Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Guest # 37 with Jennifer presenting a Starflower Block Tutorial and a giveaway of.....

To say I'm thrilled to be guest posting at Sew We Quilt today would be an understatement! I'm so excited to be here sharing my starflower block tutorial with you. Thank you Madame Samm for having me!

In addition to this tutorial, I have several others on my blog including a great cross block quilt-along perfect for all skill levels! 

Today I am showing you how to make my starflower rainbow block.  I love this block because it looks modern or traditional, depending on the fabric you choose.  Also, my tutorial gives you two blocks for the price of one- gotta love efficiency!

This block looks complicated but it's not.  It would be perfect for all of you Wantobes and for more experienced quilters alike.

Let's get started!



To make 2 (12.5" finished) blocks you will need the following supplies: 

8 white squares measuring 3.5" x 3.5" 
8 white squares measuring 4" x 4" 
16 colored squares (8 colors, 2 of each color) 4" x 4"
rotary cutter & mat
ruler
pencil
iron
3.5" square up ruler (very helpful)
optional: quarter inch foot

Special Notes:
  • Non-directional prints work best
  • Half square triangles are sewn together using a quarter inch seam. When you sew the blocks together, you will use a scant quarter inch seam
1. Lay out your fabric in sets grouped by size and color.

2.  Place your colored squares in a circle to see where you want them to go in your finished block. I chose a color wheel type of layout.
3.  Make note of their placements as you will need to know this later on. My colors go in the following order, clockwise: red, pink, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple.

4. Divide the 4" x 4" colored fabric squares into two groups- put one of each color in each group. Set aside four 3.5"x3.5" white squares. You will use all of these squares for the second block.

5. Now is the time to make half square triangles (HST) for your blocks. 
You can do it. It's easy!

6.  Keeping in mind your color order, place your 8 colored squares together, right side, to right side.  Place the following colors together: red/pink, orange/yellow, green/aqua, blue/purple.  You will now have 4 pairs of colored squares.

7.  Using your ruler and a pencil, make a diagonal line across the back of the fabric square pair.

8. Now, line up your presser foot with the pencil line so that you sew a quarter inch from the line. You do not need to backstitch!

9. After sewing on one side of the line, turn your square around and line up your presser foot again, sewing a quarter inch from the pencil line on the opposite side.

10. Now you should have stitches a quarter inch from the pencil line on both sides.

11. Line up your ruler with your pencil line and use your rotary cutter to cut along the line. This will produce two triangles that when open, are a square.


12. Press your seams open

13.  Use your 3.5" square ruler to trim your block. Be sure to line up the diagonal line of your ruler with the diagonal seam on your block.  Trim your block to 3.5" x 3.5."



14.  Repeat steps 7-13 with the remaining colored squares pairs (orange/yellow, green/aqua, blue/purple.)

15. Take the additional 8 colored squares and place them right sides together with the 8 white 4" x 4" squares.

16. Follow steps 7-13 to create half square triangles.

17. Great job! The hardest part is finished! You should now have a lot of half square triangle blocks.

18. Organize your blocks.

19.  Set aside one row of colored blocks and one row of colored and white blocks. These will be for your second starflower.

20.  Now, place your blocks in the appropriate layout.  

21. Take the middle two blocks on the top row, place them right sides together and sew them together using a SCANT quarter inch seam.  From this point on, you will use a scant quarter inch seam.  (A scant quarter inch seam is slightly less than a quarter inch.)  Be sure to line up your blocks carefully. 


22. Next, sew the middle two blocks together from each row.

23. Now, sew the outer blocks to the inner blocks on each row. 

Please note that while your seams will line up, it may look like your colored fabric doesn't line up. That is normal! 


You should now have 4 rows of 4 blocks sewn together. 

Press your seams open.  

24. Take the first and second rows and place them right sides together. It is very important to line up the seams carefully! Having pressed the seams open will help you line up your blocks more easily. 

Use several pins to make sure the blocks don't move. 

25.  Sew your two rows together using a scant quarter inch seam. 

Open your rows and examine your seams. Do they line up? If not take out the seam ripper and undo your stitches, then try again. (I've had to do this several times before!) 


26. Repeat steps 24 & 25 with the remaining two rows. 
27. Press your seams open. 


Remember the blue and green fabric that didn't seem to line up in step 23? 
All fixed! 

