Saturday, August 4, 2012

Think Christmas Day 6 It's My Day to Reveal!

Yes, it's finally here.  My Think Christmas blog hop day! 





You know I love Christmas, and you know I love Santas, so here goes.  I have three blocks to show you, and I'm sure after this blog hop I'll be making many more.  I have been so inspired and overcome with amazement by the Think Christmas blocks that my "to-do" list will keep me busy 'till the New Year. 


About a month ago, my new blog friend Sharon, at Vroomans Quilts, gifted me with a wonderful Santa panel she purchased called Sweet St. Nick. ( If you've been hopping, you've already seen a great little block made with this fabric by Deborah).


Sometimes I am a procrastinator, but this fabric was just too cute to sit in my cupboard.  So off I went, with coordinating fabrics from my stash in hand, to make a couple of blocks that I hoped would be deemed worthy of this Think Christmas Blog Hop.


Meet "Santa 4 Me!"


Of course I made my block into a table topper...you knew I would!  I cut out 4 little Santas, framed them with some Christmas red from my stash, fussy cut a really tiny tree for the center, added some snowflakes, framed it again with the red, and finished it off with some yummy polka dot fabric.  Do you think this qualifies for an entry into Dots on Dots?


I added lots of hand quilting.  It was so easy to do with this panel...I just followed the lines!  








Because I love Christmas so much, I certainly had to use Christmas fabric on the back.  So I made a 9-patch block, using those snowflakes again, added some bright red Christmas text fabric, and of course made a fabric hanger.




On to block # 2...this one I call "Tartan Santa".






I cut the panel fabric so that the Santa would still have the tartan frame, added some polkadots, again, added a pieced border, and finished it off with more polkadots.  I am loving these dots!


As for the back, some more Christmas text...






Now for my third block...are you seeing a pattern?  Santas...polkadots...hand quilting....


Ta da! Here is "Santa Lesley"...







As many of you may know by now, Think Christmas creator Madame Samm created a Santa signature just for me!  So when it arrived as a jpg, my head started spinning...how could I turn this into a block?  I printed the graphic on printer fabric sheets, pieced together a block, embroidered my signature, and did some hand quilting.




Hope you like it, even a little bit, because this is going to be my Giveaway for one of my readers.  Just leave a comment on this post by August 7 at 12:00 midnight AST and you will qualify for the draw of this Santa Lesley block. And there just might be a few Christmas fat quarters in the package as well! 


The back was made using fabric just full of vintage Santas...





Thank you so much for coming by.  Make sure you visit everyone else today on the Think Christmas Blog Hop.  Here's the list...


August 4

Creations On The Island
Scher at That Other Blog

Sunshine Girl
Hallbrook Designs
The Recipe Bunny
Sisca at That Other Blog 
Polkadot Classic
Ariane's Crafts
Katie's Salt Marsh Path
The Cuddle Quilter (You are here!)



Please note that we have two participants at That Other Blog today, so please scroll down when you visit that blog page to see them both! 


Thank you so much, Madame Samm, for creating such great blog hops and putting your faith in me to coordinate Think Christmas.  We are part of such a wonderful quilt blog community!


Check out Sew We Quilt and see the top two pics of the day and the honourable mentions.  All the blocks are featured on Madame Samm's Pinterest page right here.  


See you all tomorrow for Day 7 of the Think Christmas blog hop...the final day of the blog hop which promises to be another day full of Christmas inspiration.  We will finally get to see Madame Samm's blocks...and they never disappoint, so see you in the morning for our final group.

It's a great day for quilting!

Hugs all around,

110 comments:

  1. Woot, Woot! Just love them - and the dots, yeah! Oh, sweet Lesley Santa - how can you let him go? And all tha hand stitching ,too. Busy elf you were.

