Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guest #27 Dorian with playing with strips and and a striking collection giveaway called NEW LONDON

(giveaway today) 

Hello everyone, I'm Dorian from RidgeTopQuilts. So happy to be included in this Wantobe Quilters Campaign, thank you Samm.

I want to talk today about using strips for making certain blocks. I'm sure those who are 'old hands' at quilting know these tricks. So this is more for you new quilters.

When I learned to quilt, 17 yrs ago, one of the first books I bought was "Quilters Complete Guide" By Fons and Porter. I learned how to use strips to make 4-patches, 9-patches and HST's (half square triangles). And have preferred this way every since. It's quicker than cutting your pieces into squares or triangles, then sewing them back together. It's also easier as you aren't dealing with cuts on the bias (which is more stretchy than with the grain).

The 4-patch is a very simple, easy pattern. You can make a whole quilt just with these 4-patches, if you wish. Or they make great setting blocks, adding a different block in between, to make other patterns. It's one of the most basic blocks, and you use it as a basis for more complicated ones.

Take two strips, cut the same width and length. Lay them with the right sides together, and pin along one long edge.



Sew all down that long edge, with a ¼” seam allowance. Press open (don't saw back and forth with the iron, just press it down all along the seam line). Then you want to cut all along the strips, the cuts being the same width apart as the original strip (I used a 2” strip, so I cut every 2” ).



When your whole strip is cut. Take two units, flip one unit around so the colors are opposite, put them right sides together, pin and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.



You can make these any size you want to, just making sure your strips are all cut all the same width.

Then next up is the 9-patch block-variation. Jane told us how to do a regular 9 patch last week, here. So I will show you a variation. This one you will need to make two different strip sets. I am only going to use two colors for this example, but you can use more, depending on how you want your block to look.


You will need one strip from both Fabrics A and B that are twice the width of the 2 smaller strips on either side. So for my example, my small strips are 1 3/4" wide, and the larger strips are 3.5" wide. Sew two fabric A 1 3/4" strips, to either side of fabric B 3.5" strip. And sew two fabric B 1 3/4" strips, to either side of fabric A 3.5".



Now you have two different strip units. Press open. Making your seams go the same way on strip set 1, and opposite of that on strip set 2. Cut 2 strips per block from strip set 1, at 1 3/4" (the same width as your small strips). If you are going to make ten 9-patch blocks, then cut 20 of these smaller strips.



From strip 2, cut all down the length every 3.5" (the same size as your larger strip).


Now sew a smaller strip set to either side of the larger strip set.



Always press open your blocks when done, and trim the edges up so they are even and all the same size.

And there is your simple 9-patch variation. You can make these in a variety of different colors. Using only 9-patches in your quilt, or using them as setting blocks.

The next one is the half square triangle (HST) blocks. These are very popular to use, in a variety of different settings.

When cutting strips for HST blocks, you need to ADD an extra 5/8" to the width of your strips. To allow for the seam allowances. My blocks unfinished (meaning sewn together, but not sewn to other blocks yet) are 3.5". So I want to add 5/8" to that, meaning I want to cut my strips at 4 1/8".

Put two strips right sides together. On the lighter fabric, you need to mark lines going down the strip, the same width apart as the original strip (4 1/8" in my example).


Then mark zig-zag lines going from corner to corner.



Now you want to sew 1/4” on BOTH sides of your diagonal line.Following the red arrow.




Now cut on all the solid lines.



Press your blocks open, and trim off the dog ears (the little triangles sticking out). When trimming HST blocks, put your rulers 45 degree mark along your seam, line up the corner with the width you want (3.5" in my example) and trim. Rotating and trimming all four edges.





This way makes a lot of HST blocks quickly and accurately, without having to deal with the stretchy triangles.

One of my favorite patterns is the Irish Chain. It's so simple, yet very elegent. There is a single chain, double or triple chain, and many different variations.

It looks complicated, but it isn't. These all use strip piecing, so something complicated is actually easy.

Images and free patterns for these can be found at
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/irish-chain-quilt-pattern.html


You can do a lot with strips. Making all kinds of different variations, and interspersing this blocks in with different blocks.

A block using  HST's and 4 patches is called Jacob's Ladder. Another great block to play with different color variations.

image found at http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/jacobs_ladder.htm


Another of my favorites is the Lone Star. Sew and press your strips, and cut them on the diagonal (usually at a 45 degree angle). Then sew your strips together to make the Lone star.

Tutorial and quilt along can be found at my blog.


I hope you've enjoyed my tips on using strips!

I have made a special lap quilt just for you, to practice the 4-patch, 9-patch and HST blocks.


Thank you so much for having me here, it was indeed my pleasure to share this tut with you!
Dorian


Giveaway today is for our QUILTERS
this is a brand new collection
not even available anywhere 
from Marcus Fabrics
( will be out in the fall)

It is called New London by
FAYE BURGOS
 7 .5 yards of this collection
cut into 1/2 yard bundles.

I am loving this myself....oh my it is striking..makes me think of coffee...lol

We also have some coordinating Presencia threads
( you can purchase these threads

I am even going to throw in my COFFEE MUG
it just goes sew nicely...

Sew what can you do to win..
OH please follow Dorian..she would love that sew much....
Be a follower here, you are aren't you?  
Tell us what you would like to make with this collection..

Big thanks goes out to Dorian, 
Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle,
Great Gerberas for my roses  and gerberas...
and YOU for sharing with your family-
friends- about this most amazing
passion of ours -Quilting! 


300 comments:

  1. I'm following Ridge Top Quilts and of course following you!
    I would love to make a mug rug and some other kitchen accseeories!

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  2. Thank you, Dorian for this great tutorial! I especially love the fabrics you chose, but I'm a purple lover. Madame Samm, what a fabulous collection of fabrics you are giving away! You have just hit another Sew WE Quilt homerun. ~Kd
    www.KdQuilts.com

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  3. I follow Dorian and you. I think I would have to make a quilt for my sister-in-law those are the exact colors in her bedroom.Thanks for the chance!!!

