Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 6 Blog Tour

Hello!  Welcome to the Curlicue Creations Blog, and my little segment of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 6 Blog Tour.  I'm so excited and honored to be included in yet another enchanting issue of 100 Blocks.  This magazine series just keeps getting better and better.  The blocks in this volume are just unbelievable!


Here's your sneaky-peek at the cover.


This is the block I made for the issue.  It's block #513, Tango.  I also made a quilt using my block that appears on page 15 of the magazine.  I thought for the tour today, I would take you on a photo journey through the process of making the quilt.


Here's my desk in my design studio, covered with pieces of a Tango block.  The fusible web has been applied and I am in the process of cutting out each piece.  You can see my original pattern sticking out from under my background fabric in the upper right hand corner.


Here is one of the Tango blocks, all fused together.


After fusing, I carefully zig-zag around the edge of each piece with a matching thread color.  I use the needle down feature and set my stitch width to 2, length 1.5.  I also set my machine for the slowest speed, and with the needle down, lift the presser foot to pivot often.


Here are the nine blocks I used in my quilt.  I laid them out on my kitchen table and rearranged them until I was happy with the effect.  You can see here how a secondary pattern emerges when the blocks are placed together in a quilt.


I sewed strips of batiks together to make a striped border for my quilt.



Here's a close up shot of some of the quilting.  I am free-motion quilting on my domestic machine.  I'm starting to get a little better at this.  


In the middle of quilting I had a presser foot emergency!  My quilting foot actually snapped in two.  I nearly panicked, as I live in a rural area.  I was lucky to find a replacement foot at the local sewing machine repair shop.  Whew!


For the Tango quilt, I sewed my first ever pieced backing.  I used leftover fabrics from the top and also a few coordinating fabrics and sewed them together in a fun and free style log-cabin type of design.  I like the back almost as much as the front.


And here's the Tango quilt.  I'm lovin' it!  I hope you like it, too.

Now for the giveaway!  Please leave a comment about...dancing.  I don't dance myself, so my quilt blocks do.  That's why I made the Tango block.  Do you dance?  If so, what is your favorite dance?  If not, what is your "dream" dance?  Would you like to Salsa, Two-Step, or maybe even Tango?  The randomly chosen winner will receive both a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 6, and also a copy of my latest block pattern, The Strippy Flowers Quilt Block Pattern.  

I've really been enjoying visiting all the designers on the blog tour this week.  Be sure to check them all out at Quiltmaker's Blog, Quilty Pleasures.  And please also visit my shop for more of my designs, Curlicue Creations.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a super day & Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

137 comments:

  1. Parabéns ,seu bloco é lindo e sua peça ficou um deslumbre.Eu danço.aprendi com um tio quando criança,subia em seus pés e ele dançava e ia falando para que lado estava indo,contava a origem ,e a batida da música para definir o estilo da dança.Lembro que tinha um tango de 22 passos,este eu não sei,pena...Minha paixão hoje são os boleros,mas gosto da saudosa discoteca.Anos idos e idade avançada já não permite tanta pirueta...Obrigada por oferta.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  2. My husband & I took shag lessons about 20 years ago. But he refused to practice in between lessons & I learned it's hard to practice holding onto a door knob. Thanks for sharing your block & thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. YOUR block is SOOOOOOOO COOL! Love how it sets up in a quilt! I would love to Swing Dance!

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  4. I do not dance, but your block is great!

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  5. I am too uncoordinated to do much dancing. Some of the fitness classes I take have a little bit of a dance element to them and I assure you, it's not pretty.

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  6. Great block. Love how the quilt looks in with the different colors!
    I am not a dancer. But if I could I would love to dance Foxtrott.

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  7. I really like your and it sure does dance! I'm not a dancer either but I enjoy watching it. I think I would like to learn hip hop.

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  8. I don't dance except silly dancing with my daughter.

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  9. WOW, that's a block!! Dancing?? Don't do it, have NO rhythm. lol!!

    thanks for the fun!!

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  10. I love dancing and my husband not. So I choose belly dance and I enjoy it. I tried pole dance - it is fun and very energetically expensive.