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  2. Love all the santa blocks(I collect them, have about 150 which live on my mantel and various other place throughout the holidays) would love to add the Lesley santa to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway

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  3. Oooh they are all lovey - especially the Santa Lesley one - so cute! Thanks for sharing and running this blog hop - I have really enjoyed myself (again! and I am taking part in the Dots one too - whoo hoo!!).

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  4. Love what you did with the panel, too cute! Santa Lesley is welcome to come live with me!

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  5. Well done, Lesley. Every one of your blocks looks wonderful!. The Santa faces look great but the Lesley Santa is the best fun. How can you give that one away? It's too special!

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  6. Lovely blocks!
    I'd love to win Santa Lesley.

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  7. What beautiful santas you chose to feature! Love the hand quilting and the gorgeous backing fabric on each one!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway of the precious Lesley!!
    Patti

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  8. What a clever gal you are , the blocks look fantastic with all their dotty goodness and Santa Lesley is just the cutest thing . I also like your wooden stand did mr Santa make that for you ? Enjoy your day at the show.:-)

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  9. Hi Lesley, love the hand quilted Santas. But yours is special with the antique backing and Madame Samms signature would love to win it.

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  10. beautiful santas! thank's for the hop is it very fun. thank's for the chance to win, have a giveaway too tomorrow on my turn! see you there! nice day

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  11. I love all your santa blocks, but the signature one is really something special,

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  12. Lesley,

    You are sooo creative! All of your santas are so sweet, but Santa Lesley is the best. Thanks for the opportunity to have Santa Lesley come and live with me and remind me of you each day!

    Hugs, Helen

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  13. Santas for everyone. I think everyone is getting on the santa train. They are all beautiful and you are so creative with your santa panel. Thanks for sharing and hosting this hop.

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  14. Santas for everyone. I think everyone is getting on the santa train. They are all beautiful and you are so creative with your santa panel. Thanks for sharing and hosting this hop.

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  15. Lesley...love all of your Christmas projects, especially the quilted santas! Who would have thought to quilt his beard!?! Thanks for organizing this wonderful blog hop! I've enjoyed visiting all of the blogs!

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  16. I adore your Santas. Thanks for sponsoring the blog hop. I'm having a wonderful time.

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  17. Great Santa style all around. Hope I win as this would be a great keepsake for my first blog hop. You have been a wonderful host. Thnx.

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  18. I love all your blocks, but Santa Leslie is priceless. You did a super job on it and anyone would be proud to have it. Thanks

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  19. Such a great santas,Love them all ! And you did a gret job with Leslie santa
    Have a nice sewing day
    Marta

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  20. Super cute mini quilts. I especially love the effect the hand quilting has on Santa's face.

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  21. Love them all Lesley,lovely work.
    Thank you for hosting this blog hop,I have really enjoyed it,and picked up some great ideas.
    Laura xx

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  22. The Santas are fabulous! thank you for the great blog hop!!

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  23. I sew love your blocks and I can't believe that you are willing to give away your Santa Lesley. It is really adorable and so you! If I am lucky enough to win, please keep it for yourself as a reminder of this wonderful hop.

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  24. Good Morning Santa Lesley...welllllll what a fabulous showing...in fact one is the best in our mind...you will have to take a peak...you have done a remarkable job and it has not gone unnoticed...
    FABULOUS in fact...CAROL will have to pick up her socks lol....WE all know how much she is doing..
    Anyway my dear....love every one of your fab blocks..

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  25. Love those super cute santa blocks!! The Lesley block especially!!

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  26. After this fabulous display of Santas, I just want to cuddle with each one. So darn cute. Each and every one. Your giveway of your signature Santa is unbelievable unselfish. Thank you for making the Think Christmas so much fun and giving all of your followers a chance to win. What a loving and talented quilter you are.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Your Santas are so so cute. I need to put in my order for that fabric too! Great idea to keep in mind that we have the ability to print on fabric! It opens the doors for a lot of creativity to happen! Thanks for that reminder! Fun post!

