Friday, 4 May 2012

Today is blog tour day

Hello and welcome to my blog, as part of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blogtour.  If this is the first time you have been to my blog, or you are a repeat visitor,  I invite you to make a coffee and have a browse.  I am excited to be part of Quiltmakers Vol 5 magazine,  and thank them for inviting me along.  





This is Desert Dash, block 489 on page 68. 

I have always been a fan of the churndash block, and then when I saw this amazing orange print it had to be a feature in something. The name comes from the colour and the block.



Below are four blocks made, joined together.






And placed on point gives another perspective,





This is another colour combination, using only two lights, 2 mediums and one dark,



Four together



And on point,



And finally, a blue version, and in this one used only four fabrics.




I had in mind to create a repeat block, giving a secondary design when joinged together, so the size of the finished piece is only limited to your time and fabric.  All you would need is a plain border and some basic quilting.

If you leave a comment, you go into the draw to win some great prizes, including a copy of 100 Blocks magazine, have a look at some other blogs  www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/  and for another visitor who leaves a comment, they will receive a selection of Country Matters patterns.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here, and I invite you to come back and visit me again soon.

Thanks for coming,

Janelle








182 comments:

  1. Wow janelle. They all look fantastic! I like the on-point layout the best.
    Well done for inclusion in Quiltmaker.

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  2. What a fabulous block!!! It's great to see it used with different fabrics and grouped together in 4. It never ceases to amaze me how putting blocks on point changes the look so much. Congratulations on being chosen to have Desert Dash in the magazine!

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  3. Such a great block! Love the layout with 4 Blocks!

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  4. I like a classic churndash transform into a new fresh look. It is a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. We have seen so many lovely blocks and this is definitely one of my favourites! A brilliant twist on a traditional block. Congratulations.

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  6. I like the 4 square block layout. Beautiful fabric. Congratulations. Judith, Texas

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  7. Beautiful block. Cross my fingers and hope I will win this magazine that has so much inspiration:)

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  8. The red combination has so much zing. Thanks for showing the different colours. congratulations
    Cinzia

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  9. I love this block! And the colours are great together.

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  10. That's a clever interpretation of a classic--my favorite quilting style!

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  11. The block looks great and I love that you showed color variations. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I love how this looks when you put it on point, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  13. I think it's wonderful that this block will create a secondary design! I love blocks that do that:)

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  14. Thanks for sharing your block.

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  15. Happy Friday! Your block is wonderful, thank you for sharing. I plan on taking a longer look around.

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  16. Love how you framed the churn dash in your block so it looks great set block to block without sashing. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. There is always something wonderful about taking a simple block like Churn Dash and making it so special - this is a fantastic setting and I already have plans for it! Thank you!

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  18. I LOVE the 9 patch corners. You always have such fun new ways with old blocks. Thanks

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  19. The churn dash block has always been one of my favourite blocks! I love what you've done with it!

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  20. Great setting! Very patriotic. And versatile.

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  21. I wuvvvvvvv Churn Dash blocks - one of my favs too.

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  22. I love your updated churn dash block. Thanks for showing some different colorways. And thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. Churn Dash is one of favorite blocks. Fairly quick and easy.

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  24. Nice way to add a little extra to a traditional block.

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  25. I Love your "Desert Dash" Churn Dash Block! I love the orange/brown combination! Thanks for a chance to Win!

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  26. I am a Churn Dash fan too. I like what you have done with this block. Thanks for showing the different colorways.

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  27. I love the Churn Dash! Thanks so much for featuring your blocks in different settings and colorways! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  28. I love that block. Thanks for showing different colours. Hugs Jofrid

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  29. I love the block, I'll probably try it out in bright colors, I'll bet it's just as beautiful. Thank you.

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  30. Janelle, I really like the block...Love the name Desert Dash. It would be a great block to use the tan/green army/military camo fabrics and use it for a Desert Dash veteran quilt. Congrats on your inclusion into the issue!

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  31. I have always loved the churn dash block and your version is lovely , thanks so much and congrats on being in the magazine.

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  32. Beautiful versions of your block! Congrats!