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  4. I follow both here and at Dorian's. That was a wonderful reminder for me - especially the HSTs - I used to use that method and somehow had forgotten about it! I will be resurrecting it for sure. Love those fabrics - they are just crying out for me to make them into a lap quilt - so calm and soothing - lovely!

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  5. Thanks for the great instructions; sometimes, I just need to be reminded of things:) Loving those fabrics, too!!! It looks like it should become a snuggly throw for my couch. I follow both blogs and look forward to looking around more! Thanks for hosting:)

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  6. This is gorgeous, gorgeous fabric! What would I make with it? Something that shows it off. Maybe a "bubbles" quilt, like the one in the Modern Quilting Bee book.

    I'm a quilter and I follow you, and now Dorian. I am sponsored by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. A big thank you to today's sponsors for their generosity.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  7. I have been doing the FabShopHop and they are doing a chocolate sampler that would be perfect for this.

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  8. Wow, I am up late tonight :) I absolutely love the HST!! Endless possibilities!! And I had not seen them done in a strip before but it is such a wonderful idea!! Thanks!!

    And I just love that New London line. It is stunning!!! It would make such a beautiful little boy baby quilt. It isn't often you come across such a beautiful brown and blue collection :)

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  9. Hi Dorian thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I amvisiting you and Ilove the fabric that you chose for this pattern. ANd Madame Samm wow on this fabic. I have been wanting to do a modern quilt with elongated blocks and this would show this beautiful fabric just great. And i would also love to have one of you cuppa covers..Thanks to all for thire wonderful info and gifts. sgriff57@comcast.net

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  10. I am a Wantobe -
    Good luck to all of the Quilters-
    Chocolate - What a lovely color !!!
    And such a good match for the Mug - I think a mug rug would look lovely with this fabric ;)

    Thank you to all of the sponsors for your generosity - This campaign has been loaded with quality merchandise & wonderful tutorials -

    Madame Samm - Thank you for your time & all of the fun - It's been a great campaign so far !!!

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  11. Wonderful tutorial, Dorian. Thank you. I am now following your blog. That color combination is always beautiful, Madame Samm. I'm thinking that some of those fabrics together would make a very nice skirt!

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  12. I'd love to make those fabrics into a quilt for my bed. I follow Sew We Quilt and now I follow Dorian too.

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  13. These fabrics could be used to make Christmas gifts for all my coffee loving drinking friends and relatives. Love the blogs!

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  14. I'd love to try out some patterns of Miss Rosie's with this line. Alas the followerbutton wasn't there for me (yes, I tried F5 a couple of times), so I'm not officially a follower of Dorian, but I sure will keep an eye on her blog. Even if I don't seem to finish many quilts, just collectiong UFOs and PhDs I regard myself as a quilter.

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  15. Dorian's tutorial was very well done and quite helpful! I now follow her blog (she makes purses too, which I love to do as well, so its fun to see others' color combinations and materials). If I was lucky enough to win this fabric I would definitely make a purse from it. I love the colors and designs and think it looks elegant.

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  16. It will be for my brother quilt - hopefully a full bed size quilt. He loves chocolate and it goes well with his bedroom.

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  17. Great tutorial Dorian! Beautiful fabrics and thread too, they'd make a beautiful quilt or table runner :)

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  18. I'm still having a hard time doing this but I'm doing out my best.

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  19. Hi Mdm Samm, As you know, I am a follower of your blog, and I am now a follower of Dorian's blog. Thankyou to Dorian for reminding me the way to do 4 patch, 8 patch and little half square triangles.
    If I was the lucky one to win I would love to make some little pillowcases/cushions for my 2 adorable granddaughters, and I would embroider them with the Presencia threads! I just adore these fabrics, they look so pretty together, and I think some stitchery on a cushion would look really good, and there would be heaps left over for perhaps a lap rug for..... ME!! Hugs n Blessings, Sue x

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  20. Wonderful fabrics, and such a good tutorial!
    I would make a lovely chocolatey table runner. I can just imagine my white china bowl sitting elegantly on it.
    I follow you, will follow Dorian, and am sponsored by Kathy's Cottage.

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  21. Now that you've mentioned coffee, I think I'd have to turn it into a apron, some quilted pot holders, maybe a tea cosy and a trivet. Think there'd be enough fabric for all that? *grin*

    Loved the tutorial - I'd love a bit more detail about the Lone Star though - looks great, but I'm easily confused!

    And of course, I'm following both of you ;)

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  22. Following Ridge top Quilts now. I would mak a lovely bed size quilt from those beauties. Love the color combo. Ellison Lane sponsors me.

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  23. Good morning Madame Samm and Dorian! Thank you for such a great tute! I love finding new ways to speed up my sewing and quilting and this definitely fits the bill!

    I am Dorian's newest follower and follow here as wel!

    I am a quilter and sponsored by SewCalGal! :)

    Thank you to our fabulous sponsors!! Great things being given away!

    I would make a quilt with the fabrics out of a pattern I found on Sew4Home! :)

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  24. The colors are so beautiful. I would love to make some table toppers for my coffee tables. Thank you for the chance. I am a follower here and just became Dorians follower.

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  25. I'm following Dorian and of course, I'm a follower here, I'd never miss a post. I love these colors of this fabric, I'm not a real flashy person and like the subdued browns, whites. I think a lovely mug rug for starters to put that beautiful coffee mug full of Maxwell House French Roast coffee piping hot would be wonderful. Thanks Dorian for the tutorial especially the 9-patch. I'm thinking this will be my pattern choice for a new Civil War quilt. Great job!! and Thanks again Samm for the giveaway and all your work in putting this together!!

