Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to Make My Block That's in Quiltmaker's 100 Block Vol 5

Welcome to the Blog Tour as part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks-Volume 5 kickoff!  I'm still so excited about my block being included in this issue!!  It's block #404 called "Afternoon Frolic" on Page 25. 
And more excitement for me......a picture of the quilt I made showcasing the block is included on Page 18!!



***WIN A FREE COPY OF 100 BLOCKS-VOLUME 5***

The magazine should be on the news stands on May 8th.  If you want a chance to win a free copy of the Volume 5 issue, leave a comment on this blog by Noon on Friday, May 4th, telling what is your favorite Spring blossom.  I will randomly select one person to receive the free copy.  If your email address is hidden in your posted name, be sure to include it in your post so I will have a way to notify you.  I will forward your mailing information to Quiltmaker magazine and your free issue will be sent from there.

***MORE FREE STUFF***
In addition to the winner of the free Volume 5 issue, two other names will be randomly selected to receive one of two of  my patterns.  One of the patterns is "Stars Over the Valley" and is for an 85" x 85" quilt.
 

The other pattern is "Woven Rails Bed Runner" and includes two sizes for bed runners fitting either a twin/full or queen sized bed.




Now, I'm going to show you how I made my block.

For this block, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam2 for the fusible applique pieces.  This is just my preference.
If you have a light box or other light source handy for tracing, trace the applique pieces onto the side of the fusible web that does NOT remove easiest.  (There are usually instructions on the package.)  Be sure to reverse your applique template.  This is because the fusible will be placed on the wrong side of your fabric & will be the mirror image of the finished piece.

I did not have a good light source available, so I first traced the applique pieces right side up on the side of the fusible web that DOES remove easiest.


 I marked the side I would peel off so I wouldn't get it mixed up.  I know myself well enough to know I might goof it up if I didn't mark it!
Then I turned the fusible over & placed it on a white surface so I could see the traced lines on the other side.  I then re-traced those lines on the side that did NOT remove easy.   This way of tracing the design is double work, but for me is the easiest when I don't have a light box handy.
 I then cut my background square 1 1/2" larger than the finished size.   This allows for "shrinkage" as you applique so that once the applique is done, you can trim the square to the proper size.   I also cut a piece of stabilizer to be used behind my square.
 I cut out around each applique piece on the fusible web, cutting about 1/4" or so from the drawn lines.
 I peeled off the "easy peel" side of the fusible and place each piece on the wrong side of the fabric.  This fusible has a sticky side that will adhere to the fabric.  If the sticky stuff isn't sticking, you can iron the fabric piece then immediately put the fusible piece on it.  If it still won't cling to the fabric, try spraying the wrong side of the fabric very lightly with a basting spray before placing the fusible piece on it.
 I have all of the fusible pieces "stuck" to the wrong sides of the fabric pieces.
To prepare the backing square, I "marked" the center by folding the square in half, then roller pressing on the fold.
Next, I folded the square again in half and roller pressed that fold.  If you don't have a roller, you can finger-press the folds.  (NOTE:  I get my roller at the hardware store - it's for wall papering but works great for quick, light presses on fabric.)
Open the square & you should see the center lines.
Cut out each applique piece on the drawn lines.
Mark the center of your design.
Place the design under your background to help in placing the applique pieces.  This way works as long as the background fabric is transparent enough to see the design through.  If you can't seen the design, it can be traced onto tissue paper & placed on top of the block to help in placement.
One piece placed.
 The flower is placed.
 All the pieces are on place.  Press with a hot iron according to instructions on the fusible package.
I placed the stabilizer behind the block & pinned it in place to keep it from moving.  
I used several different colors & types of threads to do the outline stitching on each applique piece.  I just went through what I had & what I thought would look good with each fabric.  I used a blanket stitch & sewed around the outer edge of each piece.
After the stitching was all done around each applique piece, I did free-motion stitching to make antennae on the butterfly.

Stitching all done.
Now it's time to sew on the beads.  I sewed them all on by machine using monofiliment thread.  I started at the bottom of the butterfly and stitched a few times to anchor the threads.
I hold each bead with tweezers so I don't run the needle through my fingers.  When sewing on beads, do NOT run the machine automatically.  TURN THE WHEEL BY HAND for attaching the beads.  Also, change to a smaller needle if needed to get through the hole in the bead if you use smaller beads.  REMOVE your presser foot.
Hand turning the wheel, put the needle through the hole in the bead.  Bring the needle to the up position.
Hand turning the wheel, put the needle through the fabric right next to the bead.  Take several stitches (these can be by using the foot pedal) to the next bead position.
Continue sewing beads on until you get the desired effect.

