Monday, November 17, 2014

QUILTMAKERS 100 BLOCKS VOLUME 10 BLOG TOUR

Welcome to my blog and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour.  This is my third blog tour with Quiltmaker.  This time around I decided to throw in some Patriotic Flair (for those who know me I bet you were so surprised.... right?)   I called my block American Pride.  I did it with the intention of making a quilt for Quilts of Valor.


I put my block together just a little different than the instructions in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Magazine (mine is on page 44).  I cut all three of my strips the same width of 2".  I then sub cut the strip set into 5" squares.  Paired them with a 5" cream background square.  Drew a diagonal line and sewed on each side of the drawn line, 1/4" from the drawn line.  Cut them apart, pressed to the background triangle, and then squared them up to 4 1/2".  Either method will work so you can pick your favorite.

Here is the quilt I submitted to Quiltmaker to hang in their gallary.  


I didn't want to applique USA in every block; I thought that might be a bit much,  so I quilted a flag in every other block instead.












Now for all you eagle eye readers out there, there is a flaw in my quilt.  Can you find it?  If you'll look closely, you will notice a change in the design of the block.  That's what happens when you don't look back at your photo of the block submitted 6 months ago and try to re-create it from memory.  So here is a quilt I designed in EQ using the "real" block submitted to Quiltmaker... you know... the one in the magazine.  The one that it's suppose to look like.  I can say however, I like my "new block" too.




Here is another color way of the "new" block.  I substituted the USA applique for a fussy cut flower applique from the focus fabric.  The point is, you don't have to go Americana with this block.  The possibilities are endless.  Just substitute any applique for the USA applique.





I hope you enjoyed the visit to see my block and my "new block".  Quiltmaker is giving away a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 magazine to one lucky winner.  Just leave me a comment, anything you'd like to say.  I'll use random number generator to pick one lucky winner when the blog tour is over.  Be sure to visit Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog to see the complete schedule of the blog tour this week.  








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244 comments

  1. Looks great in both versions. And I love the pinwheels popping up with the "new" block!

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  2. You've done a lovely job creating two different looks with your beautiful block. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  3. Your block can be used in different ways. Nice!

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  4. Many possibilities with this block - love the pinwheel that pops in as a secondary pattern.

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  5. Nice! I love the versatility of this one!

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  6. Your block is delightful, Doris.

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  7. Congratulations on having a block in the magazine, Doris! I really like the flowery version.

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  8. Your quilts re beautiful! Love the way you used your design in two different colour ways. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine!

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  9. Hi Doris, great blog post! We're so happy to have you along in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10. Your quilts look terrific! ~Diane

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  10. Congratulations! Great block! Love the quilt. And thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I love your quilt - such a versatile block!

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  12. I loved the quilt with the appliqué flower. Thanks .

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  13. So many ways with the colors and the hand work!

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  14. Wow! I can't believe you actually made two beautiful quilts from this block. I love the new version with the wider sashing. Really striking.

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  16. I really like the flower block more then the USA. You have given me new ideas. Thanks.

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  17. I like both designs and the quilting is amazing.

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  18. Congratulations, I love all things red/white/blue and your block is perfect for any colors. Thanks.

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  19. Very versatile block! Both quilts are really pretty.

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  20. I really like your American Pride block. Great color choices for a wonderful design. Thank you for being a part of this blog tour and the chance to win some an awesome magazine.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  21. Hi, Love your design. It must be very hard to design and then try to recreate it but as you said now you have two variations. A win win. Thanks.

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  22. I love both of your quilts. It's amazing how different they look.

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  23. I love your bright print quilt. Reminds me of spring. :)

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  24. Nice job! I like that you offered an alternate to the patriotic look.

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  25. I've been wanting to make a Quilt of Valor for quite a while. I love your block and the settings for it. I'm inspired!

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  26. I love the border quilting on the USA quilt. It's gorgeous!

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  27. The quilting designs used I both quilts compliment the quilt theme so beautifully. I can see this block has so many possibilities.

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  28. Congratulations on having your block in Quiltmaker's 100! Your pattern is great and looks wonderful in any fabric. Thank you for participating in the Quilts of Valor program. My Dad was career Air Force and my son is in the USMC, currently on his second deployment.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I love the way you did all the fancy quilting on the patriotic quilt.

