Monday, September 10, 2012

Dots on Dots Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by for the dots on dots hop. I've been looking forward to this hop for a while now, so thank you to Corrie at Quilt Taffy for hosting and to Mdm Samm for all of her work and guidance as well! If you're looking for the full list of participants, you can find it at Corrie's blog (linked above) by clicking on the dots on dots button on the right hand side of her page. Here's the list of everyone sharing the day with me:

The Recipe Bunny --> you are here! :)

I'm sure you're in for a treat with all of these blogs, so please hop along and cheer along as we take off on the second day of the Dots on Dots Hop! Here's what I put together for you:
I had a lot of dots fabric to choose from for my block...

So many that I guess I really couldn't decide which ones to use, so I used pretty much all of them. Those fabrics turned into this design:

Which then turned into all of these half square triangles (all for just one block!):

Which then turned into this layout:

And eventually made its way into being this 12.5" unfinished block:

I have a whole quilt planned of these - 20 blocks - but I only have 8 sewn together. I've been super busy planning a wedding (which just happened this past Sunday), so my time to sew has been non-existent. It's one of my crafty goals this month to have the whole quilt put together, so cross your fingers that I get it done!

Here's what I have so far:

As you can see, the blue squares and the middle orange or yellow squares change from block to block. 1/2 of the quilt will have some form of aqua/orange combo and the other 1/2 will have a darker blue/yellow combo on them. The outer fabrics for each block stay the same. I was hoping to get one more done of the darker blue center, but just ran out of time. :( 

I really like putting these together because the fabrics are so colorful and festive! I also like that the dots are all different sizes. Some are big, some are really small, and on some of the blue pieces the dots form circles. For some reason it reminds me of the circus, which I always loved as a little kid, so that's probably why I like this odd combination of dots and colors so much. I had thought about giving this quilt away when it's all done, but I think I'm going to keep it as a guilty pleasure quilt all for myself and make something else to give away - darn! :) 

Speaking of giving something away... I have a giveaway for all of you! More dots fabric! These are some of the fabrics I was considering using, but didn't. I have 2 fat quarters of the green with white dots fabric, and 1 FQ of the rest: orange with white dots, orange with splotchy orange dots, white with really tine pink dots, and pink with really tiny white dots.

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
So, now what you need to do to enter is leave a comment on my blog post below. Please, please, please make sure I have your email if you're a no-reply blogger. Otherwise, I won't be able to let you know you've won! I'll pick the winner via random computer drawing on Sunday, September 16th because that's my husband's birthday. So, comments will count until Saturday, September 15th, through 11:59pm central standard time. No pressure to become a follower, but if you'd like to keep tabs on the next set of things I create, please sign up and follow along. When I reach 200 followers, I might just be tempted to have another giveaway just for you!

And now, just to leave you with something fun, here's a picture of my cat Sasha. She decided to lay down on the stack of finished dots blocks while I had my back turned. Never fails - she has the whole rest of the apartment to find a cushy spot to lay down and she always lays on the quilt pieces. Maybe my next quilt will have to be for her... :) Happy hopping everyone!

149 comments:

  1. What a fun quilt you will have when all finished and fun to look at until it's completed. Love the dots and love the pattern. Thank you so much for sharing and since I'm new to your blog, I had to become a follower just so I can come back and visit again.... Yay you for hopping on the Dots on Dots Blog hop!

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  2. What a fun block...can't wait to see the finished quilt! I think your cute kitty is trying to claim it for herself :) TFS and thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  3. Love seeing quilters use the 'ole graph' way of planning blocks. Great block and great quilt. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  4. Hi!!! Wonderfully pretty block!!!! Will be a great quilt!!! Love Sasha!!!! She is very pretty!!!!

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  5. Love your bright and cheerful block! They will make a wonderful quilt. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. I am now a happy follower.

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  6. Love it!! Can't wait to see it all finished!!

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  7. Love your bright blocks. It will be a wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Fantastic blocks and so clever. Look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  9. Great looking quilt - I like the way you have used a variety of colours and they all go together so nicely. Have fun finishing it.

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  10. Wow. Just 8 blocks finished huh..... I'm in awe. Those blocks are fantastic. Nice vibrant colours and a great design. Amazing!

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  11. Wonderful colours, I am a tiny bit scared of orange but seeing it used in those blocks has opened my eyes. I love dots of all kinds so the giveaway is lush.

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  12. Lovely, lovely, successs with finishing your quilttop, it looks so promising!

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  13. Such a cute and clever use of dots!! The colors work so well together.

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  14. Wow that is going to be an amazing quilt when finished, so bright and joyful. Sasha is also adorable. My cat also likes to lie on anything quilty.

