Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Beautiful Math block: Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

NOTE: This giveaway has now closed.  :)

Hello there, and welcome to day two of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour!  I'm super excited to say that I have a block in the volume five issue, hitting newsstands any day now.  If this is your first time stopping by my blog, welcome!


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My block is in some wonderful company in this issue, alongside fabulous blocks from some of my super talented friends Lee, Faith, Katie, and Melissa.  You can find my block, #457, on page 52.

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My block is called Beautiful Math and consists of four plus signs, with one singular background fabric.  I used some of my favorite fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's out of print Good Folks collection for my block in the magazine.  You can do some really fun things with this block, depending on how you place your color selections.  Here's a couple of fun ideas...

You can make your blocks totally scrappy, using four different colors for your pluses...


You can choose a handful of colors and create a cool staggered, stair-step look...


Or you can stick with just two colors, and create something really striking...


I spent a little time this weekend starting on a mini-quilt featuring my block in a color scheme that I've been meaning to try for a long time - black, lime, and fuschia.  I haven't finished it just yet - I have a sneaking suspicion this might turn into a larger quilt, as I'm really enjoying these colors together!

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black fabrics: Free Spirit Designer Essentials Houndstooth in Dark Grey and Annie's Farm Stand Seed Catalogue in black
fuschia fabrics: Erin McMorris's Wildwood Wallflower in Gray and Liz Scott's Sugar Pop Dot Dot Dot in Eggplant
lime fabrics: Jenean Morrisson's Silent Cinema Starlet in Green and Bonnie & Camille's Ruby Sundae Scallop in Lime

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Be sure to check out Quiltmaker's Blog, Quilty Pleasures, for more prizes and blog hop participants! The 100 Blocks Volume Five Blog Hop runs April 30 - May 4.

To celebrate the release of volume five, Quiltmaker is giving away a copy of 100 Blocks to one of my readers and I will also be giving the lucky winner their choice of one of my patterns.

       

To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite book that you've read recently - quilty or otherwise.  I'm always on the hunt for a good read :)  Please be sure to include your email address, so I can get in touch with you if you win!  This giveaway will be open until midnight EST Sunday, May 6th, and I will announce the winner shortly thereafter.

247 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, Congratulations on your block! I think it has many possibilities depending on the fabric chosen! I'm reading "In the Company of Strangers" by Jan Karon. Any of her Mitford books are a delightful read.

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  2. Oooh what a gorgeous block, sooo yummy!!! Congrats!!

    I am currently loving the Stephanie Plum series (again!), she is so cool LOL!

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  3. Very nice! I love seeing all the different layouts. Sometimes my imagination is lacking a bit!

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  4. Love your block, thanks for the giveaway.....

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  5. a beautiful block and I love your lime/black/fushia color way. Just finished Marie Bostwick's latest, Ties that Bind. If you haven't read her Cobbled Courts books you really must!

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  6. I not a big reader... but am looking to read the 5 shades of grey...

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  7. Great block. Thanks for all the color ideas. You can never go wrong with the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Always a good read. Congrats

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  8. I am reading The Lady in the Tower. Love, love, love your block!

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  9. I just finished Divergent (reminds me of Hunger Games) and today the next book in the series comes out! Yay!

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  10. Love that block....

    I've been borrowing Modern quilt books from the library and devouring them...I am in a Bee through my local modern quilt guild and my month is June...and I'm freaking because I can't seem to make up my mind what block I want...

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  11. Although I read it many years ago, I remember loving the book "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong.

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  12. Congrats! I love the x and o pattern :) I've been reading the Game of Thrones books...I'm usually not a fantasy/sci-fi type person but after I saw the TV show I decided I needed to read the books :)

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  13. I read the Hunger Games books in three days. Could not put them down. Congrats on the block.

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  14. I'm currently reading Gifts From The Sea. It's a classic, but still relevant today. Beautiful read. (I'm also in the middle of the Hunger Games series, but you've probably heard of that!)

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  15. Love the block... am reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King...although quite long, it's a fast read. Not a horror either!!

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  16. thanks for the chance to win! i just finished A Discovery of Witches.. which was a really good read, but now i'm impatiently waiting the next book in the series so i can find out what happens next!

