4.29.2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

A while ago I was so excited when I got asked to submit a block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I was so excited and my mind started racing. I designed a block and sent it in...I honestly completely forgot all about it until I got an e-mail one day... I saw it in my inbox and didn't get a chance to read it until that evening. Then when I actually opened it later I was shocked to know that my block made it into Volume 9, on newsstands May 6th!
 I tried my best to think of something fun and my style and I came up with Starlet, block #893!
 Now, if you're a regular follower of my blog (thanks!) you know I don't normally make 12" blocks. I make small and smaller and SCRAPPY! So how did I conquer the challenge of such a large block? I just made it with smaller pieces. Nothing too small. And I opted for a variety of sizes to make it a bit more fun. To keep the variety going (it is the spice of life, you know?) I mixed a teeny tiny polka dot with a solid and a Civil War Reproduction print. It's like a fruit cocktail of my stash. :)
 Now, once I got the block made, I immediately wanted to make a whole quilt with my Civil War stash. I would keep similar toned backgrounds and either one black for all of the blocks or a different black for each one. I guess it will just depend on the mood I'm in when I get to cutting it out! (pardon the background if it looks yellow on your screen, I tried for a tan-ish cream... in one screen on my computer it's the perfect color, on here, maybe not so much...)
 But then I got to thinking, what if you faded the colors? You could keep it monochromatic like this one...
Or you could add in a pop of color like this one. Being an Ohio girl I just had to color this block with the red (or should I say scarlet???). O-H! I-O!

The options are endless! I had a blast making this block and I have a full quilt in mind, but sadly right now it's going on the quilting bucket list.

So which option do you like best? Or what would you do if you made this block? Leave a comment telling me and one lucky winner will receive a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9!

And to make it even more fun. Leave me a second comment of which Ruby Blue pattern is your favorite (see them all here) and I'll also pick a winner to receive the pattern of their choice!

So that is two chances to win two wonderful prizes! Leave your comments by Saturday night to be entered.

Now, there's plenty other fun to be had on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour, to see the lists of participating designers or just to get a little extra inspiration, head on over to: http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

Thanks for stopping by!

328 comments:

  1. I prefer General Jack pattern.

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  2. Starlet block seems to change every time. I prefer two blocks quilt, so it could be done srapy - once with light background and second with dark background. Thank you for giveaway.

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  3. I like the Black center, great block. I love stars.

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  4. I love the snowball patterns but General Jack is very different so I choose it.

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  5. I like the Civil War Starlet, with the tan/creamy background. I have lots of Civil War scraps here that could be put to good use.

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  6. It's a great block to put in the center of a fabric basket!

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  7. I like the idea of a 2-color Starlet quilt, but I'd make it a scrappy 2-color. Thanks.

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  8. Great block! The one with the black really appeals to me. I love your alphabet quilts, but Sciuridae is wonderful!

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  9. As another Ohio girl, I like the scarlet block. I love Sonesta, but I'm thinking about about trying some Stitchery.

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  10. I see a way to use up my drawer of 1-1/2" strips and make a scrappy block or 9 or 15 or 20-oops! Got a whole quilt! Way it goes with the scrap drawers!

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  11. I think General Jack would be a fun scrap buster to make! Your book also looks very much like it is up my alley!

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  12. I like the scarlet block best and my grandsons would love the dinosaurs quilt.

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  13. I love star blocks in any color combination but I really like the one with the yellow background!

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  14. What a cool block! It would use a lot of scraps if you used the scrappy look, as in the 1 picture. I do think I like the red and brown best; 2nd choice would be the red with golds and tans in it. Thanks for sharing and for the give-away!

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  15. The General Jack pattern is my favorite!

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  16. Thank you for the chance to win. I love the red and tan choices, very traditional. I bet the quilt would look good. But I also like the second picture, with the black and variety of colors.

    Debi Horne
    debihorne54@yahoo.com

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  17. My second reply- I love the Ruby Blue pattern Prima. The color combo is right up my alley, but I bet my grands (10) would love a colorful one!

