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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5 - Blog Tour

Greetings Blog-Hoppers!  Are you ready for a Polka Party?  I hope you are all having a splendorous time visiting the designer's blogs for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5 blog tour. I'm so, so very happy you could stop by Curlicue Creations today.  Read on, as I will be giving away a copy of the upcoming issue at the end of this post, plus a couple of surprises from the Curlicue Creations Shop.


Polka Party

Here is the block I made for the issue.  I've been doing a lot of playing with polka dots lately, so out came the Polka Party block.  I haven't made a quilt with it yet, but I've got some ideas floating around.


Here's one I made in another colorway.  I haven't done the zig-zag stitching around the applique pieces yet.  I didn't really like the colors at first, but it's been sitting out in my studio for about a week and it's growing on me.  Kind of tropical looking, I think.  The kids like it.


Here's some quilt ideas for the Polka Party block.  I thought this looked nice as a simple wall hanging with a lot of Ker-Pow! to it.


Then, if you put a few of these together, you get this marvy design.  I might go with that, in a scrappy version, same colorway, just scrappy fabrics from my stash.


I also changed up the colors and setting to come up with another quilt.  Splendid!  The aqua blues and greens really pop against the solid black here.


And for something completely different, I came up with this red, white, and black quilt with no sashing and just a simple border.  This one reminds me of ladybugs.

I also did block testing for this issue again - for the last time - boo-hoo!  I have really enjoyed being a block tester.  It was so much fun to try out different techniques as I happily stitched away on different designer's blocks for this issue.  Sadly, after testing for three issues, I have been retired to make way for others.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.  It was a wonderful experience.  Thank you so much, Quiltmaker!  Here's a peek at a sampler quilt I made for Volume 5 using some of the blocks I tested.

Wedding Chapel Windows

I used the fabric collection Mosaic from Timeless Treasures.  Simply radiant fabric - I loved it!  This quilt means a lot to me, as I just got married (in a wedding chapel) on April 10, 2012.  It was so romantic & the quilt really reflects upon my wedding day.  Please also note my name has changed to Jennifer Schifano Thomas.  


Of course, I invited Pepper Mint on my honeymoon.  She travels everywhere with me.  She just can't stand to miss out on anything.  So, to win an issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5, leave a comment, guessing where Pepper Mint is vacationing in the above photo.  I will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers. I will also be sending the winner a couple of surprises from the Curlicue Creations Shop. Good Luck!  Please be sure to also visit all the other dazzling blogs on the tour this week.  I know I will be - it's so much fun!

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop, and have a super day!

Jennifer

118 comments:

  1. Vacationing in E TN? Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Hello! I have to admit I have never seen your blog before, but now I that I have discovered you, I shall be back.
    Congrats on being in the magazine three times! And oh yes, congrats on your recent marriage. I don't know for sure about the honeymoon location,but,I am thinking the smokey mtns in a cabin somewhere, far away from life and reality

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  3. she's on the railing out behind your shop. Cool block, I've been helping my mom collect polka dot fabrics, so love the large dots,

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  4. I'm guessing Pepper Mint is vacationing in Colorado!

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  5. Pepper Mint looks like she is in the Smokey Mountains...love your block, congratulations on being in the magazine and also on your recent marriage. Have a great day.!

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  6. Congratulations on your wedding! I'm going to guess it's Virginia, wherever it is, it's beautiful. Your block is wonderful, the layout with the lime, pink and blue really appeals to me, I make a lot of baby quilts, that would be so perfect. Thank you.

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  7. Perhaps Pepper Mint is in Idaho...

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  8. Looks like Aspen trees to me, so maybe she's in Colorado? Congrats! And thanks for the chance!

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  9. I think Pepper Mint is vacationing in beautiful Colorado! thanks!

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  10. Guessing Rocky Mountains

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  11. Pepper Mint is vacationing in the mountains.

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  12. The mountains of North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  13. It looks like the Appalachian Mountains in the background to me. Congratulation on the marriage.

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  14. Well, I know it is not Saskatchewan, Canada as we have NO mountains!!