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  15. I like your choice of dotty fabrics. Really great colors. Your quilt is going to be wonderful!

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  16. I love this block! The finished quilt is going to be verycool!

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  17. I'm impressed with your block, and it looks great in all the lovely dots!

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  18. Love the quilt blocks.Everyone is doing a beautiful job. Enjoy these hops.

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  19. wow, that is a fabulous block and the quilt will be gorgeous, so original

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  20. That`s a great block and the quilts is spectacular!!Can´t wait to see it finished.Happy sewing!!

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  21. I love your blocks -- that's a pattern I haven't seen before. And your polka dot fabrics are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. HI Karen...a delightful showing and yours must of caught bunny fever..they just kept multiplying lol

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  23. Great dots, can't wait to see the finished quilt! Yes, I do agree, it is time for Sasha to have her own quilt. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  24. Love the happy dot blocks! And Sasha makes a great assistant! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Been looking forward to seeing what you came up with and you didn't disappoint! What a great ambitious dotty project, the fabrics and your block choice really speak "happy"! Good luck with keeping the kitties off the quilt blocks, mine is always on top of my many piles as well! They seem to need to test everything as it comes in, lol!

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  26. cool blocks and you had a lot of dotted fabric! I don't- so I'd love to win some :-)

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  27. It is so funny how cats sit right on a stack of fabric...gotta love them! Your quilt top turned out so pretty! I am following now.

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  28. love this block so funny! thank's for sharing today

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  29. Ha Ha. Sasha knows the good stuff. Your quilt looks great! What a fun design!

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  30. You have been busy, looking good. And Sasha thinks so too

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  31. Thanks for the tutorial, that block is really cute and of course the polka dots make it amazing. Sasha's beautiful.

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  32. Lovely block and the secondary block is a bonus! Thanks!

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  33. I love your dotty blocks! you have a great selection of colours!

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  34. What a creative quilt block! Your quilt will look great when it's done.

    I don't know what it is with our fur kids needing to lay on the quilt blocks. My pups do the same thing.

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  35. Your quilt top is looking really nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Great block design...it will look very nice as a quilt! There is something about dots that make the so cheerful! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Your blocks are amazing--so many pieces to sew together! It will make a beautiful quilt. Sasha looks a lot like my Phoebe, who also likes to find those sewing projects to lay on. Thanks for hopping with us! :O)

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  38. What a fantastic design! I love how you swapped out the fabrics from block to block it really adds something to it

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  39. Oohh the cats!! That's funny!!! Beautiful block and fabric choices!! (I have a dog - when I lay out a quilt - he's rolling on it - when I do my hand quilting, he's snuggled ON the quilt .. silly animals!)

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  40. VERY cool block!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Great block! Can't wait to see quilt.

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  42. love the combination of dot fabrics! I'm a new follower (found you via the Dot hop). :)

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  43. Good Morning! New follower here! I really have to say I love your block(s)... Very nice combinations and I love the pattern and contrasts you have come up with. Thank you for sharing your talent! Have a super day!

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  44. Wonderful dotty block and the quilt will be wonderful. ALl those 1/2 square triangles, wow. My cat likes to lie on all of my fabrics too. when I iron a big piece, I can't always move it forward since she is sitting on the bottom. She also likes to steal some of my tools while I am sewing.

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  45. Your blocks look wonderful!!! This will make a great quilt!!!

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  46. I love the quilt design - it's going to look great when you're done! Definitely an ambitious blog hop project! Thank you for the chance to win the fun dotted fabrics!

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  47. I love the way the blue brings your eye zig zaging across the quilt. almost forgot there were dots :)

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  48. That's a lot of sewing! It's looking great. Great color & of course the design.

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  49. Love how colorful your blocks are...will make a nice bright quilt!

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  50. Wow! Pretty! Wonderful colors and a fun pattern.
    I enjoy following your blog.

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  51. What a pretty block you made. It reminds me a little of Card Trick which just might be my favorite block.

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  52. super Cute Block.. Hope to see you on my Dots to Dots Day

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  53. Great dots! And you can always count on any resident kitty to test out fabric in any form.

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  54. I love your blog and follow along quite often. Just love your block. So much so, I am going to try this block myself. Just love dots. I have a black and white dot dress I really really love to wear. My cat does the same thing. Right in the middle of your block or even fabric. Just wants to help. Thank you for joing in the fun and giving all of us a chance to win those dots.

    Sandi T.
    Sonora, CA
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  55. Your quilt really pops...excellent job!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  56. My cat does the same thing! He even tries to sit on my lap, while I'm handquilting one of my quilts. That is not working for me! But he doesn't care ;)

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  57. Your blocks are going to make an awesome quilt. The oranges and yellows in the center really makes the blocks pop! Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful dots! I am a follower of your blog.