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  30. Really enjoy the patriotic blocks. Yours is awesome!

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  31. Beautiful quilt block, love the colors of the flower block

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  32. Love this. Good for quilt of valor

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  33. I love it! Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi@yahoo.com

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  34. Love both versions of your quilt. The block seems easy to accomplish. The quilting adds so much.

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  35. Thank you for showing the block in two different colorways. It looks great!

    Jackiethompson323(at)gmail.com

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  36. Really like seeing your block with different fabrics. Thank you so much

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  37. Hello! It's my first time visiting your blog. I love your blog. I do a lot of Americana sewing for my old farmhouse. Nice quilting, too! Have a super day!

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  38. I really like that you did the flag motif in alternate blocks -- it's a lovely quilt and just the thing for a QOV quilt! :)

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  39. Finally a quilt that says how proud we are of the USA in very simple terms that every language can understand. Congratulations for being accepted into the Quiltmaker once again. (also like the alternate quilt.) Thank you also for what you pin on Pinterest. You give me lots of ideas there and on your blog.

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  40. Hi, Doris! Darling block. Both your colorways are terrific! Love your quilting too.

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  41. I looked and looked and can't see anything wrong! The quilt is lovely!

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  42. Great block. It does well in a patriotic quilt. It does well in other colors, too

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  43. Great block - lends itself to so many themed possibilities!

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  44. Wonderful block! Like the alternate use too!

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  45. I love how small changes can make big differences in quilt blocks! Thanks for sharing your block.

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  46. I love the block, especially in the orange. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  47. Glad to know I'm not the only one!! I like both of your BlockS
    vickiedotvanathotmaildotcom

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  48. You are the first stop on my first Blog Hop. I've bookmarked your site 'cause I like it so much.

    Karen from Ocean Park

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  49. I really liked the technique you used for the strip set/HST's, loved the difference in use of the technique in each quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. I like your summer colors. They bring warmth into what is a cold day. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Very versatile block...I bet it would look nice in 30's prints, too.

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  52. I love the quilting you did... the quilted flag is a great idea for filling a block.

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  53. WOW ! you are so clever. I like your second choice too! You are giving me more fun ideas.

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  54. Congratulations! I just love the block and I am sure that the quilt would make a soldier/veteran very happy!

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  55. Love you blocks.... just starting to do different types of quilts, need a helping hand to find out how to do the different blocks

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  56. "Joshua's Hands" a community service project, was held last month at our Veteran's Hall. This block AND quilt would be prefect to create for our valiant "Wounded Warriors". I'm grateful and glad I was part of that 2 day sew-in. Their goal was to create 50 finished quilts and they surpassed by completing 67.

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  57. I love seeing your block in both color ways! They are both beautiful. This is the beginning of a very fun blog tour :-)

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  58. HELLO, Love you blocks, just starting to do different types of QUILTS! tHANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  59. What a great start to the Tour. A do-able block and quilt for every level of quilting ability. Thanks as well for the alternate option--cheerful on this snowy day.

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  60. It's so appropriate to do a patriotic block.

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  61. Your quilts show the difference a fabric line can make. Love your choices!

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  62. I love the USA block! It also looks so cute w/ the flower applique. Thanks for sharing with us. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  63. Neat way to add appliqué . Love both of your quilts.

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  64. Thanks for showing the different options. I find that really helpful!

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  65. Love these blocks, thanks for sharing!

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  66. Rah rah.. USA! Great colour combination. good job!

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  67. I love both of your blocks! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  68. Your block is great, I really like the spring colors in the second one, so pretty.

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  69. I really like the spring color way you used to showcase your block.

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  70. As always you block is wonderful and your quilts are gorgeous. I love the spring/summer look in the second quilt. This pattern can really be versatile. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. Both versions are great! Anything giving a cheer to our troops in this trying time is wonderful.. =) thank you for doing your part.

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  72. Love both color ways. congrats on being chosen for the magazine again. I love the quilted flags they are wonderful.

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  73. Great block - thanks for sharing & thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. I like both versions of your block.

