Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

**Giveaway Closed**




We are SO excited to be a part of this amazing magazine (and blog tour!) again.  We were ecstatic to receive the magazines in the mail and find our block was featured on page 4!  The details of the block are really great.


meags and me Quiltmaker 100blocks Bird Applique and Embroidery Block


We've been loving birds lately.  The simple shape of their bodies are really quite easy to applique and who doesn't love embroidery details!? So fun! Our block is called Birds of a Feather no. 604, and is found on page 23.

Truth be told, I have a little bit of an obsession for tote bags.  I love taking them to the library, to hold half the children's section when my kids go.  I love taking them to church, on a picnic, to the zoo. So when I decided to save a little cash, and make my own, I went straight to our block.

meags and me Quiltmaker 100blocks Tote Bag

You have no idea how happy I am about this.  We bought a pack of plain canvas totes and went to town!  A little applique, some favorite scraps, the remainder of brown floss in my stash (confession: our embroidery floss stash is just as insane impressive as our fabric stash) and ta-da! A one-of-a-kind, made-by-you bag, perfecting for toting all of life.

Not stopping at one, we took just part of our block and made a little pocket for the front. 

meags and me Quiltmaker 100 blocks Tote Bag with Pocket

meags and me Quiltmaker 100 blocks Use a Canvas Tote Bag

The possibilities are practically endless.  And we even lined them!  These make great gifts!

meags and me Quiltmaker 100 blocks Tote Bag Lined

Madeline here, says, "Since I am modeling these for you, can I have one? I need a new babysitting bag."  

meags and me Quiltmaker 100 blocks Canvas Tote Bags


Babysitting bag.  This girl is a genius.  We said yes.  She couldn't decide!

So! If you like us, follow us!  We like facebook, pinterest, bloglovin, google+, and just started getting into instagram.  If you'd like our blog posts to go directly to your email, the "follow by email" option is to the left.  We do lots of applique/embroidery quilts and patterns and have loads of fun!

***For a chance to win your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 block magazine, OR one of three PDF copies of any one of our patterns-  leave us a nice comment, we love reading them.  (A mean comment will still get you entered, we just won't like you as much.)***

Please make sure your email address can be found on your blogger profile, or just leave it at the end of your comment.  We want to be able to get in touch with you if you win!

The giveaway will end Sunday at midnight and we'll post the winners here Monday morning!  

Check out Quilty Pleasures, the Quiltmaker blog, for more great blogs and more awesome prizes.  The blog tour goes through May 3rd!



282 comments:

  1. Fantastic birds, they are so cute!

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  2. I LOVE your block!!! So glad I found you guys!

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  3. Oh I looove those birds too! And such a great idea to use them on totes!

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  4. Your birds make me smile...and we need lots of happy things in our world. Love it! Congrats on being in the magazine.

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  5. I'm a bird fan too. The combination of applique and embroidery is wonderful. Adorable!

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  6. Your work is always so up lilting, love those tweets-thanks for sharing

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  7. Your little birds are so cute! There's a little girl in my life who would just love a tote like the one's you've made :).

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  8. Ok I followed by e-mail because I want to be REALLY LIKED!...LOL Thanks!

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  9. I love your block!!! The birds are so cute! The birds look adorable on the tote bag. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  10. I love the little birds and they are just too cute on the bags!

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  11. I also like bird things and this block is adorable! I'm excited to get this magazine, thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. Love the little birds, and the totes are so cute.

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  13. I just love those cute little birds.Dianna

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  14. Love your birdie block, and the totes you made with it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Birds & bags & a chance to win all rolled in one: AWESOME!!

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  16. Lovin' the birds and the tote. I have tote bags for my tote bags too!

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  17. Just found you...subscribed by email and follow on FB.
    LOVE the birds! LOVE the bags! Would LOVE a copy of the issue, tucked into a bag, with a copy of the PDF's *BIG CHEESY GRIN* A girl can dream big, right?

    Really do adore your block! SEW cute!

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  18. Your birds are so cute! Love them on the tote bag. I will have to make one for myself. Thanks!

