Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks - Volume 10!!!!! That's 1000 Blocks - a lot of blocks!

Welcome to my blog!

Hope you'll have the time to visit and comment so I have a chance to give away some copies of the magazine. The magazine is chock full of amazing blocks - they get better with each issue!

Here's my block, Tulip Flurry(page 19, #904), inspired by my love of tulips and a trip to The Netherlands in 2013, took a while to percolate. I used raw edge applique with a collection of batiks and Misty Fuse for the fusible. Such a great product... love that it doesn't change the hand of the fabric yet holds all those little bits nice and secure while they're stitched down.


I design exclusively in EQ7, (even teach EQ7 all over the place and design for Quilting Treasures) such a great and powerful program.
So, besides the quilt on page 14 of the magazine (notice the little tulips in the corners), here's a glimpse of some other quilt designs I popped Tulip Flurry into. As there was a time crunch getting the quilt to QM, the applique vine went by the wayside but I do like the way it repeats the tulips and greenery out to the border.



This one is sans applique, but still very pretty. I would be fun to choose the strata fabrics for the corners - now, that could use up some scraps.And who doesn't love a scrap quilt - so much to explore and such vibrancy and movement!



And lastly, I create a label for the quilt using the quilt design in EQ, how much more custom can you get? - yes, I am a bit obsessive.
I did get so inspired seeing all the varieties of tulips at Keukenhof in The Netherlands, here are some pictures for you to enjoy!




Hope you've enjoyed visiting my blog, I'm always posting pictures of my customer quilts as well as what I'm up to in my own designs, so check back in again.
 Enjoy the Blog Tour!




286 comments:

  1. What a nice block .I Like tulips. I Like springtime. You did a great job tot design a block Like this. Thanks

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  2. Your block is so pretty. I think it would great for a table centerpiece if the flowers were appliqued on a round background fabric. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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    1. That a great idea - then a little tulip vine around the perimeter!

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  3. Lovely tulip block! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Always love seeing flowers of any kind, but tulips have got to be a favorite, bought a "finger vase" for them too which really makes them look spectacular!

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  4. Your block is gorgeous! Love how you framed it and made a matching label too! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. It's so easy to make a matching label in EQ7, basically just a tiny version of the quilt printed onto fabric.. easy peasey.

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    1. Thanks! Tulips must be universally loved.

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  6. What a nice block and quilt layout! I have used the Misty Fuse with great success, too, and I love batiks!

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    1. Once you get the hang on Misty Fuse it's hard to go back to the others - can't even tell it's in there.

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  7. I love your block and tulips are my favorite as well.

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  8. My late MIL would have flipped over your block. She used to love to visit the tulip fields in Skagit Valley, WA. Sure she would have loved to go to Holland too.
    Your block reminds me of an antique block, Think it is Windblown Tulips. Appreciate seeing it set into a quilt. Lovely

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    1. The tulip fields weren't quite at peak when we were there - colder than usual winter - but the daffodils and hyacinths were filling the fields with color.

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  9. Love the bright colors and the flower photos. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Love light aqua as a background for jewel tones - they make each other sparkle!

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  10. Love the motion! Thanks for pics of the tulips too :) congrats on being in the 100!

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    1. Quilts that have motion intrique me, it's a quality in a block that I seek when I'm designing.

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  11. i can see why you were inspired by the tulip pictures...they are gorgeous....and your block is beautiful too! reminiscent of the 30s quilt updated and improved....and hello from a fellow new englander! thanks for participating

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    1. Hi fellow New Englander - where are you? So glad to see the sunshine today, yesterday was just way too dreary. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  12. Such a versatile applique - and tulips - a favorite of mine. Love, Love Love it!

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    1. Just honing my machine applique skills and very pleased with the way this one came out. Glad you like it!

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  13. Love the block, love the colors, love the very cool label;-)

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  14. Gorgeous Tulip quilt and pictures are equally beautiful.

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  15. Congrats, thanks for sharing. Your block is fabulous. I love the motion it shows.

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    1. Always drawn to quilts and blocks that have motion and things to explore. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  16. Great block congratulations on making the book.

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  17. Awesome applique.
    Congrats on having your block published in the Quilt Makers 100 Block Magazine.

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    1. Thanks! Doing a lot of practice on machine applique as I'm traditionally a piecer, and loving the detail that applique adds.

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  18. Interesting block. Raw edge fusible is my favorite way to go. Love the colors you used - looks very spring like.

