Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Cathedral Square quilt
Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour. I'm thrilled to have a block in Volume 5 of this special issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Cathedral Square block
My block is #469, "Cathedral Square." (The inspiration for the name of this block comes from one of my favorite areas of downtown Milwaukee.) Yes, you will have to piece some flying geese in order to make this block. But yes, these flying geese are worth it! At least, I think so.

Cathedral Square quilt
One of my favorite things about this block is that small tweaks can make it look like a completely new design. For example, staggering the blocks gives the layout an unexpected zig-zaggy movement. In fact, I loved this layout so much that I decided I had to make an entire quilt to show it off.

Cathedral Square quilt
My quilt features 20 Cathedral Square blocks (two of them are cut in half) and measures 48" by 60". That's 160 flying geese units, in case you were wondering. : ) I used Flea Market Fancy, Farmdale, and other fun vintage-modern prints.

And check out some of the other tweaks you can use to make this block your own. Here it is with print squares in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:
Cathedral Square quilt - with corner squares

With half-square triangles in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:
Cathedral Square quilt - with HSTs

With the blocks set on point:
Cathedral Square quilt - blocks on point

Yep, I could show you design options all day long. : ) But I won't, because here's where I give away a free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Any old comment is fine—although if you already have special plans for the Cathedral Square block, or a particular fabric line in mind for it, I would love to hear about it. I'll draw a random winner on Monday morning.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

And in the meantime, be sure to visit Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for lots more prizes and a list of all the designers participating in the Volume 5 blog hop (everybody's giving away a copy of the magazine, so there are lots of chances to win this amazing block resource!) Thanks for visiting!


This giveaway is now CLOSED.

362 comments:

  1. Can't wait to play with such a great block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Beautiful block! I love all of the different ways you could use it! Thanks, Lee!

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  3. beautiful block, thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I love your cathedral square block! I'm going to look for the magazine this weekend.

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  5. Lovely block..thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a great block! Love your layouts too!

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  7. Gorgeous block, congrats on getting it published in the magazine! And thanks for sharing all those quilt options with us, so many choices!

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  8. Congratulations on having your block in the magazine! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  9. I absolutely love it with the half square triangles! Congrats on your block being in the magazine!

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  10. Love this block, it's very versatile. I'd live to win a book, thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. The block is wonderful! I love it, so modern and interessant!

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  12. This looks great in FMF and would also look fantastic in Denyse Schmits upcoming line, Chicopee. I think small prints work really well with this block. Thanks for the chance and congrats on being featured!

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, you made it difficult to choose which layout to use. This really is a great block.

    Kind regards,
    Marga♥

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  14. This is a gorgeous block! I'm currently sifting through my stash trying to see what fabrics I hould make it in!

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  15. It's a beautiful block. And I definitly need that magazine. Thank you so much for the chance!

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  16. Your block is fabulous! And how I would love to get my hands on the mag...it's probably not available here in Australia! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. I love your block and all the variations are wonderful,it's impossible to choose a favourite!

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  18. I love the versatility of your happy block. It reminds me of sunshine. Congrats for being chosen, and thanks for the chance!

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  19. Love your block, it looks fabulous in all the various layouts. Congratulations on your block being in the magazine.I would love to have that magazine, thank you for the chance.

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  20. Wow Lovely block! Can't wait to try it!

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  21. Congrats. Love your variations.

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  22. That's brilliant! So much you could do with it.

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  23. Great block and layouts. How do you do that? Is it with a special quilting programme?
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  24. I like the layout with the HST in the corners the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. That's an awesome block; particularly like your use of fabrics colors in your layout(s). Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

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  26. love your block! i have so many fabrics that would look great in it :)

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  27. What a nice block. I like the staggered look the best. at least for today.

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  28. Ahh man! This block is gorgeous. I think it would look super sweet in A walk in the Woods line.

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  29. Your block looks great! I think I'd like it in Aqua, Lime and Yellow with the part that looks like a frame in Grey.

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  30. Holy cow, Batman, I love that block!

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  31. that's a great design--I love the versatility and the opportunity to use lots of different prints!

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  32. I think this would be a wonderful scrap block.

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  33. I'm not sure what is more fun....designing the many possible layouts for quilt squares or designing the squares or sewing the squares or snuggling up with a great movie under a newly completed quilt! :)

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  34. Cathedral Square in Milwaukee is a beautiful spot, and your block is a lovely tribute to it. I love all your setting options. Nice job!

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  35. WOW! I love this block. The construction looks simple, but the finished product is amazing.

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  36. You are a clever girl....love the block and setting ideas...Thanks for the chance to win a magazine!