28. You now have a top and bottom set. Place the top set onto the bottom set making sure the seams line up exactly. Pin liberally then sew together using a scant quarter inch seam. 

29. Open your finished block and check your seams. 
Do they line up to your satisfaction? 

If so, press your block and admire you work! 
Congratulations- you've completed your starflower block! 


If you aren't satisfied with the finished product, get out your handy seam ripper and have a do-over. 

When I made these blocks, the first one didn't line up exactly even though I took the final row of stitches out three times.  And after three do overs, the red and pink are still slightly off point. 

On the second one, I paid extra close attention to the placement of my seams and it turned out perfectly. 

Either way, the blocks look fabulous and will be beautiful in a quilt! 

They would also make great pillows! 

No matter what you do with these blocks, don't let small imperfections discourage you. The more blocks you make, the more precise you will get! 

Happy Sewing! 

If you make one of these blocks, I would love to see it. 
Please add yours to the Ellison Lane Quilts Flickr Group. 

Thanks again Madame Samm and good luck to all of you in the giveaway!

 Flickr and my favorite time waster, Pinterest.

Editors note....OHHH my dear Jen...love this...
bright, cheerful, just like you...
SEW to honor you and your brightness
let's have this giveaway.....

OUR Giveaway today is for our QUILTERS



VERANDA by Amanda Murphy @
Robert Kaufman

9 (1/2 yard cuts)
as well as some of these matching
threads from Colonial Needle
Presencia Finca Perle #8
( my absolute fav's)




HOW TO WIN?


Oh please go to Jennifer's Blog  and follow her....
you will be sew  pleased you did...
Be a follower here...
leave a comment..that is it...




Big thanks goes out to JEN,
and Robert Kaufman, and Colonial Needle
and YOU, for being the cheerleaders you are
for our wonderful and delightful guests.
WE are all sew fortunate..
YOU really are kind, smart and IMPORTANT to US



333 comments:

  1. I love those blocks! So bright and colorful!

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  2. What a great tutorial! Her blog is so nice to visit :) totally following her too! Making sure I didn't get unfollowed here too ;)

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  3. What a wonderful tutorial, Jennifer! I just pinned it: http://pinterest.com/pin/215453377/. I'm a follower of Jennifer's blog and now I'm a follower of yours. :)

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  4. Love this block I just made a quilt with this block out of the curio line from basic grey. Love you tut keep up the great work

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  5. I am now following her blog and am still a follower here and i love this block great tut well done. :)

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  6. Love this tutorial, I'm a follower.

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  7. I've been a follower of Ellison Lane Quilts. Whoot.

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  8. Great tutorial Jennifer! I plan to try this with my new rainbow charms I received from a swap! I am already a follower of hers, love her blog! Hope I win!!

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  9. I follow Jennifer, and it is so inspiring - I even started to to the quilt along with her ;-)

    Greetings,
    Tina

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  10. I love the tut and give away today! Great fabrics! I'm a quilter, follower of SM and Jennifer at her blog, Ellison Lane Quilts!

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  11. I love those colors! Really a good tutorial.

    I am a follower of Sew WE Quilt, and also of Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  12. Following both blogs now. I love this block - so easy, but looks a little fussy. Such pretty, pretty fabrics in today's giveaway too. Would love to win those and the matching threads. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. Love the star pattern. I've always thought it could be done that way, but hadn't tried it yet.

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  14. I've been a follower of Jennifer's for a while - she's so creative! :)

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  15. Great Tut. I will try this out. I am a quilter and blog sponsored by Gmama Jane. I'm also a follower here and at Ellison Lane Quilts.

    Best regards from Denmark
    Maj

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  16. jennifer,
    the stars are sooo pretty and coloroful! i am definatley going to try those. i also book-marked a couple of other tuts on your site, i just love the way you use color. so cheerful and bright. i have added your sight to the list :) along with m. samm and dorian at ridgetop.
    thank you madame samm for all the great guests you have brought and the quilt lessons they bring. they are great for this beginner quilter who is a wannabe better quilter hehe.

    Blessings,
    kidsrn

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  17. What a bright and cheerful site she has. Thanks for the tutorial, which I'm sure will help a lot of wantobes.

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  18. Hi Mdm Samm, I finally worked out what I was doing wrong, so I am able to comment here now at last! This is a really great tutorial too, very pretty colours! I have joined Jennifers blog too. Once again a fab tutorial! Thankyou! Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  19. I am a follower of Jennifer and you of course, thanks for the great block tutorial. thanks, kathy

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  20. Detailed meticulous tutorial. Thank you.n I follow on GFC.