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  28. Lesley, Lesley, Lesley, you've blown me away (once again) with your creativity and talent. Handstitching always makes me ooh and aah, which is what I am doing now, and YOUR Santa from Madame Samm is just sending me over the edge. Love them! :O)

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  29. I love your Santa Leslie block, it is wonderful!

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  30. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  31. THese are all just too cute but I love the Santa Leslie!!!!!

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  32. What fantastic blocks Lesley and what you did with your Santa Lesley graphic is just too neat! Thanks also for all the hard work you had put into this blog hop! Your projects have dots.....but knowing you I would imagine you have other great things to share for the Dots hop!

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  33. The Lesley quilted wallhanging is so cute! The others are too and I love the fact that you also used christmas backings on them. Well done! Merry Christmas! I'm in the mood now! hulseybg@gmail.com

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  34. Ooooh Goodie Gumdrops!! What an awesome giveaway!

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  35. Love all the santa wall hangings! They are super cute!

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  36. What wonderful Santa blocks but my favourite has to be Tartan Santa, after all I do live in Scotland. Love Lasley santa too.

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  37. Lesley-Thank you for hosting the blog hop-I just love blog hops because I get to meet new quilters, see their lovely work and learn many new things. Your Santas are so whimsical and vintage looking. I especially like the Tartan one, perhaps because I am part Scotch. Have a happy holiday season!

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  38. Look at all of those Santas! Someday I hope I can do something as cute as this! Thanks again for hosting the hop, it's been great fun.

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  39. Lesley: I love your creations! How did you have time to make anything with your work on Think Christmas. We all appreciate your time and effort in hosting the hop! I've seen lots of cute projects. I need to get busy!

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  40. Your work is just delightful. Those hand stitched Santas are darling and your Lesley Santa is wonderful. What a great idea! You guys have all done such a wonderful job on the blog hop and inspired us each day.

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  41. LOVE the BLOCKS CHRISTMAS is in the Air! THANKS

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  42. Oh what fun blocks you have. Your Santa Lesley block is just adorable. I would love to win it! Thanks for the chance & all the fabulous ideas.

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  43. The hostess with the mostess has shined today! Wow, I love your work. Perfect stitches! I bet your home is just beautiful at Christmas time. You will have to show pictures. Thank you for all your hard work for this swap. It has been so inspiring!

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  44. Thank you for all the inspiration I've got for Christmas. Your santa is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway! tubakk@online.no

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  45. I love all your Santas', especially the Santa Lesley.They are so adorable. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  46. Thank you Lesley for cheering us one this wonderful Journey Think Christmas and I am ahead of schedule for the holiday. I have enjoyed visiting everyone's blog and lovely projects. It was fun for me and put a smile on my face everyday. Your Santa's are sweet and Thank you again for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  47. HI! Just love your Santa's!
    Thanks for sharing!

    mssstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  48. What great blocks!!! I would love to decorate for Christmas with that adorable Santa Lesley...thanks for hosting this fun hop!

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  49. Lovely blocks, Lesley, but your Santa is the BEST! I can't believe you are giving him away! This has been a fantastic hop. Thank you!!!!!

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  50. love all things christmas thanks for the giveaway

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  51. Your Santa's are adorable, I love them. I have seen and learned so much from your Christmas blog hop, I just want to thank you again for hosting. I had soooo much fun. It is sad we only have one day left.

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  52. Love your Santa's and how you fixed this up with hand quilting. Love the fabrics you used, too. Of course, I love Christmas! More the reason, but all the colors and decorations just warm my heart. :D

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  53. Love the santas, they are so fun and whimsical. I like folk art at christmas, something to make people smile when they see the decorations.

    Debbie

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  54. Your work in all areas has been impecable. Great job leading the creative quilting pack and making great blocks too. Love what you have done with the panels and I'd love a chance at Santa Lesley. What a wonderful momento that would be of this event.

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  55. Great job on your Santa blocks. Great idea to use the signature Santa on a block too. You did a nice job with your fabrics and especially the dots.