Remove the stabilizer from the back side.  I use tweezers to help me pick out the pieces of stabilizer & to reduce amount of "pull" on the threads.

All done!!



141 comments:

  1. I like Dahlias (is that a spring blossom or summer?) because even with my "black" thumb I can grow them!

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  2. Congratulations! Great tutorial! I love the bluebonnets. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. My favorite flower is the Peony.... this is so cute.. can't wait for the magizine.

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  4. Im in love - thank you for the tutorial!

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  5. My favorite is actually bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes. Yes, wildflowers! :-)

    Thank you for showing us how to make this block!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your block. I think my favorite spring blossom is a crocus. Up north in Canada it really means there is hope for Spring! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Cute block! Thanks for sharing your technique for making it. My favorite spring flowers are lilacs--the beautiful blooms and fragrance.

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  8. I just love your block, it's so wonderfully whimsical. Thank you.

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  10. My favorite spring flowers are the daisies growing in my back yard.

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  11. Great tips, I have to get a roller for pressing. My favorite spring flower is the hyacinth. Thanks for a chance.

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  12. After living in the Pacific Northwest...when the tulips bloom, I know it's spring (finally!). Definitely my favorite spring flower. But my overall favorite flower is the Stargazer Lily. I love your block and the fusible applique. Just my kind of applique - fast and still beautiful. I really like the big flower block you alternated with this block in the finished quilt. Is that raw edge applique? I love that too - so textural!

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  13. Great tutorial!! Would never have thought of putting the beads on by machine. My favorite spring flower right now is the apple blossoms!!

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  14. OOPS , just took a closer look. Sorry, not raw edge applique on the big flower, but it does appear to be stitch and split. Love that technique too.

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  15. Very cute block and thanks for showing how you put the beads on, I have never seen that done by machine before and that would be a great time saver.

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  16. Lovely summertime block , I love flowers and butterflies . I must say I have never seen beads sewn on by machine so thanks for showing us. My favorite spring bloom would be the daffodil. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. Great block! Thanks for the tutorial. My favorite bloom is impatients. They are shade loving flowers that last all summer here in the south.

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  18. When the daffodils get here I know we survived the Winter. =)

    rkwhetzel@gmail.com

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  19. The beading makes a perfect accent! My favorite spring flower is some of the newer created Daffodils.

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial on how you made your block, love how it frolics.
    Daffodils and crocus are my spring favorites.

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  21. Very cute block - congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!! I am partial to carnations because it is the first flower my (then-future) husband gave to me :-)

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  22. Great block. Spring is my time of the year. It is my favorite time of the year. Renewal! I love all the flowers, but daffodils really are my favorite. There is a day with the sky is a certain blue, and the daffodils are in bloom, it is a Daffodil Day!

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  23. Great tips - love the roller!!

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  24. I like daffodils. I think you're block is very cute, would love to make a quilt using it.

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  25. Lilacs--still waiting for them to bloom. They are usually out by Mother's Day. I love their scent.

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  26. Daffodils were my mom's favorite flower and I am always drawn to them. Your block is so cute and whimsical! Thanks

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  27. Thanks for the wonderful how-to in making your block! My favorite Spring flower is the daffodil. Love the bright yellow color!

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  28. Love your creative block! My favorite spring flowers are lilacs. Thanks "sew much" for this chance to win!!

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  29. Your block is cute, but the quilt is awesome!My favorite flower in the Spring is the Daffodil. Congratulations and thanks for a great giveaway.

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  30. Thanks for the detailed tutorial on your block. I especially appreciated learning how to machine sew on the beads and am anxious to give it a try.

    My favorite spring flowers in my garden are daffodils, but I love seeing rhododendrons in other gardens and parks.

    Thanks for your giveaway.
    vminer@rochester.rr.com

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  31. lovely block. I have to say I like daffodils, the yellow is so bright and cheery.
    Jenellejb@aol.com

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  32. My goodness, that's a lot of bead work - I've never seen it done before, so I appreciate the time you took to make the tutorial - thanks! I also love your background quilt for your blog - it's exceptional!

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  33. thanks for all the photos of your block in progress. Arent computers wonderful?
    i'd love to win the magazine or better yet, one of your patterns!

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  34. I like snow drops...nearly the first flowers up in western NY where I lived many, many years ago. Fab tutorial! Thanks & congrats! And thanks for the chance!

