Thursday, August 2, 2012

Think Christmas Blog Hop Stop + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Think Christmas Blog Hop!  Special thanks to Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter and Madam Samm of Sew We Quilt and Sew I Quilt for their amazing dedication and organization.  Without their efforts, I'm afraid I would be sweltering in the heat with no thoughts of Christmas at all!

Before I show you my Christmas blocks, I should warn you that we take Christmas decorations very seriously in my house.  Last Christmas we had four decorated trees in our home and my husband went to great lengths to defend his title of "Best Christmas Decorations" in our neighborhood.  He has won for the past two years and is committed to keeping his title this year!  


This year, I'm taking my holiday quilting more seriously, as well.  Today, I've tried to provide an assortment of Christmas quilt blocks that may appeal to a variety of tastes.


To begin, I'd like to share with you a more traditionally pieced Christmas wreath with bow.  The pattern came from Moda Bake Shop.  Measurements are provided to make a 24 x 24 wall hanging, but I adjusted it to create a 12.5 inch block.  This little bugger has more than 100 pieces and is sure to qualify as more of a mini-quilt than a quilt block, but I wanted a beautiful wreath to include in my quilted holiday decor.  I plan to finish it and display it on a table near the entrance to my home this year.


For the more modern quilter, this is a 12.5 inch block called "Free Wheeling."  I've been drawn to this block many times.  Every time I see this block, I think it looks like a bow.  I had to include it in my Christmas plans this year.  Free Wheeling was made using improvisation, paper piecing and traditional piecing.  The block was designed by Natasha Bruecher and can be found in "Modern Blocks" by Susanne Woods.  

For the whimsical quilter, no Christmas is complete without Santa's Little Helper....


Oops...wrong helper.  How about this one?



Santa's Little Helper is an example of raw edge applique.  I typically avoid this technique because I'm always concerned about how it will hold up over the years, but he was just too cute not to bring to life this year.  

I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the Think Christmas Blog Hop.  (Could you tell this was the first time I ever participated in a blog hop? - I hope not!)  Be sure to visit my fellow quilters on the hop today.  

Quilty Doodads (YOU ARE HERE)


One last thing before you go...


I purchased one extra charm pack of Joy by Kate Spain for Moda that I will share with one lucky winner.  To register for a chance to win this holiday charm pack, leave a comment below.  Become a follower of my blog and leave an additional comment letting me know that you are now a follower for another chance to win (Limit:  two entries per person).  One winner will be selected via a random number generator on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:00pm (CST).  International entries welcome.  Winner will be notified by email.  If you are a no reply blogger, please leave contact information in your comment or another name will be drawn.  

Thanks for stopping by....Happy Quilting and Blog Hopping!

The Charm Pack Giveaway is now closed.  Comments are welcome, but will not be considered in the giveaway drawing. 





224 comments:

  1. Great Blocks and Kitty! Thanks for sharing your work with us.

    I'm a new blogger and fairly new quilter would love for you to follow me as I follow you! LOL

    Take Care
    I'm a follower
    lv2sew2011atyahoodotcom

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  2. Wonderful blocks! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Your blocks are lovely - I'm feeling all christmassy now! I'm follower too :)

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  4. Super, super job with the wreath - I love tiny piecing and you did just a lovely job with this pattern. I love the modern block and booked marked the pattern, so thank you. And helpers - of all sorts, are always welcomed. You did a wonderful job with presenting your projects with all of us, thank you.

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  5. Oh my goodness....one would never know you are a newbie to this! Your choice of blocks is fabulous...love the variety...the wreath just jumps off the page with those gorgeous greens. The modern block is perfect...sure looks great nestled among the plants. And your Santa's helper is so cute...both of them! So wonderful to have you join us...looks like you have already made some new friends! Thanks for participating and for the generous giveaway.

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  6. Kimberly, your blocks are lovely. I love the wreath and I am off to Moda bake Shop to find it too. Thanks for offering a great giveaway & sharing the blog hop.

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  7. I so want to see your house this Christmas. Good luck to your hubby.
    Now as for you, WOW!! I love the wreath, I wonder if that makes me a traditional quilter? And there was no way I thought this was your first hop! Wonderful job!

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  8. Love the Elf! I would need his help cutting all those squares for the wreath quilt, it is fantastic!

