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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guest Block host is Cheryl with some appliques


Howdy from Missouri! My name is Cheryl and this is the first time I have been a guest blogger on Sew We Quilt. I want to show off a new favorite block-- a 4-patch w/applique. Thank you Madame Samm for the invitation and special thanks for not having high expectations. My theory is if we all have lower expectations we may end up pleasantly surprised!
First a Disclaimer: I am not a professional Quilter, I don't sew for any other reason then I want too. Sometimes I want to sew/quilt for donation projects, sometimes for gifts for family/friends, sometimes I sew just to have TO DO's.

I started a personal blog a few years ago to have a spot to document bits of my creative side. Please consider this your invitation to follow me.  If you have been a visitor you can see that I don't post very often. When I have started a post on a favorite project I like to edit updates to the same page. I know this is not the normal way people read blogs but for me I like to have the whole process in one spot even if it takes me awhile to finish.

Last year I started block testing for QuiltMakers 100 Block Issues.
I have started a couple of fun TO DO's from blocks I got to 'test'
Today I would like to show off one of my favorite blocks found in Vol. 4
Block #343 (on page 39) " Fresh Cut" by Sara Tuttle Khammash
Now it wouldn't be fair to just give you Sara's pattern so I am going to
share how my 'test block' grew into an 84 x84 (ish) keepsake.

I am also going to do a drawing from my comments for a copy of the new issue of QuiltMaker. I must warn you that my copy has been well read this past week and I have a couple of more TO DO's picked out to work on.

The QuiltMaker blocks in this issue #4 are all 12 1/2" blocks. For my little Doll Quilt I have scaled it back to 6 1/2" blocks. The post is to show the process not necessarily the step by step for making the same project. (It is not fun to do the same ole same old, put your own spin on it- it will turn out great!)
Disclaimer #2: I used my GO and several dies along with Sara's applique patterns to make my RW&B quilt. I used my GO and dies to make the Red and Black/White top. My grand daughter will be a year and a half for Christmas so I decided to make her a little 'doll' quilt for one of her babies. I can just picture Breely teaching her dolly how to say "Kitty Cat" and "Doggie"

If you don't have access to an Accucut GO cutter, feel free to use the method of your choice for cutting the squares needed for background blocks. In my case I used 3 1/2" sqs to make 6 1/2" 4-Patch. I then raw edge machine appliqued the cutouts to the squares. I prefer not to use an Iron-On product when I applique. I am a fan of glue sticks and will use them to tack (rain drops not puddles) my pieces together. There are many stitches that work well for raw-edge, I prefer a chicken track stitch or an overcast stitch, you may like something else better.

My good friend Pam has a home business in Cassville MO, P Dubs Quilt Stuff. If you are ever in the area and want to see a demo of the GO or BABY GO check her place out. She hosts an amazing fabric sale on Saturdays.

I can't offer to give away a machine or dies BUT I will draw from the comment section to give a set of nine backgrounds (36 3 1/2" B&W that match mine) and 18 bright Kitty Cats (9 lefts and 9 rights) You would be on your own for what you do with them.
My scrappy interpretation of Fresh Cut
Here we go: Start with picking out the fabrics you want to work with. In the case of my scrappy RW&B, I grabbed light, med, and darks in Reds and Blues. I also cut 6 1/2" sqs from my 'whites' and a few red and/or blues. Sew your background squares into 4-patch blocks. You can do these blocks in any size you like. One of the fun things about piecing is you don't ever really have to follow the pattern exact if you chose not too.
Next cut out your applique shapes, if you have dies feel free to use them to embellish your blocks. This pattern would look great with hearts, pumpkins, snowmen or anything else you can think of.
After you decide on the size and number of blocks think about the setting strips.
In my first quilt I set the blocks side by side. Then I added an narrow inner border and added 6 1/2" piano keys for the outer border. For my Doll quilt I used a 1 1/2" strip and setting squares, I am pleased with the finished size.
Baby Doll Quilt top
You may be wondering WHY I added a photo of my foot pedal to the collage. The answer is BECAUSE I wanted to show off my mini rug
(I am weaving from loops-potholder style! When I say "I" what I realy mean is the grandkids so this project is still pretty small)
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. Be sure to let me know if you are interested in the copy of the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 and/or the Die cut Cat applique pieces.
Hopefully I have met your expectations, thank you for the opportunity to show off a new favorite block.       4-Patch w/Applique.
be good Cheryl


WINNNERS..how nice to hear this ...this morning

( Cheryl had outside parties
 choose numbers....here are the results) 

1st winner is yours truly...NEVER DO I win ,...very 1st you know...
Sew yes I will accept the mag....yeahhhh

#2 Suzannne You WON black and white blocks and die CATS
#3 Rutigt a set of 12 applique cats and and dogs 

*( tried 2x to send email on your blog it would not send..)

