Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7: A Divided Flock block

Good morning! Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour for volume seven. I'm super excited to share my block with you today. It even made the cover, on the bottom left hand side!

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My block, #658 found on page 50, is called A Divided Flock and was inspired by a pattern on a sweater that I saw and sketched in my design notebook eons ago. The colors, however, were inspired by a mess of my own creation in my sewing room. I love these rich, vibrant colors together, especially set off by the black.

A Divided Flock, my block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7

One of the things I love about this block is that it's forgiving - because of the stripes in between the sets of flying geese units, your points don't have to match perfectly, which is nice.

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I also love how this block can be used in so many different ways, to create so many different looks, like this one with Summersville Spring, available at Pink Chalk Fabrics...

A Divided Flock in Summersville

And this one, with Zen Chic's Comma, available at I Don't Do Dishes, Intrepid Thead, Marmalade Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics...

A Divided Flock, in Comma

And this one, with Boho by Urban Chiks, available at Pink Castle Fabrics...

A Divided Flock in Boho

And lastly, this one with Road 15, the fall collection coming soon from Sweetwater...

A Divided Flock on point in Road 15

You can see another take on my block in the Block Tester's Gallery at the back of the issue - found on page 88. Marti Dyer-Allison made a quilt using my block in Shelburne Falls. I like how she turned just one block to give a little surprise pop to the quilt. I also really like the shade of blue she used for the background. You can pop on over to the Quiltmaker blog to see lots more sneak peeks of blocks before the issue hits newsstands on May 7th.

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Would you like to win a copy of this issue? There's tons of wonderful designs in here, and I'm so excited to see so many friends in this issue like AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters, Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts, and Cindy Lammon of Hyacinth Quilt Designs, and many, many more. One randomly selected winner will receive a copy of this issue. To enter the giveaway, simply tell me about your favorite quilt block, whether it's modern or traditional or somewhere in between. Two winners will be selected on Friday morning.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Good luck, and have a great day!

374 comments:

  1. I am really partial to Sunbonnet Sue blocks, though I have yet to make one--maybe because my first quilt was a sunbonnet sue that I found tucked away in the closet. Love seeing all the different setting and color options with your block. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Large pinwheels. That's my favorite right now. I love big blocks. I want them large enough to show the fabric design. I love your Divided Flock block. It's simple yet not all at the same time. Thanks for giveaway.

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  3. Fabulous!!There are many favorite blocks.One of my favorite block is log cabin and anyone with stars.Thanks for the chance.

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  4. I like blocks based on the grid of 4-patch and 9-patch -- as any other patchwork design can go into one of those grid pieces to make so many variations. This means that can say I like all blocks, right! alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. I'm really taken with the granny square block at the moment. I know it's a pretty simple one but I love the way it can look so different depending on the fabrics or mixing different fabrics with different backgrounds.

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  6. I really like star blocks. My first handpiecing project was using several different star blocks in a small quilt. I do like your block. It is different and can be combined to make so many interesting patterns. I like how it looks so different depending on color choices.

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  7. What a clever way of using flying geese! I like it! My favorite block is the churn dash...love to find them in antique quilts...and I love to make them too. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  8. Actually my favorite block is Flying Geese especially once I learned to do them with the Quilt In A Day Rulers.

    You really showcased the versatility of your block in ways I would have never thought to use it. Exciting!

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  9. Gee it's hard to say I've a favorite, I like them all!

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  10. I like this block a lot but if I have to pick one favorite it is the Blackford's Beauty block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. I think my favortie blocks are pinwheel and 9 patch. There are so many wonderful blocks that its really hard to pick just one. I am more of a traditional quilter though.

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  12. I love the Boxed In block from 99 Modern Blocks. Thanks for the giveaway, Elizabeth, and congratulations!

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  13. I like your block, but my all time favorite is the Pineapple block!

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  14. I love string blocks with a passion. Mindlessly fun. Next to them, I have a thing for Jacob's Ladder. Everything done in a bright modern way. I can see that I'm going to make your block; it's adorable!