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  9. I am now a follower! Thanks for the great giveaway

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  10. They are all great - love the elf one (i have tried raw edge applique (at least I think I have!) on one of my blocks too). Thanks for the chance to the win the giveaway too - its lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Wow, I want to come and see your house this Christmas!!! Beautiful blocks, especially that wreath :o) Can't tell this is your first blog hop!!!

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  12. Hi Kimberly what lovely blocks, so cute and your fur helper looks great! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. Susie

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  13. I love that wreath mini quilt! Thanks for sharing your blocks and for the chance to win!

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  14. Wow to all those pieces in one block!!!

    Your cat must be a great sport....our cats would Never let us 'decorate' them...talk about a cat fight! Now decorating trees that's another story, the cats are always eager to help...decorate and redecorate the tree...they especially love playing soccer with the glass balls.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  15. I am a new Joy(ful) follower.

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  16. Love the wreath (with all its pieces). Into Modern so the "Free wheeling" block introduces me to another book. Kate Spain's Joy is wonderful thank you for the giveaway,

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  17. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  18. I became a follower. Looking forward to my new read.

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  19. Santa's Little Helper is wonderful - both of them!

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  20. Thanks for sharing the pics. Neither of my cats play dress up at all.

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  21. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Adorable elf. Of course, I adored the furry Santa's helper also.

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  23. So cute! I bought one of those tabletop stands and really need to get busy making something to hang on it. That wreath may be just the thing!

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  24. Your blocks are beautiful! Love the wreath block! Thank you for sharing.

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  25. I'm a new happy follower, I look forward to following along!

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  26. I love your elf helper....and your feline helper. Both are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. wow your wreath is very nice! have a crush on the free wheeling, you're right like as a bow beautiful christmas block! thank's for the giveaway. have a wonderful blog hop and hope you'll come by my blog on sunday!

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  28. Your Christmas elf helper is adorable:) and we take Christmas decorating very seriously at my house too lol!

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  30. Thanks for the wreath idea. This looks like one I would like to make. After this hop I will have so many ideas and probably get few of them done this year. thanks for the give away. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  31. Love your Christmas helper.I also love decorate my home.Love your projects,are fabulous!!

    I`m getting meny ideas to do qith the hop and the Free Wheeling is one of them.
    Thanks for sharing

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  32. I`m a new follower too.Thanks for the chance!!

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  33. What a sweet little Christmas helper-- I have 5 of those! (two pups and three kitties :-) I have always loved decorating my home for Christmas and now that we have a grandchild, it is even more fun! Her eyes just light up when she sees all those pretty lights and colors! :-) Thank you for the chance to win some Joy! If I win, I think that my little Clarabel will be in store for something special! :-) Merry Christmas!

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  34. I love all that you created for this blog hop and especially your little elf ,the furry kind as well as your little topper , so cute. Thanks for sharing and oh congratulations on the fantastic win in your previous post.

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  35. I am a new follower and look forward to visiting again soon.

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  36. The elf is cute, cute but the cat...now that's the cutest. :) blessings, marlene

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  37. Your post are fun especially your helper : ) I am inspired by your "Free Wheeling" block. Thank you for sharing and Merry Merry Christmas : )

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  38. Love your Santa's Helper (cat) how sweet. Thank you for sharing your quilting.

    Merry Christmas

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  39. Good Morning..it seemed appropriate to see your awards for best decor...because I think...no I know..someone ....oh yes take a peak..sewwequilt.com
    great job

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  40. Christmas will be beautiful at your house. My favorite is the Free Wheeling block. I'd love to see what you whip up with that one!

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  41. I really like your paper pieced block!

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  42. Great ideas, thanks very much.

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  43. Really really like your modern paper pieced block! I also love your wreath mini quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I believe that you and your husband should both get awards. Your blocks show off your quilting talent and look great. I am a new follower, so I will be back again to visit. I admire Kate Spain and all of her designs. Thank you for giving all of your followers a chance to win a charm pack from her and making the Think Christmas blog hop so much fun.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  45. Nice job on the blocks and a fun stop on the blog hop! Hope I win! Come visit me at kwitlypleasures.blogspot.com

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  46. Your wreath came out great and I like the foundation pieced block.

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  47. Oh, and I just GFC'd so I am a follower!

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  48. Love your modern paper piecing block! And all your other blocks are so lovely!

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  49. I like your block and the wreath is great!

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  50. I am a new follower of your blog!

