Monday, 22 September 2014

Little Quilts Mini Quilt Swap

So today is my turn to post in the Little Quilts mini quilt swap blog tour.  We each have to make a mini quilt for a secret partner from one of the designs in the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger.  And don't miss the giveaway for this book at the end of the post - it is a gorgeous book with lots of beautiful mini quilts in it - quick and fun to make.


I decided to make the quilt you can see on the right hand side of the front cover which is called Drawn Together.  Since my secret partner (who I can't reveal in this email) is a LEGEND, I did have some mental to-ing and fro-ing in choosing fabrics with a bit of nervous second guessing going on.  Eventually I got started with an idea of black stars on a rainbow scrappy background. 


I dragged out all my coloured scrap drawers (the OCD in me has my scraps stored in coloured drawers, orange in the orange drawer, yellow in the yellow drawer etc) and worked my way through the rainbow until I had foundation paper pieced all eight segments.  I'm quite the foundation paper piecing nerd so I loved this bit.  It appeals to the perfectionist in me.  


Once it was all together, I auditioned a ton of fabrics for the border but settled on this Lakehouse print which is one of my favourite prints of all time and seems to work well whatever you do with it.  


I don't know if you can see in this photo but I quilted it using a 1/2" diagonal cross hatch with a cream aurifil 50wt thread.  I wanted the quilting to show and I love something quilted to within an inch of its life which doesn't take too long on something this small.  


And then after a good rummage through my stash drawers, I found what I think is the perfect binding - it's a Suzuko Koseki stripe.  I cut it 2" wide so that the binding would be really nice, skinny and tight.  I also joined the binding seams straight which I always do on a stripy binding so you can't see any joins throughout the whole binding.  I did machine the back down which was a bit of a fiddle but I've lost the enthusiasm for hand sewing anything these days.  And voila, it's done and will be mailed off to my legendary quilting partner this week.  I take comfort from the fact that, even if your partner doesn't like something you make them in a swap, they have to say they love it out of politeness so either way it will turn out fine.  


And finally, if you'd like to win a copy of Little Quilts, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner randomly in about a week.  

155 comments:

  1. I really love those colours together!

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  2. Your mini is beautiful! Looks like a fantastic book

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  3. What a stunning mini. I really love your choice of fabrics and colours. It's amazing how different the mini looks with a dark background and I have to say I absolutley love it. i'm a great fan of dark backgrounds as they really make fabric colours pop.

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  4. A feast for the eyes , its wonderful.

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  5. OMGosh. Your color choices are fabulous. You took what was a traditional pattern and really mixed it up. I wish I could think out of the box like that! Your secret pal should be thrilled.

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  6. Fabulous mini! Love the combination of black and rainbow :-)
    Rx

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  7. I love the way your black star turned out - so original. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  8. Just awesome! Your partner will love it!

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  9. The quilt turned out awesome and I love anything Sarah Fielke puts her name to. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I like the rainbow and black combination.

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  11. Your mini is gorgeous! I've liked it a thousand times on IG. And I'd love to win a copy of that book. I love her designs!

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  12. I LOVE your take on this block!!! Yummy!!! (That's my word of the day!!)

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  13. i'm enjoying seeing you use so much black! looks very striking. i've had my eye on that book for a while, looks so cute.

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  14. I am always afraid to use black when quilting, but when I see it like you have used it I find it inspiring. Nice work!

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  15. It's so cute. I'm sure your partner will love it!

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  16. What a gorgeous mini quilt! I love it and love the pattern too!

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  17. I love your mini quilt! I looks like a great book!

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  18. Love the way the blacks pop against the colors!

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  19. Would love to win this book. If I don't, I'll have to buy it. Cute mini you made! peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  20. I just love your rainbow block. It is beautiful.

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  21. Your partner is so fortunate. This is a great mini!

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  22. It's been fun being on this Little Quilts Blog Tour with you. Love the Mini you are making, too :)

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  23. it's fab, I love that each rainbow section is ombre... great work!

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  24. I love everything about this little quilt and can't imagine that your partner won't be absolutely delighted!

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  25. They are sure to love it. No politeness required.

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  26. Your miniature quilt is gorgeous. I am love how you incorporated your black and white fabrics with your colourful scraps.

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  27. Oh, I love this book, and would love to win a copy! Your rainbow mini quilt is adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

    xo Linda

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  28. Your star mini quilt is terrific!
    Looks like a great book!

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  29. Beautiful mini. I totally get the color sorting thing.

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  30. What an eye catching mini! It's one of those quilts that just begs to be looked at for a long time to discover something different every time you shift your gaze. Thanks for the chance to win the book, I'm sure it's a keeper.

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  31. Holy Toledo! It's gorgeous - and I love the binding...you inspire me and delight me with your colour combinations. Thank you.

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  32. black stars and scrappy - very cool! thanks!

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  33. In the event that your partner doesn't happen to love it, I'd be more than happy to give it a good home ;) it's gorgeous!

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  34. Love you little scrappy quilt! Makes me want to go make one for myself right now. Thx for chance to win book.