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  33. The Churn Dash is a great block and yours looks stunning in the red and black.Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. Beautiful block Janelle! Congratulations for being in Issue 5. I really love the version you've shown with the red.

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  35. Very nice block and I like all the different ways they can be put together. I am glad you showed it in different colorways and placement. Helps me be more creative.

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  36. what a pretty block and quilt. I like the colors you used.

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  37. I really like it! I esp like the blue version. :)

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  38. I like the secondary pattern when the blocks are set together. I have some blue and brown fabrics to make a quilt for hubby, and this just might be it!

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  39. Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks! I love the way you showcased your block in different color combos! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  40. It is very cool how the 9 patches make the center design. Very nice. I got so busy looking at your blog I almost forgot to comment. Your Lucy Boston blocks are gorgeous.

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  41. I love the adaptaions of classic patterns!!!!

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  42. Great block! I love it on point. Thanks.

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  43. Congrats on having your block in the magazine - I love it!! Thanks for the chance to win! blaukat@hickorytech.net

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  44. Congratulations! I like seeing your block in the different color combinations. I like the red, white, and black the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I like your block. Grats on being published. Also thank you for the chance to win.

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  46. I love the southwestern feel of your block done up on the brown and orange colorway! Congrats on having it published in Volume 5 *Ü*

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  47. The red and black is my fave! Such a different feel in each colorway and a very versatile block. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. You have given us so many layouts that you want to make everyone. I like the red and black as well as the blue and brown. It is so hard to choose because each one is different and you get to see before it is actually made - by you. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win such an awesome magazine.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  49. Your block is great. Love how chancing colors seems to change the feel of the block. thank you for a chance to win. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Oh, I am LOVING this block! Thank you for showcasing it and congrats on getting into the magazine. :-)

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  51. Great block, the old blocks are the best.
    Carol L

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  52. Nice block!! It's nice that you show it in different colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. Love your block. I really like the secondary pattern.

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  54. I love blocks like this that give the look of sashing without doing any extra work.

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  55. Very nice block indeed! I always like to work with the blocks that make a secondary pattern as well :D

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  56. Fantastic block! I love the Churn Dash! thanks for showing it in the different colorways! Congrats for being selected by the magazine! I can't wait to get a copy!

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  57. The blue version is my favorite. This is a really nice block and it looks very nice together in a quilt.

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  58. Great block, I'm drawn to the blue colorway.

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  59. Janelle, really like how you added enough to this block to create a secondary design. Your first color and design layout appeals to me more as I like the use of more lights. I love your pattern Hopscotch. Just love a bright cheery scrappy quilt! Thanks for an opportunity to win...hope I'm lucky. Sandi

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  60. Love your block and would love to win the magazine!

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  61. Love your block.. Churn-dash and Shoo-fly are two of my favorite block patterns, so yours really appeals to me. :-)

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  62. Really striking block--just love it. Congratulations!

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  63. Congrats on your block! Choice of colors do make all the difference - hope to win!

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  64. Great block -love how it creates the secondary!!!

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  65. Love your update churndash. Nice and bright.

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  66. I really like the look of a traditional block. I especially like the little "checkerboard" style corners.

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  67. Oh, I love your block! I really like blocks that make secondary patterns when put together. This one will be on the must-make list!

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  68. I particularly like the block in the blue colourway and the secondary patterns which arise when several a joined together.

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  69. I think you found some "tangerine tango". Lovely traditional block, and I'm always looking for secondary patterns when blocks are set together. Good job.

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  70. Congrats on your block. I really like the look of this block.

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  71. Congrats on your block, I like it and the second pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  72. I love your block. Congrats on being chosen for a block. I like the different color ways on this block. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

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  73. Great block--I like the secondary design it makes.
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  74. Churn Dash has always been one of my favorite blocks. I love what you've done with it. Congrats on being in the 100 Block issue.

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  75. Very exciting blog hop! I am new here so will take a look around :)

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  76. I have always loved that block, as well.
    Beautiful fabrics and shades, really looks nice together.

    Debbie

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  77. I love churn dash blocks. You chose some lovely fabrics.

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  78. love your block. I have always been a fan of the churn dash too.

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  79. I, also, like the churn dash block. I love your block!

