May 2, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour

Welcome to Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour! This is the second issue I've been in, and it's so much fun to be a part of the festivities. Today, I'm happy to finally be able to show you my block, Window Panes. It's an original block with lots of Modern inspiration!

Block # 458 Window Panes

It's no secret how much I love solids! I've always used lots of solids, near solids or small prints that read as solids in my quilts. Now that solids are so popular, I use them with abandon! This block reflects that. And of course, gray is the unofficial color of Modern quilting, so I used that abundantly, too! I just threw in the orange for accent and blue for a little kick of subtle color.

I also wanted to show you this table topper I designed to make with the block. Doesn't it look like the windows on a sky scraper? Well, maybe not so much, but it does have an urban look to me! If you want to make this 58" square topper, all you have to do is make 16 Window Pane blocks using the directions on page 52 of the magazine. Then rotate them until you're happy with the way it looks and sew together with 2 1/2" wide sashing strips. I used gray corner stones to enhance the chain effect, so pay attention to those (two in the top and bottom sashing rows and one in the center of the quilt.) Send me a picture of your finished topper - I'd love to see it!

I was also thrilled that my block made the cover! See it? It's the middle block on the very top row!

Now for the contest. Quiltmaker is generously giving away a magazine to one lucky reader and I am going to match that. So two readers will win a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment saying what colors you would make your Window Panes block in! I love hearing what colors others like to work with!

For an extra chance to win, sign up to follow my blog and/or like my Facebook page. So answer the question for one chance, follow or like me for a second chance (leave a second comment saying you did). If you already follow me or like me, tell me that and you're entered twice as well. I'll draw the winners this Friday morning at 10 a.m. Good luck!

Don't forget to go to Quiltmaker's blog to find out other ways to win a prize! They are giving away great stuff!

238 comments:

  1. I like this block, Jenifer! I would probably make it without sashing. I think that the sashing within the block being off-center makes it more interesting. I often start my designs using yellow, orange and maroon.

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  2. I think I would use yellows and whites with a brown sashing. I love the look of the block

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  3. Hmmm, maybe to make it even more "building-like" I would use a dark & light gray, with a light blue & light yellow for the windows. :D It is definitely a fun block!

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  4. I would use pink, yellow and gray with white. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Right now I love anything in Aqua, Lime and Yellow so I might try that. Or I might pick colors to match my family room and make pillows. That would be cool.

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  6. I would try it in blue, yellow, and black for the look of windows at night. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. I'm really into browns and aqua right now, but I would be hard pressed not to use some of my favourite oranges.

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  8. Great block! I think I would love to try it in green blue and white!Thanks so much!

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  9. No doubt it would be made using blacks and reds! Nice job!

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  10. I would use blues and whites with a dash of yellow. Just leave a comment on my blog if my name is chosen.

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  11. I would love to make it in black and white with shades of grey OR gold and blue (for my DIL who loves those colors). I tried to become a follower, but it didn't work, so I'll try later.

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  12. It worked this time! Now I am a follower.

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  13. I am your follower...great job.

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  14. I am a little more subdued...I would love to use chocolate, sea blue and ivory. Congratulations!

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  15. I think I would use blue, yellow and gray, thinking about the lit windows. Great block.

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  16. I am now following you, after looking at your Modern Mondays and Traditional Tuesdays I'm glad I am. Thanks.

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  17. congratulations cover girl!! i LOVE your block - i assumed it was an applique one :) i like gray, pink, and white.

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  18. I'd use Santa Fe blue, adobe, yellow and cream.

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  19. what a cute block! I love it. I honestly love the color way you used! Maybe a splash of lime green in there would be good...

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  20. oh and I am already a follower of your blog :)

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  21. I think I would try purple and green and maybe use a shade of one of them for additional contrast.

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  22. What a great block - I think I would like to try this scrappy with black where the orange is and see if I can get a stained glass effect!

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  23. I think blues, greens and browns would look nice.

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  24. New follower. I would probably use blues, blacks, grays, and whites.

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  25. I, too, enjoy solids. Unfortunately, I live in the back of beyond and the prevailing feeling of area elderly shop owners is, "Oh, no, we don't keep solid. Look at this Fossil Fern. It is just like a solid" Well.It does not replace solid white. Or any other solid I have to order online.

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  26. I am using lots of Hoffman 1985's these days. I think I'd use teals & peaches with a dark brown to make your block. Congrats on the cover! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. I think I would use greys, blues and gold. thanks!

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  28. I follow your blog. thank you and congrats on a wonderful block and being on the cover!

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  29. I would have to make mine scrappy. Probably using red/white/blue colors. Congratulations. And thanks for the opportunity.

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  30. I use blues a lot, so I would most likely make the windows a light blue and find a good dark color for the frames, make a rich brown. Your block looks like it would be fun to play around with different color options. Congratulations on making the cover.

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  31. I just sign up to follow your blog. It looks like an interesting blog.

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  32. Orange and teal and gray, thanks for the chance and congrats on being a covergirl!