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

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  36. My favorite Spring blossoms are the daffodils. When I see them blooming, I know that Spring is really here.

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  37. My favorite spring blossoms are forsythia. I grew up with a huge bush outside my bedroom window.

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  38. Beautiful Block and Thanks for Sharing. I love your tutorial details in the process. Great to follow! I will have to take a try at sewing beads w/ my sewing machine. Congrats....Judith, Texas

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  39. I would have never thought to put beads on that way. Thanks for the chance to win a pattern or the mag.

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  40. Beautiful flowers! My favorite spring flower are bluebonnets. Gotta love my Texas!

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  41. My favorite spring blossoms are muscari and lilies of the valley.

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  42. What a fun block for spring and love the added touch of the beads.
    I have always tulips, when they bloom, I know spring has finally arrived.

    Debbie

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  43. My favorite Spring blossom is a crocus. Love to see them poking up through the snow. Thank you for the directions on how your do your applique. I got a quick lesson/demonstration last week from a fellow quilter on how to use the Lite Steam-a-Seam 2, but your lesson I can always come back to.

    Kay Ahr
    kayahr@gmail.com

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  44. Great tute, thank you.. funnymesjc@gmail.c

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  45. My favorite spring bloom is the daffodil. They are so cheerful and bright.

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  46. Love your whimsical block and the great quilt you designed around it; it's fantastic! Congratulaions and thank you for including the instructions in your blog.

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  47. Great tutorial. Thank you. I like these Dresden daisies and butterflies all around your blog, too.

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  48. What a great block and amazing tutorial to create one myself. I love the thought of adding beads that way. I've never done that but I might have to try now with your tutorial. thank you.

    I love all flowers but, my favorite is the Blue Iris. It's such a gorgeous shade of blue, but looks more purple. Growing up there was an entire field of those that grew wild three lots away from my home I grew up in. Every Spring I'd go pick them to have them inside the house.

    Congratulations on your block being included in Issue 5! It's a beautiful block.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  49. Thanks for all the instructions for making your block..and thanks for offering the giveaway

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  50. Love the tutorial. I had not seen sewing beads by machine before...genius! Kudos to you! My favorite spring/summer blossom is the coral bell. They almost look cartoon like AND have the added bonus of attracting the hummingbirds!Last year we had the hummingbirds fighting over the coral bells like fighter jets :) It was great free entertainment! Congrats on your block being included in the issue!!!!

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  51. Thanks for the tutorial as I need visual as well as written steps! Congratulations for being chosen to be in this 100 Quilt Blocks issue and thanks for the giveaways.

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  52. Wow! Thanks for the machine bead sewing tutorial. Is it actually easier than sewing by hand? Great block. Congratulations on having it in the magazine. Oh and my favourite spring blossom - daffodils.

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  53. What a neat block and love your machine bead sewing! Congrats for being chosen to be in the issue!

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  54. A tutorial is so helpful and we all know that you help us feel confident enough to make this pretty quilt ourselves. Thank you for your creativity and for giving us all a chance to win such an awesome magazine as well as copies of your two patterns.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  55. This is such a happy block. Thanks for the tutorial on making your block. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of themagazine or pattern too.

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  57. Thanks for sharing your beautiful block. My favorite spring bloom is on my dogwood tree. It's absolutely gorgeous this time of year.

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  58. Congratulations, the block is superb. My favourite spring flower is a daffodil.

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  59. Wow! I love your block, and man, you must have a lot of patience to sew all those tiny beads! My favorite spring flower is the crocus - after 11' of snow, it's just wonderful to see them break through the snow! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    lvitzthum@alaska.net

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  60. I love iris's. And the fact they are purple doesn't hurt either. Love your blog and your square. I love butterflys.

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  61. Love your block! My favourite spring flower is the daffodil.

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  62. Cute! Thanks for the tips on adding beads. My favorite Spring flower is lilac!

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  63. Your block is so cute!! I love it!! I never thought of sewing beads on like you did. That would be a very slow process but it is well worth it!! GREAT JOB!!

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  64. Gotta love applique! My favorite spring flowers are violets, of course!

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  65. Congrats on your block, which i think is very sweet! My favorite Spring bud is a crocus.

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  66. Thanks so much for the tutorial. And I love the quilt you made using your block.

    Daffodils are my favorite, cheerful spring flower.

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  67. Great block and thanks for the show of how to sew beads on, Ive always wanted to know how to do that by machine! Thanks for the chance too!

