Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hugs and Kisses: Love is in the Air

5 lonely hearts looking for a quilt
This is the story of how a family of 5 hearts were looking for a quilt home. I submitted this block to Quiltmaker to be featured in an upcoming 100 Blocks magazine. I've been in the last 3 and personally, this was my best one. But she came back to me and once I heard about this Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop, I knew that these lonely hearts could become center stage right here. All of the fabrics are from Windham (the Spin Collection, Delight by French Bull and .Com Collection).

I had to trim off the side strips from the Stacked Hearts Block and then I was left with a rectangle. Hmmm. How in the world do you work with a rectangular block? I took two 10" squares and cut them each into 2 triangles (right down the center: two black triangles, two white triangles). I sewed the black ones on the sides, then the white ones on the top and bottom. Trimmed.

This is now a square, tho the triangles are not equal
It is now a square (honest, though the triangles aren't equal). Then using my magic formulas for setting ANY square on point, I cut two more dotted squares in half and set my block right side up. What do you think? (The 7 page color pattern includes my bonus chart for setting any blocks on point with side and corner triangles).

Stacked Hearts Quilt - 21" x 21" (Pattern available on Craftsy)
One more quilt block. This is from my new book and I remade the pattern for the Beginner's Mariner's Compass. I call this: North, South, East, West; Loving You Has Been The Best. Why? Because I met my husband in the south (south of the equator, that is, in Swaziland, Africa). We have lived in the North and East (DC area), the South (Atlanta and Africa) and the West (California).

North, South, East, West - Loving You Has Been the Best! (36 years!)
This is a 16" block. Easy. Quick. Done! You can see the Beginner's Mariner's Compass in purple batiks that's featured in my upcoming book and it just goes to show you that wearing different colors can truly change a mood.

Here's why I love paper piecing. Just look at the wrong side of the block? Doesn't it look like I used templates? Neat 1/4" seams; the points get pointy because of the criss-crossing of the stitching at the tips. And I press long seams open.
My method: pre-cut patches, trim previous patch to 1/4" seam before adding next one
And, yes, that is interfacing in the center. That's how I turn the edges under (no needle turn for me). Then I applique it on over the center opening. I will be trimming away the interfacing before quilting.

One more Hugs and Kisses project. Using my 7" Hosanna block from my new book (Paper Piecing Perfect Points), I sewed what I call Cupid's Arrows. Three of them using some Blank Quilting fabrics (except for the stripe). Don't you love it?
Cupids Arrows Table Runner


Happy Valentine's Day. May all your quilting be happy and your friends loving.

My GIVEAWAY is a set of twenty 2-1/2" strips of luscious reds from Blank Quilting. (That's about 1-1/2 yards of fabric). Just vote on your favorite of these 2 blocks or even the Cupid's Arrows runner. No wrong answers! I must, must, must have your email in order for you to win. Contest ends Monday February 18 at midnight (EST in the USA). 
Red Hot Collection of twenty 2-1/2"' strips by Blank Quilting
 Now it's time to thank Madame Samm and Jane's Fabric and Quilts! What sweethearts, right? And there is SO MUCH MORE INSPIRATION waiting for you with the other bloggers I share this special day with:
 

158 comments:

  1. wow - I love the mariners compass.
    Still not sure if I should trust you when you say it's quick and easy made - to me it looks rather complicated. Matching corners? Paper piecing? Yuk....

    A lot to learn out there for me :-)

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  2. North, South, East, West; Loving You Has Been The Best is my favorite! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  3. Well your piecing is beautiful as always and though a mariners' compass always appeals to me, my FAVORITE is the re-worked 5 lonely hearts block, now Stacked Hearts block. Glad you showed the process for those new to piecing that you can have fun and re-do blocks!!

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  4. Lots of lovely projects! I love paper piecing and your Mariner's Compass is yummy. Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  5. I love your stacked hearts block! But they are all lovely.

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  6. My favorite is the Stacked Hearts. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  7. I can't believe your stacked hearts didn't make the magazine. They are beautiful. But your Cupid's Arrow is my favorite.Happy Valentines Day!

