Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Free Motion Fantasy Blog Hop + {GIVEAWAY}

I was asked to participate in a Blog Hop featuring a new line of Benartex fabric, 'Free Motion Fantasy' by Amanda Murphy.  Once I saw the fabric designs and colors...I promptly threw my hat in the ring!  


SEW IN LOVE BLOG HOP
The fabric is a mix of all things we love in free motion quilting.  Swirls, pebbles, paisley and bricks!  From large scale floral and geometric designs it hits all the high notes for me.  One of the best parts of the fabric are the colors.  The fabric comes in four colors: Autumn, Summer, Winter and Spring.  Which basically means there is a favorite color for everyone! 


STARLIGHT
36" x 49"
My normal inclination has always been to get one of every color and design, but this time I restrained myself!  I wanted to show that I can control myself, so I choose wisely!


1. Paisley Blue, 2. Paisley Lime, 3. Pebbles Teal, 4. Swirl Feather Aqua and 5. Flying Geese White 

Teal, lime and blue...what's not to love?!

This quilt wasn't at all what I had first designed.  At the very last minute I came up with something completely different and I couldn't be happier!


I started by picking a block, which turned out to be the 'Ohio Star' block.  For a star block, this is a good one to have in your back pocket!  It can easily be sized and in this case I needed three different sizes.  I went with 12", 8" and a 6" blocks.

With plenty of stars and color, the bright white back ground lets each one sparkle!  

I'm excited to have a design I can make over and over again, but the best part is I can pick any block as the sizes are the same as the original.


Quilting ideas don't come easy for me, and even though the fabric is called Free Motion Fantasy I still had to go with my favorite geometric/straight line quilting.  

I kept the star theme with the quilting by drawing a partial star starting on one side and having it radiate across the quilt using 1" lines.  The inset portion of the star is quilted with 1/4" lines to create a diamond pattern.   

  

The White Flying Geese fabric is placed around the center square and in the hour glass blocks.  I know it's hard to see! 


The binding is the Blue Paisley fabric which was so nice to hand stitch to the quilt!  My needle went through the fabric like butter!

























I enjoy these challenges!  It let's me explore prints even though they are not my comfort zone!

For more 'Free Motion Fantasy' inspiration be sure to visit the other Sew In Love Blog Hop participants!  I'm pretty sure Laura, Sandra and Lisa will knock your socks off!  

Wednesday: 

Thursday: 
Sandra from MMM Quilts @mmmquilts

Friday:
Amanda's Virtual Trunk Show


If you made it this far, you most likely would like to know about the fabric giveaway?! 
GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!

FABRIC GIVEAWAY!!

Benartex has generously donated a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 Free Motion Fantasy prints to giveaway!  To enter the giveaway leave a comment a comment below!  Any comment is fine, but if you want to tell me your favorite quilting design...that would be awesome too!

I'll pick a winner Sunday August 26th using the Random Number Generator, and notify the winner via email.  SO, be sure you include your email address if you are a no reply blog commenter...and please tell your friends too!


143 comments :

  1. Perfect quilt, the colors and quilting are just right.

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  2. That's a gorgeous quilt, and I think the geometric quilting suits it perfectly. I think my favourite quilting is spirals. Or pebbles. Or twisted squares (I've never tried this, but it looks amazing!)

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  3. This is gorgeous, I love the colours. I do have to admit to only ever doing straight line quilting, when I tried free motion I just couldn't get my tension right and I found it hard to move the quilt around too. Thank you for a fun giveaway. x

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  4. I am not very good yet at free motion but I like the look of feathers! This is beautiful fabric and a lovely quilt!

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  5. Beautiful quilt. The stars shine in the design. I usually do straight line quilting, since I need more practice with free motion.
    petuniakr@aol.com

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  6. I love everything you make, and this quilt is no exception. Love the colors! My default quilting is usually meandering.