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  19. great idea with the birds... Love the tote bag, might have to whip some of those up..

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  20. The birds are adorable. Love the totes! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Mary

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  21. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy...love your little birds too.

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  22. What a great idea to put your block on totes. I think I'm going to have a lot of new tote bags.

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  23. your block is the cutest ever. I love anything with birds. congrats on having your block in the magazine.

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  24. Very, very cute block! And the bags are wonderful!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  25. mhinders@myclearwave.net
    Cute, Cute, Cute!
    Love the bags.
    Congrats and thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. Madeline absolutely deserves to receive one of your totes. Very cute and very handy.

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  27. Such sweet tote bags! Thanks for an adorable idea!

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  28. Cute birds! the tote bags look great with all the birds on them!

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  29. Thanks for the chance to win this is adorable.. lots of uses..

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  30. Oh my goodness, what an adorable tote! I cannot wait to get a copy of Quiltmaker's latest 100 Blocks! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

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  31. What a cute block. I love birds. I now follow you using Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway. Hugs

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  32. Oh, I'm in love, those birds are adorable! Thanks.

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  33. What great birds! And I
    really love your clever and attractive transformation of canvas bags. I will definitely try one!

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  34. GREAT fun for an intergenerational beginning sewing project. Such cute birds!

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  35. these bags are so creative and wonderful. babysitting bag is perfect.

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  36. Your birdies are just darling -- and with unlimited potential!! I can't wait to get my hands on this magazine so I can play with them!!!! :)

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  37. I think your birds are so sweet and I got a chuckle about your reaction regarding mean comments. Hope you just get the good kind.

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  38. What a cute design! Could get used lots on little baby quilts to make wee ones smile! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. You are so right, so many possibilities with those birds, they are just too cute. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and ideas.

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  40. I really really like birds. I have just started putting a small red bird on all of my quilts. It will be my signature. I do not have any of those accounts, so my email is: jwlloyd@bellsouth.net

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  41. Sooo cute!!! Love the birdies on the totes. Very clever!

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  42. Very cute bags - and great that you have a kid who enjoys what you do! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Your bird applique and emproidery pattern is just too cute. I'm a birder, and I love all things birdy! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  44. Your birds are just too sweet. I love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. What sweet little birdies! I can't wait to get the magazine!

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  46. Yes, they are very addictive-I see them on a wall hanging, placemats, hotpad and mugrug! Thanks for a great Idea!

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  47. Great block, congrats on getting in the magazine! SO CUTE!! thank you!

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  48. Sweet little birds. Love the pattern.

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  49. Very cute block. I am glad to hear girls still babysit. I did all through high school and into college.

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  50. What a great idea to decorate tote bags with your applique designs. I'm not very good at applique, yet, but I could get lots of practice by making pretty tote bags!!

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  51. I really really need a new bird tote. Yours is really cute. I baby sit for my niece. She has a 2 year old little boy. He is a handful. Does this count for me? I not as talented as you are and I am not really a creative quilter, like you are. Does this help me get a bird tote for me? Thank you for the chance to win. By the way, I really really love your block and your idea for a tote is so neat.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  52. I love your little bird - they remind me of Spring!!

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  53. I love those birds They are so cheerful. Thanks for the giveaway

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  54. Birdies are really popular right now, and yours are so cute!! I love your tote bag idea and I might just make some for my quilting peeps!! Congratulations on getting published in 100 blocks!!

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  55. This quilt block is perfect for a tote bag. It looks great. I'm a tote bag junkie, too. As much as shoes and purses.

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  56. What a cute applique on the bags and a cute daughter too. Can't wait until Volume 7 comes out.

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  57. what a great block. Congratulations on haveing it in the publication. What a great achievement.Thank you for a chanc eto entr your giveaway. I am now a new follower as of finding you today.

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  58. I joined you all, it does look like alot of fun, sweetness and creativity. have a great day

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  59. Love the birds on the limb.... so much movement created!!!

