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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Welcome Red, White and Blue Blog Hoppers

Happy 4th of July and welcome to all Red, White  and Blue Blog Hoppers.  My apologies to everyone for posting so late.  My plans to post last night after dinner went awry when we found out our phone service was out and of course our internet was out with it.  Our good friends at Verizon informed us that we will have our service back by July 11th.  Ugh!!!  I've eagerly visited all of the participating blogs this week and am really excited about hosting the hop here on my blog.  I didn't want to miss my big day so I drove 35 minutes to use the WiFi at Panera Breads in Brookfield, CT.

I have two 12.5 inch blocks that I designed to share as well as  a giveaway.  The first block is a stylized flag using twenty seven 2.5 inch HST (finishing at 2 inches) and a 6.5 inch blue square with   rough edge machine applique wonky stars.




The second block is hand appliqued and was made using Darlene Zimmerman's Easy Dresden ruler.  I used a 4 inch strip for the blue blades, the red is made with 2.5 inch strips and the white blades are cut from 1.5 inch strips.  The center star is also hand appliqued.  I plan on making 3 more blocks varying the color placement to turn it into a table runner.


Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway for a Tried and True charm pack by  Nancy Halvorsen for  Benartex.  It's a great pack and contains 55 charms.


Don't forget to visit the other bloggers featuring special posts today.  Please click the blog hop button on my sidebar for links to bloggers who posted earlier this week.

Quilter in the Closet
The Recipe Bunny
A Reformed Heath'n
Jane's Fabrics
Kris Loves Fabric

Thanks to Madame Samm and Jane for organizing a fun blog hop and to Panera Breads who bailed me out with their free WiFi (even if it is so slow it took over 2 hours just to load this post.


Happy 4th  of July!!






124 comments:

  1. Wow, you certainly didn't want to disappoint anyone. Your blocks are lovely. Have a wonderful 4th!

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  2. Your blocks are fabulous and if I had to choose a favorite it would be the Dresdan that is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win and also for taking part in the hop.

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  3. Very nice...I especially like the HSTs! Thanks for such a great posting effort!

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  4. That Dresden block is amazing! I am so glad you were able to upload this. Thank you for your dedication to get it done.

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  5. Thanks for taking special time to post! Love both your blocks and hope you got one of Panera's wonderful salads whilst you toiled...I love the one with turkey and cranberries. Thanks for hopping with us!

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  6. hey sweetie...I had read that many of our dear friends in the south were without power, sew I was crossing everything that you would be hooked up sometime...well sooner than I thought...and worth the wait my dear..your blocks are just amazing....love the colours, details and you driving 2 hours to get this up lol

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  7. Thank you... these are beautiful blocks

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  8. Love your blocks. And what a trooper to go all that way to make sure this posted. Thanks so much and hope you are back to normal soon.

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  9. Wow I love both of your blocks - well done on perserving with uploading them! hope your phone line is reconnected soon.

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  10. Love both of you blocks they are stunning. I think it was worth your 35 minute drive to post, kudos to you.

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  11. Great blocks!! Hope things get back to normal for you soon :o)

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  12. I'm glad you drove to Panera (sorry about your internet). I love the flag block. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Deborah

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  13. I really like the flag block! Thanks for the chance to win and happy 4th!

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  14. I love your flag block! I think it would be a lovely gift for my sister, so might give it a go. Thanks for the giveaway. I love blog hops because they give me such inspiration. Thanks!

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  15. Really cute blocks! I love the applique block in particular - great job!!! Thanks for the giveaway too! Love charm packs :*)

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  16. Your blocks are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love your quilt and that block, and thinking wouldn't the block be a nice addition the the star's space.

    Debbie

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  18. Love you blog! The Dresden block is gorgeous! As of yet, I've not made one, but this is inspiring, so maybe I will!

    Hugs, Karen

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  19. You are one dedicated lady. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful blocks. Have a Happy 4th!

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  20. Wow, I really like that flag block! Great job and thanks for the giveaway. Sorry you had trouble getting your post up, but I'm glad you drove all that way to share your blocks with us. Happy 4th of July!

