Sew Karen-ly Created...

If you have arrived here via a link (such as to a tutorial) click on "Sew Karen-ly Created" to return to the latest blog post. I invite you to my website to see a gallery of quilts and patterns available for purchase. The picture above shows "Meadow Song"; you can download the pattern here.
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Friday, 6 May 2011

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Grand Finalé

Hurray! I’ve waited (im)patiently all week but my turn to post is finally here! If you are a new visitor to my blog, welcome...or as the Celts in my beautiful province of Nova Scotia, Canada say: "Ciad Mille Faite". (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes). I hope you take the time to look around and become a regular. There are lots of pictures and tips and tutorials, my main website is here and ...who knows?...you may even learn a little bit about beekeeping on the side!Earlier this week, I challenged readers to pick which was my block from this shot of the mug. Linda and Gail, two dedicated quilting bloggers, both emailed to say they knew exactly which one was mine so... ladies, did you get it right?!
It's this one, plain and simple.
If you know me at all, you know I operate on the KISS principle. My favourite quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, is "Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler." And that's exactly how this block was born. Essentially, I started with a square and added a narrow sashing with angled ends. It was fine but Albert would have viewed it as too simple. So I split the centre square into an HST and it was immediately better. I could place blocks side by side to get this...and thus the name Hidden Stars was born.
Placing the blocks on point was even more fun:
Here are some layouts you get when rotating the block:

It's cool how the stars superimpose themselves over what's going on in the background with the HSTs.
The good folks at Quiltmaker also liked the simplicity of the block and played around with their own layout. They decided to make a kit available with full instructions and yardage to complete the quilt shown below. You can check out the details here:
For those of you who have the block instructions from the magazine, here's a simple runner you can make using large florals and only three blocks. Finished, it will measure 12-3/4" x 25-1/2". Simply follow the instructions for the block, tripling the yardage given for the materials. I like how that centre star cinches the middle section together, almost like a tiny waist or a bow on a package.
Of course, you can also do it full sized and add a funky pointy border as well.
There's no limit to where simple can take you. If you'd like to win a copy of the magazine, leave a comment at the bottom of this post by midnight tonight (Friday), AST (Atlantic Standard Time) saying where you are from. Please make sure that your email address is included so I can contact you; send it to me here in addition to the comment if you are unsure.
I'd like to thank Quiltmaker magazine for such a fun week and so many wonderful surprises. I visited every designer's blog and really enjoyed the experience. There is one final surprise once you get a copy of the magazine in your hands and that relates to the signatures you may have noticed on the blocks. Scroll back up and see mine. There's a reason they are there...but you need to have the magazine to find out! So, leave your comment for a chance to win or check the newsstands on May 10th. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for visiting, and make sure you visit the rest of the designers on today's tour!
EDIT: I am getting a lot of comments without email addresses which means I cannot contact you. MAKE SURE your profile is enabled in the settings for your mail account, type your address in the comment, or email me after you've left the comment to send your address. I need to have your email address!

138 comments:

  1. I am from Colorado, but live in Utah. I would love the chance to have 100 great new quilting ideas.

    The deceptively simple nature of your block is so appealing. The first on-point setting is probably my favorite.

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  2. Great block that is simple but when looking at the quilt layout is just wow! Congratulations on being in the magazine.

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  3. Plain and simple sure make a fantastic secondary design. Thanks for all the possibilities ~ fun block.

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  4. wow! i love your block, and the different variations. i'm such a sucker for stars, i always fall in love with star quilts!

    i'm prairie folk at heart, i grew up in a farming family in manitoba, but i live in the lower mainland now, and can't imagine not living near vancouver and the ocean. if only i could teleport between the two!

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  5. I love your block and the possibilities are great. I live in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California-Walnut. From the different variations I would say your simple block isn't simple in style at all.

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  6. Stunning! This is not your average "simple" block. I'm amazed at the possibilities!! While growing up I lived in the States. Now, I live in Taiwan. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I love how you showed all the different layouts. Now, the question is, which one will I make.

    Congratulations on having your block chosen. I'm so impressed!

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  8. WOW! When I saw the block I thought it was too simple, but the edges were complex, then I saw the ideas and I am blown away at the possibilities! Great block Karen. I am in Augusta, GA

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  9. Love the hidden stars! Thanks for showing so many setting options. I'm from Connecticut.

