nine Patch Quilts in Nevada, Missouri.  Can you tell I LOVE that whimsical heart quilting pattern and the magic mint thread? I used it on this CUTIE PIE too.  


I hope you have fell in LOVE with all these projects and want to create something for yourself.  Be sure to hop on over and give the other ladies a HUG and a KISS!  Here are the other SWEETHEARTS for today.

Lady Soma

Lady Laura Ann

Lady Doris (you're in the Queen's Palace now)

Lady Rexie

Lady Shari

Lady Cherry

And many thanks to our sponsors
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Now that you've made it all the way to the end of this post, YOU deserve a reward.  I'm giving away a charm pack and a candy pack in the Moda Valentine fabric line.  Just leave me a comment and tell me if you LOVE chocolate or could really live without it.  I personally can live without it.  It's really kinda funny.  I LOVE chocolate cake and some chocolate brownies but hate chocolate candy bars, hot cocoa, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pudding.... you get the idea.  I really just don't care for chocolate too much.  As usual, you get additional chances if you follow my blog, like my FaceBook page, or share.  I'll ship anywhere and make sure you're not a "no reply" blogger.  I can't contact you if I don't know who you are.  I'll announce the winner after the hop is over.

And remember....



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92 comments

  1. I LOVE what you did with the paper pieced patterns we started with, and the colors are so refreshing! The little heart table topper is also cute as can be. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such pretty colours...creative way to make it yours. Great projects!

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  3. Love your Flirt, perfect color choices! Hate to admit, but chocolate is something I cannot live without, LOL!

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  4. Love your fresh and pretty colours! You have made such great projects. Surely no-on can live without chocolate! ha!

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  5. Great design using the hugs and kisses blocks!
    I both love and can live without chocolate, it goes in waves...

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  6. Love your projects and I love that you finally got it to where you loved it too. Those fabrics are adorable!
    I am a chocoholic! ( even though I am not suppose to eat it).
    Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Oh and I am a follower through GFC.

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  8. What beautiful projects…I especially love your little wall hanging/table topper!!! I have to admit…I love chocolate...but it doesn't love me :(

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  9. I adore your appliqued heart project as well as your pp wall hanging. I am crazy about chocolate, but wish I didn't like it as much as I do.

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  10. I love your flirt quilt and the label is beautiful! I really like how you used blue in your quilt :)

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  11. Super super quilt, I love it!!!!!

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  12. Fabulous quilt!
    I love chocolate!

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  13. I am a chocolate-lover! {Can I have YOUR chocolate?} ;) Your quilts are really sweet! The colors you chose are so happy and they work well with the paper-pieced designs.

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  14. Wonderful job on the quilt! Sew very pretty. And I love chocolate.

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  15. Your quilt is beautiful! I love chocolate, but wish I could convince myself I didn't!

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  16. yes sweet Doris, I am chuckling here, there is no doubt you created this quilt…it says so on your fairly large label lol Tickled me to see how much you enjoyed this project…it is lovely….all of them…and speaking of chocolate, I am butterscotch, caramel girl…chocolate not a big lover of it either...

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  17. What a great lap quilt, love the colors! I do enjoy chocolate, but I don't love it. A little bit does me just fine. And I enjoy a lot of other flavors/candies.

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  18. Doris your quilt is awesome. I love how the blocks look so different with just a little change in fabric position. Your fabric selection....LOVE! Quilting...LOVE! This is a beautiful addition to this Valentine celebration!

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  19. Great job Doris!! I love the second piece so much

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  20. Both your projects are fabulous! The embroidered words on the Flirt quilt are the perfect extra touch. I love chocolate and could NOT live without it lol!

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  21. Wow! I love the wall hanging. You did a terrific job. I chuckled at the fiasco with the first label. So many blogs lead us to believe that everything happens right the first time, every time. I guess those folks don't have a seam ripper? I like how you utilized your "extra" blocks. Very creative. I've been thinking about the pillow case I need to make for my quilt for a quilt show. It's a king size quilt. I think I'm going to incorporate the scraps in the border on it, since I don't want to use all my red and blue scraps up and it will be a large case. See how you inspire us. I love your second project. Is there a pattern for it? I love, love, love hearts. There is a lady at church who often makes jam or something for our class. She gives it away as an attendance "prize." So, I've thought about making some small projects to work on my FMQ and donate them to the cause. Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration. A job well done.