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  21. Another wonderful tutorial. Thank you Jennifer! I'm so glad Madame Samm introduced you to us.

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  22. Now that is a great tutorial, I am a new follower of Jennifer's and I am already a follower of your blog. Thanks

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  23. I love this block. Wouldn't it look great in the Veranda fabrics? Thanks to Jennifer for the tutorial and thank you M. Samm for the wonderful campaign!

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  24. Thanks for a really good tutorial, I will definitely make this star anyone who follows my blog knows I love stars!! I already follow Jen and I follow Amanda and love Veranda. x

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  25. Fabulous block and great tutorial. Now following Jennifer's blog and already a follower of yours, Madame Samm.
    The fabrics in the giveaway today are fabulous. Would love, love love to win. Thanks for the chance :)

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  26. Hello i am a foloower of both now and thankyou for a chance to win such a lovely prize

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  27. I do follow both you and Jennifer. I've always loved this block!

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  28. I'm following you and Jennifer too. I love her colourful Starflower post.

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  29. Hello, what a great tutorial! I'd love to make one of this blocks. I follow Jane's blog already and of course I follow this one too. Thanks for the chance, and thanks to Dawn (Quilting by Dawn) to let me know about all this!

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  30. The star tutorial are great, love the bright happy colours! Im already a follower of Jennifer. The Veranda-line are gorgeous - would love to have some :o)

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  31. Wow - stars are my favorite at the moment, and rainbow colors..hmm I have a stash of them, I think this might end up on my table today. I love her blog, so bright and cheery!

    And Madame Samm, thank you once again, I would love to win these fabulous prizes especially because purple is so lacking in my fabric stash! Those little balls of thread are so dang cute.

    Your sponsors ROCK!!

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  32. Just signed up at Jennifer's blog and I am a follower here. She did a very concise and easy to follow tutorial for the star.

    Love the fabric in the giveaway.

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  33. Adorable block! I'm a follower of Jen's blog & your as well :)

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  34. Signed up at Jennifer's blog - another bright and enjoyable one - thankyou. That starflower block would look good with Christmas prints, I'm thinking.
    Sponsored by Deonn at Quiltscapes. ...Margaret

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  35. Great tutorial
    Good luck to all of the Quilters ;)

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  36. So glad you sent me to Jen's blog = it is great! Now, if only I could put my hand through the pc monitor and sneakily remove that pile of Amanda Murphy's line ... I simply love all her stuff.

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  37. I follow Jennifer. She is also my sponsor for this campaign. I love that she's a fellow NC quilter just across the state from me. She does some of the most beautiful work and has the sunniest personality. Thanks for today's tutorial.

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  38. Lovely blog post from Jennifer and she has a lovely blog to follow too :) So yes I am following her blog :) Of course I am a follower of your blog here Samm :) Love your blog and love the giveaway today....fingers crossed again :) Might cross me eyes and toes and legs and arms and anything else I can cross for good luck :) Hugs Vicki x

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  39. I'm following Jen. Love the star flower block. And I love the fabric in the giveaway. Thanks.

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  40. i love the colors of the star! I started following Jennifer too!

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  41. thanks for the fabulous tutorial! i made a similar block for a charity quilt recently, but this is gorgeous in rainbow colours, i'm definitely in love. you've even used my favourite fabrics in your example!

    i didn't realize who was posting it until the end (i totally missed the watermarks on the photo, i don't know how) and when i saw that it was Jennifer from Ellison Lane, i thought "a-ha! of COURSE! no wonder it's gorgeous"

    i'm a follower of Jennifer, she's my blog sponsor, and i'm a follower here, of course. the fabrics look gorgeous!

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  42. Love the colors & directions -- really think I can do this block!

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  43. Great tutorial! Love that fabric!

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  44. Love the colorful stars! Great tutorial!
    Many thanks!

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  45. Of course I'm now a follower of Jennifer's. I love practically anything done in rainbow colors. Amy@dairyofaquilter is my sponsor.

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  46. An excellent tutorial highlighted by such fun, bright fabrics. I gladly became a follower of Jennifer's.

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  47. I am now a follower of Jennifers

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  48. Love the stars. Thanks for the tutorial. They will make a great quilt.