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  10. It is so much fun to see all the posts from "everywhere" Karen. Congratulations! I would love to see our guilting group do this..so many possibilities!
    Sheila from Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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  11. I am from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Your block has so many possibilities! Thanks! You can leave a comment on my blog if my name is chosen.

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  12. Hi Karen. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but now live in Kentucky. I love your block with its many possibilities!

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  13. Hi - enjoyed reading you blog! Congratulations on being in 100 blocks! Your block is great - I love all the possibilities it inspires. I am from Michigan USA.

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  14. Congratulations Karen! Your block is awesome! So versatile. I am thinking "stringey" thoughts right now. And, yes, I picked it! WooHoo! Have a great day!
    Linda from Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  15. I'm from Connecticut.

    I'm STUNNED at what your block does when put with other blocks! My first thought was "ho hum"...then you showed all these cool layouts, and I had to go back and look at the block again! VERY COOL!

    Thank you!

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  16. What an amazing discovery! So like the arrangements and look forward to makeing that one soon. Runners is the way I'm going for gifts this year so thanks for such a beautiful new one. I am in Yarmouth,NS.

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  17. So deceptively simple! We love it. We live in the Kingdom of Coco which is actually more of a State of Mind than a geographical location. :)

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  18. Seems very simple. I love the different arrangements. I love the full sized quilt with the funky purple borders. It is so exciting that you are one of the 100 chosen. Can't wait to get my copy of the magazine. Lucy

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  19. Your block is fantastic and I love how you can the the look of the quilt by moving the block. Congrats on being the the magazine.

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  20. Love the simplicity of your block and the way it becomes so much more when added to more blocks! I am from Nashville, Tennessee, where quilting is huge!!!!

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  21. I am always amazed at how different each quilt looks just by turning them on point! Love the variety of quilts this simple block can make. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am from a suburb of Chicago (and am hoping spring makes an appearance very soon!) dsb448@att.net

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  22. What interesting ways to use one 'simple' block - and all of them look like great fun! I live in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in a country town, probably not very big by Canadian/US standards, but we have a wonderful quilt shop......what more could anyone want?

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  23. The simplicity of Hidden Stars amazes me...the possiblilities are endless! Love it and will be giving it a try!I live in the country in Iowa...spring is here...another glorious day. So glad I got to "meet" you!

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  24. I love simple, esp. when it looks complicated. Your settings are very clever. I am from Wisconsin. i have seen your lovely Canada quilt before and never knew it was yours. I love the design. Guess what? I have a daughter graduating from McGill this year. In a few weeks, we are picking her up and heading for the Maritimes for a vacation. Can't wait.

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  25. I love the many ways you showed to use your block. Thanks for the great ideas. Oh, I am from Iowa. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Love it! I live in Southwestern Virginia. Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations!

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  27. Wow I really like that block and all the differents design it can create. Wonderful. Will have to look for the book
    Thank you Karen.

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  28. Hi Karen. You know I'm writing from Fredericton NB. Great block, so many possibilities! Love all the different layouts. Thanks!!

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  29. I love simple, and to see what all you can do with something so simple!! I am from Virginia, USA

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  30. I really love the simplicity and design opportunities that your block gives. Awesome giveaway and opportunity. Judy C

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  31. I am curious about the signatures. Pick me, Pick me. I've entered so many blogs. I hope I win.

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  32. I love your block! Congrats on them kitting it up. I'm guessing they will have a game to play which is always fun! I live in Roswell, Georgia.

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  33. Simple but very versatile!
    I'm from Gloucestershire in the UK

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  34. I am from Buzzards Bay, MA and I love it. I am partial to stars and the many layouts mean endless quilts.

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  35. Beautiful block when set with others. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine.
    Mary

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  36. I just love the veratility of your block, and the idea of incorporating the sashing into the block itself is just brilliant!

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  37. I love the simplicity and the versatility of this block. Thanks for showing the variety of options! Congrats on getting into the magazine. :-)

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  38. Hello from Toronto - or TO if you're from here. What a treat to have one of your blocks included in Quiltmaker. Thanks for showing us all the various ways to use the block.

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  39. Plain and simple that is me! I love the quilt.
    mhinders@myclearwave.net

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  40. Ava from Southwest Missouri. I love your block. Even though simple it is quite awesome.

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  41. This is definitely a "gotta do" block for me.

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  42. Hi from sunny Oswego, Illinois. Love the simplicity of the block and how many possibilities it presented How cool is that!Loved you showed so many different color and fabric ways.

