Friday, July 27, 2012

Christmas in July Block-A-Thon: My Block

Okay, this is the last time I'll talk about Christmas until December, I swear. : ) But today is the day that my block is featured in the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon on the Free Spirit Fabric blog.

I had a very long, narrow block shape that I thought lent itself to some interesting partial-block designs. In fact, once I started working on this block, I started thinking of it almost as if you're looking at the night sky through a narrow skylight! That's why I'm calling this block "A Piece of Sky." Some of those half-square triangles are on the small side, both other than that, this block is really quite easy to make. Head over to the Free Spirit blog for the full tutorial. 

And remember, all of the Christmas in July blocks being featured on the Free Spirit blog will make for one fabulous holiday quilt by the time we're all done! You can follow along right now to make your own quilt, or Free Spirit will be putting the entire collection of block tutorials into a handy e-book for those of you who want to make it later.

And on top of all this blocky goodness, I also get to giveaway a charm pack of Free Spirit's Designer Essentials prints. Just to give you an idea of what you can do with a charm pack like this, Faith made this beautiful quilt for Spring Quilt Market entirely from Free Spirit Designer Essentials:
Photo by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

To win the Designer Essentials charm pack, just leave a comment on this post. I'll draw a winner on Monday. Good luck!

211 comments:

  1. love all the colors. Endless possibilities.
    Thanks for giveaway.
    Margaret

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  2. Fun stars! And I love that colorful quilt :)

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  3. Sew pretty, thanks for the chance to win :)

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  4. Oooh - those look like wonderful colors! I love Faith's quilt!!! And your quilt with the stars is absolutely wonderful! I'd love to see it done in Christmas blues to make up the night sky :*)

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  5. Love your block and love Faith's quilt!

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  6. Love that quilt Faith made, and those Christmas stars are fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I just made my first quilt with a jelly roll. Next one will use a charm pack!

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  8. Love that quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Thanks for the chance - I love that quilt it's on my "to do" list (along with 3412789906293 other beautiful things!)

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  10. I love rainbow quilts, they make me smile! I want to eventually make one with my scraps

    enigmatic_15at yahoo dot com

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  11. Your take on that is really cool. I like partial designs! Very interesting.

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  12. Oooh that is gorgeous! I'm sure I could find something pretty to make with that fabric!

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  13. congratulations on your feature! and thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

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  14. those stars would look great in solids

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  15. Beautiful! I love that pattern.
    tilleybl@aol.com

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  16. Nice simple lines! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. wonderful quilt - loving the brights with white. Thanks for the chance to work with some.

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  18. Beautiful! I see a fabulous table runner, also! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. I like your block! The partial stars add a nice touch.

    Faith's quilt is beautiful.

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  20. Really nice use of the space. I look forward into seeing it in the whole quilt. Thanks for the chance to win fabric. That's always a good day!

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  21. I am thinking some new placemats for the kitchen!! Thanks for the chance!

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  22. Lovely fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Thanks for the giveway and love your partial blocks.

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  24. I'd love to try a colorwheel mini quilt -- would love to win!

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  25. Lovely quilt! So simple, yet so effective.

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  26. Ooh, I love asymmetry! Great block, Lee and thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I love Christmas quilts... and starting to see them pop up on the internet in July is motivating me to finish the one I started last year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    molly.m.amstutz (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. Love your long narrow block-a refreshing change from the square. A quilt of them would be interesting. Thanks for the opportunity for a giveaway.
    Rosemary
    nellieduclos@yahoo.com

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  29. Those colors are full of spark and life!! Love! Will check out the tute for your "Piece of Sky"....would be equally nice in Christmas colors (I'm thinking quilt group exchange (smile)! Inspiring post!!!!

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  30. I love the colors! So pretty!

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  31. I really like how clean it looks. Nice job.

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  32. Love your block! Thanks for a chance to win the charm pack!

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  33. I love "A Piece of Sky" That would make a great table runner! Thanks for the chance to win - it woudl be fantastic to have that charm pack.

