Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Say it with Flowers - Blog Hop

Contest is over. The winner of the EZ Double Wedding Ring template set is Cherry.

Welcome, to all! It is May and the flowers are blooming everywhere in my little corner of the world. Here in the Washington, DC suburbs there are buds and blooms and bees and birds and Spring has sprung and the sun is shining most days. How happy am I?

I even have flowers in my sewing studio!
A rare pic of the queen of my sewing space. Enter at your own risk! I began with a collection by Windham Fabrics that you may remember here: Cream and Sugar.

I began with an idea, some squares, a covered button and circle of felt
Windham had asked me to make some flowers with this collection and I got to work, realizing I could also use them for this Blog Hop. Serendipitous, huh? (Windham never did use them for Market).

I cut two sizes of fabric circles
I followed a tutorial on Pinterest that makes these flowers, but I seem to have lost the link. And I altered it somewhat anyway. All this to say, I did not invent this technique. The circles are folded in half, wrong sides together and you stitch along the curves, then gather. This creates the individual petals. I just loved how it turned out.
Here is Flower #1 just resting is on the back of another Flower Block
Now, I got to thinking: I could make some flowers using the cutaways from my EZ Double Wedding Ring template. I know you've seen this before, but just in case:

See that little teardrop? The center of the DWR template
I saved the little teardrop shapes from making a DWR quilt out of 1930s fabrics. They are 5-3/4" from tip to tip. I put them together into a flower and then set it on point. I use this as a teaching sample for my Beginner's Free Motion Quilting Class.

1930s fabrics for my second flower
6 teardrop cutaways from a previous EZ DWR quilt
 This gave me an idea! How about making a larger flower with 12 petals?
Flower #3 using the Cream & Sugar fabrics. A little rick rack around the center.
 A little striped binding finishes up Flower #3.
18" block with striped binding. Petals are zigzag stitched
 This one gets blue and green binding. Flower #4
14" block with a felt circle and covered button
 Flower #5 using my Hexagon Rings technique. Added some crazy bling, sort of out of control, huh?

Flower #5: Hexagon Ring with a little bling.
Which flower do you like the best? No wrong answers! I have a GIVEAWAY of:
My EZ Double Wedding Ring pattern and template set!

EZ Double Wedding Ring pattern and template set
Leave a comment to be entered in my giveaway. Make sure I have your email. Contest is over May 31, midnight my time (East coast, USA). Winner: Cherry

Many thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for being our planners and cheerleaders. These hops are successful because of all the behind the scenes HARD WORK!

Now go visit my fellow Flower Fans on today's hop:
Debby Kratovil Quilts (you are here)

123 comments:

  1. Debbie, I love what you made. I have never seen that tool but I sure love what you made with it!

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  2. Debby...everything is so absolutely CUTE! How could I ever pick just ONE? (thank goodness there is no wrong answer here! lol). Ok...if I HAVE to...then...ok...the 12 petal flower is my favorite...but of course I LOVE THEM ALL!!! Thanks for a sweet surprise!

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  3. I have been looking forward to seeing what you would make and you did not disappoint! :) I love all your projects! :)

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  4. Wow, great work, I like flower no. 5 !
    Tahnk you for sharing and giving the chance to win !
    Greatings from Germany!

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  5. My favorite is #3, it looks so modern.

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  6. My favorite is the 12-petal flower. Of course, I love them all.

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  7. Je hebt hele mooie bloemen gemaakt!

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  8. I looooove the 12 petal flower - gorgeous!

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  9. Love all of your flowers! Interesting tool. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I think it's great that you found a use for the fabric leftovers you had saved. I'm always saving pieces like that--the trick for me is remembering that I have them tucked away.

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  11. It is hard to pick a favorite ....their all great !!!
    What a cool template set, i always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt :-)

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  12. Love the flower - another great stop on the hop!!

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  13. Love all your flowers!! Maybe # 1 a little bit more....
    Thanks for offering a chance to win the wonderful template set.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  14. Gorgeous! I love your hexagon with bling, but all are beautiful! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  15. Debby your little quilts are awesome. I have to say if I had to pick one it would be the covered button one...

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  16. Beautful flower quilts! My favorite is the flower #3, very nice quilting of the petals. Thanks for sharing those beautiful flowery quilts! :)

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  17. I love all the small quilts you have made, but for me is no 3 the favorite. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop. Have a great day

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  18. I like them all but the large 18 inch is really nice.

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  19. Every thing is fabulous. I love your creativity. #3 is my favorite.

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  20. How cool -- I want to try making flower #1 for my granddaughter -- she can use it to pin on her stuffed animals, since she likes to dress them up! All beautiful.