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  37. As a fellow Wisconsinite, I appreciate your beautiful work! Yes, Cathedral Square is a lovely spot. Thanks for the offer and all your inspiration!

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  38. Congratulations on being published Lee! And what a beautiful block. I'm not sure if I want to tackle 160 flying geese units, but I bet my quilt bee would help :) And thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. How inspiring to see all the variations on a block- note to self, must learn how to do quilt layouts on my computer...fingers crossed like mad, I'd love a copy!
    ibs102(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Great work! I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. love this bloc,will be perfect for and embroidery in the center! thank's for sharing and congratulation for the magazine

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  42. This block is awesome!! I'll definitely have to make something out of this :)

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  43. I love this block, and I especially enjoy it when bloggers show various different layouts for their blocks. I don't have any programs to layout quilts like that, so I am always thinking about how a block would look in a quilt, but I have a hard time imagining it. Thank you!!!

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  44. Your block is so pretty! :)

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  45. This would be fun to do with solids. And I like the layout with the corner HSTs.

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  46. The computer layouts are great, I definitely need to figure out how to do that!

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  47. Fun block with lots of choices, thanks for the extras.

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  48. Oh my gosh, I am going to have to retire to make all the quilts inspired by this blog tour. Love your block. Thanks for shaing your talent.

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  49. Awesome block! I would make it scrappy for sure. Thanks!

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  50. I would go with scrappy also - my favorite!

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  51. I do so love it that you showed settings. I would go scrappy for sure. Thank you for your hard work.

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  52. I do believe you are right! The flying geese would be worth it! Great block!

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  53. Awesome block and awesome name, I'm down there every week :) I think that means I have to make a quilt of these blocks. I'm thinking solids.

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  54. I Love Your Cathedral Square Block! I can see making this using Oriental Fabrics! Thanks for having the Giveaway of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5!

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  55. I think this block would be great in some Miscellany by Julia Rothman that I have waiting in my stash!

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  56. A great block with so many options! I like the second version!

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  57. Great block--love the quilt you made with it--I think that is my favorite of your many great setting options. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. Eu quero fazer a minha REVOADA DE GANSOS também valerem a pena,e como...Usando a nova linha de Vanessa,de V&Co.PARABÉNS,tenho certeza que teve as mãos de DEUS nessa inspiração maravilhosa.Um grande beijo.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  59. Such a neat block! I love it!

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  60. Beautiful block. And it would be so fun to win this magazine :)

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  61. I love that you showed so many setting options. My favorite is the print squares in the outer corners. Those secondary blocks just seem to float. To me, that is just lovely.

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  62. i really like your block, especially in the zigzag layout.

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  63. great block. Familiar yet novel too.

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  64. Amazing! Love all the different layouts this block can be used. Please enter me to win a copy!
    Thanks, Beth in AL

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  65. congrats! A very nice block.

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  66. Found your blog through the QM Blog tour... love your block!

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  67. Congratulations on a fantastic and very versatile block, Lee. Would love to win the magazine. Thanks for the chance.

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  68. this is one of the squars that you could just about just blow up and use just one in a baby quilt!

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  69. Great.Love all the layouts.Thanks for the chance!

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  70. Thank you for showcasing this block! It looks wonderful.

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  71. So many options! I'd use batiks in many colors for a quilt. Thanks for the chance! Congrats!

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  72. Beautiful job, Lee! I love your fabric choices.

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  73. Love the block and all the different layout options

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  74. I love all the layout variations! I'm a new quilter and just learning to think outside boxes in a grid. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. Congratulations! Your block design is fantastic! Thanks for showing the different design options! I'm enjoying the blog hop and can't wait to get a copy of the magazine!

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  76. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  77. I really like your version where you staggered the blocks.

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  78. I really love your block. I've always loved the look of Cathedral Window blocks so your block really appeals to me. I like your different setting options, especially the last one with the blocks on point. I'm not sure I'm ready to make this block but I might have to give it a shot. Thank you.
    Congratulations on being chosen to have your block included in Issue 5.

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  79. Love having some layout variations -- thank you! What fabric would I use -- Moda's Walk in the Woods. I would fussy cut the fox, trees, red riding hood, and the mushroom to fit in the larger squares. Then I might use the collection's background fabrics for the smaller pieces.

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  80. Seeing some hard work here. Good job.

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  81. Wow, stunning! Love all versions. It always looks so different. Great block!

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  82. I can't wait to get my hands on this! And I absolutely love your block and the layouts you created with it, it's beautiful! Definitely on my need to make list now! Thanks!!