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  51. I would never know that this was your first hop. You did a great job. Your blocks are all so pretty and well done. You will need to have a quilt show for the neighborhood.

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  52. I love the free-wheeling block! Good luck on winning another trophy this year - I bet you have it in the bag :-)

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  53. I like your helper. I love the wreath.

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  54. I'm a happy follower, love finding new blogs.

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  55. I can see you do take decorating to heart. Your parade of talent was fun. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric.

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  56. Love the blocks and your furry helper. I have two of these ones at home. They especially like the wrapping paper and LOVE to help with it. Thanks for the opportunity.

    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  57. I'm also a happy new follower.

    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  58. Love the blocks. This hop ha been so much fun to see what everyone has come up with.

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  59. You did a great job for your first time in the hop. Your blocks are great and congrats on being a big pick on Madame Samm's blog.

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  60. I really love the projects your presented, thanks so much for sharing these! they're gorgeous. It's nice to see interest from a family who takes the decorating so seriously, I know a few people around my city who do as well!

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  61. I like that Free Wheeling block. It would look great in other fabrics and colors for other holidays.

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  62. Beautiful blocks and your little helper is just too cute! Thanks so much for sharing and what a wonderful giveaway!

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  63. I am a new follower, thanks so much!

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  64. Inspirational! I just printed out the directions over at moda for the wreath. You have sweet helpers and cute...Thank you for sharing...and I am a new follower. Judith, Texas

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  65. I really love the wreath, I think I might add it to my list. Thanks for sharing

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  66. As much as I love the blocks I really love the Christmas Helper - the 1st one! lol

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  67. Yes, I am a follower now. Going to enjoy this blog :-)

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  68. I like your small blocks. Good idea for Christmas. Would also love to win your giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Love your blocks. And good luck to your husband this year.

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  70. Amazing blocks, thank you for sharing. Hope your hubby prevails victorious once again! =)

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  71. Love your mini-wreath block! I want to make one! We have a feline "helper" at our house too. He loves to sleep under the Xmas tree. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  72. Are we talking National Lampoon's Christmas here? LOL How nice your husband enjoys decorating; mine worked in retail for many years and grew to dislike Christmas music, decorations etc. as he had to hear/see from Sept. 30 on to New Years! Love your blocks. Thanks for sharing.
    Would love to win the Moda package.

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  73. LOVE THE WREATH QUILTING!
    THANKS FOR A NEAT TUTORIAL+GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  74. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  75. Love the wreath. Will need to try it but i am the total opposite of you. I will more than likely blow it up rather than shrink it down. I'm with you on that other block looking like a bow it is wonderful.

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  76. How can one even think they don't have Christmas ideas? Love your ideas and became a follower! L

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  77. Love your blocks, especially that free wheeling one! The kitty is cute, too. :O)

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  78. All your creations were fun and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. Your wreath is great and you're right, it's probably a mini-quilt with all that piecing. I also like your "bow" block as your refer to it. What I really want to know is how you get the cat to let you do that long enough to take a picture! I have three furry "helpers" who have to "claim" everything I do, even if it's only hemming pants! LOL But I seriously doubt I could do that with any one of them. Thank you for sharing.

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  80. I really like your wreath, tell you husband that you definitely should win the gold metal this year. Thanks for sharing.

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  81. I am new to your blog, but am now a follower, thanks again for sharing and giving me the chance to win.

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  82. I'd love to win the charm pack. Your cat is so pretty all decked out for Christmas!

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  83. WOW! I'd love to live in your neighbourhood, just so that I can see your husbands decorations, they really must be something to have won 2 years in a row.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wreath, I'm really inspired to go and get started on some decorations of my own seeing that.

    Judi

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  84. I've also become a new follower.

    Judi

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  85. I love your wreath. That's so many pieces for a mini quilt, but well worth it for the end results. Congratulations on the decorating wins.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  86. What fun! Your projects are all Christmasy and pretty!

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  87. I love your helpers! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely charm pack.

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  88. I love the Freewheeling block! A whole quilt of these would look fantastic!

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  89. I love the Free Wheeling block! The others are cute too.

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  90. I'm a new follower. Thanks for te chance to win.

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  91. Great blog! thanks for the chance to win!

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  92. Love the Free Wheeling block and both of your helpers. The wreath looks so pretty and I think I could get one done by Christmas. Hope the DH wins again this year!