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  15. Wow, I adore your divided flock block! Ingenius!
    ~Christina in Cleveland

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  16. I really don't have a favorite block right now. I get inspired seeing blocks created by others, and then I try one out in a quilt. For the next project there may be a totally different block. I like variation!

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  17. I'm about to start my first Granny Square quilt...so I guess right now, that would be my favorite block!

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  18. I love the Churn dash block- traditional but done with modern fabrics!

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  19. I like the Log Cabin block which can be traditional OR modern. I think its versatility is what I like most about it.

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  20. Very cool, congrats! Anything traditional in monochromatic hues... Especially dresdens. They can be so striking when done in a gradient!

    I really love the two layouts with background space. Totally allows you to see the block in a new way!

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  21. I love star blocks and most traditional blocks

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  22. I don't really have a favorite block. I've only been quilting a couple of years and have made several and I always love whichever one I'm working with at the time. I don't think I ever used a block in more than one quilt.

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  23. Star Blocks are always a favee, but I am really loving Churn Dash right now... though I haven't made any - ha ha. Love your block and all the possibilities that lurk inside it!!

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  24. Don't have a favorite block yet.

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  25. Give me a 9-patch any day! There are so many ways to use this simple block!

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  27. Not really into the "modern" fad... I like piecing and points & making things fit right :)

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  28. My favorite block is the one I'm working on.
    It changes over time. It's always done with cheerful colors. It's never dull. It's also rarely the same.

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  29. I make lots of charity quilts with Cross stitched squares from our members and I love using star blocks to show off their stitching.. For my personal quilts, I am learning applique my latest passion

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  30. I don't have a favorite. I think I tend to favor traditional, but wander to the middle of the road once in a while. Thank you for the chance.

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  31. I don't have a favorite block either I'll try any thing as its so fun to play

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  32. My problem is: I love them all! ...well, almost all. I admit, I gravitate more to the pieced blocks than to the applique ... and I am particularly fond of flying geese. I really like all the variations you have shown!

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  33. I love that block! It looks so different in whatever setting!

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  34. I prefer traditional block, I use scraps and colours, so my quilts are never the same as you have. Thank you for so many possibilities.

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  35. I have always leaned more to the traditional quilter but lately I am enjoying the clean crisp look of the modern quilts..

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  36. I think my favorite block is a pinwheel. But I love to try new blocks and patterns. I love the options you show for your block. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  37. I prefer traditional blocks using scraps. I do like your block. Very unusual.

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  38. My favorite might be square in a square just because....
    Thanks,
    Deb

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  39. I have always loved the log cabin block because it can be placed in so many different patterns!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  40. Call me a traditionalist, but I've always loved the log cabin block. String blocks come in second.
    Patti

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  41. I will always have a special place in my heart for log cabins, but lately, churn dashes have stolen the show!

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  42. I like to make half log cabin blocks as they are a fun and easy way to use up scraps.

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  43. I love any block with HST but my absolute favourite is the Cathedral Window block I find it stunning but I nave used it in a large project.

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  44. I like to make half log cabin blocks as they are a fun and easy way to use up scraps.

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  45. great block! I love basket blocks of all kinds.

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  46. I really like this idea... points aren't always where I want them, and the strip in the middle is a great look too.
    Thanks

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  47. This is a great block, I love the different designs you have created. What software are you using, I love that too. I really cannot pick a single favourite block, each new one I play with seems to be it. I do love Ohio Stars and log cabins, and churn dashes.

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  48. My favorite block is a log cabin, it's the first one I learned and there are so many variations to try. Thanks.

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  49. I absolutely LOVE the versitility of your block!!!! I'm sew looking forward to this latest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine! Thanks sew much for this chance to win a copy :-D

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  50. I never tire of the log cabin!

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  51. Love all your options for the block! This is definitely on my to-do list! (I have the magazine - don't enter me in the drawing)

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  52. I like all the different versions of your block!
    My favourite block is the churn dash!

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  53. I love applique more than another other style of quilting, however, I do like the rail fence block as well.

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  54. This is a really fun block! My favorite block is for sure the log cabin. I have about 6 log cabin quilts on my to-do list.

