Monday, May 1, 2017

Make a Pit Stop With Me! Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks-Volume 15 Blog Tour Road Rally



Welcome to my blog!  I hope you all are enjoying your road rally during Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15, Blog Tour Road Rally!

I will be giving away a few goodies during this Blog Tour Road Rally and will have information about how to enter towards the end of this blog.  Be sure not to take any detours - you don't want to take the wrong turn and get lost!

I am honored to have a block I designed chosen for the magazine.  It is called Desert Eyes, and is Block #1460 on page 40 - smack, dab in the middle of the magazine.
I'm afraid my inspiration and reasons for designing this block are somewhat boring.  When I design a block, I usually sit down at my computer and start doodling in Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) until I come up with something I like.  This time was no exception.   After a while, I decided I wanted to end up with a block that had a Southwestern look, so that steered me in the direction I needed to accomplish that.  I also used beige, brown, and turquoise as my colors to stay with that theme.

I put together a few layouts using EQ7 to share with you.  The first is showing the blocks all the same direction, with a border made of Half-Square Triangle (HST) squares.

In this one, I turned every other block sideways.  It gives the quilt just a slightly different look.

Next, I added a different block for contrast.  It's a fairly basic block, but give yet another different look.

I did color changes again.  I changed the brown to dark blue, the turquoise to light blue, and the beige to off-white.

And lastly, I change some of the light blue to bright yellow.

Don't be afraid to play with colors when making your quilts.  It can be surprising sometimes how just a little change can create such different looks.  Most of all - HAVE FUN!

Now for some shameless promoting.  I have a business called Carter Creek Quilts.  Most of the time I sell online at Etsy.com.  I design and sell quilt patterns, quilts, aprons, scarves, and other quilted items.  I also crochet Spool Pin Doilies to dress up your sewing machines that have vertical spool pins.  Here are pictures of a couple.  One is ruffled in variegated pinks, and the other is flat in bright colors.  I have over 25 colors available.
 Yes, those are some of my machines.  I search, scavenge, and rescue vintage sewing machines.  Once I get them home, I clean, tweek, tighten, oil, shine, and get them running like new again.  I have way too much fun, but that's another story entirely.

Okay, you've been more than patient, so here's the scoop on what I'm giving away.  If you want to try for one of these goodies, you need to write a comment on this blog post.  Any comment will do - what you think about my block, the blog, what the weather is doing at your place, what your favorite color is - really, anything at all!  But, in order for me to get hold of you if your name is selected, you will need to include an email address if you are a no-reply blogger.  This giveaway will run until 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 5, 2017.  I will use a random number selector to determine who gets the giveaways that evening and will try to contact the winners after that time.

So, here are the goodies being given away:

GIVEAWAY #1 - One Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15 magazine.  After your name is drawn, and I contact you, I will send your name and address to Quiltmaker magazine.  Your magazine will be sent directly from them.


GIVEAWAY #2 - One Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15 magazine PLUS one quilt pattern (designed by me) called V-Twin.  Both of these items will be sent to the winner directly from me.

GIVEAWAY #3 - One quilt pattern (designed by me) called Bunnies In My Yard.  This pattern will be sent to the winner directly from me.
  

Here are pictures of finished quilts from the patterns just to give you an idea what they can look like.


THANK YOU ALL FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG!  HAVE A WONDERFUL BLOG TOUR ROAD RALLY - VROOM....VROOM!


193 comments:

  1. really liking this block I must seriously consider getting EQ7 but first need to either get my walking foot repaired or will have to buy a new one which is £99

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    1. Thank you Margaret :) Sorry about your walking foot. Those are almost a necessity. EQ7 is great fun too ;)

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  2. Great block, I like the blue and white the best even if it doesn't really look Southwestern. Probably because blue is my favorite color. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you :) I kind of liked the blue & white too.

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  3. I like triangles and I like that you can use these in so many different ways. I don't have a lot of room, I don't have EQ7 so I design my quilts by laying them out on my king size bed and arranging and rearranging until I get exactly what I want. Sometimes I use graph paper to design. I spend more time designing than I do sewing. I guess I am a really picky. Thank you for your block.

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    1. Your welcome :) I like using graph paper too. It helps give me a visual.

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  4. I love your block and the blue version is just my thin,lol! But I also love your bunny pattern. I do enjoy applique and those bunnies are just so sweet!

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    1. Thank you Martina :) The bunny pattern is a fun one.

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  5. I like your block, the blue and yellow one is talking to me. Your pattern, Bunnies in my Yard, is a hoot. My yard is full of bunnies and they do a lot of damage to my flower gardens. Thanks for the block and the chance to win.