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  17. Great block! My favourite author at the moment is Kate Atkinson. Her protagonist Jackson Brodie is a fantastic character m! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Great block--will definitely be making this for my family of math geeks! I haven't done any reading for myself lately, but recently finished a great book with my daughter--"Carry On, Mr. Bowditch" by Jean Lee Latham.

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  19. Congratulations on your featured block. A book that I read and reviewed on my blog recently is The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd. I read it as part of my book challenge.

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  20. Love you block - needed a new idea for a baby quilt - and I have found it! also have found a new pattern designer that feeds my muse!

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  21. So happy to see your beautiful block in the magazine. Love it! As for reading, |I always have a book or two on the go! presently, it is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. A pretty good read so far.

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  22. I love to ready anything involving mystery and intrique - love James Patterson. Love the block and appreciate your taking the time to show so many options.

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  23. your block is AWESOME!!
    love it in the lime, black and fuschia!

    I am reading Emma by Jane Austen for the millionth time because I love it so much!

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  24. This is wonderful

    can't wait to see the magazine.

    I am currently reading Joanne Fluke series with Hannah Swensen with recipes just finsihed Fudge Cupcake murder

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  25. I love your block, Elizabeth! Especially the lime, green & fushia one - it's so original and FUN! My all time favorite book is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Very long and complex, but totally worth it. Right now I'm reading Postville - and really like it!

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  26. Congratulations! a fabulous block! I especially like the first version!
    At the moment I'm reading 'Quilting Modern'

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  27. Thank you for showcasing your block. I love the variety one can make just by using different fabrics.

    As for my favorite book, I couldn't even begin to tell you because I loved a variety of genres -- in other words, too many to list!

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  28. What a great block! Thanks for the great giveaway, I love all your patterns!

    I recently read the Hunger Games series which I enjoyed. My all time fav book though is "A Fine Balance".

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  29. I can totally see making a acrappy quilt with this block.

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  30. Nice simple block. Sometimes you just need something less busy. I can't say i remember the last book I found time to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. I love your block with the black background! I'm reading Your creative brain: seven steps to maximize imagination, productivity, and innovation in your life by Shelley Carson. It's very interesting so far!

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  32. If you're a reader, you've probably read it, but the last really good book I read was The Help. It's so hard to find really great reads. Thanks.

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  33. Cool block. I am reading "I know who you are and I saw what you did" a very interesting book about social media. Thanks for a chance.

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  34. I have just completed the Farmer's Wife quilt. I like how the stories are worked into quilting.

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  35. Congrats on your block! Thanks for showing it in different colour ways -- it's very helpful! I'm loving Gloria Loughman's Quilted Symphony. I just finished a mini on Monday using it and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Thanks for the giveaway, Elizabeth!

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  36. What a fun block! And I love the mock-up ideas. So fun!

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  37. I recently finished the latest in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, called Elegy for Eddie. Do you know this series? It's a nice mix of historical fiction and mystery. I love a strong, independent woman as the hero! Thanks for the chance at the give away.

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  38. This would be a real fun block in children's prints , thanks for sharing. A recent favorite read was "The Secet Garden " if you have not read it I would highly recommend it.

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  39. I enjoy the Robin Carr series since they are set in my old stopming grounds and I just read the latest release in the Virgin River set.

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  40. Who new a math block with just a plus sign could look so amazing, great block. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Oh I enjoy all books by Nora Roberts.

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  41. I am reading the Fifth Witness by Michael Conelly. It is very good.
    Love your block. Congratulations.

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  42. Love your block! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. Hello Elizabeth - Love your block and your blog. I have 2 sons, although they're not 3 anymore (boo!)(17/13) Anyway - my middle name is Elizabeth. LOVE IT... My Mom always wanted people to call me Terribeth - SOOOO glad that didn't stick! Anyway, I just finished reading "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. True story of a WWII POW and survivor. AMAZING - must read. So well written. Such a phenomenal testament to the true power of the human spirit and God's providence and protection. I hope you find time for it.

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  44. Wow! That is an unexpected color combination and I love it!

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  45. What an awesome block. I recently read Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. I had seen the mini-series a couple of years ago, but reading the book fills in a lot of the blanks :-)

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  46. I love that you called it Beautiful Math! The original Good Folks version is gorgeous, of course, but the black/lime/fuscia combo is SO awesome! I love love love it!!!

