Tuesday, July 31, 2012

'Think Christmas' Blog Hop

Welcome to my presentation of the Think Christmas blog hop.  Thank you, Lesley, for organizing the recruits for this blog hop and especially for all your  techie help behind the scenes!  Thank you, Madame Samm, for being the cheerleading squadress (is that a new word?).  Now that I've gotten my acceptance speech complete.....  on with the show.  (grin)

My first quilting love is paper piecing, so I am unable to toss out ANY  bits of fabric.  As if  wanting to inspire you wasn't enough of a challenge, I had to toss in a  'new-to-me'  technique for a personal challenge.  So,  I started creating crumb blocks. I approached this process 'willy-nilly', no specific instruction and I quite enjoyed it!  Oh no!! another reason not to toss out those bits and pieces.

Here is my first block. Crumb piecing is in the green rectangles and a paper pieced ball ornament was transformed into an applique motif.  This block measures 12-1/2" sq.





Here is another block with a new motif.  This little stocking was paper pieced from a pattern at http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/christmas.html.  Coloring book pages is another good resourse for motifs.  I left the top edge of the stocking unstitched, to insert some christmas trinkets.  Here is how I made the stocking into an applique motif.






Here is my third block.  The bells are made from red crumbs and stitched down with gold trims.  What red, green and white christmas doesn't warrant a touch of gold?  How did that scrap of red get stitched in with the greens?






Hmmm, does my parade of blocks look like a pre-planned set?  LOL  Okay, I confess, I had a hard time making a block without a purpose. I sewed them together, added a narrow border stripe and a triangle finish, and quilted it into a door banner.  If you put a triangle finish on both ends, you would have a great table runner. I hope you were inspired with my christmas blocks using fabric scraps.




Here is one more 12-1/2" christmas block. It was  made with the little twister template and 5 inch squares.





THANK YOU !   for visiting me today.  Yes, Virginia,  there    IS    a   Santa Claus.   Just write  a comment  and you'll be entered in the drawing  to win this set of 5 fabric christmas cards with envelopes.  They are blank inside,  leaving a place for you to write a personal message.  The drawing will take place at the end of the hop, on Monday, Aug 6th.



Here are more Think Christmas bloggers ready to welcome you today:

and just so you don't miss a beat, here is the schedule of participating bloggers for the entire 7-day hop.  Have fun and Think Christmas!

128 comments:

  1. Welcome to the Blog Hop world - nicely done! Love the 'made' fabric into the blocks. And they made such a cute runner. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  2. I love the little stocking with the mice snuggle perfect! Thank you for sharing and love the runner. Judith, Texas

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  3. what a deliteful way to decorate for Christmas with the door banner. I'm new to quilting and love looking at everyones work during these hops. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Very Cute! Thank you for sharing.
    Lv2 sew 2011 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Well Kat! These blocks are wow blocks! I have never seen this "crumb" technique and you have certainly perfected it. Each block is so beautiful and when sewn together, they are just the best...a gorgeous door banner. Love the Lil twister block! Fantastic giveaway! Thanks so much for participating...you rock!

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  6. Hi Kat, love the blocks especially the 3d one. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  7. Wow, thank you for sharing that. I have never done 'crumb' sewing either, maybe I'll have to git it a try someday soon. Thanks for offering a giveaway too. Very generous.
    Regards
    Debra

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  8. Love all your blocks and your beautiful cards too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  9. I especially like the little stocking and what a great idea to leave the top open and fill it!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  10. Kat
    Your blocks and how you make them has grabbed me. Wish I could jump on the machine and get right to it. Scraps and we all have lots of them. You make them look magnificent. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  11. Cute, Clever, and very Creative!! I love foundation piecing!!

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  12. It is fabulous. Thank you for sharing today.

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  13. Merry Christmas, thanks for the tut on the stocking. Like the way the blocks come together creating hst's. Have to get my lil twister out - love that block. Love the hanging and thank you for the giveaway. My address is zuzanzap(at)gmail(dot)com, if I am lucky..

