Monday, August 5, 2019

~ Happy Little Things MONTH 1 and a GIVEAWAY! ~

***Giveaway Closed***
Welcome to month one of the Happy Little Things BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves.  This is my third year being a feautured blogger for Jacquelynne's yearly Free BOM.  If you haven't already  signed up for this FREE BOM you can do so here.  Also make sure to hop over to check out her post about this months block here.  Thank you Jacquelynne for all you hard work putting together another amazing quilt along!

Each month from August through December there will be giveaways on each participating featured blog, with a big grand prize in January.  This months giveaway is sponsored by Olfa, details are at the end of this blog post.

If your new to my blog please take some time to explore the many free tutorials and free patterns, not all are listed on my tutorials page at the top of the blog, but you can find many more by searching for tutorials in the search box on the right side of this blog. If you sign up for my newsletter on the top right of this page you will receive a free quilt pattern and get occasional updates about new patterns and tutorials.  No worries about you email being spammed by me, I rarely send out newsletters and I do not sell you information.  Your email is safe!  If you are on a mobile device you will need to scroll to the bottom of this page, click view Web Version in order to access the sidebar with the sign up and search features.

So lets get to this months free block.  Each year Jacaquelynne encourages everyone to do your own thing.  That's what I love about her BOM.  She always gives several option for finishing the block and gives us the freedom to do the same. The blocks can be finished as applique, embroidery, or just a plain pieced block.   This is a good opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone.  For this years quilt I'll be doing a monochromatic color scheme.  Which basically means a one color quilt.  In my case it's a 2 color quilt, Red and white.  Those of you that know me know I love red.  It's getting harder and harder to find a good red fabric these days, what's up with that?  The bundle I've chosen is a scrappy red bundle curated by a local shop that recently closed.  The red gingham is from Joann's .  This gingham is a little stiff, I think it's painted instead of dyed.  However when it's washed it softens.  The solid white background fabric is by Choice Fabrics.  I buy this by the bolt directly from the company because I use solid white in most of my quilts.


To transfer the embroidery lines to the background fabric I'm using a blue water soluble marking pen.  It too can be purchased at Joann's or just about any crafty type store.  By the way, I don't receive any money for link clicks.  Just a happy customer sharing ideas.


Now this  may make some of you cringe.  For my applique and piecing I'm using Maxi Lock Serger Thread.  I know it can be taboo in the quilting community but I'm not one to let the quilt police tell me what to do.  I've never had any issues.  The only thing to keep in mind when you use Serger thread is it does put off more lint.  So you would want to treat it with mineral oil or thread conditioner of some sort or clean your machine more often.  There are several benefits to dipping your threads in mineral oil.  I use this mineral oil and this information on dipping the cones from a award winning quilter.


To add a little stability to my background fabric I added Pellon Fusible Ulta Lightweight Interfacing to the back.  It gives just the right amount of stiffness without needing to be removed.  


For my raw edge applique I always use Heat N Bond Lite.  I love this stuff.   It's a really good product that does what it says it will do without making your quilt super stiff.  If you do as the instructions suggest it works perfectly every time.  I've never had it come loose on my projects after washing.  The link I provided is for Joann's but honestly I buy it most of the time at WalMart.



All of the stitching was done by machine.  Yes, I'm a lazy quilter.  I love applique but I do not like for it to take forever.  Machine stitching cuts the time down so I can get onto the next project.  If things take to long I become bored and the project becomes a UFO.  

With today machines having so many stitches that we never use this is also a great time to try out some of them.  To be honest these are my go to stitches.  I use these 2 the most.  The one at the very top of this picture takes a stitch, back stitches one stitch and takes a stitch.  So your getting 3 layers, making it look like hand stitching with 3 strands of floss.  The second stitch is the basic blanket stitch.


The next 2 stitches were spur of the moment.  Getting out of my comfort zone using these.