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  83. Looks like a fun block! I'd think it would work well in almost any fabric line with a good variety, but I haven't any one of them in mind. It's fun to see all the different layout possibilites--wish I had more time! :)

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  84. Beautiful block with lots of possibilities! Nice name, too!

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  85. What a pretty block! It looks a little intimidating, but I'd love to try it.

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  86. Oh my goodness, I love this block! I really like the layout with the half square triangle corners. Yep, this is on my to-do list for sure!

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  87. You picked the perfect name for your block. I can see it now on the floor of a cathedral. This might be the quilt for a niece's graduation. THanks. Kathie L in Allentown

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  88. Love your block. It would be a great way to use some fun fabrics in the 4 patch area. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  89. What a pretty block, it is going to make a beautiful quilt. Thank you for the chance to win such a resourceful book.

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  90. Very pretty.....I like the diagonal setting better. I think it shows off the block better.

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  91. A very cool block. Thanks for a chance.

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  92. Your Cathedral Square block is simply georgeous and with all of your different layouts shown, a very striking quilt indeed. You used Flea Market Fancy so I am thinking about this line also. Thank you for your participation and giving us all a chance to win such an amazing and creative magazine.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  93. Thanks for a chance to win. This block is beautiful and full of so much possibilities!

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  94. love the block. Looks so much harder than it actually is

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  95. Such a fresh-looking quilt; one of my favorites I've seen. Thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  96. I love this block! Thanks for the chance to win this =)

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  97. Your block has so many possibilities, I could imagine it in all different ways.
    Civil war prints would be beautiful in it and a batik version would be something my daughter would love.

    Debbie

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  98. That's a pretty complicated block - it would be fun to do it in all solids! :)

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  99. This block inspires me to actually want to make flying geese!

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  100. Nice block, Lee! I like blocks that are more complex in design, but still easy to make. Yours is that! Thanks for counting me in.

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  101. I don't have a clue how I'd put this to use yet, but I really like it and its versatility!

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  102. Gorgeous block and layout - how would this quilt look in Taza using fqs? I happen to have some that have been holding for a great quilt.

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  103. So many blocks and so little time. I love this block too.

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  104. Looks beautiful! Lots of fun layouts. Thanks for the chance.

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  105. Love it, this could actually make me want to do flying geese. Thanks.

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  106. this is a very intriguing block and I love all the options you gave - definitely going to have to try this with some of my French General fabric.

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  107. What a great block and quilt ideas. I can see some of my vintage flour sacks being put to use here. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  108. Wonderful block! Congratulations on having your block in Vol. 5!!!!!

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  109. Very nice block. I thought it looked especially great with the dark background. It really popped out. I am glad you showed some different ways to use the block too.

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  110. Your block is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  111. Great block! I do like civil war fabrics which would work good I think for your awesome block. I am enjoying the blog tour! blaukat@hickorytech.net

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  112. Sweet block! I love how it looks on point! Thanks "sew much" for this chance to win!!!

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  113. Oh Lee, what a beautiful block and quilt! I want to make one! Congratulations on being a part of this!

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  114. Now is is a terrific block. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations!

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  115. Your block is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  116. Nice block grats on getting it published.

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  117. Love your block. Congratulations on being choses

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  118. I love seeing all the options for quilt blocks --- I think it is one of the things that keep us stitching --- and with so many ideas in our heads.

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  119. Congrats on your block, I love it! I can see lots of looks with it, a scrappy with white or cream would be mine! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  120. I am really taken with your block!! So many possibilities!! Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!

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  121. Love your block! Very cool! And thanks for showing some variations for setting up a quilt top! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  122. This modern block is really appealing.

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  123. I love the quilt you made with Cathedral Squares. It looks elegant and classic. I hope to try your block.

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  124. I LOVE that you made the accidental zig zag. What a great look! Funny about Flying Geese. I personally don't mind them (if I can use a Quilt in a Day ruler, or GO! cutter, that is, lol) but a friend who's been quilting forever (over 60 years, lol) really hates them! They are soo worth it!

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  125. I love this block and all its options! So many ideas...
    Amy

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  126. I would love to try some of the blocks in this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  127. Love the block and your awesome quilt! Would love to win the book! Thanks!

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  128. I like your block and the fabrics you used.

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  129. Awesome block and your quilt is so beautiful! Love the fabrics you used.

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  130. I just love anything with Flea Market Fancy in it! Your block is an excellent way of showing it off. Love it!

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  131. Wow! I just love that you showed so many different layouts! It's a wonderful & versatile block!

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  132. Oooh, I really like this block. I'll be adding this to my list. Thanks.

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  133. I love your block and all its setting variations, especially the zigzag one. I think it would be great to make it out of batiks. Thanks for sharing.