    I finished the Stephen King book 11/22/63 recently...I liked it!

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  47. I am rereading the Eragon series right now. I love you Fabricland pattern and your block pattern!

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  48. I've been dipping into the classics lately. I just read the Princess of Mars by Edgar Burroughs. I was reading it before I realized the John Carter Movie was about what I was reading. I LOVED the movie. Sorry to see it was panned so badly..I would have liked to see sequels.

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  49. Love the math block...and the colors. I read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. Story told from the dogs point of view.

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  50. Congratulations on your block being in Issue 5. I really love the way it looks with the color choices you chose for the 2 color version. Love the fuschia and black.

    Gosh, I'm not one to read much at all. I've never been a fan of reading for some reason. Cookbooks I'll read like novels though. haha The only book I've read recently was a quilting book called "The Handbook of Quilting" by Sally Milner Publishing.

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  51. Congrats on the block - nice to see so many ways to use it. And my most recent book is "A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" by Wayne Muller. Inspiring look at daily life.

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  52. I've recently read the book by the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson, titled "Let's Pretend This Never Really Happened" and it is absolutely hysterical. I highly recommend it!

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  53. Thanks for the chance to win. I just finished The Perfect Blooks by Kim Harrison. Love the witch books.

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  54. What a fun block for a kids quilt. See a lot of possibilities with this one.

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  55. Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!! I love the Beautiful Math block - thanks for showing all of its possibilities! I am currently reading The Kennedy Detail - I tend to read historical non-fiction, so my recommendations are never trendy - LOL!

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  56. I am just about finished with The SHoemakers wife by Adriana Trigiani

    And the Fifty Shades series
    I refer to the fast reading series ad Harlequin romances on steriods

    I usually read at least 2 or 3 books at the same time just letting them take turns

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  57. This is a cool block. I think it would make a fantastic quilt for a boy. Congratulations on being featured in the magazine! I love to read and my favorite books to read are books written by James Patterson. If you like suspence, then read one of his with Alex Cross- the detective.

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  58. How exciting!!! I picked up "The invention of Hugo Cabret" at the library yesterday and have already read half of it. So interesting and compelling and I love the illustrations that drive the story. Thanks for the chance.

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  59. What a cool block! Congrats on being featured in the magazine!

    The best book I've read this year is "When She Woke" by Hillary Jordan. I really loved it, but it does involve an inflammatory topic so maybe check it out on Amazon to make sure it's your cup of tea first...

    Congrats again!

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  60. A very cute block. I really don't have one favorite book. I read many, many books from many different authors.

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  61. I've just discovered Lisa Gardner and have been enjoying her books. I am reading "The Next Accident" right now.

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  62. Congratulations on your block in Vol. 5 ! I am currently reading Marie Bostwick's newest book in her Cobblestone Quilts Series. The series is wonderful. The first one is A Single Thread. Take care!

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  63. I'm reading a very non-quilty book The Path Between the Seas about the Panama Canal. I like the clean lines and the design possibilities of your block. congrats on being included in the magazine.

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  64. This is a neat block with so many possibilities for arranging in different ways.

    A quilt book I would recommend is Quilting the Quilts by Lee Cleland where she makes each quilt 5 times identically except for the quilting design. It's fascinating to see how the different ways of quilting change the look of the finished quilt.

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  65. Congratulations on your pretty block being picked for Quiltmaker! My favorite author is John Grisham. Thanks "sew much" for this chance to win!!

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  66. I have books open throughout my house. Currently...Exodus (Bible), Fractured Fairy Tales, and a book on Japanese Sashiko (embroidery/quilting). Love the math block. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  67. I have been keeping up with Jennifer Chiavarini's Elm Creek series. Love the scrappy version of your block!

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  68. I've just read Georgia O'Keeffe, An American Perspective by Lauris Morgan-Griffths. Great pics & interesting story of this great artist.

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  69. Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd is one of my all-time favorite reads! It's a book of value whether you are a mother or a daughter. Well worth the time.

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  70. congrats!!! what a fun block! I've been enjoying Homespun Style book, it's full of wonderful pictures and so many great ideas on decorating + lots of inspiration for sewing,

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  71. Your block is FANTASTIC! Thanks for the chance to win the giveaways! The blog tour is great, I am really enjoying it!

