Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Moda BlockHeads week 25, catching up, and a giveaway

Well, Happy Moda BlockHeads Wednesday! My apologies for not posting for several weeks. Now it's time to catch up.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've continued to post blocks there, and on the Facebook group.  Like all of you, I'm saddened by issues in the news, stressed with cabin fever, and sick at the thought of what to cook for dinner. Are you as tired of preparing 3 meals a day as I am??? We were lucky to have a chance to dine in a restaurant with our kids, for Father's Day but wow, it was weird.  Now, it's back to take out....and cooking. I've been enjoying sewing just for me, not for a post or for business, just for me. And, now that the market quilts are back from my quilter, I'm enjoying a little time in the evening with needle and thread, binding.

Hope you will stick with me through this long post for a treat.....blogger is acting up so links may not be working when you read this...soooo frustrating.

First, this weeks block is by Robin Pickens

Corner Garden

I made a 6" version this week with Nancy's Needle fabrics, mostly.

 I'm hard pressed to find blooming flowers in my yard.  
This little dab of pink bloom is from a dragon's wing begonia.
When I married, almost 44 years ago, my paternal grandmother gave me a pot of angel wing begonias. She could literally stick her thumb in the ground and it would take root.  I spent 2 weeks with Mama and Papa every summer and loved hanging out in their yard, it was like going through a city's botanical garden.  Over the years that original plant grew and many cutting made more fabulous blooms.  Cats and kittens have slept under the lush leaves and giant cascading blooms.  Thought I had lost the last remnant of it last winter, but just today I noticed the scraggly plant is starting to to bloom.  Bless you Mama, You blessed my home 44 years ago and through that plant, and my cherished memories, you are with me still. I've got two stems by the kitchen window taking root now.
Mama Reed taught me to sew on a treadle one summer. that passion took root...just wish I had her gift of gardening.


For Robin's pattern Corner Garden Click Here
Link will take you to her blog.

Now to catch up with the last few blocks....




And the pile!


Hope you are still with me!

Now, on to the surprise giveaway....

Over on Istagram, or on any social media platform the designers choose, Moda amd Martingale are sponsoring an ebook giveaway of the Moda All Stars books.
I'll post the list below so you can enter with each participating designer.  Lots of chances to win!

This is my ebook giveaway Mini Marvels and below it is my project from the book.




 Here are all the projects from 7 books I've been in so far (there are a couple more in the works)


The books...

Still with me???

here is MY surprise giveaway.  Here area a few books and their projects from some I have on hand on hand....would you like one???

 Mountain Climbing 
from On a Roll

Step It Up
from Mix It Up

Winderlude
from  Merry Makers

IF you would like a chance at one of these books, PLEASE follow these instructions:
Pick one and Tell my why you would like it
AND you must leave your email address in the comment, otherwise I'll never be able to let you know you have won!!!

Stay with me...my actual book giveaway is only offered only through comments on the blog, and open only to USA readers.

ALL ebook giveaways are open to readers from all over the world, with comments on the blog

Last request, please say USA in your comment to be considered for the actual books. Every comment goes toward entry in the ebook giveaway. 

Window for this giveaway is short.  
All entries for the giveaways must be received by Friday, July 3rd.
  • All In A Row – No Kid Hungry - Corey Yoder
  • Scraps Made Simple – Alzheimer's Association - Sherri McConnell & Lissa Alexander
  • Mini Marvels – Texas Rite Scottish Hospital - Betsy Chutchian
  • All In A Row Again – Give Kids the World - Stacy Iest Hsu
  • Lucky Charm Quilts – Alex's Lemonade Stand - Brigitte Heitland
  • Merry Makers – Marine Toys For Tots - Lisa Bongean & Joanna Figueroa
  • Mini Charm Quilts – Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs - Jen Kingwell & Jan Patek
  • On A Roll – School on Wheels - Janet Clare
  • Mix It Up – Feeding America - Laurie Simpson  
  • Two, Four, Six, Eight – Special Olympics - Vanessa Goertzen
Thank you everyone visiting today and for following me.
I'm a haphazard blogger and storyteller, I share what's going on and on my mind and sometimes ideas in my head, and some days I'm just a mess. 