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  27. I love the fabric colors...I would use the fabrics to make the quilt you shared with us to practice our 4 and 9 patch AND HSTs. I am going to check out Lone Star tute you shared with us! Many thanks! I became a follower! :)

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  28. Great tutorial! I just finished up a Quilts for Kids Project yesterday. Now I have something to start Wed. Feel free to enter me in the giveaway Tues as a quilter. I would make a crib quilt for my grandchild-to-be and a Kindle cover. And yes, I am now a Dorian follower. I love that name & her home page pic!!

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  29. Good morning! I am now a new follower of Dorian and of course continue to follow Madame Samm!This fabric is beautiful and would be perfect for what I call a "cuddle quilt"!

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  30. good morning ! I am following Ridge Top quilts now ! and Happy Quilting is my sponsor ! I'd make a quilt for a cute little boy that was born in August ! and then some little things for me with the leftovers ! it's beautiful !

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  32. I signed up to follow Dorian and I enjoyed her tips on working with strips. Gorgeous fabrics in your giveaway! I am making lap quilts to give as Christmas gifts and would love to make one from these fabrics. Love the colors and the dots and swirls.

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  33. Thank you! I never saw that way of doing HST's and I love it :) I really am tempted to do the quilt along that Dorian has up....in Christmas colors maybe? Thank you Madame Samm, and your coffee mug sure does go nicely with that yummy fabric :) Thanks for the chance to win anything!

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  34. Im now a follower of Dorian. And I looooove the bundle youre giving away today, gorgeous colours. Would go perfectly with my couch :o)

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  35. Great warm and cream browns - love the design on the coffee cup also.

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  36. What a beautiful line of fabric! I am awestruck! As much as I'd like to keep it if I won, I would use it to make a quilt to donate to the wildfire victims in TX. Visit my blog today to learn more! kaholly Thanks! ~karen

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  37. Great Tutorial today. I'll have to give your method for HST's a try. I have an upcoming project that needs hundreds and hundreds of them! Lovely fabric for giveaway today, Samm. Love blue and brown!

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  38. Thank you Dorian for this great tutorial. I learned how to dot this a long time ago and find it is so much quicker.

    Thank you too Madam Samm for this great opportunity. I will be giving this beautiful fabric to my wantobe daughter, if I win. As much as I would love to have them, they are my daughter's favorite colors. Plus, she needs the fabric more than I do.

    I am a quilter and have been following Sew We Quilt for a while. We come through Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks.

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  39. I'm following both! I'd make a D9P quilt with that collection I think!
    How does one get to feature on this blog? :)

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  40. I LOVE those coffee colors. I would use these to make a lap quilt. Thanks for the chance to win. I am a new follower.

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  41. QUILTER: I've become a follower of Dorian/Ridge Top Quilts. I love, love, love these fabrics. Brown and gray together? Looking so good? Who knew!? I'd design a modern quilt, with solid white. It would be smashing! I follow Madame Samm and Team Marlene B. Go team go!

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  42. Wonderful work, Dorian. I think the fabric would be perfect for Jacob's ladder, just like the tutorial.
    Thanks again, M. Samm!

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  43. Lovely tips and tutorials! I'm loving the browns in the new fabric line, very fall-like! I'd make a cute little wall hanging for my bedroom with this gorgeous fabrics!

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  44. beautiful fabrics! I am new follower to Doreen's blog (great tutorial for new quilters!), a follower here. Thanks Madame Samm.

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  45. I follow everyone! Hmmm, wouldn't those colors look lovely in a kitchen? Some simple window treatments or table runner?
    Thanks again, Madame Samm! You are wonderful!

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  46. This tutorial is great, and with the free pattern on Dorian's blog - enough to keep you busy for quite a while. With these super fabrics, I'd do a "modern" quilt for sure. Love them, love them.
    Am following Dorian now, and am sponsored by Deonn at Quiltscapes.
    Margaret

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  47. Thanks to Dorian for a great job of teaching basic blocks the easy way.
    I am now following Dorian -and of course I follow here.

    I was asked about making a sky blue and chocolate brown quilt. I think this New London might be close enough. I would show it to my friend and ask. If not, I would still make a quilt from it, probably using all the techniques Dorian shared on this post.

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  48. I love this tutorial Dorian! Thank you Madame Samm! Makes what looks so complicated very doable. :)
    Dorian, I'm a follower of your blog now.
    Madame Samm, thank you for a great time with the Want To Be Quilter and Experienced Quilter sharing. :)
    All the best,
    Christina in Cleveland / Brenis

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  49. Thank you Dorian for a wonderful tutorial! I am now following you.

    I LOVE this new fabric...It would be perfect for the "Trip Around the World" quilt I want to make for my daughter!

    Again, thank you Madame Samm for all the work you've put into this campaign!

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  50. I am a Wantabe but just wanted to say how Beauuuuuutiful this fabric is. Anything made from it will be Fantabulous! Good luck !!!

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  51. Great tutorial...great prize...of course would I expect any different...NOPE!!! Thank you!!

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  52. Thanks for that really useful tutorial! Those who know me know I can't see very much but the contrasts in the Irish Chains and Jacob's Ladder pics was enough that I could see what they look like! They're really nice and I shall certainly have a go! ... having recently had a traumatic time of attaching strips to my backing, my friend blogger Narcoleptic in a Cupboard was encouraging me to give strip-based quilts a go, and this could be just the thing! :)

    My wife loves coffee so I'd definitely use the lovely sounding fabric to make a lap quilt for her! ... I could even throw in some of the teacup fat quarter I bought on a whim this weekend!

    My sponsor is Quilter in the Gap

    Giles (Touch And Sew / touchandsew.blogspot.com)

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  53. Thanks to the link I am now a follower of Dorians blog. I love the Lone Star Quilt she made. If I won these fabrics I would add them to the parts I am collecting for one of my sister's quilt. In time I hope to make a quilt for each of my siblings and my Mom and these fabrics are just the right colorway that 2 of my sisters would love.

