Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from today's top designers Volume 8

Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog on this fun blog tour sponsored by Quiltmaker Magazine! I love to design quilt blocks and I'm so honored to be included in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from today's top designers Volume 8!

Pictured below is my block, Martha' s Basket:


Martha's Basket


For a look at how it would appear in a diagonal set I've added the black triangles:


Martha's Basket block on point

My basket is named for my Grandmother, Martha. Grandma was an incredible seamstress and needlewoman, and my fascination for patchwork began with a beautiful Wedding Ring quilt that she made, and under which I slept in grade school. I don't have Grandma's sewing basket, but I do have a wooden cigar box in which she must have kept the paper and chipboard templates and piecing leftovers from working on that quilt:



When I chose fabrics for my block, I was in the middle of working on new patterns, which all had Fall and Halloween themes; hence, the orange and black color scheme But the block is very versatile, and has unlimited possibilities. Here are a few example of Martha's Basket using prints from Elementary, my new fabric line with Studio e Fabrics, which will be appearing in quilt shops this month.

Here is the block with a sweet pink and green color scheme:




And here it is with a more dramatic blue and red on gold:







So many possibilities!

Thank you for visiting today on the Blog Hop!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8, please leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST Sunday, Nov. 17.

AND

For another chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8 AND a bundle of Elementary fat quarters, just go to the West Designs Facebook page www.facebook.com/WagonsWestDesigns and leave a comment on my Quiltmaker Vol. 8 block post, again by 11:59 pm PST Sunday, Nov. 17.

Good luck and enjoy the rest of your blog tour! For a quick link back to the blog list on Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures CLICK HERE.


Until next time,


Martha

233 comments:

  1. A very nice basket block! I need to make a basket quilt...

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  2. I like the basket block on point. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Congratulations, yoru Grandma would be proud of you. Love your basket

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  4. Well done on being published and it is good to know that your grandmother's skills have transferred to you and bring you such pleasure. I love the basket block and can see me using this in a future project.

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  5. Lovely block! The scallops are so sweet!

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  6. What an honor to have a grandmother who quilted. I am so thankful that my grandmother shared all her quilting with me. Your block is delightful and I would love to make it.

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  7. Great basket! I got my love of quilts from a quilt my grandmother made as well--a sunbonnet sue quilt she had made for my mom. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Lovely! Thank you for giveaway.

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  9. Great block - I really like the on point version. Thanks.

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  10. So far one of my favorites! Love that scallop!

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  11. The scallops really make your block special. I would like it in reproduction fabrics.

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  12. Congrats on your block being included in QM's Vol. 8. Thanks for the chance to win a copy...I look forward to making your basket block and visiting your blog again. I've added it to my QM Designer Blog Roll. So neat that you carry on your grandmother's love of sewing. I do as well, and am luck to have many things including a sewing box that belonged to my Grandmother Minnie Martha...how about that!!!

    Sue CollectInTexas Gal collectintexas@gmail.com

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  13. I love your block and the various color choices!

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  14. This magazine is the best for new and creative block ideas! Congratulations on being a part of it.

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  15. Congratulations on being featured, it must feel great :) And thank you for a chance to win such an amazing source of inspiration!

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  16. Your block is really lovely, I like it on point, it would make a really nice center block for a table runner.

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  17. Congrats on being published in Quiltmaker's 100 block magazine. Your block is beautiful! Thanks for a chance to winl

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  18. Fabulous that your lovely block is in the magazine! Congrats!

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  19. Love the block,,and the cigar box as well!

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  20. I had a dearly loved Mom-Mom too and a few things hidden away in the cedar chest that she made. Aren't we the lucky ones!

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  21. Basket blocks are one of my favorites. Yours is quite nice! I think I'll add it to my collection of basket blocks.

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  22. Congratulations - Martha's Basket is superb! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

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  23. How lovely to have something of your grandmother's that is so connected to what you do. It's amazing how something so small as sewing can connect us to those we love.
    My mother taught me to needlepoint and my grandmother "tried" to teach me to knit. I still have the ball of yarn and 5 rows of stitches she did with me 30+ years ago.

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  24. I love your basket block, especially set on point!

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  25. Your basket block has some extra sweet touches to the traditional block that gives it a nice, softer look. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Martha's Basket is delightful with the scallop on it...and such a nice tribute to your Grandmother. My Grandmother was a sewer too so I learned a great deal from her also. Congrats on making the magazine...will be looking for your block in it!