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    1. Love a light aqua background with jewel tones on top.... and raw edge fusible applique too!

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  19. Great block! Looks very fun and lively!

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  20. Fabulous block! There are tulip gardens not far from where I live. The owners are from The Netherlands. My son worked for them one summer and I always had a fresh bouquet of tulips during bloom time. Your post spurred a great memory. Thanks.

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    1. What a wonderful memory! Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you'll come back soon.

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  21. That is a lovely block and your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for the great flower pics too.

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    1. That's only a small amount of the tulip pix I took, DH thought I was being a big obsessive but so enjoy looking at them.

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  22. Congrats on getting your block in the book. It looks great

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    1. Thanks! Always fun to design in EQ7, no end to the possibilities!

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  23. Thanks for sharing your love of tulips, great block design.

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  24. I love your tulip block and quilt. It reminds of spring! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. And spring can't come soon enough - and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Thanks for visiting my blog - hope you'll visit again!

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  25. What a beautiful block and I love blocks based on our memories and experiences. That would make a beautiful quilt for the spring.

    Debbie

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    1. Now there's a thought, next year is a show year for one of my guilds and haven't decided on a quilt to make yet...hmmmmm.
      Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thank you! Always enjoy designing in EQ7 - easy and fun. Hope you'll visit my blog again.

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  27. I love how your block swirls! And, wow! The quilt is awesome! Congrats!

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    1. LOVE motion in a block and thinking of making a full size quilt with this block, maybe even the viney one above.

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  28. Lovely! Applique was my first love in quilting...now I like it all!

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    1. Thank you! Working on refining my machine applique - getting a bit better each time.

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  29. Your tulip block is gorgeous - very symetrical.

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  30. I just love tulips and you have created a block that does have vibrancy as well as movement. Such vibrant colors. Thank you for being a part of QM 100 Blocks, Volume 10 blog tour. This is a magazine to be enjoyed over and over again.

    Sandi Timmons
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  31. Thank you! Always LOVE designing in EQ7 and such fun to see my work in QM.

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  32. Such a lovely block! sarah@forrussia.org

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  33. My sister in law LOVES tulips and today is her birthday! I think I know what she might get for NEXT year! ;-)

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    1. Great idea - it's a pretty easy block especially using Misty Fuse with raw edge applique. Happy Birthday to your sister!

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  34. Love your tulip block and the pictures from your trip. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thank you - it was a great trip and Keukenhof was the grand finale - what a treat!

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  35. Great tulips!!! I adore fusible applique and this is gorgeous as the medallion in the quilts you designed.

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    1. Thanks - yes, I do think it enlarged well and gives the center lots of movement.

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  36. I like your block together with the applique it looks stunning!. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog - glad you like the applique - still working on my machine applique skills - coming along.

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  37. Very nice block. And your flower pictures are stunning. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. LOVE flowers of just about any kind - Keukenhof was such a stunning setting!

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  38. I like your block Pat - tulips are one of my favourite flowers!

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    1. Thanks - I LOVE tulips too - can you tell?! I was amazed at the varieties - one more glorious than the next.

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  39. Hmm - first post didn't appear to work, so I'll try again! Most of the tulip patterns I've seen have them sticking straight up. I really like the unique way you swirled them around!

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    1. Thanks! I love movement in blocks.. and quilts too. Makes them more fun to explore.

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  40. Beautiful block! Love the circular motion and tulips. Thanks!

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    1. Always think of tulips blowing in a spring breeze - so movement was on my mind as I designed.

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  41. Your tulip pictures are beautiful! I can see how they have inspired you. I love your block. I love the way it just flows.

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    1. Thanks - flower shapes and their colorations are always so inspiring - nature is amazing!

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  42. Love the freshness of your tulips. Thanks Drhodes9@cox.net

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    1. Thanks, they add a breath of spring ( and it's not even winter yet!)

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  43. I am a tulip lover as well - combinations of yellow and red tulips are my favorite. Your pictures of the Netherlands are just wonderful - I want to go! And I really like your block. Definitely going to make this one.

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    1. A trip to The Netherlands is a visit to a beautiful country with friendly people - not to mention the flowers everywhere!

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  44. Love the way you have been able to take your inspiration and make it into such a lovely block! Tulips are so gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks - inspiration is just everywhere!

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    1. Thanks - I was pleased with the way it came out, love using a light aqua batik with jewel tones - really makes the tulips sparkle.

