Friday, November 18, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 14 Blog Tour

Hello, and welcome to my little segment of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 14 Blog Tour.  I'm so happy you stopped by.  It's the last day of the tour.  I hope you've been visiting the designers all week long.  It's so much fun to see what other people are making and hear about the inspiration behind their blocks.

My block for this issue is "Twirly Dot".  It's block #1354.  The pattern for my block appears on page 38 in the Mixed Technique section of the magazine.  Twirly Dot is such a fun block to sew.  The piecing part of the block is quick and easy.  The color placement of the dots allows you to utilize your artsy style, plus it's a fabby block for digging into your scrap basket.

Do you have one of these in your sewing room?  Likely.  Do you have three kittens in your sewing room?  Probably not!  What do you do with your scraps?  Do you immediately cut and sort them for "future projects"?  Do you let them accumulate until they completely take over your sewing area?  Do you simply ~gasp!~ throw them away?  While the Twirly Dot block may not use up all of your scraps, it can make a dent in your basket.  Here are a few examples of different color combinations to play with:

The Lighter Side
If you don't care for the black background, consider using gray for the background fabric and white for the strips.

Surf and Sand
For a beachy look, use white for the background, sand for the strips, and various blues for the dots.

Denim Blues
Maybe your stash has a lot of one color in it.  I seem to have more blue than anything else.  You could sew a Twirly Dot block with a black background and blues (or whatever color you have handy) for the strips and the dots.

Carnival
Another option would be to sew the black and grey pieced blocks, and then randomly cut and place different color dots from your stash for a scrappy look.  Fun!

And now...for the giveaway.  I know you need a copy of Volume 14 for your collection.  Just look at all the colorful eye candy on the cover!  It makes me smile like sunshine through the Autumn leaves!
I hope I've inspired you with some fun color possibilities for the Twirly Dot block.  What is your favorite color combination?  Leave a comment below, and you'll be in the running for your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 14.  I'll randomly choose a winner for the issue.  To return to Quilmaker's blog, click here:  Quilty Pleasures Blog.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Have a colorful day,

Jennifer S. Thomas


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129 comments:

  1. My favorite color combination is your Denim Blues. That is just so pretty.

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  2. My favorite color combinations are rust, gold, and burgundy.

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  3. I really like your beachy color scheme!!

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  4. I like the colors in Carnival.

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  5. I would like to do one in reds an grays
    Email anna626297@yahoo.ca
    Anna

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  6. I like most colors, the brighter the better.Thanks for the chance to win. cjneubauer@iowatelecom.net

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  7. Blues and greens are my favorite combinations.

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  8. my favorite color combination is the Denim blues! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Great block. Think I'd do one in Easter egg colors...

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  10. My favorite combo is totally scrappy, any and all colors. I love pieced blocks with added applique. Your block would be the perfect block for using oodles of small scraps. Great design!

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  11. I love rainbows. So every one of your samples with color progression is my favorite. What fun! Thank you. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  12. I love red/white/blue and rainbow.

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  13. What a fun block. My favorite color combo is green and brown.

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  14. I love scrappy. And lots of color combinations. But if I had to pick one, it would be blue and yellow. Thanks!

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  15. Love your block, and you have totally inspired me!
    My favorite combo is purple and green!

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  16. Fun block. Right now I'm liking green/blue/violet combinations. Thanks.

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  17. I love the color combination of a soft gray background with warm oranges, yellows and pink circles.

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  18. Carnival. Looks like fun to make and even nicer to look at. Can watch TV and sew circles and not feel like my time is wasted. Thanks!

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  19. oooo love the blue and purples the most. :) fun way to use up scraps too.