    Debi Horne
    debihorne54@yahoo.com

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  18. Oh I really like the first combination. Fun!

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  19. Congratulations on being chosen to be published. I love the block. Very nicely done.
    Tonja Wheeler
    sewingqueen16@yahoo.com

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  20. I would use Civil War fabrics - probably red and tan or blue and gold. It is a really neat block.

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  21. I love your Leafy Greens pattern.

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  22. How can I. Choose love them all

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  23. I would use civil war red, cream and blue fabrics - Love this block

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  24. I would use scrappy. I love the star..the corner block gives a different look

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  25. I would do a scrappy one. Great block no matter how one makes it.

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  26. I prefer the first color combo but they are all great. I also think it would look great in red, white and blue for Flag Day or Fourth of July.

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  27. My fav pattern is Leafy Greens. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  28. I like the red/brown and the red/grey/black combos the best. I love star blocks and also the name of your block as my last name is scarlett. I like Prima pattern. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  29. thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  30. I like the first color block. The block is great so many blocks hard to chose one favorite.

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  31. Since I too was born in OH I O, I love the OSU colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. My dad was a Buckeye so I have a fondness for all things Ohio ... love the block with multi-colored pieces though two-color quilts are some of my favorites!

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  33. I like the block with the fading colors of golds, tans with touch of red (or scarlet). Scrappy is great and I like various sizes within the block. Cindy at cwienstroer@amuniversal.com

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  34. As for the great patterns - love General Jack and Starbox. As you can tell I like stars!! thanks Cindy at cwienstroer@amuniversal.com

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  35. I like the colors of the Scarlet but think it would be fun to do it in scrappy reds.

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  36. Ohhh the dinosaur alphabet pattern is where I want to play

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  37. I like Starlet the best so far but I see endless possibilities.

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  38. Love the monochromatic block.

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  39. This looks a really clever block. I like the red, black and white version best, it looks very sharp.

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  40. I really like your original Starlet block. I'd scrappy it by using a variety of red prints.

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  41. General Jack attracts me--can you tell I love stars.

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  42. I like From Grammy With Love. I love the name, the colors, the pattern! Thanks!

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  43. What a fabulous block! I really love the first block. The red is striking! Thanks!

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  44. I had to look them over a couple of times to decide. They are all beautiful. My favorite is the monochromatic version. Thanks!

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  45. All of your patterns are beautiful, but I would choose the Starbox pattern. Thanks!

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  46. I like the red and grey option best. Thanks!

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  47. I like the scarlet block and on the second site I liked seamingly scrappy.

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  48. I love your red, white, black and grey Starlet block. What's Ohio State to you is Georgia Bulldawgs to me! Woof! Your General Jack's pattern is the bomb. It's a great look.

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  49. I think I'd do this block in rainbow scraps! :)

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  50. Congrats, what a pretty block. I like the bottom option. I would make a pillow using a variety of sea greens. Thanks for a chance.

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  51. I love all your patterns. I would choose first "From Grammy With Love"
    Thanks for a chance

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  52. Wow! I love the scrappy version. It just pops! I think I would make it large scale and make a medallion quilt out of it! Congrats on getting your block and quilt into the publication. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Oh, and my favorite Ruby Blue pattern... well, there were a lot to choose from, weren't there? :-) I think Sonesta is my fave. Loved the way it looked so different in the different colorways. Thanks again!

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  53. I'm partial to the red and brown,with the red and grey a close 2nd.Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. 2nd chance I love the From Granny With Love pattern.

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  55. Nice block, thanks for the chance to win

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  56. I like the red and grey. I really like this pattern I guess my list is growing every day with all this inspiration

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  57. I really like the red and tan, would love to make a two tone quilt and this is a beautiful block for that.

    Debbie

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  58. I love mixing stitchery with piecing and your Alphabet quilts are so fun, I would love to make the Noah's Ark one.

    Debbie

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  59. I like all of your patterns but two especially, one to make for grandkids "From Grammy with Love" and "Skip to My Lou" for me. For your block, I personally like the polka dot, solid, civil war reproduction version, because I love the simplicity of the block and the elegance it gives the piecing.