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  72. I love the Seed Catalogue fabric in your little quilt. The best read I have had lately is the Hunger Games trilogy.

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  73. I love the different patterns and congrats! They are lovely......Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  74. This is a perfect block for my husband the mathematician! The best book I've read recently is Folk, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin.

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  75. I enjoyed reading the Pilgrim, but it's not for the faint of heart.

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  76. The book looks exciting. I've just finished s thriller by katherinr Webb called the Legacy, a really good read.

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  77. Great block. I am currently reading Lye in Wait and it is a fun read.

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  78. Gorgeous block Elizabeth! I love the different combinations :)
    I just got the Sublime Stitching embroidery book and I love it!

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  79. Love your block! Gotta say that my favorite part of quilting is the math part of it. I find myself doing calculations while in line at the grocery store or the bank. The book that I just finished is Water for Elephants! Great book!

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  80. Wonderful block to mix and match with.
    The last quilt book that I read was Barbara Brackman's book, Civil war woman and their quilts.

    Debbie

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  81. You must read Stephen King's long book "11-22-63". It was totally unexpected for me and an excellent read.

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  82. I love that block.

    I'm rereading Ellen Gilchrist's Victory over Japan at the moment. I love pretty much anything she has written.

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  83. Congrats and what a neat block! I just finished reading The Silent Girl but I can't remember the author. Thanks!

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  84. awesome, I am reading the zAkka sew along,, having fun

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  85. What a fun block - I'm a math nerd, so it really appeals to that side of me.

    As for a recent read? I liked "My Name is Mary Sutter" pretty well. I've really been just browsing through cookbooks when I have reading time. That's my other obsession.

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  86. I've been having trouble finding good books lately... but I know the second Divergent book comes out today, and I'm sure it will be awesome!

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  87. Current favorite is The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo.

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  88. Love the block and the possibilities with my collection of blacks and whites.

    I just finished reading "The Kingdom of Ohio" by Matthew Flaming. It is fiction, but sometimes it seemed so real. History, NYC subway system, time travel, and a love story.

    Kay Ahr
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  89. Just reread it for a class I was teaching. Witness by Karen Hesse.

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  90. Cool block! Thanks for the giveaway! I really liked Kisses from Katie that I read recently.

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  91. What a neat block design - would be perfect for my math son-in-law or even one of the kids; thanks!! and congratulations!

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  92. Thanks for the chance. I am reading the sequel to Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. I think you should read BOTH and make sure you find everything else she has written.

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  93. Such a simple design can be so dramatic in fabric. I'm reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks right now. It's a true story...very intriguing.

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  94. Love your block! And love your fabricland pattern too, by the way. I've been reading 'The name of the wind'. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. Love your block! The new quilt you are making looks fabulous!
    My all-time favorite book is Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer. All his books are great - most have been around for awhile.

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  96. I have been reading the Sisterchicks books. They are a fun light read and uplifting as well.

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  97. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer is one of my all time favourite books. Great block and it has given me inspiration for a little project I am doing. Thanks!

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  98. Just started the Game of Thrones books and they are wonderful! We recently went on a road trip and I hand stitched a quilt binding while we listed to it as a book on tape (well MP3 lol)

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  99. oops forgot my email for my comment above: kelsey.watson0@gmail.com

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  100. What a fun block! Just read Fruits Basket ( it's a manga) and really enjoyed it.

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  101. I am rereading the Wheel of Times series - fantasy. If you like the genre, I can only recommend the books.

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  102. Your block is fantastic. I like reading crime novels (though not too gruesome) and I've just found Ellie Griffiths - crimes on the Nort Norfolk Coast! And at 27 years old I still love Enid Blyton! Especialy Mallory Towers at the moment :)

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  103. Just finished A Measure of Mercy by Laurene Snelling. A great depiction of life in a Norwegian community in North Dakota in 1903. And of course the ladies of the community made quilts, even used sewing machines!

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  104. I'm currently reading "A Thread of Truth" by Marie Bostwick. It is a vey good book. I like your block and all of the options you've shown on how it would look in a quilt. I really like your pattern "Fabricland" as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this magazine.

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  105. I recently reread The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley. I love all her books!

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  106. Love this block and the whole quilt is awesome.....ty for sharing it with us.