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  58. Wow!!!! Those blocks are awesome!!! Can't wait to see the quilt.

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  59. Those are incredible blocks....love how you put that together. Sasha has good taste in where to relax!

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  60. Karen, your blocks turn out beautiful and love the design. I just took up HST's this year and love how many ways you can use them. Sasha is sweet in envy and wants in on all the fun. Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  61. I really like the pattern to you dotty blocks and reading on down in your blog made me wish my sister lived close so I could get her excited about quilting & sewing.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  62. Hi Karen I love the block it is stunning and when it is made into the whole quilt it will look great. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  63. Just love the pattern for the quilt. So bright! And complicated looking, LOL. I guess I really need to get out of my rut and try something a little different than a 9 patch.

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  64. Love the blocks and the parts you've done sofar. Was just wondering that if you turned the blocks when you put them together if you'd get a different design? Thanks for sharing, and good luck in finishing this quilt! Will be a wonderful one.

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  65. I love the fact that you just sat down and designed a block using all your different fabrics - and it turned out so cute! blessings, marlene

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  66. Love the cat. What a cutie. I too love dots. I can't wait until my day to show off my dots.

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  67. What a great design...that looks like such fun! pbstrand@msn.com

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  68. Love the fabric choice and love the cat too darn cute!

    (Kreativemum@gmail.com)

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  69. I like the way your dotty quilt is looking. Such bright, happy colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Wow! that is going to be a wonderful quilt!

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  71. Rosemary B Here:
    This is really beautiful! I love the color choices and idea.
    Your kitty Sasha is sweet too. Kitties are such a great help
    Thank you for sharing your creativity

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  72. You've designed a really neat block that is going to make a fantastic quilt.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  73. I like that block! Thanks for the giveaway! I love dots!

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  74. Love your block. Wish I had the time and patience to design but alas, I rely on others.

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  75. I love that design and it looks fabulous with the blocks put together. Our SIL's birthday is also on the 16th. Happy birthday to your DH.

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  76. That's a lot of dots but it is going to be an adorable quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win some dotty fabric.

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  77. I love how you made all the dots combined into a beautiful block! Can't wait to see the finished quilt I think it will look very Modern! Would love to win some new dots.

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  78. Love your Polka Dot block!
    and you quilt is going to look amazing :)
    Marta

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  79. How fun! I really like that block. thanks for sharing.

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  80. that is so neat how you drew and colored your idea on paper. What a great block and even better a great quilt. thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win some dotty fabric which I don't have much of.

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  81. Karen, what a beautiful collection of dots fabrics...and without a doubt the finished quilt will be gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your dots and the chance to win some dot fabric. A quilter can never have too much fabric, especially dot fabric. Have a wonderful day and happy stitching, Pauline

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  82. I love the blocks you designed. The dots look great. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.

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  83. This is a tremendous block design. The quilt will definetly be a keeper so don't feel the littlest bit guilty about that.

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  84. Fabulous dotty blocks - what a clever design!! And isn't it funny that pets ALWAYS sit on what we've just spent hours making!!?

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  85. Who nelly! That is an ambitious project and so cute too! A girl after my own heart with the graph paper and colored pencils. Can't wait to see it finished, then maybe Sasha will stay off your unfinished blocks :o)

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  86. Love how you made those dots work. Your work is lovely! I am a big fan of using what I have instead of buying more and you have given me inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

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  87. Your quilt is going to be just beautiful! Great job!

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  88. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the block. I'm follower number 120 - I hope that is a lucky number.

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  89. What a bright and cheerful quilt! love the block!

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  90. really nice block. Love the dots!

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  91. Fun block! Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win. I'm a follower.

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  92. Loving your block/quilt in progress! I am a long time lover of dots!

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  93. Karen, I love your dots block/quilt because they are very different. I am intrigued with your tie wreath. I have a bunch of my father-in-laws ties and have been saving them for something special. Would you care to share how you made the wreath? I really like how the points of the tie stick out like that-it looks great and I would love to try to make it. What a great idea for a momento as a quilt might require more than I have and because they are silk would probably be put away so as not to damage it, but a wreath could be displayed in a place that doesn't have sun exposure. Your are really inspirational. Thanks for sharing-from California

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    1. Hi Nellie! With the original post on the tie wreath I showed how I put it together. I just used quilting pins so I wouldn't need to cut into any of the ties. It only took about a half hour to put together, so you should definitely give it a try!

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  94. I love your block design! It's a fun quilt and you should keep it for yourself and enjoy it.

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  95. Love the block, will be copying for sure! (Hi Sasha!)