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  80. I like your fabric choices, really like the red and black one.

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  81. Really nice block - love the traditional look and colors your chose, too.

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  82. Your churn dash block is very "dashing".

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  83. Great block--I love how you have instant sashing when you put them together.

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  84. Congratulations on having your block in the magazine. I especially like blocks that give a secondary design.

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  85. Fun block with lots of options. Congrats and thanks for the chance!

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  86. Who knew that a block that looks so simple could have so much versatility. I envy your creativity!

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  87. Good basic block! I would use Laurel Burch prints with it or lots of patterned fabric!

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  88. Churn dash is one of my favorites too.

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  89. I love the how the secondary block appears. I like the red/black combo too!

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  90. Congrats on being in one of the best quilt publications! I like your block, and it is fun to see the second block that appears when multiple blocks are put together!

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  91. I love seeing the different colorways on your block.

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  92. Great block. Congrats on making the mag.

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  93. Your version of the churn dash block is striking. I really like it used in the on point setting. nice!

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  94. Nothing like giving new life to a standard. Very Michael Buble!

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  95. I love your block. I find myself very drawn to the traditional blocks (with a twist) lately.

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  96. I love the sashing/borders! And the desert red is definitely the best. Very nice!

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  97. What a great block. I really like the layouts as well. Congrats n being in this issue.

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  98. Ooooh, I can picture something embroidered in the center of the block! Or maybe little paper-pieced flowers?

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  99. I like the simplicity of your block and how it looks more complicated when four r more are joined together. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  100. I've never made the churn dash since it looked a bit "old fashioned" to me. Your update, however, has me looking at my stash and window (internet) shopping for just the right colors to make my own. :)

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  101. very nice choices of colors. You made an old block look good.:-)

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  102. Your block is so sweet! I just the on point look. Thanks "sew much" for this chance to win!!!!

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  103. What a great traditional block... love it.. this has been a great week.

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  104. Great Block! It looks beautiful in all the different color combinations.

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  105. Churn Dash is probably my favorite pattern ever! It was the very first quilt block I ever made!! Love your ideas! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy so I can start creating! I have the first 4 issues!

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  106. This looks so nice in all your versions. I think it would make a great quilt.

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  107. Great combo of nine patch and dash! Love all the color combinations, especially the blue and brown. Very classy! And I love secondary patterns between the blocks when set together.
    Thanks so much and congrats!

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  108. Great block! I like Churn Dash too. Thanks for the chance to win ...

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  109. I love the churndash block, too. I like the desert colors, but it is a block that would work with just about anything. Congrats.

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  110. This is a very nice block. Would love to win the magazine.

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  111. I think a table runner made from this block would look great in my kitchen.

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  112. Thanks for chance to win this great issue! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  113. Great block! Congratulations on being published! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  114. Fabulous block! Love the built in sashing look! It really adds to the complexity of the quilt, but isn't difficult! Great idea!

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  115. Olá,eu adorei seu bloco,parabéns.Todas as variações ficaram lindas e mostraram o seu talento.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  116. This is so versatile. Even can put a focus fabric in the center. Thanks for the chance.

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  117. churn dash has always been my favorite. Your additions really liven it up.

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  118. The first color group's brown is really inspiring the chocololic in me with its chocolate theme...I think some is calling me from the kitchen - I better go find it! But no - the block is great and the right fabrics really make a difference.

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  119. I love the earthtone colors.

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  120. Wonderful - love the red with black - very effective!! Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love to win this amazing resource.

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  121. I too am a fan of churn dash blocks. Yours is really nice with the strips and little 9 patch corners. I can't wait to make it myself. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine!

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  122. Great block--and even better when several are set together.

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  123. I like this block, it would be great as a quilt, or a table cover , or , well lots of things!

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  124. Cool block, Janelle! I like your color choices and the secondary patterns it creates. Congratulations and thank you for a great giveaway! :)

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  125. The Churn-dash block combines so well. It really makes a nice quilt.

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  126. since I live in the desert, your Desert Dash block appeals to me.
    thanks!

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  127. Nothing like the old standbys. I love your combinations.

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  128. thanks for the chance to win some patterns! cant have too many twists on the traditional patterns, especially in country colors.

