Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July and Fabric Giveaway!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful . . . SO HOT! But, we like to begin thinking about Christmas in July, so here goes! I selected Oh, Christmas Tree by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics as the collection to work with. I couldn't resist the drummer boys, the snowflakes and the unexpected golds.

Oh, Christmas Tree by Windham Fabrics
But what really grabbed me was the LARGE (36" x 45") panel.

Oh, Christmas Tree panel
I'll share more on how I plan to use that in a minute. First, I pulled a few fabrics to make one of my LARGE blocks which I call: Big Block Stars. I featured this in my second book, Supersize 'Em Quilts. How large? 30" x 30", that's how large.

The plain squares in this quilt are cut 6-1/2". The fabric for the triangles is cut 6-7/8".
Four sweet prints: Geese, penguins, gingerbread men - Oh, My!
I cut these 6-7/8" for squares that will finish to 6". Drew a diagonal line on the wrong side of one, lined them up and stitched 1/4" on both sides of line.

Right sides together; stitched
Cut them apart along line
Cut apart
Press seam toward the darker print and I have two half-square triangle units. 6-1/2" unfinished.

Half square triangle unit. I made 8 of these (4 gold, 4 blue squares)
Now for the square in square units. According to my pattern (which I wrote 10+ years ago), these are 4-3/4" center squares and 3-1/2" red squares with a diagonal line drawn on the wrong side. Stitch 1/4" away from line, trim and press toward the red.
Stitching the corners
Repeat for the remaining two corners.

Repeat the steps above.
I made two with red corners and two with blue (which I eventually changed the centers of).

Make 2 of each. 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" unfinished

Add 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips:

Make two of each
Wanted to see some of this on my design wall. Sometimes that's the only way I can figure out if I like a unit or section.

Design wall patches
As you can see, the green print with the blue triangles just didn't have enough contrast. Back to the sewing machine!
Decided to remake some units

And here's a simple graphic to show my fabric placement:

And the real quilt (just a top so far):

Big Block Stars: 30" x 30"
My plans for that large panel is to have it for the back. I will add some random strips taken from my fat quarters to build the Stars Block up to size. Isn't this an awesome panel. A perfect quilt just as it is! An awesome front and an equally awesome back!

Oh Christmas Tree panel
This blog hop by Windham has other spots to visit with even more chances to win fabric!
And now for the giveaway:
  • Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of a Christmas collection (either this one or another current one). Fabric will be sent by Windham from their New Jersey warehouse.
  • The giveaway will be open from now until 8PM PST on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The winner for this bundle will be picked at random and we will announce the name HERE on Monday, July 24, 2017 (or as soon as I can as I'm traveling this week).
  • This giveaway is open to everyone, USA and International.
  • If you’re a “no reply” or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

Happy hopping!


119 comments:

  1. This would be wonderful to win. I love Christmas fabric and thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. Very interesting tutorial, especially for a beginner like me. Thanks for the giveaway and the blog tour!

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  3. I'm getting excited for Christmas, seeing all of this cute fabric. And it's a good thing I'm getting into the Christmas spirit, seeing how large my Christmas quilting list is! Thanks for another great tutorial; yours are always helpful, not only for the piecing advice but also in teaching about how to look at color and value.

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  4. Christmas in July--a good way to spend a hot summer day--at the sewing machine!

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  5. Christmas is always fun!! Some nice fabric and cute pattern.
    bgk 44@ msn.com
    Betty

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  6. My favorite time of the year is Christmas. I enjoy this tie of the year for so many reasons. I begin my shopping in Jan. or early spring. and usually have my gifts wrapped by Sept. I love Christmas fabrics and all the beauties one can make for gifts. Thanks for sharing!ggerbert@hotmail.com

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  7. I'd love to win, as I have no Christmas fabrics to speak of. Love the pattern. It would work with lots of different fun fabrics!

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  8. Am already mentally planning what I will make with these lovely Christmas prints if I win... Many thanks for this opportunity for someone!

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  9. Great pattern. I, too, love applique!! info@thequiltersnook.com

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  10. I love a double sided quilt! Yours will be wonderful!

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  11. Great pattern to use for piecing a back for that lovely pattern! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  12. Great idea. Live Christmas fabric

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  13. Love the Christmas fabrics!

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  14. "But that panel is so delightful, let me sew, let me sew let e sew!" Love the pattern and panel thank you so much, as always you are fantastic. Good luck everyone and thanks for another great opportunity.

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  15. I love the bright colors...love the idea of using a panel on the back

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  16. I do love that panel and the larger size. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love posts with tutorials and learning various methods for improving our efficiency while piecing.

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  17. July is my favorite month for Christmas sewing. These fabrics are so fresh and updated. Love them!

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  18. These prints look great in the Big Block Stars pattern! Love the larger size of the Christmas tree panel too.

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  19. Love the fabrics. And I was just thinking of doing a Christmas quilt.

