Monday, November 16, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12 - Paper Star - Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12 Blog Tour!




I am so excited to have a block called Paper Star in Volume 12 of the 100 Blocks magazine.  
(You can see my previous 100 Blocks: Sewing Triangles included in Volume 10 and Outlined Plus in Volume 11.)

Paper Star is a paper pieced block I designed using EQ7 that creates fun primary and secondary star patterns.  I love paper piecing because it allows for such precision and different angles.  

I had a great time playing around with the block design (some might argue a little too much :) and by changing the colorations I was able to shift the focus to different elements within the quilt design.

Here is the quilt design with the single block from above repeated:



Changing the colors of the secondary stars and background yields a different look:



Another idea is to have all of the stars be the same color except for one...


For a more modern quilt top, you can eliminate some blocks to create some negative space (which is also nice in that is decreases the amount of block piecing):


Next, I made the background black so that the stars would pop off of the quilt top and took out the partial stars around the outer edges of the quilt top for another look: 


Switching the colors so that the stars are white and the background has different colors gives the block has a totally different look.  It is hard to tell that this is actually the same block!


I hope that you have enjoyed all of these renderings of Paper Stars being used in different quilt tops to see how versatile the block is. 

Make sure you stop by Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for some great prizes and a complete list of blog tour participants! 


Now on to the Giveaways (yes plural!):


Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 12.  This magazine drawing is open 
to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker's.

Prize 2:  I have an additional 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 12 plus two of my Meadow Mist Designs printed patterns to giveaway.  This giveaway is open to everyone-international included and will be shipped from me.

To Enter:  


1.  Leave a comment, any comment.  If you would like a topic, you can tell me your favorite quilting notion.

2.  My followers (old or new) get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment with how you follow.  (You can follow by BloglovinEmailInstagram.)

The giveaway will run for 1 week, until 8 pm EST on Monday November 23rd.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - 
If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

**The giveaway is now closed, thanks for entering **



352 comments:

  1. Love the block! I'm especially fond of your variation with the one pink star. Adorbs!

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  2. I really like your block. Well done and congratulations.

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  3. Wonderful block! IMy favourite quilt is the blue one with a hint of pink! Great

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  4. My favourite notion is my rotary cutter.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  5. I follow you on bloglovin'.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  6. Love the block and the different options. My fave notion is the rotary cutter, it makes my quilting life so much easier!

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  7. Great block, my favorite layout is the rainbow one.

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  8. I follow via blog reader and Instagram.

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  9. My favorite quilting notion? Tough one. How about my favorite tool? That would be my trusty titanium rotary cutter. Sooooo smooth.

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  10. I am an email follower. (wordygirl at earthlink dot net)

    thanks for the giveaway, and for the time and effort you put into your blog all through the year.

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  11. Your block is great! thank you!

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  12. My favorite notion is my brass stiletto - really helps keep things in line!

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  13. I love seeing all the different variations!

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  14. my favorite notion is my seam ripper. it makes everything right again, lol

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  15. I follow via email.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  16. I think my favorite quilting tool would be my rulers.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  17. What a variety your Paper Star pattern offers by changing up the fabric!

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  18. I follow your postings via email. Thank you!

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  19. I love the variety of looks you can get with one block!

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  20. Love seeing all the different variations you show--so nice to see what a block will look like made up into a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. I love your block! My most favorite quilting tool is my sewing machine if you call it tool. If not, I guess it would have to be my rotary cutter. It is way better than scissors. Lol

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  22. I love the quilt with the black background. The stars just sparkle!

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  23. A lovely block. I like the black background layout.

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  24. I follow via bloglovin and email and instagram.

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  25. I like your block and all the variations that can be derived by changing colors around. With the last variant, I wouldn't have known it was the same block.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  26. I follow you via email. senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. I love the clover clips for keeping binding nice and tight while it gets stitched down.

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  28. I haven't looked at these 100 block books yet-winning would be a great way to see what I'm missing!

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  29. I love the different ways you can use color with the block. Plus I just love to paper piece.