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  60. A "mean" comment??? No way!!! Those little birds are just too cute for a mean comment, :D. I love tote bags too, and so identified with the comment about library books!! :D I'm enjoying this hop getting to know new folks! Have a great day!

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  61. This block is adorable, can't wait to get the magazine!

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  62. tweet tweet tweet
    the block is sweet

    (yes, that was cheesy, but it is a very cute block!)

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  63. What an adorable block. Love the idea that you can put it on a tote bag! So cute.

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  64. This block is so sweet! And the bags are great too. Great job!

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  65. I love your Birds of a Feather block - cannot wait to try it!

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  66. Very cute, think I see a new bag in my future with a pocket of birdies.

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  67. Oh my I love this block!!!! The bags turned out just awesome!!!! Now to get started on my own....wait I need the pattern.. ok I will wait until teh hop is over so I might win one:)
    Tahnks!

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  68. I agree with your thing with birds and their shape. I need to do more embroidery since I love hand work. I do cross stitch & needlepoint so embroidery is relaxing. See I like nice too! Cindy W. at cwienstroer@amuniversal.co

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  69. Just think your little birds are adorable. Fun and practical way to decorate a tote bag.

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  70. The totes are adorable. The birds are so cheerful and spring-like. thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  71. Such a cute idea. I'd like to get started now, to be ready for Christmas presents. I'm not sure how you lined them, though. Would you care to share in a future blog post for those of us who are new to any sewing that isn't quilt-related?

    I signed up to follow you via email.

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  72. I love the birds and their fancy embellishments!
    rileystl27@yahoo.com

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  73. What a lovely tote bag! Now that I've seen it, yours may not be so unique anymore... I really want to make one just like it!

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  74. The little birds are so very adorable. The tote bag is very cute with them on the front. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. What a darling block. I can already think of many things to do with these little birds.

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  76. Yes your birds are just darling and they are great on a bag. I am going to use your idea of buying plain bags and making them cute. I am having a wonderful time reading all the blogs and the inspiration I get from you is so fulfilling. Can't wait to get my cast off so that I can get to sewing.
    thanks for sharing

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  77. cute birds,I put it on my to do list for a mini, thank you...martamanole@yahoo.com

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  78. ADORABLE! Did you have trouble embroidering through the canvas? I can just see my fingers getting shredded....

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  79. Love the way you made pre-made canvas bags so fun. I think the lining idea is genius, really makes the final touch. Your birdies are adorable.

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  80. I love your little birds and the tote bags are too cute. I would love to know if you take the bags apart when you appliqué and sew on them?

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  81. Birds seem to be popular with many folks right now, including me. I love the combination of quilting and embroidery. I liked you on Facebook and signed up by email. Thank you for the ispiration and being generous with a giveaway. Congrats on being included in the magazine. Now, I have to have a copy for sure.

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  82. Love your cute block. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  83. Love those cute birds - those totes are a great idea for party favors.

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  84. Your birds are SO adorable!! Thanks for sharing a copy of 100 Blocks.

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  85. What a cute birdie block! I'm a big fan of totes also and love the block on the bags! Thanks for the chance to win this magazine!

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  86. Lovely block and lovely model!!

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  87. Your Birds remind me of those that come to the feeder outside my office window. Sweet!

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  88. Love the birds, what fun. Thanks
    for the chance to win.

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  89. Great block! The embroidery is very impressive. My skills are lacking in that area.

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  90. I can only leave sweettttt comments...grin. Love your birdies!

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  91. I so love your little tweets. This block is adorable and I am so glad it is featured in 100 Blocks.Love your blog.

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  92. Cute little birds.. make into a nice looking tote. Thanks and Congratulations.

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  93. I like your cute little birds.

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  94. Love your birdies and your model. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. She's adorable! Babysitting bag, lined tote, all great ideas!! Thanks.

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  96. What a wonderful giveaway - thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netApril 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    your pattern made me think of spring which we are finally enjoying here in central Illinois.

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  98. What a cute block. I'm a bird watcher!

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  99. Your birds are so cute! I love to applique and there are so many ways you could use the block.