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  14. I love your blocks, I especially like the twister, it is so very pretty. Thank you for sharing them and for having the giveaway. The cards are really neat too!!

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  15. I think using the "crumb" technique was an inspiration. I too love paper piecing and am always looking for more paper piecing designs. Your table runner is lovely, and I'm with you. It is hard to make a block without a purpose--it must be my thrifty New England heritage. Thanks for the look into your blog
    Marsha
    quilterinmotion.com

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  16. Love the door banner. Thanks for the link to the free patterns. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. Your blocks are so nice! You obviously have a lot more patience than I would. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Your blocks are just darling and shows a great way to combine all thoses tiny pieces to make "new" fabrics. Thank You for the chance to wind those pretty pac of note cards. Prefect for the season.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  19. Good Morning Kat..your attention to detail is lovely. each block sew unique and then into a pull runner is gorgeous...I think you may want to check out our blog today..sewwequilt.com
    Hope to see you again..

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  20. your links are not working...I can help...reach me here..and I will add them for you Kat.
    madamesamm@cogeco.ca

    We want your fellow quilters to find you as easy as we can find them !

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  21. Love the table runner and that twister block is fabulous too - thanks for sharing.

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  22. Great blocks that turned into a beautiful table runner. Always love lil twister blocks. Thanks for being part of the hop! Have a great day.

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  23. Oh dear! I'm so glad you discovered the problem with my links early. I think I have that fixed now. I bet I did too much editing and that disturbed the links! My runner is showcased in the lineup!!! Wow. Thank you, Madamme Samm!

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  24. Love the twister blocks but even more I love the door hanger...thanks for giving us some inspiration...

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  25. Love the door hanger and the twister blocks. I too have trouble making a block without a purpose. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing in the blog hop.

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  26. I love your blocks. They turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with the rest of us.

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  27. I really like your twister block. So well done! Thanks for the chance to win those adorable cards too!

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  28. Quilty admiration coming at you from a fellow Indiana quilter...love your projects...so good to hop with you!

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  29. I love the way you made the rectangles out of crumb pieced fabric. I have to admit, my favorite block is the applique stocking that you are able to stick something inside. It really makes it fun.

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  30. I like your Christmas mofits and what you did with them. That was a great idea. Thanks for sharing and Thanks for the chance at winning the cards.

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  31. I love the crumb piecing. Is there a tut on it somewhere? I would love to try it.

    Adorable door hanging. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  32. Your bell block is very cute and love the twister too. pretty good job for christmas! thank's for sharing and hope you'll pass by my blog on sunday ! have a nice day

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  33. How creative you are! I love the insets in your blocks, and they look so good put together. Score!!!

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  34. I haven't done any crumb piecing yet, but I certainly have the crumbs to do it with. :) I love the idea of the inset - and the door hanging. I need something for my door since I threw away my old ratty wreath last year so this might just fit the bill. blessings, marlene

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  35. Amazing new technique that I havn't run across yet.. hmmm better start keeping those scraps.

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    1. You make crumb piecing look very tempting and easy. I like your idea of the table runner. You could make this now and have it ready for your Christmas table. The Christmas cards are another great idea. Thank you for sharing and giving all of your followers a chance to win.

      Sandi T.
      sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  37. Wonderful job! I really like your crumb blocks ... had to take a closer look at them once I read the name ... very cool :) and that takes nothing away from the amazing centers you made too ... very nice when all put together!! Thank you so much for the parade!

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  38. I love your crumb blocks and the fabrics are just beautiful! Nice job! Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

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  39. These are great ideas! Thank you for showing us how you made your applique motif, too. Lovely cards - you're really in the Christmas spirit!

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  40. I love your blocks and your final project. The ideas are beginning to knock around in my head already! Thank you for inspiring me!