I can't get the links to all the designers on the post today. Sorry. Like I said blogger is acting up. Fingers crossed this posts!!!

okay...last thing...visit all the designers, and Robin for sure, and don't forget to leave a comment for Mini Marvels ebook or, for one of my books. 

Stay safe, stay well, wear a mask, and sew!

Until next time,
~ Betsy



111 comments:

  1. On a Roll has been on my amazon wish list for awhile! Glad you are back and thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for your posts. Your designs are inspirational!
    Sue from USA

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  3. I would like the mini marvels book. I am a beginning quilter I am Learning so much in making mini quilts they are much more doable time and dollar wise for me I love the pictures of your quilts
    Pat from USA

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  4. Love the USA and your blog!

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  5. I would like the Mix it Up book, I have a bunch of those Moda Cake Mix pads and maybe this book will motivate me to use them. :-). Lisa from Ohio (USA) lisatim95@att.net

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  6. Would love On a Roll. Love learning new ways to quilt. I’m new at this. Love my USA!
    Tammy

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  7. Would love On a Roll. I have lots of Jelly Rolls looking for a great pattern! USA

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  8. Mom taught me to quilt and we are always looking for the next project to craft together. Merry Makers looks like a great book to work through with her. Polly from Ohio (USA). pollyanderson14@gmail.com

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  9. I would love to win this book! I already have the Mini Charm Quilts book and the All in a Row book. This would be a great addition! Thank you for sharing about your gardening.

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  10. I enjoy reading your posts and I am so tired of planning and cooking 3 meals a day as well! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and a reminder to enjoy the small things in life.

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  11. In addition to "Mini Marvels," "Merry Makers" would be my choice. I like small projects that can also be used as gifts. susan dot e dot newsom at gmail dot com.

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  12. Would love a chance to win the On A Roll and the Moda book as well. Lovin this quilt along in the USA. Beth from St Clair Shores MzI

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  13. I would love to have Mini Marvels! I am much more comfortable with smaller projects and this one looks beautiful. Jlindstrand@carolina.rr.com

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  14. All your quilts are stunning, I especially love Step It Up. Happy to celebrate the 4th this weekend in the USA!

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  15. Greetings from NC in USA! Would be wonderful to win either Mix It Up or On a Roll. I used jelly rolls for my quilts until joining BH-3. Now I’m learning new quilting skills, but jelly rolls are still my comfort zone! Kysmith01@yahoo.com

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  16. I would love the Mini Marvels book. I have a new sewing room and I would love to fill up the walls with small wall size beauties

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  18. Wow, great giveaway! I think I would love to have "Merry Makers". Always looking for great holiday quilt projects! hoosierquilt@aol.com. USA.

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  19. I like the Merry Maker book. Living in the USA the spirit of the winter holidays is so bright and I like having ideas for making quilts for the holidays

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  20. OOh! Mix It Up would be my choice! How nice of you to offer so many! ssnsalo@gmail.com USA

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  22. Hello from Northern California, USA. The book "Mix it Up" would perfectly suit my stash. Thank you for the giveaway.
    glennlarson732@gmail.com

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  23. Mix it Up looks like a fun book. Thanks

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  24. from the USA . Mix it Up looks great!

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  25. They are so beautiful! I have a few jelly rolls to use so i'll chose on a roll. USA karladesigns0921@gmail.com thanks!

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  26. Hi Betsy! I think the Mountain Climbing from On A Roll looks wonderful. I love the projects shown on the cover! (From the USA) brambleberrythyme@gmail.com

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  27. All the books look awesome. All of you designers are fabulous!

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  28. Thanks for sharing about the flowers... Happy Independence day. GO USA! I guess the Nix it up book looks like super fun.. love me some triangles.

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  29. I love the Mini Marvels book! quapbookatgmaildotcom USA

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  30. Hello Betsy! Would love the Mix it Up book. Cake mix half square triangles turn out perfect! New ideas in the book would be wonderful! Donna in USA. donnanb@gmail.com

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  31. Love the story about your flowers and I am in a similar quandary about life so I'm sending you a big hug! [not trying to win the books, just wanted to reach out]

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  32. Mini Marvels!!
    And God bless the USA!!
    stephz0607@gmail.com

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  33. PS.. my husband has been working from home for over 3 months, so yes, I feel your pain if cooking 3 meals a day - & the dishes that go along with it...
    Also love your flower story... I love all of the flowers I have received from other's gardens!