Here's a close up of how they look when finished.  The blanket stitch was reduced to a very tiny stitch.  I suggest doing a few test stitches on a piece of scrap to see what looks best for your thread and fabric.


Jacquelynne's instructions are always easy to follow and understand but I'm old and set in my ways so I chose to do some things a little different.  The cutting was the same for the first block but I didn't want to draw lines.  Instead I use the lines on my machine for making the flying geese blocks. It super simple to sew from corner to corner.   If you would like to try this technique I have a tutorial for how I put the lines on the bed of my machine here. 


Sewing a second line about 1/2" away from the first line will give me a spare half square triangle to use in another project.  Just remember to move the needle over a little and then remember to put it back when finished.


Then cut between the two sewn lines.


The same process was repeated on the other side of the flying geese.


Trim it away and you'll have 2 tiny Hst's.  Cute!


Here's one of my bags of bonus Hst's.  I've collect 4 bags of these over the years.  They come in handy for small projects.  Someday I may try to make a quilt from all of them. 


The block went together super quick.  I love how it turned out.  


If you make these blocks you can use the following hashtags to make it easier for everyone to find your blocks on social media   #HappyLittleThingsBOM and #HappyLittleThingsQuilt
You can also join the Facebook group to share your project, get help and be inspired by the many different quilters.  


AUGUST GIVEAWAY

This months giveaway is sponsored by Olfa.  One winner will be chosen from each participating blogs listed below.  You have several chances to win this bundle of goodies!


Make sure to visit all the blogs and follow the rules on each blog for entering the giveaway for the most chances to win.

A Quilting Life  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
The Crafty Quilter   https://thecraftyquilter.com/
Flamingo Toes   https://flamingotoes.com/
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life   http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/
Happy Quilting Melissa http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
Kathy's Quilts  https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

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The Official Giveaway Rules
  • Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. International winners will receive an alternate prize.
  • One prize per person per giveaway.
 To enter the giveaway on my blog

All you need to do is leave a comment.  Any ole comment.  Giveaway will close on Sunday, August 11, at 11:59 pm.  I will announce the winner on August 12th.  So you'll either want to check back here on August 12 or leave your email address in the comments so I can contact you directly.  You will have 24 hrs to confirm or a new winner will be chosen.  It's just that easy! 
To leave a comment on this blog just scroll to the bottom of this post and find and click on the word comments.  Then scroll till you see a comment box.  Add your comment and click on the word comment below your comment.








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286 comments:

  1. Here is your first comment on those of us doing the Jacquelynne Steves BOM Happy Little Things. It should be fun.

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  2. I love the idea of a red & white quilt, beautiful!! I'm a blue & white girl though so that's what I would need to go with. Maybe I should rethink the fabrics I was going to use. Happy Stitching!

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  3. I hadn't thought about doing the BOM in shades of one color. Great idea!
    mearitaira@yahoo.com

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  4. Wow! Your tutorial is excellent! I love how you shared the machine stitch that looks like hand embroidery. Your colors and fabrics are amazing! Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiring me to get started!!

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  5. LOVE your fabric!!! That is going to be fabulous
    pehinsa@yahoo.com

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  6. Such a fun BOM, and your block is very pretty, love these fabrics 😍

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  7. I love your red and white color choice.

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  8. The best part about this bom is that it seems simple but yet unique and beautiful. Looking forward to prepping my 1st block

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  9. Your block using the red and white is awesome!

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  10. I love the idea of a red and white and have wanted one for many years. Thanks for opening my mind.

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  11. Your post is an inspiration.. I was undecided until I saw your choice of red and the simple instructions... thank you!

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  12. Thanks for the block demonstration. Very helpful and a great inspiration.

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  13. Love your red and white fabrics! I have wanted to make a red and white quilt for a long time now. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!
    Sandy A

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  14. I love you pictures and detailed explanations - and the red and white quilt block.