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  41. A wonderful way to use those "crumbs and scraps." And a beautiful Christmas banner.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.
    The twister block is on my "ever-increasing-to-try-list." Yours looks great.
    Beautiful cards... please include me for the give-away.

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  42. I like them all but the stocking with the little mouse is soooooooooo cute.

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  43. Love your use of tiny bits of fabrics! Clever idea to appliqué your pp motif into the center of the block. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Your runner is very elegant.I love it.Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  45. I love the idea of the crumb blocks in the paper piecing. The blocks look terrific!

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  46. Very cute blocks! Love the crumb piecing, but you know I don't do paper piecing. ;-)

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  47. Thank you for sharing your blocks! They make a really cute wall banner!

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  48. Those are lovely, Now I need to go learn about crumb piecing
    sharon

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  49. What a lovely hanger/runner/whatever-er. Thanks for showing it to us.

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  50. Nice twist on crumb blocks. Love the banner.

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  51. What fun blocks...especially love the little stocking...with trinkets! TFS

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  52. I love your blocks! Seriously they are awesome and I love the appliques in the center. Great balance of colors!

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  53. Kat, Crumb Blocks, fun, a new idea for me to try! I just love your blocks especially the cute stocking. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love your blocks and the runner is fantastic.Thanks for the link and the chance to win!

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  55. Great job! Thanks for participating and for the giveaway!

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  56. Love the blocks and the door hanger. It is gorgeous and so much fun.

    Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  57. Beautiful blocks and I really love your runner! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. I love the runner and your use of crumb piecing for the rectangles. Gives me great ideas.

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  59. Your blocks made an adorable table runner! And your cards...wow!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win them

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  60. Love your blocks! Need to make a table runner, you have just encouraged me more!

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  61. So merry and bright, Fantastic! =)

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  62. Lovely blocks, love the wall hanging, very festive!

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  63. How cute! Love the wall hanging. Thank you for sharing.

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  64. too too cute!!! thanks for sharing!!

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  65. Your door banner is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

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  66. How cute is that?! The blocks are so cute and turning it into a door banner is a great idea. I have alot of tablerunners so I might just start leaving off one end and doing the door banner trick for a while. Your giveaway is wonderful. Personalized Chritmas cards are so nice, thanks for the chance to win.

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  67. I'm so impressed with your use of the tiniest pieces. Lovely blocks.

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  68. Those cards are darling!! Love the door banner!

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  69. You are quite the builder with your little scraps! I love the pieced look and your banner! Did you make the cards as well? They are very cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Your holiday cards are so cute. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  71. Your holiday cards are so cute. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  72. Loved your blocks and the banner. The Twisted Sister block fascinated me. I don't know how to make those! Love the cards! Hope to win! Visit me on August 2nd over at "The Other Blog"

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  73. As I was reading down your post, it occurred to me that those three blocks would make a great runner or even better, a door banner. About two seconds later I read that is exactly what you made with them. Clearly, great minds think alike. Nice job.

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  74. I love your blocks! I thought as I read "What is she going to do with these?" Then you showed us! They are so pretty and very inspiring. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  75. I just love your blocks. I am having so much fun hopping and seeing all the talent. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you for offering the beautiful cards.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  76. Your blocks are so cute! Who would have thought that"crumbs" would have turned out so great? i really love them. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  77. Cute, cute blocks-- and LOVE those Christmas cards! If I won, I'd be sending them to my closest quilting friends! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway! :-)

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  78. Your blocks are great. I never heard of "crumbs" before but I do have some. hehe. I hate to throw away fabric so what a great way to use them.

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. Your runner is so cute! Plus I love the twister as well.

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  80. Great blocks! I also like the cards, thanks for the chance to win them.

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  81. Cute blocks and I just love the little twister. I have made only 1 little mat with the tool and I keep seeing the cutest mats made with it. I want to make a CHristmas one now too.