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  100. The birds block is so cute. What wonderful bags. Congratulations on being chosen for a block in the magazine.

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  101. The totes are adorable and I love the pocket on the outside!

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  102. LOL, this is a 'meanly' nice comment! What a fabulous idea with a very cute block!

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  103. Love the birds - great idea for the tote bags. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win. (Signed up to follow with Bloglovin')

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  104. I'm always a sucker for bird patterns, but these are especially adorable!

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  105. I love embroidery so much, so when I find blocks that include it I'm just thrilled! Such an adorable block, and the birdies are fantastic!

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  106. Cute combo of stitchery and applique, Your Model is cute too. Great idea for a babysitting bag or Library bag. I'm seeing these as Christmas gifts... Thanks for the chance to WIN.

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  107. The little birds are just too adorable. Thank you for the great tote bag idea for Christmas and birthday gifts.

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  108. I just love those little birdies and the tote turned out so cute.

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  109. I've been into bird appliques lately myself, and I have a couple of those plain canvas totes around that have been just waiting to be spruced up! Thanks for the ideas.

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  110. Those little birdies are just adorable!

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  111. What a cute design for a tote. Love the birds!

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  112. Now this block just makes me happy! LOVE these cute little birdies!

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  113. Who could leave a mean comment after such a nice post? I love birds, especially really cute ones like on your block.

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  114. I must say that is my favorite block so far inn this blog hop. What great bags, I may have to try that.

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  115. Those birds are super cute- I really want to make this one up into a throw pillow for my niece!

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  116. I love the tote! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  117. Love your block and congrats. Thanks. I joined your blog by e-mail. Thanks

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  118. Your birds are adorable and so cheerful.

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  119. I love the little birds! They are so cheerful. What a great idea to combine embroidery and appliqué. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  120. Your block is adorable. The little birds are perfect to pretty up the canvas tote!
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  121. Tweet! What sweet little birds!

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  122. Babysitter bag. What a great idea! That a a gift I can make for my teenage granddaughter. Thanks!
    Cindy from MI

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  123. Your birdies are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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  124. Your block is soooooo cute. Hmmmm, I need a new babysitting bag too! Great idea! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  125. I love the birds - they make me happy!

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  126. Love the little birds...Spring is here!!! Thanks for a chance to win...

    Karen/mija314@yahoo.com

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  127. I would love to win a copy of this great resource! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  128. Your birds and the bags are so cute. I just signed up to follow you--you will come to my inbox. Thanks for the chance.

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  129. I am so glad to find your blog. Your little chicks are darling. Joan
    email- ray.joan.hanson@gmail.com

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  130. I like how you lined the bags to go with the outside. Your birds are so cute. My mom has a large die cut similar to them. ll_gee at hotmail

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  131. Those little birdies are so cute. You can put them on so many items. Thanks.

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  132. Great time of year for beautiful birds!!

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  133. Love your birds and ideas. Glad to have found your site.

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  134. LOL!! I will leave a nice comment. I love your birdies and the tote bag is such a great idea. I can see me carrying that.

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  135. Thanks for sharing your wonderful block!

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  136. Love the birds! The tote bags are too cute and can be personalized in so many ways. Another great gift idea!

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  137. Sweet block, and I love the tote bag.

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  138. I can see these darling birds on a little girls dress, blouse or apron.

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  139. Love the birdies! Bluebirds are my favorite & I can see using this pattern to make something so cute! the bags are a good idea too! HOPPIN' to win!

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  140. Love, love, love your little birdies!! To be completely honest, I'm very new to applique...been quilting (piecing) for years but was afraid of applique. These look like something I just might be able to do!

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  141. Hi!!! They are such sweet little birds!!! Wonderful on anything!!!! I will have to give these a go!!! Thank You

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  142. I absolutely love your bird block and the tote bags. I may have to take up applique since so many of the blocks in Vol. 7 use that technique. And as a recently retired public librarian, I was thrilled to see one of the uses for your tote bag was for loads of library books for your kids (your model is very cute).