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  7. Those colors are so great together! I'm more into straight line quilting too, but can manage a meander now and then.. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mango5358athotmaildotcom

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  8. love the quilt and the nice bright colors with the white. I like straight line quilting best I never have liked edge to edge when it comes to machine quilting and I really don't like swirls all over either! Straight lines - geometric is what I like the most

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  9. I love your color choices and the use of some negative space. I've practiced free motion quilting, but I've never felt comfortable actually using it on any of my quilts. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  10. Love, love these colors! - and that binding-WOW! Your quilting is amazing! Thank you, Susan

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  11. That is a gorgeous quilt, Jayne! I love the colors you chose, especially with the white background. I quilt with my walking foot, so it's usually straight lines, but I'm working on some gentle curves, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I love your beautiful quilt! The fresh white background really makes the colors pop. I usually stipple quilt my quilts because it's easy, and I really admire your ability to do such precise straight lines and grids!

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  13. Oh how I LOVE this quilt-my colors for one, I love stars also. Lucky you getting to work with these great prints! You know my favorite FMQ design is the hook swirl.

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  14. You are right that these fabrics are genius! I am one for color and these fabrics flow together so well. It was great that you used straight-line quilting because it really lets the fabric design shine through! Love it all! duchick at gmail dot com

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  15. I love the diamond quilting design you did. Very clean look.

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  16. This is a gorgeous quilt and neat idea. I love the way you quilted it - not every quilt needs FMQ!

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  17. I love doing circles when I quilt. However, your triangles are very tempting.

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  18. This quilt turned out gorgeous and I adore the your geometric quilting choice <3 My favorite FMQ style to do is a geometric meander

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  19. Great colors and FMQing and for me I usually do Meandering or straight line quilting. rozz01atcoxdotnet

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  20. Such pretty stars! My brainless designs are echo paisleys.

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  21. Another beauty Jayne! My go to quilting design is the good ol' swirl. I use it a lot.

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  22. So pretty, you chose your palette well! Like you, I go for the straight line quilting I can do with my walking foot. I really like you you created the ghost star with the scale and spacing of your quilting.

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  23. I like vine that is on my sewing machine. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  24. Pretty colors!! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  25. You picked my “go to” colors! I really like how you made the Star from straight line quilting. I WANT to learn FMQ, but I have a paralyzed hand (permanently curled/bent fingers) and I’m scared I can’t control my fabric well enough. Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  26. I’d love to try the star pattern.
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  27. You picked my favorite colors for the quilt and your quilting design is beautiful!!! I love stars and cross hatching area is one of my go to quilt patterns! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  28. Your designs just amaze me. I love the Ohio Star pattern and a big fan of your color scheme. So calming and relaxing palette. I too do straight line quilting and have not mastered the random FMQ. Hope it's me! ursulaknitwit@yahoo.com

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  29. I really love the color and patterns you used for the quilt, they really pop on the background. Very Nice!

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  30. Your Quilt is Beautiful!! and the quilting is Awesome! Looove it! Thank you for sharing,& for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  31. Love your FMQ. I haven't tackled that challenge yet. Too busy making things for my 15 mo. old granddaughter who loves clothes I make for her. Thanks for the opportunity to win some beautiful fabric. I would probably use it to make a quilt for her.

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  32. 1Love the fabric collection. Your quilt looks very cuddly!

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  33. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the look of this fabric line and you have chosen colors that really appeal to me. I used to have a particular swirly pantograph that was my favorite quilting pattern but recently have switched to a new machine and have been trying lots of different patterns. I'm having fun experimenting and haven't settled on a favorite yet. I think you make wonderful choices for your quilting patterns.

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  34. You're restraint worked great as what you chose makes for a lovely quilt!

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  35. I can’t get over how much I love love love not only your quilt design but how perfect the fabrics are for your design. Your FMQ is stunning! As far as my favorite, I’ll have what you’re having!