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  49. Thank you, Jennifer, for the tutorial on the stars. I'd like to try it. Thank you to the sponsors also for the awesome giveaway and for Madame Samm. I'm having a blast and I'm learning so much. Thanks again!!

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  50. I've been following jennifer,.shes my sponsor for the wantobe quilter campaign! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!,:)

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  51. I'm a Jennifer follower & a follower here at Sew We Quilt. Thanks for the tutorial & the giveaway. I signed onto the campaign with Shade Tree Quilting.

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  52. Love the rainbow star, and the tutorial was quick and easy to follow, wish I had found it a few years ago!!

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  53. Love the tutorial...love the give-a-way...I am a follower of you and I am headed over to Jennifer's to become her follower. Have a great day.

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  54. Very fun block. Thanks for the tutorial. I now follow Jenn, follow here. I am a quilter, my blog A Stitch in Time.

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  55. I've followed Jennifer's blog for many months and she always has great ideas to share! Love the Veranda fabrics, thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. I'm a follower of both blogs. Love the tutorial and love the bright colours in Veranda.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  57. I have read Jennifer's blog since the beginning. She is incredibly inventive and very generous in sharing her ideas through her tutorials. I have great respect for her as a quilter.

    Thanks again, Samm

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  58. Greetings ! I'm a quilter / Melissa from Happy QUilting is my sponsor ! I love the block tute ; colors are GREAT ! I left a comment for Ellison Lane Quilts ; I'm already following her blog and am doing her quiltalong ; well I should Say I have fell way behind on the quiltalong ; BUT I WILL finish !! ( just not by the deadline!) thanks for another fun blog day !

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  59. Like I said over at Jen's I just love those bright cheery stars and can't wait to get started on another project with those in mind.
    Are you kidding 9 1/2 yard cuts!!! Now that's some fabric and the colors are amazing! I keep telling myself I'm going to order Presencia thread, maybe I'll win some and fall in love like you have.
    You've done it once again Madame Samm, thank you, thank you.

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  60. What a great tutorial.
    I'm a follower of your blog as well as Jenniner's.

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  61. I'm already a follower of Jennifer; she's my sponsor for this campaign! I love this starflower block. And I love tutes that are easy to follow with good pictures! Thanks Jennifer and Mme. Samm!

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  62. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" My Sponsor is Michelle@theraspberryrabbits. Thanks Chelle!!

    I am a New Follower of Jennifers!! I Love the Look of this Block, I would love to make one of these to match each room in my house and frame it or hand it from a pole!!

    I am a follower here too! I fell in Love with this Fabric Collection since Amandas Guest Post here!!

    Thanks Jen for the Great Tutorial, Robert Kaufman and Colonial Needle for their Generous Products, Great Gerberas for their Picture Perfect Gerberas and you Madame fr all your hard work in putting this Campaign together for all of us!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  63. I'm a new follower of Jen's blog. What a clear and easy to follow tutorial. Thanks Jen!!

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  64. Thanks Jen and Samm! This is a great tutorial. I really like the colorwheel layout she used in the star flower. I can see lots of uses for this block.
    I am now following Jen.

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  65. Just love this tut!!! Very easy to follow. I'm a quilter and my sponser is Grmama Jane.
    Thx

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  66. I already follow Jennifer's blog... Good luck to the quilters and thank you for the tutorial Jennifer!

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  67. I already follow Jennifers blog. I will definitely make one of these and post it on your Flickr page.
    Thanks for the giveaway Madam Samm.

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  68. I'm so happy to be following Jen now! I love her Wonky Log Cabin, I'll have to give that a try soon! What beautiful fabric you are giving away today!

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  69. What a beautiful block! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  70. Gorgeous blocks! I would love to use them for a couple of pillows! Great idea!

    I follow both blogs and registered through Amy from Diary of a Quilter. :)

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  71. Jennifer--thank you for a great tutorial--very informative and helpful for this "newbie" quilter. I am especially encouraged by your acceptance of small imperfections. I do have troubles matching up points.
    And thank you Madame Samm for the beautiful fabric giveaway.
    My sponsor is Clover & Violet.

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  72. I'm now following Jen, Madame Samm and grateful for the chance to win SO much great fabric!!

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  73. Great tutorial. My sponsor is Diary of a Quilter. These past few weeks have been a great way to learn new tricks! Thank you.