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  30. I am not sure if it is a notion or not, but I LOVE, LOVE my accuquilt studio die cutter...

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  31. WoW!! What a beautiful block that makes amazing quilts!! Love seeing how different the pattern looks by just changing colors.

    Congratulations on being chosen for Quiltmaker's 100, Vol. 12. Awesome giveaways!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Im a follower via BlogLovin.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Love the block, so many different looks, wonderful.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  34. I follow by email, blog login and instgram.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  35. This is a beautiful block and I think it's great that you shared all these possibilities. My favourite of course is the Modern one with the negative space but really many of them are very striking.

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  36. I follow on blog lovin and google plus.

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  37. My favorite tool for quilting is my bamboo stiletto - used both to guide my sewing thru the machine and to take out any mistakes I might of made.

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  38. I follow you on Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram and email. Love all your posts!

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  39. My favorite tool is the seam ripper! HaHa

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  40. Stars are my favorite quilty subject. Your star block is great - great setting too!

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  41. I just love my rotary cutter. I guess only quilters will say that! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  42. Following on bloglovin' Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  43. Great star block and it is really helpful to see the many variations you've illustrated.
    mfhagopian@aol.com

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  44. I bought one of those little Steam Fast irons earlier this year and I love keeping it next to the sewing machine for paper piecing and just small items I am working on!

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  45. I particularly love the modern version and the blue and pink ones. Congrats!

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  46. I follow you by email. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  47. Two of my favorite things about quilting are stars and paper piecing, my all time favorite quilt I've made was paper pieced and it took me nearly 9 months to complete.

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  48. I follow via email

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  49. Love your block! I think wonder clips might be a new favorite tool. Finally tried them for hand sewing binding and they are a game changer!

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  50. I follow you on feedly and Instagram

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  51. darrkrystal@gmail.comNovember 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Wow...!!...Cool star....love the black ...white...and yellow one.....My ready to use notion is paper and pencil....I seem to jot down my ideas practically everywhere I go.....so I end up buying reams of paper everytime I go past the stationary store.....they also work great for drawing out my applique quilts in large format....just tape together and stick to wall.....have a great volume 12 blog....

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  52. This post killing me with its awesomeness. These design options are fantastic! I'm such a secondary pattern snob lately and I LOVE LOVE LOVE so many of these. I think my favorite is the modern looking one on white with red and yellow and grey. Stunning! As well as secondary patterns, I've recently discovered the Clover lighted needle threader. Let the angels sing. Holy eye strain reducer for my aging eyes. It's definitely my favorite notion, this week anyway.

    I'm off to follow you on FB. So glad to have discovered you!

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  53. It's always amazing to me how something as simple as changing the colors and/or shades can make a block look completely different. Sometimes it's hard to believe it is the same block.

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  54. Love the different color combos of this quilt pattern. My favorite notion is my seam ripper!!

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  55. So many possibilities with the block! I especially like the pink and navy rendering. My favorite notion is my Clover seam ripper, since I need to use it all the time.

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    2. It is always amazing how different color combos can change the design of a quilt with the same pattern. I really like the second color design the best. Carolyn Sew

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  56. My favourite notion is my thread snip.

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  57. I follow you on Bloglovin and read every post!!

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  58. I like your example of the star quilt as a modern quilt.

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  59. Love your block -- I can tell that you are mathematically minded

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  60. I just started following you via bloglovin after finding you on this bloghop

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  61. I just started following via bloglovin

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  62. The black background really caught my eye, oh, the possibilities seem endless. My favorite quilting tool would have to be my pins, I pin everything together before sewing them.

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  63. My favorite quilting notion would have to be rulers - I have tons of them!

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  64. Great job on your post, Cheryl! Love all the quilt options. Thanks for being with us for the Blog Tour!

    Diane at Quiltmaker

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  65. My favorite notion? The Accuquilt GO cutter. No affiliation whatsoever. Huge timesaver and SO accurate!

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  66. I have followed you for a long time. Love your block.