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  21. I love both your blocks. The HST reminds me of the flag blowing in the wind. The dresden is beautiful. (very intimidating for a wantobe like me).

    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  22. WOW! Thanks for your dedication posting these beautiful blocks! These are great! Thanks for the giveaway, too.

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  23. I really like your flag block! They are both fabulous but the flag just jumps out at me. This blog hop is so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. Glad I came back to see your blocks! Very nicely done!

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  25. I feel bad you had to drive so far to post it and then had it take so long to load it, but I'm glad you did it so I could see what you made (I'm a little selfish that way.) LOL! Those blocks are stunning! What a great addition to this hop!

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  26. Thanks for being so persistant - I love your blocks! thank you for the lovely giveaway and happy 4th!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your blocks, they are gorgeous! I've been wanting to make a Dresden block, so thank you for the inspiration. I really like your flag block too. I'm sure your table runner will be very pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful blocks. Kudos, as well, for the extra effort to get your blog post up. I love Panera, by the way. I am about half an hour away from the nearest one. I'm hoping they'll build one close to me since I live near a regional mall.

    Debbie - Traveling Quilter

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  29. When you were late to the party I knew you had to have been 'powerless'. What a trouper to travel for wi=fi and then the determination. Lovely blocks, but I am in love with your Dresden and hope you share the 3 block runner in the future. Safe and Happy 4th.

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  30. What a team player you are. Your blocks make your effort so worth while. They are both terrific.

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  31. Happy Hop Day, Thank you for driving to find wifi. I am in awe of your work. I love them so much. You appliques is perfect and I so wish I was not so afraid of HST! Thanks so much for all your effort and I hope you get service soon.

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  32. Both are lovely, but I especially like the first one. Nice work.

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  33. Love your two blocks. Thanks for the great giveaway. Also, I can understand the internet outage as we had issues with our cable, internet and phone for over a week.

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  34. Grrrrrr! Computers! Can't live with them, can't lives without them. Thanks for going the extra mile or ten miles to post your blocks. I love them both.

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  35. Love the flag, HST are the bomb! Happy Independence day! rebathered@charter.net

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  36. Your dresden is lovely! Always on the lookout for more ways to use that ruler.

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  37. well, thanks for driving all that way so we could see your blocks. That is dedication.
    Love your blocks especially the dresden one. Well done.
    thanks for a chance to win some fabric.
    Happy 4th

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  38. That was so nice of you to go to all that work. I love your blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. Sorry to hear about your internet--been there, done that, went to Panera. I like your blocks, particularly the Dahlia looking Darlene Zimmerman Dresden. Lovely!

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  40. OH MY!!!! Now that shows dedication! Sorry for your interent/phone snafu. I hope you was able to partake in some of the delightful offerings that Panera has. I love the smell of the place. I love the looks of both your blocks and just may have to try and make them myself. I've not done a dresden plate yet but do love to hand applique. Thank you for the wonderful chance to win the oh so pretty Charm packs & fabrics.I'm becoming a new follower so that I might see that tablerunner when you finish it.
    Tricia

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  41. Love your blocks...inspiring! Like you mention, internet blog surfing can require a whole morning and then some. So much out there being shared with us.

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  42. So glad you were able to post!! Love your blocks!! Can't wait to see them all together!!

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  43. I love your stylized flag!! This fun idea inspired me to go outside and hang a red/white/blue table runner on our garage door. I have a bigger rwb wall hanging, but couldn't find it! Duh.

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  44. This is my first time visiting your blog! I love that second block. Some day I´ll try to sew something like that :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  45. Love your blocks!! Red,white, and blue are just favorites of everyone! Thanks for the chance in your giveaway!
    mtower@bellsouth.net

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  46. Not sure I could choose between the two as a favorite - they are both fantastic - thanks for sharing them with us. I love Nancy Halvorsen fabric - always have. Judy C

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  47. Your persistence paid off! Thank you for going to so much trouble. Your blocks are beautiful and inspiring.
    Thank you also for the sweet giveaway :-) Hope you get your service back faster than they said!