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  54. Oops! I forgot again. I am sponsored by amy@diaryofaquilter.

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  55. i'm a follower. Love those fabrics, such soft peaceful colors! thanks for this chance to win them.

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  56. I'm following Ridge Top Quilts and I already follow your blog. I would love to make clutches and snappy coin purses with this gorgeous fabric --and maybe an accent pillow or two.

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  58. Thank you Dorian and I'm a follower of both! I'm a quilter who is registered with Mary on Lake Pulaski and Lilypad Quilting. Nice tutorials!

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  59. THanks, Dorian. I like the quilt you've designed and featured on your blog, to which I am now subscribed. I'm registered with Jane's Fabrics. Kathie L in allentown

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  60. Dorian thank you so much for the tutorial and the great ideas.
    Of course I am a follower and I will be one of Dorian's followers too.
    I would use the fabric to make a quilt to go with some basket blocks that my Mother gave me this summer to embroidery. So the Presencia thread would come in quite handy.

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  61. What a fabulous set of tutorials!!
    I will certainly be trying the half square tutorial! :o)
    I am a follower of yours.
    Kathy from Kathy's Cottage is my sponsor.
    If I were to win those gorgeous fabrics and threads (and your darling cup) I would add some white Kona fabric and try my hand at a half square quilt, done in the manner taught. :o)
    I am a new follower of Dorian's and can hardly wait to be better acquainted.
    Have a super week.
    Sincerely, Trish

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  62. I'm one of Dorian's followers & also a follower here. I'd love to make a quilt for my stepniece with these lovely fabrics - she chose brown & blue for her bedroom & these would look perfect there. I'm registered with Shade Tree Quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. What a great tutorial, I love the Irish Chains, I'm going to add it to my list of "to-do's"! Following Dorian and you! I love the new line, I'd make a quilted table runner or a bag.

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  64. Lovely tutorial! Great techniques for beginning (and not so beginning) quilters! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  65. Good morning, Madame Samm! I am here with Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe!

    I commented on Dorian's post and am following her blog and wow - - she's got some great stuff over there!!!

    And I'm posting here. Even though I'm considered a Wantobe, I think I'm in between - - and dang it!! I want that fabric!! I'm on the hunt for a brown/blue combo for my bedroom!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  66. These colors are just wonderful! I think they would be fab in our guest room. I just cannot decide how to decorate in there, but this would look fantastic for any guest. Oh and yes I am a follower :)

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  67. I follow Madame Samm and now Dorian, too! Great tips for strip quilting, thank you! I would love to make a quilt for my living room with a matching table runner for the dining room table with all that gorgeous, new fabric! Thank you for the opportunity to win - Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts.blogspot.com

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  68. I am a follower on both blogs! Love this fabric...it would be perfect for a lap quilt for my Dad...it is completely in his colors!

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  69. Hi: No I never have seen that site, I am following now. And love that fabric. Love all the dots. I would make something very cool but not sure what yet. There are so many blocks, patterns or projects to do.

    love to win it.

    thanks

    cathy

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  70. Great tutorial!LOVED HER BLOG!Thanks for the opportunity to get to know such talented people!!With theses fabrics I would make lovely placemats and table runner!

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  71. Thank you for leading me to such a great blog! I am now following Dorian and I follow here. Thank you also for these fantastic instructions and great giveaway :)
    I ADORE this fabric and am also on my 5th cup of coffee so this lovely mug would be well used ;)
    I would definitely have a go at making the Lone Star quilt - I love it!
    Madame Samm you are spoiling us!
    xxx

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  72. Oooo. Love those fabrics, especially the colors. = ) Plenty of yardage to do something big! I'm a follower, sponsored by ELQ, grateful for all the generous giveaway opportunities. Thanks!!

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  73. good luck to all the quilters! I personally LOVE this collection..the earthy colors are my cup of t..e coffee!

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  74. Thank you for this pattern, it's lovely.
    The fabric line is fantastic, I'm in love with these colors. If I was so lucky to win,I'ld make a throw for the couch.
    Thanks for letting me dream :-)

    Dya/ via Brenis

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  75. Thank you so much for introducing me to Dorian and RidgeTopQuilts. I know I will be able to learn alot from her.
    These fabrics are beautiful. I'm thinking a sweet baby boy quilt, and then maybe some patchwork pillows from the scraps.
    My sponsor is Clover & Violet.

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  76. What a great tutorial Dorian. I have always loved the many possibilities that you do with 4 and 9 patches. I have become a follower and Madam Samm I have always followed you. I think I this fabric would make a wonderful lap quilt. Beautiful fabrics!

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  77. I'm a new follower of Dorian's. Great tutorial for strip piecing. I never used that technique for HST but will give it a try. Love the colors in this new collection. Seems a quilt is what I would make. Thanks to the sponsors and to Madame Samm!

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  78. I am a new follower over at Dorian's blog & an old follower here! I also follow Lilypad Quilting who is my sponsor. I just love the colors in New London - I could see a new quilt on my hubby's bed. Thanks so much to Dorian, the sponsors -
    Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle & to you Madam Samm.

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  79. This fabric is gorgeous - and just the color i need for the room we painted recently! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  80. I would love to make a quilt for my sister - I've never made her anything & I think it's time!!!

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  81. Really loved this posting. I am now a follower of her blog as it will be a win-win situation for sure. Loved the choice of fabric she used and would love to win the prize today as it would become the start of a throw or quilt. I think I will try some of her ways to make squares today as I have the day off!

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  82. Very good tutorial. Makes me want to try something patchwork. I'm a follower of both you loverly ladies. Gift bundled fabric looks fabulous.
    Thanks & hugs,
    Mary

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  83. I have friend who loves these colors together, so I would definitely make her a quilt!