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  34. Wow! like this - am headed over to freespirit to see the tutorial
    The quilt made of the essentials charms is awesome. Thanks for showing me a new way of looking at a charm pack! alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    p.s. you can blog about Christmas as much as you wish

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  35. Yes, I love that quilt from Faith, and I think I would love to try and make a mini quilt. I love your block!! I agree with the poster above, it would make a great table runner!

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  36. That is one of my favorite quilts. Thanks for the chance!

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  37. Love the triangles.

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  38. I'd make some pillows with that charm pack! Thanks for the giveaway! And I love your block!

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  39. That's a really unique block, I love it! I need to start thinking about Christmas.. :)

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  40. The triangles are wonderful! So many ways to use the charm pack!

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  41. Thank you for this opportunity. I can see triangles with these great colors.
    Wendy

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  42. I love Faith's quilt so much. And the Christmas block is great!

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  43. I usually use charm packs for totes and purses. Lovely block!

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  44. Fabulous colours!
    I love Faith's quilt!

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  45. Great giveaway !
    Lovely colors !

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  46. Fab giveaway, thank you, and I love what Faith did with her collection. Loving your elongated block too :o)

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  47. Reading this makes me want to pull the Christmas quilt I made last year out of storage! (And by "storage," I mean I want to pick it up off of the guest room bed.)

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  48. adorable christmas block, and cute giveaway idea!

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  49. Kristen SandersonJuly 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Love your block! ksandereson@hotmail.ca

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  50. love that christmas window thanks for the giveaway

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  51. YOUR QUILT TURNED OUT SO NEAT!
    LOVE THOSE SOLIDS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  52. What beautiful fabrics. A rainbow colored quilt has been on my list to do for a while. Hope it's my lucky day!

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  53. Love that quilt! Do you think she would do a tutorial or pattern for it? Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  54. I love the bright colors, they are just the fabric that I would pick out if I were to go to the fabric store. eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  55. I like your inspiration quilt. This is happy fabric!!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. Gorgeous quilt - happy colors, love it! thanks for sponsoring the give away...

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  57. Looks intriguing, I'm going to check out the QAL. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  58. Especially like the center star with the red center. Would love the charm pack.

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  59. Love the colors and the quilt pattern--DELIGHTFUL!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  60. Love this colorful selection of fabrics.

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  61. What vibrant beautiful colors, I could have so much fun with those..thanks for the giveaway!

    heygiz00 at gmail dot com

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  62. Wow! Stunning! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  63. Someday I will win a giveaway! Lol! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  64. would lovelovelove to win so I can make this happy quilt!

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  65. A rainbow coloured quilt is on my list of must do's. I have 3 things onm the go at the moment (including the christmas in july block a thon) so once they are done I cant wait to start a rainbow quilt!!

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  66. Your quilt are absollutely beautiful.They stunning!!

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  67. Wow a huge amount of color in one charm pack? That just sounds like fun. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  68. I wish I was organized enough to be doing some Christmas sewing and planning!! Ain't going to happen here though.

    The Christmas long quilt block is so pretty. I love that shape. And I would LOVE to win the fabric colors you are giving away. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  69. Love your partial star block! The top star is my favorite kind of star to make - love the spinning effect.

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  70. lovely block!! thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  71. Love your stars. So neat how you designed them. Looking forward to seeing the whole quilt.

    Thank you and Free Spirit for a great giveaway and a chance to win a gorgeous charm pack. The quilt Faith made with the same charm pack is amazing!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. Love the block- very creative! Thanks for a chance to win :)

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  73. Great stars! One day..hopefully sooner than later I shall begin working on a star quilt.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  74. Always love a star! Thanks for a chance to the winning charm packs!

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  75. Faith,

    I love star blocks of any kind. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Have a good day.

    Linda f

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  76. Nothing wrong with talking about Christmas in July. ;)

    That quilt is really pretty! I love the rainbow colors.