HI rutig,  you won a set of 12 of applique cats and dogs from 
sew we quilt.com
please send your snail mail address to Cheryl..

congrats.. ozarkcastle@yahoo.com


my best  mdm samm

Suzanne your email bounced too~!

The following message to <Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com> was undeliverable.
The reason for the problem:
5.1.0 - Unknown address error 550-'5.1.1 - Invalid mailbox: Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com'

PLEASE CONNECT WITH CHERYL  ozarkcastle@yahoo.com

#67 everyln  a set of 12 applique cats and dogs..

send emails to you ladies..
( Cheryl will mail by friday)

Editors note...for your very first time....
well I would say ...not bad , not bad at all...
Applique blocks for great for anyone with or without
a cutter...if you get a childrens coloring book
and trace the characters..voila you can do this too! 
Thanks Cheryl!

90 comments:

  1. Those blocks look great -- I love the backgrounds for the quilt with the red animals.

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  2. Love the fabrics you used for the backgrounds! :)

    Thanks for sharing how to do the 4 patch with applique! :)

    Adding this to my pinterest, hope you don't mind! :) Thanks again...

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  3. Thanks for showing us your quilts and for a chance to win. Pretty cat quilt.

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  4. I have never seen that book but people are coming up with new block designs right and left and the ladies in my group are always asking me if I have a particular pattern that I have never heard of. Cute doll quilt. I had a request for one not too long ago.

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  5. I am definitely interested in Winning either or both the Vol 4 and the Cute Go-cut applique pieces. Since I don't have a GO. I am testing for Vol 5 that comes out next summer. It's pretty FUN!

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  6. Thanks for those great block ideas! I'd like to pick the blocks Vol 4 - I need to expand my block making repertoire! Thanks for the chance :)

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  7. Very cute idea and I like the simple applique .I must say I have never tried applique using just a glue stick ,must give that a try. Thanks for the great post.

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  8. Good morning Cheryl....day 2 and it is all about you...and being a first time you ....

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  9. Oops don't know what happened there..my ipad did a hick up...
    as I was saying, great crib quilt....and that mag...yes I don't have that one yet....

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  10. oops booted me out again...Let's try this again..for the first time ever Cheryl...you did a good job...we all start somewhere....thanks for coming to our block party..yeah got it in...x

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  11. Great quilts! I'm sure your granddaughter will love her doll quilt! Would love to win either the appliques or the copy of 100 blocks--thanks for the chance!

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  12. Love your little quilt and that 4 patch background! I am a sucker for any fabric with black so you had me at hello! :)

    I was just given a Go baby by Accuquilt so I have the dog and cat dies! Might just whip my granddaughter up one of these!

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  13. What a cute idea. I love the look of the applique on the four patch. I would love the chance to win.

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  14. Great job and a super block to try. It has great potential.

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  15. I love the animal dolly-quilt. I have several little ones that would adore it! Thanks!

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  16. Nice work! Thanks for sharing, would love a chance at your giveaways!

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  17. Great post! I love your quilts. Love,love, love the 4patch background.

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  18. thank you Cheryl love these blocks

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  19. Very nice review, Cheryl. I really enjoyed it. I'd love to win a copy of the new magazine.

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  20. Great job, Cheryl! It really is scary for ALL OF US to be the guest blogger on Sew WE Quilt, but just remember, you are among friends. The critical ones can be ignored. Focus on the positive...the lovely new friends you gain. :) Kd ~ www.KdQuilts.com

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  21. Ooops, I forgot, I'd LOVE to win the 100 Blocks magazine! See you soon...Kd ~ www.KdQuilts.com

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  22. looks great, saw your post on the accuquilt group, I don't have the kitty die, so I'd love to win them...

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  23. Love pre-cut animals! Accuquilt needs to make more more more!

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  24. Thanks for being a guest here -- enjoyed your post and your block....would love to be in the draw for the magazine or the precuts! I'm just getting going with applique, and love it!

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  25. What fun this was -- great first guest post!! And I didn't need to lower my expectations at all! ;) I'd love to be included in the giveaway for both the magazine and the pre-cuts! Thanks! :)

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  26. That RW & B quilt is amazing! and I would love that book or the kitty cats. We love cats around here...

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  27. Such cute quilts. Makes me want a GO! Thanks for sharing. I would love to win either, but my preference is 100 Blocks as I'm a new quilter (started with Madame Samm's Wantobe campaign).

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  28. Great first guest post!! love your ideas..and would like to be in the draw for both...great magazine..