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  43. Hi Karen. I like all the variations of design with your block, depending on the colours and the directionality. I hope you get a lot of blog traffic today. Lesley B in Nova Scotia

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  44. Plain & simple works! You've really hit the mark with this plain & simple block that goes together in so many ways making it look not at all plain & simple. Great job
    swheatsue2004@yahoo.com

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  45. It's amazing to see all of the possibilities your block has, and all of the are lovely. I'm definitely going to have to try making something with your block.

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  47. HI - I am from Sonora, CA.
    You have a great block and you have given us all so many endless possibilities. The blog tour has certainly been fun with so many free giveways. AND now a chance to win Quiltmaker's 100 Block, Volume 3. Thank you.

    Sandi from Sonora, CA
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  48. My mind is boggled by all the variations you have for your block. It's one of the things I love about piecing.
    quiltschon@att.net
    Lansing, MI

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  49. It's amazing how such a simple block can make such a big impact. Thanks for showing all the wonderful possibilities. I'm from mid-Missouri, USA, where we are finally going to get some warmer weather this weekend.

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  50. Congratulations to a fellow Canadian. I love our block. I can totally see my hand dyes shining in a quilt using your block. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. Wow, love how that star pops out when you put the blocks together. Really interesting design! I am from western Iowa. Finally a warm spring day today when I should be outside and I'm here on the computer...hmmm. Gotta go!
    slbook3@aol.com

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  52. Wow what a versatile block! Love your quilts made from it.
    I'm originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, but turned into a Westerner many years ago. We now live WAY down in Sierra Vista, AZ, about 15 miles from the Mexican border. Sierra Vista is the "hummingbird" capitol since we get about 17 species of hummers from Central America.

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  53. Beautiful block. Congratulations for being published in Quiltmaker 100 Blocks. I am from Ontario, Canada.
    glenna.reynolds@sympatico.ca

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  54. I can see this block made with large print fabrics or novelty fabrics. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  55. Wow!! I love your simple block, which looks amazing as a quilt. Thanks for all the great ideas for using your block!!

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  56. Ok, I'll try again, but as I start typing...as the last time...MR started talking to me! Can't type one answer and have a different conversation at the same time. Geesh! My brain is on Quilt overload, lol. I could just lock myself in the sewing room if I had a butler and a maid!

    I am from WV...but live in southern Maryland. It's not too far from home, but the most direct route takes me around the DC beltway, yuck! If weather and time permits I usually cross the Patomic River down here and drive through the VA country side. Much more pleasant than the beltway.
    Deleted post message...I like the simple design, and the variety of design possiblities. Thanks for sharing your design process!

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  57. I knew You were Canadian as soon as your Blog popped up. Nice Block, EH? I like the hidden stars, similar to hunter's stars and the bands made by the HST's are the Milky Way, Thanks for the KISS...Simply done! Hope I win the Magazine. I'm from Washington State.

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  58. Great block, so many layout options! I like that. This is the first I've heard about the siggies. Is it a game? Hmm...a mystery. I'm intruiged. Congrats on your block! I'm going to go poke around your website now!

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  59. Such a variety of layouts...this is sure to become a classic.

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  60. Hello from Frederick, Maryland....

    Karen, congrats on your block design. Awesome! And how great that Quiltmaker made a kit out of it. Thank you for sharing the process with us too. I'm surprised, because it looks super hard :)
    nsue21702 at gmail dot com

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  61. Wow! What a fun block--can't wait for the magazine.
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  62. Love your block and all the things you can do with it. I am with you - Keep It Simple Stupid!!

    Lori S. James River Bridge, Alberta

    llslack@xplornet.com

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  63. I love your block. The layout with the block on point is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  64. Your block is so versatile, but yet so simple. I can hardly wait to try it out for myself. I live in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state.

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  65. Hi Karen, I have been reading your blog for quite a while from Brockville, Ontario. What a pretty setting the block makes when it's on point with florals. It would make a lovely runner for my table.

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  66. Living in the "middle of the mitten" in central Michigan in a tiny resort town called Munith. I love this block. I really appreciate the variety of options you showed. Thanks for the chance to enter the drawing.

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  67. LOVE THIS BLOCK!! Just my style. Stunning. Congratulations.

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  68. I thought of a Hunter's Star as soon as I saw your block. I love the name you've given it and the many layout possibilities! I hail from San Diego, California! Join me this weekend at the beach. Sandi

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  69. I absolutely love your block. I know I'll be making a table runner at least. Congratulations on being selected.