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  34. God Bless the USA. Love your book!

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  35. We missed you! I would love to have the Mix It Up book as I have collected several pads of the Cake Mix papers. I don't have any of the books though, and they all sound great. Thanks for all you share!
    Patty in the USA

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  36. I am interested in Mini Marvels because I want to decorate my sewing space with mini quilts and hone my skills in tiny piecing
    Daninicole429@gmail.com

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  37. Mix it up sounds like a great book!

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  38. USA all the way! Only 3, still too many choices! Triangles are not my favorite shape to quilt with but I would still pick Mix it Up! The mini projects would make lovely gifts, not as much time as an entire quilt!

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  39. Merry Makers would be my choice because it's about Christmas and being merry! USA rfatkins@aol.com
    Your blocks are just beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway
    Happy 4th!

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  40. On a Roll because I like the triangle q uilt. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas. USA

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  41. Merry Makers because I really love the blue and white quilt that you made. purrfection8@gmail.com U.S.A.

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  42. Merry Makers because I'd love to make your winterlude quilt!USA heather@lyonbooks.com

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  43. How wonderful that you still have that begonia growing! The Mix it Up book looks like one I need—I love your project from it. USA
    kdm1050atgmaildotcom

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  44. I would like to own On a Roll, I have about 10 jelly rolls. Andddd,,, I own the other ones shown. Lol. USA
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  45. Susan Ellard srellard@gmail.com
    It's so hard to choose!!! I love the log cabin quilt on the cover of On a Roll, but I also love the Gingham Christmas quilt on the cover of Merry Makers!!

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  46. Love the colors in Block 25! I like the book Mix it Up. I am a scrappy quilter at heart and always on the lookout for new quilt ideas to use up all these fabrics. I like making donation lap quilts. homemom570@gmail.com

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  47. Mix It Up because I love your Step It Up quilt!
    USA
    qwilter2b at gmail dot com

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  48. I would love the Winderlude book by Merry Makers so I can sew something pretty for Christmas in July. USA
    ivybowls@yahoo.com

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  49. I love Mix it up. Scrappy quilts are my favorites and half square triangles give them a classic look. jynebug@gmail.com

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  50. Welcome back to the blog. I need "On a Roll" because I seem to be on one since COVID-19. I have been going through UFO's as never before.
    Bertha Mallard, USA
    bebemallard@sbcglobal.net

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  51. sure I would like an ebook and I am USA. Not sewing much, machine was at the shop four weeks it is wonderful to have her back even if I am only sewing pillow cases....

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  52. Oooo...how to pick just one!!
    But first a big THANK YOU for being part of Blockheads3!
    Now for a book ... probably Mix It Up because I'm in a let's use scraps and/or fat quarters from the stash!
    I live in Iowa - flyover country in the USA. teressalclark @ gmail.com

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  53. I would love Merry Makers! I'm feeling inspired to create holiday pieces. Candace.koester@gmail.com

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  55. I love all your Blockhead Blocks! They are fabulous! Thank you for this giveaway. I would love to win Mix It Up. I am in the USA, too. Darlene L. fabricqueen126@yahoo.com

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  56. usa...the best book for me would be mix it up... so i can use it up! prettythingsatcollieranch@gmail.com

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  57. Hi Betsy 0 I'm in the USA and my choice would be Mix It Up. Tough choice as there are many great books in this generous giveaway! kjschaffer48@hotmail.com

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  58. I love reading your blog. What a treat to try to get a new book. Thanks for all.

