Thursday, 14 November 2013

Starbright #725

::Giveaway now CLOSED - thanks everyone!::

Paper piecing. I love it. Like a lot. It is my not-so-secret dream to spread that love of paper piecing all over the place. Everyone should paper piece! Paper piecing is fun! Ahem. I may be getting a little carried away. But you get the picture.

So when I contemplated sending a block into Quiltmaker for their awesome 100 blocks magazine… well naturally it was going to be paper pieced. The big inner debate raged – pictorial like my usual style? Or pattern which is also fun?

Pattern won out. Much more versatile and well, this happened. And I fell in love.

Meet Starbright.

Starbright

That’s right. That’s a screenshot of my humble little block as part of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 8. To say I’m excited is an understatement. (Screenshot of a digital copy as I haven’t received a physical copy yet, despite loitering around the post office and checking my post box every 5 minutes. Apparently wishing does not make it faster).

The thing I really love about this block is there’s a secondary design when you join the blocks together. Here’s one I prepared earlier (ok I cheated, here’s an EQ7 mockup!).

Starbright Quilt Layout

This is how 9 x 12” blocks would look. Look at those pretty additional stars that appear!

Or perhaps you’re not loving my grey, aqua and red colour scheme. Well! No worries– here are some other colour variations of the same block. Because it’s fun to see.

Starbright Colour Variations

I’m kinda loving that monochrome one. It has a bit of an old time movie feel. As for the green and red – I think if I just added a few yellow dots to the centre, it’d totally look like a pointsettia. Hello Christmas!

I’m thrilled to have a block included in this awesome magazine, chock a block full of inspiration. Oh and hey, are you keen to nab one of these magazines for yourself? It’s out officially on the 19th November.

Or you can just leave me a comment here on my blog and go in the running for a freebie giveaway copy of the magazine thanks to the fab Quiltmaker folks. Stuck for ideas for a comment? Let me know if you prefer a pictorial or pattern style paper pieced design! You know, in case I’m brave enough to submit another design! Bonus second entry for followers (make sure you leave a second comment saying how you follow for that extra chance).  You have until Sunday 17th November (Aussie time) to enter!

Pop by and check out some of the other fab stops on the blog hop too! Lots of inspiration and more giveaways!

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Eeeeeeee! (Don’t mind me, the excitement is just a little overwhelming!).

340 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Congrats, Kristy! I'm so excited for you!

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  2. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! The block is so awesome and I love the secondary design. I hope your copy gets to you soon!

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  3. Nice block--it would make a great Christmas quilt!! Congrats on being published. I would be so over the moon if I were you. :)

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  4. Love the secondary design but I do favor pictorial. Congrats on the publication!!!

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  5. Love the secondary design but I do favor pictorial. Congrats on the publication!!!

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  6. I would go for pictorial. But your pattern is lovely and great to be used on a full quilt! Congratulation on the publication!

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  7. Congrats on being published. It's always fun to see a secondary pattern emerge.

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  8. That block is awesome, and you must be very proud.

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  9. You have every right to be excited! What an honor!!

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  10. congrats girlfriend, I like a PDF form of PP. I have had a hard time with the space around the blocks especially when its a design like a Hat or bird, when you have a slant how to make my block not slanted.

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  11. I love your pictorial blocks... you are so clever.
    thanks for the giveaway

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  12. Love the block ~ and the magazine too and paper piecing!!!

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  13. I love the block and the secondary pattern is great

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  14. I would go for pictorial but I do love secondary patterns a lot too! Congrats to you!

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  15. Pattern and pictorials both have their places. I like both. I just used vol 6 for a project. Thanks for the chance. Yes, I'm a follower!!!

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  16. Well done! You are brilliant at these blocks. I think both patterns and pictorials have their place, as well.

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  17. Great pattern. With your help I have dabbled in paper piecing. So many more wonderful things you can do than when you just piece! Congratulations!

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  18. Congratulations. Wonderful block and PP to boot. Love blocks that give a secondary design but also stand out on their own.

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  19. Cograts. love the block. It's great.

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  20. I am an email follower. Thanks so much for sharing

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  21. cool block...thanks for the chance

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  22. I follow you with bloglovin!!!!

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  23. I love paper piecing too an love the secret of the secondary design. Any way you do it, paper piecing is great.

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  24. I also happily follow you on Bloglovin.

