Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop - Day 2 (and Giveaway)


Welcome!  Today is my day to host the Fabri-Quilt New Quilt Block Blog Hop!  This hop is an extension of the New Quilt Bloggers Hop and is being generously sponsored by Fabri-Quilt.  Over 4 days, 60+ bloggers are be presenting tutorials for new 12.5" unfinished (12" finished) blocks.  

Here are the bloggers that are presenting tutorials today:

Josi @Avocado Quilts
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @Love You Sew
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Adrian @Making It – Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @Pink Doxies
Sarah @123 Quilt
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @The Zen Quilter

You will be able to find all of the bloggers' blocks on the four hosts pages:

Monday, August 31st
Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl


Tuesday, September 1st
Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs (me)


Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephane @Late Night Quilter

Thursday, September 3rd
Host – Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Fabri-Quilt is also generously sponsoring half yard fabric bundle giveaways, so don’t miss out on two different ways to enter to win (details at the bottom of the post).  And now onto my tutorial:


Mini Rail Fence Block


The rail fence block is such a fun and versatile quilt pattern. I last used the rail fence pattern for my Nordic Playlist quilt. I thought that it would be fun to shrink down the pattern to make a Mini Rail Fence Block. This block is great for beginners and works well with yardage or scraps (I have included both versions here).

Mini Rail Fence Block - Scrappy Version
Pressing instructions: for small piecing like in this block, I recommend pressing all seams open to reduce the bulk of the seams.

1. Start with 8 squares (3.5" x 3.5") and 24 rectangles (1.5" x 3.5").


2. Sew 3 rectangles along their long edges into a sub-block (3.5" x 3.5"). Repeat to form a total of 8 sub-blocks.

3. Lay out the 8 squares (3.5" x 3.5") and the 8 sub-blocks (3.5" x 3.5") as shown in the picture below.



4. Sew the pieces into rows, then sew the rows together to form the mini rail fence block (12.5" x 12.5"). In a quilt, the block will finish at 12" x 12".



Mini Rail Fence Block - Striped Version
Pressing instructions: for small piecing like in this block, I recommend pressing all seams open to reduce the bulk of the seams.

1. Start with 8 squares (3.5" x 3.5") and 6 strips (1.5" x about 21")



2. Sew 3 strips along their long edges into a pieced strip (3.5" x about 21"). Repeat to form a total of 2 pieced strips. Cut the pieced strips into sub-blocks (3.5" x 3.5").



3. Lay out the 8 squares (3.5" x 3.5") and 8 sub-blocks (3.5" x 3.5") as shown in the picture below.



4. Sew the pieces into rows, then sew the rows together to form the mini rail fence block (12.5" x 12.5"). In a quilt, the block will finish at 12" x 12".


Here are the two versions rendered as full quilts...



I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial :)

Now for the Giveaway!!

Watermelon Summer Colorway
Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, White

For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer palette, please follow the Inspired by Fabric blog (either by email or blog reader) and let me know how you are following in one comment below. 

The giveaway is open to everyone (international entries welcome) through Saturday, September 5th at 11:59pm (EST).  I will use a random number generator to select a winner from the comments. Good luck! 

Inspired by Fabric (Fabri-Quilt) is also hosting additional and totally separate giveaway today, so don’t forget to visit and enter to win there as well for another chance to win!

** Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering! **

Congrats to the winner:





152 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm following Inspired by Fabric as busyhandsquilts.

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  2. I really like how you gave two different methods for making the blocks. Using up scraps would be great for the first version, and a cohesive strip piecing approach for the second would be fast!

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  3. I follow on BL. I always like a Rail Fence quilt and never though of a mini so you have inspired me.

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  4. I'm following via Feedly. Thanks!

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  5. I'm following via Feedly. Thanks!

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  6. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email.

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  7. I like your block!
    I follow Inspired by Fabric via email and blog reader.

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  8. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email and your wonderful blog by email as well.
    Your block looks like it would be so fun to make.
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  9. i'm following by email...loving all these block ideas

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  10. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin'

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  11. Simple, cute, and quick! Rail fence was one of the very first quilts I ever made, and will always be dear to my heart.

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  12. I am following via email. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. I love the rail fence block! thank you!

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  14. I follow on bloglovin. I like the darker version of the mini rail fence.

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  15. I am following Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin. I love your Rail Fence block.

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  16. Your block is great! I follow via GFC. thanks!

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  17. I follow by email. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

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  18. I follow by Bloglovin and I love the simplicity of the Mountains All Around block today.

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  19. Very cute block, Cheryl! So happy, and there are so many possible color variations!