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  70. Yeah!!Another Canadian - I'm in Kelowna BC. Love all the design posibilities your block gives - thanks for the examples. Would love a chance to win the magazine! Sending my email to you seperately.

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  71. I am from San Francisco. I love how many different options you get fro setting the simple block. It's really quite amazing. Thanks for showing all the possibilities. I am a new quilter so I don't automatically see these things. Thanks for the opportunity to win and congratulations on the publication.

    jennhgray at gmail.com

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  72. i would love to see a quilt of your block scrappy with consistent stars.
    JoAn in indiana

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  73. Thats pretty cool, the great shapes and color options a block can make. Love the stars. Thanks for the chance!

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  74. This is another block on the tour that delivers so much more when you play with the settings than would first seem from the block design.

    And that's good because it means you get a lot of quilt bang for not a lot of piecing. Well done!

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  75. Oh my this one I have to make. Love Love Love it. Bookmarking your blog so I can follow along. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.
    cwcavy@hotmail.com

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  76. Sorry I forgot I am from the Hudson Valley, New York. Love your block.
    Cindy W
    cwcavy@hotmail.com

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  77. I really like your block and love the layouts. I was born and raised in SW NY, but have lived in PA for almost 39 years. We have lived in NW PA, SE PA, and now in Central PA. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this magazine.

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  78. How cool your 'simple' block turns into such a magnificient quilt! Quiltmaker rightly chose to include your block!! Congratulations! My email address is wenlay06 {at} msn {dot} com. Thank you!

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  79. Simplicity is a virtue, especially in quilting since you can usually dress up a simple block if you need to. Thanks for being such a tease about the necessity for the magazine, I know now that I will have to go and buy one.

    I'm from Austin TX,, home of Capital of Texas QuiltFest!

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  80. I love all of the cool things you can do with this block. I'm from West Central Illinois.

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  81. What a versatile block. I love all the variation in layouts you can get. I'm Sue from Scottsdale, Arizona. ( sue@asdfwordpro.com )

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  82. That is an amazing block! I'm going to add it to my "to-do" list. I am from Wausaukee, Wisconsin

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  83. Love all the thnigs that can be done with your block. It lookinlike so much fun. Thanks for a chance to win. bevwalks @ aol (dot) com

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  84. I love all the variations you have shown, it may be a simple block but in a quilt it becomes a stunning design.

    Debbie

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  85. Amazing how such a simple block sews up to such complexity. I love it!

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  86. Love all the different looks you can create with this block. I will definitely be making the table runner. Now if I just had a copy of the magazine...(hint, hint)

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  87. Aw, shoot, I forgot to say I'm from Snohomish, WA in the US. I really love the quilt in your blog banner, BTW...

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  88. love the simplicity of this block, but then put it together with others and WOW you have all sorts of designs. Great job! Dana
    nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

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  89. with your block the possibilities are endless. I especially like the brown quilt. Thanks from Iowa

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  90. I love the variations that your block brings to mind. I hail from Atlanta, GA now, but am a "Yankee" by birth and upbringing!
    thank you for the great read!
    Ksoppelt at aol dot com

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  91. I'm from Michigan. Your block is so versatile. I would love to win the magazine just so I could make the table runner or a quilt with it.

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  92. You are so clever! I love your block and all the different layouts!
    I am in Many, Louisiana!

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  93. Love this block. Thanks for showing all the setting variations - definitely another for my "must try" list.

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  94. Hopefully I will win. But I also really enjoyed your blog. The header quilt on your blog is so beautiful!
    XOXOXO Subee

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  95. I am originally from Germany, but have been living in SE Michigan for about 9 years. Wow, time flies when you are having fun. Thank you - love your block and the lay-outs really show the possibilities!

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  96. I enjoy the different layouts of the blocks and I really love "KISS" quilting projects as they seem to turn out best for me.:))
    Sophie

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  97. This is one of my favorite blocks. I love the way you can play with it. I'm from Key Largo Florida.

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  98. I'm from the great state of Montana. What a lovely simple block. Congrats of being in #3, and thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  99. Hi - I am from Ottawa. I love all the possiblities that this block has to offer!
    I am a fan of your blog, and loved the quilt you sent to Paducah! I can hardly wait to see what you are sending to Quilt Canada.
    quiltgoddess@rogers.com

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  100. So simple and so beautiful. Love your block and all the possibilities to play with it in a quilt.
    Congratulations!
    I'm from Brazil
    Hugs

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  101. I found your block facinating with the variety of designs you could create! Wow!
    bgailey@hawaii.rr.com
    Lynne in Hawaii

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  102. I love your block. It is amazing how a simple block can make so many beautiful quilts. I love how the stars come out when it you put it together.