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  84. Thanks Dorian for the tutorial, I would love to try it with the New London fabric while sipping a hot drink in the coffee mug. I follow Dorian and Samm. Thanks for an awesome giveway and to Diary of a Quilter. slp.acp

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  85. Thank you for the tutorial. I love these fabrics and they would be perfect for a quilt for my bed. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  86. Thanks for the great tutorials!!
    I can see making a quilted table cloth for my dining room table out of that marvelous fabric :)

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  87. Dorian, this is a great tutorial! I have been seriously quilting for a while, but the hst method is still a new one to me~ love it!

    I'd use this to make a quilt for my 90 y.o. dad, who lives with us. The brown matches his room perfectly! Thanks for the offer!!

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  88. I follow both here and at Dorian's blog now. Although I'm considered a quilter, I'm a fairly new quilter, so many of the things Dorian talked about I had never heard of, so this has been a most informative post for me. Can't wait to try some of this information I have gleaned today! Thank you once again, Madame Samm.

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  89. Wonderful tutorials on this site and her site...just loved them. That fabric is soooo luscious looking and could certainly use that cup since my son has taken my quilting cup....I told him it is mine...even put little notes in it for him to keep out...but does no good.....Thanks to you and Marcus Fabrics for this wonderful giveaway(now I have to go and wipe the brown off my nose).....HA!!!!! It certainly sounds that way doesn't it.

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  90. I am loving the Gerbera daisies and today's are such a lovely color! And the white sweetheart roses... gorgeous.... as are all the lovely fabrics up for grabs today! The Presencia threads go perfectly with the fabrics! A girl can't have too many coffee cups... esp when there's company!

    I'm a follower here.... and will be a Dorian of the excellent tutorial follower as soon as I can get to her site!

    Thanks to all the sponsors who are creating so much excitement... I look forward to each day to see that day's give-aways!

    :)

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  91. Well I'm brand new at quilting so I would make an easy (ish) quilt for our master bedroom (already making a pinwheel quilt for my daughter). Would have to check out quilting patterns to see which I would make...
    I LOVE the quilt she has featured here today - but I'm not sure my skill level is there yet :(

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  92. Great inspiration from Dorian! I think the New London fabric would be beautiful in a cuddly quilt. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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  93. Great tips from Dorian. I'm thinking I could make some beautiful purses.

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  94. Thank you Dorian - always good information. I would make a quilt that shows off the beautiful fabric, after an appropriate amount of time spent petting and drooling on it:) Following Dorian.

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  95. Those fabrics make me feel all warm and cozy and "fall-like". They are lovely. I am now following Dorian (She has some great stuff on her blog, but you knew that). SewCalGal is my sponsor and I am a quilter. Oh, and, of course, I follow you as well. Thanks for the chance at another great prize.

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  96. I just love this fabric. My living room is blue and brown and that fabric would make a great throw quilt.
    I follow both of you.
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  97. Great tutorial. I had used that half square triangle method years ago but had forgotten how to do it. I love the fabrics. blue and brown together. I think I would make some new pillows out of the fabric.I now follow Dorian also. I am a quilter from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting.

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  98. I'm following here and at Dorian's.
    Thanks,
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  99. I'm following you and Dorian (thanks for the introduction!!)
    Great fabrics - I'd make a quilt for my son who goes back to uni in 2 weeks time!

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  100. I am following Dorian at Ridge Top Quilts! And I am leaving a comment there too!
    Thanks for the chance at another wonderful giveaway. Thanks to Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle, and you for the Mug! I would make a table topper quilt for my island counter! I love blues and Coffee is my favorite in the morning!

    Thanks again for the chance!

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  101. This is one of the most helpful tutorials that I have read on HST's. They are giving me a little difficulty right now. I am so excited to try this out and to have found another great blog to follow! Would love to make a table top quilt with these gorgeous colors for my front dining room. Those colors are so rich looking!!

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  102. I already follow sweet Dorian. What would I make with the fabric...I am in a pillow and pillow case mode right now. All kinds of matching bedding stuff. Tis the season to think warm and cuddly.

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  103. Love anything with HSTs - I have a passion for them because they can be used in so many different creative ways. Thank you again for the lovely post here

    The only thing better than winning today is if I could share a cup of coffee in real life with Mme Samm !!

    I am a quilter and following everybody ...

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  104. I follow Sew We Quilt and now follow Dorian. If I won this beautiful stack of fabric, I would make a quilt for my four season porch.

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  105. Inow follow both blogs. I need a new table topper. This fabric would be beautiful in my dining room! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  106. The first cool days of fall and this fabric make me think of a snuggly lap quilt and matching mug rug... but to give away or keep??? That would be the tough part!

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  107. I always like to see different methods of quilting! I would love to win some fabric to make a quilt for my MIL. She's the best!
    I follow here and now follow Dorian.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    mjwolanin@gmail.com

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  108. Great tutorial! Jacob's ladder is on my list for my son, Jakeb:) Glad to see how much easier HSTs can be. Thank for the giveaway!

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  109. Great tut! Great giveaway!

    I want that cup!!! LOL!

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  110. I am a follower of Dorian. Love the tutorial -- I did not know how to use strips to make half square triangles -- I will definitely use this!! The fabrics are beautiful -- would make a great throw for my chocolate brown couch!! Thanks so much!

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  111. I am a new follower of Dorian. I love the tutorial. If I won, I would make an Irish Chain quilt for our family room.

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  112. Just back from following Dorian AND taking a quick look around her blog... wonderful! Lovely fabrics and threads today, and I'd love a larger coffee mug!
    Thanks for all the fun and meeting new bloggers.
    ...Karen

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  113. That stack of fabrics looks delicous and somehow it does remind me of coffee also. Not sure how you can bear to part with that lovely mug.
    What would I make with those fabrics?
    I love, love love making bags and accessories.
    Margaret

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  114. Thanks for the tutorial, Dorian. Even seasoned quilters like me can use a little visual reminder on piecing and block construction. Thanks. I am redecorating my guest room and the New London fabrics would be so pretty.