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  107. Hey Elizabeth, nice block! Congratulations! I love math. I was recently laid up with a back spasm and read all three Hunger Games books in 3 days. My kids were hounding me to read them and I'm so glad they did - I thoroughly enjoyed them.

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  108. Love your block, thanks for the giveaway.

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  109. I love your block. I read a lot and have a lot of favorite authors one is J.D. Robb.

    grammylinda@hotmail.com

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  110. Thanks for sharing your wonderful block.

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  111. I recently bought a book while on the Maine Shop Hop for the month of April. It is stained Glass Quilts Made Easy by Amy Whalen Helmkamp. I can't wait to try some of her patterns. I think these will make great Christmas gifts. Love your squares. Very colorful and fun.

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  112. Love your block! To be honest I haven't read anything in a while..I am just struggling to keep up with my daily bible reading! :)

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  113. I've recently read The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini...it was one of my favorites in her series:)

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  114. very cool and modern block. Congrats on having yours in the magazine.
    The only thing I have been reading lately is gardening books.

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  115. I love your block! So many possibilities. Thanks!

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  116. I really love your green and purple layout, it's stunning!

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  117. Elizabeth, I like the clever name Beautiful Math that you've come up with. I wondered what I'd be in store for as I began to scroll down. Nice design. I like it in the solid bright colors in one of your color suggestions. Fabricland interests me. The cover quilt with the purple really draws me in. My latest read is the cooking magazine Clean Eating. We love just about every recipe we've tried (and there has been a bunch). Last night we had Chimichuro Tacos with a wonderfully spiced beef brisket and Chimichuro smothered zuchinni cut into juline strips. Thanks for a chance to win. Sandi

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  118. Reading - City of Dragons, robin Hobbs, I love all her books. I really like your block it is inspirational for me. Would love to win the magazine would really, really love to win one of your patterns. i hope I get chosen. Thank you

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  119. I haven't read a book lately but my favourite authors are, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben and Patricia Cornwell. Linda

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  120. Look at you with a block in a magazine, congratulations! I had to enter this giveaway because I'm still wanting Fabricland and still haven't actually bought it. You know how it is, so many things to start on and just not enough time to get to them! I'm currently re-reading the Twilight series. Yes, I'm a 33 year old Twilight fan. The other book I'm currently working on is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. You've probably already gotten this recommendation in the comments but if you haven't, and you haven't heard of it, you should totally check the series out. It is really good! This is my second time reading through it and it's no small feat because the shortest book in the series is over 600 pages.

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  121. Awesome block!! I especially love how the pattern of the background looks like it was uncut. Congrats!

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  122. I just finished 'A Single Thread' by Marie Bostwick. A great read.

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  123. Your block is so much fun! Thanks for the possibilities. I love it when the designer shows other color choices.

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  124. What a fun block!
    Love history and just finished reading 'Killing Lincoln'...excellent book!
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  125. Great block! I just finished rereading A Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs -- the first in her Scottish trilogy. It's a nice read if you like historical fiction.

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  126. Congratulations on your wonderful block being published in QM 100 Blocks v5. Other than The Bible, the last book I read was The Shack. Lately my reading is snatches of magazines.

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  127. Congratulations on your block! A good read is Alan Bradleys series - the first one being Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
    thanks!

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  128. Great block for kids! Im reading A Dublin Student Doctor by Patric Taylor. Makes me glad we live now! Congrats and thanks for the chance!

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  129. This would make a great baby quilt! Congratulations!

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  130. Love your block! I'd recommmend "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. Terrific!!

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  131. What a beautiful quilt block! I love how you can use different fabrics, and achieve such amazing quilts. Currently I am re-reading The Hunger Games trilogy. They are such good books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  132. Your block is simplistic and yet has so many creative possibilities! I would love to win one of your patterns along with a copy of Volume 5, so please enter me in your drawing. I am currently reading "30 Pieces of Silver", by Carolyn McCray, on my Kindle and am captivated *Ü*

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  133. What a fun block! I am currently reading Stuart Woods and Suzanne Brockmann.

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  134. Wow! I love this block~ Can't wait to make it for a Prayers & Squares quilt!

    Carla

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  135. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the Hunger game series - I really didn't expect to! So if you haven't, give them a try!
    Pretty blocks

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  136. congratulations on your block! There's a lot of buzz abotu fifty shades of grey...but I haven't read it...yet!