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  55. I simply love tr he color blue. So, I am totally in love with A Divided Flock shown in shades of blue in Shelburne Falls. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of QM 100 Blocks, Volume 7. I would love to make your block for myself, but I would need to win, just like everyone else.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  56. I love your block in those BOLD colors! I took two Bonnie Hunter classes at the Quiltmaker Block Party in Oregon in March - Talking Turkey and Winston Ways, and even though her Winston Ways block has 104 pieces in each 12 1/2" block, it's my favorite. But a good old generic star block is my all time favorite.

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  57. Double wedding ring... very traditional...

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  58. Love any block with a star shape. So many to choose from!!

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  59. Congrats!! Looks great. I think my favorite block is the next one I am going to work on. Always thinking about the next project. ;)

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  60. My favorite blocks is the Sawtooth star. It includes my other favorite...Flying geese. Hugs

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  61. My favorite block is shoo-fly. Love your block/quilt iterations!

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  62. I really like pickle dish. A pickle dish quilt is on my bucket list.

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  63. I really like bear paw pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. My Favorite Block right now (besides your Divided Flock) is a tri-rec star. Currently using it in a wall hanging.

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  65. Star blocks are a favorite of mine. Your block design would be great for a border too!

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  66. right now my favorit is the log cabin. it is so versitle. thanks for a chance to win.

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  67. Lately, I've been trying my hand at feathered stars. I'm making pillows for my siblings for Christmas! I'm loving this, so much fun and the pillows tops are beautiful.

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  68. Your block would be great practice in perfecting the flying geese. I do like traditional, easy blocks.

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  69. I like the log cabin block because there are so many variations and options for setting. You can make it with scraps or with beautiful matching fabrics. The creativity with this block is endless!

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  70. Wow, what a cool, thoroughly modern block. I love it and it makes me think that maybe modern quilting is something I could do after all! My favorite block is the one that drew me into the 100 Blocks issues in the first place - a paper pieced block of high heeled shoes in shoe boxes that was in issue 2 or 3. Ever since I've needed to own every issue! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. My current favorite block is the variable star block, with card trick running a close second.
    PS - I think the first quilt pictured above (on the black background) would make a great quilt back, too!

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  72. I love your block on the black background. It is so visually impactful!

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  73. I really like almost any pieced block. star blocks are my favorite.

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  74. I love all the possibilities of your block and can't wait to get the magazine!

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  75. I've fallen in love with crazy quilts lately...I love teh beauty of the randomness ....Just veryt soothing to me.

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  76. I like the sample quilt you show using the dark background with your block. I am a traditional girl learning to appreciate modern. Enjoy your blog!

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  77. I love pieced blocks and your block is right up my alley! I also have some sheep so the divided flock fits right in with my list of projects-to-do! How cute this block would be made into a wall hanging!! Congratulations on being featured in the issue!!

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  78. Excellent block, Elizabeth! And I love seeing all of the different mock-ups. That really helps! As far as a favorite block, you really can't beat Ohio stars, but simple Log Cabin/Square in Square blocks are at the top of my list, too. Thanks!

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  79. I love modern blocks or blocks that I can manipulate to make a non traditional quilt.

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  80. I like this block a lot. Thanks for showing many ways to use it - very versatile!

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  81. I love tumbling blocks. It is my goal to one day be skilled enough to make a quilt from them.

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  82. I love traditional blocks, like log cabin. Great block, congrats on getting in the magazine! thank you!

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  83. The presentation of Divided Flock Block is great. I appreciate different uses for quilts.

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  84. Luv star blocks! Would luv to win a copy of the magazine ... thanks for the chance!

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  85. What a great block! I love seeing all the various layout possibilities.

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  86. Hard to pick just one block. I'd say Ohio Star.

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  87. So many choices! I guess I will say divided 9-patch is my favorite block, in that I have used it the most to make 3 I-spy novelty quilts for kids. I'd also really like to play with some log cabins; I've just swapped them, never made a whole quilt with them.