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  68. Thank you so much for showing us how you sew your beads on - I have been wanting to try that for quite some time and now I know how! Your block (and the finished project) is awesome. My favorite spring flowers are the veronica blooms.

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  69. My favorite Spring bud is that of an Iris - and here it is May and there is a little purple one that just began blooming (it's over 90 degrees here today). Congratulations on being selected for QM 100 Blocks v5.

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  70. I like daffodils. They look like they are smiling. Congratulations on having a block in Volume 5.

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  71. My favourite spring flower is the tulip and particularly the smaller less flamboyant species tulips.

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  72. I like Azaleas in all their many colors. Thanks for showing how you attached the beads by machine. I've never been brave enough to try, maybe now I will.

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  73. I love peonies for their huge blooms and lush fragrances.

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  74. I do love the less traditional look of these daffs and the quilt around it. I've been learning applique by doing traditional designs, but have been feeling it's time to break out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. Pretty butterfly and thank you for the instructions. Congratulations on being included in Volume 5.

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  76. Thanks for the great tutorial. Love your block!

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  77. It is a wonderful block. Congrats on being chosen for a block, how wonderful. Thank you for the tutorial it was very helpful

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  78. I think fusible web is one of the greatest inventions ever! I don't think I will ever do hand applique; machine applique is just my style! Your block is fanciful and whimsical! Love the addition of beads--I did not know they could be sewn on by machine!

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  79. Cute whimsical block! Congratulations on having a block in the new edition of the magazine! My all time favorite spring blossom is the daffodil.

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  80. My favorite spring blossom is the tulip, but I also like your fabric blossoms!

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  81. Cute and lively! Thanks for the info on applique and beading.

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  82. Your block is such a happy block! Any little girl (or big girl) would love to receive a quilt made with that! I can't wait to get my hands on volume 5! I have the other 4 issues!

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  83. No question--lilacs hands down. I only wish they bloomed longer. I'm so sad when they're finished. Their wonderful scent wafting on a spring breeze.......

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  84. I love the blooms on the dogwood tree. IF that doesn't count, then I pick lilacs. Congrats on your block! Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win :)

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  85. Love your block and congrats on being in this issue.

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  86. Never would have thought to machine sew the beads. Thanks for the chance to win

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  87. Cute block! Thanks for the tutorial on applique...you make it look easy and that wallpaper roller idea is cool too!
    I would love the Stars Over the Valley pattern--I love star blocks.
    Thanks so much!

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  88. Nice! My favorite spring bloom is Scilla. Thanks!

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  89. Your going to moan in agony at me.. but.. well... dandelions... those make me smile, because they bring joy to my children like nothing else!

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  90. Thanks for the great block & tutorial. My favorite spring flower is grape hyacinth - because I planted some 10 years ago & they still come up & bloom each Spring - nothing else has every done that. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  91. My favorite spring flower is Bleeding Hearts. Love your block.

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  92. excellent instructions. thanks love your block.

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  93. My favorite spring flower is the tulip. Love your flowers.

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  94. Fun block - love how it "wiggles"...

    My favorite spring flower is the grape hyacinth - the more the better. My house looks like it is surrounded by a blue wave at times, and the fragrance.. heaven!!!

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  95. Love the flower...fun & funky! My favorite are tulips, when I was much younger I got to see the Dutch Tulip fields each spring.

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  96. Daffodils are my favorite. Love that they are perennial and that deer don't eat them! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  97. Wonderful work! Thanks for providing the tutorial!

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  98. So cool - I never thought of sewing beads by machine!
    My favorite spring flower - love daffodils - they are so cheery, & multiply so easily!

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  99. Afternoon Frolic is a sweet block and I appreciate your showing us how to put it together. My favorite Spring flower is Iris, although I have to say I love every flower that blooms.

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  100. Lovely block and tutorial! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

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  101. Thanks for the great tutorial, your block is very pretty. My favorite spring flower is the crocus because I know when they bloom spring is here.

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  102. I love this block! It is so whimsical and sweet. Thanks for showing how to make it. I am such a wimp about trying new things, but now I really want to try this. And sewing beads on with a machine... didn't even know that was possible. My favorite spring flowers are crocuses because they are the first. So brave and beautiful when they poke through the snow. :-)

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  103. I love Bluebonnets! I really love your block, it is so original. You must have really impressed them to get a quilt in the magazine. I really liked your tutorial, I never new about sewing beads on my machine, I am going to try soon. I am a new follower, you can find me at www.intheboondocks.blogspot.com

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  104. Thank you for the tutorial --- it was very informative and I will try the technique. My favorite spring flower is the daffodil --- probably becasue the "critters" leave the bulbs alone and they actually bloom!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  105. Foi muito bom para mim este tutorial,obrigada.Minha flor preferida é amarilis,tenho de todas as cores e é lindo ver rebrotar todos os anos.Obrigada por deixar participar.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  106. great idea with the paint roller love the blocks thnak you angchappell@yahoo.com

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  107. My favorite are apple blossoms and daffodils.