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  20. I follow on bloglovin. I love that you show two different options for making the block.

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  21. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email

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  22. Great idea to show two different ways of making the block! I always have scraps lying around, and somehow that pile never seems to get smaller...

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  23. I like the mini rail block and can see using scraps to make it. I follow via bloglovin.

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  24. I follow via email. Thank you for reminding me about the rail fence block, it is such a simple but great block.

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  25. I'm following via blogger.com
    stucker1261@gmail.com

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  26. Sweet quilt block! I following via bloglovin dena@livingwaterquilter.com

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  27. I got ya on bloglovin.....I agree a split rail fence is easy quilt block ....Your colors are great together,, ty for sharing and blog hop...........happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  28. I receive your Newsletter and remember making a split rail as my very first quilt. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  29. I receive your Newsletter and remember making a split rail as my very first quilt. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  30. I am following via Bloglovin'. Thanks for the chance. yummy colors!

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  31. I love the block you shared! I already follow Inspired by Fabric via email.

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  32. Love the mini rail!!! I can see it paired with other blocks or on its own! Wonderful tutorial for both methods!

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  33. Such a simple but effective block and so versatile! Thanks for the lesson and great pics. I'm following this on email through late Night Quilter and having so much fun!

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  34. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin.
    That is a realy cute block-love the colors too. Easy to follow your tutorial.

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  35. Such s beautiful block.The second layout is my best fav.I follow Inspired by Fabric by email and your blog by email as well.

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  36. I follow by email, thanks, love your block.

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  37. I follow by email, thanks, love your block.

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  38. If this is a double post please delete. I follow via bloglovin.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  39. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  40. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email. Love your fabric choices!

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  41. Your block reminds me of candy, the kind that has layers of pink, white and brown, except yours looks like it would have a better flavor. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  42. Thanks for the tutorial. I think it's interesting when we reduce our fabric choices and see what happens--it becomes less about the fabric line of the day and more about the graphic interest of the design or the classic staying power of the pattern.

    I follow Inspired by Fabric via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

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  43. I have signed up for their newsletter. Thank you for showcasing this blog - I see a table runner I would love to make!
    Thank you, also, for the great give-away! Marti Morgan lnmm@outlook.com

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  44. I am following Inspired by fabric on bloglovin . Thank you .

    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  45. I'm following now on bloglovin. I'd love to make a sampler quilt with all these blocks, can't wait to see how the charity quilts turn out! Josi @ AvocadoQuilts.com

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  46. So simplistic, yet very impactful. I like it with the white squares in between. I think this would make a great leaders/ender project for me.

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  47. I follow on bloglovin. I agree with Diana, a great leader ender project.

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  48. I am following you by email. I like your color combo. I also like the idea that you shared with Stephanie on using the same fabric to test out your blocks. That way, you will eventually have a whole quilt.

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  49. I love this block, simple yet very striking. I follow them with bloglovin.

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  50. I follow by Inspired by email. Also follow you of course! Thanks for the great block tutorial.

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  51. Great block and great tutorial! I follow also !

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  52. Lovely block! I follow them on bloglovin! Thanks- Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  53. I follow by email.

    A pretty block and a good tutorial, thank you.

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  54. I am following Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin as Tu-Na Quilts. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  55. I really like your mini rail fence block. It works so well with this color palette- the white/blue squares give your eye a bit of a rest between the brightly colored, high energy stripes. I follow Inspired by Fabric on BlogLovin.

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  56. Love both the use of a dark or a light background. Follow you on email.

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  57. Love both the use of a dark or a light background. Follow you on email.

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  58. I am following by email. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  59. i follow inspired on blog lovin'.

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  60. I follow inspired by Fabric by email

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  61. I follow Inspired by Fabric by GFC and email.

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  62. I follow inspired by Fabric by email

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  63. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  64. I follow Inspired by Fabric via e-mail. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  65. I follow Inspired by Fabric through Bloglovin. Nice Rail fence blocks.

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  66. I follow both you an Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin'. Nice tutorial! Thanks for all your hard work hosting this blog hop.

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  67. Following Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  68. Great block! I follow Inspired By Fabric by email.

    lin.web.28@gmail.com

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  69. These are so cute! I love how simple but colorful they are. It would make a very cute baby quilt. I'm following you and Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin'. Great tutorial!

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  70. Very cute block, and very versatile. I think a lot of ideas could spring from this simple design.