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  25. great block, always so talented. i like pattern, makes me look like i'm good at piecing lolol

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  26. That is exciting, congratulations! I like all kinds of paper piecing designs. Pictorial and blocks. I like how intricate they can be.

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  27. I'm a pictorial kind of gal, but this pattern has me intrigued. I especially like the red and green version. And I love it when secondary motifs show up, too!.

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  28. A HUGE congratulations from me. Much deserved and a beautiful block :)

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  29. Congratulations. Thanks for the chance to win a great magazine. I really like your blocks and pictorials. I don't do a lot of paper piecing but need to change that as it is the perfect way to get sharp points!

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  30. I have been a follower for a long time . I follow with bloglovin.

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  31. Great block - I love secondary designs!
    I love the red and aqua version!

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  32. Congratulations! I like both kinds of patterns, generally pictorial for kids projects and blocks for adults. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  33. I follow your blog in Feedly...

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  34. You are so clever - this is a very cool block! I love the colours you have mocked up - and those extra stars from the corners are fab!!! Yay for you!!!

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  35. Congrats Kristy! That is awesome! I'm happy for you. I guess I prefer pattern style.

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  36. I am happy follower via bloglovin.

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  37. Fab pattern, and congratulations!! :o)

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  38. I love how secondary designs come out on a quilt!

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  39. Congrats! I love the block! : )

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  40. oh love this one!!! Both ways, pattern with pictures is my favorite! But with your paper piecing I never have a problem with just the pattern!!

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  41. I love following you. I too am a paper piecer, okay I'm addicted. In fact I am working on tiny blocks like 1 1/2 inches square and I hope to make them into necklace charms.

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  42. I love the pictorial ones as the are great to combine together or to use as a cushion.

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  43. Love your pattern and I also love paper piecing...I think the red and green would make for a great Christmas project...Congrats!!!

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  44. I like any type of paper piecing.
    Love your pattern,
    thelady at hotmil.com

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  45. I'm a follower via email.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  46. Love this star block! ...but I also love pictorial patterns...

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  47. Congratulations, this is a lovely block

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  48. This is a very pretty block, but I also love your pictorial patterns. I'd say, just go with what you feel like at the moment. It's bound to be a winner either way.

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  49. And, I follow you on feedly.

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  50. Great block! I love the colors you chose.

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  51. gorgeous block Kristy - I think I like the pattern style better - really love how there are two designs in one with this block !

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  52. yay - extra chance - I follow you through bloglovin !

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  53. Congratulations on making the cut! Your block is lovely. I like pictoral blocks but can definitely see trying this one out too. What a great pattern!

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  54. I'm a happy e-mail follower. I love getting your posts in my inbox!

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  55. Woop woop - fantastic! Big congrats - so very exciting!!

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  56. I follow you via email and Bloglovin'

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  57. I like just about any paper piecing pattern! Love your block for the magazine, the secondary pattern is a nice touch!

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  58. My favorite paper piece block are patterns, especially stars! Congratulations on getting in the mag!

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  60. Wait, what? You like to paper piece? Pff, no way, i never would have guessed!
    Love this one! The secondary pattern that comes out is awesome!
    And i'm probably an even 50/50 split with pictorial or pattern designs, i love them both!

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  61. And you know i'm a follower! Forever!
    Congrats on the mag Kristy, truly awesome!!

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  62. Congratulations on being published! I like the secret hidden design. With the different colour combinations it's really versatile for different people/occasions - my favourite you've shown is the pink, white and blues :-)

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  63. Congratulations - it is brilliant!

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  64. congrats! I love your paper piecing and I particularly enjoy your pictorial patterns. Although Starbright is awesome!

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  65. Congratularions superstar! The block is fabulous!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  66. I am happy to say that I am a follower!!

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  67. Oh Kristy...I am so happy for you! Congratulations!!!

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  68. Congrats!! I really love the red and green mockup you did :)

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  69. Congratulations Kristy! I love your pictorial designs but this one is pretty gorgeous too! Looks to me that whatever you choose will be a success with your fans!

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  70. You always make awesome blocks and pattern! I don't have a preference on pattern style.

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  71. Your pictorial patterns are so incredible I would choose one of them from you any day. You're amazing!

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  72. I follow you on Bloglovin. (And perhaps on email as well.)