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  115. Thank you Dorian for the tutorial and reminder of all the different quilts that can be made using those blocks. I really like your lap top quilt and am going to try and make one. It may be easy, but still looks challenging to me. I am a follower of both blogs and I would love a chance to use the beautiful Marcus Fabrics for a quilt that will have its home on my bed.

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  116. Gorgeous fabrics!!! I would love to see them used in one of my all time favorite patterns - Lone Star.

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  117. I follow both of you.
    Since my baby, baby cousin is going to 100 days old in a few weeks, I would make him a beautiful baby quilt with that equally stunning fabric. :)

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  118. I became a follow of Ridge Top. I can see myself making a beautiful quilt using that fabric. I have to come up with some fabric for a wedding quilt for my son.

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  119. What a wonderful tutorial, and those are some gorgeous fabrics you are using too!!!

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  120. Follower of both sites. I would use these to make a quilt with the Delectable Mountain block - would be stunning in these coolours.

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  121. Ooohhh! Those colors are lovely. I would make a Fall quilt out of that!

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  122. As I want to make a Jacob's Ladder quilt then I would use if for that and hopefully have some left to make a nice bag. I now follow Dorian and I follow you too! Linda

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  123. This fabric would be perfect for a quilt for my grandson. Maybe something with a star or pinwheel design. Whatever is made will look great with these colors

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  124. I loved this posting - so down to earth and easy to understand. Also love the fabric collection - I think I would use this for a large wall hanging over the fireplace.

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  125. Gorgeous fabrics! I'm thinking big blocs alternated with a simple applique blocks. This fabric screams applique to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Mary

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  126. Love Jacob's Ladder but would have to feel the fabric first to know what pattern it would dictate. You know fabric speaks to you, don't you? Following Dorian and thanks for a wonderful tutorial and also to Marcus Fabrics and Colonial Needle for being such wonderful sponsors. Judy C in NC

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  127. A quilt for my sister! Thanks for the chance!

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  128. I'm a new follower to Dorian's blog, great tut. ;> I'm also a follower of Madame Samm, of course. I'd love to make my 12yr. old son a more grow-up quilt for his room. Thanks for the opportunity to win. ;>

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  129. Beautiful fabric. I would use it for a table topper for my sister. The main color in her house is brown and blue!

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  131. Love the tutorial! I am now following Dorian at Ridge Top Quilts.

    I love this collection. I recently got a new couch, chocolate brown, not my favorite color, but I am trying to get it to work for me. To do that, I painted the walls blue/aqua color. The throw pillows that came with the couch aren't my favorite, I would like to cover them. This collection would allow me to do that and make a lap quilt for the winter months that coordinates.

    Thank you!!!
    Peggy

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  132. I am following you and Dorian! I'd love to make a quilt for my bedroom - the colors are perfect!
    Thanks :)

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  133. Love the fabrics! I think I would take Dorian's advice and make a nice Irish Chain quilt - it's been a while since I've made one. Of course, I am a new follower of Dorian! xo, Nan

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  134. i follow Ridge top quilts, and also Sew We Quilt! gorgeous fabric and a wonderful giveaway! thanks!

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  135. Thanks Dorian for the clear tute - I'm now following.
    That gorgeous fabric is just crying out to be made into a snuggly winter quilt, handquilted with those stunning threads!
    Many thanks to all involved in this giveaway :)
    AngelaSews557

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  136. Great tut by Dorian.
    And Samm, your photo is awesome! I would buy a small rattan chair, like yours, and recreate your photo collage here! ( and wrap it in plastic) Hubby is mudding and sanding drywall in my sewing room, so all is put away safely to escape the dust and mayhem. No sewing here for a month. :(

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  137. I'm a follower of both blogs, and I LOVE this fabric. I'd make a quilt with it.

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  138. Thanks so much Dorian for a wonderful tutorial. Even an experienced quilter needs a refresher once in a while. I'm now following your blog, and of course, I'm a faithful follower of Madame Samm's. This fabric is so beautiful. I would definitely be making a nine-patch quilt, probably for my guest room. I'm sponsored by lilypadquilting. Thanks to today's sponsors for a fab giveaway.

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  139. I'm following Ridge Top Quilts and am registered with Jane. I'm definitely a WANTOBE! Count me in =D

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  140. Oh my! I'm in LOVE With that fabric! And also the tutorial! definatly following Dorian now!

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  141. I love the fabric in this giveaway! I already follow you & I just signed up to follow Dorian. I love her lap quilt tut. THAT is what I will make with my fabric if I should win!! I'm crossing my fingers!

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  142. I would love to make a quilt with those fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  143. Oh, gosh, now THAT is imaginative! And those instructions are about the best I've ever read!!! And that Dorian's just full of great info! I never would have thought to do all that, and I've heard absolute horror stories (and seen pictures, too, of horrible results) about Lone Star. All this time, I've admired the ones that have turned out well, and been scared to cut any fabric just in case I was one of the horror stories....but she makes it look SEW EASY, it must be impossible to fail, using her methods.

    What would I make with blue sky and chocolate? hmmmm...I don't know just yet! But I know the recipient would love it - it would likely be a quilt destined for a sick child (I'm sure they're getting tired of my panels by now!).

    I'm headed over to Dorian's blog now - I can't wait to see what else she has in store! Thanks to you both for your generosity!!!

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  144. I'm following Dorian now and her tutorial is very well done. I like the free pattern over on her blog too. Thanks Dorian. These fabrics would look good in my master bedroom, so I would make a quilt or duvet cover. I'm a quilter sponsored by Stray Stitches. Thanks to Madame Samm and the sponsors.