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  77. Your block is intriguing-at first I thought it looked unfinished and then I read your reasoning behind it. I have about half of the blocks cut and half of those pieced-will get this one together before summer is over! Thanks for letting us into your brain. Bev

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  78. My first Christmas in July QAL so to speak,, how kewl is this,, love your block and also love the Ebooks,, especially the one that will be coming out for "CHRISTMAS IN JULY"
    Take care,
    Linda J
    VA
    LJeterpudd@aol.com

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  79. Lovely block - love the FMF in there!! Fingers crossed for your lovely giveaway!

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  80. Love all the stars....and Christmas in July!!

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  81. Always impressed with such beautiful ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  82. I like how bright cheery the triangle quilt is! So fun!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

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  83. I love Christmas, even in July. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  84. Oh those are delightful colours. I like the idea of partial blocks! could make a very fun table runner.

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  85. Love your stars and Faith's quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  86. You can talk more about Christmas any day with me! These colorful patches are cute and would be fun to have!

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  87. Your quilt is fantastic! I love the cascading rainbow effect!

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  88. Great blocks! And Faith's rainbow quilt is lovely.

    Have a great weekend!

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  89. You're always involved in the coolest stuff, Lee! I'm in awe. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  90. Beautiful quilt. I love Free Spirit fabrics, thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  91. Your block is really gorgeous & it's Christmas-y without being too Christmas-y (if that makes sense?). Thanks for the chance to win.

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  92. I love your block-stars are my favorite! Thanks so much!

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  93. so eyecatching! love the design :)

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  94. Oh, great block. Been collectin em so I can just "go" with fabric and blocks soon. :)

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  95. I love the quilt that Faith made - so bright and cheerful!

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  96. Fun star block!
    I love Faith's quilt!

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  97. Thanks so much for the great post and the fun giveaway chance!

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  98. Wow, I don't think I've ever had the guts to make a block with partial blocks in it. So cool! A great giveaway too, and thanks for showing us what we could make.

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  99. Your quilts always have such fresh and lively colors! awolk at rogers dot com

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  100. Lovely rainbow of colors! Thanks for the chance. BTW #111 about looks like a spam post. Don't pick them.

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  101. I've been working on Christmas gifts ... Think about it all year. What a cheerful, colorful charm pack. Thanks for the chance to win. Janecisneros at cox dot net

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  102. Beautiful block! Love Faith's quilt! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  103. Some nice eye candy there! Thanks for the giveaway.... I think I could be inspired with that pack!

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  104. I'd love to have these essentials.

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  105. Your block is great--it has a real spark to it, no pun intended. Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway.

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  106. I love the colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  107. Faith's quilt is adorable; I love those colors!

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  108. That quilt is beautiful! Thanks for a chance to win such good-lookin' fabric!

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  109. Can't wait for that ebook to come out - this is one really interesting looking Xmas quilt!

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  110. What a great block, and a different quilt! Endless possibilities with all those colours. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  111. I love that the stars are hanging off the edges. I don't see that very often. Thanks for the chance at the charm pack!

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  112. Bellissimo quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!
    b.zanninelli@gmail.com

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  113. Love Faith's quilt and would love a chance to win! Thanks!

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  114. Way cool Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Vickie
    vickie.van@hotmail.com

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  115. Your block is delightful, as is that fresh, crisp quilt. I'd love to win more fabric, please!

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  116. Un sin fin de estrellas es lo que haría.Gracias.

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  117. I love the quilt you posted, that would be fun to make.

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  118. I love the partial block. I think I'd like to make one and I'd love to win some of that gorgeous fabric.

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  119. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win the book and the charm pack.

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  120. Great inspiration and an excuse to get organised this year!

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  121. I LOVE your "A Piece of Sky" block - traditional with a touch of quirkiness!

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  122. Beautiful quilt! love it! Thanks for the chance.

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  123. Beautiful quilt ! It's so nice to see examples for inspiration. And...I say you can mention Christmas all you want !!

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  124. I love this block. I have a small narrow space in my kitchen and something like this would be nice as a wall hanging there. thanks for the tutorial and for sharing your talents with us.

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  125. Can we slow down the next 6 months? I'm not ready for Christmas yet!