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  73. Great star block. Thanks for the chance to win this great magazine.

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  74. Great block and love the layout!

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  75. Pictorial will be my choice, just because there is more fun in it :)

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  76. And I also follow you via Feedly

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  77. Awesome block, I love the secondary design! I love both, pictorial and pattern.

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  78. I love this block and I think it looks very Andy Warhol like in the pictorial view. I don't really have a preference but think I like to see both the pictorial and the pattern as they both have different elements to them. Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and congratulations in being included in the magazine - a very worthy entry in my opinion.

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  79. Paper piecing is a technique I haven't got around to trying but I love your Red/Green version and would make some great place mats or a table runner for the festivities :)

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  80. I like pictorials.

    Yes, the secondary design your block makes is wonderful. Love those kinds of surprises.

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  81. I agree with you. I like the monochrome version the best.

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  82. I too like the monochrome version

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  83. I like the monochrome, was also thinking a little yellow in the gray block corners could look good at my daughters house.

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  84. I agree about the monochrome as well....maybe with a touch of red added to it? I like the pattern, yet haven't been able to try paper piecing yet.

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  85. I like both block and pictorial patterns but I am more likely to make block style FPP patterns. I like the one you designed for 100 Blocks #8

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  86. I love the secondary pattern too. Right now I'm pinning mariners compass style blocks, so would vote for pattern. I also love how putting the subsections of the block together differently will change a look.

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  87. Great block! I like pictorial blocks.

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  88. Great secondary pattern, and with Christmas coming the gold center sounds like a great idea.

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  89. I love paper piecing. Your block is great. I also love the monochrome version

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  90. Love your block, especially the blue version! I haven't tried paper piecing yet, but I love all the blocks made that way. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  91. I need to get over my fear of paper piecing and give it a try..

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  92. Such a lovely design! I really like the colors you chose - congratulations and thank you!

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  93. I am a new follower w/ bloglovn thanks again!

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  94. Your block looks like it's floating, very cute! I don't paper piece so I don't know how to answer that question, lol. But great job.

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  95. Love your block! I prefer pattern style pp blocks because my mind gets confused otherwise. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. I was surprised by your entry. What sets you apart to me is your pictorial blocks. I do like your monochromatic version.

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  97. Congrats on being in the book! I prefer a pattern style

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  98. Nice block. Congrats on being in the mag.

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  99. Love to paper piece - congratulations on our contribution

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  100. I like the red and green one, right now I'm focused on the holidays :)

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  101. I haven't done much paper piecing but do enjoy doing it. I love your block and how it looks in a quilt. Love all the color ways. Thanks for a chance to win and congrats for getting your block published.

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  102. :Pictorial.. would be my favorite.. I love paper piecing love the block in the red and green..

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  103. I like pattern style. I've been paper piecing for more years than I want to say! Love this block! I too, think the red & green ( with a bit of yellow) would look like a poinsettia.

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  104. I like that you went with the pattern style. I think it is more versatile.
    patwade@cox.net

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  105. Congratulations! With all the promotion of volume 8 coming out, I had actually been wondering if you had ever considered submitting for the 100 blocks magazines since your designs are so great. I figured you'd be a perfect fit! Your block is fantastic, again.

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  106. Haven't tried paper piecing but think would try pictorial.. Love your block & showing all the colorway sure makes one want to give it a whirl..
    Thanks for the chance
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  107. Love the block. I'm partial to paper piecing. I really like the color alternatives you provided.

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  108. I prefer pattern style paper-piecing. I really like your block. Congratulations!

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  109. I prefer pattern-style paper-piecing. thanks for the giveaway

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  110. I especially like blocks that create secondary designs when the blocks are put together! I think paper piecing really lends to this - easier to make sharp points and alternate colors for that extra "pop".

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  111. I love the secondary design that comes out! Thank you for showing that. To me. that makes all the difference.

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  112. just joined toget your emails... was reading your Monday blog post and thoroughly enjoyed even tho I didnt have that problem,

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  113. Congrats on your block! I love paper piecing, too, and try to spread the word about how fun it is.

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  114. I love paper piecing and bet you have awesome patterns to try. Congrats

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  115. Great block, congratulations on having it in the magazine!thanks for the giveaway chance! blaukat@hickorytech.net

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  116. Great block and I love the ones that make a second pattern when all put together. I am a new quilter and am finding some Great Quilters in the Blog Hop.