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  29. Excellent Cheryl - I recently started a similar quilt with applique on top of the background piecing and I love the way it's turning out. The four patch would be a perfect way to do that! blessings, marlene

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  30. Thanks Cheryl. I would love to own a Go Cutter because it would make applique easier but you are right, it is not impossible to do without. I would love to be entered into your giveaways.

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  31. Love the background as it brings texture - thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to win 100 Blocks magazine or precuts - I love applique. Thank you for sharing with us. Judy C

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  32. Sweet little doll quilt. I MUST get busy and make one for each of my 4 granddaughters.

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  33. Oh, please, do include me in the drawing. :)

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  34. I'd pick the magazine! Thanks for sharing and the chance!

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  35. Oh my, what a thrill this is that people took time to comment! And madame Samm, 3 x- (just kidding-)
    just wish I could have had a larger give away- maybe next time!- be good cheryl from MO

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  36. Love looking at your work. I'd love to win the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 magazine....I really need to invest in the first 3 volumes as well...I'm SOOOOO far behind. Hugs Naomi

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  37. I relly appreciate the simplicity of your 4 patch for appliqué background. It gaves me a good idea how to salvedge a baby baby quilt I made this year. I would love to win w
    Either the msgazine or especially the appliqué.
    Suzanne. Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

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  38. I relly appreciate the simplicity of your 4 patch for appliqué background. It gaves me a good idea how to salvedge a baby baby quilt I made this year. I would love to win w
    Either the msgazine or especially the appliqué.
    Suzanne. Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

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  39. I love the doll quilt. I like to applique but have never done that on a pieced block. Will have to try it out as I like the way it looks.

    My son gave me a GO but I don't have any animal dies.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Congratulations on your first post and the exposure of the 100 block magazine. I like simple and the cute 4-patch with precuts looks fantastic.

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  41. My comment is missing, must have missed the "nettrain" :) I´ll try again.
    Applique is not my favourit technique, but I like your quilt Fresh Cut. This morning I started on a block almost like yours.
    I´ll do a samplerquilt of all the blocks presented here in November.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Gun, Sweden

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  42. Thanks for sharing. Sign me up.

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  43. I grew up in southwest MO and have fond memories of visiting cassville for the Christmas parade and of going to Roaring River State Park. What fun that was. I will visit P Dub's the next time I am in the area! Thanks for the interesting post.

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  44. Your 4 patch with appliqué is very cute and something I want to try...thanks so much for sharing your creations!

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  45. Your 4 patch is adorable! Great tutorial and love your quilt with the piano key border!

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  46. Thanks for the block! I like the idea of the 4 patch w/applique. I finished my first block last night from yesterday and will look forward to picking out the fabrics for today's block. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  47. What a cute idea. I really like your BW/R quilt. I'm loving that combination lately.

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  48. Nice job Cheryl, I'd love to get my hands on Vol 4, thanks for the chance to win.
    I'm always amazed at how much you can get done and have a full time job too!

    Happy Sewing

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  49. Thanks for the tut. I would love to have the 100 Blocks vol 4.

    or the cat pieces...


    Thanks for the chance and you did a great job of guest posting :)

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  50. Cheryl, This was a great post, thank you so much for sharing with us. It is so much fun to stop by here an find new blogs to visit and fun talented quilters/stitchers with great ideas. Thanks so much too for a chance to win your 100 Blocks Magazine and also the adorable kitty applique pieces and backgrounds. I love applique but have problems cutting the odd shaped pieces due to some health issues. Thanks again!
    Oh! I visited your blog earlier and really enjoyed spending some time wandering around there seeing your fun creations. AND I adore your Crumb Along quilt, absolutely adore it. Hugs...

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  51. Thanks for your tutorial and the chance to win. Absolutely love black and white fabric.

    Janet

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  52. I hope this comment actually gets printed out... for some reason the previous two did not! Just wanted to say.. loved the enthusiasm for some fun projects for machine applique... thand you SEW much!

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  53. Hi, Cheryl - What fun to test drive blocks for the magazine! I love the look of a pieced background with applique', and AccuQuilt die cuts make it so easy - This would be a fun project for kids to do! Thanks for sharing today - nicely done!

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  54. Cheryl, I certainly enjoyed your post today. Loved looking at your pics (even the foot pedal). I am addicted to machine applique, even started and finished a whole quilt this week. Would appreciate winning anything in your drawing.

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  55. The blocks look great! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Great looking quilt you've created and the doll quilt is super cute.
    I can't wait to get my hands on Issue #4 to check out all the awesome blocks in there this time.
    Thanks for your post.

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  57. That is so cool that you get to test drive for the magazine. Of course I would love the chance to win a copy of it. Nice job.

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  58. 4-Patch w/Applique is a great idea. I'd like it smaller for a quilt border around a medallion using simple applique shapes for a baby quilt.