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  143. I am sew in love with your birdies! I love anything that has birds on it and your pattern is so adorable! This is on top of my to do list. Thank you! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  144. These little birds on your block do make you smile. Love the block.

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  145. Fantastic cute little birds

    jinnine.pearce@gmail.com

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  146. Love the birdies and love the tote bag, great combination for a wonderful piece.

    Debbie

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  147. Love your birdies on the totes. Such a simple design with fantastic results. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  148. Birds are in and really make your bags look in!!

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  149. Love the birds with the embroidery!

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  150. That's a tote I could really love!

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  151. Your birdies are just so darn cute! I can see that you got carried away - what a fun thing to happen!!

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  152. Adorable block! I'm really liking the combo of fabric and stitchery. This would make a great embellishment on a lot of things!!

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  153. Congratulations! Your birds are
    so darling! I think I will make
    my soon to be 3 yr old granddaughter, her own tote bag!

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  154. I love your block, especially love that it adds some embroidery since that is how I started with needlecraft "mumble" years ago

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  155. Love the little birdies! Thankyou!

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  156. I love the birds! Interesting applique form.

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  157. Congrats on having your birdie block in the Vol. 7 issue. They look like happy birds and will make a cute quilt.

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  158. bird block is sew cute thanks for sharing

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  159. Those bags are just too cute and what a great way to use your block. I can see my granddaughters carrying them --- will have to get busy and make some.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  160. Beyond cute! Of course I want one of those bags too! Guess Ill have to make one. Thanks for the chance.

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  161. This is such a great block. I have to make one of these bags....so cute.

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  162. I love your block and I love applique and embroidery. So of course I had to sign up for your blog.

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  163. What sweet birdies!! Love the bag, love the block...the possibilities for featuring these birds are endless!

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  164. Love, love love your birds! Thanks for the chance.
    sdjg(at)pacbell(dot)net

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  165. The bags are awesome, love the design.

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  166. Who doesn't love or use tote bags. The birds are adoreable. Thanks for sharing.

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  167. Oh sew cute! And cheerful, and fun. There are so many uses for tote bags, too. I have one for the library, my toddler has appropriated one for his toys.

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  168. Your birds are wonderful! I want to make a wallhanging with this block. Thx for giveaway.
    Anita

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  169. Ah, love the birds! Looks like you have a hit there!

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  170. I love birdie blocks and yours are lovely. Thanks for the chance to enter to win a copy of the magazine.

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  171. Cute block! Your totes are great, I really like the way you lined them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  172. Recently added block onto bags to cover up logos. This is another great block to use in that way!

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  173. love the birds! they're so cust on your tote, but then, they'd look good on anything! thanx for the chance to win the copy of 100 blocks magazine or your patterns.

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  174. Those birds are so cute! Congrats on your block published in the magazine and thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

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  175. I love love love your block. The totes are so cute...I wouldn't be able to make up my mind either. Thank you for the chance to win.
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  176. Great birds! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  177. Your birds are adorable! Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  178. what an adorable bunch of little birdies - they are so cute and colourful :) definitely making a wall hanging with this block :)

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  179. A girl cannot have too many bags or too much fabric! Very cute decorations and linings on premodern bags.

    Susan. Sewandsew@hvc.rr.com

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  180. A mean comment? NEVER!
    The birds are adorable. As is your model. I can see why she could not choose. I would have trouble picking my favorite.

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  181. OMG, love the birds! I, too, have an obsession with tote bags, have way more than everyone who lives on my street could use. Can't wait to use your pattern, even if I decide on a quilt rather than a tote...endless possibilities! Thanks for creating such an adorable block!

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  182. Cute block and bag.

    senstrings (@) yahoo(dot)com

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  183. The birds are darling, and so is your model!

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  184. Those are the sweetest birds! A great block & applique is my all time favourite. Thanks for a chance at the give-away!
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  185. I LOVE the little birds and it makes such a cute bag. This is my first blog hop and I am really enjoying it.

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  186. Adorable birds! And, really, a girl can always use another tote! Thanks for sharing!

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