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  46. Beautiful block and you found the perfect way to frame it!

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    1. Thanks - always fun to play in EQ7 and try different borders and settings with a click of the mouse!

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    1. They are such a beautiful part of Spring! Always buy them at the store the minute I see the - especially the red ones!

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  48. I love tulips. Your pictures certainly are a great inspiration for a phenomenal block. The folks who design in EQ7 are making me think about it more and more. Congrats on the publish in such a great magazine.

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    1. I did draw my own applique in EQ7, tweaking until I got it right with the shape tool. EQ7 is an amazingly powerful program, I teach it all over, tons of fun!

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  49. Love your block it's so happy like spring.
    Greetings from Germany
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    1. Glad you enjoy it! Tulips must be beautiful in your country in the spring!

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  50. Your block is beautiful! Can't wait to get this magazine, thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. The magazine has so many beautiful blocks - you'll enjoy it!

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  51. I really love this block....must be because of my Dutch heritage!

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    1. Could be - you have tulips in your blood! And the wind in The Netherlands would explain why the block has such movement - LOL!

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  52. You are so right. Just when you think you have seen all the blocks possible, here comes new and more innovative ones. Love your block and I am fixing to try to learn EQ7 myself.

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    1. Learning to use EQ7 is so worth. Look for classes near you at the EQ site, they're out there and classes make the learning more fun!

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    1. Thanks Tina, love to use light aqua to make those jewel tones sparkle and was very pleased with the way the enlarged block created a beautiful quilt.

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  54. The quilt is gorgeous with your block in the center, I love the colors you used.

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    1. Love having lots of value contrast in my quilts - makes those colors and fabrics really stand out!

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  55. Pat - your Tulip Flurry is so pretty. I've just started to try applique. I think I need to practice a little more before trying this one. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I'm still practicing with machine applique too, getting a little better every time and always looking for tips and tricks to get it even better!

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  56. Very, very pretty, congratulations!! i can't enjoy my tulips, the deer eat them. :(

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    1. So... you must need a tulip quilt - one that the deer can't wipe out!

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  57. A lovely fresh looking block... it would be a great medallion quilt center!

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    1. Make sure to look for the medallion quilt of my block in the magazine

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  58. Fun block to make and especially to incorporate into the border like you have in one of the quilts. Your trip must have really been inspiring with all those gorgeous flowers!

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    1. Adding the little tulips to the corners was a last minute inspiration - like to repeat motifs when I have the chance - gives the finished quilt more unity.

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  59. beautiful pictures , it's so cold and grey right now that they brighten the day

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    1. We finally have a beautiful, bright day, had the drearies yesterday. Glad my little block brightened your day!

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  60. It is like a pinwheel of colorful flowers. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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    1. I love blocks (and quilts) with movement, this was has a built in spring breeze!

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  61. Beautiful created block. I have never used E7.

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    1. EQ7 is amazing - so much fun to design a quilt then play with the colors and other effects, really adds to the design possibilities.

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  62. EQ7 is amazing and I recommend the new tutorial books - they take out the frustration and make learning much more fun!

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  63. What beautiful blocks! Makes me think of spring. Thank you so much for sharing. SO glad that EQ7 now works on the MAC. No more Windows/Parallels for me. Such freedom is wonderful.

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    1. A number of students in my classes are now running EQ7 on Mac - so much easier. SO glad they developed the Mac version.

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  64. A lovely block, and what a great remembrance of your trip!

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    1. Strongest memories of the trip were the flowers and the lovely, friendly Dutch people. Beautiful country!

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  65. Love your tulips. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks, they were fun to design and turn into a quilt.

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  66. That is a beautiful block. Nice to hear about misty fuse too as I have never tried it. Congratulations on having your block in the magazine.

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    1. Just follow the directions on the Misty Fuse, I use parchment paper rather than a teflon sheet - works for me! Glad you enjoyed my block.

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  67. Fabulous block, love how you used the design in the borders.

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    1. That was a last minute addition of tiny tulips - so cute - keep the eye moving around the quilt too!

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  68. Tulip Flurry looks like a water flower with its sense of movement. Very beautiful and a nice result from your trip inspiration.

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    1. Thanks! Always finding inspiration in nature!

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  69. Interesting block. Love the movement in it!

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    1. Can't you just envision tulips blowing in a spring breeze?

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  70. Thanks for the tulip tour, and the lively block you designed, Kathy in Colo repzjr at plains dot net

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I was in CO in Sept - beautiful state!