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  96. Love your quilt!!! Thanks for sharing in this blog hop! Dots have to be my favrite!!

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  97. Love the dots.. :) Cute :) Never fails that when you turn your back he fluffies are on whatever you are working on..

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  98. Your blocks are going to make a terrific quilt , great job!!

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  99. Cute dotty bunnies!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  100. Love your blocks! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. Love seeing not only your single block but how several blocks look together. And the cat - well, he/she looks happy and I can understand. When I let my dog come up to my sewing room, she goes right for whatever is displayed on the floor. Go figure! Debby (in Virginia, DC suburbs) Thanks for sharing today!

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  102. Very creative Karen, I hope that you will show us the quilt when you finish it. Thanks for sharing Sandra

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  103. What a lovely dotty block. I like the extra pop of color you used in the centers. Thanks for a great presentation.

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  104. Sasha agrees with you-you must keep this quilt! Cats know best! I love it, it is going to be wonderful. Nice and cheerful.

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  105. I love it when you go above and beyond the call of duty and make not only a block, but a whole quilt. Nice job, and sweet kitty!

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  106. very lovely quilt blocks...and giveaway fabric..thank u

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  107. I have two cats who also love to lay on whatever I'm working on. I think they would love the dots!

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  108. I love your "dotty" blocks! Thanks for sharing!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  109. That is a fantastic block! I would love to make some of my own :)

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  110. Beautiful block and I love your cat!

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  111. Your quilt is going to be wonderful!!! That block is great! Your quilting companion is gorgeous :) Following you to see the completed quilt!

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  112. What a great block and this will make a beautiful quilt!

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  113. what a great quilt your block has made.... love your pressing helper...thanks for sharing and haveing a give away too
    in stitches

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  114. I love the quilt you made. Happy birthday to your hubby on Sunday.

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  115. What a beautiful quilt this is going to be! I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that you get this done soon because I know you will love it. (Of course if you don't, I can send you my address and I'll give it a good home.) :-)

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  116. Great new block you've created! If the draw is open to internationals, would love to be in with a chance as I'm a HUGE fan of spotty/dotty fabrics :)

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  117. I like that block pattern! My cat lays all over my quilt blocks too.

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  118. That is such a fun pattern. Thank you for the giveaway too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  119. I really like the way these blocks turned out! Kudos on your design working so well. I've been following your blog for a few months now, really enjoy it!

    Fawn

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  120. Very cool, I like the card trick block peaking out but then it turns into something all on its own.

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  121. LOL to your cat. I'm always brushing off cat hair with my lint roller.

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  122. Oh...love your card trick...just fabulous!

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  123. I live to win dotty fabric. Need to replenish my stash don't ya know. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  124. Love your blocks! I'm a follower :)

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  125. very nice blkock pattern, thanks for he chance to win

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  126. That block is gorgeous, I think I might try it :)

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  127. love your projects, and cats are always the fabric inspectors....

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  128. My kitty gives moral support to. He likes to lay on batting :) (and needle punch it some more!) Love that block!

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  129. What a pretty block. Sasha and my cat are alike. Whenever I sew he is right there on top of the fabric. Can be challenging at times. Especially if it is wool. Oh my goodness. Youd think he was in heaven. LOL

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  130. Karen, that dotty block is so striking! Great colour combination and awesome selection of dotty fabrics. Wow.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  131. Love your block! It's going to be such a pretty quilt.

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  132. A very interesting quilt. I love dots and am collecting polka dot fabric for a quilt. I love that you changed the blue/orange in the various blocks. It sure added intrigue to the quilt. Thanks for doing a giveaway. I look at quilt giveaways as another ways quilters have the opportunity to make another guilt to share with someone.

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  133. Love your Quilt!! AWESOME layout & all!! Colors are Perfect! Grrrrreat job!

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing! I love Polka Dots! My Stash is excited! lol

    I'm also a brand new Follower! :)

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  134. She is a pretty cat. I love your block!! That quilt will be so bright. I love color so that quilt really strikes me.

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  135. I love your block, the colors are perfectly beautiful. Your cat has great taste.

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  136. fabulous--this is going to be amaizng in a full size quilt!

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  137. I know I missed the giveaway, but just wanted to tell you how much I like the block you designed. T at's going to be a lovely quilt. Happy birthday to the hubby!

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  138. Your blocks are going to make a great quilt!

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  139. Your blocks will make a great design in your quilt.
    Thanks for showing your design process and joining in the hop!

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  140. Haha, I can relate about the cat. :)

    That's the reason my cats are not allowed in my craft room (well that and my older cat likes to nibble on pictures although I haven't scrapbooked in a while).

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