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  27. Congrats on being published.Such a wonderful basket block,the borders caught my eye!

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  28. Love your block and Halloween is my favorite holiday so the colors are PERFECT!!

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  29. What a neat basket, one can never have too many of them..

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  30. Congratulations on being published in Quiltmakers Vol 8 magazine. What a beautiful basket, and thank you for a chance to win a copy on your blog.

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  31. Congrats on having your block in the magazine. I really like the different colorways you've shown.

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  32. congrats on the block. Great basket

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  33. So many possibilities with this block.

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  34. love baskets, and that one is really original, thanks!

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  35. love your basket. thanks for the giveaway

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  36. Cute block! Can't wait to get this issue next week!!

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  37. Great block - I love the scalloped edge!

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  38. Nice take on a basket block. It is very nice.

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  39. Really love the pink. Congrats to you for being in the Quiltmaker 100. Love the black accent.

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  40. I like your basket block. Isn't it amazing how Cushing colors and orientation makes such a difference. Thanks for showing your Grandmother's cigar box of scraps and templates. It brought a smile to my face and precious memories of my grandmother.

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  41. Always happy to see a basket block, yours is so pretty. I like how you showed it in different color ways too. Very helpful.

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  42. congrats on being published. Your block is wonderful. I really like the handles. And the pink and green one. Thanks for a chance.

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  43. Oh gosh, I really love those blocks, they are so quilt worthy. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. This block looks good in all of the color arrangements. It's really pretty.

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  45. Interesting basket design- congrats on being selected

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  46. Wow, I'm stunned with your block with all the colors you used on them!

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  47. I like this block, but I especially like the little history story that goes with it.

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  48. I love this block. the gold one is great! Thanks for the chance!

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  49. Your block is wonderful and I am sure your Grandmother wld be so proud of you today! I too have sewing supplies my Grandmother used and I treasure them. I like the bolder colors and cannot wait to have the magazine!

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  50. I loved your block on f.b. too Love a good basket block.

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  51. I haven't done a basket quilt yet but I just might now, thanks

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  52. Thanks for showing the block in the different color combinations - very pretty! Thanks for the give away!

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  53. Just started working with wool and love it.

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  54. I was lucky enough to get quilting baskets and candy boxes of patterns from both my Grandmothers and some from a Great Grandma. I guess I am the family packrat.

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  55. What a very cute block. Love the different color combinations. Thanks!

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  56. I love the block with blue and red on gold, my favorite.

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  57. What a great variation on the basket block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. Oh how beautiful , teh story and the colors. Fantastic Job Martha

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  59. Lovely basket! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  60. Love that you share this cute block and how you named it. My grandmother was a wonderful seamstress as well, and taught me to sew! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I love your basket block! thanks for the generous giveaway also!

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  62. I like your basket block done in the blue, red and gold the best. Although I like the fall/Halloween colors too.

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  63. You basket looks good in all color combo's. Very pretty.

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  64. Wish I had something of my Gramma's. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  65. My grandmother was also a quilter and I still have some of her handwork. Congrats on having your block in the 100 blocks magazine.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  66. I like the frilly handle on your basket!

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  67. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I Love your block! My Grandma was a quilter too.. her name was Dortha. I miss her so much! tyned@hotmail.com

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  68. Thanks for sharing this block, love the little handles. Kathy

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  69. I love the basket pattern and think I would try to use a red, white and blue pattern for a Quilt of Valor. Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats for getting your block in Vol 8.

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  70. I thought all basket blocks had been done, but I like your addition of a ruffly handle is a very nice change.

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  71. Your basket looks awesome love the scallope on the handle.
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  72. What a pretty basket. How wonderful that you have your grandmother,s cigar box of DWR templates and fabrics.

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  73. Pretty! And such a treasure you have!!

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  74. Cute, cute, cute! Love the scallops around the handle and the little side handles! gives a whole new look to a favorite block!

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  75. Your block is so pretty! I love the scallops that you added to the top of the basket.

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  76. Congratulations! Love your block!

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  77. Very pretty block. Congratulations for being in the magazine. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  78. Rachel (rachelryates@yahoo.com)November 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    thanks for a chance to win

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  79. I'm working on a scrappy baskets BOM right now. I'm going to have to figure out how to work your block into it!