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  71. Im following both yourself and Fabri Quilt on Bloglovin. Love the clean looks of the rail fence blocks

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  72. I follow you and Inspired by Fabric (Fabri-quilt) via email

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  73. I follow inspired by fabric via blog lovin.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  75. FOLLOW YOU+INSPIRED BY FABRIC BY BLOG LOVIN' !
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    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  76. I follow you by and inspired by fabric

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  77. I follow by email and I also follow inspired by fabric. Bi love your tutorial.

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  78. What a gas! So many cool blocks! I love the simplicity of your mini rails, and I love the Summer Watermelon palette. I'm following Inspired By Fabric and Meadow Mist Designs by email.

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  79. Pity about the 2 who forgot or? I see The Carpenter's Daughter did finally post hers.
    No blocks yet for Colleen @Colleen’s Custom Quilting or Cindy @Sewing Moxie

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  80. I follow you by email and Inspired by Fabric by email also! I am really enjoying this blog hop and finding some incredible quilt blocks and tutorials. Your block and tutorial are wonderful thank you for sharing and have a fabulous creative day!

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  81. I follow by email :) Thank you for the tutorial... any chance you would tell me how to make a 15 1/2" block using the rail fence pattern ?

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  82. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email.

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  83. I follow you and Inspired by Fabric by Bloglovin and newsletter. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  84. I follow Inspired by Fabric via email and look forward to each post. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I have been following the Inspired by Fabric blog for a long time via email

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  86. I am following them on Blog Lovin'.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  87. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin'. Love your block. Thanks.

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  88. I follow on Blogger, thanks for being a host in this awesome blog hop!

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  89. I follow their blog with e-mail. sarah@forrussia.org

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  90. I am a Bloglovin' follower of Inspired By Fabrics blog and love it! These solid colors are just what I need in my stash!

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  91. Such a great block Cheryl! I love the mock up where it has the dark blue, I can see that going on my quilts to make list...it's getting extra long this week with all these wonderful blocks.

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  92. Thank you Cheryl for the mini RF block. It is so cute. I follow Inspired by Fabric by email.

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  93. I follow inspired by fabric (and you!) on bloglovin'.

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  94. Your block in these colors is so fresh and fun! I love it. I follow Meadow Mist Designs and Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin. Thanks for the great tutorial and for all of the other inspiring things on your blog! I'm really enjoying this hop so far.

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  95. I follow inspired by fabric via blog lovin x
    Iain.ross30@gmail.com

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  96. I follow on bloglovin as churcaeatauburndotedu, great

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  97. Love this little mini rail block, thanks for the tut, I follow by email and also this blog hop is so helpful in learning new blocks. rhona45@hotmail.com

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  98. Super cute little block!!! I follow Inspired by Fabric on my Blogger reader :) (I don't know why no one does this anymore? I just add the url to my reading list, and it pops up same as ever :) ) This is a really fun blog hop...I am trying to catch up!!! :)

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  99. Your block is beautiful. I'm following Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin'

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  100. I follow by e-mail. Really enjoying the blog hop.

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  101. I follow by e-mail. Really enjoying the blog hop.

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  102. Thank you for the great Block Hop. I follow Inspired by Fabric and you on BlogLovin. Look forward to seeing the completed quilts from all of these blocks.

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  103. Love your mini block. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  104. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin

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  105. I am following Inspired by Fabric via email. Great block Cheryl; like the two versions. When so many are making one block into a giant quilt, it's cool to see you go the other way and make a full-size quilt into a block! :-)

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  106. I follow Fabric via email. Love your blocks.

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  107. I follow by email. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  108. I follow Inspired by Fabric with Bloglovin. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  109. Thanks so much for hosting this Hop! All the blocks are amazing--I'll never need to buy another book or pattern again :) And as a beginner, all the detailed directions are terrific. I follow IbF by email.

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  110. I'm following on blog loving! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  111. In the rendering I like the white background block but when they are actually sewn up the blue totally wins! Great options!

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  112. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  113. I follow on bloglovin
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  114. Thank you for the tutorial, I love your quilt layout in the white background. I follow Inspired by Fabric via e-mail and Facebook.

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  115. Thanks for the block and quilt inspiration! I follow Inspired by Fabric with bloglovin.

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  116. I follow with bloglovin - lovely block :)

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  117. My favorite block today is the 'Casual Link'

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  118. I am following by email. I am amazed at how stunning a rail fence block looks in solid colors. I must make one soon.

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  119. Fun Block!! I follow via Google Friend Connect.

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  120. Versatile block. It always amazes me how changing the background color changes the whole look of the quilt.

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  121. Love your block! Following the Inspired by Fabric blog on Bloglovin: Nicole Sender.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  122. I follow Inspired by Felix by Bloglovin' - have a great day!!

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