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  59. I would love the On a Roll quilt book. I've never used a jelly roll (!) and would love to make a jelly roll quilt.
    I'm from the USA. Thank you for your giveaways. Much appreciated. k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  60. I would love a chance to win "Mini Marvels" as I love making mini quilts. They are so much fun to use or decorating around the house. l.r.oberg769@gmail.com

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  61. I’d like to win the Mix It Up Book because I love that Step it up Quilt. Actually I’d love any of the books because I love your quilting. USA. Zoll)@bpsnetworks.com. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  62. Hi, Betsy. Thank you for the chance to win! I`d love to get a copy of Merry Makers :) My email is elena.coory@gmail.com

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  63. I love all of the moda books and try to get each one- I still need to get the mini marvels or mix it up book to add to my collection- they all have such great patterns- thanks for the give away and stay safe
    Karen from USA- kah577@aol.com

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  64. I live in the USA and would love a copy of "Mix It Up" because the quilt you contributed is phenomenal! How did you make so many perfect half square triangles?!?! Thank you for enhancing our lives with your designs. Happy 4th of July! My email is jonesst15@yahoo.com

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  65. Oh. I love all these books and patterns and would love to win any of the. But, Mix it up really speaks to me. Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  66. USA - Choosing is difficult but Mix It Up seems like a great choice. Your quilt is dazzling. Love those triangles! camillev620atyahoodotcom

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  68. Thank you for sharing Betsy as I fell in love with Step it up from Mix it Up. Have a fabulous 4th!!

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  69. I love the quilt and design in Mini Marvels! I love collecting your gorgeous fabrics, too! Keep on doing what you do, right here in the USA!! ☆♡☆♡☆

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    1. I'd love to create the project in Mini Marvels! Thank you for a chance to won!
      Logcabinquilts2@hotmail.com

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  70. MERRY MAKERS please because CHRISTMAS! December has always been a very special month in our family. Several birthdays make it a very busy month. Every year I try to make at least one very special quilt for a family member. It has become quite the thing to do. elincp@gmail.com. Thank you! :)

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  71. brownpandc@gmail.com.......USA

    Betsy, I love your block 25. I have not made mine yet, but I am going to keep yours in mind when I do that later this week. I would love the Mini Marvels book, because I saw Minick and Simpson's paper pieced five pointed star in a photo, and I would love to know how to make it.

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  72. I would love On a Roll as I just can't resist collecting jelly rolls, and i love your project from the book. I always love to see your quits. I am a reproduction girl. I love those rich colors.
    mlzook52@gmail.com USA, Illinois

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  73. I would love to have the mini marvels book as I love mini quilts. They are so intriguing to me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  74. I love your Winterlude quilt in the book Merry Makers and that would be my pick. Christmas is my favorite holiday celebrated in the USA!!! You are one busy lady! Thanks for all you do and for a chance to win! Carmen quilt101@mygsc.com

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  75. I would love the on a roll book. I love to buy and use jelly rolls. They are my favorite precut. Even the Moda Scrap bags are great if the strips are wide enough. I loved seeing all you blocks, they look fabulous!

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  76. Merry makers. Love giving homemade Christmas gifts. God bless the USA
    donnashearrer@yahoo.com

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  77. Merry Makers, I have thumbed through it several times, and always talk myself out of it! Your fabrics are so pretty in these blocks. Thanks for being apart of these Blockhead sew alongs. From a sister Texan, stay cool! USA
    mamcrow56@gmail.com Georgetown, TX

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  78. Merry Makers, I love Christmas ideas and always get the urge to make something fun for someone for Christmas. Love the ideas in this book. USA bc_hats@hotmail.com. Thanks

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  79. I think Mix it Up would be great to have. I was wanting to give triangle papers a try. Your Step it Up would be a great project to give them a try. I love your sweet story on the Angel Wings, your mama is surely watching over you and your garden. It so nice to read sweet little thoughts is such trying time.
    Thank you, tmbell106@gmail.com
    USA

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  81. Merry Makers would be my book of choice. Thank you for your blockhead blocks! Luv.quilting@yahoo.com. USA 🇺🇸

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  82. I would like the Merry Makers book. I'm wanting to make some Christmas gifts and my grandchild a stocking. becbanet (at) gmail (dot) com. USA

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  83. On A Roll would be great. I have a bunch of jelly rolls I need to use up and donate the quilts. Honestly though any of the books would be wonderful. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. Hello, I am replying from sunny Singapore and I know that we do not need any quilts here. I learnt quilting way back in 1985 using templates just to make a quilt for my new born baby girl. It was difficult using templates but I eventually made a sample quilt, a log cabin quilt and a drunkand path quilt. These quilts are still around but the fabrics colours have faded. Now that I am working from home due to COVID-19, I have started to go through all the wonderful quilts that you all have made and very fast too. Of course I would like to revive my passion again and wonder if I could buy a copy of your book to kick start my passion again. Please let me know if you send to Singapore. The beautiful quilts you have made bring joy to my daily life now.