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  71. Pat, what a beautiful block. Thank your for showing the different designs for completed quilts. It shows how much that extra border with the vines added to the quilt making it so sophisticated. Your trip to the Netherlands looks like it was in the spring when the bulbs are blooming. Lovely. Rochelle

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    1. Yes, took a river cruise in April, 2013. Glad you liked my extra designs, always fun to play in EQ7 with all the border options.

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  72. Beautiful block Pat! Congratulations and thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
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  73. Love the patterns. Maybe I will have to take up appliqué again. Do the patterns lend themselves to needle-turn appliqué?

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    1. Thanks Susan. They could be done in needle turn, but I prefer raw edge with Misty Fuse as a fusible - doesn't change the hand of the fabric.

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  75. Fun modern appliqué style. I love the triangular outside border in the appliqué version of your quilt.

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    1. Thanks - I LOVE pieced or detailed borders, they add such much to a quilt!

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  76. Seeing your beautiful tulips makes me think of Spring, and that's no easy feat, since the temperature outside with wind chill is close to 0.
    It's way too early for those temps, making me wonder what winter will bring! lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks - chilly here today too. I figure if winter is starting early, it must be ending early too!

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  77. I am really enjoying the photos that your posted. Love your block

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    1. I took a tons of pix of tulips - so beautiful and full of inspiration for the next quilt - LOL!

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  78. Beautiful pictures!! and beautiful block!! Love it.

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  79. now I know what to do with those batik leaves and flowers I just had to have!

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    1. Now that they're aged enough, you can use them!

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  80. Very pretty block and I love the tulips!

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  81. Thanks! Spring flowers are so vibrant against the grayness of winter (around here anyway).

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  82. Amazing block! Thanks for the giveaway. The blocks are always inspiring.

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  83. Tulip Flurry is very pretty. Lots of movement. I'll have to try MistyFuse one of these days.

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    1. Love movement in my blocks and quilts - makes them more interesting. Misty Fuse is easy to use, just follow the directions, I use parchment paper instead of the teflon sheets - works for me!

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  84. I love tulips too and yours is very lovely!

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  86. What a wonderful block. The tulip pictures from the Netherlands are gorgeous. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine.

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    1. Thanks - glad you enjoyed this pictures - it's a beautiful country!

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  87. Tulips are usually the first flowers to bloom in our yard each spring. Lovely block!

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    1. Thanks - yes, you know spring is truly coming when the bulbs start to pop!

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  88. Always love tulips. Very beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the block. So much inspiration in the magazine - hope you win a copy!

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  89. Very nice! You cannot go wrong with nature!

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    1. No, you surely can't, between the color combinations and all the shapes - amazing!

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  91. Your block is lovely and such a welcome sight today - another snowed-in, subzero, freezing rain, perfect for looking at (and making!) lovely quilts day here in southern Idaho! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  92. Brrrr - not anywhere near that cold here in Rhode Island - don't envy you. But... I bet a lot of quilting goes on in those temps. Glad you enjoyed my block - stay warm.

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  93. very pretty tulip block...so talented!

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  94. Your block is so graceful. I love it!

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    1. Thank you, played with the tulip stems quite a bit to get them to look right.

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  95. Congratulations! Your block is very pretty.

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  96. I lived in the Netherlands for 10 months, and love their tulips, real or in quilts!

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    1. A beautiful country and Keukenhof was amazing - could have spent days there!

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  97. I wish I could applique, as this block is very cool. I love the 1st version of the quilt with all the extra applique in the border. Thanks for sharing your talent and for the giveaway.

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  98. Very pretty! I like the movement of the vines and tulips in the border too.

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    1. The vine was an original thought until I got the deadline for the quilt and the vines went by the wayside. May go back and do another one complete with vines!

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  99. Thank you for the photos of all the lovely tulips. Your block design is lovely, and it has such great movement. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.
    swalker287(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks - glad you enjoyed the tulip pix and the block, enjoyed designing it and making the wallhanging.

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  100. I like that the Tulips are whirling around in this block.

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    1. In my mind, the more movement, the better. I always think of tulips dancing in the breeze...

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  101. Thanks for the fun blog. I like how colorful you quilt is.

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    1. Love color - working on a color workshop and a color lecture for next year to share my love of color!

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  102. Flowers never are out of style and tulips always bring cheer!

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  103. I love tulips & I love your block! Thanks for the chance to win.

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