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  20. I love your Twirly Dot, esp in the Carnival colors. Congrats

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  21. I love the color teal. I save all my scraps so your pattern will be very helpful to me. Gives me lots of ideas. funnylady93@comcast.net

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  22. I am really into red and grey right now.I bet that would look great with your block. Congratulations!
    sweetlildaisy5566@yahoo.com

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  23. Nice diffrent but great ideas tyty... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  24. I favor the Denim Blues block. Great design idea for the 100 blocks magazine.
    rozz01 at cox dot net

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  25. I like the black blue and purple colors. I've never done circles. Interested to see how easy it really is.
    Dawn

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  26. At this moment my "scrap" pile is wider and higher then you "scrap pile" as I sort thru for a landscape quilt in the back of my mind. I generally prefer dark saturated colors but enjoyed some of your lighter blocks in this design.

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  27. Carnival is my favorite - I like high contrast. Congratulations!

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  28. Love the picture with the kittens :-) Your block is fun and new! I like several of the colorways you showed. The beachy one caught my attention though. Nice design!
    Thank you for designing and participating in the blog tour!

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  29. I have WAY too many scraps, so this would be a great block to use. I like the blues and purples combination.

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  30. Love using purples and aquas. Thank you for showing the possibilities in your block.

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  31. I'm like the Carnival colorway. Congrats!

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  32. I like Denim Blues. I like your block but I don't have much luck sewing curves and circles; are the circles appliqué? tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  33. My favorite color combination is red, white and blue.

    Pat K
    yfg3749@yahoo.com

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  34. I'm a bright multi color combination kind of gal; so that's my pick!

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  35. What a fun block and one that can use up your scraps and make a colorful block and quilt. I store my scraps in plastic tubs...none of which is the same size as they don't stock the same container very long...or it takes me too long to fill a tub...living in Alaska you are grateful for what you can get! Thanks for sharing your wonderful block.

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  36. my favorite color combo is red and white....thank you for your block, I loved seeing the different color combinations

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  37. lately I have like the turquoise and gray combo but it will change again in the future..

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  38. I don't have three kittens in my sewing area, but I do have three cats. You have so many good color combinations in those blocks!

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  39. I love the denim blues version--very cool block!

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  40. Love the denim blues idea and your kittens are hilarious!!! Love them! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Jen thank you for the awesome variations of the block. I can see some table runners being made

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  42. I do have a scrap collection and it continues to grow. But no cats. I love all bright colors and love setting them against a black background where they can glow. Thank you for a great block.

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  43. What an amazing block! So many color options! It would make a very beautiful quilt. Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite color combo is pink and green.

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  44. I usually like RW&B quilts. I think your block would look great with a black background and the whole ROY G BIV spectrum in dots. I hope you will post a diagram from EQ with a layout of a whole quilt using your block.

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  45. Aqua and pale yellow, but your block definitely looks great in brights.

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  46. My favorite color is red put with white and blue. Thanks for the chance to win. cjneubauer@iowatelecom.net

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  47. I think you should call your kitties the "Scrap Distribution Expert Team"!
    I save up my scraps and once a year sew them together into different size blocks for future use.
    thanks!

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  48. Blue and white, red and white, grey/pink/lime, so many combos. Love color! ndfromsd at gmail. com

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  49. Of the examples you've shown, I like the denim one best (yeah, I have lots of blues, too), but it could be fun with black and neon colors.

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  50. Right now I am doing aqua, red and yellow. Neat block and what a great way to use up scraps.

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  51. I have always loved your stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!! Purple and lime greens.

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  52. Opps I am back--and I would love to have that pile of scraps to work with--but must also include those kittens--love love them for me--
    love and laughter, di

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  53. Very creative! I haven't ever seen a block like this! My favorite color is pink. But I've noticed when quilting I gravitate to Teal/Brown combinations.

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  54. I love your kitties! And I love the block - especially with the blues! Your block reminds me of my daughter who is an artist!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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  55. Interesting block. It looks like a challenge.

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  56. I like the Denim blues. Very flexible block; love using my stash.

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  57. Denim Blues and Carnival are my choices. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  58. I don't have 3 kittens, but I do have one big 16-year-old cat in my sewing room. Interesting block.

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  59. Blues and grays are in most of the quilts for my own use. My scrap bin is quite a bit smaller but I do not have those cuties to play in it either!

