Sunday, July 1, 2012

Celebrate Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop Starts Today!

Can you believe it?  We're finally here. July 1 and all set to roll out the red, white, and blue blocks as part of Madame Samm's "Celebrate Red, White, and Blue" blog hop. Our terrific host Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts has kept us in line, inspired us, and now the hop begins!




I feel particularly special today, because I am joining with five other talented quilters/bloggers to get the ball rolling. When you're done looking at my projects, please visit my fellow hosts today as listed on the schedule at the bottom of this post, and make sure you keep hopping from now until July 16. You'll see the complete master schedule here at Jane's blog. 


Right away, I have to confess I didn't follow the rules.  I read much too quickly and assumed we were to make a block(s) for a table screen.  Midway, a fellow blog friend pointed out we only had to make blocks, but by then I had gone ahead and made them all into table screens. How could I resist? I love hanging these little quilts on the little frames!  I made three blocks using an assortment of fabrics from my red, white, and blue stash.



All three patterns came from Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks using three different techniques:  traditional piecing, applique, and paper piecing.


Here goes. 


Block 1, traditional piecing, called Country Pride, designed by Donna Benham.




Block 2, applique, called Abloom, designed by Barbara Cherniwchan, of Coach House Designs. I really enjoyed using navy perle cotton to do some outline quilting.




Block 3, paperpiecing, called Pinwheel Salute, designed by Robin Koehler.




Again I used navy perle cotton, and a little bit of red quilting thread.  This was my favorite block of all, so I just have to show you another picture of the block hanging in the frame. I picked up the vintage quilt spools recently...you may be seeing them in a lot of pictures! And of course, everything sits really well on my I'm So Totally Happy red, white, and blue quilt. 




And now for the Giveaways!   There will be two winners...each will win a bundle of 3 fat quarters in the colors of red, white, and blue, of course!




Leave a comment on this blog and you could be a winner. Deadline for this draw is midnight AST July 7.


Please visit my fellow blog hosts today.  I bet they followed the rules!

July 1st

Thanks so much for coming by today. Thank you Jane and Madame Samm! It's a great day for quilting!

193 comments:

  1. Oh, don't fret - I love them all. And it shows how you can make a stunning piece with a single block. I love my wire hanger, too - it really is hard to resist making something new for them.

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  2. Lovely,I always like your hand quilting.The first time I saw a table hanger was on your blog Lesley.I have now bought one for myself,and can't wait to make something for it.Hope to start sewing this week.
    Love Laura.shoulder permitting .xxx

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  3. your fav block is mine too...I love your star fabric choices, truly befitting of red white and blue...

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  4. I really love the pinwheel block.

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  5. What a clever idea to use 3 different methods like that. I think Pinwheel Salute is stunning and that's probably my favourite, but the others are great too.

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  6. Lesley these are so pretty all finished and I Love the Hand Quilting you did too!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  7. Table hangers are just darling, love yours, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Your blocks are pretty and I too favor the pinwheel one.

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  9. I love your blocks and the pinwheel salute is my favourite too!

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  10. Wonderful Lesley and I am glad you broke the rules , they really look terrific all finished .Love them all !!!

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  11. I love your Pinwheel Salute block. Red, white & blue are always a beautiful combination. Happy quilting.

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  12. I love rebels! All of your blocks are beautiful, but I am partial to the pinwheel salute. It's unique and patriotic to boot!

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  13. These are certainly unique - love them all - glad you participated. Judy C

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  14. Love all of the blocks. Great patriotic salute!

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  15. I love them all! I really love the outline quilting in the applique block. Great job!

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  16. I am glad you didn't follow the rules. And I am really glad that you used the 100 blocks magazine to design your little table banners. They are all perfect. I have several copies of these magazines and then forget to use them. Great job!

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  17. Beautiful blocks. I really like your country pride block.

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  18. I know, I know. It is so hard to just do what the instructions said to do. YOur favorite is also my favorite. I sew need to finally get me one of those hangers!

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  19. Beautiful blocks. I love the stitching on Abloom.

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  20. Hi Lesley, I love the blocks, the last one looks great on your other quilt with the vintage bobbins. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  21. I love all of your beautiful blocks--especially Pinwheel Salute!! Thank you so much for the chance to win and for taking part in this fun blog hop! I'm looking forward to seeing all the patriotic red, white and blue projects!! :-)

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  22. Love the all. Off to a great start!