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  126. I love your block!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  127. pretty fabrics- pretty quilt- Would love to win!

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  128. Out of the box thinking on your block...I like it! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  129. Stars are my favorite :), what a cool idea! Thanks for the chance!

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  130. I love the bright colors of that quilt! And I think your block looks great. It does look like your catching a glimps of the sky! I long the elongated block, too, different!

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  131. Who wouldn't like to have such a beautiful charm pack!

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  132. I love the block idea, fab! :)

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  133. Genius block! Thank you for sharing! And thank you for the chance to win!

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  134. Both are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. Love your blocks. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  136. Thanks for the give a way. I love the look and simplicity of the Fresh Lemons quilt.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  137. The possibilities are endless!

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  138. The possibilities are endless!

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  139. Love what she did with the charm pack. Loving the bright effect. Great colors.

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  140. Lots of great colours! Thanks for the chance.

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  141. Thanks for showing us Faith's quilt, Lee. It really is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  142. OH!! I love new fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  143. The quilt is beautiful. would love to win the fabric and make one ...
    Leena

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  144. I've been wanting to do a long pillow with a rainbowish color palette. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. I just bought some christmas fabrics today so I totally enjoy seeing your block <3

    Thanks for the fun give away <3

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  146. I'm sure i could come up with something fun to make with that Charm pack!

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  147. I don't have a blog...I'm just a stalker and a fairly new quilter. I really like your block. Consider me entered for the giveaway. Thanks!
    MetaJezik@yahoo.com

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  148. This is a fun idea get ready for the holidays in July!
    gd82796@gmail.com

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  149. Love that quilt! I'm not quite ready to embrace Christmas fabrics yet. So hot here...

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  150. Love that quilt! I'm not quite ready to embrace Christmas fabrics yet. So hot here...

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  151. I love your Christmas is July quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  152. Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win - love Faith's quilt!!

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  153. I love the idea of putting parts of different stars in your long block. I'm going to have to go check out Christmas in July right after I finish this comment (so I can be eligible for your drawing!)

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  154. The fabrics in that charm pack look like great stash builders! Love all the colors. Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  155. LOVE those flying geese! What wonderful, clear, happy colors!

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  156. LOVE those flying geese! What wonderful, clear, happy colors!

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  157. Love, love, love giveaways! I have never used a charm pack before. Maybe I will get lucky this time:)

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  158. I saw that quilt at Fresh Lemon Quilts, too cool, thanks for the giveaway

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  159. I'd like to win the charm pack!

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  160. That quilt is awesome! I'd love to win the charm pack to make one like it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. That quilt is awesome! I'd love to win the charm pack to make one like it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  162. I love the rainbow quilt. Thanks for the chance!

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  163. What a great looking block. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a partial block like this. VERY cool. I really like the way it looks too. Beautiful job. Thank you for the great instruction on how to create your block too.

    The fabrics shown in the quilt below are gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful colored fabrics.

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  164. All these blocks are so inspiring!

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  165. Love your block, the shape and design is really interesting.

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  166. so beautiful...and would make a beautiful bright baby shower...

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  167. thanks for the chance to win ..these could work so well to help finish same WIPs

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  168. Thanks for the chance to win! I love the quilt Fai made, so beautiful!

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  169. LOVE your block! I think this would make a beautiful table runner!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea! Oh, and also, thank you for the chance to win!! :-)

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  170. I really need to get going on some christmas projects. Your block is really cute!

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  171. Your block is beautiful - love the different stars!

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  172. Love the rainbow quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  173. It's amazing what can be done with a small amount of beautiful fabric, isn't it? I would be very excited to win the charm pack. Thank you for the chance!

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  174. That rainbow quilt is awesome. Thanks for the chance!

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  176. It's beautiful! I love solids.

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  177. I like your block~ and thanks for the chance to win those beautiful solids~

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  178. Love your Christmas block and I love the colors in the charm pack.

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  179. I would love to win some new to me designer solids.

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  180. I would love a chance to win! Thank you!

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