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  134. great block and I love your quilt

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  135. I love your block, esp. the effect when set on point.
    Thank you for a chance to win the magazine.

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  136. Love this block, so pretty.

    PS, did you get my 4x5 block yet?

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  137. Your block is outstanding and I love the quilt you made from it - staggering the blocks gave it great movement. This would make an awesome scrappy quilt, too, hmmmmm *Ü*

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  138. That block alone is worth buying the book - awesome!

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  139. What a oretty block. Would also look great with a dark background.

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  140. This is a fantastic block! Congrats on the magazine contribution :)

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  141. Love the block and the quilt is amazing!

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  142. I love visiting Cathedral Square. Husband works just down the block. Congrats on the block!

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  143. Congrats on being chosen for one of the best quilt publications ever! I like the offset block pattern the best. It is a nice modern quilt. I would love to see how the color would pop if it was done in the dark background!

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  144. I really like the layout with the half-square triangles in the outer block corners.

    Leslie
    propane777@hotmail.com

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  145. Great block! I love the quilt you made with the staggered blocks and the layout with HST's. Thanks for taking the time to show various layouts.

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  146. I love all of your different options! You sure are speedy. That was a quick finish and sooo beautiful!

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  147. Love your block and quilt. It reminds me a bit of hollyhocks.

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  148. This block is amazing! And I love the quilt!

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  149. Looks like a versatile block that can be changed completely with fabric choice. Thanks for sharing.

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  150. Very cool looking block. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway

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  151. Such a great block Lee! Love your quilt :-)

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  152. This block is now on my list to do!

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  153. This block is beautiful and I lode your quilt! I 'm inspired!

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  154. I love the block! It looks far more complex than it seems and should be very easy to chain piece for a nice-sized quilt. Thanks for designing it and for the chance to win!

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  155. Good job, great block. Congrats.

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  156. Very cool block - thanks and congrats. I think scrappy or a dark background too would be great! thanks!

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  157. Hello from Green Bay! Your block is very creative and just the right level of complexity. I like it with the white background and esp. the first two layouts you showed.

    congratulations on being selected for the magazine.

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  158. Congrats on the block! It's lovely. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  159. Great block design! I would use solids because that is what I like these day. I like the blocks set on point and the colors you used.

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  160. I love this block. And I love making geese, so I'll have fun with it. :)

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  161. Congrats on a great block. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  162. The block is great and the quilt is beautiful. I guess I'll have to check out the neighborhood the next time I visit Milwaukee! (My daughter moved there last summer.)

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  163. Once again you amaze me with your talent and creativity! Beautiful block!

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  164. I liked your quilt. Hugs Jofrid

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  165. I will definitely be making this block! Your quilt is truly inspiring! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  166. What a great block. Love the look of that and the possibilities.

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  167. Cathedral Square is a winner. I can see why it was chosen to be in the magazine. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  168. So far this is my favorite block on the blog tour #5. Cathedral Square is really a great, showy block and I will be making it before long. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  169. I just love your block... so pretty and really doable to me. Thank you!

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  170. I have never seen this magazine in the UK so I'm really hoping this giveaway is open internationally and that I'm lucky! Loving your block too
    Chris x

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  171. Great Block, nifty settings! Thanks
    Vickie

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  172. Ooo I am loving your block! I have a whole bunch of Pearl Bracelets that would look great on this quilt ;)

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  173. I love how the block makes secondary designs!
    jen
    jscudiere at gmail dot com

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  174. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the block!

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  175. Beautiful! It's easy to see why your Cathedral Block was included in this volume. Since my next quilt will be for my brother, I think my color pallete would be "earthy" with a mottled cream/tan background.

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  176. thanks for showing all the little tweaks, and what they result in. Saves my brain a lot of thinking!

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  177. Congrats on having your name not only on the cover, but also under the heading 'today's top designers'! That must be exciting.

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  178. I love that block, it's so cool!

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  179. I love the block and i'd love to win! Congrats!

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  180. Your block is beautiful, but the quilts are awesome! Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

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  181. Love, love, love this block. I've added it to my list to try.

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  182. Tnks. I'm trying to find a store that sells this magazine.

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  183. Are there quilters among us who don't like a flying geese? Can't imagine that... You've come up with a very nice design and a great choice of fabrics. Your finished quilt is quite nice. It looks so Spring like in it's setting. Can't wait to add Volume 5 to my collection! Sandi

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  184. I love the block. Congrats on being chosen for a block. Thank you for showing so many different layouts for this. I am going to have to make a quilt for my mother with this block.

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  185. Love your block! A modern style quilt with a white background is something I want to do. This would be something totally different for me.

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