Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Quilts with Very Sharp Points

Antique Midnight Sun Quilt - 70" x 85"
I'm often asked where I get my inspiration from. I have to say: from traditional quilts! Why should I reinvent the wheel when there are so many glorious quilts that are timeless? All I do is just change out their clothes, giving them new colors. This quilt appeared in a magazine years ago and is called "Midnight Sun." It was probably pieced by hand and used carefully cut templates. How did I update it? So glad you asked!

Seeing Red - 38" x 38", Block Size: 15"
Well, here you have it. Seeing Red is my version of the Antique Midnight Sun. Four blocks and I was done (could that be because I also ran out of fabric?) Don't you love those sharp points? And don't you just love templates and hand piecing - NOT!!! All foundation pieced. This appears in my new book, Paper Piecing Perfect Points (released February 12, 2013).

Yes, you can have blocks with VERY SHARP POINTS!
 I loved the block so much that I am almost finished with another 5 of 6 blocks, which I began almost 2 years ago. This time, they are in other colors. I will sew the blocks until I run out of fabric, then go looking for border prints. That's just the way I've always worked. I first love the block and sew up as many as I can. Then, and only then, do I determine what size the quilt will be. Crazy? Maybe, but hey, this is America (where I live) and so far, it's not against the law.

Here's my process, so you can see how easy - and PRECISE - foundation piecing can be:

Select 3 fabrics; cut the  rectangles for paper piecing
Sew on the line, following the numbering sequence. Ready to trim.
Notice how the lines criss-cross IN THE seams. That secures the points so they don't "unsew" when removing paper

Look how many I've made! Aren't they beautiful? Sharp points!

Four units ready to be stitched together. Yes, there's a hole in the center. I'm not done!
 I love showing the back side (not mine; shame on you! the back side of the block!) Notice a few things:
1. Because of my method of trimming a patch, leaving 1/4" seam allowance BEFORE adding the next patch, it really looks like I've used templates. But you KNOW I didn't.
2. I pressed the four joining seams open; reduces the bulk.
3. It's OK to leave in the little snippets of my paper. It is pulp and won't hurt anything and will dissolve should the items be washed.
4. I covered up the center hole with a self-faced (non-fusible interfacing) circle and then machine appliqued it on using a tiny zig-zag stitch and mono-filament thread.

Back side of the block so far

Front side of Midnight Sun block
 Here is the full block. Same size as "Seeing Red", but now wearing different colors.
I actually reverse appliqued the outside background piece to the center - not this way in the book!
I made enough paper pieced units for 3 more blocks. Had to dig through my stash for a substitute fabric for the outside floral print. Found something. Not sure if I will be adding sashing or not. These are 15" finished blocks so my new center of 9 blocks is going to be awesome! Stay tuned . . .

159 comments:

  1. I like the blue would love to win this to help me learn

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  2. I really like the Seeing Red version. Have never like paper piecing but am thinking I might like to learn this method. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I like the antique version in pink and brown better, astonishingly, because I usually go for blue.
    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous CD!

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  4. brownj6610 - I see that you follow my blog but you are a "no-reply comments" person. There is absolutely no way I can reach you and thereby, you can't win a prize if you are selected. Arrghh! Check your settings in your Google reader.

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  5. I follow your blog on my Google reader account.

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  6. I love the red even though I'm not usually a red kind of gal.

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  7. I like the brown and pink. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. I love both versions, but I am SO in love with blue and love the original.

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  9. I love both versions, but I am SO in love with blue and love the original.

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  10. I like the pink and brown, so lovely!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  11. I'm a follower of your blog!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  12. Sou seguidora com resposta.

    Obrigada.


    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  13. Sem sombra de dúvidas TODOS...Mas o azul,se eu tenho que dizer.

    Obrigada.


    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  14. Hmmmm. Methinks the red is my favorite of the three. All the points are fun and I love to paper piece so picking one is like picking a favorite child ;).

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  15. I am also a follower Debby with a Y not and I! :o)

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  16. I am really loving the old fashioned look of the brown/pink/blue version the best! I'd love to learn paper piecing one day soon.

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  17. I'm a fairly new follower via Google reader.

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  18. Definitely the 'Seeing Red' version!

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  19. I like the Red version best, but the blue is a close second. I am a happy follower of your blog - thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. I like the blue best. I always like blue and yellow together.

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  21. I love the red one -- what a great book BTW (can't wait to add it to my list of books ot buy).

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  22. I'm a red girl all the day Debby - and I already have this book on pre-order with Amazon. :) blessings, marlene

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  23. I forgot - yes, I'm a follower! blessings, marlene

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  24. Those are all just gorgeous Debby. Tough choice too in asking which we love most because I really like both the Seeing Red Quilt and the pink and brown one.