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  36. Pretty quilt! I like spirals, and I use Lori Kennedy's Flower Power pretty often.

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  37. So cute! Heathernicoleconley@gmail.com

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  38. I love to quit hearts on my family quilts

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  39. Beautiful quilt. I don't have a favorite quilting pattern. There are so many nice designs.

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  40. Beautiful job! The quilting is superior!

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  41. Great quilt! I love your quilt design. My favorite quilting motif is figure 8s.

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  42. The colors, simplicity and quilting design on this quilt your created really spoke to me. A beautiful outcome!

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  43. Love your starlight quilt. I like feather quilting, although I don't know how to do them.

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  44. Your last minute changes to your design concept turned out fantastic. I love it when the fabrics and block lead me in new directions from what I had planned to do. My favorite quilting design is feathers, then paisley type swirls.

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  45. Love your quilt. crazeematz@gmail.com

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  46. Beautiful quilt, Jayne! The Ohio Star is such a classic block, and you made it new with the different sizes and of course the wonderful fabrics! Benartex makes such high quality fabric.

    My favorite quilting design right now is "floppy feathers" because they are super fast and forgiving, and give great texture :)

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  47. I really love feather designs but I haven't tried them myself.

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  48. I love your beautiful quilt and the fabric choices you chose to use! This fabric line is lovely in each colorway. I am the worst free motion quilter, I mainly use the stipple or get out my trusty walking foot and quilt with it! Thank you for sharing your fabulous quilt!

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  49. I like feathers, meandering and also - for funzies, Pebbles!

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  50. I love your color picks! The Ohio star is one of my favorites too. I will have to try adding the different sized ones to a quilt to.

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  51. I really like to add hearts, or stars, or little balloon loops to meandering and I do a free motion daisy type flower that looks pretty good. I like,the colors you chose.
    Pat

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  52. I'm a feather nut. I can't NOT put feathers somewhere in a quilt. I haven't tried feather wreaths yet, but I'll get there soon! Love the colors you chose.

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  53. I'm just getting started with FMQ and honestly am a little intimidated! Love the different sizes of blocks in your quilt.
    basaran.family (at) rogers.com

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  54. Those fabrics worked up nicely in your lovely quilt! Your quilting sets the design off so well. susanprincess at att dot net

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  55. Love that you used three different sizes blocks. Thanks for showing the white flying geese fabric, who who of thought. I have been doing a lot of straight line quilting. So fresh. Scott_3508@netins.net

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  56. I love orange peel quilting designs, which are both old fashioned and very modern.

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  57. Love your quilting; I tend to get "stuck" when I get to the quilting part. I am learning to use rulers to help me get going; so much fun! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  58. I don't think I could have held myself back from getting one of every color! But you picked some beauties!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  59. Those are colors I am currently collecting at the moment. Not sure what I am going to do with them, but your quilt gives me a spark!

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  60. I love the curated color palette you chose for this. So pretty, calm and cool feeling.

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  61. Love the colors of this fabric line. My fave quilting motif is organic lines because I try to straighten them but they don't cooperate. ๐Ÿ˜

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  62. I love Amanda Murphy's fabrics. One of my favorite blocks is "card trick".

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  63. Feathers! I love feathers but haven’t tried them on my domestic machine...only on a friend’s long arm and they turned out sooo good! So far the quilts I’ve been making haven’t lent themselves well to exotic feathers. I’m just waiting for the right quilt ...you know...the one that screams “put some feathers here!”

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  64. I rent time at my LQS to use the long arm-- so I stick to mostly simple (read 2-3 hour designs) so for me double loops or olives add alot of texture quickly

    sharongalli(at)gmail (d0t)com

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  65. WOW! Love the happy colors, and your free motion straight line quilting is beautiful!

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  66. What a fresh and oh so calming quilt. Beautiful. I am always drawn to Amanda Murphy collections with her colours and the motion she puts into her designs. My favourite quilting designs are diamond grids and organic wavy lines with my walking foot and meandering loops and pebbles with my free motion foot. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. I really like the pattern, colors and quilting. I want to do this.

