Friday, August 18, 2017

Piece and quilt with precuts blog hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome. I am so excited to share about Christa's new book "Piece and Quilt with Precuts". When Christa mentioned she needed people for a blog hop, I jumped at the chance.  So, when I got a copy of the ebook, I went through it and let me tell you, the decision was very difficult.  I finally chose the squiggles pattern.


I just love this quilt.


 Christa told us we could focus on a block and do the quilting, or create the whole quilt. My plan was to do a whole quilt, and it is coming, but between knee surgery and overtime at work, well, I decided a quilted pillow cover and a quilted pillow sham would work. I was able to get the fabric from Island Batik. I appreciate them supplying me with the fabric. The fabric I chose is Drizzle and I got it in a layer cake. The white is called sprinkles and comes from the neutrals collection. Now on to Christa's book. This is Christa's 3rd book. I love her books. This one gives you great directions for piecing the quilts and then great ideas for quilting. She has a section for walking foot quilting and then a section for free motion quilting. The first project I did is this fun quilted pillow sham.







 You can never have too many pillows, right? It was very easy to do. I used polyester batting, because I wanted the puff, and that is what I had handy. This took me 30 minutes to quilt. I used glide thread, in warm gray, as I like the sheen, and the design is quilted it with is cursive L's, which is explained in the book. I quilted this on my Husqvarna Viking Lily 550.


These 2 pictures show some of the quilting.




This picture shows the finished quilted pillow sham.



I really like the way this turned out.  I want to thank Island Batik for sponsoring me in this blog hop. The print fabrics is called Drizzle. I love it and I love working with batiks and being an Ambassador for them. The white is from the neutrals collection and is called Sprinkles.

This is a throw pillow cover that I made from this pattern, and used the trimmings from the blocks for the small half square Triangles as the border. This will be quilted soon, and will be used in a throw pillow tutorial on Tuesday, August 22nd.





Now for some more fun stuff. How would you like to win this book?  I promise you, you will love it.   Just leave a comment below. I love reading the comments, and I try very hard to get back to you, right away. 1 reader from my blog will win a copy of the e-book.

If you want a signed copy of the book, you can order from Christa at shop.christaquilts.com

I would like to invite you to visit the other bloggers today as well.  So you can click each of their links
Christa christaquilts.com
Sharon www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com
Kate @seamslikeadream.com


As I mentioned earlier, the fabric for my project was from Island Batik. I would love to give a lucky reader a chance to try this fabric. I have what is called a stash builder roll. It has 4 5" strips of 45" wide fabric. So just by commenting you will be entered into both drawings. The fabric giveaway is only good for the U.S. right now. Doesn't that just sound wonderful?

I would love it if you would follow me. I have a fun back to school hop on Monday, August 21. I will be sharing a couple of things that I have made for my granddaughters for school.  On Tuesday, August 22, I will have a tutorial for how to make a throw pillow with an envelope back, which is the style of my pillow sham. I have had lots of requests for this.   Then on August 29th I will be sharing another project from Christa's  book Piece and Quilt with precuts. Then I have a few things lined up for Septemberand October.  Yes, I like to stay busy.

128 comments:

  1. Kathy it's just beautiful! We are so lucky to have IB aren't we!

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    1. Vicki,

      Thank you. Yes we are lucky to have IBM. Now, to get the quilt donew. This is for a granddaughter for Christmas. Probably the 5 year old.

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  2. I love batiks-your pillow is so pretty! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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    1. Susan,

      Thank you. I love batiks as well. Glad you dropped by. I love to share.

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  3. That is a great to make it into a pillow. Love the colors.

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    1. Thank you. I love matching pillows. Glad you dropped by.

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  4. Congratulations on being a part of the blog hop. I can't wait to see the other quilt patterns from Christa's book! Wouldn't it be fun to win a copy as well as the beautiful Island Batik fabrics!

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    1. Thank you. Yes it would be fun. I know you would enjoy it. Glad you dropped by.

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  5. Great idea to make it into a pillow and pillow sham, they turned out so cute! I love the fabric! Cindy

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    1. Cindy,

      Thanks. I was running short on time, so I thought pillows would be great. I told my daughter she will never need to buy bedding sets. Just help keep me in fabric and I will make them. It makes me happy.