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  56. Such cute santas. I do love the one Madame Samm designed and how clever that you made it into a quilt! Oh you really should keep that one for yourself.

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  57. Adorable blocks Lesley! I love Santa's too! Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess!

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  58. your mini quilts are sweet and how cool that you created one of the button. So cute!

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  59. Your Santas are really cute and your Santa Lesley mini quilt is adorable. Thanks for the hop I've enjoyed it immensely.

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  60. Gorgeous Santas! How generous of Sharon!

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  61. Your santas are fantastic. Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful give a way.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  62. SuperCute Santas! Love Tartan Santa. Isn't Cape Breton tartan green? How creative of you to make a quilt out of a jpg...very awesome!

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  63. I love all your little quilts!! They are gorgeous!!! Thanks for organizing such a fun event!!!

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  64. Love all your Santa blocks!! Completely amazing how you turned a jpg into a quilt block - wow!!!!!

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  65. Knew that your post would be chock full of Santas! Thanks for the lovely giveaway and all the hard work you put into this blog hop!

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  66. I just love your Santas.Thanks to you Lesley and Madame Samm for a great Hop.Think Christmas has been fun.What a lot of talent out there.Thanks again.

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  67. I love, love, love your Santa Lesley and would be so happy to display it at my house. He will be loved!

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  68. Your projects are wonderful, thanks for all your work to make this hop the success it's been! So much fun had by all :)

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  69. What a fun blog hop this has been! Congratulations! Your Santa Lesley is beautiful, thank you for the chance to win it!

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  70. Dear Lesley
    I love your Santa Blocks and have to say you have done a wonderful job as hostess and one of Santa's creative elves...Madame Samm knew the right elf to choose. Thanks to both of you generous ladies.
    Cheers
    maggie

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  71. Hi Lesley, thankyou so much for all of your hard work with Madame Samm to put this blog hop on. Your Santa Blocks are so cute and all the entries have been so much fun to see and have given lots of ideas.

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  72. How adorable, Lesley! I would love to win your little Santa!!! Thank you for the chance as well as all your hard work on this hop. It's been a lot of fun!

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  73. I'm not surprised that my bloggy friend Sharon sent you the panel, she spreads joy all over the place. Your hand quilting really makes the blocks special. The Santa Lesley is wonderful.
    Thank you for doing all of the behind the scenes work to make this blog hop run so smoothly.

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  74. Oh My Gosh! Lesley! You're brilliant!! I love your printed santa and what you did with it!! Wow and yay you! And how sweet that Sharon sent you that santa panel ... wonderful what you did with it :) Excellent job and thank you so much for all the work you've done!

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  75. Aren't you the clever one, making a block from your signature! It's the perfect remembrance of this blog hop. Your other Santa blocks are also very nice.

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  76. Hop, hop, hop! I just love those Santas!

    Kim at Quilty Doodads

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  77. Santa Leslie is just wonderful! I would love to put this out at Christmas with all my other Santas! Love all your Santas!

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  78. I love Santas and have a collection of ceramic and carved Ones. I think that a quilted one would be cool too. This is a wonderful blog hop with lots of great ideas.
    Thanks for participating and sharing your cool blocks.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  79. Lovely Santa's!!! I need one in my house!! Fingers crossed!! It has your name on it!!! Hugs - Sandie

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  80. All your Santa's are wonderful !
    Congrats on being the honorable mention . You deserve it! Sew very creative .
    Thanks for all you did to organize this amazingly inspiring hop and the opportunity to win.

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  81. The Santa blocks are filled with ho-ho-ho and jingle bells. These are so cute and happy. I would love to win your block.

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  82. Your Santas are darling and you did such a fantastic job of finishing them--front and back!! I love how they have details on both sides! Thanks again for hostessing!!

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  83. Love your Santa blocks! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the chance to win.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. Your Santa blocks are full of ho-ho-ho and jingle bells. Crossing my fingers and hoping to win.