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  60. What a great block. I love the Denim Blues

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  61. I live Surf and Sand, it looks very breezy. I only have 1 cat, but she does lay on my fabric! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  62. I like the lighter side block. I like your purple flower quilt. It has been years since I had kittens: they do lo;e to play and would find lots of tubs of scrapes in my sewing room. I work and work at using the scrapes but more seem to arrive. I need to stop buying more fabric.

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  63. My favorite combination is Carnival. This is a great block!

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  64. Hi Jennifer. These magazines are always chock full of fantastic blocks. If you don't mind an Australian entering, I'd love to win this one :)

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  65. I really like the blues with the dark center.

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  66. congratulations. what a fun block. my kitty is now 10 years old. but he is part Russian Blue, and one of their traits is that they tend to be kittenish for a very long time. so fun. he is always with me, especially in my sewing area. he likes to be on top of things, lol. I really like to put my scraps in their bins as soon as I am done with cutting. right now my stash is relatively small so that is easy to do. my favorite color combinations right now are coral/turquoise.
    quilting lady 2 at Comcast dot net

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  67. I really love your Twirly dots. I would use a color wheel inspired setting in a quilt. Thanks for designing it.

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  68. I like your Twirly Dot block. My favorite is the denim blues. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  69. Your block could be a quilt, just as it is, enlarged! Fun. My favorite combo of colors right now is yellow/blue and a hint of green.

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  70. My quilting companion is an almost 13-year-old Shih Poo named Phoebe. She could hide beneath my piles of scraps, it seems. Congrats on your block and thanks foar sharing.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  71. Purple, lime and Turquoise. How fun your block is. lutzcats at yahoo dot com

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  72. I like the gray and scrappy version best.

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  73. I like your surf and sand combo.

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  74. I love all colors. Love scrap quilts.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  75. I like the color combination on the Carnival block.

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  76. I like the Carnival option. The jewel tones really pop on the dark background.

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  77. I have 6 kitties, but they are outdoor cats, so they only get into my sunroom. Though that is where the machine that I'm going to be doing the machine quilting on is located! I like the multicolor scrappy block best, it's what I would likely make.

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  78. I love color, but if I have to choose it would be grey as a neutral, teal and peach.

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  79. Great Block!! This hop as been so much fun! My favorite color combos usually involve blues/purples, love batiks. And I may not (yet!) have three little kittens in the pile, but my 5 adult cats seem to love my choices! They have so much fun in there I've accused my Husband of putting catnip in there just to see what a mess they can make! lol! Again, thanks for a great block!Happy Holidays! lstangl482 @ aol dot com

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  80. Nice block! My scrap basket looks like your scrap basket and I have 3 cats. At least 1 cat comes in with me. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  81. This could be made with yo-yo's also... what a great block for using up scraps... thank you so very much.
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  82. Your black and gray with the multicolored dots (the last one) is really showy. Thanks Kathy in snowy Colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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  83. Cute Twirly Block! Would love to see a whole quilt made up. I like your gray an pink combination. My favorite colors are pink and seaglass green.

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  84. I like deep red, bright green and ivory at the moment. In a Christmas mood!

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  85. What a Super block!! Love the Denim Blues best..kinda reminds me of a night sky too! My second choice is Carnival...happy colors! I save allll my scraps..no pets in house..husband has allergies to them...

    Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too :D

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  86. What a fascinating block! My favorite color combination is purple, green, and blue. bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  87. I like the Denim Blue version, as well as the Surf and Sand.

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  88. I'm enjoying using shades of purple and lime. Thanks for sharing your block.

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  89. I think my favorite is carnival. I would like to add some dimension and do the dots as yo-yos.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  90. I like the denim blue one and the gray background fabric one. this block will certainly allow one creativity to flow. Great block.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  91. I love the gray background, and can see using christmas reds and green with the gray background, or perhaps Fussy cutting with gray background. Congrats on your block being included in the issue.

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  92. I like the always classic blue and white combo.