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    1. Thank you Wanda :) When I designed the bunny pattern, it was a time that we had lots of bunnies coming around too. For once, I had an actual inspiration...haha ;)

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  6. Oh I like Your Block, but also your patterns.Thanks for showing the opportunity's of your design

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    1. Thank you Rommy :) I have many other patterns too.

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  7. Love your block. I also love how the blocks are being posted as full size quilts too

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    1. Thank you Betsy :) They layouts were fun to do.

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  8. The variation in your designs reminds me of all that can be created using the Log Cabin pattern...love the southwest theme!

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    1. Yes, the Log Cabin blocks are fun to change around. You get so many different looks.

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  9. Love seeing all the different looks you block can take on! And I love your bunny pattern--thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thank you :) The bunny pattern is a fun one. Good luck in the drawing.

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  10. Love the vintage machines. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Julie. I'm partial to the old machines too.

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    2. I sent you an email Julie. Please be sure to check your Spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox. Thank you :0

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  11. I like playing in EQ7 like you do, either making blocks or taking traditional blocks and combining them for a quilt.

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    1. Yes, it's fun combining blocks. There's no telling what all you can come up with.

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  12. Cindy, what a great block! Fantastic in all colorways!

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  13. Fun block. Cloudy today, but it is not snowing!

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    1. Glad you aren't having snow! There certainly has been enough for this year. I think it's time for Spring!

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  14. I wish I had EQ7, it's so great to see the different colors and settings of a block!

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    1. I've had EQ since version 5. It's been a great tool for me.

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  15. Your block looks amazing in the different versions of quilts. I really like it. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  16. thanks for sharing your design process. It's great the way technology has let us adjust and inspire our creativity.

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    1. Using EQ has been a great help for me. I'm such a planner. I have to "see" it before I can build it.

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  17. Cindy, you crack me up!! I love old sewing machines too! I have about 15 now, dating back to 1898. When I am in the mood for treadling, she's my go to girl!

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    1. Ha, I know what you mean! I'm down to 16 now - oh my goodness! My oldest is 1894. She's in one of the pictures with the yellow Dogwood decals. Don't you just love them! If you follow my blog, I'll have posts in a few weeks about my adventures doing free-motion embroidery on one of my treadles. That should be interesting...haha ;)

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  18. You must have a full, fun life with all your interests! It makes life grand, doesn't it? I live on the central coast of California and right now our weather is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

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    1. Oh lucky you - nice weather! Our weather is off & on showers & sun breaks. It's trying to be nice :) I do keep very busy now that I'm retired.

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  19. I am proud of you rescuing vintage sewing machines. I don't want them in the dump. Think of all the projects they've made in their lifetime. rozz01 at cox dot net

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    1. Thank you Rosalind :) A few months ago, I had 2 that had been outside on a junk pile for years. I did my "thing" with them and now they're back to full working order & beautiful! I gave them to a local quilt shop for display. They now live a life of luxury :)

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  20. I love the colors blue and brown. Your different layouts and changing the colors simply amazes me. It just shows you how you yourself can do this. Pictures are worth more than you think. Gives one a lot of ideas as well as creativity. Thank you for being a part of the QM's 100 Blocks Blog Tour and giving us this chance to try and win those goodies.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. It is fun to do. Good luck on the drawings.

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  21. I like how you change the look of your quilt with different colors. (I also think your pattern "Bunnies in the Yard" is really cute!)

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  22. Like your block - and love that your rescue old machines! I love my featherweight! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Allison :) I just can't let an old machine be neglected - I have to see if I can get it running again :) Aren't Featherweights wonderful! Have you tried the 301s? They're great too.

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  23. I'm loving looking at all the different layouts for each block in the tour. Your layouts are great, love to see how everything changes with blocks and colors. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you :) It was fun trying out the layouts.

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  24. I'm always drawn to blocks/patterns with numerous layouts and yours fits the bill. I like vintage sewing machines also. If only I could sew with all of at once.

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    1. I do sew on all my vintage machines and it is hard choosing which one since I can only use one at a time. I love them all!

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  25. Good for you for driving your own motorcycle. I enjoy riding on the same bike as my husband!! Love the open road and can't wait for spring to finally get here so we can ride again!! Love your block!!

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    1. I've been riding since around 1974 and still loving it. I'm hoping for some nice, long rides this summer. I'm anxious for good weather too!

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    2. I sent you an email. Please be sure to check your Spam folder if you don't see it in your Inbox. Thanks!