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  11. Your block is so amazing!! I do not dance, but I would love to learn. I had the very same thing happen with my darning foot! I was in the middle of machine quilting and it broke!! I took it back to the Bernina store and they asked me "What were you doing??" Duh...... machine quilting!!! This time I got a metal foot and have had no problem since. Enjoy your dance :-)

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  12. I love to watch Dancing with the Stars - does that count. You block is amazing and does dance. Love the secondary pattern.

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  13. Love your block and it does seem to dance.

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  14. I don't dance,but my favorite is ballet. wish I could do anything! LOL! Love your block!

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  15. I have always wanted to be able to jive. I fear I have left it too late in life now.

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  16. The one thing about my hubby that I would change...he would love to dance. I used to dance more, but he HATES it.

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  17. Love you block. It sure does dance. My husband doesn't dance, so the only dancing I've ever done was the Two-Step when going out with the office group to a local country western place.

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  18. I think it would be fun to learn how to belly dance!

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  19. I love to Salsa dance but I'd love to learn some ballroom dancing, something classic that we could do anywhere. Thanks.

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  20. No dancing for me....I still have memories of ballroom dancing/cotillion on the second Friday evening of the month when I was in 7th and 8th grades. It was enough to get me through high school dances, but luckily I married someone who only takes to the dance floor after way too much alcohol.

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  21. Used to dance when the hips moved freely. Now I just look plain silly! No Cloris here.

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  22. I enjoy a good two step or polka now and again. Not really much of a dancer though. love your unique block!

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  23. Nope, don't dance anymore but once in grade 5, I square danced for our city's centennial celebration! That was in the 60's!

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  24. Your Tango block is gorgeous! I took dancing and danced in my elementary years but as I got older I love to set and appreciate it on television:)

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  25. Hi Jennifer, this is Diane from Quiltmaker. I really like your quilt! Great work on your post, too. Thanks!

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  26. Super block!! I, also, have had the same accident. All metal is the way to go! And I don't dance but, if I did, it would salsa, I think. Great giveaway...thanks!

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  27. I don't dance but love watching it...Dancing witht he stars? =) Congrats on getting your block in the magazine! Love your block!

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  28. Great block!
    I don't dance either but I love to watch 'Strictly Come Dancing' here in the UK! my favourite is the tango!

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  29. I don't dance, but you're right, your quilt blocks do!!

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  30. I love to watch dancing shows on TV, that is all the dancing I do!
    Love your block!

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  31. I don't dance. What is wrong with us!!! But when my daughter got married, she was led by her new husband in the sweetest dance to the music "Sway." She didn't know in advance how it would turn out. At one point, he gently dipped her way back and I could see her face and eyes, both smiling! What a memory. Thanks for the block--Bold & Beautiful!

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  32. I love dancing and you're right -- your blocks *do* dancing!! I'm not doing any myself for the time being; I had a third foot surgery yesterday and I'm non weight bearing for the next couple of weeks! But I love to waltz and ballet and jazz and ... well, I really just enjoy moving to music! Your block is beautiful -- congratulations on being included! :)

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  33. Not a dancer, but I do love to view a ballet now and then. And I love to see the performances of my grand-niece's dance troupe.

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  34. I don't dance, but would love to learn the waltz.....lovely block and yes the layout does make it dance.

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  35. I don't dance now but back in Jr High I was ina square dance group and loved it!!!! Hubby's not interested so that's not gonna happen anytime soon.
    Love teh block and the secondary design is awesome!

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  36. Well....I used to go to all the sock hops and dances at school and such but haven't danced in a public place since high school!!! I DO dance at home, but no one knows it but me!! Makes me feel good to dance to a favorite song I hear on the radio! Music makes housework a little more pleasant, too!! Your block is so cool! Love it! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Volume 6!!

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  37. My Dream Dance would be the Waltz. The people who waltz look so graceful.

    Thank you for a chance to win.

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  38. I don't dance but I would love to learn ballroom dancing. Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. I like to watch ballroom dancing but not participate .

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  40. the only dance i do is the happy dance when i finish a quilt!

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  41. I love your block...it SINGS to me! I've always liked to dance but have never had a sweetie that wants to dance with me (boo-hoo!). Sew I guess I'll stick with singing...La-la-la :-)

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  42. I dont dance now but when I was younger the twist was my favorite.

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  43. I love your block and the secondary pattern effect it creates.