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  85. Hi Betsy, I too do not have a green thumb:( My great Grandma(was a quilter) & Gram both had beautiful gardens and boy they were great cooks! things were slower then-maybe this is why they were able to master all these. Me, just quilting! I love all of your books and would be pleased with any one of them. Thank you for your generosity, Nannette from Ohio, USA

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  86. Good Morning! I’m down here in HOT Florida USA trying to stay inspired by the wonderful blogs by you and the other Blockhead designers. It was good to hear that you are taking care of yourself by quilting. I have put away some of my “fiddle” quilts and picked up a simple log cabin with bright stash. Sometime to life my spirits. I’d love to have “Mix It Up” to try some happy pinwheels or those HST’s. Sometime happy to work on. Thanks for making my morning happy!

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  87. Hi Betsy,
    I enjoy your blog posts, and always appreciate you sharing your heart with us. I would love to win the Mix it Up book, as HSTs are my very favorite things to piece. The way the colors play across the quilt top is lovely.
    I live in the USA, and my email is PattieQuilts@gmail.com

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  88. On A Roll - great for all those 2 1/2" strips. I only try to grow what doesn't need very much maintenance :) - perennials are best.

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  89. I have so enjoyed my first Blockhead adventure and have learned so much along the way. Any of your books would be much appreciated.
    Linda — USA

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  90. I love and appreciate your works and patterns. All done with great care and knowledge of techniques. What I admire most is the attention and kindness that treats his followers. I live in Brazil and I'm your fan. This Mix It Up Book has my favorite techniques which are HSts, not to mention the colors you use in your quilts, which are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with your heart! I'm Joana, from mj costurinhas, your Instagram follower. ❤️��

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  91. Hard to choice just one book but since I had to pick one, I would choose Mini Marvels because I want to do some wall hanging. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  92. I love "Merry Makers' because Winterlude is such a fabulous quilt. All the books have such great projects as well. Here in TX, USA! mceddins@earthlink.net

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  93. On a Roll - so I can use up some of my jelly rolls. USA all the way!

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  94. Hi! I am partial to the Merry Makers book. I want to make those Christmas stockings.
    God bless the USA!
    Thank you for the offer.

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  95. Love all of those gorgeous quilts. Since I have stashed lots of jelly rolls and charms, I would be eager starting with the "Mountain Climbing" or "Step It Up" pattern. Thanks. Happy 4th of July!!
    Patti S from USA - gpsch@hotmail.com

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  96. Merry Makers would be my first choice, but they all have wonderful projects.

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  97. On a roll is a favorite, but each one is special. I always enjoy seeing the beautiful colors and patterns of the fabric combinations you choose. Isn't it great to live in the USA? Happy 4th of July 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  98. Blogger certainly is a PIA lately, isn't it?
    I would love to have Merry Makers because it looks like a lot of fun wintry, holiday projects. I'm always looking for something to make when the snow flies here in Iowa! USA all the way! duchick at gmail dot com

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  99. On a Roll would be my choice, since I have lots of strips to use up! Thanks for the chance!
    jklmengland at windstream dot net
    USA

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  100. I would love the On A Roll book. I love your quilt with the dark colors and triangles, my favorite. I am very tired of cooking 3 meals a day too, less time to quilt.
    Thanks for sharing all your quilts!
    USA

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  101. Step It Up from Mix It Up looks like it would have a lot of fun ideas! Luckily, I just have to cook the evening meal because my semi-retired husband and I are different schedules for breakfast & lunch. And he's very self-sufficient! Born in the good ol' USA!!!

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  102. Step It Up from Mix It Up looks very interesting although it was hard to choose just one.

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