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  6. Will be following your posts. Thanks for the ideas.
    Cindy

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    1. Cindy,

      Thank you. I have so many ideas running through my head. Can't wait to share more.

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  7. I love your fabric and the idea of making the throw pillow with the extra blocks and fabric pieces is very inspiring.

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    1. Rica,

      Thank you. I have hadone so many people inspire me, and I want to inspire others.

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  8. You did a great job - I love the colors!

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    1. Christa,

      Thank you. Thank you for letting me join your blog hop. I have enjoyed it.

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  9. I love your fabrics, you did a great job.

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    1. Thank you. I just love the fabrics from Island Batik. They are gorgeous. I have some great upcoming projects using their fabrics. So, stay tuned.

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  10. Good job using the leftover HST for the border on the small pillow. I'm looking forward to seeing how all the blog hopper participants quilt their projects. I tend to get in a rut and use the same motif over and over.
    Pat

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    1. Miss Pat,

      That has been part of my problem. I hope you get some ideas. Thank you.

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  11. Gorgeous! I love the Drizzle collection :)

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    1. Suzy,

      I love it as well. Thank you.

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  12. Another love praise coming your way for the gorgeous pillow you created with blue batiks. rozz01 at cox dot net

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    1. Rosalind,

      Thank you. I love being able to create. I can'tell wait to get home from work each day to be able to create.

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    1. Thank you. I love them as well. Not sure I can give it to my granddaughter, but I know that whichever one gets it will love the set.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your creative process. I always learn more things.

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    1. Cecilia,

      Thank you. I love to share with others. It makes me happy.

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  15. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your version of Squiggles. It's great to get ideas for adapting patterns.
    Question: what size thread and what stitch length did your use on the large pillow?
    kinderpam@gmail.com

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    1. Pamela,

      The thread is 40 weight. The stitch length is set at 0 as I am the one moving the fabric. Sorry it took so long to reoky. Work has been swamped.

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  16. I love what you did with this pattern. I plan to use it in a border for a quilt I am working on now.

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    1. Bev,

      Thank you. Isn'the it great when we can take parts of quilts to use in other quilts? I love it. Be sure to share.

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  17. I love the pillows. I never quilted my pillow fronts before but now realize how much better they look! This book sounds great and i am looking forward to seeing the patterns made in different colors. I have passed up a few patterns in the past and when I saw them made in different colors, I just loved them!

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    1. Kathy,

      I have done the same. Or see it in the shop in a different color. Makes a huge difference. I love to play with ideas that come into my head.

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  18. Looking forward to seeing the back-to-school posts, as I enjoy making things for my grandkids.

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  19. Great project. Love the fabrics.

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    1. Congratualtions!! You have won the fabrics. Please send me a mailing address. I would like to send you some of my layer cake if you don't mind waiting until I see if I have enough for my quilt. More giveaways coming soon!

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    2. My email address is kbruck2001@yahoo.com

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  20. I'm always looking for smaller versions of quilts - to try out new techniques and use up my stash... Love your pillow ideas and will check back on your tutorial.
    Hope your recovery is going well.

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  21. I love the batiks you chose to use. Any needle problems? I need this book for sure. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. I love Christa's books and I also love batiks so this giveaway is perfect for me! Hope I'm the lucky one!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  23. I noticed your quilting pattern. Great choice.
    monica(at)icanquilt2(dot)com

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    1. Congratulations! You have won a copy of the e-book. Email me to receive that please. kbruck2001@yahoo.com

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  24. I love making pillows, good idea!

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  25. Ooh - I'm drooling over those colors! Beautiful!

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  26. Love the batiks and pillow! I haven't made a pieced pillow before. Now is a good time. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  27. I would like to own this book! This would make a very cute large quilt that would help cut down on some scraps! Island batik are a very beautiful fabric!

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  28. I too love batiks and have a few remnants in my stash. Would love to make an entire quilt in batik.
    tvonzalez at gmail dot com

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  29. Really great idea to make a pillow. I look forward to your tutorials. Thanks! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  30. Thanks for sharing the closeups of your quilting. Very effective pattern.