    I am not much of a dancer myself. Both of my children take dance class and I enjoy watching them as they are learning new stuff.

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  44. I don't dance, got two left feet! However I would love to be able to waltz as it's so graceful looking. And your block does dance - it gets the trophy for dancing.

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  45. I only dance when I'm home alone with the radio cranked up:) The Bee Gees do rather well.

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  46. I was 8 when my ballet teacher told my mother she was wasting her money. I was heartbroken, but she was right. So, I must imagine myself doing graceful leaps & turns in my head.

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  47. I don't dance--I'm not very coordinated. I would love to swing, if I could dance. Thanks for the chance to win--love your block and the quilt you made with it!

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  48. Well Matt and I love the movie Urban Cowboy ha ha so he actually said he would like to learn that type of dancing with me. Whatever its called hee hee. Love your blocks :)

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  49. Thank you for the "walk through" on making your block. It is way cool in all the different colors. I don't dance anymore --- husband has bad knee and ankle, but I used to love to slow dance with him.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  50. LOL. My favorite dance is called "Not looking like an idiot on the dance floor" dance. So, since that will never happen, I dance with my grand kids who only care that I do it, not what I look like! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Love your block - thanks for sharing!

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  51. I would love to be able to dance but alas it is better if I don't. I enjoy the older dances, swing, ballroom, etc. It is probably my age but the newer dancing seems more like gymnastics at times.

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  52. Wow your block looks very intricate and hard. You must of put so much time and effort into it, and it payed off. I only dance when I'm washing the dishes and it's more of a giggle and a little swing here and there. Thanks. Vivian

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  53. I love to "freeform anything that goes with the music" dancing, mostly in private. Love this block-so versatile! Tamsyn

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  54. Love your block and quilt! I think I flunked out of tap dance as a child, so I don't dance at all in public, but I do a mean Elaine from Seinfeld dance when I'm alone!

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  55. =) I don't dance. I love the music that goes with Zumba. They had an event at the mall and that looked fun, but I'm way too self-conscious to dance.

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  56. Dance. I have no rythm when it comes to that so I hold my shih tzu's paws and dance them. They love it.

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  57. I'm not a dancer :) but my 15 months son love to dance :)

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  58. I am not a dancer but enjoy watching other talented people dance. I would like to learn to salsa dance. It looks like so much fun and lots of exercise.
    Your blocks are great and I love the secondary designs that they make. I am a new fan of pieced backs. They are so much fun.

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  59. Love your block and really like it that you used different color combinations together. I have to be the worst dancer. My husband is so light on his feet and dances so nice. But we just can't dance together. So all I would like to learn is to be able to follow him if we were ever to dance again. LOL

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  60. I used to square dance with my parents. It was fun. Lots of exercise, for sure. The tango is a beautiful dance, too. I like your Tango block and I am so glad that this has become part of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 6 blog tour. Thaank you for the chance to win.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  61. I love the blue and black combination, really stunning contrast.
    I don't dance anymore, too much for my joints, but I used to do a mean twist, lol.

    Debbie

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  62. I love to dance! I studied dance as well, but I personally like to 'rock out'. However, I don't know the Salsa, and that is a dance I DO want to learn! Your block is exciting - I love the versatility.

    -Sandy
    wrybbunz@gmail.com

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  63. My husband and I can really tear up the dance floor with the Texas two step. Really nice block, congrats and thanks for the chance to win.
    mhinders@myclearwave.net

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  64. What a fun block, I love the secondary design when they are set together. I don't dance much but like to do the "Cha Cha Slide" line dance because the song tells you exactly what to do! Plus if you make a mistake, there's probably someone else in the crowd making mistakes too. It adds to the fun.

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  65. I don't dance but wish I could. I have 2 left feet and no rhythm but love watch dancing of any kind. My favorite is the scene in the movie "Dirty Dancing" at the end of the movie. Gives me goosebumps!

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  66. Lovely block, I love to dance period. However, I am a loyal fan of Dancing With The Stars, and would love to learn the Tango.

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  67. what a cool block which makes such an awesome quilt. thanks for the giveaway. I don't dance but if I did I would love to do the Argentine Tango.