    I am from Maine, but currently living in New York

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  103. What a great block! Waving at you from the far left side of the USA in WA state :D

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  104. Wow, how different the layouts all are.....very neat! Saying hello from San Antonio, Texas, USA, Lyn

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  105. Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.comFriday, 6 May 2011 at 22:34:00 GMT-3

    Wow! I loved seeing all the different layouts that you came up with for "Hidden Stars"! this block has so much potential. I'm from Nebraska.

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  106. I love all the setting variations for your block. I live in central California.

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  107. Love the simplicity of your block, but when placed with others, it becomes complex. The "hidden stars" are a real treat. I live in Southern California half way betweeen Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

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  108. Great block that is so simple but when looking at in quilt layout sample I said "WOW!" Congratulations on being selected for the magazine. I will look for this one in the magazine.

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  109. Your simple block is so complex in a quilt, lots of possibilities, thats what I like!

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  110. Your block is great - simple, versatile and interesting. I live in Colorado.

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  111. What a great block! I would love to win.

    I live in Calgary

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  112. Love your block and all the different looks it can have depending on the setting. Congrats on being included in the new 100 Blocks mag. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. I was born in Illinois and am still living there about 100 miles away from where I was born. I LOVE your block because it's one that's very easily done by a still beginning quilter like me. Quilts done on point are something I am very interested in and seeing yours that way made me want to maybe try working on yours first. The table runner is awesome. LOVE IT! Now I just need to get my hands on that magazine. I tried to see if possibly I'd be lucky and my local store might have had it out today but, nope, no such luck. Darnit. :( Now with your tease about the signatures I am even more anxious to get my own copy. What a sneaky little thing you are teasing like that. LOL

    Congratulations on being in Issue 3.
    My email should be easily accessible but just to make it easy for you ............
    vburr at charter dot net

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  114. Your stars are wonderful. I was raised on Long Island, NY, but I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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  115. I was firt intrigued by the bright colors of your block, then I loved the simplicity, then the versitility of it. Can you tell I love your block!
    Beth in Dallas

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  116. Love the stars.
    Loretta in SE AK
    grammaretta at yahoo dot com

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  117. Excellent block, super layouts, and a great design that can be played with! Thanks. Love KISS! I am from Tobyhanns, PA!

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  118. Wow! Love how the simple block can create so many wonderful designs!!! It's wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us!! I'm from Kingston, Ontario.

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  119. What a wonderful block - it is perfect to showcase your favorite fabrics. LOVE IT here in Riverside, CA. sewcat08@yahoo.com

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  120. Wow! Endless possibilities. Thanks for the great block.

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  121. Wow! Absolutely love the hidden stars that form from your block. My mind is clicking away on possible colors and fabrics.....

    Take care!

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  122. I was raised in Colorado, but have spent most of my life in Eastern Washington. It is so much fun playing with blocks that create secondary designs. Your hidden stars are a real treat :)

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  123. Congrats on getting your hidden star block in Vol. 3! Interesting block with so many fun layout options! HUGS... and stitches

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  124. Great block and love all the possiblities it holds. The jagged edge on the lavender quilt is an interesting feature also.

    Congrats and thanks for the chance to win a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.

    I am from a suburb of Dallas, TX.

    Julie
    sew.goodwitch_crafts@yahoo.com

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  125. Congratulations on the magazine and fabulous block, I love the version with the funky border. Warm wishes from the Kingdom of the Zulu!

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  126. Holy Cow!!! look at the comments... How am I ever going to win!! :) Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  127. Hiddens stars, love it, happy to see another Canadian quilter, i'm from Saskatchewan. I'm making your block, great job. I'm going to follow you.

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  128. Just started following you, I'm excited.

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  129. Love your block. I visited Nova Scotia for the first time last August! Loved it. I'm in VA. debgiro at wildblue dot net

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  130. The neatest tricks like your hidden stars are what make quilting so intriguing and keep quilting fresh and vital for me. Something to do with loving a challenge perhaps? Congratulations and keep'em coming.

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  131. Congratulations to you!! I love the versatility of your block. I'm in Cape Breton.

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  132. Amazing quilt block! I love how it works so many different ways. Good for you. My subscription just ran out so I may have to buy that magazine!

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