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  60. I think I would use saturated warm fall colors, rust, pine green etc. I love your Charmed Living Casaba pattern. It would look equally great in modern sold brights or soft peachy florals.

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  61. First, thank you for offering the giveaway. What a great block. Would work well on its own or as a leaders & enders project. Hard to pick just 1 of your patterns, but I think I like Skip To My Lou best.

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  62. each block looks so different depending on the colors. I am drawn to the black,grey, and red block.
    Congrats!

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  63. I love the yellow and red block because it looks so happy! Red is my favorite color, by the way! Prima and From Grammy With Love are my favorites!

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  64. I like the multi-colored block the best.

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  65. Candy Coated Dreams is my pattern of choice! Thanks!

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  66. I like the 1st one the best (red and brown). I would do it with a color and white. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  67. Favorite pattern is Sonesta. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  68. The Civil War (red/brown) two color combo appeals to me. I would try out lavenders with white.
    rozz01@cox.net

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  69. "Skip to my Lou" inspires me and (brings back memories). Thanks.

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  70. Scrappy would be my choice. Thx for chance to win giveaway!

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  71. I favor the "Skip to My Lou" quilt pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.
    rozz01@cox.net

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  72. Prima would be my pattern choice!

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  73. Great block and I love it very much scrappy!

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  75. My favourite of your patterns would be prima!

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  76. This block really speaks to me. I have a new found love affair with little 9 patch's. They really put some zing into a quilt! :-)

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  77. i always love a pop of color in a block. it makes the whole quilt more interesting. thnx for the giveaway

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  78. AND i love candy-coated dreams. i like the irish chain'ness of it. one of my favorite quilt patterns of all time.

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  79. Block #2 is my choice, even if the background does look VERY yellow. The fact that a variety of colors can be used is very appealing to me. As far as the patterns are concerned, Sonesta is call
    to me. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity.

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  80. I like the red/brown version best.

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  81. I like both the first and second blocks. I like the scrappiness of the multiple colors in the second block.

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  82. Hard to choose just one, but I will pick Sonesta.

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  83. I like them all but I like the Scrappy version best. I think I would not like it as much in prints. The solids really sip it up, don't they?

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  84. I like the scrappy version best. It really has punch!

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  85. I love scrappy so the multi-color version appeals to me. I think the black fabric in key spots keeps it from looking chaotic. I also like the college colors version -- mine would be orange and maroon for Virginia Tech.

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  86. My favorite Ruby Blue pattern is Leafy Greens. I see a lot of potential there.

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  87. I think my favorite Ruby Blue pattern is "From Grammy with Love". Of course, that might be because I just found out that I'm going to be a grandmother!

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  88. I love your block! Reproduction fabrics would be my first choice to use sewing it up :-)

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  89. What a great block! I love star patterns. My favorite is the red with black center.

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  90. Your patterns are lovely! The embroidery ones look so sweet but I think my fave is Prima :-)

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  91. I really like the block, especially the variations that you showed.

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  92. I really like your block. My favorite variation is the 2nd one with the toned background and black. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  93. I would like to try the ABC Bugs stitchery pattern. All of them are so cute!

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  94. My favorite Ruby Blue pattern is Starbox. Thanks for sharing. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  95. Go Buckeyes!!! Love those colors!

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  96. The General Jack pattern is my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  97. Great block - I like the last version best!

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  98. Love General Jack. Thanks for the giveaway

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  99. my favorite block is the multi-colored bright one

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  100. My favorite pattern is "Skip to my Lou"

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  101. Great block - my favorite is the monochromatic with scarlet. Thanks for the chance to win. Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  102. Love your From Grammy With Love pattern! Thanks again
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  103. What a fun block..something that I have to try. I really like the first block as it has such beautiful colors.

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  104. I really like your pattern, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. It would be just perfect for my grandson who just loves to play in the dirt and find some bugs, bugs, bugs.

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  105. I also like squares and rectangles. You can do so much with it.