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  145. What would I make? One can only imagine.

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  146. Thanks, Dorian, for a neat way to make those pesky HSTs! I would love to try that with the lovely fabrics that will go to a new home soon! I'd make that quilt that you laid out for us! I'm a new follower at Ridge Top quilts, and I've been following Madame Samm for so long that she probably is ready to swear out a warrant! LOL OK, not that kind of following! (Grin)
    Jacque

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  147. I'm a follower of both! Sponsored by Deonn.

    Thanks for the opportunity (and for all the fabulous tutorials and introductions for the last several weeks!). I'd use this for a baby quilt for my cousin... I think the colours would work for a boy or a girl!

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  148. I am a new follower of Dorian's. She has such beautiful quilts.
    Thx

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  149. I am a follower of your, with a sponser "Grandmama's Stories"

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  150. Thanks for offering the tips and pattern on your site. I'm a new follower. Hmm, I would probably have to cut that fabric up for a baby quilt asap so it wouldn't accidentally make it to the stash.

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  151. I would use this fabric and the pattern Dorian has given us to make a beautiful table cloth.
    Thx

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  152. I am not eligible today as a Wantobe, but wanted to say what a great tutorial.

    Great giveaway for our wonderful sponsor quilters too!!

    Off to check out yet another great new blog!

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  153. Blue and brown are not my thing, but your presentation of the fabrics and threads with the flowers is beautiful! I almost wish I liked those colors. :D

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  154. Wonderful tutorial and I think that would be a good way to use some of my jelly roll, by sewing strips and making blocks from that. Gorgeous fabrics, love the colors and prints.

    Debbie

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  155. thanks for the great lesson sis!
    its very helpful for us sorta new to quilting quilters hehe like me!

    i think i will add the practice to quilt to my project list, and those yummy fabrics would be perfect to use madame samm, its what i would do with them. i would call it my sister dorian quilt :)

    i am a follower here, but could not sign in this morning :( and of course i follow dorian at ridgetop, and anywhere else she blogs. thanks for the goodies dear sponsers!

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  156. I love the colors of the fabrics! I am looking to make a wall hanging for my sewing area and these would be perfect. I am a follower and my sponser is Lily Pad Quilting. Thanks for the chance at the wonderful giveaway.

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  157. I'm already a follower of Dorian.
    Thanks for the great suggestions. Even those of us who have quilted for a while can benefit from the reminder of what we can do with strips!

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  158. I am following you and now following Dorian. Thanks for doing this!
    I would probably make a quilt or some clothes for my daughter. Love the colors!

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  159. I'm a follower of both blogs. I can see a quilt and maybe a pillow or two from those luscious fabrics.

    vail in tn

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  160. Nice post, Ms Dorian! Love your fabrics and your pattern idea. Thanks, sweetie ... you know I am follwowing you ... ;)

    Ms Samm ... I am following you. Thank for all you do. <3

    Hmmmmmm ... what would I make if I won? I love these colors! I think I would go with the coffee theme and make a table runner and some placemats ... paper-piece a coffee mug with some of the pretty prints ... and invite friends over for coffee to enjoy them with me ... :-) Pat

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  162. I would find a modern quilt pattern for these lovely fabrics, they scream modern quilt to me.

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  163. yes, I am an follower and love the information you give us. It would be hard to decide what to make with such a lovely lump of fabric. quiltexas@gmail.com

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  164. what a beautiful fabric collection - and of course i follow you!

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  165. Would you believe Dorian was a new follower of my blog and I returned the favor and hopped over for a visit and to become one of her new followers. She lives in a beautiful part of the country! I think I would make a table runner with matching placemats and a few mug rugs for gifts. I love the colors in this fabric.
    Of course I'm a Stash Follower...who isn't?? Beleive it or not, I found a lovely little blog who knew nothing about all of us here at Stash so I issued a polite invite to join us. Hope she stops by for a visit soon.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  166. Hi Samm, good tutorial, I went over and joined Dorian's site. I love blue and brown together, beautiful fabric.Jane at Gmama Stories is my sponsor. Love and blessings Sandra

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  167. I am a follower and would love to make a coffee mug quilt or box of chocolates quilt, something to maximize the beautiful print patterns.

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  168. I am a new follower of Ridge Top Quilts and follow you! This collection is gorgeous and I would probably make a lap quilt with it, I am just in a quilting phase right now. Probably a rug mug to go with that coffee cup too! ;)

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  169. oh wow! i love strip piecing and all the different designs you can put together with it! i am now a follower's of dorian over at ridge top quilts. and i have been a follower of you, madamm samm for a while now.
    i LOVE these fabrics. i would probably make a quilt to lay on the top of my bed. my dh and i have our bedroom in just those colors....along with a sand-ish color. so, they would go PERFECTLY! thank you so much!

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  170. Wonderful fabrics. I have a graduation quilt to make and these colors would be just right.

    I am a follower of both blogs, a quilter and a member of Paul's Outnumbered Quilter team.

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  171. I'd make quilts... handbags... maybe a twirly skirt...

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  172. What a great tutorial! I am going to print it out - we have some ladies struggling with these concepts in our Sewing Circle at church and I think this will help immensely!

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  173. And I meant to say I would make a lap quilt with the fabric - I love the "coffeeiness" of it!

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  174. Following you both. I think I'd make a bubble quilt with these, using fusible appliqued circles of different sizes, and then I'd hand quilt around them. Hope I win!

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  175. I'm a follower of Dorian - great tutorial! Loved the non-traditional 9-patch! OOOH the fabric - hmmm - a pattern with enough open space to embroider something with the wonderful thread! What could be better? I can't wait to see my name in the winner's box! You're the BEST for doing this!!

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  176. I'm following along on both blogs. Thanks to Dorian for a wonderful post loaded with lots of information. I would love to make my Mom a lap quilt with those beautiful fabrics. Have a wonderful day!