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  15. Your Red and White quilt is going to be gorgeous! Thanks so much for the give away. I love OLFA products and have needed a new rotary cutter for a while. I think i missed out on the red ones earlier this year.

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  16. I love red and white quilts!! Your use of decorative stitches for accents is inspired.

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  17. Thanks so much for the specialty stitch tips! I may give that a try during this BOM!

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  18. Red and white quilts are pretty high up there on my favorite quilt list.

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  19. Lea Ann love your color choices, as always, and how you just want to make it fun & easy for everyone.

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  20. Awesome block and love the red and white! I have always wanted to do a red and white quilt!

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  22. I love little Blocks for wall hangings

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  23. I can't wait to see how your quilt turns out--I'm sure it will be beautiful!! I did a red and white quilt with the Ohio Star.

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  24. Hope your funk is lifting and you are feeling better. I love the red and white and how you work your stitches!

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, I'm living on Benadryl and I'm back in the swing of things. Time to dust the studio and get busy!

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  26. That's such a sweet block, I can see an entire quilt made of these blocks with 1930s repro prints.

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  27. That is a great block. I am joining in the Happy Little Things QAL, which is what led me to your blog. This is an entry for the give away.

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  28. Thank you for the tutorial! trotskyn@att.net

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  29. Love your red and white version!

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  30. I like the two color color pallet. Thanks for the idea. jgsowin@gmail.com

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  31. Love that red block. Thank you for the tips on machine applique. I, too, use the same few stitches but love the way that leaf came out. Will have to try that one. I think my sampler will be scrappy. Have to see which color box of scraps needs to be used up!!

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  32. Your quilt is delightful! I love the red colors and the creative stitching!

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  33. Wow. I didn't even think of doing a monochromatic one, but I really like it!!

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  34. Love your colors --- Hope your fur baby is getting better!

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  35. I'm new to raw edge applique. Thanks for the edge stitch ideas. I would have never thought to use the triple row.

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  36. Hi thanks for being on the bom and for your advice.

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  37. Red and white is such a great combination! Thanks for the tips. Your block looks great!

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  38. This BOM is going to be so fun, and my first. Such great tips and helpful hints, thank you!

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  39. Your block has turned out so pretty using the red and white fabric combination! Like you, I love applique and especially when it goes quickly and easily. Yet, I am trying to learn to use my hand embroidery stitches and apply them in that manner. It does take much more time, but is a lot of fun. Thank you so much for sharing all of your tips! I look forward to coming back and seeing how your BOM comes together through the months! Have a great day!

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  40. Thanks for your tips. And I love the reds!

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  41. Love the red and white. I was trying to decide how to do my quilt colors. That helped me to determine how to do mine in the colors I want - either black or purple!

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  42. Monochromatic quilts are so eye catching...at least they always catch my eye.

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  43. enjoyed reading your tips. I am going to challenge myself to use what is in my stash and scrap baskets in hopes of getting my sewing room organized better.

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  44. I love the stack of reds! I'm saving your tutorial too. This reminded me that I have a little box of triangles somewhere in my closet. I need to find them and use them.

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  45. I like the red and white version.

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  46. I Love the bundle of reds you chose!

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  47. I wouldn't have thought about red and white for this one ... I love your 'outside the box' thinking! This first block is really darling and I look forward to seeing the progression of the BOM through your colorway and vision!! :)

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  48. When you first said red and white, I thought it wouldn't be too pretty, but when I saw your block I fell in love with it. I may try the same but with blues - my favorite.

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  49. Thanks for the info on the stitches. Some of those I have not tried on my machine. Cute Block. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  50. Your two-color block is as busy as some of the multi-colored blocks. I am going to try making the red lines on my machine. It is an old machine and the needle does not move (other than up and down) :-). I like the idea of ending up with HSTs to use in another project.

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  51. I love your block Lea Anne. The red and white fabrics are so pretty.
    I have a lot of stitches on my machine that I have never used. After seeing your block, I think I am going to try some of them on these blocks. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  52. Nice block..think I'll give it a try! Good to see you've got your mojo back too!