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  106. My favorite option is the colorful star, the second one. Looks great.

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  107. I think my favorite is the first one. The red is a close second. I love the pattern. I have to make it for sure. It will be beautiful scrappy.

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  108. I like all of your patterns but starbox fascinates me. I would love to make it.

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  109. My favorite is your "Leafy Greens" pattern, beautiful.

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  110. I like the second one and how fun to do it with scrappy and maybe grays.

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  111. Sea Creatures is really cute, but then they all are....:)

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  112. I love the one with orange, red and yellow....reminds me of a sunset!
    oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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  113. I like scrappy and bright colors, so I would probably make one with those colors.

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  114. I like Sonesta. Thanks for doing this.

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  115. I Like colors and fruit. So it is an easy choise for me. And stash .....I have never to much .

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  116. My favorite is the one with the yellow background. Probably because it looks scrappy. It's a great block.

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  117. Love the pattern General Jack. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  118. I would make your block using Civil War fabrics.

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  119. I like your first block with those red and tans and polka dots. Thanks for sharing.

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  120. I like your Alphabet stitchery: Noah's Ark.

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  121. Your Ruby Blue patterns are lovely, so hard to decide, but I love the Bugs, bugs, bugs, you have ladybugs in there. I love to add embroidery on quilts. My first granddaughter is on the way.
    The skip to my lou is lovely to. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  122. Thank You for all the hard work and for taking the time to do a block for us and i would do your block in a scrappy pattern with all my left over scraps

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  123. I would have to make the star with some purple fabric, or even purple and bright green!

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  124. I like your "From Grammy with Love" pattern - I'm not a Grammy yet, but hope to be soon!

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  125. Congratulations! I like the second Civil War version. I would probably use warm primitive fabrics. Thank you for sharing!

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  126. I really like General Jack and Starbox is a close second.

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  127. lovre the red gray and black one first second choice is the civil war version thank you for sharing

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  128. I really like the totally scrappy version!

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  129. Alphabet Dinosaurs is really cute

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  130. I'd make a scrappy colorful quilt

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  131. I love big star blocks. I like the black & scarlet one at the bottom, but would pair a new bright color with black for each block of the quilt. I might only do 5 or 6 off center down one side too and add a coordinating fabric to the other side.It is a very versatile block - it could be used by any type of quilter. Thanks for the opportunity! notwendy gmail

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  132. General Jack is very nice. Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  133. My favorite is the Starlet made from solid colors. Has an Amish flavor to it BUT, I would use blacks of varying saturations (and very small patterns perhaps) in the sashings or setting triangles to give the quilt a subtle shimmer effect. Congrats on being published in Vol. 9 and thanks for participating in the giveaway.

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  134. I like the red/gray/black version the best. Love the contrast. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. My favorite Rube Blue patternis "Skip To My Lou". Love al those joyous colors! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  136. This is a fun blog tour, thanks for putting my name in the drawing. I like option 1 with the 3 colors.

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  137. This is a fun blog tour, thanks for putting my name in the drawing. I like your block and your blog. You have several nice patterns, but for now I will say "Starbox"

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  138. I just love them all but monochromatic really catches my eye. Must be all that red!

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  139. I like the scrappy version. My favorite pattern is Skip to my Lou.

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  140. Very hard to decide which pattern I like best when I love them all, but after narrowing it down, I finally decided on General Jack. It's a real beauty to be sure and will be lovely in Civil War fabrics!

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  141. I like the civil war repo, but then it is my weakness.

    (In case I'm a non-reply blogger: m3reyna@gmail.com)

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  142. I adore the General Jack pattern

    (in case of "no reply" status: m3reyna@gmail.com)

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  143. I like the scrappy version, and I like your Candy Coated Dreams pattern, among others!

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  144. I love the scrappy version. I love scrappy looking quilts. Your block is amazing. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine.

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  145. I love the General Jack pattern. It would be a wonderful one in red, white, and blue.

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  146. I would make it in pastels. I would also choose a different color for the x through the middle.