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  137. I have just finished a book by Dannah Gresh called "Six Ways to keep the Little in your Girl" and I highly recommend it to anyone with daughters or grandaughters.

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  138. Like your block a lot. simple, but striking. great for all the accountants out there. I like to read books by James Patterson, Catherine Coulter and Jude Deveraux

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  139. This is a terrific block--especially for young girls to show that math can be fun! I love Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books, having just completed her latest, "Elegy for Eddie."

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  140. This is a terrific block--especially for young girls to show that math can be fun! I love Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books, having just completed her latest, "Elegy for Eddie."

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  141. Love the simplicity. Congrats!,, Dare I say the book...50 shades.....

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  142. I love anything by Karen Kingsbury. I am also reading The Fitting Room right now and The Lost Years.

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  143. I like Anne Rule books. Love your block

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  144. If you like historical fiction that involves a murder investigation - you HAVE to read An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. After I read that book I bought six copies and gave it to my friends & family!

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  145. I am currently reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and it's hilarious. :) For quilting books, I just received a copy of "Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration" and it is one of the best creative books I have read in a while. I highly recommend it to anyone! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  146. Such a cute block. Looks so diffrent in other fabrics! Great to play with!

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  147. Grats on having your block published. As for reading I won "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt" in March and it has some interesting info along with the blocks.

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  148. I just finished a book and its sequel about the life of Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. If you are a Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights fan, I recommend these to you: "Dark Quartet" and "Path to the Silent Country" by Lynne Reid Banks.

    BTW, I like your block...my daughter would NEVER consider math to be beautiful, no matter what kind of gorgeous fabric you chose!

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  149. Congratulations on having a block in the new edition! That looks like a fun block to experiment with. My current read is Thaw by Bryan Dunn.

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  150. I love anything by Dorothea Benton Frank-great author-very funny, easy reads.
    Congrats on the block!
    Amy
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  151. Wonderful patterns. I'm reading Game of Thrones. The books are better of course than the HBO series but the series follows it fairly well (my imagination is perhaps more censored ;^)

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  152. Your block has so many possibilities! My favorite blocks are pieced blocks and yours is stunning with dark colors and happy with brights!! I just received my Gregg Allman book in the mail today-My Cross to Bear-and I can't wait to read it! Tell all book about his life with the Allman Brothers Band!

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  153. I really like your block. It's very versatile! I recommend "True Sisters" by Sandra Dallas--historical fiction.

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  154. Great block. And a great book is Restless in the Grave, a mystery by Dana Stabenow; she brings her 2 series characters together for the first time - Kate Shugak & Liam Campbell. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  155. I'm currently listening to "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. It was recommended by a friend and I'm liking it a lot.

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  156. I've recently read The Help and I absolutely loved it. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  157. I'm totally consumed by the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker. Good, fast reads.

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  158. Just finished River of Doubt about Teddy Roosevelt. Amazing story, and you have an amazing block!

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  159. Congrats on being published :o) Right now my favourite is the Zakka Style book, I've totally embraced the QAL for it.

    Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  160. I LOVE the math block!! SO cool!

    The best book that I have read recently is Beastly. I don't remember the author off hand, but it is a beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling!! Wonderful book!

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  161. Thanks for a chance to win!
    reillyr2@hotmail.com
    my favorite reads vary since I love to read.
    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorites; I just finished it again. Rick Rjorden. George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.

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  162. My favorite book is the Bible. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  163. Thanks for the chance to win. My most recent good-read is a book called "The Orphan Master's Son". I hope you like it! Judy

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  164. Ive been drooling over your Xs and Os pattern, now this block!!! I hope you pick me!

    Good book recently was Eon (sequal is Eona) its so good even my non-reader daughter has got her nose deep in it.

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  165. You should definitley read 'The Homecoming of Samuel Lake' by Jenny Wingfield. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's a cracking read with a great plot.

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  166. Thanks for giving us a chance to win. Your block has so many variations possible by changing color, size.... As to books, my favorite pastime, I just finished an short novel "Soul and Shadow", part mystery, part psychic, with ancient Egyptian history, and a cat called Cleocatra! Light, fun reading...

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  167. My DD & I have gotten a big kick out of "Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color on!: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters that the Rest of Y'all Should Know Too" by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson It's a great road trip read...she's driving me these days.
    Thanks for the block w/options.