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  8. So happy your lonely hearts found a home. A real Valentine's Day story. All your projects are sew cute but love the complexity (at least to me) of the mariners Compass.

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  9. Ooooh, hard to choose between the Mariner's Compass & the Stacked hearts but I'm partial to a compass! :-) Lovely work, both here and in your books. Thanks for sharing! (elita dot sharpe at live dot com)

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  10. Great projects - it's hard to choose a favourite!! Possibly the Mariner's Compass!!
    Thanks for sharing Debby!

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  11. Having to choose again. So difficult but I think Mariner's Compass. At 16" with a nice border it would make a great wall hanging.

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  12. Gosh, I really like the Stacked Hearts block. So indicative of Valentine's Day. Great give-away strips.

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  13. I love the Stacked Hearts block most. Thanks for a sharing and a great give away

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  14. I love the 5 lonely hearts at the top, They would look great in any quilt! Your other ones are great, but those hearts just get me.

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  15. My favorite is the Mariner's Compass. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Debby's , both blocks are wonderful but I favor the spikes one

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  17. Great projects, as always! I love the stacked hearts the best.... the heart shape is similar to a paisley shape, which I really love. Thanks for sharing all of these lovely creations!

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  18. They are all so different. At first, I thought Mariner's Compass, all the way. Then, since I am very new to paper piecing, The little narrow arrow quilt at the bottom of the post caught my eye. But I think I really have a soft spot for the happy hearts stack inside the square, inside the other square. I have a fondness for lonely blocks and this one is too lovely to languish in the "unwanted blocks" pile.

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  19. Great projects Debby.I am always amazed at a block that is paper pieced such sharp points. My favorite is Cupids arrow.
    I am surprised that your 5 lonely hearts did not make the magazine it is amazing.

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  20. Good golly - what were they thinking at Quiltmaker - I love your Stacked Hearts quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. all three blocks are great but I think that I love the arrows one the best. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop with us.

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  22. Well I really like all of them but for my favorite I would have to say hands down, the M. Compass it is lovely...Happy Valentine's Day.

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  23. I like the block North, South, East, West Loving You Has been The Best.

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  24. OK... Why don't you make it hard for us to choose a favorite and get done with it. :)

    Love the Cupids Arrow, Stacked Hearts and the North South East West Quilt... but not necessarily in the order... and then again, maybe... but tomorrow I may change my mind... Cause I love them all! ha! :)

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  25. North, South, East, West is my favorite block. Makes me smile

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  26. Love Cupids arrows.
    I still have some of similar fabric, maybe I'll get it done by next year.
    Joan

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  27. Stacked hearts are shouting out to me this morning! :) They get my 'vote'. May your day be filled and overflowing with LOVE.
    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  28. I love your lonely hearts block.

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  29. Stacked Hearts is probably my favorite of the blocks, but I really love the Hosanna block runner too!

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  30. Debby, As always, your work is beautiful. I especially like the 5 hearts block. Thank you for sharing your lovely work.

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  31. North,South,East, West, loving You has been the best is my favorite!

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  32. All of your projects are lovely, as always, Debby, i like the Stacked Hearts the most.Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing.

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  33. I love to do paper piecing so of course I am going to pick the Mariners Compass. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  34. Debbie; they are all beautiful! But I choose Hosanna. I did a queen size quilt years ago in that very pattern.I loved it!!! Great pieces!! thanks for the giveaway

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  35. Rosemary B here:
    Ohhh Debby, you never disappoint!
    I adore all of your projects today. I would love to try that mariners compass, what a fun challenge!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity today -- love the dotty fabrics too

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  36. I like the Beginners Mariner's Compass..have to vote that, after being in the Navy LOL. No really, that is the one I love the best.

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  37. I love all your projects! Your a very talented lady. Mariners Compass is the BOMB!

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  38. Definitely love the Stacked Hearts one!
    Great post!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  39. Beautiful! I can't get over how perfect the Mariner's Compass is - so I'm going to vote for that one! Love the idea of using interfacing, too!!
    Thanks for sharing, thank you for the giveaway, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  40. Stacker's Heart Block; North, South, East, West, Loving You Has Been The Best; and Cupid's Arrow are just beautiful and you have my vote. Thank you so much for your generous giveaway of 20 lucious red 2 1/2 strips. I love red and I also have a birthday coming this week. This Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop has been so much fun with so many great eye candy and giveways. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  41. love the Mariner's Compass... the circle and points are perfect. Would love to win the giveaway. Thanks.