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  67. CONGRATULATIONS what a wonderfully fun block I love how it makes so many different fun quilts. thanks for sharing

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  68. Very nice block! Amazing how changing the value of the components makes for an entirely different look.

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  69. Wow what a dynamic block. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. I've been following by email and looking forward to the finishing of the current mystery. Thank you!

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  71. Your block makes into a gorgeous quilt! Congrats on being part of Volume 12. I love seeing all these new blocks.
    My favorite notion Is probably my new Splash rotary cutter :-)

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  72. Beautiful block! I love it when you are able to get so many variations with one block just by changing the colors. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

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  73. I'm a follower via Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  74. My favorite notion is my seam ripper because it frees me to try new things. If they dont work i can always rip them out! Thanks for thenlovely giveaway!

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  75. Nice spin on tradition! I have to say I love my quilt caddy because it holds all my precious tools and I can just pick it up and move from room to room or to quilt class!

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  76. I follow you on Bloglovin and love doing so!

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  77. Fantastic block! Love all the different setting this block makes.

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  78. Cheryl, I am a Bloglovin' follower of yours! duchick at gmail dot com

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  79. I love my sewing machine, a bernina 440.

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  80. This looks like a magazine I need to have on hand. The more blocks I see, the more I want to make them! Yours is gorgeous! duchick at gmail dot com

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  81. I follow you on Bloglovin! Want to learn more about EQ....my intention for Dec is to spend 15 minutes a day on it!

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  82. What a great versatile block! My favorite quilting notion is the rotary cutter. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  83. I follow by email, and bloglovin'.

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  84. That is a nice block. Love the black quilt design.

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  85. Wonderful clock this year! Lately my most used, not necessarily favorite, notion is my seam ripper. Always learning

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  86. Thanks for sharing your block. Lots of options for placements. Thanks for showing up the variety. My vote for favorite notion is Clover silk pins.

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  87. I follow you by email and do enjoy your posts.

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  88. Your block is stunning! It always amazes me how a block looks by itself and how it changes when sewn together. Beautiful.

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  89. My favorite quilt notion would be the needed seam ripper.

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  90. my new fave notion are the clover clips.

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  91. My favorite quilting notion is the rotary cutter. Without it, I do not think I would be into quilting because I have a hard time cutting fabrics with scissors.

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  92. Congrats on a great block! I love my stylus!

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  93. I love the secondary pattern for this!

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  94. Paper piecing is one of my favorites, the angles are sooo accurate!

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  95. I just started following you in Intsagram!

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  96. Now following you on Bloglovin. Can't believe I wasn't already!

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  97. If I had EQ7, it might be my favorite tool. So cool to see how your block can be used in a variety of ways just by changing the values.

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  98. I follow you by email. I like the block you designed so many options for it.

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  99. Love the block - very nice! I also love my rotary cutter!! Where would we be without them!!!

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  100. I follow on bloglovin! (and I am doing the mystery quilt too!!! - awesome!!!)

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  101. My favorite tool has to be my rotary cutter!

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  102. Love your block! My favorite tool is my bloc-loc ruler. Thanks!

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  103. Love your designs, thanks for the chance to win.

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  104. I love all the different fabric choice ideas. What a versatile block.

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  105. Nice block. Thanks for showing all the different color ways and options.

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  106. I follow your blog via email, am enjoying your second Mystery Quilt - along and also follow you on Instagram!

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  107. I follow your blog via email, am enjoying your second Mystery Quilt - along and also follow you on Instagram!

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  108. My favorite quilting notion is my rotary cutter.

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  109. My favorite quilting notion is my 6 X 12-1/2" ruler!

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  110. I love the rotary cutter. It makes the prep so much easier (and fun) than when we just had scissors. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  111. Wow! I love your block, and what an awesome quilt it makes! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  112. you inspire so many when you take a single block and show its many uses - love what you can do with your program

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  113. yes, I am a follower - via bloglovin - wouldn't miss a beat

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  114. Lovely block! I really like the white and yellow on black--stunning!