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  33. I also liked your Facebook page. Thanks for the generous giveaways.

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  34. I'm a follower, and totally enjoy your MM and TT posts, thanks for them as well :)

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  35. That would look nice in white, black and red. Love the table topper.

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  36. I am a new follower. Thanks

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  37. I would use fall colors in Cherrywood Fabrics - so excited to try this pattern, was looking for ideas.

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  38. I would use grays for the windows with yellow for a splash of color and red as the accent color.

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  39. I just became your blog follower.

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  40. I clicked like to follow you on facebook.

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  41. I would use Sky Blue, Spring Green and Pine bark brown...with a small sprinkle of Bright Sunny Yellow.

    beulahcdot [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  42. My color choices:

    amber, coral & turquoise. . . thus giving it a Tibetan feel.

    I have a coffee table book on Tibet that shows women dressed in their finest clothing and adorned with huge chunks of those precious stones.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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  43. I am now following you on Facebook.

    beulahcdot [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  44. I would use black, blue, and not sure what else... I think it would look great with Parson Gray's Curious Nature fabrics.

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  45. I follow your blog, fantastic block.

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  46. I would make it in reds,whites, and black!

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  47. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway. I think I would use Navy blue, red, and either light blue or yellow.

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  48. My colors would be blue, teal, and yellow.

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  49. I liked you on facebook!!! Glad I visited!

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  50. My colors would be probably something fun and girly.... Pink, Purple, Aqua - with Greys! (Your right, Grey is like the best modern color)

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  51. This is one of my very favorite blocks so far! Love the simplicity of the block and the complexity of the overall design! I would make this block with a deep tealish green, a steely blue and a gray with a cream to lighten it up. Think the color palette of Curious Nature. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!!

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  52. I am a new follower - glad the Blog Tour led me here!

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  53. My colours, white, black and buttercream...lovely block design my dear...
    and yes a new follower I am too

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  54. Chartreuse and Navy. Neat block. Congratulations.

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  55. I'm a follower! Congratulations & I love your block design and the colors you chose!

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  56. Jennifer - From one Jennifer to another, I just love your block - so modern. Don't enter me in the contest, I'm on the tour, too. Just stopping by to say hello. Have a super day!

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  57. Grey, aqua, & lime green. Very lovely block, Jenifer! Thanks for a great giveaway. :)

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  58. I "Like"d 42 Quilts on Facebook and am following you there.

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  59. Window Panes would look good in any color combination but I am thinking red and white. It is simple but elegeant looking at the same time. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  60. HI! I just started following your blog. I love your quilt block and am enjoying my first blog tour. thank you!

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  61. Congratulations on being in the magazine and on the cover. It must be very exciting. I really like the modern look of your block. I have been looking at many blocks and quilts lately with a modern feel to them. I would make this one in greys and navy blue. My daughter just painted her living room with those colors and that would make a great throw or wall hanging for that room. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  62. HI! I would use civil war colors/fabrics. I just started following your blog and on Facebook. I love your quilt block and am enjoying my first blog tour. thank you!

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  63. I would probably do it in red, white, and blue.

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  64. I'd make the block with browns and another color. Thank you for showcasing this block.

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  65. Congrats on your block. I love solids, gray and lime.

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  66. I think your block would look great in teal & brown with a little cream thrown in - lots of possibilities as it is a great block!

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  67. Cool block. I would do mine in brown, green and white.

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  68. I'd use greens,pink and grey

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  69. Congratulations on your block being selected for QM 100 Blocks v5. I selected your block as my favorite yesterday on fabric sponsor's post. It is nice to read more background on your design. Orange, blue, and aqua would be nice colors to use in the design.

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  70. Love your new block. I've always been into strong geometrics and solids. I'm also in my deep purple phase, so I would probably experiment with greys, creams, and. . .deep purple!!

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  71. Love your block! That table topper is crazy! I'd have to tone down the palette for me, I'd probably go with my current obsession colors which are grays, pale lime green and blue green.

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  72. and I follow your blog and like you on Facebook, what more could you ask for? ;) Plus I have pinned almost every Modern Monday on Pinterest.

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  73. A lighter orange, and I'd switched the dark gray with the lighter blue color. I like the strong graphic effect, though.

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  74. Follow via email and on FB.

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  75. I very rarely ever use solids but love the finished quilt.

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  76. I'm planning to get a gray couch soon, so I'd definitely use some ash with maybe gold and peacock blue.

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  77. We had already liked your facebook page as Margaret and Marcia W. look for the butterfly where we left you a comment today

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  78. My window pane would be fall shades - red brown gold
    Mimi mimicol7@yahoo.com

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  79. I like how your block looks in the full pattern, that would look nice on my bed.
    So, if I was making it for my bed, I would use creams, green, browns and black for the panes.

    Debbie

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  80. The colors I seem to work with the most are blue and yellow. I would use yellow and orange for the panes and blue where you have the orange.

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  81. I would use lime, raspberry and lemon-summer sherbets! debbie73521@yahoo.com

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  82. I think I would use lime, fushia and black!