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  82. Your Christmas cards are just sugar, love them. And I really like to win them, thanks for the chance. tubakk@online.no

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  83. Cute, Cute!!! Your Christmas blog is the best yet! LOVE the twister block, how clever is that!

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  84. Oh my the itty bitty paper piecing on the stocking is just adorable. I just might have to give that one a try myself. Glad to hear there is someone other than me out there, that can't bear to toss even teeny little pieces of fabric out!
    :-)

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  85. I just love all of your blocks but especially the last one. Gee, it's hard to get motivated to do Christmas things during the summer. A win would help-thanks for the opportunity.
    Rosemary
    nellieduclos@yahoo.com

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  86. I love what you did with those little pieces of fabric! VERY NICE!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  87. I love what you did with those little pieces of fabric! VERY NICE!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  88. Amazing how you made those scraps look so good and with all those seams, still was able to do such wonderful applique. This is so unique. Good Work!

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  89. Your blocks are gorgeous!! I love your wall banner and twister block. And thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

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  90. I love your Christmas blocks! I follow you too..

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  91. I really like the stocking with it's cute teddy inside! What an inspiration! Thank-you for sharing! di_caughill at hotmail dot com

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  92. Beautiful work and I learned something new! Thank you so much for this great post!

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  93. Wow! Your blocks are gorgeous. I have to make some crumbs out of my bits,I didn't think they could look this good. Great job.

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  94. Your blocks and runner are great. I love making crumb fabric.

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  95. you are invited to follow my blog

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  96. Oh what fun blocks! Thanks for this great post in the hop!
    xx

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  97. Great frames for your work. Lovely finished piece. Wonderful work.

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  98. Love your work. My favorite is the package block, the bow is spectacular

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  99. Thanks for sharing! Love your blocks.

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  100. These fabric Christmas cards are so unique and fabulous!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  101. I love your blocks they made a great door banner.

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  102. Very much enjoyed the look of your blocks & the runner!

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  103. Your paper piecing is beautiful!

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  104. Love your great blocks and the final banner product! And I would love to win your gorgeous fabric cards.

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  105. love your runner! and that paper pieced stocking is right on!

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  106. If my comment isn't too late...love your Christmas cards!

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  107. Sweet use of those tiny scraps. The blocks are charming! Lovely work! Merry Christmas in July and thank you for the sweet giveaway :-)

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  108. Those tiny scraps sure became Christmas treasures , very sweet . Thanks for the chance to win your great cards.

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  109. I never thought to use all my iris paper folding templates for quilting. What a great idea. Thanks for thought. Your blocks look wonderful
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  110. Great ideas! Thanks for showing them. Would love to have the cards but don't want to make them! Fingers crossed to win them!

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  111. I just love the blocks and the wall hanging you made. Thanks for sharing
    cheers
    maggie

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  112. You went thru a lot of trouble to make the stocking block! Wow, I am impressed by your creativity! Thanks for sharing.

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  113. WOW, those 'crumb' fabrics are amazing. I have never heard of that but I like the mish mash of fabric. I too save every little scrap so far. Thank you for the chance to win the lovely cards.

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  114. Great blocks - love the bells the best - and am thinking I could do a couple of those and embellish them with beads, etc.

    Thanks for the inspiration - and for a chance to win the lovely cards...

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  115. What a cute way to use up our holiday crumbs! Love the fillable stocking. Thanks for sharing with us & for the chance to win!

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  116. I am new to pp so I appreciate your site and glad I found it through the hop. Thank-you for the great give away.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  117. I love all of your blocks! And I sure would love to win those beautiful cards!

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  118. What fabulous blocks! thank you for being part of the hop and for the giveaway of lovely cards!

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  119. THANKS FOR SHARING>LOVE THE LIL TWISTER!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  120. After seeing your Lil Twister block I had to go on and order one! beautiful!

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  121. I love your wall hanging. Thanks for sharing.

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