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  93. I found all of your projects appealing, and your kitty Santa delightful! Thanks for sharing them~

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  94. I am now a follower and want to say thanks for the chance to win the Joy bundle. I am so in love with that line!

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  95. The wreath mini is lovely and appreciate the time you spent to share your blocks with us for Think Christmas. Thanks for a chance to win some Joy! This is very generous of you.

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  96. Love your projects, thanks a great giveaway.

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  97. I love your projects and your helper. hugs

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  98. Love your blocks. They are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win a charm pack.

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  99. Your wreath is very impressive with over 100 pieces! Thanks for sharing your lovely minis with us.

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  100. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win a charm pack.

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  101. The Free Wheeling block is new to me, and I like it. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I love the traditional wreath and the free wheeling block is a bit of fun- it would make a great tablerunner for Christmas.
    I have not made many Christmasy things- somehow just don't get down to it.
    Thanks for the chance to win a bit of Kate Spain.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  103. I am a new follower to your blog. Thanks for participating in the blog hop- I am sure you are going to make some new bloggy friends along the way too.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  104. Love the wreath and little elf thank-you for the give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  105. I became a follower after seeing you on the hop.I LOVE the new sites I am coming across.Thank-you. Becky

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  106. I would have never guessed this was your first hop. Love the wreath.

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  107. I am a new follower. I love hops because I get to find all kinds of new blogs that such inspiring projects that I would love to do but the list has become so long that I would have to live until 500 years old and sew every day for 24 hours to complete half of the stuff I would love to try. Oh well, I will do as much as I can while I can and enjoy every minute of it.

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  108. Your first little helper, while not to thrilled over wearing a hat, I am sure is just too cute.
    I am a fusible applique lover from way back. I always seal my edges with Fray chek or block but agree, I am not too sure over the long haul they will last. Most of mine as not going to see the wash that often though. I love the Free Wheeling block. It's so bright and cheery.

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  109. You blog hop like a pro....great job on your blocks. Love the little helpers, both of them. OMG what tiny pieces you have in the wreath block. Thanks for the inspiration. and for sharing in your first of many blog hops!! Happy stitching!

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  110. I am a new follower #53...looking forward to visiting often. Thanks for the chance to win some JOY!!

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  111. Congrats to your husband on his decorating! Your quilt blocks are great but I especially love your furry helper!

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  112. love your blog and your quilt blocks are wonderful

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  113. I love all your blocks!! They are gorgeous!!!

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  114. Ooh, I've been mulling over a few different wreath designs in my graph book! You're looks beautiful!

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  115. Well done. I love both your little helpers!

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  116. Hi Kimberley, Thank you for sharing your lovely blocks. I especially like the Free Wheeling. It could be used in many themes. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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  117. Hi again Kimberley, I have joined you as a follower. Thank you for participating in the blog hop, I am enjoying checking out all the different blogs. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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  118. I am mad over elves, so your block is peerfect! Love it and I also am following your blog.
    Thanks for sharing
    cheers
    maggie

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  119. Beautiful wreath block/mini quilt. The little helper is adorable ~ the elf I mean. ;) Your kitty doesn't appear too pleased to be given the job title of little helper sinc that job obviously comes with that hat he's sporting. LOL

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  120. I really like that Free Wheelin block. Very different and fun!

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  121. I am now a follower. I look forward to getting to know you.

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  122. Hiya! I love your work---the wreath is beautiful, I bet it was a lot of work with over a hundred pieces!!! The free wheeling piece does look like a bow. And I love both of your helpers!!! Thank you for having the giveaway, blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  123. What fun! loved your blocks. and the wreath! thanks for being a part of this group!

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  124. I am a new subscriber in my Google Reader. Thanks

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  125. What a great blog post! I, too, like the Free Wheeling block, but it looks just a bit challenging to make!

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  126. Love your wreath wallhanging and original helper...too cute!

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  127. Kim, I love the wreath, but the Free Wheeling is so fun! Thanks for sharing your talent. I've added you to my favorites list. Your machine appliqued little elf is also precious. Please enter me in your giveway. I love charm squares!

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  128. I love that wreath, I've always wanted one for my own, this will be the year!

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  129. Congrats on being one of the chosen! Lovely wreath!
    very cute elf and kitty helper.
    Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win.

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  130. I am following via the newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. Hiya again! I am now a follower by email, look forward to your posts. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  132. I like the Free Wheelin block - fun!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  133. I'm a new blog follower.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  134. Blocks are really cool - enjoyed reading your post.