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  31. I love the loopy quilting design that you chose! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Blog hops are so much fun!

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  32. Love the quilted pillow! Thanks for sharing your talent with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  33. I really like the batiks you used. Those are some of my favorite colors.

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  34. I love the batik fabrics you chose for this fun pattern. Would love to win a set of them.!

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  35. Your fabrics are beautiful! I already purchased Christa's book so it would be awesome to win the batiks!!

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  36. Christa + precuts = SKOF (Some kind of FUN)!

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  37. Love your pillow sham and left over corners pillow idea, great idea and I would love to play too.....

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  38. Beautiful colors you have chosen for your sham and smart idea on using those "extra" pieces for the pillow.

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  39. I love your fabrics and the pattern! Your pillow sham turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. A pillow is a great way to try out a pattern or a group of fabrics. Yours turned out wonderfully, I can tell that a future quilt like this will be gorgeous. I will add your blog to my blogger dashboard so I don't miss all the fun you have coming up.

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  41. I love seeing how others interpret a quilt pattern. I haven't tried Batiks yet but your quilt is inspiring. I'm from Canada so not eligible for the fabric contest but would love a copy of Christa's new book. Thanks for the chance.

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  42. I like small projects. I have never used Batiks.

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  43. I love your colors that you used for your pillow sham, and the quilting is great! Thanks for sharing two giveaways!!

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  44. Hi! Sorry about your knee surgery and the overtime; both stink when it's the end of summer and all you want to do is play outside! Love your fabric choices. Your projects feel very happy.

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  45. Kathy, the pillow sham looks great! It was a fun pattern.

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  46. Love your colors, batiks are always amazing.
    Thanks for sharing and I now follow you on Pinterest.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. What a lovely pillow! I like how you used the trimmings to make the small triangles. Thanks for sharing your creations! I'm following on Facebook. :)

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  48. I love that block - ther are so many things you can do with it! Your fabric is pra tty, too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  49. Batiks are a favorite of mine and I love the cool colorway of your pillow. I gotta think about making some of those for the quilts I make that I will get to keep.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  50. Great job! Thanks for the info and inspiration.

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  51. Very nice! I'd love to be entered.

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  52. Love the pillow patterns, and the Drizzle colors are so beautiful! Looking forward to your granddaughter projects as I have 2 granddaughters and Christmas is fast approaching!! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  53. I love batiks and these ones are so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win the e book. It looks like a lovely one.
    Regards from Alberta, Canada

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  54. Great to see samples of how you applied the book! Thank you!

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  55. I like your pillows! Clever use of pattern.

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  56. Nice job! sometimes we get hung up on thinking every project has to be a big one. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)com

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  57. Wow - you are busy! I have never been a fan of batiks and this changes my mind - the fabrics are beautiful. I would love to try them. I like the pattern in the fabrics and the quilting is great! I'm anxious to see what you made your granddaughters for school. My four year old granddaughter and her dad, my son, lives with me and she starts Pre-K next Tuesday. She seemed overwhelmed on Thursday when we went to meet the teacher and her aid. Someone lucky is going to be happy to win the book. Hope you are feeling better!

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  58. Thank you so much! I really like the colors you used!

    Ksmith8@emich.efu

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  59. I love the colors and the way you made your pillow.

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  60. Batiks are my favorites! Love that you used the trimmings in your pillow cover, I always save them from projects and now have something to do with some of them :)

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  61. *Beautiful* color/fabric choices, Kathy!!
    (Oh!... What wonderful batiks!!)
    I love your vision of Christa's pattern!... And your use of the pretty bonus pieces for the pillow's border!
    Thank you for sharing!
    (Best wishes on your knee surgery recovery!)
    Pat T.

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  62. Beautiful project!! Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  63. Batiks always make me smile. Love the colors and design. Thank you.

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  64. I really like how you turned the pattern into a pillow, it is beautiful.

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  65. I love batiks and you pillow sham looks wonderful. Hope you recover nicely from your knee surgery.

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  66. I love the beautiful batiks you used...and such great inspiration in Christa's latest book.
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  67. I really learn so much from Christa's books and I enjoyed your pillow. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  68. I love your quilt. I am a big fan of batiks and the ones you chose for this quilt are gorgeous.