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  42. Your projects are "love"ly. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I love the Stacked Hearts block and the Mariner's Compass blocks, but my favorite is the Cupid's Arrows. I love the design and the colors you used! Beautiful!

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  44. All beautiful projects but my favorite is the stacked hearts , so pretty . Thanks for sharing your wonderful work .

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  45. North, South, East, west, loving you has been the best- hands down!

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  46. hum definitly the first one i'm in love with the back fabric... black with all those flowers! very pretty your appliqué!
    thank's for the chance to win and have a wonderful valentin's day

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  47. Happy Valentine's Day, Debby! Thank you to Madame Samm and Jane. So many beautiful red fabrics. I like the mariner's compass block with the background that looks like bubbles!

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  48. Love your Stacked Hearts block! I am going to make it!

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  49. Those are wonderful stacked hearts. I love the colorful fabrics. I like the hearts best.

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  50. Love the Cupid's Arrows runner - stunning!

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  51. The stacked hearts are wonderful! I just love their cute shapes!

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  52. Stacked Hearts Quilt LOVE IT>>>> I wish I had it.. maybe I will sew some love today.. My husband gave me orchids for today, its also a 10 anniversary for us. I feel the love and My Blogaversary Giveaways are doing great..

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  53. I love your Beginner's Mariner's Compass because it's something I could do-not like the complicated ones. Your Amish Sunbonnet Sue is very cute. Ordinarily I don't care for the traditional one, but you adaptation is very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Wow those are bright and cheeru blocks. I love the Mariners compass. Never gave it a though with holiday fabrics. :-) I have more playing to do I see!

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  55. It's hard to believe that Quiltmaker didn't want your stacked hearts block--it's just beautiful! I think it's my favorite, although the Mariner's Compass is a mighty close second. Thanks for sharing with us and have a lovely Valentines Day!

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  56. I generally don't love heart anything, but I have to say, that heart block is beautiful! The mariner's compass is a very close second. Great work!

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  57. I like all the projects. My favorite is North, South, East, West - Loving You Has Been the Best. Congrats on 36 years. You are very generous with your giveaway. Thank you for participating and being an inspiration.

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  58. Happy Valentine's Day!! Love all your work for some time. To choose one would be the "mariner's compass". thanks for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway.

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  59. All great projects! I like the tablerunner best. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. All of your creations are stunning - could not pick one over another. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win strips from Blank Quilting. Judy C in NC

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  61. I love both your blocks so I couldn't really choose a favorite. They are both stunning. I love that you used such vibrant color! I love color....it makes me happy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

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  62. Stacked hearts quilt is my favorite. Love It!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  63. The stacked hearts is my favorite, and I can see a whole quilt of them, in many different layouts...

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  64. I love those stacked hearts...a mystery to me why they would have come back to you?! thanks for sharing a bunch of winners with us today :)

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  65. My favorite is the stacked heart block. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  66. 5 hearts...very cool what you did with them!

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  67. I love the Mariner's Compass block, you did a great job on all the projects. Thanks for the chance to win...bpfrimmr@yahoo.com

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  68. Debbie, just wonderful. Beginner's Compass! To me that would be a miracle compass! At first when I saw your strips of fabric, I thought you had made a fan! You are so talented. Have a nice Valentine's Day.

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  69. Love the Mariners compass! Haven't tried that block yet but there is still time!

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  70. I love 'North, South, East, West - Loving You Has Been the Best!'. Very beautiful.

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  71. I love them all, the heart quilt is my favorite BUT I love your Mariner's compass title and story! Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Happy Valentines Day

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  72. how lovely to have you once again spill our screens with your creations....all heart felt

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  73. I think they are all great but i love the cupids arrows the best. Different from the usual hearts (still like hearts though too). I love the precision of paper piecing too.