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  22. Dear Doris! I love what you made with the paper piecing but your second quilt - it's amazing! Thank you for sharing!
    And I like chocolate but cookies are my favorite :) When I drink hot chocolate, it is always white chocolate...

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  23. Your Flirt quilt is gorgeous.. and the size can still be used as a lap throw... We make throws that size for children in a children's home here in my area. Perfect size for any toddlers.

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  24. Love the mix of blue with pink in the pp quilt. The additional blocks give the quilt a very modern look. Nice work. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  25. I love your quilt. Great colors and fabrics and layout. The embroidery does add the perfect touch. Thank you for sharing. I love chocolate! Dark chocolate fudge from a nearby candy shop is the best although I only have it maybe twice a year. have a happy heart day! XOs from me to you ... <3 Pat

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  26. What a beautiful wall hanging! You did a great job on it!
    I follow you. (We're fellow Texans!)

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  27. Gorgeous quilt and wall hanging. Thanks so much for sharing. I love chocolate.

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  28. I love your wall hanging, perfect choice of colors. Yes, I enjoy chocolate a lot.

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  29. What beautiful projects! I love them both, and your quilting is perfect for these Valentine beauties! Thank you for sharing your amazing work! I do like chocolate--about any kind fixed any way. I'll be shopping right after today to pick up some good chocolate buys! LOL

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  30. Unlike you, I love the candy, but can do without the cakes and brownies. How funny!

    Your projects are just wonderful. I love how you incorporated the blocks into your pattern and the embroidery is perfect in there. The free form hearts are fabulous too! Great job.

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  31. Oh my...such a beautiful quilt! Your projects are just gorgeous and a great way to show the love. Happy Valentines Day!

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  32. Love your colors, it just sparks up the day! Adorable little wall quiltie you taught too! :-) Happy V day!

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  33. Your projects are absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing. I love chocolate but as I get older I don't crave it like I used to. I guess that is a good thing.

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  34. I'm with you on chocolate. I can take it or leave it. Loved your projects! How heart-y! sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

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  35. Gorgeous quilting on such a beautiful quilt. Very neat colors. Fun!

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  36. Very beatuiful quilts and quilting. Lovely colors.

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  37. I LOVE chocolate! Just pulled a pan of brownies out of the oven, actually hahaha Happy Valentine's Day!

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  38. I love, love your quilt. You did a beautiful job on it. Chocolate is good!
    Better then broccoli any day!

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  39. Your quilt is lovely... such a beautiful way to use the pp patterns! I love the quilting and your colors!

    Susie

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  40. Applause! Applause! Your pattern is wonderful!
    And I love chocolate. I actually gave it up for 30 days in January. Just to see if I could do it! It was difficult...

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  41. Your projects are great! I really love your heart table topper. The heart quilting design is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I'm a follower via GFC. I love chocolate!

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  43. Love your color combinations, the pink and turquoise are very spring-like and cheery. Is that free-motion embroidery? Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  44. I love milk chocolate and dark chocolate ... no white chocolate for me. Both of your quilts are absolutely stunning. The embroidery really adds to the quilt.

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  45. The colors are fabulous- love what you made

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  46. I like the appliqued hearts wall hanging. I like some chocolate but would not miss it if I could never have it again. senstrings (at) yahoo [dot] com

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  47. Love the projects. The quilt is really pretty. I love chocolate and prefer dark chocolate.

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  48. lovely quilt, and HOW did you long arm that message?? very curious.... and you are CRAZY... not like chocolate? what's wrong with you??? LOL I LOVE chocolate, but not Hershey bars, they are too plain, I'll eat them but not my favorite, now I love hot chocolate, fancy chocolate, chocolate cake etc.....

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  49. Yes, I feel the love. What wonderful projects! I really enjoyed hearing how your design evolved from one piece to many. Not a bit of love wasted. Your appliqued heart project is adorable. I am amazed that you are able to longarm your label as you have. Just how do you do that? Thanks for sharing and for offering a giveaway. I LOVE chocolate. Really I think it is more of an addiction that a love. :) Happy Valentine's Day.