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  53. Your block turned out so cute! THANKS for the detailed tips on how you assembled your block! (Even circling which stitch to use on our sewing machines!)

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  54. Oh, lovely ideas here for me to try. Pp119@outlook.com

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  55. Thank you for the helpful information about machine applique

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  56. Love the fabrics you choose to use...Love red and white...And your block looks great....so crisp and clean

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  57. I’m thinking about doing a red and white quilt. Thanks for the ideas

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  58. I’m starting my block today after I get my fabrics all cut.

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  59. Your block is darned cute! I hope Khaleesi is feeling better. It's hard to find a solution that is perfect, when you're trying to keep your dog safe and happy, but you are so right--the one you chose is far better than having her run in front of a car. Dogs (and cats) are like kids when it comes to controlling their impulses. You teach them the right thing to do, but at some point, expecting that they will be able to control an impulse when their life depends on it is an awfully big risk to take. So, don't beat up on yourself over something you did because you love her; your vet would have gently pointed you in a different direction if they thought this was something you shouldn't repeat and obviously they know you're doing what is best for your girl.

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    1. Awe...Thank you. She's recovering well. Today she was leash free accompanied by me and wouldn't you know it a deer peek out! she bolted for it but listened to my commands to stop...Thank goodness for dog trainers!

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  60. Enjoying the red theme, can't wait to see more

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  61. Love your color choices. Color makes the block.

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  62. I really enjoyed seeing how you did your block. The quilt is going to be a beauty.

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  63. Red and white is a wonderful colour scheme.

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  64. I learned something new about the stitch selections on my machine! Thanks, and I love your color scheme.

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  65. I'm very excited to start this sew along. I've done a couple of Jacquellen Steves QUA before & they're wonderful. Winning a prize would be icing on the cake. offkwilter@gmail.com

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  66. Thanks for the tip about putting thread in oil. Seems like it will just tame the outer layer, though. I think I'll try it.

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  67. You make red & white look good. Beautiful dog.

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  68. I just used some of the same stitches on a baby quilt this summer. It will be fun to use them again.

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  69. Love this little quilt pattern!

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  70. I also collect bonus HSTs. Some day they will become a quilt...

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  71. Oh my goodness.... I LOVE your block. I"m a fan of red and white quilts and you have some beautiful fabrics. LOVE!

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  72. I like your idea of red and white--very striking!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  73. You always have such interesting ideas. I like the reds. Thanks.

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  74. Yes, the red and white are fantastic.

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  75. Thank you for the embroidery tips and visual learning aids.

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  76. Love the all red block. Thank you for the tutorial.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  77. Enjoyed reading your blog and the steps you took in making the block. Thanks for the information. jqd@comporium.net

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  78. I like how you used some of the machines stitches, I need to do this more often.

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  79. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing. It's fun to see everyone's interpretations of the BOM.

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  80. scrappynanna64@gmail.com is loving your red and whites!!

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  81. You fabric is beautiful; I love all of the red and white. The finished block is perfect.

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  82. I like to use my embroidery machine as much as possible also. Always like to see new ideas and how people use them

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  83. Love that you do your own thing.... I think those quilt police really don't exist..... they have never entered my sewing room at any rate! Have a wonderful day. Love your block in pretty reds.

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  84. I am with you-I do all I can by my machine! I like your choice of color. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Janine Baker, bakerjn@hotmail.com

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  85. A two colour quilt! Love your red and white version so far. :) This BOM for me is a nice change to do something pretty, instead of reproducing old or male quilts.

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  86. This is Darcey. Great site! This is a cute BOM. I ordered the Desert Colorway kit.

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  87. I love your red and white fabric.