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  177. I follow Dorian and stash manicure of course. I love this combo of colors. I see mug rugs and lap quilts emerging from this collection.

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  178. When I clicked the follow button over at Ms. Dorian's blog, I became her 100th follower. COOL! I realize that before the days out she will have greatly exceeded that number...but it's a fun thrill anyway!

    Great fabric giveaway to day...I love to make a quilt and a tote bag out of it!

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  179. I'm just a wantobe, but I wanted to say thank you for a great tutorial and WOW! I LOVE those fabrics!!! I am all over blues and browns! Good luck to those in the contest!

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  180. I am a follower of Dorian's and here. I love this fabric collection! I think that I would make the lap quilt that Dorian designed for us and has a tutorial for on her blog. I am a quilter sponsored by Corrie at Quilt Taffy. Thanks for sponsoring these great giveaways.

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  181. I must make a quilt, using every one of those gorgeous fabrics including the Presentia theads. Such a beautiful line. I am a follower of both of you.

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  182. Great looking fabric and wonderful post today. I just stopped by Dorian's blog to comment and became a follower of hers. I am a follower of Stash Manicure, a quilter, and signed up through Lily Pad Quilting.

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  183. Such lucious fabric -- love brown and blue -- I'd probably do pillows, but don't hold me to that as I can see table runners, bags, so many things.

    Great tutorial and thanks for the quilt pattern, Dorian. I became a follower.

    I have been quilting for over a year now and have most of the "hardware" but I need more fabric!

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  184. good luck to the quilters...love the tutorial and the fabric...super beautiful.
    and can't wait to try these...

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  185. What gorgeous fabrics! I'd make a throw for sure, but I'd try to save a few bits to make a "Margo" tote from Lazy Girl designs too.
    I've signed up to follow Dorian - I just took a quick peek at her blog, and I realized that I need to check it out when I have more time! Lots of interesting tips and projects...
    I'm sponsored by Amy at A Quilting Sheep.

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  186. I follow Dorian's blog, and here, and I'm a quilter!

    LOVE that Lone Star block too! And would love to use this fabric for a quilt for one of my sisters, my goal is to make each of my siblings a quilt and I'm halfway there!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  187. I am now following Dorian - love her blog! Love the colors in this selection of fabrics - I can see some table runners and bags in my future with these! Thanks for the give away!

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  188. You have put coffee on my brain. I would make mug rugs and tea cozies with that lovely fabric. I checked out Dorian's web but couldn't get a follower button to open. I'll check back with it. Have a good day!

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  189. Oh my, what lovely fabric. I think it would make a very pretty quilt/burp cloth/bib set for a deserving baby.

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  190. Hey, this Dorian is a cool lady. She has very easy to follow instructions and love that she is generous with her knowledge! I decided to follow her. :)

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  191. I am a new follower to Ridge Top Quilts - thanks Dorian for the tutorial. I want to make a chocolatte quilt out of that fabric...awesome!!

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  192. I'm a quilter, follower of you and Dorian and sent her some bloggy love. I think I would make a quilt for me since I have never done so!

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  193. Thanks you Dorian for this great tutorial.
    This fabrics is just beautififul.
    This blue and brown goes perfectly to my bedroom so a new quilt is welcome.

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  194. I am a wantobe, so I am not eligible for today's giveaway. I just wanted to make a comment anyway.

    Thank you Dorian for guest posting today. Your tutorials are great. It is so nice to see that you can make so many different blocks just from strips.
    I saw the tutorial on your blog for that new lap quilt you showed us incorporating all the blocks you showed us how to make here. Thanks for doing that for us. It really is a beautiful quilt. It looks so much more complicated until you break it down for us.
    I have seen tutorials on how to make the half square triangles out of square blocks, but this is the first time I have seen them made out of strips. The ones that I seen cut all the strips into squares first. I like the way you made them. It keeps things more organized.

    Thank you Marcus Fabrics for the fabric for the giveaway on today's post. My oldest daughter's favorite color is blue and she loves is paired with brown. It will make someone very happy. This fall, I bet you sell alot of it. It is really beautiful.

    Thank you Colonial Needle for the Presencia thread for the giveaway. Madame Samm has said this thread is the best and I am soon going to get to try it for myself. I can't wait.

    Thanks again Will for sharing with us your flowers. So, you do roses as well as Gerberas. They are beautiful as well. I still like the Gerberas the best though.

    Thanks again Madame Samm for hosting this campaign. You really know how to make people happy. Just think about all the smiles you have created recently with your great blog. You really are a star. I can't believe you are actually going to part with a prop for this one. You surprise me all the time.

    Good luck quilters!!!

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  195. I'm a quilter, and I follow you both. I think the color palette from this beautiful fabric stack would make for a wonderful, fairly gender-neutral baby quilt! So nice and calming!

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  196. Thank you so much for that great tutorial on the HSTs. I have never seen them done this way and will have to try it. Love this fabric - I think I would have to make myself a lap quilt to cozy under while I am doing some hand stitching.

    lsandes@comcast.net

    By the way, I am a quilter sponcered by Jane's Fabrics.

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  197. I'm following you and Dorian. Thanks for the post today- even for us old quilters, it is a nice reminder that there might be a better way. Beautiful collection and colorway. It would be a beautiful quilt.

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  198. Of course,I`m a follower of both blogs.
    I`m being sponsored by Sue from quilttimes.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  199. I know I'm listed as a WANTOBE but I went to Dorian's blog and joined anyway. (Her photo of "Ridge Top" was glorious!) I like her "simple" esp. since it doesn't look simple when she's finished. Her Garden Path quilt is so cute. I need to figure out how to get a "print-friendly" copy cuz I can't begin ANOTHER project until I've finished some others!! Got any ideas, Madame Samm? I asked Dorian, too.

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