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  75. Thanks for the idea to replace the applique with anything that we like. Love the colors you chose.

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  76. Like both blocks. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  77. All I see are 2 gorgeous quilts, with no goofs standing out. Honestly, I can't see the goof you were talking about.

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  78. I love your block! sarah@forrussia.org

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  79. I like both blocks.

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  80. I love your patriotic block and I love the alternate color way even more! Now, to get busy and make a quilt from it!

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  81. While both blocks are nice, I like the "new" block more. It's a nice clean design.

    ufoquilter AKA Elly

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  82. I like both blocks and this magazine looks wonderful. Congrats on being a part of it!

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  83. I love the floral block, I have the perfect fabric for it!

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  84. Congrats on making it into the magazine. I love the quilt you submitted.

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  85. Lovely original quilt and new quilt!

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  86. Congratulations on your block being selected. I like both fabric choices.

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  87. Very versatile block....love both versions.

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  88. You don't make mistakes, just opportunities for creative expression.

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  89. Congratulations! It is a great block and I like the embroidery!

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  90. I like both blocks but I am partial to the one with the flower center. That's because all I can see from my window is snow!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  91. Adore the "American Pride" Block and quilt!!! Stand proud on that one g/f!!!! And the cheerful colors in the second quilt are absolutely Fantabulous!!!! Thanks for sharing your work, Sew On my friend!!!!

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  92. I like the way your block looks in the new colorway; I like seeing different options for blocks! Cool embroidery on the USA quilt.

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  93. The spring/summer colorway is beautiful -- this might also work for a fall theme with a leaf in the middle.

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  94. Your block is wonderful both as patriotic and flower! Pinwheels are a favorite block and they look great in your quilt! Congrats for having your block published and thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  95. Fun block! So many possibilities.

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  96. American pride is lovely. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  97. Beautiful designs, fabrics, colors and quilting. Inspirational.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  98. Congratulations on having a block in the magazine again. Looks great!

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  99. I think we can all use a good patriotic block and yours is lovely. Nice job.

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  100. I was looking for a pattern for a "Quilts for Valor" quilt .

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  101. Thanks for sharing!

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  102. I bet most people would never have noticed the change in the block. It took me a while to figure it out. The block AND the quilt look great either way.

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  103. American pride is nice but didn't find the flaw in the quilt,that's good. Thanks for the nice giveaway...martamanole@yahoo.com

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  104. Congratulations on your block! It is fantastic!

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  105. Love any quilt that is made with red, white and blue! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  106. Love your block! b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  107. I never cease to be amazed how totally different quilts looks with a change in colors. It doesn't even look like the Patriotic quilt, which is very pretty in the bright colors, and I love the colors in the 2nd. quilt. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  108. I really like the idea of alternating the USA with a flag!

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  109. Love the secondary pinwheels!! Amazing how different the two look just by changing the fabrics

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  110. great use of ordinary patches to make a unique block!

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  111. I love your block. I like how versatile it is!

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  112. That's a great block. Not too many pieces but still very interesting to look at, I like that. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. Great block Doris! Thanks for the chance!

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  114. My mind is spinning with possibilities. I love your new block too!

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  115. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netNovember 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Your block is great. Congratulations in getting into the new Quiltmaker magazine.

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  116. I like your pinwheel setting squares.

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  117. I thought I already posted, but I don't see it, so I'm trying again!

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  118. This block makes a very fun patriotic quilt! thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  119. I enjoyed seeing the other colourway for your block.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo.com

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  120. my first visit to your blog....love your rwb submission....so crisp and patriotic! keep up the good work!

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  121. quiltgram2@gmail.comNovember 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    My favorite is the bright summery second quilt.

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  122. This is a great block -- I love seeing it in two different fabric choices, so we can get an idea of options.

    I'll definitely be back to your blog!

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  123. Great job Doris!! Fantastic quilt block...

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  124. Beautiful quilt and quilt block, Doris! Congratulations on getting it in the magazine. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  125. Great blocks. I like both versions and great to see colour options. Thanks Dorothy

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  126. Your Patriotic Block is so awesome. I love it when a "mistake" turns into art. Great job.