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  93. My fav is Carnival. (the kittens are soooo cute! I used to have 3 but only have one 17 year old cat now who still thinks she's two)

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  94. Love a block that helps me use scraps. Very cute. Mine would be purple.

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  95. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal"netNovember 18, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    I love scrap quilts, so I love all kinds of combinations.

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  96. Nope, no kitties in my sewing room; sadly I am deathly allergic to them. I like your block with its linear movement, accentuated by the circles! My color choice at the moment is scrappy!

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  97. I am drawn to your Carnival coloring of this block, it makes me smile.
    Thank you for participating in this blog hop giveaway.

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  98. My favorite color combination is blues, aquas/turquoises, and purples with an accent of pinks. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  99. So many different looks with just one block. I love the "beach" look. I try to keep my little scraps sorted by colours in big clear jars. They're so pretty.
    remillsatamtelecomdotnet

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  100. Surf and Sand is calling to me. It feels calming.... Congrats on your block and thank you for showing it in different color combinations!
    trotskyn@att.net

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  101. I like the last one with multi color dots and grey.

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  102. I love your block in all the color combos you showed which makes it a very fun block to try out. Thanks. pjrquilter (at) msn (dot) com

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  103. I really like your block! I can never do circles well. Need to learn that skill. My scraps seem to grow into piles and piles. Love your kitties!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  104. I would love to see this block in desert sunset colors or in the colors of the rainbow. This looks like it would be fun to pick our the color choices. Maybe you could do a block in each color of the rainbow and then put it together into a quilt.

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  105. My favorite color combo of the moment is navy, gold, red, and a plummy purple. I just keep pulling those colors every time I start a project, no matter what the subject or for whom I'm making it.

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  106. yup, i need this issue. i'm collecting them and i have them all in a binder. there are just sew many cute blocks!
    My favorite is the beach version, followed by Carnival. i'm a fan of dark backgrounds with cheerful, happy colors on top.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  107. I too have a "helper" with my quilting. Oh, what a helper he is. At least he thinks he is helping. kaldred@bellsouth.net

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  108. What a great block!
    i'd use a rainbow combination

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  109. My favorite "color scheme" is scrappy but I'd also like to see this in neutrals too. From what you've shown, everything works!

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  110. Sweet scrap organizers! I really love the beachy block and think it would make a great table runner. barefootqltr1968 at g.m.a.i.l. dot com

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  111. Thanks for showing different colorways. I like 'the lighter side' best, but I can also imagine it in bright primary colors like a crayola box.

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  112. I love the blue vrsion very much!

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  113. I liked the beach/sand color combo the best, but all of them were wonderful and I can see how versatile this block is!

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  114. Your block really does look fun. I throw all my scraps into baskets or small boxes and have yet to really sort them. This block would definitely use some of them up. Of your color combinations Denim Blues is my favorite and I would probably make my block in similar colors.

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  115. Love the Carnival block. We don't have cats but do have a dog who is so naughty in the sewing room--stealing fabric strips.

    lleblanc_nd@yahoo.com

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  116. I love your block....the possibilities are endless! My favourite colour combinations usually depend on my mood of the day, LOL! But I do tend to default to greys with a pop of colour. Thank you for a chance at the give-away!
    Maureen
    mgw070 at rogers dot com

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  117. Congrats on a great block! I love Navy Blue w/ any other color that pops - right now tangerine! thanks!

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  118. I save my smallest scraps in a bucket with a lid on it for a crumb cake quilt I'm going to make someday.😁I like the carnival block best of all. Also, wouldn't it be cute if you used bright primary colors for a toddlers quilt?
    Thanks!

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  119. Great block - love the combination of piecing and applique.

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  120. Interesting block! I've been stuck on blues & yellows lately but been thinking about pink & green with a little tan or brown tossed in!

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  121. Loved your block & found it very interesting to actually see how changing the background fabric can totally change the block appearance. Thanks for your creativity.
    dixie(dot)mcadam(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. I so love the "Carnival" mix combination of colors, it's just darling!!!

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