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  115. I follow you via email (actually, two email accounts!)

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  116. I love the different looks from this block! My favorite quilting notion is my rotary cutter.

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  117. Wow!! Speechless! I know a simple turn of a block can change everything, but to actually see so many variations of the same pattern, just by changing the color...absolutely amazing!!!
    Cheri
    fabricandmemories(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  118. What a great block. Love the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  119. Cheryl I follow you via an email feed and blog lovin

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  120. I love your design and really appreciate your effoerts with illustrating the myriad of ways to change the overall effect depending on color placements and values. Beautiful, thank you!

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  121. Oh werd! All of those different ways of putting a top together, different color options, lovely!

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  122. I think your block design is spectacular and am amazed at all of the varieties created with changing the direction or number of fabrics used. I can not decide which is my favorite, they are all amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize! Have a wonderful creative day!

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  123. I love seeing so many versions of your block. I am partial to my fabric snips.

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  124. I have been following with bloglovin.

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  125. I love your block and your quilts. I love how changing the fabrics, the entire look of the quilt changes.

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  126. Beautiful block! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  127. I'm a new follower on bloglovin :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  128. Changing the fabrics/colors makes the quilt look so different. Favorite quilting notion...um...gotta be my rotary cutter and mat.

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  129. Wow this is amazing to see all the possibilities with this blog.

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  130. I love seeing all the different colorways--particularly the last one!
    drlbennett at gmail dot com

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  131. Your block is gorgeous! I'm so tempted to add the modern variation to my "must make" quilt list. You know, so it can hang out with your other patterns living on that list. Lol.

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  132. I love your block and the cool secondary pattern. Thanks for showing all the variations, I always like seeing options.

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  133. My favorite sewing notion is superior thread.

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  134. Gorgeous block that looks like it would be so versatile to create with.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  135. I'd have to say that I love the ofla fabric cutters! They make things so quick by cutting so many layers!

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  136. I love paper piecing. My fav notion is my 1/4 inch seam ruler by Perkins.

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  137. Hi Cheryl! You have constructed a very clever kaleidiscope block! I love the different variations you designed! I love the rainbow style with negative space! As far as notions, I would really like to get a look into that quilter's Planner if that could be a notion. ;-) thanks for the great giveaways!

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  138. I think this would be lovely in blues, white and gray. It reminds me of a snowflake.

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  139. I enjoy paper piecing. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  140. Awesome block! Favorite notion? Does an OTT Light count?

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  141. I've a lighted, magnifying seam ripper that has become my new favorite go to notion, sad to say. sure do like your salad tub fq keeper ... great idea!

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  142. Love that there are so many variations with the block!

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  143. Love, love the secondary patterns that your block can make! Awesome!

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  144. I love this block pattern! Its my favorite of today!!

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  145. HELLO, LOVE YOUR BLOG! MY FAVORITE NOTION IS MY GOOD SCISSORS=COULDN'T QUILT WITHOUT IT!
    HAVE A NICE DAY! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  146. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA BLOG LOVIN'!
    (USER>lindadouglas35 )
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  147. Your star designs are gorgeous. I love how you recolored. It makes each one look so different.

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  148. Your star designs are gorgeous. I love how you recolored. It makes each one look so different.

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  149. My favorite notion is an orange wood stick. They were made as a manicurists' tool but I use the sharp end as an awl and the flat end to tuck a seam allowance down neatly.

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  150. I love how your Paper Star block looks so different....my favorite is the second picture! My favorite notion is my Clover Wonder Clips...I use them all the time.

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  151. I love all the different combos it makes! My favourite notion is glue, in all forms LOL

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  152. Love your star block. Thanks for sharing all the colorways. My favorite notion is my ergonomic Olfa rotary cutter.

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  153. I'm a follower via Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  154. I found you through my email post about the Quiltmaker Blog tour. Enjoyed seeing your quilts.

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  155. I love how different this block looks each time the colors are changed. I've bookmarked this page so I can come back to it once I get my hands on a copy of the magazine. My favorite notion is my thread snips.

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