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  68. love your quilt and the fabrics are absolutely beautiful!

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  69. Your quilt is beautiful --- I'm a FMQ newbie -- I like the look of feathers but terrible creating them!

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  70. Beautiful quilt! I love the colors in this collection.

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  71. I enjoy ruler quilting, but have been branching out with free motion. I enjoy quilting feathers now that I have figured out they're not as complicated as they look.

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  72. Love your quilt design and with such beautiful fabrics. I am an inexperienced quilter so all I have managed is straight line quilting and a little free motion on mug rugs. Thank you for the chance to win Amanda’s beautiful fabrics.

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  73. I'm into meandering so far so I have a ways to go! But I enjoy seeing what others are doing.

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  74. Beautiful quilt. I love stars and think they make things better...both in piecing and quilting.

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  75. My favorite go to design is meandering, followed by loops, vines ,leaves. Beautiful quilt a d quilting.

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  76. Beautiful quilting design! I love stars and squares.

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  77. I love me a pin wheel . It's my go to pattern. Joanrob8@aol.com

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  78. There's something so very crisp about straight line quilting. I like it just as much as my beloved feathers! (and it's a lot easier!)

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  79. My favorite quilting design to free-hand is meandering loops with flowers and leaves.

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  80. I'm most comfortable with straight line quilting but I'm trying to practice more free motion skills.

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  81. I like to stipple and make swirls. I'm working on trying to improve my peggles.

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  82. I adore Amanda Murphy Designs! These are my favorite colors of all time ! Just purchased the Bernini ruler set and Amanda’s book to try my hand at ruler quilting!

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  83. Lovely quilt! I have been practicing several different FMQ motifs, so right now my favorites are swirls and feathers.
    dragonfly9716(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. I enjoy feathers and large stippling. Circles are also adorable. zdhoot@yahoo.com

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  85. I am just learning to machine quilt so I could see how these fabrics would be so fun to learn with! I don't have a favorite design yet but I love looking at feathers!

    Sandy A

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  86. boy, I'm at the end of a long list of comments! I'd love to win! Your design is so pleasing too, the colors and the different sized stars. Lovely fabric designs. LeeAnna at not afraid of color leeannaquilts at gmail dot
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  87. I love Ohio Stars and what you did with your quilt design! Had a chance to meet Amanda Murphy at an expo recently and took a class. Am a huge fan and of Benartex and Free Motion Fantasy! Mary Bailey

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  88. Your quilt loks absolutely lovely in these fabrics and colors!

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  89. love the colours, have attempted two single bed quilts so far have just started to quilt and im loving it

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  90. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors you chose.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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  91. Lovely work! I love paisleys in this fabric line. However my favourite freemotion quilt design is an alternating loop design. I am currently struggling with my machine and am going with easy does it! Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  92. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt. The design is simple, yet striking. The quilting is great and I love the way the quilt crinkled. My go to quilting is meander, but I've been doing more with straight-line and serpentine stitch.

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  93. I love star quilts. Have been wanting to make a wonky star! Thanks for the giveaway

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  94. Love, love, love the colors of the fabric. The quilt is beautiful!

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  95. Perfect pretty materials!!!! Love them!!!!

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  96. I love the quilt and the quilting. The colors are outstanding.

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  97. I love your quilt.

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  98. I think feathers are a beautiful quilting design--which I have yet to master! Your quilt is beautiful!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  99. I love your quilt - the colors you used in the stars are wonderful and the quilting is superb!

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  100. I was just looking at Amanda's full line and WOW!!! How you managed to control yourself is beyond me.