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  88. Definitely hard to pick just one block as a favorite. I think I'd have to go with a traditional Winding Ways block. I've never actually made it, but I absolutely love the look that it gives in a quilt. Its definitely on my to-do list of designs! :-)

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  89. I've always like the Ohio star but very interested in some of the new modern quilts in the magazines lately. I'm a new quilter and always looking for ideas and I see a lot of inspiration in the blocks I have seen in this issue. Love your block!!!

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  90. I like paper pieced star blocks you can make so many designs with parts of the block

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  91. Such versatility!!! And that's exactly what attracts me to a block!! Well done.

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  92. I don't have a favorite block...each is inspiring in its own way. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  93. What a beautiful block and so many ways to sew it. Thanks.

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  94. Not sure what my favorite block is. I'm a novice piecer so something easier is what I do right now. This is a nice block with lots of possibilities.

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  95. Currently, my favorite blocks are ones that create circles: like modified shoo-fly or road to tallahassee. One is pieced, the other is paper-pieced.

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  96. My fav block is what ever I'm working on now! But I do like stars!!

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  97. I am tickled by any block that uses HST because I am always amazed how a simple unit can do so much

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  98. I like star blocks, especially if there are flying geese involved. Your block is very "out of the box"! Congrats on being on the cover.

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  99. Elizabeth, I cannot wait to try out your block.I like those that are "forgiving" as my points do not always line up exactly, as much as I try.Congrats for being one of the 100 blocks and on the cover as well.

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  100. My favorite block always seems to be the last one I made. Then I see a new design, and it becomes my favorite.

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  101. I love Dresden Plates - probably because they use piecing and applique!

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  102. I am very fond of the Irish Chain. Your block has lots of potential. And as usual I am very excited for the new patterns tocome out.

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  103. I am very fond of the Irish Chain. Your block has lots of potential. And as usual I am very excited for the new patterns tocome out.

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  104. Oh wow! The quilt you showcased are awesome! I'm old fashioned as I tend to love the log cabin and flying geese. However, I've been loving the twists on these old blocks lately.

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  105. My favorite quilt block has to be any kind of star.

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  106. I really like the retro flower block from The Sometimes Quilter's pattern. In my opinion, it's the perfect mix of modern and traditional aesthetics. Thanks!

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  107. My favorite block... well for right now anyway:) is the twister block:)I love your block....the first pic would make for an awesome back also!
    Thanks!

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  108. What a FUN block!! I love use of it in the first setting ... and the one set on point, too! GREAT job! One of the things I like most about quilting...and that has held my ADD interest for so long is the *variety*. There are so many techniques and so many blocks -- it's impossible to get bored!! I love church dash blocks and the variations of them, though, probably the most! :)

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  109. What a great Block! It would make a great border treatment as well. Thanks for your inspiration, Judy R from Buffalo

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  110. Neat block and so many possibilities. I really love the Dresden Plate. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  111. My favorite block? Always any star block ~ wonky or not, modern or traditional!
    Really love the bright reddish orange Boho quilt ~ so pretty.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  112. I'm not trying to curry favor, but these days my favorite blocks is Flying Geese.

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  113. I don't know if I have a favorite genre of block, when I see something I like, I don't care if its modern or traditional. I do prefer pieced blocks, so I love your block.

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  114. First I say Wow to your block, so many ways to use it, inspiration is flowing. So I am very interested in making quilts with semi traditional blocks and making a modern quilt. Thanks for getting a block in QM 100.

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  115. First, I love your block. It has many, many, many possibilities. My favorite block is Double Wedding Ring. An 89 year old friend, now 90, pieced one for me in red, white, and blue. I had a professional quilter quilt it and they each did amazing jobs. Now, I have to bind it.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway. I visit your blog from time to time. Congrats on being selected for the magazine and even more for making the cover. You're a cover girl!

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  116. My favorite blocks are anything traditional piecing... but I am quickly learning/seeing that with a minor little repositioning of a detail I the block I can turn it from traditional to modern. I plan to try this with a log cabin block in the coming week. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  117. Hi Elizabeth, thrilled to see that you from the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild was listed first on Tuesday! Yeah. I like all types of star blocks.