    I do think I like the contrast in the Seeing Red Quilt just a little more however.

    I am aleady a follower although something changed about a month ago and I have to click the GFC bar above all the pics of those who are following you and log in every single blog I visit now for some reason. :( I never had to do that before so I'm not sure what's up with that, but hopefully you can still see that I am even if not logged in.

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  25. Hi Debby. I love Seeing Red. The blue is beautiful also.

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  26. I am a follower through GFC. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  27. I am a fairly new follower of your bog. Love that I have found your work.

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  28. It would be the blue for me...I love blue! But the pink and brown is so very soft. thanks

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  29. Still loving the Seeing Red quilt the best. But it would depend on who I was making it for I am sure.

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  30. For me it is the Seeing Red.I love a predominetly red quilt.

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  31. I am a follower.
    All your blocks are so pretty, but Im really in love with the pink and brown one.
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Im just starting paper piecing and find it so fun.
    quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

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  32. The Seeing Red is very striking and it's my favorite of the three. I'm a follower.

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  33. Brown is a color i seldom us,but i have to say i love the colors in the brown block.i am a follower

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  34. I love the seeing red. I have never tried paper piecing but this makes me want to try babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  35. I am a follower and love your blog babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  36. I like the dark blue. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. LOVE the calendar! I need one for this year. I prefer Seeing Red this time. It's so pretty! I can't wait learn more about foundation piecing! I haven't tried that yet. Thanks.

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  38. I do like the Seeing Red quilt but I'm always drawn to red and white. However I am quite surprised by how much I liked the pink and brown together. A new combination I will have to try.

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  39. I like all 3 but I do like the pink and brown a little bit more than the other 2. :)

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  40. I love the pink and brown. I am a follower.

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  41. Debby I am a follower. I love the calender. What a fabulous that will be for someone here.And a great buy for the rest of us
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Oh my goodness that pink and brown just makes it look superb. It is amazeing what changeing the color does. I think it looks much more modern in the pink and brown and very traditional in both the reds and the blue. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. I like them all, but the blue is the most stunning. It's lovely to see the design in three colours, they all look so different. I follow on google reader.

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  44. I follow through google reader. Love the posts

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  45. I love the pink and brown...but then pink is my all-time favorite color! pbstrand@msn.com

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  46. Seeing Red is fabulous. Thanks for the short tut on how to sew the points.
    I follow via email as laura84watt(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  47. I like the Seeing Red quilt. But each color has its own purpose. For a more comfort setting the brown and pink would be better. sharshawns2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love the blue/yellow. My husband's family is Swedish and this is the colors of their flag. He would find it to be VERY special!!!

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  49. I love all of them, but I especially love the pink and brown. Beautiful!

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  50. I love the "Seeing Red" one. Wonderful giveaway and am anxiously awaiting your book :)

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  51. I think that I prefer the pink and brown block and can't wait to see what the entire quilt turns out like!!

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  52. I like the pink and brown version the best, it's very pretty :) I've not yet tried foundation piecing. I'm pretty new to patchwork and am still finding it a little difficult to be as accurate as I need, so anything that makes perfect points easier sounds good to me!

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  53. My favourite is the red & white. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. Love your Seeing Red! I think it is because of the stark contrast between the colors you used - totally awesome!!!

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  55. I like the red version.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  56. I'm a follower. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  57. I am a follower and I get the emails from you...

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  58. I really love the pink and brown version....

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  59. I love them all, but, "Seeing Red" has to be my favorite. I'm a red & white kind of person, I love Redwork!

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  60. I've been a follower for a while now, thru google reader :)

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  61. I love the pink & brown!
    kanshop2@yahoo.com

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  62. I like the pink and brown, even though I'm not always a pink person. These fabrics just look great together!

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  63. Oh, this isn't easy to choose. I like the Pink & Brown Quilt. (Second is the Blue Antique)

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  64. I've been drawn towards red lately so I would pick "Seeing Red"
    jenellejb at aol dot com

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  65. Surprisingly, I like the pink and brown best. I don't usually go for pink.

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  66. They are all beautiful. I even like the pink and brown and I am not a pink person. If I had to choose one today I would go with seeing red. I reserve the right to change my mind tomorrow!

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  67. I'm usually partial to blue, but I really like your pink and brown version.

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  68. I like the red. I am a follower.

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  69. I especially like the pink and brown version.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  70. I follow you!

    I don't think I"m a "no reply" commenter, but just in case--I'd hate to miss out on this great prize--
    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  71. I love the Seeing Red best of all (those points deserve the contrast)!:

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  72. I follow your blog; thanks for the chance!