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  20. Thank you for writing this up and sharing. New fabric would make my day. Appreciate the chance.

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  21. That panel is fantastic. Your star is great.

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  22. great pattern. I love the panel. thanks for sharing

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  23. I love the star, particularly the size! I'm all for big blocks.

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  24. great tutorial debby.... absolutely love christmas fabrics and i can see how that panel was an inspiration for you. thank you for the generous give-a-way. hope i win this one. janet jecagain@gmail.com

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  25. I wouldn't have thought of using the panel for the back! It kind of makes this a reversible quilt! Genius! And those big star blocks are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how to make them.

    Sandy A

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  26. Awesome block you made and you made it look so easy!

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  27. I really like this block that you shared. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. these fabrics are wonderful. such a pretty block and back panel. cant wait to see it finished.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  29. Love the block Debby and the panel is really cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I have seen lots of Christmas panels out and they are lovely. I have never stitched a panel

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  31. What lovely fabric! I can see why you were drawn to it. The bold colors and fun designs are wonderful!

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  32. fab as usual, no wonder the mfg always come to you for their ideas. Thx
    mtrichka@windstream.net

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  33. Fun Fabric. Your super sized block is great. Hum, is there a super sized block in my future?

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  34. I really love Christmas tree panel. Thanks for the block tutorial. It's so hot today, thinking of snow cools me off.

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  35. I love to start sewing Christmas projects in July. It really gets me in the Christmas spirit early, and I have things ready by December!!

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  36. So cute -- who woudn't love a Christmas quilt?!?!

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  37. thanks for sharing this block.
    and the giveaway.

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  38. Thank you for your detailed instructions. Always get mixed up with dimensions when I want to do the two half square triangles. So if I want 6'' finished squares (or 6 ½ unfinished squares) I just add an ⅛ of an inch to the 6 ½ square. Thank you. I also do a lot of bargello so when I finish a panel quilt I often do a modified Bargello for the back.

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  39. Thanks for sharing this block. I have wanted to make a Christmas quilt for a while and now would be the time to start one.

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  40. Love the traditional colors and motifs! Great project inspiration! I use panel blocks in quilt backs.

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  41. Love this panel - I am always ready to sew for Christmas!

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  42. I love to make Christmas projects. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabrics

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  43. I like this panel and I have your Supersize Em book. I will have to go get it off the bookshelf.

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  44. What fun fabric. And thanks for the tutorial.

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  45. Hard to think about Christmas in July when it is so hot out but I know to get things done for December you have to start now.

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  46. I love panels and using them on the back is a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial on making that big star!

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  47. It's always Christmas in my sewing room. I create all my gifts and everyone looks forward to what is coming next! These fabrics are great! I also love the big panel!

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  48. Such a really cute design. Love Christmas fabrics and what you made with it. Thanks for the fun. Looking forward to seeing more. JenelleJB (at) aol (Dot) com.

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  49. i love the big star block and these fabrics are great.

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  50. The tree panel is beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished. I bought a big Santa panel that I need to work on for a friend. I love anything Christmas!

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  51. All the fabrics are bright and beautiful. The Christmas tree panel needs a border or two to become a gorgeous holiday lap quilt.

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  52. Love the block and the colors!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  53. What a beautiful block - love the size and how you've used those wonderful Christmas fabrics!

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  54. What a bright beautiful Block! Thanks #Windham for sharing a great giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  55. i love these fabrics. the panel is just so fun. I would love to win. this would be so fun to make and lay under at Christmas time.

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  56. Cute! Christmas fabric is so fun.

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  57. I love the panel fabric and your block. thanks for the giveaway.
    Barb
    betcrawford@verizon.net

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  58. I love the stripes. They look like wrapping paper.

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  59. I love the bright colors and the Christmas panel is great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. Nothing like Christmas in July. I love the ornament fabric. Hope I win. Thank you.

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  61. As always great wonderful ideas. Thank you! Cheery line of fabric, would be so fun to win.
    Happy Sewing. at1425@gmail.com

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  62. How fun for someone to win. How wonderful to think of the meaning of Christmas in July also!

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  63. Thank you for sharing this project. Hoping to get some Christmas projects started with such great inspiration.

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  64. Thank you for this post. Very helpful for combining fabric and insuring adequate contrast.

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  65. Great tutorial and blog. Wonderful holiday inspiration!

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  66. A lovely tutorial. Thank you

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  67. Just love Christmas and the fabrics are so beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Your tut is great.

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  68. What a nice christmas block...and the panel is pretty too...thank you for a lovely giveaway...

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  69. Great panel, it will make a wonderful wall hanging. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  70. I have very few christmas fabrics so I could use a few. Thank you!

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  71. Very nice love your color choices too...I think we need a pillow panel blog hop... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  72. Merry Christmas in July! Beautiful quilt for a beautiful Christmas.