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  23. Beautiful blocks. My favorite is Abloom. I love your echo quilting. Pinwheel Salute certainly looks perfect in the table stand.

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  24. I have that magazine. I belong to a swap. I think your blocks just gave me an idea. They are all so wonderful!

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    1. Pinwheel Salute is a great block.

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  25. Love your blocks...especially the last one! Great job!

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  26. Your blocks are beautiful. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Abloom block. Your attention to details and hand work is gorgeous.

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  27. Sometimes you just gotta break the rules....at any rate, they are all beautifully done.

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  28. They are all wonderful, I have to get myself a table hanger too. Love your choice of fabrics.

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  29. Wonderful blocks, Lesley. Love that Pinwheel Salute!
    And you are just that far ahead completing them for your Ackfeld wire hanger.

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  30. Love the variety!! And I thought I was one of the few who jumps into a project without reading details!! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta bend the rules a little, huh? HA thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. I don't really think you broke the rules. They don't say you can't make something with the blocks. Even if you did, it's always good when breaking the rules yield such beautiful results. I really love the Pinwheel Salute block. I haven't seen that one before. Happy Canada Day!

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  33. They are all beutiful...Independance Day is my favorite holiday...its just so darn fun! Thank you!
    Boppiesgirl@gmail.com

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  34. Very, very nice Lesley. I love them all, and especially love the quilting with the perle cotton. Perfect!

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  35. Love me some RWB! Great blocks.

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  36. Yes, those little table minis are too cute.

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  37. Rules are made to be broken, are they not? At least that's what one quilter always puts on his status! Love these little goodies! Nice job of having made them into a little bigger pieces. Much more useful......lol

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  38. I love that pinwheel salute! I've never been brave enough to try paper piecing, but I think this blog hop is going to give me the confidence to try. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for participating in the hop!

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  39. Love your blocks, I made a table topper too so we have that in common! So nice to be hopping with you and thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  40. Wow Lesley have you been busy, so many quilted and finished! I have to admit I have a couple blocks that grew......everything is beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  41. Your blocks are beautiful-especially the paper pieced one.

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  42. You know that red, white and blue are my favorite colors, Lesley...dontcha?

    Your blocks are simply divine and I love your little vignette with the vintage spools. Perfect!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  43. What a great way to kick off July!!! I just love the blocks you made - your handquilting around Abloom really makes the block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Egads! You set the standard high for the blog hop :) Your table screens are gorgeous and inspirational and are starting to cheer me up already this morning.

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  45. Cute, cute blocks! I made mine a table-topper too, so don't feel bad :*) My favorite is the last one - so happy!!!

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  46. You started us off with a bang! Your blocks are all gorgeous and I love anything red, white and blue!

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  47. Pinwheel Salute is a really nice block. You did a wonderful job on it. Thanks. I better buy the 100 Blocks Volume 5.

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  48. Love your minis and the hand quilting. I'll have to pick up that magazine. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. Love your table screens & the Pinwheel Salute is also my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I haven't tried paper piecing but your Pinwheel Salute temps me! Thanks you for the give-away

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  51. Good job Lesley. I really like the last one. Thanks for showing.

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  52. Pinwheel Salute is my favorite too. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  53. I love all your blocks!! I'm glad you quilted them up into little quilts. The quilting just finished them off so nicely!! They are all gorgeous!!

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  54. Those are beautiful and look so nice on the tabletop holder! I'm not sure I want to show mine now--yours are way better. LOL!

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  55. All of your blocks are incredible...love how you finished them! The Pinwheel Salute is my favorite.

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  56. cool blocks, love the shattered kaleidoscope block. NEAT! of course I'd love some FQs too :-)

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  57. I love that you made these into little hanging quilts. I am addicted to decorating the rooms in my house with little quilts using these frames.

    I love all of your blocks but my favorite it the appliqued block. You do such wonderful work.

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  58. Great blocks! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Love your blocks and your handquilt.Great job!!

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  60. Love your blocks. I especially like the Pinwheel paper pieced block. Thanks for the inspiration and the great giveaway.

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  61. That's alright, we forgive you for not following the rules. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  62. I really like the pinwheel block too. But they are all fun. Ryles, smules, great job. THanks.

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  63. Love your blocks, thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. Good Morning - what a great idea this is - I am finding the blocks on all the sites to be very appealing - I don't need another project right now but....

    thank you for the opportunity to win these red, white and blues!

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  65. Love your blocks, thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. I do not care if you followed the rules these blocks are lovely. I like the first block the best but all are perfect! Thanks for sharing where you got the patterns, I will need to look for that publication!