    Thank you for the great ideas: the roller and how to sew on beads with the machines.

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  108. I like your block, very pretty. Congrats on being in the 100 block issue! I love the peach blossoms in the spring,

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  109. Your block is so cute and whimsical. I had never thought of sewing on beads that way! Thanks for sharing that tip.
    I love flowers of all kind so it is hard to pick a favorite, but today I'll say daffodils. I love when you see them in bunches. I also love dogwood blossoms.

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  110. Thanks for chance to win a copy! Email: marshudson at comcast dot net

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  111. Love the peony. The heady smell from them is enough to put my nose close to them every time I walk by. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  112. Your block is so cute and whimsical. My favorite spring flower would probably be azaleas and Japanese iris although it's hard to pinpoint just one or two.
    Thanks for the chance to win one of the 100 blocks books and your patterns.

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  113. Hyacinth is my favorite spring blossom (although this year it has been so cold so long, any blossom will do). I love their fragrance, and apparently so do my herd of deer.
    I couldn't function without Steam-a-Seam 2. I should really indulge in one of those complete boxes instead of by the yard.

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  114. Thanks for showing us how to add the beads, that is so neat!

    My favorite sping bloom is the daffodil. They are so happy looking.

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  115. My favorite spring flower is Iris! I have beautiful deep purple ones!! Your block is awesome!! I love it! Thanks for sharing the details in the tutorial! And Congratulations!!

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  116. I love daffodils!! So cool to see a tutorial on your block.

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  117. I love trilliums. Thanks for the demo on your block. I have never thought to put beads on with the machine. Might just have to try that.

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  118. Fabulous block & thanks so much for the tutorial. Hmmm, I would have to say I love Daffodils, so bright & "Springy"! Thanks for the chance at the give-away.
    Maureen
    mgw070 (at) shaw (dot) ca

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  119. I love the daffodils....Its got to be that whole yellow and orange and just a touch of green...later in the year its the sun flowers I keep looking for

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  120. Great block!
    We live in an area with lots of orchards and I love to see the apple blossom which is out now!

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  121. My favorite is. . .the white trillium!

    Oh, finally I get to see how to create with fusible applique! I'm bookmarking this.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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  122. I like colorful pansies the best. Thank you for put such great instructions on your blog site for the block.

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  123. Lovely block! I love the Scillas in the spring.

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  124. Pretty block and great tutorial...love how you sew the beads on! My favorite Spring flower are tulips. Thanks for the chance.
    ~Terry~
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. Very cool! Thanks for showing how you made the block! I didn't know that you could sew on beads with a sewing machine... I'll be trying that! My favorite Spring flower is Daffodils. Thanks for a chance to win! :)
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

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  126. Afternoon Frolic is the perfect name for your block. Thank you for sharing it and all the information to make it. I love all spring bulbs but Hyacinth are my favorite.

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  127. I love oriental and the small Iceland poppies! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  128. Great block! Thanks for showing is how you made it as well. I never would have thought you could sew beads on my machine, amazing! Congratulations on having your block included in this year's issue.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win. So generous!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  129. Your quilt is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the tips on making your block and congrats for having your block and quilt in the Quiltmaker 100 Block magazine. Enjoyed your Blog. My favorite spring flower is the daffodil.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  130. I Love Your Quilt Block "Afternoon Frolic"! It looks like an Art Quilt. My Favorite Springtime Flower is the Daffodil. I like all the different colors, Like salmon, white and doubles...

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  131. Great block. Thanks for showing how to make it. My fav spring flowers are daffodils.

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  132. Thanks for the giveaways and the block. My favorite blossom is Lilac.Oh you may need my address as this is the first time: zuzanzap@gmail.com
    Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  133. My favorite spring blossom is the peony. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

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  134. Congrats on having your block in the latest issue! Thanks for the giveaway. I love azaleas. We have some in the backyard that look gorgeous.

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  135. I really love your block, it reminds me of the 70's! Thank you for taking the time to show how you made it too!

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  136. I love almost all of the spring flowers - it's so nice to see colour again after all the white of winter! - but my absolute fave is daffodils.

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