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  15. My guess is somewhere near the Smokey Mountains.

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  16. Im thinking somewhere in Colorado, Utah or Idaho.. hmm... Because im in colorado, i like to think she visited me! Congratulations!

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  17. I think Pepper Mint is in the mountains of North Carolina, but I don't know which specific park/forest.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail dot com

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  18. It looks like North Carolina but if it is your Honeymoon it must be Heaven.

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  19. I would guees Pepper Mint is near Gatlinburg, TN - beautiful. I grew up in NC and miss it terribly. There's no place like home... there's no place like home... hmmm - didn't work for me, but I hope you are enjoying it :-) Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!!

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  20. My guess is Smokey Mountains! Congratulations on making it into the magazine and your wedding! I really love your block design! Thanks for showing it in the various colorways! I really like the red, white & black version, I thought it looked like lady bugs too!!

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  21. Colorado or IDaho? I love your quilt block and am enjoying my first blog tour. thank you!

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  22. I think Pepper Mint is vacationing in the Colorado mountains. Your block is cute and I especially like the setting with the big circles in it. It goes so well with the small dots. I liked all the different settings though too.

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  23. I'm going to say that Pepper Mint is vacationing with you in the mountains of Virginia. She is so cute! :)

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  24. I like polka dots. The block quilt is really cute. That is what I would be making with my copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5 issue. I also got married in a chapel in Nevada, 22 years ago. It looks like a cabin in Nevada or maybe even Colorado. Could be either one, because of the mountains. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  25. It has to be somewhere in TN? It looks like the Smokey Mountains in the background. By the way, congrats on your wedding!

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  26. what fun to see the block in different colorways.
    I think Pepper Mint is visiting mountains in North Carolina,

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  27. Great block - I especially like the red version!
    I'm from the UK so I have no idea where PM is on holiday except that it can't be in my country as the sun is shining! perhaps Virginia!

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  28. My guess is the Smokies. Don't know why. . .just looks like the Smokies! What a great versatile block you designed. I signed up for your blog, because I really like your style. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Looks like somewhere in the Smokey Mountains.
    Cute doll!

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  30. I have seen a lot of people who live or have gone to Tennessee and it sure looks like it might be in the Smokey mountains.

    Debbie

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  31. I think you are in the Colorado Rockies...love your block. congratulations on your wedding, I bet it was beautiful.
    Gilda

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  32. I'm guessing in the area of the Smokey Mountains.

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  33. I'm going with the Smoky Mountains, too. I've only been there once, but that photo reminds me a lot of what I remember from that trip. And congrats, by the way! :-)

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  34. Blue Ridge Mountains. Thanks for the chance!

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  35. Nice block.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    mhinders@myclearwave.net

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  36. I am guessing North Carolina. Cute doll, did you make her?

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  37. No clue.....I'll be different and pick Italy and I've never been so I don't know what it looks like....

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  38. This is just a guess, but the first thing that came to mind was Tenn. with the mountains in the back ground. Lucky Pepper Mint.

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  39. Before I saw anyone's comment I thought, that looks like the Smokey Mountains proper or along The Appalachian Trail. I've been there and your photo just reminds me of that lovely stretch of country.

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  40. Is she in the Smoky Mountains? Cute block with lots of options.

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  41. before I looked at where you are from, I thought it looked like the Smoky Mts. My hubby is from Mt Airy, NC, and this sure looked like Grandfather Mountain to me!

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  42. Very cute polka dots. Congratulations on being in Volume 5 of the 100 blocks

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  43. I'd say somewhere in North Carolina. Very nice polka dot blocks and quilts. Congrats for being in the Quiltmakers 100 blocks.

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  44. LOVE the polka dots and especially all the bright colors. Definitely my type of quilt color pattern!
    Congratulations on your wedding. Loved the photos of your special day in your blog.
    I have NO IDEA where your sweet Pepper Mint travelled. I'll guess Tenessee. I've never been there, but that's what came to mind.