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  127. What a fun block! I need to get the tops I made over the summer quilted so I can start some new ones!

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  128. Isn't it cool how the same block can look so different?

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  129. Thanks for sharing your color variations on your Patriotic block.

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  130. I love red, white and blue quilts! Your block is great!

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  131. I love seeing other colourways.
    Lanie
    remills at amtelecom dot net

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  132. I love the quilting done in your quilt.

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  133. Love those bright colors on this snowy night...and the quilting is wonderful!

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  134. Great block and quilt! I love the possibilities for the center square.

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  135. Love your Block! & Quilt of course..the fabrics & colors are sooo fun & happy!

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  136. I love both versions of your block. It's amazing how different they look. You would never know it was the same block!

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  137. Fun block - I like the spring-y version.

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  138. I love the orange and green of the flower block, awesome combo.

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  139. Wow, I always love the patriotic quilts and when I saw the other colorway, I thought it was wonderful too.

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  140. It is never, never a mistake but a creative opportunity! Great way to honor those vets.

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  141. I love the USA block. I like getting blocks that I can personalize with my own appliqués or embroidery.

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  142. The USA block is wonderful and would be so nice to use in a quilt for our soldiers.

    Debbie

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  143. No mistakes...just creativity flowing the way it needed to. Great block and quilt.

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  144. I really like both versions of your block.

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  145. Thank you for sharing your blog with us today on the Blog Tour! You are a very talented artist!

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  146. Nice idea for a QOV quilt Thks. pjrcontest@msn.com

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  147. Go USA! My keen eye must be tired because I couldn't find a change in your design block! Oh well, it must be minor, but it's still fabulous!

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  148. I love blog hops not only are there some great give aways but you also find awesome new blogs you did not know about yet. Thank you. Becky

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  149. Love how you show your block can be changed with the fabric. So many times people look at a red and white quilt you created and can't see it in blues and greens.

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  150. Love your block! I have some fabric that will work perfectly in this.

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  151. What a beautiful quilt this will make !

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  152. I certainly enjoyed seeing how the quilting added to the design, overall, a great job and a neat but simple block, Thanks Kathy in Colo

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  153. I think the quilting really enhancing the piecing in these quilts.

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  154. I really enjoy seeing all the fabulous quilt blocks. I especially like your last one above - the fussy cut flower. The colors say "happy" to me.

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  155. Wonderful patriotic inspiration the mistake just makes it special

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  156. As a Canadian I like the fussy cut flower in the center. Great design. Thanks

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  157. lovely quilt,,,,the other color way is great, I love the green, yellow orange combo....

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  158. Love the quilting designs in your quilt. Flags and Eagles are always good.

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  159. Love your USA block!! This would make a great block for QOV and American Hero quilts!!

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  160. I like the flowers and swirls on the quilting on the second quilt.

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  161. I love seeing alternate color schemes..however, I do love Patriotic colors!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  162. both designs are great. it is interesting how turning the orientation creates such a different feel.
    trvlbuddy@yahoo.com

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  163. I'm a beginning quilter and love the flower block!

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  164. This is simple but effective - no matter which version you use. Or mix. Each turn of the striped part turns out nicely.

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  165. Very pretty and patriotic. Too sad I can't make it. I am from Germany. But I liked the other one.

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  166. I love your block I make QOV quilts this will be perfect

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  167. This is a perfect block for Quilts of Valor. Great work!

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  168. I am happy you included two ways to do your quilt. Next year Canada will be
    150 years old & I have a design to insert to celebrate. Thank you for a chance.
    Happy Quilting

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  169. Love both versions of your block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  170. I love patriotic so I love this block! I will need to make it! Thank you for a chance to win:)

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  171. I love your block and quilt in the cheery orange, yellow, and green. It reminds me of spring!

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  172. Great block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  173. You block is beautiful - love the patriotic quilting

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  174. Cute block! I love the quilting on your quilt as well. I really wouldn't have noticed the switch in pattern if you hadn't mentioned it. ;)

    Tara J

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  175. Like the versatility of using any appropriate applique in the center.

    Nice work!

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  176. Love to see alternative creations with one block.

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