    Deborah
    Pink Scissors Design on Etsy
    pinscissorsdesign @ gmail. com

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  73. Thank-you for the lovely giveaway. A beautiful panel to be sure.

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  74. Beautiful fabrics and panel. I don't usually buy panels as I never know what to do with them.

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  75. Beautiful panel and fabrics to go with it. It will make a lovely quilt for Christmas. e-mail add. elish47@aol.com

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  76. Fantastic design.It"s a surprise use a panel,caught my eye and for me a great idea because I use panel to make.cushions or baby quilt.
    Love these colorful and gorgeous fabrics and love to decor my home in Christmas season.

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  77. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 19, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Love the panel and the coordinating fabrics!

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  78. I love the Christmas tree panel. Your quilt top looks great. Thank you for the pattern.

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  79. Hi Debby,
    I just love that panel! It would be so fun to whip that up into a quilt for the new baby that arrives this fall. We host Christmas Eve, so that would be nice to have on hand. I love the whole collection - I will need to look for that in my LQS. Thanks for sharing how to make the large star block. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  80. those are lovely new X-mas fabrics! The panel for the backing is super. I have doing that for years with panels.. including queen size. I like what the quilt turns out like and it is double duty!

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  81. Cute quilt and I love the idea of using the panel for the backing.Thanks for sharing.

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  82. The weather outside is definitely frightful!! It's soooo hot here, this blog is perfect. Think snow!! I'm off to cut out some snowflakes for a quilt, or pillow, or something.

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  83. I like your block and your plan! Frightful weather here, too. I like the stripes and the snowflakes particularly. Thanks to you and the company for offering this giveaway! dezertsuz at gmail

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  84. Thanks for the tutorial! I love the finished back- it is so colorful! Thanks for the chance to WIN!!
    Koch-nj@comcast.net is my e-mail

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  85. Thanks for the opportunity to win! My stash needs a fresh supply of Christmas fabric.

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  86. That's a great star and would be fun to make with different fabrics for table toppers to change out for all the holidays.

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  87. This would be so exciting to win. I love Christmas and am so excited to make Christmas quilts.

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  88. What a beautiful fabric bundle

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  89. I love your super sized star and the tree panel is amazing. It's so pretty.

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  90. Love the super sized star and the great panel!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  91. Love the idea of using a panel for backing.

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  92. The fabrics and panel are so pretty, and I love the size of the block. Thanks!

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  93. I love the panel as backing plan!

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  94. Great idea to use the panel on the back.

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  95. Now is the time to start any Christmas present projects.

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  96. I just love the Christmas holiday season. It excites me so. I too will start my holiday sewing real soon.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  97. You could use the panel with a few hooks sewn into it for ornaments. It would work well for folks in a small apt or any place there was no room to have a real tree!

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  98. Great tutorial! I love the fabric!

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  99. Your Big Block Star is so festive and fun for the holidays! It will look fabulous with the panel for the backing and serve a double purpose! I like how you worked on the green block to make it pop! Awesome work.

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  100. This panel is fantastic, the backing for your quilt will be just a amazing with that fun large block too. x

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  101. I like the idea of using a panel for the backing!

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  102. Such a great large block. Very innovative use of fabric choices as well.

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  103. I love the O Christmas Tree panel! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  104. Always love your ideas, Debby! Really love Windham Christmas fabric and would love to have some.

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  105. Hello Debby, Last year I totally fell in love with making Christmas Quilts and it has continued on throughout the year! Such a spectacular idea to use the Christmas Tree Panel for the backing fabric! I will have to use that idea for sure with a few panel pieces I have. Plus, Thank You for sharing this great tutorial with these fabulous fabrics! I have got to get busy and finish a couple of quilts and make this tutorial quilt of yours, would be really superb if I could win the fabric to use with it! Have a spectacular day!

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  106. I love that you made a star block and a lot of smaller blocks that turn into the star block. great idea!

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  107. It is so lovely, I would love to win this. lwittsend@gmail.com

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  108. Love, love, LOVE the cute Christmas fabrics!! And that huge Christmas Tree panel is NICE!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win some!!
    Vivian Oaks wvoaks@comcast.net

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  109. Great blocks for sure! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  110. Great block design. Would love to win a fq Christmas bundle. xx

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  111. Thank you for this great tutorial! New to quilting and I get a kick out of learning simple things which make complicated looking quilts.

    fullmer.cj(at)gmail.com

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  112. I love Christmas fabric so much, those little presents are so cute! Thank you for sharing your big star block, big blocks are so satisfying to make.

    ~Brandy

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  113. I love Christmas in July!!! Time to prepare and winning some holiday themed fabrics would be awesome!!

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  114. Thanks for the tutorial on making a big block star quilt. It is a great block for these Christmas fabrics, but would also be cute in other designs for a quick baby or philanthropy quilt. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  115. Thank you for the tutorial. It's never too early to think about making items for Christmas.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  116. Big Block Star is a good idea--Thanks!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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