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  45. Looks like my beloved Blue Ridge mountains in NC to me - no better place to be! Your block is awesome and I love it on point with the drunkard's-path-type border *Ü*

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  46. Looks like the Smokies to me,too. Hope it was awesome!

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  47. Gosh it looks like NC somewhere. I have never been there so I can not pinpoint it, but it is so green I almost thought wine country. Congrats on being chosen for a block.

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  48. The Smokies? Congrats on the wedding, and the block. :)

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  49. it looks like you enjoyed a vacation near the mountains. It's not the Poconos. Our mountains are softer at the top, not as jagged as those you are showing. Too bad only the correct answers get a chance to win, so I know I won't win here.

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  50. Definitely the Smokies. How about Tennessee?

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  51. Congrats on being in the magazine and getting married! Well I dont know the east coast all that well but it sort of looks like the mountain in Northern New Hampshire. Looks lovely where ever it is.

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  52. I am going to guess that she is in the mountains of North Carolina.

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  53. Looks like Pepper mint is vacationing near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beautiful area. Congrats on your wedding and honey moon where I'm sure this pic wsa taken. Jane

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  54. I have no clue whatsoever. So I read your profile and discovered you are from North Carolina. So I am hoping Pepper Mint went somewhere in North Carolina! Your block is so creative and has so many different looks in different settings! Wonderful!

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  55. I'm new to your blog and guessing from your location, I'll bet its the Great Smokey Mountains. Wherever it is, its very serene looking. Love your block and I really like the Wedding Chapel Windows quilt. Very nice. Thanks

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  56. My instinct is the Blue Ridge Mountains! Cute blog...

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  57. I am going to guess the Smokey Mountains. Pretty scenery.

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  58. Peppermint is with you in the North Georgia Mountains. Congrats on your wedding and block in Quiltmaker!

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  59. I live in East Tennessee and it sure looks like Pepper Mint is in East Tennessee!! Congratulations on your block being chosen! I love the settings you have displayed!

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  60. I love your block. I love Tennesse,especially near Gatlinburg. Congrats on being picked for the 100 Block issue! It's so exciting.

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  61. Hmm. I think Smokies. Was there once when I was little. Congratulations!

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  62. The Mountains are so pretty. It could be Colorado, or the Blue Ridge. We went to West Virginia this winter, and there are beautiful mountains there too. So many places to guess :-D

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  63. I have to say the Smokies also. Congratulations on your marriage.

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  64. My guess is Pepper Mint is in the mountains of western NC - a beautiful place to vacation. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  65. I really like your polka party block, especially when it is set on point. Great! I am not really sure, but will have to go with the Smoky Mountains for the vacation spot.

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  66. Your picture looks like the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee or North Carolina.

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  67. Obviously it's somewhere in the mountains. Virginia and Tennessee are my fave states, so I'm going with VA.

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  68. I think Pepper Mint is in Pennsylvania. The Poconos?

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  69. Jennifer, again congratulations on your nuptials. I think Pepper Mint is in Virginia. Love the use of Ker-Pow! and Marvy! I think there was another one from the 70s was it? Appropriate for the block styles they were describing. I like your Ker-Pow version best. Hopefully new doors will open for you at Quiltmaker as it seems your Polka Party design has. Sandi

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  70. I have to go with the Smokies, but really I'm guessing. Love your block, especially in the table cover.

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  71. The Ozark Mountains? I have no idea. THanks for the chance to win, although I doubt if I have the right answer.

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  72. My guess that Pepper Mint is sunning in the Rockies...Colorado or Northern New Mexico.

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  73. The picture reminds me of our trip to the Smokey Mountains and Ashville.

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  74. Since you are from North Carolina I am going to say Pepper Mint is near the Blue Ridge Mountains

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  75. I don't have a clue but I love mountains too. I'll put in for Tennessee.

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  76. I'm guessing the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Love your block - it's very versatile.

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  77. Huge congratulations on your wedding. I am going to guess a cabin somewhere in Virginia.

    And congratulations also on being included in Issue 5! How exciting. I love your block and the quilt you posted showing the bright colored scrappy look is awesome. That would be perfect for a baby.