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  68. I don´t dance, but I´ve always wished I could dance ballet :) BTW Your block is lovely!!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  69. Love your block! It made a very pretty quilt!
    I don't dance any more unless it a "potty dance" to get to the bathroom! LOL!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  70. I don't dance, or care to dance, haha. I really like Tango. It's awesome. I'm glad you were able to fix your pressure foot as well ;) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  71. There is a little ditty I used to sing to my late father: "I cain't sing and I cain't dance but I can do most everything."
    Watching someone else dance is the best choice for me.
    I really like your block and the secondary design setting.

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  72. That's a really great block! Now I have yet another quilt I need to make! I don't dance, but I guess my "dream" dance would be the waltz from the Sound of Music movie, when Maria and the Captain first dance together. It was a very romantic scene and I love watching that complicated dance every time I see the movie.

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  73. I don't dance, but if I did....I think Salsa would be for me! Love the very cool block you designed!

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  74. I love to dance! I'm learning to West Coast Swing and it's a LOT of fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. I love to dance, slow dancing with my husband! Doesn't matter what music as long as I'm in his arms!
    lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  76. I told my husband - last Christmas - that I wanted a dance at midnight on new years. Neither of us dance, but he remembered and I got my slow dance with him.

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  77. Salsa would be it for me. lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  78. I dont dance much but would hav loved to know the formal ballroom stuff. Thanks for the chance!

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  79. I used to dance, now I only embarse my daughter and dgd at home, it was the stuff we did in the 70's..but I love Country Swing dance best of all.
    Love the Tango quilt and the secondary pattern!

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  80. I don't dance, I would need rhythm for that. I do something dance like with the grand kids.

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  81. I can't dance much, but my favorite dance was dancing with my son at his wedding last fall. Great block!

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  82. The closest I come to dancing is Zumba class once a week. I'm not too graceful, but it is fun.

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  83. I do not dance but I love to watch ballet! I find it relaxing and beautiful. I love your block and thank you for the chance to win the magazine!

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  84. I love to dance, but have not for quite awhile. My favorite is tap!!

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  85. Love any kind of line dance...and your block!

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  86. I love to dance! Any dancing will do....you put the music on & I'm good to go! Love your block & thanks for a chance at the give-away!
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  87. Great block - and quilts - Congrats on getting it published. I'm not much of a dancer now, but once my husband and I won a twist contest!!! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  88. Love your block and I am going to have to admit that I AM NOT COORDINATED.......I do enjoy the CHICKEN DANCE....LOL

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  89. I enjoy square dancing and my dream dance would be to learn to swing dance!

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  90. I love to dance, even if I am not good at it. (plus I am an Old Quilter) but my husband of almost 50 years and I took line dancing lessons years ago. What a great time we had. I love you block too.

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  91. My favorite dance is the jitterbug. I was in high school in the 50's and the days of American Bandstand.

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  92. Love the quilt. I don't dance. I do sway a lot, though, when the music is on.

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  93. I don't dance anymore, but I used to love to do the Texas Two Step!

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  94. My favorite dance? "Hang on and sway"

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  95. Your block is really nice and I love the way it looks in the quilt. I like to dance to rock and roll. My granddaughter is a wonderful dancer. She is 14 now and has been taking lessons since age 5.

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  96. I used to dance all night, but alas I'm too big and old to dance anymore except in my dreams.

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  97. I like to jitterbug. But not very good. You blocks are great. Thank you for sharing.

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  98. Nice block and very colorful quilt. Don't dance, never did, not interested. Love to watch my little grand daughter at ballet though. Thanks!

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  99. two step. would love to ballroom dance Waltz

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  100. I love dancing but when I made my "wish list" of what I'd want if I ever married again...I forgot to write dancing on the list. I did get 23 out of the other 23 items but I missed dancing. Then, I discovered Zumba! It's like going out dancing with all your friends without the sleezy guys or having to buy overpriced drinks! Of course, I think my younger daughter may have been traumatized by watching all these middle aged ladies dance a time or two! pbstrand@msn.com

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  101. Love to watch people dance the Tango almost as much as I like your quilt block. Enjoy looking at your work!

    Pat

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  102. Ooh I really love your block. Dance? About the closest I will get to dance is watching it on TV while I EAT my Salsa. ha.

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  103. Awesome block! I'm not much of a dancer, but my husband and I love "belly-rubbing" music!