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  21. Hello Debby ☺
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers, so very inspiring!
    I could clean my windows now or I could go into my sewingroom and make some flowers *lol*
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente
    in Germany

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  22. My favourite is #3 - I love the ric rac!
    Thanks for sharing Debby!

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  23. Flower #4 is my favorite - thanks for sharing.

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  24. Great flowers! I like the 3rd one....the one with the spoon fabric, the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Flower #3 is gorgeous and my favorite. I love the way you used the ric rac in the center.

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  26. My favorite is Flower #3!!
    Lovely works

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  27. All the flowers are lovely. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  28. Flower #1 is my favorite. I like the quilting behind it.

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  29. I like flower #3 best, but really enjoyed looking at all the different options. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Oh Debby, I love them all (you're "sew" creative)but the second one is calling my name ! The 30's fabrics seem to be finding their way to my stash pile these days.

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  31. All beautiful , but flower #3 is my absolute favorite!

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  32. Beautiful flowers, smart idea to use the off-cut of your rings...
    Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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  33. Oh, I forgot; flower no 3 is also my favorite.
    Have a nice day.

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  34. ok, you are soooo darn pretty...flowers and all....Will that help win this template wink...
    Kidding aside your floral entries are superb. your stitching Debby is really amazing...Each one of your entries and number 3 is my fav..your last one, wellllll made me chuckle...lol

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  35. they are all so pretty.
    but I really like the shape and colors of #3
    thanks for a great give a way.

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  36. What a clever way to use your template. Great flowers!

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  37. I'm all for the flower using the teardrop template. I can see a granddaughter quilt!

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  38. I would have never thought to use the templates this way. Great idea. I really like the 30's print flower but all of them are so cute. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  39. Love your flowers. The templates make it look so easy. Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Debby I love your wedding ring flower quilts. They are so pretty. I do prefer those to the hexagon one. What a great way to increase the use of the wedding ring templates too!

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  41. So many nice flowers. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Great way of using the templates

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  42. I like flower #4. they are are beautiful and unique though

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  43. Such gorgeous flowers. My favourite is number 3 with the charming ricrac around the centre.

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  44. I have to say I love that flower with the button in the middle, but they are all so beautiful I can't really pick just one. I really like how you made the little flowers in two colors for Windham--too cute! :O)

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  45. I love your flowers!! Even if I don't win, I might have to add that template to my wish list!

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  46. That is just sooo cute. I love the idea of the flower in the middle. Very creative!

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  47. Your flowers are gorgeous. I love how quilters come up with ways to use the left overs.

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  48. Never thought of using templates so differently. Now I will have to look at them differently. I like all your flowers, but think #3 if my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Lindo trabalho, uma perfeição. Parabéns. Um abraço.

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  50. My fave is the one with the ric rac but they are all stunners :)

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  51. Love your flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. #5 is my favorite but it is hard to choose as they are all lovely! pbstrand@msn.com

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  53. I love flower number 1 the most but they are all fabulous.

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  54. Your flowers are all very cute--I guess #3 is my favorite though!

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  55. I like the first because of the dimension :)

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  56. Your flowers are sew sweet! I love the pretty flower # 2 the best. I love 30's fabrics. I had not seen this method of making flowers with the EZ Double Wedding ring previously for some reason, so I am very happy you shared again. Thank you also for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  57. Flower #3 is my favorite although they are all gorgeous.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  58. Flower #3 is my favorite although they are all gorgeous.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  59. Love it. I think #3 is my fav also, but it's a toss up and they are all just too darn cute.

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  60. Beautiful! I love flower 1, there's something so fun about the 3D look. I also love numer 3, with the rickrack around the center.

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  61. I really like all the flowers BUT the 30's repro is my favorite. i just love the reproduction prints. They make a perfect daisy flower. I have not ever used a DWR template. That looks awesome.
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  62. I love hexies and flowers. What can I say, I love them all. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win those great templates.
    Rosemary

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  63. very cute and creative. Thanks for the blog fun.

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  64. Flower 3 is my favourite, I love the way you have used the ric-rac around the centre,

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  65. Great flowers, Debby! They're just beautiful!

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  66. I like your #3 flower. Love your use of rickrack in the center and the striped binding.

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  67. All beautiful, but my favourite is flower #1. In fact, I love the way it is placed on the little white quilt (beautiful quilting!).

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  68. Of course I like them all but #4 is my fave!

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  69. Flower 3 is my favourite I am a sucker for ric-rac!

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  70. My favourite flower is no 2 but they are are interesting.

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  71. Wonderful, colorful and cheerful flowers! All!!!!!! :-)

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  72. #3's Rick-rack center is just so sweet! Cute ideas, all of them.