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  78. Im really not sure where she is maybe Colorado or the smokies. Either would be a great place.

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  79. I'm going to guess Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. I'm going to make a "brilliant" guess and say that she went with you on your honeymoon. It looks quite lovely. I'm thinking the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you didn't go too far from home. My husband and I have driven through them --- their beauty is awesome.

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  81. I'd guess that Pepper Mint is in the Blue Ridge mountains. Sweet block! Thanks 'sew much' for the chance to win!!

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  82. Ozark mountains? Love the wedding chapel windows quilt!

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  83. I think Pepper Mint is in the southern part of Tennessee.

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  84. Since I don't really know the geography of the east coast too well I really can't say where this is.

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  85. I'd say she's in the mountains!!

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  86. I believe that Pepper Mint is in the Colorado Rockies.

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  87. I'll guess the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee... Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  88. I'm thinking Ashville, NC Looks like a beautiful place to be. Congrats on having a block in the Quiltmaker's 100 block magazine.

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  89. I haven't been to the Smokies but that's what came to mind first when I saw this. Pepper Mint seems to be having a good time. Hope you did too.

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  90. no idea! my husband and i both think north carolina or tennessee... thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. My guess is the Smoky Mountains.

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  92. Your block is very unique, polka dots now I must try to use some from my stash. Thanks for giveaway , don't know where that picture was taken, just looks like a gorgeous mountain area, so green.

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  93. Well I will go with everyone else and guess smokey Mountains. Haven't traveled that much.

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  94. I'm not even trying to guess where the mountains are. If they had snow on them I'd say Colorado. How fun that you went from testing to designing a block. Volume 5 was my first time testing. I didn't know there was a 'term limit' and I would have to retire after 3 years. :( It is way fun!

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  95. I'm guessing those are the Blue Ridge Mountains, so maybe, Virginia?

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  96. From Australia, what shall I guess? Are the Rocky Mountains too big of an area? But I always wanted to walk the Appalachian trail, Pepper Mint doesn't look like a back-packer so not that one. If I go any further I will go dottier (is that a word?) than your blocks - love the flower centre in one.

    Thanks for the sunny, spring, green giveaway.

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  97. congratulations on your wedding. I'm guessing somewhere near the Smokey Mountains. Love your block.

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  98. I Love Your Polka Party Block! Did you Polka at your Wedding? I Love Pepper Mint! She looks like she is Vacationing in Tennessee?

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  99. Your etsy shop is in North Carolina. Blue ridge mountains?

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  100. My guess would be Colorado... living in Kansas we don't have a view like that..
    thanks for this opportunity...

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  101. It looks very much like where we vacation a couple of times a year, The Smokies, so I'll go with that. Thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  102. Your block has inspired me to get busy and do it--so many possibilities. Thank you. My guess for Pepper Mint would be Colorado.

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  103. Those are definitely the Blue Ridge Mountains, is she in Carolina somewhere? That is as specific as I can get unless I guess somewhere near Virgina? congratulations on your wedding. Appears that is a very happy family in the picture. :)

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  104. Congratulations on your recent marriage and having your block included in this years Quiltmaker 100. I'm not sure where Pepper Mint is. Could be almost anywhere. I'll guess somewhere in North Carolina.

    Thank you for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. I'm from the UK, so really don't know where the photo is - I don't think it's Scotland, which is our hilliest area though.

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  106. Hmmm...kinda blue...kinda ridge....Blue Ridge Mts? Wow you have it going on....newly married, published in the issue...Congrats on all your recent accomplishments and life events :)

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  107. Looks like she is in the mountains at a cabin

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  108. I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (Blue Ridge Mtns)....and that scene is reminiscent of here or it could easily be the Smokies in TN. That's a hard one in order to be entered!

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  109. Congratulations on your wedding and having a published block. Being in Australia I really have no idea where the photo is taken, although I assume you honeymooned in your home state. However, it looks really beautiful and looks a bit like our "Blue Mountains" in NSW...so perhaps you travelled to Little Hartley, NSW Australia?

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  110. Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Visited last summer.

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