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  50. I love your quilts Doris..beautiful!! I also love chocolate but I am not suppose to eat it because I have heart disease and it does funny things to my heart rate. So, I guess I love it and "should" live without it....right!! Thank you for sharing!

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  51. What a beautiful way to showcase those blocks! I love your quilt design and the quilting is gorgeous! Your table topper is also stunning! Lovely!

    Thank you so much for joining the blog hop,
    Soma :)

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  52. Cute! And the pillowcases are a great addition :)

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  53. I love, LOVE that quilt, Congratulations on your top two accomplishment today !!

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  54. You designed and created a stunning wall hanging. I adore your PP projects. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  55. I definitely love chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. Loooove your Heart quilt...the quilting is phenomenal!!!

    Can take it or leave it, far as chocolate is concerned...do enjoy hot chocolate on coooold Winter nights tho! :)

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  57. Love the quilt. The quilting looks great. I could live without chocolate except for an occasional Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

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  58. Love the quilt. The quilting looks great. I could live without chocolate except for an occasional Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

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  59. Really cute projects, and I love the heart quilts that your students made. Your quilting is great too. I am a real chocolate fiend…in any form!

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  60. I love chocolate. I love your projects too. You are very inspiring.

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  61. Very beautiful quilt, I love the fabric and th pattern you designed for the quilt. Happy Valentines Day!

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  62. I LOVE your projects! Love love love the quilt! I can live without chocolate -- my addictions are caramel and nougat. Yum. :)

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  63. Flirt is awesome and I love the back too! No chocolate for me as I am allergic to cocoa butter so have never really acquired a taste for good chocolate. Anything else I have tasted that is chocolate has always been an undesired flavor. More to go around for the chocolate lovers out there. (Smiles)

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  64. Flirt is awesome and I love the back too! No chocolate for me as I am allergic to cocoa butter so have never really acquired a taste for good chocolate. Anything else I have tasted that is chocolate has always been an undesired flavor. More to go around for the chocolate lovers out there. (Smiles)

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  65. I really love the hearts and swirls you used on this adorable quilt. I love chocolate, specifically the dark variety. Or chocolate with mint. Or caramel. Not so much with peanut butter.

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  66. I love chocolates. I can't live without my yummy Lindt Truffles.

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  67. I love chocolate. Dove Dark Chocolate and Hershey Kisses are my downfall, and my hips show it! You made an awesome quilt, the colors are lovely, and the quilting is fabulous!

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  68. Oh my goodness - look at you go! Your work is beautiful as always!

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  69. Wow is this a fabulous quilt! Great job!!! :)

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  70. Wow, so many beautiful projects. I especially love those little appliqué hearts. I think I have a pattern for them and should have made them for this year. But there is always next year! I love chocolate, but mostly only milk chocolate. IT can be in any form, candy, cake, drinks etc. I have one friend who doesn't like chocolate at all.

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  71. I follow you through google friends.

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  72. I love chocolate...but specific kinds and white is my favorite. Lovely blog hop...so many inspiring projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. I follow your blog with Feedly.

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  74. I do love chocolate. Sometimes I've given it up for a bit but then I come back to it with unbelievable gusto. I generally like dark chocolate but don't care for hot chocolate.
    Your quilt is wonderful. I'm glad you conquered the machine embroidery because that did add a sweet touch. I'm still laughing about the first label you made - backwards!!! lol

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  75. I love chocolate! I didn't get any in the 14th and so I just gave up sewing time to play in the kitchen. I made chocolate meringue cookies and my first ever chocolate mousse.

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  76. Your projects look wonderful and I love the fabrics! Also I absolutely love chocolate!

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  77. I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. congrats on being one of Mdm Samm's pick for the day. Your quilt is so pretty.
    I don't eat chocolate like I used to so I guess I can live without it.

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  79. Wonderful quilt, love the fabric choices!

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  80. An entire quilt of warmth and love...this is just stunning.

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  81. Wonderful heartwarming quilts, very clever!
    Thanks for sharing.

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