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  74. Just became a follower of Jennifer's blog. I have found so many wonderful people through you Madame Samm. Of course I'm a follower of yours.

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  75. I've followed Jennifer's blog for a while now...her enthusiasm is contagious!

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  76. What a great tutorial but then again Jennifer is just like that! Thanks for sharing once again Madamm and Jennifer, great job!

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  77. I'm a wantobe, but just had to let Jen know how wonderful this tutorial is. Thanks so much for sharing.I've always loved looking at quilts with that pattern of stars, but now I think I can actually make one of my own.

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  78. LOVE the colors and the tutorial and pictures are some of the BEST I've seen for this block. Kudos for a job well done! Linda (Flatlander) at Canends@Hotmail.com

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  79. Super tutorial - love your color choices. Love the give away - wow.
    I am following Jen's blog. Thank you again M.S.

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  80. Love the fabrics in your star block! I am following Jen's blog! Would so love to win that fabric--it is gorgeous!

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  81. Those blocks are beautiful!!I want some!!!

    Have a great day!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  82. Wow what a wonderful block. The colors you chose are wonderful. Thanks for designing this tutorial for us, goota love one with pics....Thanks Madame Samm for ask Jen to hop on board and thanks to our sponors and also to you for being the person you are. Enjoy your day..

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  83. I follow here and now I follow Jen too. This is amazing. I thought I already followed her, so it helps to have all of these wonderful guest bloggers to remind you of who you do and don't follow so it can wake me up to who I am missing out on. This is a GREAT tutorial, well done, even... well I can follow that! :) Love those fab colors :) Thanks Jen!

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  84. Jennifer is awesome, I lover her blog & tuts.
    I love Veranda - I been eyeing it up.

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  85. This will be fun to make with scrap fabrics so I can practice.

    I'm a follower now of Jennifer's blog.

    Thank you again!

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  86. I'm now following Jen, love her colors! And of c ourse I'm a follower here ...

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  87. Love using hst's instead of diamond templates and y-seams for this block. Now following Jen's blog, too.

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  88. I am a follower! I love Ellison Lane Quilts! The fabric is so bright and happy! Thanks!

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  89. I am a follower here and just joined the followers on Jennifer's blog...what a great tute and great winnings today! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  90. I follow this blog and am signed up with Janes fabrics and quilts.

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  91. Love the rainbow colors - nicely done, Jennifer, great photos!

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  92. I have been a follower of EllisonLane for a while. Such talent. Great tutorial today.

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  93. Now following Jennifer. ( and commented over there and Thanked her)

    Sponsored by Shell at The Raspberry Rabbit.

    Thanks to you and all of the sponsors.

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  94. Wonderful tutorial! I am now a follower of her blog and of course this is one of my favorite blogs to read.

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  95. Very nicely written tutorial. It is kind of you to remind us all of the frequency of tear outs. I sometimes think I tear out more now than when I first started because my standards are higher. Either way, it is a lovely block.

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  96. I am now a follower of Jennifer's. Thanks again for all you are doing! It is sew great! Have a wonderful day everyone! Oh yeah! Of course I follow here!

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  97. Love the bright look of the stars. Definately worthy of a pin on pintrest!! I am now a follower of Jennifer's and of course of you, Madame Samm. Thanks!

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  98. Fantastic tutorial for wantobes and quilters alike --- and refreshing to see someone admit that the points just don't always line up! LOL At least, for me they don't!
    Thanks, Madame Samm, for a great guest today, and thank you to Amanda Murphy, Robert Kaufman and Colonial threads for wonderful prizes! Mmmmm, love that Veranda!

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  99. i follow jennifer.
    i follow here.
    i am a quilter.
    i love this star block!

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  100. Wow... this is the another great step by step tutorial! Your giveaways are great, but your tutorials are just as fantastic!! I look forward to more great projects every day. I cannot imagine how much work goes into sharing these ideas in such a detailed manner. Thanks Jennifer!

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  101. I am a new follower of Jennifer. Thanks Jennifer for the great tute! I am a quilter and sponsored by Jane of Jane's fabrics. I would LOVE to win those gorgeous fabrics. You know us quilters can never have enough beautiful fabrics and those fit that bill completely. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. I am a QUILTER~I love this block. The colors are wonderful!! I follow her blog now. She has a lot of fun stuff. Thank Madam Samm!!

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  103. I am a quilter!