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  26. I've always dreamed of riding (driving) a motorcycle. Haven't made the jump yet and if I do, I need to do it soon as I'm getting old! LOL. :-)

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    1. Old is just a state of mind...haha ;) It's never too late to learn to ride. There are some wonderful classes available, and I strongly suggest taking one before you head out on your own. I've been riding since around 1974, so let's not talk old...haha. I'm 64 now and plan on riding many more years. Go for it Girl!

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  27. congratulations. I love your block. The weather here has been rainy for the last week and half. enough already. the ground is soaked. lol I love your doilies and the bunny quilt. thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Lori :) We're sure had more than our share of rain too. I can't wait for sun & warm.

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  28. What a great block, love the color and layout variations. Thank you for rescuing those machines. They all have so much history to continue to tell us! Congrats on the block!

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    1. Thank you Nancy :) I love bring those old machines back to life. When I work on one, I try to imagine the stories of it. What a simpler time then. And to think they are still here and working. I'm always in awe.

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  29. I like your block! especially on the third quilt you show, where you added in another block. My son lives in the Southwest and this would be great for him...
    AND,, i'm a featherweight nut, I only have two but it is my take-with-me baby when I go anywhere to sew. The spool doily is a terrific idea, so cute!

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    1. Thank you Beth :) It is a fun block to do. You should make your son a quilt using it :)
      I have some Featherweights too. They are absolutely wonderful! I love the 301s too.
      The spool pin doilies look great on the Featherweights. Check all of them out in my etsy shop :)

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  30. I love seeing your quilt layouts with different colors for Desert Eyes. I recently purchased EQ7 and am still experimenting with it, and it's inspiring to know such beautiful blocks can be designed with it.
    ---Vicki McGuire

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    1. Thank you :) EQ is something I've used for years. My first was EQ5. It's been a great tool for me.

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  31. Outstanding work! Absolutely love the colors! You do such wonderful work! Very beautifully done! Love the design! My weather is rainy as usual! I'm a quilter and crocheter also!

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  32. Lovely block! I really like seeing the variations in setting and colors.

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  33. I love how you play with colors and layout in EQ. It is so fun to see all the variations you made with your block

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    1. Thank you Joellyn :) It was fun creating.

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  34. These sewing machines look great. I have never learned to crochet. My mother tried to teach me, but I decided against it. Love quilting, though. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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    1. Thank you Danette :) I learned to crochet when I was a kid. I also tried knitting, but just didn't have the knack.

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  35. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Love your block. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you Tina. Good luck in the drawings.

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  36. Love, love the dresden plate quilt with all the butterflies, shown in the background!

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    1. Thank you Janet. That's a quilt I made several years ago. I really like it so made it my background for the blog. I hand appliques all of the butterflies in the border. I used batiks for them. I got carried away with all of the machine quilting, but I was very happy with the result.

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  37. Thank you for showing varying layouts for your block. We look for vintage machines when we go to second hand stores as well.

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    1. Isn't it fun browsing for old machines! You just never know what you may find :)

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  38. Love all the layouts for your fun block!

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  39. I admire your rescuing of vintage sewing machines.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Auntie Clark :) I love finding & restoring them.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the many possible layouts from your block.

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    1. You're welcome Laura :) It was fun trying to come up with different layouts.

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  41. I love the design of your block and the alternate layouts you gave were fabulous!

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  42. You look like you enjoy life and quilting!!

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    1. I am certainly trying Kathryn :) I figure I had better not put off things I want to do. I never know what tomorrow may bring :)

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  43. I like your block and the quilt layout in blue and yellow. You have such a great header photo on your blog post...someone who does everything!!

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    1. Thank you Rochelle :) I liked the blue & yellow too. I thought it made the look really pop.
      I don't know that I would go so far as to say I do everything...haha. But, I do try to keep active & try to learn new things all the time.

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  44. love your zest for life... your block is great.. love all the options. drhodes9@cox.net

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    1. Thank you Debbie :) I do try to get out there & explore. You would be amazed at all of the quilt ideas I can find out on the road!

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  45. I like all the different secondary designs that are possible with this block.

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    1. Thank you :) Yes, there are lots of different layouts. What I posted are just a very few.

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  46. I like that you rescue old sewing machines. I never thought of doing that but it sounds like I'd enjoy it, too.

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    1. Thank you Allison. I do enjoy the old machines. They fascinate me because they're so old and yet can be brought back to like new running condition with so little work. I have found I like the stitch quality of the oldies much better than any of the newer machines I've had. I like listening to them work too.

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  47. Thank you for sharing all the colour and design variations. I took a look back at some of your quilts. I love the Ying Yang Bada Bank quilt

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    1. Thank you Jayne. The Ying Yang was a fun one to do. One of these days, I'll post my more recent quilts.