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  101. Well done for controlling yourself to just those fabrics, the colours are perfect together, and your quilting is stunning, another beautiful quilt ;)

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  102. Love your quilt. I usually do straight line quilting because I can do it๐Ÿ˜€

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  103. What a beautiful quilt! Challenges are definitely a good thing. Right now my go to quilting design is cross hatch because it is easy. My favorite design (that I will get up the courage to try one day) is actually feathers. Thanks!

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  104. Awesome quilt! I don't really have a favorite quilting design. There are just too many to choose from. It also depends on the quilt.

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  105. I love your quilt design and it is fun to see what you have done with the different size blocks. The colors are great too!

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  106. I love Ohio Star and the colors in the quilt are also my fav's. Free Motion is what I like to use and I really love Angela Walters and her ruler work. It's not as easy as she makes it look!

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  107. I love how bright and your quilt is! The colors of the fabrics are sensational. I love the Ohio Star block and how you used different sizes and really spaced them out. Debbie

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  108. Beautiful and inspiring quilt! I don't really have a favorite quilt design. I just finished a half square triangle baby quilt and working on another one.

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  109. My favorite colors and I really like the idea of using three different size blocks. I am still using straight or curvy lines for my quilting, maybe I will venture to spirally types one day.
    Thanks for giveaway.
    djcutting2(at)mail(dot)com

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  110. Such a pretty quilt! I love your color choices!
    yoyopattycakes at hotmIl dot com

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  111. Oh how I love your quilt Jayne! Stars are my hands-down all-time favourite block, and different sizes of them in one quilt, is perfection IMHO. Aren't these fabrics delicious?!

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  112. Thank you for these great ideas. Love the binding too.

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  113. Such a beautiful quilt. My go-go quilting design is the swirl and hook. Somehow it works well for me if I just want an overall pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  114. I am a walking-foot quilter, so far. I have not practiced free-motion quilting. I am trying to branch out using the walking foot, too. My last project, I quilted "focal points". It turned out more unique, for me. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  115. I still need to learn FMQ. I love all the swirly stitches

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  116. I love feathers and stippling -- neither of which do I do. Love the quilt and the quilting. Nadine Willis N. Cali rnwillis@velotech.net

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  117. I love the quilting! I'm a fan of FMQ but I love walking foot designs too.

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  119. Lovely fabrics...great design!! g.dunn@shaw.ca

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  120. Cool design on your
    creations. I don't
    quilt but love making
    bags.
    Carla from Utah

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  121. Beautiful quilt and awesome fabrics!

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  122. I like your quilt a lot. The fabrics make the stars sparkle.

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  123. Your quilt is lovely - but those fabrics.... I want them!! Ha ha!! I still love feathers for a quilting design, I do like to make them free flowy tho

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  124. I love how your quilt turned out. Very modern.

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  125. Love the colors and the concept. Would also like to win!!

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  126. Beautiful colors - just my style; bright and opulent!

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  127. Love the colors my free motion is horrible I wish it was better

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  128. Love the colors my free motion is horrible I wish it was better

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  129. Such beautiful fabric! I’m going to on the lookout for it and try to strain myself to maybe 8!

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  130. I'm such a fan of Amanda Murphy! She always uses my favorite colors!

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  131. Looking at your straight lines makes me want to practice more. Those that I have done have been so NOT straight!

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  132. FEATHERS! I love feathers!!!!!! the more, the merrier!

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  133. The colours in your quilt are stunning. Such gorgeous fabric. I can't even begin to say how much I like your quilting - a skill I'm one day hoping to master.

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  134. Beautiful quilt! I love the colours!

    My favourite quilt pattern is the New York Beauty. I've made a small one, but I'd like to explore the shape more. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  135. Hi. I really like the colors you choose . . . Very cool and refreshing. The blocks in various sizes also holds a lot of appeal for me. One of my favorite “patterns is a wavy line.

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  136. Beautiful quilt Jayne! Your quilting is amazing.

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  137. I think your quilt looks great and the quilt helps accent it. I love baptist fans which aren't modern at all. dorthac at aol.com

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