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  74. Love the Cupids Arrow and the stacked hearts but since I don't do applique, the Cupids Arrow would be the one that I make.

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  75. Love the compass! awesome projects!

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  76. what a lovel-ly giveaway!
    thanks for the chance to wins.
    hugs and kisses

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  77. They are all lovely - but the stacked heart is my favorite. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  78. Thank you so much for sharing and giving such wonderful inspiration! It is hard to chose a favorite, the lonely hearts is unique and would have to be my choice. Thanks for the give away.

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  79. Oh my goodness what wonderful projects you have made. everything is absolutly beautiful...Thank you for shareing them with all of us in blogdom land.

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  80. My favorite is the lonely hearts at the top of the page but the North,South,East,West is a close second. Thanks for the chance.

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  81. The Mariner's Compass is my fav! I'm new to paper piecing, and like you, no needle turn appliques for me!

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  82. Debby, I love your mariner's compass. How pretty it is!

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  83. Oh lovely, and I ador those mariner compass! Great!

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  84. I like your 5 heart block with the red border. I think that would be perfect for 100 blocks!

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  85. Debby, your work is beautiful and thank you so much for sharing it. Great Job!

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  86. I love the Cupid's Arrow table runner!

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  87. Debby, the moment I saw your Stacked Hearts my brain went into design mode. What a wonderful jumping off point for so many things!

    I'm a great fan of all things compass-y and your simple one is perfect in all the right places!

    Don't enter me for your giveaway - I just wanted to say hey :-)

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  88. My vote goes to North,South,East, to West.
    Thanks for sharing all your work.

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  89. My vote is: Mariners Compass
    But they are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

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  90. Pick a favorite - how in the world do I do that? :) Okay I'll pick your Mariner's Compass....I love all of them but I loved the story with the Mariner's! blessings, marlene

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  91. It is hard to choose, they are all wonderful, the the 5 hearts is super cute and I love the story behind them!!!! Thanks so much for the chance!!!!!

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  92. I loved all of your entries into the hugs hop! Thanks for sharing. Love your giveaway too!

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  93. Wonderful work!!! I love them all!
    Great job.

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  94. I love the five hearts. The fluidity just speaks to me--plus I come from a family of five daughters, so maybe that's a magic number for me :) I would *love* to try this block sometime.

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  95. They are all great but I guess I will vote for cupids arrows runner. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  96. my vote is for the stacked hearts block. love applique! but, i love circles, too, and making a beginner' mariner's compass would be good point practice. that one i would try to make!

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  97. All your projects are wonderful! Love that all five of the hearts are different in shape. Beautiful compass and Cupid's Arrows are so stricking! Thanks for sharing them all with us, awesome job!

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. Love the Beginner's Mariner's Compass best! Looks gorgeous, and the points, etc. look perfect (including the back holy cow!).

    Fawn

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  99. Mariners compass wins hands down.
    Beautiful!!!
    tvbart@charter.net

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  100. I love the stacked hearts but I think I love Cupid's arrows better.....I can see this done with gradated fabrics......

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  101. Debby,

    They're both great but North, South, East, West gets my vote for favorite. You're a great designer.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Linda

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  102. fabulous blocks but the mariners compass is my fave!

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  103. I love them all, and choosing just one is cruel torture. =) I have to go with the Mariner's Compass. The thing that swung my vote was what you said about your husband/marriage. Good for you two! Thanks for the chance.

    dezertsuz at gmail

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  104. How beautiful! I love the hearts and the mariner's compass! I just looked up on my shelf and the quilting block a day calendar I have is one of yours! How awesome is that?!? Happy Valentine's Day!

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  105. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
    LOVE THE STACKED HEARTS BEST!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  106. Very hard to choose which I like the best. They are all beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  107. What beautiful pieces, I love them all, but the story behind the mariner's compass really touched my romantic heart! :)

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  108. Love the mariner's compass. Great job

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  109. Beautiful, beautiful work Debby and I'm going with the Cupid's Arrows! Great giveaway!

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  110. very beautiful and creative! as a boater, the compass really appeals to me, as does all of your work, thanks for hopping!