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  67. I LOVE your blocks and I own the 100 block magazine (happy dance)!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win the lovely fabric!! Very sweet of you!
    Paulette

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  68. I have this magazine, too and love what you've done. Thanks so much for the great inspiration.

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  69. Love your block. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  70. Nice blocks. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  71. Happy Hop Day Lesley! I love all your blocka and gee whiz rules were meant to be broken! and I love the way you broke them!! Your hand work is amazing, I just may have to try that myself! Thank you so much for playing!

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  72. I am excited for all the block ideas using the red, white and blue. I am planning on a quilt using some of the blocks featured in this hop. Thanks for the chance to win some quilty goodness.

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  73. Oh please put me on that list for winning the red, white & blue FQ stash starter. :D I need to make a QOV for my DB. LOL Your blocks are great, Leslie!

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  74. Love your blocks and include me in the giveaway, please! I need to make a QOV for my brothers and my DH. They both served in the military.

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  75. Love the paper pieced block! I am also into the table stands, they are so much fun.

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  76. Love seeing all the RWB blocks. This is so much fun!

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  77. Love all the RWB blocks! Even if you broke the rules they are wonderful!...Judith, Texas

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  78. You are my first stop today--and your blocks are wonderful!!! I had high hopes of finishing at least two Fourth of July projects this year, but I am not getting them done....BUT maybe I can do one of the blocks you have shown and put it on my frame, too!! YAY! Thanks for the inspiration. I love what you did!!! :)
    michelle

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  79. That last block is truly amazing. I am so glad I stopped by!

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  80. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my GOSH! I love that Pinwheel Salute!! I'm just going to have to make that for myself ... and since I've waited on getting Volume 5 ... I'm getting it today!! Gor-gEE-ous!

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  81. I'm a big fan of RWB. Great blocks!

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  82. Love the pinwheel block the best! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. Three wonderful blocks but that Abloom block with the Perle cotton quilting is stunning! blessings, marlene

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  84. I enjoyed all your blocks. You do amazing work. Red/White/Blue is my favorite color combo in blocks. THanks

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  85. Love your blocks, and am glad you did the screens! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  86. I like all of your blocks. RWB is a favorite of mine.

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  87. Love your blocks and love the 4th of July!

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  89. Fantastic work!! Love the navy perle cotton--adds the perfect finish!

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  90. Your blocks are all beautiful and I love the small quilts for the tabletop frame.

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  91. love all the new blocks thanks for the giveaway

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  92. What is it that they say about rules....
    Your blocks are great. I love the pin wheel block, never saw that one before.

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  93. I loved your blocks!! Such a beautiful festive display!!

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  94. I loved your blocks, especially the paper pieced one...thank you for the giveaway...

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  95. What a great collection of red, white & blue. I especially love the applique block and your hand quilting. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  96. I love your little quilte! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  97. Lesley,these are all just so beautiful!!! Love them and your vintage quilt spools as well!! TFS

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  98. Goodness! you have been very busy. I love them all and I have that magazine too. Some really great blocks in it.
    thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway too.

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  99. Wow, you definitely went all out! Each of these is really lovely -- I especially like the pinwheel salute -- just marvelous!!! :)

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  100. great choice of blox! love the appliqued block .. it's the best of the blox this morning as i hop through the blogs.

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  101. How cute!!! Bookmarked them so I may try to make one and thanks for the giveaway too!

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  102. These are really beautiful!. I love the pinwheel block that is paper-pieced. It looks like it is flowing in the wind. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. I love the Pinwheel Salute block. It's adorable. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  104. Your "blocks" are amazing. Hooray for the red white and blue. Thank you for sharing. Fourth of July Sparklers...

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  105. Your blocks are all fabulous! My favorite is the pinwheel salute but I do love them all. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  106. What fun! And I love that you did your own thing and didn't follow the rules!

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  107. I really love your blocks, since I have the 100 block booklet, will be trying these for sure, very original, and very patriotic! Barbara in western NC

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  108. great looking blocks...but what no santa's :P

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  109. Love your blocks! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  110. I love your blocks and am so glad to have found your site! As a Canadian, I'm trying to follow more Canadian blogs. I live in Ontario and enjoy learning about quilters all across Canada!