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  88. I'm a fan of red and white, so I love your choice of fabric. This BOM if so cute - anxious to get started. I'm actually going to do two of them - one in brights and one in 30's - gifts for my daughters. jthauge@srt.com

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  89. Looking forward to getting started on my BOM project.

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  90. Like the red and white. Thanks for the tips.

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  91. Your work is great! I am going shopping next week for the fabric for my BOM! Have a great day..
    Bev K
    tbkoons@yahoo.com

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  92. Love the colors you're using-my favorite! Gives inspiration for using fabrics we already have and not following the pattern to the letter. Thanks! Hope your fur baby is better soon.

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  93. I love the look of these blocks. I haven't decided what I will use yet. Beth in Co

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  94. I love that fabric with the red thimbles! Great job on your block... I love seeing different ways of doing things :)

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  95. Red is one of my favorite colors. It's so hard to find good reds.

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  96. I love the red idea, just like red work embroidery. I think your quilt will be very lovely whenit is done!

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  97. Well done! Great ideas, thanks!

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  98. I admire your rebel side to show those quilt-police! Who made all those rules anyway? :)
    I need to look for one of those blue markers to help me along the way...thanks for the tips!

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  99. Your dedication and attention to detail shines in these helpful photos of the BOM! I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks

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  100. Thank you for sharing!! I'm making both color ways, but both will be using different methods for the applique.

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  101. Thanks for the alternate way of making the block.

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  102. So pretty with the red and white fabrics and the stitching.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  103. Thanks for all your tips & techniques!

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  104. I really like the choice of reds for this block. very pretty

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  105. Your HST scrap bag is brilliant!

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  106. Thanks so much for all of the great tips! Your block looks fabulous; love the red and white.

    Ann

    annbeckemeyer@hotmail.com

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  107. Love the fabric choices, and all the wonderful tips. thanks for sharing

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  108. Love your fabric choices. I like red, too! Thanks for the opportunity to win! mgquilter2atgeusnetdotcom

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  109. Love this block in red! And thanks for all the tips!

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  110. i'm so gald you're back, i missed seeing your posts, hope this means you're feeling better!

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  111. So nice to see you a couple days in a row on your blog! Love your block. It does look easy. Thanks for the clear pictures of what stitches you used on your machine. Hope you are feeling better. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  112. Lovely! Prayers for your fur baby for speedy healing. :)

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  113. I like your red and white version.

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  114. Cute! Need to practice more with the machine applique...love it!

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  115. Love your red and white fabrics. Thanks for the idea of using serger thread for the applique.

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  116. I like the read and white color choice and I think I'm going to have to try machine embroidery!

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  117. I like your color scheme. I haven't decided on my fabrics yet.

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  118. I like your red but think I will do blues

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  119. I like your choice of making this block with just two colors, and you offer nice explanations. Thank you for sharing, and for this giveaway offer.

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  120. You must have bought out Coffee Cup when she closed!! I love your fabric and your block looks great.

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  121. I love your German Shepherd - just wanted to through that in. Thanks for your showing how you made your block. Being new to this - is great to get such good advice. deanbren87@gmail.com Thanks

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  122. I absolutely love your block. A red and white quilt is on my bucket list. lisamcgriff at hotmail dot com

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  123. Thank you for sharing details on making this block! I'm new to machine applique so the tips are most appreciated ��

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  124. Love your block. Thanks for the two color idea, I'm going to try yellow and white. Glad you are feeling better. You have been missed.

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  125. It would be so fun to win.

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  126. Adorable red & white project. Great pics also.

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  127. Oh My My Red and White what's not to love. Such a pretty block... You did a wonderful job on it for sure.
    Nice pictures for good details...Thank You...

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  128. Thanks for sharing the stitches you used on your sewing machine. That is very helpful.

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  129. I love, love, love your red and whites! Very striking!!!

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  130. Can't wait to see what your quilt will look like finished...loving the red and white fabric choices!

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  131. Love your color choice. I am waiting for my fabric package in the desert colorway theme.