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  147. Your block looks fun to make, I think my favorite is the last one with the pop of red.

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  148. I love what you've done with your block. I love small & scrappy.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  149. I'd make it scrappy using batiks!

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  150. If I'm the lucky one, I'd like the General Jack pattern, please! Thanks for the chance!

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  151. My favorite pattern is the General Jack pattern

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  152. I like the first layout the best, but they are all very nice. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  153. I'd make it scrappy, my true quilting love, total scrappiness, ha ha.
    sly8387@bellsouth.net

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  154. I like your pattern candy coated dreams!
    sly8387@bellsouth.net

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  155. I like the red/tan and the red/gray. I'd love to see how the blocks go together and what secondary patterns emerge.

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  156. My favorite is your scrappy version!

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  157. My favourite Starlet block is the scrappy look one. But all of the colour ways are interesting. Congratulations on having Starlet in Issue No. 9.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  158. I'm totally torn between Bugs Bugs Bugs and Dinosaurs!! LOVE your patterns!

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  159. My favorite pattern is Sonesta! Love the colors!

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  160. I like the second example, with the bright yellow background and all solids, and I would try that -- using the solids makes it very modern looking!

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  161. I am a red kind of girl so I like the red and gray.
    The same happened when I looked at your patterns. My eyes were drawn immediately to Prima,again, I guess because its red. I really do love the design too.

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  162. I like the top block with the one print, one solid and white combination. Thanks for the give away!

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  163. Since table runners are my favorite thing to make, I like your Charmed Living table runner pattern.

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  164. Your block is one of my favorites so far. I'm into a scrappy period right now but if I were to limit my colors, I'd probably use a purple/blue/green mix.

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  165. My favorite pattern is General Jack. I love star quilts.

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  166. I think I prefer the scrappy one. Thanks!

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  167. I love the scrappy one! Love your block, thanks for the chance!

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  168. I love your alphabet stitchery patterns, just not sure which one as they are a bit hard to see properly. Thanks for a chance!

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  169. Love your block and congratulations on being published. I like the scrappy one best. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  170. I like block #1! Congrats on getting this great block in the magazine!!!

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  171. I love the monochromatic block!

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  172. I really like your Sonesta quilt pattern.

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  173. Definitely liking the Red, Brown and Cream layout the best. Congrats on being featured. Skip to My Lou is my fav pattern

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  174. Got to go for scarlet...for my niece Scarlette Rose!

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  175. I like the "General Jack" Pattern in your Ruby Blue patterns. I would love to do one. My favorite colour scheme block is the black red and grey! Congrates on making it into this book!!

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  176. My favorite color combinations are two-color blocks. I could see this as a red & white beauty (scrappy). Of course, I doubt there's any bad way to put this one together. LOVE IT!

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  177. Alphabet Stitchery: Noah's Ark is now on my to do list!

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  178. I really like the scrappy one. That would probably be the one I would do. But I would really like to do the brown and red star.

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  179. I love your Candy Coated Dream pattern

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  180. I'd do it in blue, gray and black, or just totally scrappy. Love your block!

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  181. I like the black & scarlet one at the bottom, monochromatic for a modern look....thank you...martamanole@yahoo.com

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  182. General Jack is my favorite pattern.

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  183. I love your block....I think I would try to scrappy one..I love making scrap quilts
    Thank you for the chance to win
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  184. I like the Skip to my Lou pattern.
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  185. I like your Prima pattern. Would love to make a red and white quilt soon.

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  186. Really like the last block in red/black/gray/white!

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  187. I love this block, very fun!

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  188. I love the option #1. It would make a beautiful quilt.

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  189. I like the scarlet. It really jumps off the page. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  190. I kite the civil war type color combination for your new block -- and the Ruby pattern I like best is General Jack!

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  191. Love, love, love your block! Batiks, blue/green, or just scrappy would be my picks to do this. I really like your "Leafy Green" pattern. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  192. Of your ruby Blue patterns I like Starblocks. I like easy and scrappy that only "look" hard.

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  193. I love the red and black! great block!!

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