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  59. very nice quilts. please enter me in the drawing!

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  60. I love your quilt with the flowers. Your idea four patch with appliqué is great. Thanks for sharing

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  61. Like the fabrics you used for the backgrounds. Thanks for sharing how to do the 4 patch with applique! Please enter me into the drawings for the QM 100 blocks and the cat/dog pieces. I know a sweet grandniece who loves kitties and woofs - this would be a great start for a quilt for her.

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  62. good post! like what you've done with the block. do enter me for all your drawings!

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  63. HI Cheryl. Great post. Thank you for taking the time to share. That is the greatest gift of all, from one quilter to another. I love the 4 patch background. Much more interesting than just one colour. Please enter me in the draw for the mag and the kitties and background. Checked out your blog. Crumbs-wow-now I know why I am saving all my little biddy pieces that I just cannot bear to toss.

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  64. HI Cheryl. Great post. Thank you for taking the time to share. That is the greatest gift of all, from one quilter to another. I love the 4 patch background. Much more interesting than just one colour. Please enter me in the draw for the mag and the kitties and background. Checked out your blog. Crumbs-wow-now I know why I am saving all my little biddy pieces that I just cannot bear to toss.

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  65. I love the four patch as a background for the blocks, really great way to enhance solid appliques too. Would love a copy of the new magazine, love what I have seen so far.

    Debbie

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  66. Thanks for the great tutorial. This is a great project to bust some of that stash!! Thanks again!! Hugs Ariane

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  67. I can see why your copy is well thumbed - it looks like a great magzine/book! I love your quilts too :-)

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  68. Love the 4-Patch with Applique block..TFS!! Your baby doll quilt is so cute...your granddaughter is going to love it!
    Is there a special type of glue stick you use when you applique? (I have some Scotch permanent ones so I was wondering if they're okay). Please include me in your giveaways. Thanks!

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  69. Thank you for your tutorial and for the inspiration.
    The baby doll quilt top is so cute
    Margaret

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  70. I love kitties and that Scrappy Fresh Cut is Beautiful!

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  71. Always enjoy seeing new (to me) bloggers on Sew We Quilt! Enjoyed your post and would love to have a copy of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks!

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  72. Thanks for sharing. I would love to win either of your giveaways. I have a graanddaaughter who is interested in starting to quilt. I'm sure she would love the cutouts.

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  73. "Back in the day" children's coloring books were the way to go for simple applique. Somewhere in a notebook, I still have patterns that I use every so often. You can tell I do not have a GO!.....maybe someday.

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  74. Cheryl!! Great job! I love this idea, thank you for sharibg.

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  75. Another great idea! I have never seen applique done on top of pieced blocks. I just bought some dinosaur fabric with giant dinos. This sounds like the perfect idea for this fabric.
    Please enter me in your drawing. I think if I had to choose I would pick the copy of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks!
    Thank you for another wonderful tutorial.

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  76. So cute! Thanks for sharing! I am interested in the copy of the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 and/or the Die cut Cat applique pieces. Thanks!

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  77. I love applique. Thank you for sharing. I need to get myself a Go Cutter, haha.

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  78. Your quilt is just darling - you'll hve to let us know what Breely says about it. I would love to win your copy of Vol 4 - dog earred & all!

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  79. I really like the 4 patch idea and the appliques are darling. I like you choice of colors in the blue, red and the doll quilt in red and greys. . Thanks.

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  80. I am interested in the copy of the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 and/or the Die cut Cat applique pieces. That doll quilt is adorable. And your other quilt well girl you did good. By the way, I too live in MO, Warrensburg that is. Come visit and sit a while. Really we will hook up soon if you like. :)

    Thanks

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  81. Love the 4-Patch with Applique block. And sure would like to get a hold of that Quiltmaker;s 100 Blocks! Thanks for the giveaway, too.

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  82. That is just adorable and I Love your choice of Fabrics too! Please enter me in your drawing hat!! I have a Go Baby, but In know I would Love the Book!! Thanks again Cheryl!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  83. Great job! I love both of your quilts. I'd love to be included in your drawing for the applique as well as the magazine. I'm a new quilter so I'd love to give applique a try. Thanks again.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. Would love to win the magazine. Thanks for sharing! These are some great projects!

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  85. Would love to win the magazine. Thanks for sharing! These are some great projects!

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  86. Cheryl: Thanks for your informative post today with Madame Samm. I think the 4 patch background on the applique block is a great idea. I've never had the 100 Blocks Quiltmakers magazine so I'd love to have a copy. I love the baby doll quilt!

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  87. Cheryl, your work always turns out great. Deb

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  88. Great having you as Guest Blogger for today! I love your give-aways if I'm not too late.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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