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  35. Oh, what a lovely mini. I have been enjoying making mini's recently and yours is such a winner!

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  36. Sweet mini ~ love the fabrics and colors you chose!
    I've been meaning to buy this book and you tipped me right over to get it! Love that bee mini ~ just have to make it!

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  37. I love your mini quilt Lynne!!

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  38. Lovely mini quilt. I've just signed up for my first mini swap and I have been fretting a bit so your words are very comforting.

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  39. Love the colors you picked for your block. Thanks for the chance.

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  40. I love all of Sarah's work and this book is a must have for me. thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. I need to start a mini of my own for a swap! Love yours!

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  42. So beautiful! I love mini quilts, such a great way to use up those tiny bits you love.

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  43. I love your quilt. I store my scraps the same way you do. It just make life easier if you when your looking for certain colors. Thanks for the chance on the book.

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  44. I have had my eye on this book for a while. Your mini is gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  45. Wow, fabulous mini quilt! No doubt in my mind it will be loved! Thanks for a chance!

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  46. I really liked the bright colors against the black prints.

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  47. Love your rainbow mini. I like using black in quilts, really makes the other colors pop.

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  48. I enjoyed Sarah Fielke's class on Craftsy which was really enjoyable. I do like the paper pieced block.

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  49. I love your fabric and colour combinations, it makes the pattern really pop!

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  50. Your miniature quilt is lovely. Your friend will be delighted.

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  51. Love this little quilt and your choice of colors. Spot on.

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  52. Love your color choices! I think the (legend) will love the mini quilt you made for her! Thank you for the chance at a giveaway! <3

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  53. That's pretty stunning, lucky partner! I'd love a copy of this book especially as there is a rumour around that we have enough quilts in our house now!

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  54. Wow - what a terrific idea to make mini-quilts! The way you interpreted this project is so beautiful. Having the black points be the same, then the backgrounds different for each spoke is really attractive. Thanks for the chance!

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  55. I am a huge fan of black and white prints with bright colors so I am in love with your mini! I am super intrigued by the mini with the embroidered bee on the book cover, I'd love to try making that one.

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  56. Cute rainbow mini quilt. The border and binding are perfect choices.

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  57. ohhh what lovely projects. I would love to win. I can see some of these projects for Christmas gifts. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  58. Your little quilt is just beautiful! Would love to have the book. So many great projects. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

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  59. I love the rainbow background, the quilt looks very special. Thanks for highlighting this book, I will put it on my wishlist. Monica Perth

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  60. This looks like an awesome book especially the oval quilt.

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  61. Lucky parter! I love the fabric choices you made for this mini.

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  62. Your little quilt is gorgeous. The book looks great and I love little quilts.

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  63. Your version of the mini is so lovely and dramatic!

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  64. Brilliant choice of fabrics, gives a completely different look to the same mini quilt. The projects in this book look so good.

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  65. I love your project choice. I am a big fan of stars and love how this one is a star within a star, within a star.

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  66. Love your mini. This looks like a great book.

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  67. Your Mini is gorgeous! Would loooove to win this fun book!!

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  68. What a fun mini! Using brights and the black makes a world of difference in how it looks, doesn't it? It makes me smile to see it. :)

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  69. This is so fun! I love the fabric and the colors. You have one lucky partner!

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  70. Your version of the quilt is spectacular Lynne!

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  71. Love your quilt! I've made a few small quilts lately and really enjoy them. Thanks for the giveaway...hope I win!!

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  72. really stunning - a very different take on the pattern :-)

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  73. Beautiful little quilt! Thanks for sharing it.

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  74. Beautiful little quilt! Thanks for sharing it.

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  75. I LOVE your quilt and would love the book. Thanks for the chance to win! Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu.

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  76. I would love this book! I now prefer making mini quilts since having a stroke. I am too afraid to make a large quilt anymore. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. I wrote a post and puff it was gone
    I'd love to win this book thank you for the chance
    Colleen1990atyahoodotcom
    that's with a small c

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  78. Awesome little quilt! I love you interprettation. Excellent. It would be neat to win this book as i am so tempted to buy it but resisting for sake of the bank manager! :-)

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  79. I love your works. I think this is really fun to make. =) Send Flowers and Gifts to Philippines

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  80. What a lovely quilt, you can't beat a rainbow. Love the bee mini too.

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  81. I love the way that quilt came together. It is so pretty.

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  82. I love your little quilt. What a great interpretation of the pattern

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  83. I like the colors in your mini quilt.

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  84. I love your use of black in quilts: makes the other colours even more stunning! (And in a big quilt it's more of a practical colour)

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  85. Fabulous! Pleas enter me in the draw!

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  86. Super rainbow and I love the black and whites

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  87. You have used gorgeous colours. Thanks for the chance.

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  88. Wow! Yor little quilt is awesome. I enjoy teaching little quilts. This is definitely a book I would like to check out. Margie

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  90. Wow! Yor little quilt is awesome. I enjoy teaching little quilts. This is definitely a book I would like to check out. Margie

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  91. Super rainbow colours. Would love to try the quilts in the book, they look fab.