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  118. I just love the designs of you quilts. Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration with us.

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  119. I love the traditional with something new added to make it exciting. I also love working with foundation pieced blocks.

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  120. I am leaning towards traditional designs with fresh, lighter fabrics these days.

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  121. I've always like the churn dash block for some reason. Love your block and congrats. Thanks.

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  122. Wow, I love your block! That first quilt option is very cool! I'll have to give it a go! Usually I'm into traditional blocks with modern fabric BUT lately I've been into modern blocks or paper piecing :)

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  123. I am a big fan of stars, and recently the wonky star.

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  124. I love your block design! I am liking more of the modern designs and bright colors!

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  125. I like the lowly 9 patch and flying geese blocks. Therefore, I love yours!

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  126. I like about all traditional patterns, but the one that really stands out for me is your "Hip to be Square" that I used in the quilt I made while on the 2011 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad. It is my favorite quilt that I have made over the past 20 years.

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  127. I've always been partial to the Shoo-fly block[ it looks good with vintage or modern fabrics, and with bright or subdued color palettes.

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  128. My all time favorite, so far in this quilty journey, is the simple 9 patch. THanks for the chance to win.

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  129. I love the big blocks, the ones that are made up of a bunch of smaller components.. like the swoon block. The bigger the better!

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  130. Elizabeth,
    Seu trabalho é lindo!Amo tudo que você faz!!visito-a diariamente desde que conheci seu trabalho atraves da publicaçao dos 12 trabalhos de natal.Meu bloco favorito é o cabana de toras...Gostaria de participar de seu concurso,por favor!!!Felicidades

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  131. My favorite quilt block is the Bow Tie. It can be so versatile in either modern or traditional fabrics. Thanks for sharing a copy of 100 Blocks.

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  132. Elizabeth,
    Seu trabalho é lindo!Amo tudo que você faz!!visito-a diariamente desde que conheci seu trabalho atraves da publicaçao dos 12 trabalhos de natal.Meu bloco favorito é o cabana de toras...Gostaria de participar de seu concurso,por favor!!!Felicidades

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  133. I've been experimenting lately with traditional designs but using fresh new colors and patterns in the modern quilt style!

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  134. I'm really getting into the modern quilt blocks. I did quite a bit of Seminole patchwork years ago and it reminds me of that, but on a much larger scale, very geometric. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine!

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  135. Fun block. I like the tribal feel of the 3rd to last one and also like when the blocks are set on point.

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  136. I saw a block this morning called Apple Tree, I really liked that one!

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  137. I like to play with hexies :-) Like your block!

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  138. My favorites are traditional blocks, especially
    feathered stars.

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  139. blocks where points don't have to match are some of my favorites!!

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  140. Great block! I love tesselating blocks, but my all-time favorite is the Ohio Start.

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  141. Hello! So much fun to visit other designers in the issue. I love the way your block can be used to make so many different looks. Have a super day!

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  142. I never remember the names of blocks, but I can tell you I love Star blocks....as kinds.

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  143. Your block is really neat. I love making flying geese & the idea of using stripes between the geese is wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 7"

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  144. My favorite block is the Nine patch and it's many variations. Congrats on your lovely block in the magazine and on the cover!

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  145. Who knew the simple flying goose could look so sensational???

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  146. It's really hard to pick one favorite. I really like Flying Geese a lot, so that's one of my favorites.

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  147. My favorite block and the one I go to often is the Ohio star. Your Divided Flock block will also come in handy. I'm sure I will be using it.

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  148. My favorite quilt block is a pinwheel. It is the first block I learned and it is the first block where all my points matched wonderfully and perfect in the center. I love the block you have in the magazine, it is so modern looking. Congratulations on being chosen.

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  149. I like the traditional blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  150. I tend to be very traditional. I like stars and pinwheels. Love so many block ideas in one book!

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  151. I'm big on modern -- it just fits me better. I love what you've done with the triangles -- looks like rickrack. I don't have a favorite block, but your use of this one sure is winning me over.