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  80. I like baskets.. so nice for scrappy quilts.

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  81. I am a sucker for basket blocks. Yours is a beauty.

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  82. Love your block. Baskets done in pink and green are my favourite. Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

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  83. What a sweet block! Realky like it in your new fabric line.

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  84. love the block in the dramatic blue and red, it's very pretty

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  85. Nice block. Not a big fan of baskets, but this is nice, especially in the bold autumn colors.

    senstrings at yahoo dot com

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  86. Thank you Martha. I am not really one for baskets, but I am going to try this one.

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  87. Lovely tribute to your grandmother.

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  88. I really like the blue and red and gold version. Very pretty!

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  89. Love the block! Especially the scallops.

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  90. I love the story behind your quilt. My favorite quilt was a brown tattered one which I found after moving one too many times - think it was a packing quilt. Would love the know the story behind it but it kept me comforted by being with me during college days far from home. Thanks Cindy at cwienstroer@amuniversal.com

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  91. I love the block and the story behind it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I also left a message on your facebook page. Hugs

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  92. Cute basket! I love the pink and green one particularly. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  93. I really LOVE the blue and red on gold version of your basket block!

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  94. Great Block! The dark colors are very pretty.

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  95. Congratulations on making it into the magazine.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  96. Neat block! And don't we love our Grans sewing things? I do too! Thanks for the chance.

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  97. Love this block! I could see a whole quilt, in different colors, using this block!

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  98. I like the basket block. Different and cute!

    Mary

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  99. So cool that you have something simple to remember your grandmother with. I have my grandmother's quilting frame.

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  100. I love this unusual and pretty basket design. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  101. Love the blue, red and gold block. Congrats and thanks for a chance to win.
    hinders.r@gmail.com

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  102. That cigar box you have from your grandmother is a treasure. I remember my grandmother's quilts but the were made of pre-worn material and loved/washed to death. Love quiltmaking.

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  103. Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.comNovember 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I enjoyed seeing your basket block and think its very creative. Love the story about your grandma's cigar box of quilting goodies.

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  104. This is going to be one of my favorite blocks from the mag - can't wait to start a whole quilt from it.

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  105. Thank you for having a great block to share with us. I love the on point setting.

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  106. I have fond memories of quilting with my grandmother and mother. Thank you for sharing.

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  107. Nice block, and so versatile. Just the different fabrics give it a whole different look.

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  108. I LOVE the blue and red on gold version! I did a couple of civil war quilts last year and this block would be perfect!

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  109. Very pretty block! My grandmother is also who has inspired me to be a quilter! Her quilts were always amazing and a very fond memory of my childhood!

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  110. Very pretty block. I really love it in the pink and green. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  111. Very nice!!! I love to quilt. Thank you!

    Greetings from a dutch town Purmerend.

    Carla.

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  112. love the blocks. gorgeous fabrics too.

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  113. i do love memories of Grandmothers. Mine was an inspiration to me too! Lovely block.

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  114. Grandma's are great! Nice block, she would be proud of you.

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  115. Love your block. I have my grandma's quilts which are special to me. Happy Quilting:)

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  116. Lovely. Grandparents are SO special. I am 41 and had my gram up until 3 years ago, and still have my grandfather! Awesome homeage to your gram!

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  117. I just love the fabrics that you used on your basket block! Just lovely! Congrats on getting the block featured in the magazine! Nice story about your grandma - love the cigar box!
    Happy quilting
    Dawn
    array-dawn@cox.net

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  118. Loving your block, and congratulations on being in the magazine.

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  119. Very neat, and pretty!
    Marie Williams
    pinkmoonbeams@yahoo.com

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  120. Love the block, so traditional but with your own flair. Congrats on being chosen to have a block in the magazine. I really like the pink version.

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  121. nice block...I have to try it...martamanole@yahoo.com

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  122. Just found you via the QM Blog Hop! Congrats on the lovely block and thanks for the giveaway.
    utahoosier at yahoo dot com

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  123. I adore basket themed blocks. This one is really special. Thanks for sharing your talent. sharbank@yahoo.com

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  124. I love the block and especially like all the color versions! I think my favorite is the first one, but they are all great.

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  125. I love your wonderful block, especially the scallops. I think it's most effective with lots of contrast -- why do all that piecing and then not have it show up?. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  126. Love basket blocks but I always have challenges making them. Like the different colorways that you did though.