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  73. I love the red and white but I found the pink and brown intriguing. I love pinks so I think I might try the pinks. Thanks for the chance to win a goodie. I am going to follow your blog!

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  74. Have to say the pink and brown. Although It's not a combination I usually like, I love the background fabric. Too pretty!

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  75. I like the Seeing Red version, because red is my favorite color. I'm a follower of yours. :-)

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  76. Seeing Red is my favorite - I'm a follower.

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  77. I love the Seeing Red! Whooohoo! I am a follower.

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  78. I am a follower of your blog via GFC

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  79. I have to choose the red. It looks so elegant

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  80. I follow your blog and get your email.s

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  81. The blue for me. Follow you on GFC. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. I like the Seeing Red quilt the best. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. I follow your blog by e-mail and
    GFC. Thanks!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. I am not a Brown person but the Pink and Brown together is Beautiful!

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  86. Of course I am a follower. I love your work>

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  87. i've just clicked the gfc join ... so glad i found your blog. enjoyed the browse through!

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  88. I like both the red and the blue equally well. Can't decide between them. LOL!

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  89. I already follow you by email and FB

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  90. I follow by email and I am going to follow by FB, too.

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  91. I TOTALLY surprised my self and like the pink and brown one best! I am not and never have been a "pink" girl. Give me aqua or lavender ANYday. But your pink and brown is so happy and cheery it makes the blue one seem a little cold.

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  92. Pink and Brown definitely!!!!! I love those two colors together. Thanks.

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  93. Normally I'd choose the red but this morning that pink floral with the brown really "rang my bell". Great piecing, Debby!

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  94. I like the pink and brown. For some reason, I have loved those two colors together.
    I'm a follower via email
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  95. I just love the "Seeing Red" set.

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  96. I'm a very happy follower & I think I like Seeing Red best!

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  97. Seeing Red! Gorgeous. Of course I'm a follower!

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  98. I love all three but I choose the pink and brown quilt.

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  99. My favorite is the pink and brown. I love paper piecing, it is so accurate. I think I will make these blocks, maybe even in pink and brown.

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  100. I am a follower by e-mail and blogger.

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  101. The Seeing Red is my absolute favorite! Beautiful work!

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  102. I am a follower with GFC, thanks!

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  103. I love the blue/yellow version--I'm a fan of vintage quilts and blue fits in to my decorating scheme. I also like the graphic impact of the high contrast versions.

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  104. Thanks for the chance to win. The pink and brown block. Pink is my favorite color, so made the choice easy.

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  105. I like the blue and then the red.. more modern look to me.

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  106. I love your red and white version. I've been a follower for a while.

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  107. I prefere the red one - and have just become a follower :-)

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  108. I love them all but the red is my favorite (it is my favorite color too). I am a follower by email and GFC. I love paper piecing and the points are so wonderfully sharp and the littlest pieces can be put in accurately.

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  109. I actually love the pink & brown! I follow u on email!
    lori.hada@gmail.com

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  110. I'm leaning toward the pink & brown, but all three versions are pretty!

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  111. I like the red one the best, though all are beautiful. I am a follower via email. vickise at gmail dot com

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  112. Oh, I am seeing red! I am a follower via email. Thank you for the great giveaway.I want your new book, hate waiting until it is released!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  113. I prefer the red and white version. You can put this one in the QU show.

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  114. I love the "Seeing Red", because I love the red! I am a follower via email. Your new book look so great! Thanks for the giveaway! Have a nice day! A hug!

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  115. Love the seeing red version.

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  116. I have always been partial to blue, so I must say that is the one I like.

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  117. All three are beautiful, but the pink and brown really tickles my fancy!

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  118. I LOVE this book! I didn't realize you wrote it! I found it when I started quilting. I like the red and white the best.

    I'm a follower. and i'm NOT a no-reply blogger. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  119. The red one, hands down. But the other 2 are really nice also.

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  120. I love the pink and brown it is beautiful Thanks.Becky
    derry04@yaoo.com

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  121. I am a follower e-mail Thanks again Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  122. Such gorgeous quilts! Antique one is beautiful, love the contrast of the Seeing Red and how yummy is the pink and brown? hehe. It's really a tie between Seeing Red and the pink and brown. I'm making a pink and brown quilt, a BOM at my LQS called Chocolate and Cherries, great colors together.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  123. Loving those points! I'm hand piecing a Mariner's Compass now hoping to get great points. I'd love to try paper piecing the block. I'm a follower via GFC and BlogLovin.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  124. I love Seeing Red, I like the pink and brown also, but the red just draws my eye.

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  125. I like to be more pink and brown quilt block is great!

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  126. I follow your blog! I am not sure that I can take part in your giveaway, but I'm trying ... I like with you on the blog! greetings from Poland :)

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