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  92. I totally love the colors. Wonderful!

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  93. These are wonderful! Would love to see the book! Thank you!
    Kaye Koler

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  94. Nicely done. It's absolutely gorgeous! :-)

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  95. Excellent Mini! I loved it from the start to the binding, b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  96. Stunning! Quite the visual pop.

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  97. I love what you did. Taking a great block to begin with and making a spectacular work of art. If you partner doesn't like it I would love to have it.

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  98. It is so refreshing to see the possibilities of doing something small and I can see a wall gallery of this "art" just like small pictures on a wall. I have long overlooked the beauty in a block and this brings to our minds the beauty of the block. I would love to win, but it is also on my must buy list.

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  99. Would love to win this book of wonderful cute little quilts. Sincerely, Paula

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  100. I've never paper pieced before but would love to give it a try - winning a copy of Little Quilts would make my day ....and I should say I love your little quilt - I'm sure the recipient will say the same, and mean it :)

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  101. Really lovely mini you made! I'm a sucker for rainbows on black...

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  102. Awesome mini quilt! I love the rainbow and how the black pops out to yell "Look At ME"

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  103. your mini is wonderful! i do adore black and rainbow together, i have two coordinating wall quilts in progress using the same combo. i love that you've made a quilt out of the book, but showed how it can look completely different due to fabric choices.

    thanks so much!

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  104. Love your mini! The scrappy background is just amazing :) You must have quite a scrap stash!

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  105. I really like your mini (I'm a sucker for anything rainbow!)

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

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  106. I have not made a mini in 20 years time to start they are just to cute !

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  107. Wow. I love the mini. Great colours and work :-)

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  108. I love the colour combinations you have used, the black just sets it all off wonderfully. Thanks for a great giveaway too. x

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  109. I like the rainbow look of your quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  110. I don't think you have to worry about your partner loving it!
    marilynrobin@gmail.com

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  111. Love how the colours pop that star out. So gotta give paper piecing a go one day soon. Wonderful job, you partner will love it.
    aussiesunset77@bigpond.com

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  112. Beautiful rendition of this quilt!

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  113. I have been stung by the bee, who knows what else it could do to me. Just love it .......

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  114. I love your version of that little quilt - awesome colours! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  115. Oh - your version is absolutely gorgeous. So inspiring. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. Your colors are fantabulous! What a unique idea!

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  117. Love little quilts, with little sewing but so beautiful!

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  118. I love the use of the black fabrics - another thing to add to my wish list of sewing.

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  119. You did a fabulous job, I'm sure your partner will LOVE it!!!

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  120. Woah! Great job - fabulous mini!

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  121. What a lovely book - a great addition. I can see it doing nothing to help my fabric addiction though!

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  122. I love the use of black prints in your block.

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  123. Absolutely love this mini, the colours are amazing

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  124. Wow! What a beautiful mini quilt :) I would LOVE to win this book so that I can make one, too. (my fingers & toes are all crossed:) )

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  125. very nice mini. I've been trying to find this book locally and I can't, might have to pick it up on amazon if I don't get lucky :) thanks for the chance to win!

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  126. If your partner doesn't like it, I'll take it. It's adorable. By the way, I'm so glad that we won't need to change the design of our Jack Attack quilts. ;)

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  127. Your quilt looks great. I think this book looks like so much fun, I would love to win.

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  128. Your version is so fun and lively. I really like it!

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  129. Even though your partner is a legend, they should really love this, at least I do, I am a rainbow fanatic, and if they don't they can always mail it to me ;)

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  130. It's perfection Lynne. She's a lucky legend!

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  131. I absolutely love this! Have you posted it yet? Trying to work out if I can still intercept the postie ;o)

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  132. What an absolutely fabulous execution of this pattern! Love the fabrics you chose and the blacks are just perfect! What a lucky partner you have!

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  133. Very cute mini. Looks like fun. kthurn@bektel.com

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  134. Your Drawn Together little quilt has me ready to go through my Stash for the just right combo of colors for a high contrast quilt
    Thanks for posting here and IG.
    Hugs

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  135. I would love to win a copy! I'm fairly new to quilting (but not sewing) and little quilts like these give me confidence! They also make great gifts!

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  136. I love how the fabrics you used make this little quilt so different to the one shown in the book.
    Fabulous use of colour.
    The book is top of my wish list. Thanks for the chance to enter this competition.
    Margaret
    solstitches@gmail.com

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  137. The colors of your quilt are so bright and cheery. I'd love a copy of Little Quilts.

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  138. I hope your partner loves your mini quilt- lovely and bright and colourful!

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  139. Your rainbow turned out perfectly and I LOVE that Lakehouse border. She will love it too. Great job!

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  140. You know, I haven't tried paper piecing yet, but I really need to try it out. I love what you did with this mini quilt and how the black really stands out. I'd love to win this book!

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  141. Love the book, and love your mini. Lovely choice of fabrics.

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  142. This seems like such a fun way to learn how to quilt!

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