    I am a follower of Stash Manicure and will be a follower of Jennifer just as soon as I can get over there.

    Love the tutorial... so clear and all the photos help so much! Thanks, Jennifer!

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  104. I am not following Jennifer and have followed you for a long time. What a nice little tutorial! Thanks, Jennifer!

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  105. I'm a follower of both blogs. The Veranda fabric is beautiful, I love the bright colors. Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  106. You make it sound so easy! Great tut
    Jennifer, thank you for your clear description and pictures; you have a new follower in me.

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  107. i already follow her! thanks for the opportunity to get this fabric, it's gorgeous.

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  108. I follow Jen and here. I'm a quilter and I am sponsored by Amy Ellis. Great tut and block. I need more practise with hst and this would be a pretty block to practise with.

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  109. Great tutorial! Those bright stars would make such a happy quilt.
    I am a follower of both Stash Manicure and Jen's blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter another great giveaway!

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  110. I am pleased to say that I'm already a follower of Jen's :)

    I love those stars, and have definitely added them to my list of things to try out. :)

    Tracey
    thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

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  111. I'm a quilter with a blog andI follow Jennifer and Stash Manicure. Jennifer's blog rocks!
    Great tutorial today. Love all those colors and half squares. Many helpful sewing tips that I will use in one of my current quilt projects that is all half squares.
    Many thanks to today's sponsors. Lovely prises

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  112. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win the fabric, love it!
    Going over to Jen's blog to follow it.

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  113. A wonderful posting Jen - I am a follower already at Jen's blog and also of stash. Thanks to the wonderful sponsors - Robert Kaufman, and Colonial Needle for the awesome gifts and to Madame Samm who shines brighly for us all. Judy C

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  114. I am already a follower and love Jennifer's blog. This is a great tut!

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  115. This is a great tutorial Jennifer that want to try. Those stars are so colorful, and I like that there are two blocks generated. I follow sewwequilt and ellison lane quilts ... blogless QUILTER sponsored by Linda at stray stitches... enter me today please. Veranda is gorgeous, and would like to try the Presencia thread. Thanks Madame Samm and our Sponsors.

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  116. This is one of my favorite tuts! JUST AWESOME!

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  117. What a great post! This tutorial is wonderful. Jennifer made it very easy to follow.
    I follow here and this is a wonderful giveaway!

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  118. Jennifer's blog is awesome and I decided to follow her too!

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  119. I love the rainbow look of the
    Starflower block. Tutorial is great and makes it look easy and fast.

    I'm a follower here and on Jennifer's blog. Thanks!

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  120. Hello,
    I do follow you....love your blog! Of course I would love to win those Amanda Murphy fabulous fats!!! Awesome giveaway.

    hugz

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  121. I'm now following Jen. Love her tut. The star block is sew colorful! Love the fabric in the giveaway today and I thank you for the opportunity to win it and the precencia thread. Thanks for all you do, Madame Samm! An thanks to the sponsors, too.

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  122. I have had her page bookmarked for a very LONG time now!! I love to read her blog and look at her amazing techniques! I am a follower of both!

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  123. Great tutorial! I'm following Jennifer now and have been following Sew We Quilt for a while.

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  124. Love the blocks!! Makes me smile!! I subscribed to follow by e-mail on Ellison Lane, and am a follower here. Thanks so much!!

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  125. I'm a new follower of Jennifer. And I'm so happy I found her. I've got a mug rug to make for a special person who did me a huge favor...

    Thanks for featuring Jennifer and for offering this giveaway!

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  126. That is a great tutorial. I have avoided those star blocks because of the Y seams but the half square triangles made them so much easier.I love directions with lots of pictures too. I am a quilter from marcia's crafty sewing and quilting and am a follower of both blogs.

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  127. There's no way you could keep a frown on your face after seeing those beautiful, happy, vibrant colors in those star blocks. I'm a quilter (ha! I still laugh when I say that). Thank YOU, Madame Samm, as well as Jen, Robert Kaufman, and Colonial Needle. I'm learning so much, and finding so many new blogs.

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  128. Great tutorial, even for those of us that have been quilting for a while. Love those cheerful fabrics, and those yarns are my favorite colors. I am now a follower of Jen's blog.

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  129. Jennifer, your star block is just great. I never even thought to press my seams open, wow. That is a great tip!! Love it! A star pillow would be a nice pop of cheery color in any room. I look forward to perusing your blog for more wonderful tutorials and inspiration. Your fall bag is gorgeous, wow what an eye catcher! Thanks again!