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  48. Wow! So impressed with both of our projects but have to admit that the Dresden looks way over my head. You are planning on making two more to complete a table runner again WOW! The first block is so great and I can't wait to try it out. Thank you for all your hard work, hope you get your phone lines back soon.

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  49. Hi Katie, love the blocks so different they look amazing. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  50. Your story dwarfs my internet woes of the week. I had no deadline and only had to ride a bus 20 minutes to get to WiFi. :-) I am a fan of HST designs and like the way you adapted the flag using them.

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  51. Oh what inspiration. I've just bought that ruler, thanks for the idea.

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  52. Beautiful blocks! I have just gotten that ruler and am wanting to try it soon. I need to finish a UFO first. Thank you for all your effort in getting this posted!

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  53. Wow--both of your blocks are stars!! I've been wanting to try Darlene Zimmerman's Dresden ruler and now that I've seen what you've done, I HAVE to!! Thanks!

    steeledome at gmail

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  54. I'm so glad you found a way to send your blog. Love your blocks and r/w/b are my favorite colors to work with. Thanks for a chance to win your charm pack. Seems I search out charm packs when shopping.

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  55. You have had a time! Love your blocks.
    Happy 4th of July, KatieQ :)

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  56. WoW! Your two blocks are amazing! Both are blocks I'd love to try. Sorry you guys are having internet etc problems. I hate when that happens. Appreciate that you went and found wifi to post. I love Panera. Have you tried their cinnamon sugar bagels? hehe. YumYum

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win some gorgeous fabric.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. They are great and the dresden one catch my ayes!

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  58. Wonder blocks! I just love using the table stands.

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  59. Love the Dresden plate block and your wonky stars are fun. Enjoy your 4th!

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  60. Love your blocks, especially the circular one. So different.

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  61. Your blocks are wonderful! Love them.

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  62. I sooo very much want to make a dresden just like yours! It looks festive and puffy and perfect! But I don't like to hand sew and that is the problem with dresdens....they look best appliqued to a background. Oh well, I can certainly enjoy your dresden!

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  63. Both blocks are nice, but I especially like the Dresden Plate one. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  64. I love your stylized flag and am so impressed with the creative way you used in the Dresden ruler in the second block. Thanks for the RW&B inspiration and for the chance to win!

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  65. One of these days I will make a Dresden block!

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  66. Both blocks are wonderful. And way to go on blog hop committment! :) Hope you enjoyed a yummy snack while you were there!

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  67. What darling blocks! I love the dresden! I have the ruler but have yet to try it!. That charm pack looks really yummy. Hope it can come to my house. K-

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  68. I feel your computer pains! My computer is down and Honeyman does NOT like me to put pics on our notebook! Well, I hop on the 5th and you best believe I will break that rule! LOL Thanks for sharing with us!! :)

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  69. Wonderful blocks!!! Hope that you had a wonderful Independence Day!! God bless the USA~~~! :-)

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  70. Katie, Your blocks are awesome! I LOVE them both. Thank you for sharing them. Thank you also for sponsoring the giveaway.

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  71. Oh Dear how disappointing for you about the internet services! Ugh! Thank you, though for traveling to find the service and make your post ... I love your blocks ... really like the HST block :) Thank you, thank you for traveling to make this hop!

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  72. Love your blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. WOW! Your blocks are beautiful and the second one is going to make a stunning table runner. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  74. Your blocks are beautiful, I love the HST one. Thank you for making the extra effort to get them posted. Thanks too for the giveaway. Hope you won't be seeing any more storms for awhile. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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  75. I really like your flag block with those crisp HST. Thanks for all of your work to post this blog hop.

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  76. Fabulous blocks! Thanks for working so hard to get them posted! Hope your tech issues get worked out soon.

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  77. Beautiful blocks Katie and well worth stopping back to see if you had posted. So sorry about your internet, that had to be so frustrating!

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  78. Beautiful Katie! I really love the Stylized Flag. You are awesome to stick it out for 2 hrs to get this uploaded for us. But, what better place could you have for all that waiting time than Panera. Yum. (ok home probably would have been MUCH nicer and faster)

    Thank you for showing us.