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  117. Congratulations on having your block published. Such a pretty block. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  118. A lovely block in any colorway. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  119. Beautiful block! And I love paper piecing.

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  120. I am a follower through bloglovin'.

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  121. Thanks for a chance to win :)
    not sue I want to try both :)

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  122. Congrats on getting published. Only tried paper piecing once on a simple pattern

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  123. I love seeing the color options - the green & red one made me think of a Christmas wreath!

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  124. Congratulations on having your block included. Your block is so pretty. I like piecing blocks but would really like to try a pictorial pattern also which I have never tried. Thanks for chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker 100 issue #8.

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  125. I haven't been a follower but since seeing your site do intend to do so by email. Thanks !

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  126. Hi Thank you for your block, I am a newbie and am finding so many new ways to do blocks, I hope to live long enough to try them all. Thanks again. mtish44@yahoo.com

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  127. Congrats on your block. I too like paper piecing.

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  128. Congratulations on getting your block in the book. Your block is lovely. I like piecing blocks but would really like to try a pictorial pattern sometime. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
    utahoosier at yahoo dot com

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  129. Have not done much paper piecing, but gravitate toward pictoral ones.

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  130. I haven't done much paper piecing, I really like the crisp lines and points you can get with it. Thanks for the give away!

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  131. Love the secondary pattern when your blocks are combined. I do like paper piecing, except the mess when I take the paper off. Looks like a blizzard hit!

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  132. I will most likely do pattern over pictorial; however, there are a few pictorials that I am wanting to try making!

    Congrats! And, Thank you for a chance to win.

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  133. I am a follower! (bloglovin' is one).

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  134. I would love to see a quilt or wallhanging made up in the black, white, and gray. I think that would be stunning.

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  135. Love your block. Reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope!

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  136. I have to say I like both..but for different reasons.. I like the pictoral pattern style for smaller projects.. like mug rugs and purses.. but for a quilt I think that the pattern style is much better. Thank you for doing this giveaway!! tyned@hotmail.com

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  137. pattern over pictorial! love your block!

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  138. My favorite papaer piecing!!! What al lovely blocks!

    Carla ( Purmerend, Netherlands)

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  139. I like pictorial patterns the best!

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  140. I like paper piecing, but I am not very good at it!

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  141. I follow you by email.
    I usually prefer pictorial paper-piece but I do both.
    By the way, I love you black, grey and white version.

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  142. I like the Christmas version! Maybe it's just that it snowed here the other day, but I'm starting to hum "It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas" under my breath. Cause if I hummed it out loud, I'd get lots of funny looks from people... but I digress. I am unfortunately not a fan of paperpiecing. I always get things backwards or the fabric isn't big enough to cover the space or any number of other problems. But if I have to pick a favorite, it would be the pictorial style, because they are cute!

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  143. Love your block - I like it in the monochrome colors too! Congrats on it being in the magazine! I prefer pattern style paper piecing... : )
    Happy quilting,
    Dawn
    array-dawn@cox.net

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  144. I just signed up to follow your blog on Bloglovin' I'm looking forward to seeing what other blocks and quilts that you create in the future!
    Happy quilting,
    Dawn
    array-dawn@cox.net

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  145. I like both! The red and orange color combo would be stunning! Thanks

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  146. I've never done paper piecing before. But I would give it a try :-)

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  147. Hi! Congratulations! I really like your block, love stars. I like paper piecing most, but both ways are good.

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  148. A paper piece and a challenge to try. Great job. I can see this in many different colors

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  149. Great block. I love quilting! So many pattern, I always want to try something new. I have made block and pictorial paper pieces quilts. I do like block patterns best. Linda

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  150. Congratulations on getting your block in such a great book! Your block is awesome & I think you should do all the paper piecing you like! I'm a new email follower. Thanks for the chances to win.

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  151. I like both styles of paper piecing - pattern and picture - but find the picture ones more challenging sometimes. And I just love the Christmasy version of your Starbright block!

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  152. I'd love to be a winner here :) I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  153. I prefer pattern styles. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  154. I prefer pattern style paper pieced style.

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  155. Congrats on making the best Magazine every. I really like your block and the different shapes. Makes it pop. I like paper piecing. I do also picture. I'm a follower and really like your work.

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