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  130. I am a follower of Jen's great blog, she has so many neat things!

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  131. Love the colors in Jen's stars and I have trouble sometimes getting that last seam to match perfectly. Looks great!

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  132. I've been a follower of Jen for a while. I was introduced to your blog through her's. The fabrics are lovely! I think I may have to venture over to her blog again to get that tut, I just finished two swaps, her Rainbow swap and a color wheel swap so have many charms to use for this wonderful star!

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  133. Jen I'm an old quilter and when I first looked at this block I thought it was going to be a hard one, but you made it simple and easy! Thanks for a great tutorial. blessings, marlene

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  134. I've "joined" this site. Hope that makes me a follower here too :)

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  135. What a beautiful happy block!
    I'm following Jen & here. sponsor is amy @ diary of a quilter.

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  136. What wonderful tutorial! Plus, I've been looking for color wheel blocks and this one will be great! I'm a new follower of Jen's and of course a follower here :) Thanks so much!

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  137. I've been following the Ellison Lane blog for quite a while. Great post Jennifer.

    Thanks Madame Samm and you wonderful sponsors!

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  138. I love these blocks - have to try some today!! I'm a follower of Ellison Lane and here of course. I'm sponsored by Busy As Can Be. Thanks for the tutorial and the give away. Deborah in Fort Worth.

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  139. Thank you Jennifer for a wonderful tutorial! I'm now following your blog! Also, I have followed this blog since I found it!

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  140. Love these colorful blocks and her blog! Thank you again!

    (Sponsor: Clover and Violet)

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  141. Wonderful tutorial.Love that colorful fabrics.
    I follow both blogs for a while and my sponsor is quiltimes.blogspot.com.

    Thanks offering this giveaway and jeny tuto!

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  142. Gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

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  143. Saweet! I now follow Jennifer, my sponsor is Lilypad and I follow Madamm Samm.
    Fun

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  144. I've been a follower of Jennifer, and you, for a while. I love HST, and I love the colorful pillow. I'm here via Jane's Fabrics. Thanks, Kathie L in Allentown

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  145. Love the bright colors and the tutorial. I'm off to see Jenn's blog.

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  146. Great tutorial! We have a blueberry bush that we named Starflower after the friend who gave it to us. She is now 100 years old. Thanks for including me in this giveaway.
    Mary
    mburn@comporium.net

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  147. Great tutorial! I already follow Jen, in fact, she's my sponsor here. Of course, I follow you too, Madame Samm.
    lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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  148. How funny, I just finished a QAL with Melissa Corry where she taught us 6 star blocks. Some were similar tot his, but none had the color variety.

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  149. Colors to brighten anyones day. This will be a beautiful quilt and I love the suggestion to iron all seams open.

    Ida Phillips
    g.phillips4787@sbcglobal.net

    follower of Marlene Bush
    Stitchinbythelake

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  150. Love the bright, fun colors! thanks for the chance to win!

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  151. We love it when a block is simplified from a diamond to easy peasy triangles and squares. thanks, Jen.

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  152. OH your tutorial is just perfect timing for me. People have been asking for a 'star' tutorial since that is the kind of blocks I have requested for our soldier's family and Tory.
    Thanks tons...I'm going to go post a link over here right now!

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  153. I follow Jennifer and she is my sponsor! Love her:0)
    I follow you to Madame.
    Have a great day!

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  154. Great tutorial and the fabrics are so bright and cheerful! She has a mug rug on her blog, too. I am a follower of both blogs. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  155. I have been following your and Jennifer's bog ... who wouldn't? You all have been such an inspiration! And about the giveaway- Thanks for the chance to win! I have to go wipe off my key board from the drooling...

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  156. Great Tut! Great Prize! I'm a new follower of Jen's - so send me that fabric pronto- I love it! xo, Nan

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  157. Thank you to JEN (who I've already followed for a long time),
    and Robert Kaufman, and Colonial Needle for this spectacular give away!

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  158. i am a follower of ellison lane quilts, and i love this tute!

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  159. I would love to try that thread, and the fabric is lovely!! I signed up to follow, and I already follow here!