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  129. Fantastic block with those sashing that make a wonderful new look when you put 4 together, brown and blue is a wonderful color combo. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. Love the red, black and white version

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  131. Congrats on being included in the book! I've loved the whole tour and seeing all the blocks! I'd love to enter.

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  132. I love your block. Churn Dash has long been a favorite of mine and you really "spiced it up" Thank you for the giveaways

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  133. I really like your block, Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win. I think I like the blue the best :)

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  134. Your block takes me back to the West Texas oilfields...Gulf Oil's Pumpjacks had orange walking beams w/black horse heads. Great block thanks!

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  135. I really like the block you designed. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  136. I really like your block. I love traditional designs and really appreciate how you showed different color versions and how the block looks when set together in a quilt.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  137. I really like this block and the traditional fabrics..my favorite! Your different versions are just lovely and give some great ideas.

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  138. Very cool. I love this pattern set on point. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  139. Love your block and congrats on getting in the book!

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  140. You block is stunning - one of my favorites! I fell in love with patchwork years ago, and abandoned it when I grew tired of cardboard templates and cutting shapes out with scissors. Now that we have rotary cutters and mats and wonderful rulers, I'm back in love and my sewing room is piled with projects. I hope I win a copy of this book so I can start in on your great churn dash adaptation.

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  141. I really like your block and can see using it myself. Please put me in your giveaways. Your patterns are lovely.

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  142. Lovely block all variations in such warm colors! awolk at rogers dot com

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  143. Isn't it amazing the things you produce when you put your blocks together and change the colors. <3

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  144. Cool block. Congratulations! I like your blog,it's bookmarked, I'll be back to read!

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  145. Love your block. Congratulations on being chosen.

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  146. Love how your block looks in the on point placement. Great fabric choices too! Thanks for entering me in your draw.

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  147. Loved the colors! Congrats.

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  148. mi piace il tuo blocco per la semlicità ed eleganza ciao franca

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  149. I really like the different colour choices you used. Thank you for showing.

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  150. I like this = and it's so nice to see in different colorways!

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  151. I like the red color scheme the best! Thanks so much for showing us the many ways your block can shine!

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  152. Congrats on a wonderful block! thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  153. Congratulations Janelle for having your block chosen....it's fabulous! I love orange. Thanks for the chance at the give-away.
    mgw070 (at) shaw (dot) ca

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  154. Congratulations on making the CUT!!! thanks for the give-away
    ~a

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  155. Your block has great contrast and I like the checkerboard effect that forms when you set 4 blocks together. Congrats on getting in the magazine! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  156. Congrats on having a block in the book!

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  157. Love your block! Congrats on having a block in the book!Thanks for the chance to win.

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  158. There is a line of Australian-themed fabric that has just come out. They would look great in a quilt of your blocks.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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  159. I really like your block, especially when set on point. I also like the colors you used. Thanks for a chance.

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  160. How did you know that I've always wanted to do a churn dash quilt?

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  161. I love the way it looks when you put four together!

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  162. Thanks for showing the different settings, and different fabric choices! I love this block!

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  163. Great name for your block.

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  164. Thanks for the series of photos on fabric choices and settings. I like the orange fabric in the first set and the on point setting. The block looks very complicated.

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  165. I love tradition blocks with a modern twist!

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  166. I think your block is awesome - especially the blue one. I love how your pattern looks on point, and how it creates a secondary pattern. TFS

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  167. I love the block - and the fact that you show it in different colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  168. Churn Dash is one of my favorite blocks. I really like what you did with it and the different colorways. thanks for a chance to win!

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  169. Amazing block! I love seeing the different corways and layouts. Congratulations on having your block included in this year's Vol. 5.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  170. thank you for the giveway-
    its the first time i visit your blog and enjoyed it very much!
    marci

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  171. Thanks for sharing all the possibility to play around with the block....I love the red version, beautiful work!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  172. This is my first visit to your blog. Thanks for giving me a chance to win!

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  173. Great - sooo many possibilties with the Churn Dash. Thanks for the chance to win Vol. 5

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  174. I love Desert Dash in blues best. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  175. Beautiful block...thanks for the chance to win.

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