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  104. Long ago, we learned the Lindy in a college P. E. class. It was a lot of fun. Congrats on your block and thanks for the chance to win!

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  105. If I could only do the Boogie-Woogie, like they did it in the old days.........

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  106. I love your block and quilt. I don't dance because my husband won't dance. :-( But I used to dance and I love the two-step. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  107. Your Tango quil is beautiful. I don't dance but wish I could Rhumba with my husband.

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  108. I have been dancing almost as long as I can remember! I took ballet and tap lessons as a child, and I still remember all the ballet positions and how to do a triple time step in tap! I took ballroom dancing as a gym class in college (the cha-cha is my favorite ballroom dance), and even took belly dancing lessons at one point!

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  109. Great block I love it made into a guilt. I am not much of a dancer. I did take a tap dancing class when I was in college and loved it so I guess if I had a chance I would love to get better at that.

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  110. This is an amazing block! I don't actually know how to do any dance but the polka (lots of Polish weddings). I'd love to take ballroom dancing lessons!

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  111. I guess my favorite couple dance is the Twist--it's the only one my husband will actually do with me.

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  112. I love to dance but don't do it often enough. Maybe that's what I should do this weekend!
    wlinda_ca(at)yahoo.com

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  113. I love your block and I love to be able to do the Salsa dance.

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  114. I can't dance either, but I think looking at your tango block and following it that I might be able to do the TANGO.

    Thanks for sharing. Love the color blending.
    Sandie in
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  115. What an awesome block and quilt! I don't get the opportunity to dance much, but I would love to learn how to do the salsa.

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  116. Give me an elegant, old fashioned waltz any time. Your block is great.
    swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  117. When I was a little girl of four, my parents gave me dance lessons (ballet and tap) in hopes I would gain coordination because I was such a clutz. Thanks for the chance to win. mcdowallrc@gmail.com

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  118. I'm more of a watcher than a dancer, but I wouldn't mind learning how to do the west coast swing.

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  119. What a fun block and an amazing quilt! What a talented gal you are! I grew up at the end of the disco era. I had my dancing shoes on all the time, hehe. I can line dance but most of my dancing now includes doing the "hokey pokey" with my grandson.

    Thank you and Quiltmaker for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  120. I don't dance per se, but I try to Zumba.

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  121. Your block is really nice. I don't dance.

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  122. I'm not a dancer, but I enjoy watching Dance Moms on Lifetime. Does that count? lol

    Love your block and the quilt is fantastic!

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  123. I have 3 left feet when it comes to dancing and no sense of rythym! I would so love to glide across the dance floor with a prince charming to a waltz! But, I will just have to dance in my dreams and let my quilting be my creative expression. First reaction to quilt block---WHOA what a dynamic design!

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  124. I'm not a dancer, but last night we watched a tape of our grand-niece, who is 8, participating in a salsa contest. Now I know where the dancing talent landed in our family. So cute!

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  125. I don't really dance - even my aerobics moves are hideous :). I would love to learn to tango!

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  126. I really loved square dancing in school. I don't dance anymore but that is what i would like to do if i did. thanks Scarlette shobbs@scarlette.com

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  127. I don't really dance, but I enjoy watching ballroom dancing, especially the waltz.

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  128. I CAN'T dance, never could. My family used to do a lot of German Waltzes at weddings and such. They were always fun, but I don't remember how to do them.

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  129. What an amazing block and I love the effect in the quilt. I am not a dancer at all!!

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  130. I do not dance. I have hardly any rhythm. I would love to be able to do the Tango though. It always looked like fun. I love your block, it "moves" in a quilt. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine

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  131. Sigh...I don't dance either. The closest I come is t'ai chi.

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  132. I don't dance, but would love to have a long slow waltz with my hubs. :)

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  133. Amazing block! Love the quilt you made. I guess my fanatsy dance to learn would be the tango. That dance looks amazing when I seeThanks for sharing and for your giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com it.

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  134. I don't dance either, but I do love to watch graceful people dance.

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  135. I don't dance, either, but I can enjoy watching my girls when they dance on the ice during figure skating! Love watching them and the coach twirl around the ice. Thanks for sharing a lovely block!

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  136. I love to dance, specially S-A-L-S-A!!!

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