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  160. What a fabulous tutorial! I love stars and still learning how to "do the math" to create them. This is perfect!! :o)
    Kathy from Kathy's Cottage is my sponsor.
    Thank you for a lovely give a way. :o)
    I did not waste any time joining Jennifer's blog! Can not wait to become better acquainted!
    Have a great day!
    Trish :o)

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  161. I am now a follower of your blog. Thanks.

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  162. Very cute block and love the fabrics. I have been a follower of you both for a while now. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  163. Love this tutorial! I follow here and have been following Jennifer's blog for a while also. I'm sponsored by Happy Quilting.

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  164. Great tutorial and now a new blog to follow...which I did! and still follow here. :)

    I am sponsored by SewCalGal and am a quilter!

    Would love to win!

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  165. Loved Jen's blog - thanks and have tried stars this way on a big quilt I made - will pass this along to a brand new quilter.....would love to win the new iron too and beautiful fabric.

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  166. This is a great tutorial and I sooo love the bright, cheery colors! Now a follower and hope to try this one out soon (gosh, that list is growing fast these days!)

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  167. Another great guest post! I will be making this star flower very soon. Thanks for a clear, colorful tutorial.

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  168. I already follow Jennifer's blog, and SM, and I'm a QUILTER! Yay for quilters! Is there anything better to be? I think not!!
    Her tutorial is very good, I have made this block in the past. And I've recently been doing her quilt along, and it is such a great quilt!

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  169. I already follow Jennifer's blog, am a follower here, am a quilter, and Jillily is my sponsor. Great tute and love the fabric and threads. Thanks again.

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  170. thankyou Jennifer love this Im now a follower of your site and a wanna be quilter and just love getting all these ideas

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  171. I love the cheerful colors! Great idea. So glad to meet you, Jen.

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  172. I follow both of you in my google reader AND I love this block! I have pinned it!

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  173. Wonderful to have a new-to-me blogger to follow. Thanks for the great tute Jennifer. I am a quilter and I also follow SM.

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  174. Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing this block with us! I love your use of bright colors, here on Stash Manicure and on your own blog!

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  175. I love that starflower block. And I've been a follower of both of you for a while now!

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  176. What a bright and beautiful blog post, Jennifer, I love it! I also love, love, LOVE Amanda Murphy's fabrics. Another great day at Sew WE Quilt, Madame Samm. Kathleen
    www.KdQuilts.com

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  177. I love this bright star block - a quilt of these would be wonderful!
    I'm a follower
    I follow Jennifer and Dawn is my sponsor!

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  178. It would be an honor to make these stars for our military.

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  179. Love those bright 'n colourful blocks... my style perfectly!! I am now following Jennifer's Blog.

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  180. I follow both blogs! That block is so cute - may need to try this for pillows :)

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  181. I want to follow your blog. I really do. BUT, I can't get the "follow me" dohickey to work.

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  182. awesome tutorial! I'm definitely trying this when i get back to sewing! my new house might just be overrun with star quilted pillows or something! :) i followed Jennifer, and am a follower here too.

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  184. I've signed up to follow Jennifer's blog, and was delighted to find a great tutorial for mug rugs! I spent half an hour yesterday trying to find "just the right one" - and there it is!
    I'm sponsored by Amy of A Quilting Sheep.

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  185. I follow both blogs and love this block. Two for one makes it even better! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  186. I've made this star block- with Jennifer- when we were in a newbie bee together (an I knew her when story :) ) She even had to send me fabric because I hadn't much of a stash. I love this block. I love how she made the block her own with the color wheel. I've modified this block and the starflower block on Modify Traditio, a tiny bit and am using it for my block in the 4X5 bee. I'm calling it X Flower until I come up with a better name;)

    I'm going to go to my LQS and see if they have some charm packs in the colors mentioned on JohnaLee's blog. I've become a fabric addict since I first "met" Jennifer several months ago, but unfortunately, nothing in my stash can be described as muted.

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  187. I follow both blogs, new to Jennifer's blog and so happy to have found it. Great stars!

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  188. What a beautiful block--love the colors. This would be great for a baby quilt.

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  189. Fabulous tutorial. Love all the color! I'm now following Jen. Also, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family that has suffered such a huge loss. How devastating. I hope they get all the blocks they need soon.

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  190. As always, excellent post. I'm a faithful follower and I'm just heading over to visit Jen now. Enjoy your day.
    Darc
    xxoo

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  191. Following Jennifer. Love the tutorial.
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

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  192. I am a follower of you...love the blog! Lisa in TExas

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