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  69. Love the idea of a quilted pillow cover! Any small quilt I've made has always become a wall hanging, but this opens up new possibilities.

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  70. This is my first time here ... connected from Seams Like a Dream for this blog hop. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas; I love the pillow covers, especially in the batik fabrics. Being a newbie, I have a tiny stash ... and along with some other cottons, that contains only 4 batik fat quarters!

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  71. Nice post! Sometimes you just need to perk up and use colorful Batiks! And jelly rolls are so handy to have because you get such a great sampling of colors! 💟

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  72. Your pillow sham looks great!

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  73. I love the batik colors you used. Thank you for sharing your pillow covers, they are beautiful.

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  74. The pillow sham is beautiful! You have a lot of fun things planned on your blog. I'm still recovering from my gigantic trip all around MN and finishing posts about it. Thanks for a chance to win either Christa's book or some fabric stash builder rolls. I only have a couple of batiks in my stash. I'm not sure why I don't have more as they are so pretty. kthurn@bektel.com

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  75. I love your choice of colors and the sham is beautiful! Nice work!

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  76. Great pillow sham! Love the batiks!

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  77. Nice work! Love that the book gives quilting patterns and instructions!

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  78. This books sounds fun! I never know what to do with my precuts.

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  79. I love the batik fabric you used. Your pillow sham turned out lovely. Christa's new book looks amazing, I'd love to have a copy. Thanks for this give-away

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  80. The batiks in your pillow sham are wonderful! Christa's new book looks fun. Will be following your post as you have some fun things planned. Thanks.

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  81. Thanks! I already feel lucky because I got to visit your blog! New to me! Fun ahead!

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  82. Hi Kathy,
    I love the pattern for the pillow and pillow sham that you picked out. And batiks are always my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. The Batiks are beautiful. I will be looking out for them

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  84. Hi Kathy I would love to practice more. I have quilts waiting for me to quilt. So I better get started. Saw this link/post through Martingale. Came back today from a 4 day quilt retreat. Bought more fabric and piecing quilts. Didn't get very far except a table runner. Had a wonderful time.

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  85. I love the fabric choices, anything that reminds of vacations at the lake is a winner to me. Thanks for a chance to win this book!

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  86. I love your quilt and this design! The Batik fabric choice is great - such pretty fabric!

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  87. Gorgeous quilt. Batiks are always a great choice. the variety makes any quilt awesome.

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  88. the book looks amazing! and who doesn't love Island Batiks?!

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  89. oh my, I do hope you heal up fast.
    your pillow is lovely. I love these fabrics
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  90. I have been following on bloglovin and this quilted pillow sham looks quite lovely and useful! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  91. Gorgeous batiks & pillow. Great job!

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  92. Batiks always make for a great quilt. Thanks for the project.

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  93. I love your quilt, the fabric colors goes so well together!

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  94. Hi Kathy
    Recently I gifted a sister w/some Island Batiks. After seeing your pillow I wish I'd kept those for me ha! Great tutorial and I'm reading the back to school hop next. (I like to stay busy sewing and quilting too...lil behind on the hop)> Thank you.
    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. I like the colours that you have used - very happy piece! Your quilting is fun too!!

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  96. I've not used batik fabric before and would love to give it a go. This fabric is very pretty.

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  97. Island batiks are one of my favorites - your pillow is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  98. Great quilt! And of course you know how much I love Island Batiks!

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  99. I love your cursive L's :) What a wonderful pillow!!!

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  100. Love the colors you chose! Off to check out you back to school projects.

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  101. Great inspiration. Thank you!

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  102. I enjoyed seeing what you made. You're right, one can never have too many pillows! Thanks for the giveaway chance. I might have missed it, but that's okay, too. I bought the kindle edition, because I couldn't wait! LOL
    dezertsuz at gmail.

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  103. Amazing that you make the time for all this quilting. I am envious. I really need to learn to say no to some other people so I can get at my quilting. I'd love to win Christa's book. I've been following her blog for a couple of years now and love what she does. If you draw me for the fabric, I'll pay shipping. :) Cause I can always add to my stash.

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