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  111. WOW!!! Great Blocks and I love the Perle cotton used for your stitches.
    Hope to win in your nice Give-away!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  112. Oooooooooooooo,ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....That's what I said when I saw all your yummy hand stitching on these gorgeous blocks. Love them!!
    xx

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  113. Wow! Even though you didn't follow the rules, I think you went above and beyond! Your mini quilts are gorgeous!

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. Pretty quilts! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

    Debbie - Traveling Quilter

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  115. The Pinwheel Salute block is gorgeous! Very striking.

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  116. HELLO LESLEY!
    BEAUTIFUL BLOCKS!
    WONDERFUL FABRICS+THANK YOU FOR SHARING SOME OF THEM!
    HAPPY 4TH ALL!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  117. Pretty blocks! Can anything in red, white, and blue, not look terrific? I love those colors in quilts!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  118. Love all your blocks, especially the applique with the outline quilting in navy. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  119. Awesome job, Lesley! (Psst, I made a table topper, too! LOL) I love all of your blocks!

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  120. And I'm glad you did them all.....grin. Just lovely blocks!

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  121. Lesley
    Love all 3 of your blocks but the pinwheel salute is my favorite. Great job.
    Aurea

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  122. These are fantastic!! Each one I looked at I thought..this is one will be my favorite..no this one..no this one...I love the all. Such beautiful work..Thank you for sharing...(I didn't follow directions either!)

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  123. Aren't rules there to be broken just a little bit. Love all your blocks & they look great in the stand.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  124. LOL....rules were made to be broken...right? I love all of your pieces; especially Abloom....beautiful...thanks for this chance

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  125. That pinwheel salute is adorable!!

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  126. Beautiful table screens! Love the color placement on the Pinwheel Salute - the blue looks "fluttery"! Thank you for joining the the blog hop and for the change to win the fat quarters!!

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  127. Glad you didn't follow the rules, really liked your 3 pieces but the pinwheel was the best, you do wonderful work.

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  128. I think block 3 is my favorite too! I love all your blocks.

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  129. Block 2 is the favorite, but all are great! Looking forward to see all the wonderful blocks!!

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  130. Ha! I never follow the rules, and I'm so glad you didn't either! I love that Country Pride quilt - looked like it was a lot of fun to put together! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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  131. OH my - another rule breaker!! I would love to win in this blog hop as I sew for Quilts of Valor and all we use is red, white and blue material - SEW fingers crossed for the next few days as I make my rounds on this hop! Aren't Jane and Madam Samm terrific?! Thanks for the blocks also - all very pretty :D

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  132. Love all your blocks and might have to invested in the book that inspired these block. Absolutely love the fabric that you are giving away. Would be thrilled to able to make my own block. Thank you.

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  133. So glad that you read the directions wrong:) Fabulous little quilt tops! Love that you used the 100 blocks magazine. Thanks for the great inspiration! Happy Fourth!

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  134. Great little blocks! thanks for sharing!

    Happy Stitches
    Dorothy

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  135. I love the blocks you chose from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I think Abloom was one of my favorites in the magazine and it looks wonderful here as you have sewn it. Also love the star blocks. This is a great start to the blog tour :-)

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  136. I love your Pinwheel Salute! It is really beautiful.

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  137. Your quilts are so cue! They look fine. Thanks for the giveaway! K-

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  138. Love all the blocks. I especially love the navy quilting. Looks perfectly patriotic!

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  139. I love the blocks!! Love red, white and blue, too, and would love to add some more to my stash. Great job! Thanks.

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  140. Beautiful blocks!! I love the navy hand quilting. Happy 4th!

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  141. Glad you didn't follow the rules. I love seeing the blocks as table toppers. I love your choice of colors. Thanks for using blocks from the 100 Blocks book. I like the fact that I can go straight to my magazine and make these blocks. Thanks for a great start to the "hop".

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  142. Rules or not ~ your blocks are all just beautiful. I really love the first one myself.
    Thank you for showing us.

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  143. I am glad you didn't follow the rules. You did great!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  144. I love your blocks, they are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  145. I love the rich colors in your blocks,nice work!

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  146. Oh my goodness, all three are just wonderful. I really like the first one, country pride. Beautiful!

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  147. Love the blocks you made - and I especially like your quilting with the Pearle Cotton...looks great...

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  148. I love these blocks! I'm so glad you went ahead and finished them because the quilting is devine!

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  149. I love Red, White, and Blue Quilts! I especially like the paper piecing block "Pinwheel Salute"!

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  150. I love Red, White, and Blue Quilts! I especially like the paper piecing block "Pinwheel Salute"!