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  168. Love your blocks.
    OK I admit it. My book would be Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  169. Currently reading Jennifer Chaiveri (sp?) new book..love your block.

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  170. Awesome block and your patterns are great. I have not been reading much of late - lots of rereading old favorites. I inherited Mom's copy of Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodweis (to sit on the shelf next to the copy she gave me because i borrowed hers so often) - reading it keeps her close!

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  171. Neat patterns! Congrats on your square.

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  172. Just lately, I have been drawn to cross and straight-line design quilts. Great job! My favorite book lately is "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" by Kathleen Tracy.

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  173. So many possibilities with this block; very cool. I just started the Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court series and I am enjoying them. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  174. Interesting the different looks from one block.
    I just finished reading "The Help". I really liked it.

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  175. Wow, I am having a brain meltdown...I left my favorite book three hours away, via car, from here today. To add to the brain-blankness is I think the title is "the Host" (maybe) and is by Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) This super book is now being made into a movie. Main character is a young woman, ha! Just like 'we' great quilters.

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  176. I enjoyed seeing all the different arrangements of your block. It has alot of possibilities! I'm a gardening fan so right now I am reading "Weedless Gardening" by Lee Reich. tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  177. Congrats on the block! Love The Host by Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame.

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  178. Wow! What a great block with lots of possiblilities. I see other people have said that but seriously that was my first thought. I have lots of favorite books but one that I read recently that I really liked was by Julie Lessman. It was the first book in her Daugters of Boston series called A Passion Most Pure.

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  179. Cool block! I love the colorfulness of it, and the fabrics you chose in the top photo. Beautiful!

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  180. I have just discovered Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries and I am reading my second book in the series. Your block looks great when put together with the mixed colors. It really comes together nicely.

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  181. I love the books written by Suzanne Woods Fisher and especially her most recent Amish fiction title The Keeper. brown[dot]k[at]centurytel [dot]net Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

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  182. I love Stephen King and am reading 11-22-63. The fushia block is just beautiful, I love it!! Congrats on being in the book :)

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  183. What a fun block! I recently enjoyed Defending Jacob by William Landay. It's a well-paced book with a good twist. But his other two books did nothing for me.

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  184. Congratulations on your 100 Blocks design! Last weekend I read Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Great book! I couldn't stop thinking about it. I'm still floored that it was her first novel.

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  185. Eu vou fazer uma colcha com o seu bloco,em verde-água e rosa bebe que eu tenho.Parabéns!O livro que vou ler é:QUARTO de Emma Donoghue,ganhei hoje,vamos ver qual é...Obrigada.

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  186. I have a new puppy so I have been reading a lot of puppy training books recently. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  187. i just got done with hunger games and cant wait to get the new one. angchappell@yahoo.com

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  188. Ladies of the Lake-Haywood. Great book about sisters and different views of their lives growing up. debbie73521@yahoo.com

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  189. I'm reading a Patricia Cornwall novel right now, I should be reading now. I like your block and the fabrics you used. Congrats on being in the 100 block issue!

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  190. I love your block. Math was my favorite subject in school, so I also love the title! I havne't read much lately, but I did read "The Help" last summer and enjoyed it immensely. I also read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" recently and enjoyed it even though it was not what I had expected it to be.
    Congratulations on being included in the magazine and blog tour.

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  191. Congrats; thanks for presenting different color options. Email: marshudson at comcast dot net

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  192. I recently read "The Help" and loved it. I even got my mom to read it and she's not really a reader of fiction books.
    email: iamlilymunster at gmail

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  193. Your block would make a great quilt for my accountant DH. Like the different color combinations you showed. Thanks for the chance to win the 100 blocks book or one of your patterns.

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  194. Don't call me "Claudee", it is Claudia. I can understand about the Betsy. Wonder how my truck feels about being "Nissie"? A recent book I couldn't put down was "River God" by Wilbur Smith. Published in 1993 and first of a series on ancient Egypt. I ordered the rest of the series.

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  195. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I can read that one over and over and over again.

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  196. I'm loving the block, and I'm loving all these great book recommendations! I just finished Montana 1948, read with my book club. Good read!

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  197. i love your block. one of my favorite books is animal dreams by barbara kingsolver.

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