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  132. The red and white blocks is adorable--love it!

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  133. I also thought about doing a red & white version... beautiful!

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  134. Cute block! Love the added machine embroidery.

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  135. well isn't that fresh and pretty! Love the sewing notions fabrics in red! And I've never considered the overlock thread, as it's stretchy to me. Thanks for the chance to win a prize... what a fun giveaway.
    scritches to Khaleesi.
    LeeAnna at leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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  136. Love red and white quilts! Yours is so cute. Thanks for the stitch info. Have tried all but the triple stitch. Will try that next.

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  138. Love the red and white color choice! Nice blog too. ljenkins33 at yahoo dot com

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  139. Thank you for the instructions on how you completed your block. I will need to try some of the techniques you demonstrated to add texture and detail to my squares.

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  140. I too like a red and white quilt. Your fabrics are lovely!

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  141. I like the red and white idea. It will be fun to see how it turns out.

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  142. I absolutely love the red & white fabrics.

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  143. I love your version. And thanks for the info on how you used your sewing machine to do the applique and embroidery.
    shades000 at gmail dot com

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  144. S.Knight eryn236@yahoo.comAugust 6, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Red is a fave colour of mine, I love your block.

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  145. I like the 2-color idea. I haven't decided on a technique, but now I'm leaning toward a 2-color quilt. It will work with whatever technique I choose.

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  146. Your block turned out so cute and I loved your tips and techniques that you shared on how you did your block.

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  147. I've wanted to do a black and red quilt in the worst way, for quite a while now -- and you're right, it's hard to find good reds nowadays! I love how your block turned out!

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  148. Thank you for sharing how you completed your block for this sew along. It was very helpful!
    yoyopattycakes at hotmail dot com

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  149. I'm lucky #170 comment, thanks for the wonderful idea of machine embroidery with this block. Your's looks wonderful.

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  150. Beautiful red and white fabrics! Thank you for the giveaway!
    dgaheme@sbcglobal.net
    Diana A

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  151. My happy place is my new studio where I can quilt!

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  152. Have spent some wonderful time with a few of my grandkids.

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  153. Thanks for sharing your version of the block. Beautiful.

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  154. Thanks for sharing...great tutorial
    Barussery@gmail.com
    Rhonda

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  155. I do a lot of machine appliqué, because life is short. I like doing the hand work, too, but don't do it often any more. Your block came out wonderfully pretty!

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  156. Your block is beautiful! Thank you for so many helpful tips in this post!
    randari at Hotmail dot com

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  157. Thanks for all the tips I need to come back and review. monica_atk@sbcglobal.net

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  158. Love the red color scheme. Reminds me of a quilt my great grandma made by hand.

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  159. your block turned out beautifully

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  160. I love your block. Red and white combinations always catch my eye. Thanks!

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  161. I'm totally going to get into this BOM, I just haven't had time yet. I hope that isn't a sign I won't have time! Yipes!

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  162. It has been fun reading through all of the new blogs. Happy Creating.

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  163. I love the red and white block! Thanks for the embroidery tips too!

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  164. I love the red & white, that color scheme is on my bucket list!

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  165. Love the story about your Dad. He sounds a great guy.

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  166. Love your red and white version of the block.

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  167. I am about blue as you are about red. Almost everything I make is blue. I appreciate your flying geese advice. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  168. I adore your red block. I love, love red. Thank you!

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  169. Beautiful block and I’m loving your bundle of red fabrics!

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  170. I love your blog. I never thought about using the stitches as an accent. I usually try to hide the machine stitching and I like your stitch choices

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  171. Love those red and white fabrics!

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  172. Wow... a completely different version of happy little things! Love the red and white

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  173. Great tips! Thank you! I'm new to quilting and am enjoying your blog.

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  174. thank you I really enjoyed your site

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  175. I really like the monochromatic scheme you used for the block. I am going to try one like that too.

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