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  48. what a versatile block - I love the blue and yellow version!

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    1. Thanks Gill. I liked the one with blue & yellow too. It gave a very different, vibrant look.

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  49. Love the different colorways you used for this block!

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    1. Thank you :) It was fun to try different colors.

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  50. Great blog, Cindy! I, too, am a quilter, seamstress, crocheter, and motorcycle rider, although I prefer to ride behind my hubbie. He's very supportive of my quilting: we go on shop hops together on the bike all over South and Central Texas.
    kinderpam@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Pamela :) I've been riding bikes since around 1974, so am used to riding solo. My hubby has his own bikes & we ride together that way :) I love shop hopping on the bike too!

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  51. Blue and white one was my favorite

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    1. Thank you :) That was a pretty one I thought.

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  52. I also love vintage machines! My FW 221 has a blue and white spool pin doily that I made.

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    1. Don't you just love your FW? They are wonderful :) It's fun to dress them up too :)

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  53. Great block, I really like blue, and vintage sewing machines are great. I have a couple. Thanks for giveaways.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Donna :) Good luck in the drawings!

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  54. Wow! What a fun and adventurous life you lead! I love red and also own a number of vintage machines. My favorites are my 301s.

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    1. I have enjoyed most everything I've done so far. I love learning new things.
      I have some 301s too and they are my favorites. I think their stitch quality is far superior to any of the others. They're my go to machine for almost all my piecing.

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  55. I love your design and all of the variations!
    If I would be lucky enough to win, could I have one of your machines also? LOL!

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    1. Thank you Nancy :) No.....I'm not parting with any of my machines yet...haha ;)

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  56. I love old machines, too. In fact, since my newer ones have gone on the fritz too many times, my antique portable that I bought at a yard sale is my favorite. It is the most dependable.

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    1. Me too! I have a newer Janome that I use for machine quilting, but for all my other sewing, I always use one of my vintage machines. They just don't make things like that any more ;)

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  57. Easy block, so many variations...should make one myself!

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    1. By all means - yes! It works up quickly and is fun to do :)

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  58. I really like your block and to put many of them together is so cool looking tytyty for this idea.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Anna :) Glad the layouts gave you ideas. That's what it's all about :) Have fun!

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  59. Love your block design. The second quilt variation is my favorite but I like the blue colorway best. Have acquired 2 old machines but don't really know the best way to go about cleaning them up. One is a treadle. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Wendy :) If your vintage machines aren't too dirty, just wipe them with sewing machine oil. That helps lift off some of the grime, and will leave a nice shine. It won't hurt the finish at all either. On areas that are really dirty, I use Simple Green first with a cloth, then dry completely, then oil wipe down. I use old toothbrushes on hard to reach areas of the chrome. If there is a really dirty spot on a painted area, you can use a brush & Simple Green, but be very careful not to rub too hard. You don't want to scratch or remove decals. Over time, a lot of old machines loose their protective coating, so the decals become fragile. Just a soft rag & oil works best on those.

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  60. I'm always amazed at the combinations HSTs yield!! I would never think to put them together this way. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, you can be quite creative with those :)

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  61. Love your block, especially when added with the secondary block.

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  62. "Bunnies in My Yard" is a wonderful pattern! It made me think of the rabbits at Leisure World that used to vex half of the senior citizens living there and delight the other half. (Oh, the civil--and sometimes not so civil--wars that raged over rabbits in the gardens!) When I visited my friend's grandma, rabbits were a very hot topic.

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    1. Thank you Beth :) It was fun to create. It was a time we had wild bunnies coming in to the yard a lot.

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  63. I'm glad you showed examples of the block in quilts Wow! Such neat patterns! As a University of Michigan fan I am partial to the blue/gold version!

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    1. Thank you Sue :) I liked the blue/Gold too when I added the golds.

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  64. You tagline and picture at the top of your blog is so fun!

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  65. Desert Eyes - I really love it! You have a fun blog - thank you for the giveaways and congrats on a great blocK!

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    1. Thank you Lee :) Good luck on the drawings :)

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  66. Great block! I really like the layout in blue and white fabrics.

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  67. I love the layout variations of your block! My favorite color is blue....and I'd love to see blue skies again after the week of rain we have had. :)

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    1. Thank you Darlene :) I am looking forward to lots of blue skies again too. We've had more than our share of rain!

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  68. Great block and I especially like the layout with you turning every other block.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I too liked how that turned out.