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  135. Very cute blocks, and good luck to your husband defending his title!!

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  136. Thanks for participating and for the giveaway!

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  137. You look like an old Pro at Blog Hopping!! Love your wreath and Give-Away!! I'm so glad you participated. Isn't it fun? Your wreath looked like paper piecing at first. I was sure it would be picked as one of the 2 winners!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  138. I am a brand new follower!!! Yippee!!
    Gmama Jane

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  139. Great blocks! My favorite is the one with the triangles. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Debbie
    http://travelingquilter.blogspot.com/

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  140. Love the Christmas version of your freewheeling block.

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  141. Just signed up to follow you too, love your Elvis block. I am also in the Star of Africa bee, so will enjoy following your progress

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  142. Absolutely love the name of your blog! I am a new follower.

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  143. That's a great little wreath you put together. I can't imagine doing 4 Christmas trees! It must be a Christmas wonderland at your house. :)

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  144. My Goodness!! Seems like you & hubby take Christmas Decorating very seriously!! Good Luck with defending His/your Title. I like how your wreath came out with the scattering of holly berries throughout it. All you blocks & "special helper" are just too Cute. Thank You for the chance to win the yummy Charm pack.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  145. Hooray Looks Like I'm new Follower #65!!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a yummy charm pack.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  146. I use to do 4 or 5 trees a year plus one at work...I am down to one little tree now but this year since the grandkids are coming, I will put up my big tree again.

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  147. Thanks for a chance to win a beautiful charm pack.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  148. I'm a new follower.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  149. Thanks for the chance, and congratulations on winning the sewing machine.

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  150. Great blocks thank you for sharing them.

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  151. I love your blocks. thank you

    The charm pack is so cute.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  152. I am now a follower.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  153. I like the wreath block. My have to try that one myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  154. I love the free wheeling block. So pretty! Thanks for the chance to win. Joy is one of my favorite Christmas lines.

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  155. Ok if I do not win the charm pack can I have that cute cat WITH the hat!!!!!

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  156. Great fabric, thanks for the chance to win!

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  157. Congratulations on your first blog hop! You did a super job! All your blocks are wonderful. I really like that you showed a variety of blocks. I love trying new things. Thanks for sharing your blocks and all the inspiration.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win some beautiful fabric. Love Kate Spain!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  158. Wonderful blocks! I'm a new follower. Looking forward to coming back to see what I've missed.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  159. Really nice blocks. I've wanted to make that wreath quilt myself but there is no way I'd do it as a mini like you did. Way to go for a job well done.

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  160. Great decorations, Kim! Love Free Wheeling! Your cat looks completely embarrassed to be caught wearing the hat! ha! ha! Thanks for the chance to win Joy.

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  161. What fun quilts. Your cute furry helper wants you to enter the Pets on Quilts Show at Lilypad Quilting (you can enter and win prizes up to the 10th of August.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  162. I really like your wreath block. Kuddos.

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  163. Hi, Thank you for stopping by my blog, you were a no-reply blogger and I did not want you to think I was ignoring you!

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  164. I love that your husband has trophies for best decorations! That is awesome!

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  165. I was already following you on twitter but now I am following you on GFC :) I'm @CraftyMamaD on twitter

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  166. what a great hubby! and what a cute little elf! raw edge hold up just fine.

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  167. am a new follower! enjoyed your post today!

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  168. Ooh just popped over from Star of Africa group! Thanks for this giveaway! I have made that Christmas Wreath too! Have made Christmas cushion covers too! Cranking up that Christmas feeling...

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  169. I love your Christmas wreath! Thanks for sharing.

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  170. Wow! A 12.5 inch block with over 100 pieces is amazing. It looks great. I love that you displayed such a wide variety of blocks. You're really a very versatile quilter. I hope your husband wins the trophy again this year. With all of your Christmas sewing, maybe it should go to you.

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  171. Love your blocks and your kitty is so cute! Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  172. I'm a follower
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  173. I just love Kate Spain fabric. How on earth did you get your cat to let you do that?
    Barb@Witsend

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  174. Kate Spain fabric is where its at! But so is Deb Strain! and both of their fabric lines play so well together!

    Your kitty made me smile! Good sport!

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  175. All three of your blocks are delightful, although I love the wreath the best. And your Santa kitty! So cute!

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