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  151. Fabulous blocks, Lesley! Pinwheel Salute is really lovely and one I've never seen before. Thanks for sharing.

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  152. Great blocks! Especially love the pinwheel salute block! Thanks for sharing.

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  153. Very nice blocks, love the stitching!

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  154. Great blocks. The handquilting makes it real especially Abloom the navy perle cotton as the outline makes this the star for me though it is a flower. Thank you for the references.

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  155. I like your blocks, what a wonderful blog.

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  156. What a GREAT idea! Love,love the idea and agree "Pinwheel Salute" is the Best!!

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  157. Ah, Leslie, what a rebel you are, breaking the rules this way and that - love it! The Pinwheel Salute is my favorite to, especially with the outline stitching. I have that magazine - I'll have to take another look at it. Great ideas in there.

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  158. I love them all....as usual...I so enjoy seeing your work and being inspired by you. Have a great 4th of July!

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  159. Love your blocks, and especially the big stitching.. Thanks for a chance and have a great 4th.

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  160. I like all of the spectacular blocks, but especially the patriotic salute. Gorgeous!

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  161. I love your Blocks especially the ABLOOM Block.Red White and Blue look so good together.Our Red and White in our Canadian Flag look good too and would make up nice in blocks.

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  162. Happy Canada Day to you as well, fellow Canuck! :o)
    Your blocks are the bee's knees!
    Thank you for the chance.
    I'm a new follower too ;o)

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  163. Wonderful blocks. I love the last one! Thank you for the give away.

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  164. Blocks are cool. Love them and will have to get magazine for directions.
    Thanks

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  165. Ooh, I love them all! I like these little hangers to show off what one block can look like..so great. Your hand quilting is wonderful too.

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  166. Thanks for the chance...am enjoying the hop!

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  167. I love your blocks Lesley, and I have that magazine! Thanks for the giveaway. I need more fabric to make some of these blocks.

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  168. Love these, but the last one is my fave!

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  169. Thanks for sharing your RWB blocks - I especially like the pinwheel salute!

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  170. Love, Love the RWB fabric! L

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  171. I would love to win the patriotic fabrics

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  172. All of your blocks are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  173. Hummm the decision for which one would my favorite as they are all pretty in their own rights.... but I think that Block #2 would be my fav as I LOVE applique. It's old-fashion look is very Americana in an almost Revoluntary War Era vintage syle that just speaks in volumes to me. I would love to be apart of your wonderful drawing for those wonderful fabrics, so thabk you for the chance to win. Hope you had a great Canada Day. And being a rebel every once in a while sure never hurt anyone. ;)
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  174. I have been away too long!! I moved and finally have these almost sorted and ready to start sewing again. I have to confess that I had over 20 large plastic tubs of fabric. My new house does not have a dedicated sewing room, but I was able to build storage in my garage and set up my sewing and cutting table in my sun porch. I am so inspired by this shop hop! You ladies are awesome! I love the red, white and blue theme, too!!

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  175. Your blocks are wonderful - thanks for the giveaway!
    Deb
    dr392809@gmail.com

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  176. wonderful blocks - thanks for joining in :)

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  177. Those are great blocks and you did a great job on the hand quilting. I just love red, white and blue.

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  178. Your blocks turned out fabulous. I love the outline quilting you did. Very very nice!

    Jen

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  179. Oh, and I really liked your maple leaf block on the other page. That's one of my favorites....that and the Ohio Star. But the maple leaf can turn into so many neat designs, can't it. Fun to play with.

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  180. Your blocks are WONDERFUL! I have been catching up on the hop and love all the blocks. Nice JOB!!! Happy Canada Day.. Just a few days late ;) Hugs

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  181. I love the echo quilting on the second block! Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

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  182. Love your block choice, that echo quilting is awesome.

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  183. Love your blocks! And I love your quilting!

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  184. I loved your table screens!!! I rarely follow directions either! :)

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  185. I love the paper pieced pinwheel block. It has such great movement- Thanks for the chance to win such pretty fat quarters.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  186. Lesley, I love your parade of RW&B blocks...love the pinwheel. I wanted to do a paper pieced block but our printer has seen it's better days....it will be our next purchase. I'm a Canadian living in Michigan but will probably return to Ontario sometime next year!! Have a wonderful week!!

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Thank you so much for visiting me. I enjoy writing about my quilting projects and am so glad that you enjoy reading about them. I will certainly reply if you leave a comment. Thanks again!