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  152. Modern, traditional, wonky, art, I love it all! Congrats on the Block!

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  153. I am a new quilter and not sure if I have a favorite block yet. I am really drawn to star blocks. I was recently saw a quilt on a wall in a quilt shop called Carpenters Star and thought it was just beautiful. Thank you!
    anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  154. Traditional blocks have always been my favorite, but I can see myself making a modern quilt for my daughter!!

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  155. Love your block - thanks for sharing the different settings. My favorite block is the log cabin which can be traditional or modern. Thanks.

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  156. My favorite block is Jacob's Ladder because it's so easy and versatile. I also like basket blocks.

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  157. I'm so new to quilting that I don't have a favorite yet! I love this block, though... especially as I have such a hard time matching up points!

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  158. I love the idea and whimsy of this block. Thanks for your contribution to a great issue. Hope I Win a Copy this week.

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  159. Congrats on the cover of the magazine and I love your work.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  160. Lately I have been pretty obsessed with wonky blocks. String, log cabin, star, really anything as long as it is improved!

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  161. This is a really versatile block. I can also see it used as a border block.

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  162. I love star blocks. Particularly the simple star. so pretty and easy.

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  163. I am a lover of the flying geese block and you have done great things with it. I can hardly wait to make this block and add it to my collection of wonderful blocks to build on.

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  164. I know it sounds silly but my favorite block would be the half-square triangle. It's so versatile and it's usually part of every bigger block, and there are a ton of ways to make them.

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  165. I love the log cabin block and what you can do with it in a quilt.

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  166. Am learning to appreciate flying geese blocks.

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  167. I can never pick just one thing, and today I love Divided Flock. But I love basket blocks and the log cabin block. Love churn dash and just about every star block. See what I mean?

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  168. I love traditional blocks, right now I am working on a floral log cabin.

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  169. Cool, cool block! The different settings are all fabulous....not sure which one I like best!

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  170. Tough to pick a favorite block... I've always loved the Sawtooth Star. It's been my go-to for years. Thanks for the chance!

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  171. I really like most all traditional blocks but my favorite of them is the churn dash block.

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  172. I love the details of your instructions. Thanks so much.

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  173. I really like your block, especially with the black background with the 2 rows of your blocks. I think they would make wonderful borders too. I usually like traditional blocks but have been looking more and more at the modern blocks. I am liking them more now.

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  174. That is a super cool block. I'm kind of on an x and + kick right now.

    brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

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  175. I am somewhat stuck on the dresden blocks right now, I have seen so many new patterns on all these blogs that I know I will find a new favoriye.

    Thanks!

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  176. I really like the variety of settings that can be used with your block. My favorite block is Bonnie Hunter's short trip.

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  177. I don't think I have a favourite...I like traditional better than ultra-modern.

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  178. Very cute block. My favorite quilt block is modern applique that tells a story.

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  179. Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite quilt blocks are the ones I can make from scraps!

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  180. I'm definitely adding this block to my border or backing splash ideas. I love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  181. I love this block! Looks like it's very variable and can make lots of totally different kind of quilts! I have made so few quilts that can't say any favourite but I like to make blocks with triangles. Thank you for a lovely give away!
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  182. Hi, Elizabeth--flying geese is one of my favorite designs, and you've come up with a really fun and fresh way to use those geese! I love to stockpile units such as geese, 9 patch, hst, qst, ready and waiting to jump into blocks for quick scrappy quilts.

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  183. I tend to love any kind of a star block. Thanks for all the suggestions of how to use your block, it looks like fun!

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  184. I am a sucker for flying geese. I have only tackled them ina straight line so far I am hoping to have them meandering soon :-)

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  185. I am a sucker for flying geese. I have only tackled them ina straight line so far I am hoping to have them meandering soon :-)

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  186. love flying geese and have collected a number of great patterns to work on. love your two bands of divided flock on black quilt! would love to win a copy of 100 blox with your block pattern.

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  187. Love blocks with stars! I've made several items using the Hunter's Star pattern. Thanks for the giveaways.

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