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  79. i love your blocks -- the vivid, deep colors are my favorite for anything patriotic. and, they look so 'old school' and vintage, especially the dresden plate block. Thank you for this opportunity, please count me in!

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  80. Love your blocks! Hope you get your internet back up and running earlier than they are predicting!

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  81. Really enjoy the hop. Have always had an appreciation for red/white/blue combinations. Love your "stylized flag" block.

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  82. Those are great blocks! Wow. I am getting so many good ideas for table runners and banners from this hop. Thank you for letting us stop by.

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  83. great blocks! and you sure went that extra mile(s) to get posted.
    and a nice little give away..... thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  84. I love your stylized flag block! Thanks for posting & driving
    so far to post them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  85. I love your blocks! So sorry about your Internet. :(. Blessings, Marlene

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  86. Your blocks are delightful and impressive both. Thank you for sharing. I am beginning to think I will have to contact all of you for directions as I believe I want to make a quilt with them. Thanks

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  87. Love all the blocks! The flag stands out my favorite....Judith, Texas

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  88. Love your blocks. After checking out all the fantastic red, white and blue ideas I'm itchin' to be stitchin'.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  89. Love your blocks especially the stylized flag.

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  90. Adorable blocks! Love your flag block - it would make a great medallion for a Quilt of Valor! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and the chance to win the charm squares!!!

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  91. Love the flag block, hope your 4th was great. Thanks for the giveaway,

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  92. Dedication to quilting & to show wha makes the USA great the flag. Just love the Dresden Plate (have Darlene's ruler) so thanks for the design. From downunder

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  93. the two blocks are great interpretation of the fourth of july theme. thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  94. Love your blocks especially the second one.

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  95. Your blocks are great - thanks for sharing and the giveway.

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  96. Thanks for being so patient and determined to get this post out. I love your dresden block.

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  97. Thanks for the extra effort! Love, love, love the Dresden block!

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  98. Happy 4th to you also! Thanx for the inspiration! L

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  99. Love, love, love your blocks...thanks for sharing them with us.

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  100. Thanks for sharing your blocks. They look great! I think your table runner will be wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win the charm pack.

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  101. Love your little flag quilt & the Dresden block. I need to get busy & make those.

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  102. Both blocks are beautiful! and that is a great little charm pack...hope it finds my house :)

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  103. Both the blocks are innovative! Love the little "flag."

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  104. Love your blocks. I really love the dresden. Thanks for the chance to win some fab fabric

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  105. Your little flag quilt is wonderful. I think I will try to make something similar. Thank you for your inspiration!

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  106. I absolutely love the block made with the dreden ruler. What a cute blog you have too. Thanks.

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  107. Thanks Katie......I love your blocks....

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  108. I can relate. We had to go 24 hours without phones and internet and I was so frustrated. We really are wired into the world these days. Not like our quilting grandmothers (or great-grandmothers) who looked forward to getting together weekly over the quilting frame so that they could keep up with just their family and neighbors.

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  109. Ooooooooooooo! I love them!I can see an entire bed quilt made up of the dresdens! Pretty!

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  110. I love both blocks so much!!! What great patterns!!

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  111. Hi Katie,
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop- it has been fun to see all the beautiful block and table runner patterns.
    I have not made a dresden pattern for a very long time. It was the first pattern I ever did and we used a cardboard template and scissors ( we have come a long way haven't we LOL) I was a teenager when I made that pattern.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  112. You certainly jumped through hoops to post! Your blocks are darling...I especially like your flag block. Thanks!

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  113. I had to come tell you how much I love your blocks. Madam Samm posted her Pinterest Link this morning. Yours really caught my eye! Job well done, especially driving a far as you did to get it posted.

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  114. gorgeous blocks - so glad you could find the internet - even if it was 35 minutes away !

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  115. Whoa...those are really attractive blocks! I think I might have to try the triangles one. Great job!

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  116. Nice blocks, and thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

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  117. Your blocks are wonderful! Love both the flag block and the dresden plate. I just bought one of the rulers but haven't used it yet! So glad you persevered last week and sought out the wifi! Well done!

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