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  73. Love your flowers and your idea of using the double wedding ring template. I think #3 is my favorite.

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  74. You did some wonderful work!! Just love your flowers

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  75. They are all so cute. I think my favorite is #3, probably because of the ricrac. So cute.

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  76. As usual I cannot decide which is my favorite! I just want all of them! WOW!

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  77. Love your creativity! Can't pick a favorite since I loved them all. Never would have thought to use the wedding ring templates as flowers, love picking up ideas like this on the blog hops. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. How clever you are!! Such pretty flowers. Don't you love Spring? I do!! My favorite is #1. Thank you for sharing..

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  79. My favorite is flower #3. But they are all gorgeous. Everthing is so pretty...Your creations never fail to amaze me.

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  80. Your flowers are really cute, great ideas

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  81. Looks like you had alot of fun with this project. Love all the flowers but #3 is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

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  82. They are all beautiful, but I love number 4 - it is so cheerful!

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  83. My favourite is #5. The ribbon bling looks great with the hexies.

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  84. Very creative & fun!! Summery too!! Soooo hard to choose a favorite! lol Think #3 is my pick. All are so cool! :)

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  85. oh number 3 because I like the addition of the rick rack (I used some on my entry for Thursday----shhhhhh). All your flower blocks would look great in a runner or small quilt too.

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  86. I think they are all awesome,my favorite is number 4!

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  87. Wow! It's difficult to choose my favourite, maybe "18" block with striped binding". I love the fabrics and colour schemes you've used for all of your projects.

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  88. wow they are all great but I favor the 1930 look. thanks for the chance to win .

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  89. Hi!!!! All of your flower creations are wonderful!!!! Love all the flowers you made!!!!

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  90. Great flowers!! #3 is my favorite!

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  91. What lovely flower blocks. My favorite is the 30's one. The tool looks very interesting as well.
    Cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  92. Love your flower blocks! The 18" block with lots of petals and ric rac center is my favorite :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  93. Love all your flowers. I think #3 is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  94. I love #5. It caught my eye and I knew it was the one for me.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  95. Beautiful flowers. They are all great.

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  96. They are all great flowers, I think I like #3 best. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Decisions, decisions...Flower #2 in the '30s prints (my favorite fabrics) takes a slight lead over the hexagon flower with the bling. I might just have to try that bling thing with my next hexagon block. Thinking, thinking...

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  98. Debbie as usual all of your projects are wonderful and creative. I love the hexagon block but they are all beautiful and what a creative idea.

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  99. I love all of your flowers, but number 3 is my favorite. I love the 18" block with the 12 petals. Lovely!

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  100. All of your flowers are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  101. I love you saved the teardrop pieces and made flowers!! Love #3!!

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  102. Hi Debby. Thanks for the giveaway. I love 1930 fabrics so I would choose that one. They are all very pretty and you did a great job.

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  103. I love flower # 1, although they are all great. thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  104. Beautiful flowers! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I especially like the first one. I love your beautiful quilting!

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  105. Oh, I have to choose? They are all so pretty! Hmmm, I pick #4. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  106. My favorite is flower number three. I really like all the petals.

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  107. What a charming set of flower projects. Picking a favorite is almost impossible. Okay #3. It's a toss between all of them, but it came down to the fullness the extra petals plus the rick rack center. Did you just layer the petals or cut away from the overlapped petals to remove some of the bulk?

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  108. Wonderful projects. I love the last one. Gorgeous.

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  109. Lovely flowers,,,my favorite is the 14" blocks with the felt and button. Thanks for the chance .

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  110. They are all beautiful,but the polka dot one is my favorite! Thanks for sharing,and the giveaway!

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  111. My favorite flower is #3 and love that it's on that large block! Can't you just see a quilt made up with large flowered blocks? The details you do are so neat - love the ric rac.

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  112. All of your flowers are lovely, but I have to choose flower #4 with the blue and green striped binding and layered petals. Very striking. I will have to make one of those! Thanks for sharing your quilts and ideas!

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  113. Love your flowery projects! You have a great idea using the template to create such a gorgeous flower. Thanks for the chance!

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  114. Your flowers are fantastic! I have been away to a quilt symposium learning how to make flowers using silk ribbon. Tons of fun!

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  115. I love all of your creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. All of your flowers are pretty, but my favorite is #2. Thanks for sharing your flowers and for te giveaway.

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  117. I like #2 as I am partial to those colors. All the flowers are beautiful. You do lovely work. Thanks for the opportunity to receive one of your blocks. itskarenk at yahoo dot com

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  118. I like 1930's prints and love the six petal flower! (Number two.)Very cute. Thanks for the giveaway. Always fun to try for them.

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