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  69. It was interesting your thoughts in planning your block and quilt.The Southwest is so beautiful and your quilt brings out that feeling. I collect old machine too, but the husband loves to make them run again, I get to test drive and tell him what could make them even run better. thanks for your block.

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    1. Thank you Linda :) Those old machines just keep on running. Love them too :)

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  70. I like the alternating direction version best, I think. The blue and white version is lovely, as well.

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    1. After turning every other block, I liked how that added interest.

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  71. Love your block - definitely has a Southwestern vibe. Thanks for sharing the different layouts.

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    1. Thank you Joyce :) I'm glad the Southwestern flavor came through.

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  72. Great block! Thanks for sharing possible quilt designs.

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  73. Love your block! The weather here in AZ is supposed to hit 100 on Friday. Hmmmm, might be time to head north. Karen
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    1. Thank you! I would love 100 right now ;)

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  74. I really love this block - especially in the southwestern colors. Reminds me of when I lived in AZ.

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    1. Thank you :) It was fun to come up with.

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  75. I love collecting vintage machine too. I also have a white featherweight that I adore! Love your bunny pattern... I have been fighting the local bunnies for years for the right to eat the veggies in my garden!! LOL

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    1. Thank you :) I created that bunny pattern at a time when we had wild bunnies on our property.

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  76. What a clever name "Sew Many Roads" I really like it.

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    1. Thank you Monica :) I thought it fit what I do pretty well :)

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  77. Your spool pin doilies are adorable! Congratulations on being chosen for the magazine. I really like your block. cknapp3636(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. Thank you Cynthia :) They have been a big hit so far with the vintage machine owners.

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  78. Love the colors you used in your block-very nice! Thank you, Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan :) It was fun coming up with different looks.

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  79. I love playing with color and seeing what secondary designs show up. Thank you for sharing!
    We have crazy weather in Utah right now--snow, rain, sleet, warm, cold, windy often. Maybe you should take a ride to Utah this June, and see the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival. That's on my bucket list, since I live in Utah!
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    1. You're welcome Rachell :) That quilt walk sounds like fun! I don't plan on heading that direction this summer, but you never know ;)

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  80. I love your sewing machines! It was finally warm and sunny in the Pacific Northwest today! So tired of the rain!
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    1. Thank you :) Yes, the sun & warmth here was wonderful! I could almost watch the Rhodies blooming :) I am so ready for more sunshine too :)

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  81. I like your block. It is intriguing.

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  82. Interesting block. thanks for your giveaways. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)com

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  83. What a fun block and your cover picture is keeping with the theme of the blog hop...love it. It is wet and rainy here, but tomorrow promises to have a bit of sun.....maybe.

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    1. Thank you Margaret :) We're getting a bit of sun today too.

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  84. Your block has a nice modern feel to it. Thanks for sharing!

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  85. Love your block and the possible layouts. Thanks

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  86. I love your block. My favorite color is purple, and it is raining cats and dogs here, so a good day to quilt, if I ever get off this computer.

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    1. Thank you Glenda :) We've had way too much rain here too. I'm looking forward to some sun soon :)

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  87. Sounds like you have fun with those vintage sewing machines!!
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

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  88. Finding so many nice blocks on this tour...thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Thank you Anita. Have fun on the tour :)

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  89. Those vintage machines are beautiful. Wondering if they are what you sew on, or if they are primarily for show...
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    1. Thank you Allison :) I do sew on all of my vintage machines - all 18 of them! I do have a couple of modern ones I sew on too :)

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  90. Love the block and tge layouts you showed! The V twin pattern looks very interesting as well. Thank you for allowing us all the chance to win one of your lovely patterns! Craftsy at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Stacey :) Good luck in the drawings.

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  91. Love the block and tge layouts you showed! The V twin pattern looks very interesting as well. Thank you for allowing us all the chance to win one of your lovely patterns! Craftsy at gmail dot com

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  92. Your block is fun, but the bunny quilt is absolutely adorable! I know a couple of little girls that would fall in love with it. :-D bella(dot)harriger(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Bella :) Good luck in the drawings :)

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  93. Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us. Your block is lovely. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunities.

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  94. I love the block, however, I really love those awesome doilies for the spool! Thanks for creating!

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    1. Thank you Lori :) Check out all of the colors in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/cartercreekquilts

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  95. Not sure which color version I like the best! Maybe the blue and yellow. Good job.

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  96. Like your block & the many ways to lay it out

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  97. I like that you showed us so many ways to use your block. I love seeing all the possibilities. I also love your Dresden and Butterfly quilt on your blog background. It is just beautiful.

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  98. great to see you using EQ 7 Kathy in colo

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