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  85. I love your blocks, Lesley! Simple, yet they are darling! Your Santa block is just too cute!!! By the way, you've done a great job with this blog hop! I'm sure it's been a lot of work for you, but it's been awesome for us! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a cute Santa table topper! That would add to such fun memories of all the great blocks I've seen as I've been hopping around! Hugs!!! :)

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  86. Your blocks are gorgeous! I really like your last Santa.

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. Oh the blocks are sew cute !!
    I too love santas...actually anything Christmas !!

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  88. Whew! I made it around finally! I did a quick dash through the blogs the other day but did not have time to linger so finally I got up early today to find the time to make it around again with my cup of coffee and no one to disturb my stay. What fun this has been! And I am so jazzed about Christmas! I am inspired. So inspired I went out shopping and came home with at least 20 yards of new fabric and a daughter-in-law (who previously did not want to learn to sew) who now plans to make three bed comforters with my assistance. Thanks for helping inspire us all. I love Santa.

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  89. Wow1 Your blocks are so beautiful and I love your signature Santa.

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  90. I should start signing my stuff

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  91. Dera Santa Lesley*
    What can I say? You ARE the B-O-M-B!!!! Your Santa's are amazing and Your personalized block, I'll be frank here, I must have it! It's so stinkin' cute.
    Thank you for the chance

    P.S. I've tried to be a good girl this year

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  92. Oh wonderful blocks, thanks for sharing your talent. I think your Leslie block would find a loving home at our house. Hint Hint....

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  93. Well, of course, I love your Santas!!! ;) Tartan Santa is my fav!!
    I finished the Santa Pillow and will send you a pic of it!
    I sure hope I win the Lesley Santa block!!!

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  94. Well, the first 2 Santas made me smile but your Santa Leslie just rocks it out of the room!!

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  95. Love your Santa blocks...and for hosting this event...You and the others certainly inspired me...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  96. I love all of your Santas. Christmas isn't Christmas without Santas. I like snowmen and reindeer and all things related but Santas mean Christmas to me. Thanks so much for hosting this great hop. It has been alot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful block too. I'm looking forward to getting more ready for Christmas by making all the things on my list from this hop!

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  97. I just love your santa. He's the cutest.

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  98. What a cute Santa. I am getting inspired to start on some Christmas quilts myself.

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  99. Your Santas, Lesley, are all quite adorable!

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  100. A wonderful idea to hand quilt that panel. Really makes the design pop.
    I never know what to do with those panels! Your quilting is beautiful.

    How fun to print and stitch your very own Santa siggy!?! How could you part with it?

    Thank you, Lesley, for all your work in coordinating the hop and keeping in touch.
    You are very much appreciated.
    Looking forward to NEXT year! :-)

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  101. lovely work!! thanks for sharing and hosting!

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  102. Love the Santa Lesley block. it is great. Thanks for a great blog hop. Super job to all the participants.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  103. Wow, you sure went out of your way to find Santa's. Especially love your santa Leslie! Thanks for hosting a great blog hop~!

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  104. Lovely Santa's Lesley, you are a busy lady!

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  105. Your Santa's are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and putting so much work into this blog hop.

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  106. I've got a SIL named Lesley who would love your Santa Lesley quilt. The blog hop was a lot of fun.

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  107. Hi,
    This is my first comment left on a blog. I love all the Christmas projects, I specially love Leslie's Santa. The Santa is not only cute, but the quilting is great.
    Please consider me for the giveaway.
    Thank you,
    Maria K

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  108. OMG Lesley I'm still not finished reading and commenting on all the Think Christmas guest posts. I wish I was Santa and could fly around the world in one night. I love your Santa blocks...'Santa 4 Me' and 'Santa Tartan' are awesome, love the backs and you had time to hand quilt...some late nights for you too. Cute as can be is 'Lesley Santa'. Thanks for hosting this wonderful 'Think Christmas' blog hop...it was over flowing with inspiration. Thanks bunches...Pauline

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