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  111. I love the stacked heart quilt the best. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  112. I think the stacked hearts is awesome...I can see it as a border all around a quilt!

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  113. They are both gorgeous, but my fave is the Mariner's Compass. Stunning!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  114. I like the beginners Mariner's compass block the best. Nice color choices.

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  115. Mariner's compass blocks wins my vote! Thanks for sharing.

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  116. Oh, Debby, you never disappoint. Love all three of your blocks but if I have to choose it would be the Mariner's Compass. The story with the block is marvelous. Thanks for a chance to win those lovely reds. Happy V Day!!

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  117. Your Stacked Hearts is sweet and unique! That's my favorite. Jane

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  118. I love all these projects but my favorite is the stacked hearts.

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  119. My favorite is North, South, East and West. Love this compass.

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  120. Mariners compass is beautiful I do not have the nerve to try one and love the stacked hearts.Thank-you for the great give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  121. I love the stacked hearts quilt and the cupid's arrow table runner.

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  122. Hi!!! They are all wonderful and sweet!!! The mariners as a block!!! But I love the stacked hearts!!! Very unique and fun!!! Thank You

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  123. Love the mariners compass but they are all gorgeous

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  124. Hard to pick a favorite. Think I'd like to try the Cupid's Arrow. The North, South, East & West looks like a challenging block and I like challenges!

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  125. I love your Stacked Hearts! What a lovely design.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  126. I have to say that they are all lovely, but the stacked hearts block is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win those gorgeous red fabrics.

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  127. I will pick the 5 hearts but I like them all. Thanks for being in the fun hop

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  128. Luv them all...the Beginner's Mariner's Compass would be my favorite pick but the Stacked Hearts Block is a very close second. You are always sEw creative and inspiring Debby...thanks for sharing!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  129. I like the Mariners Compass the most. They are all lovely.

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  130. How fun! I like everything, but especially the North, South, East, West-Loving You Has Been the Best! Perhaps it's the name. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your creations with us.

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  131. All your blocks are lovely. I may be able to make the Beginner's Mariner's Compass. PP is not my forte!! Thank you for the opportunity to win those beautiful red strips!!!

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  132. I like the Mariners compass block. Thank you for the chance!

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  133. Great projects! All the fabric is so wonderful and happy! I think I like the stacked hearts quilt the best. Thanks for sharing and offering the giveaway!

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  134. Love the stacked hearts......thanks for the great giveaway.....

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  135. Love the Mariner's Compass the most!! Thanks for sharing all your projects in this Blog Hop!!

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  136. I think the mariner's block appeals to me the most. :-) I'm not sure if I'd take it on at this point, but maybe someday. :-)

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  137. That Mariner's compass is so fun and lively! Would make a great Project Linus quilt, very kid-friendly!

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  138. I like your "North, South, East, West; Loving You Has Been The Best" the most :) Cute name and gorgeous fabric selection!

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  139. Mariner's Compass though the Cupid's Arrow is wonderful as well. No way to I expect to be lucky to win your giveaway so I will just say that the red hot collections is gorgeous!

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  140. Beginners Mariner Compass. I love the colors you chose and the hearts in the middle are just too cute.

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  141. These are all great blocks and my favourite is Cupid's Arrow. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  142. I love Cupid's Arrow block the best.

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  143. That is too bad that your stacked hearts wasn't chosen this time. But you made something great from it. Personally I like the Mariner's Compass the best. I saw that block last year and am itching to find the time to try it myself.

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  144. What beautiful blocks and the giveaway strips are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  145. My favorite is the Mariner's Compass! It is beautiful! I greet you warmly!

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  146. Wow so hard to choose when all are so beautiful.Always wanted to try a Mariners Compass.

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  147. Your blocks are wonderful. I LOVE the stacked hearts!

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  148. I love Cupid's Arrows. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I was reading your latest post. I'm so sorry about your lost quilts. That must have broken your heart. I'm glad that you are making more lovely things.

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  149. Looks like I'm just a little late for the giveaway! But had to comment anyway: Love the mariner's compass. I've usually done mine with just templates, and most of the time they work out good too. Love the work you've done here! Thanks for sharing.

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