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  127. Congratulations on your block-love baskets. thanks for the giveaway:)

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  128. This is such a lovely block. I love how you showed it in different colourways. Thanks for a chance at the give-away!
    Maureen
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  129. Beautiful block! I love it in the pink. I don't Facebook
    Lindasquilting@yahoo.com

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  130. I saw your pretty Block on FB. Thanks for changing up the normal basket and making it special for 100 Blocks. I'd love to Win a copy of this Issue. pmcrowther at yahoo dot com

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  131. Thanks for sharing your block. I think it would be great in Christmas colors!

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  132. Great blocks! The blue and red on gold is my favorite. Love your new fabric line.

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  133. Nice basket block. This sure is a fun hop - can't wait to see the real magazine.

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  134. How lovely for you to have things like this from your Grandmother. Lucky you.

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  135. congrats! this basket is very versatile. I do like the on-point layout.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  136. what a joy to have your granma's special workbox! great basket block ... changes with the color scheme!

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  137. Thank you for the chance to see your work and win!

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  138. I love the red and blue on gold, that is a gorgeous combination and can just imagine a quilt for my bed like that.

    Debbie

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  139. Like the orange and black used with florals. Great! Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Another block to add to my quilt bucket list!

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  141. I Like the one with the setting triangles. Very Nice.

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  142. I love the pink and green setting of your block.Beautiful!

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  143. Sweet story about your grandmother. I also enjoyed seeing her box.

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  144. Love the block. Congratulations on having it published.

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  145. Love your block, especially laid out on point. Such good memories of Grandma that you are sharing.

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  146. This is a great block! Can't go wrong with something traditional.

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  147. Great idea of placing the block on point. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

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  148. love the block and can't wait to try it

    pamonofreo@juno.com

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  149. Love your basket block! I have been working on a BOM of baskets and it's been fun. Can't wait to try yours.Thanks!

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  150. thanks for the chance to win.. love the basket and the story about your grandma

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  151. Pretty basket, and I do like the on-point layout.

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  152. Love your basket and love the way it is in different colorways. Thanks for sharing

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  153. Love the baskets and the colors.

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  154. My favorite is the blue & red on gold but the other two are wonderful, also. Your grandmother had a nice name and such a lovely way to pay honor to her. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  155. Well, I absolutely LOVE the baskets. I think I like the blue, red on gold the best.

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  156. so nice to name your block after your Grandmother

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  157. Lovely block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  158. Oh I really like the pink and green combination . Just love baskets ! Thanks so much for the chance to win issue.

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  159. This block is so "grandma" like. I love it.
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  160. Very versatile block that could be--depending on fabric choice--be seasonal, perky, somber, etc., etc.

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  161. Congratulations for getting published! I really like the block with the pink and green color scheme.

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  162. Your block is beautiful and I like it done up in your new fabric, especially the pink and green. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  163. o-o-o-o-o I love your new fabric line, the colors are so rich and warm.

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  164. This is a really great block! Thank you!!

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  165. Great block. I like how you could easily change some of the colors to create a brown basket with blue, yellow or pink flowers.

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  166. Wonderful block especially done in green and pink.

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  167. I love the block. Is it applique??

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  168. I really liked the version in pink and green.

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  169. Martha's Basket is a lovely block. I enjoy seeing it in the different color and fabric combinations. Thanks for sharing.

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  170. What a beautiful basket. I would love to give it a 3d effect by using vintage lace and ribbons

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  171. I love the pink and green version of your basket block, it's very pretty - great job :)

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  172. Your basket is pretty,especially the red and blue on gold.

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  173. Martha's basket block is so sweet & especially like it in the green & pink color way! Congratulations on your new fabric line & being in Volume 8 too!

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  174. Grandma's block is just sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  175. Beautiful block! Love the extra details. Fun to see it in different colors as well. Looked at your patterns and they are great, love Blackbird Pie! On my list, hehe. Congratulations on being included in Vol.8, Quiltmaker's 100.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  176. Congratulations on having your block in the Quiltmaker 100 blocks Volume 8. What an honor. And your block is absolutely delightful. I think it would be cute in a quilt, a pillow, wallhanging and so many other projects. Fun design that is so versatile.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  177. Love the variations. Your new book looks fun.

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  178. Thanks for sharing the block and the story.

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