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  83. I would use blue, purple and green...bright ones!
    gwonson@hotmail.com
    I follow you on facebook

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  84. I would make the block in purple and teal. I just love that combination.

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  85. I would use yelow, a light and a medium blue and black.

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  86. I'm really attracted to grays & purples right now.

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  87. Blue, yellow and white. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. I'm all about reds, greens and browns.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    mhinders@myclearwave.net

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  89. Some combination of Sandhill Kansas Trouble fabric.

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  90. I think I would try Red/ Black/ white. Thanks

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  91. I would stick with the greys and I like the dark colors in the small squares, but I would change the light small squares to a funky bright green and bright purple or bright red and teal. Either way, something that pops!

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  92. I became a follower. I think this would be pretty in red, aqua & light gray.

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  93. I like blues with yellow centers, maybe white in the "sashing" part.

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  94. Think I would use purples and turquoise, my favourite colours at the moment

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  95. Eu estou tentada a fazer uma colcha com turquesa,laranja e amarelo ouro.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  96. Really like the block, and the chance to win! Thank you. I would use lime green, chocolate brown and ivory.

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  97. I would make it from purple and sage green and probably off white, maybe. Thank you I really like the block.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  98. I am following you on facebook.

    Thank you.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  99. I would use black for the leading in the windows and jewel tones for the panes.

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  100. I love purple and teal together... I'd have to play abit to decide on the third color.
    Congrats on your repeat publication!

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  101. I would use Christmas colors to make your block. Congratulations on getting your block into Issue 5.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  102. I think I'd like to use primary colors - red, yellow, blue, plus green - and white for a kid's lap quilt! I liked you on Facebook and signed up to follow your awesome blog!

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  103. I love your block. I think I would do it monochromatic in grays.

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  104. Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.comMay 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I agree, I think your block has an "urban" feel to it. I'd like to make it using teal, yellow and brown.

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  105. I love your block Jenifer! I love the orange. I dont own a piece of grey fabric. Guess I need to add some to my stash. I would probably use the same colours you have. I love them. Thanks

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  106. I would use red, black, white, and gray. It would look very much like the college colors for my son's school. Take care!

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  107. I would like to see that in blue, yellow and white.

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  108. I think I would like to use baby yellow, baby green, and orange, for a wonderful baby quilt.

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  109. Your table topper almost looks like a city layout from a bird's eye view. Cool!

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  110. I would make my windows of med blue and burnt orange, my new favorite color combo.

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  111. My favorite color is green and I often add tans to my color choices.

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  112. Today I would use blue, green, tan/brown and white. Congrats on making the issue and being on the cover!

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  113. I've always wanted to make a navy and white quilt. So I'd go with those colors and maybe throw in another accent color . . . light grey? Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous magazine!

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  114. I liked your Facebook page. Now I won't miss any of your new designs!

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  115. Blue, green and yellow for me. Fun to see a block all in solids, dont see that very often. Congrats and thanks for the chance.

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  116. I already liked you on facebook and I would make this quilt in lime, ecru and chocolate. Those are the colors in my living room. Thanks

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  117. I would love your window pane block in aqua, orange and white!

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  118. I think your block would be lovely in the colors of sea glass...light blues and greens! Congrats on making it into one of the best publications in the quilt world!

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  119. I am a new follower of your blog!

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  120. I would choose a jade, orangish red, black and beige for this quilt. But of course there are so many other combos that would look super cool too. Jane

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  121. I'd use navy, golden yellow and orange.

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  122. I think it would look great in red, white and blue!

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  123. I would use pastel colors green, cream, and blue.

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  124. Chartrues (green) and grey of course love the solids. I am a Kona collecter.Ha ha hee hee

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  125. I think I would like to make this block in blues and greens.

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  126. I forgot the light blue I just got! I liked you on facebook. Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations on the publishing of your block.

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  127. I would use teals, purples, and cream.

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  128. I am really into greens and blues right now. So many great shades of both colors. Congrats on being picked for the 100 Block issue!

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  129. I would probably use red, pink and white with maybe some black! I like to experiment on colors so anything could go! Congratulations on having your block published! Can't wait to get my hands on Volume 5!

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  130. I also like you on Facebook!

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  131. Congrats on being selected and making the cover! Love the clean lines, would love to see it in red, black & white, TTU's colors.

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  132. Congratulations on being a cover girl :-) I think this block would be very striking in Black, white, and gray.

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  133. Hmm. Purple and green! Congrats on the cover! Very nice.

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  134. Black, white, gray with red stashing.

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  135. I am following your blog. I have a hard time with colors when I start a project. I probably use Black, gray and white. Maybe some rust for the border for a outside window effect. I will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing you pattern and Congrats on another 100 Block issue. I look forward to see what you come up with..Judith, Texas

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  136. Love the graphic look of your block. I'd like to make in a black, white & red colorway with lots of different fabrics. Thank for the chance to win.

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  137. I'm a new follower. Thanks.

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  138. I would do it in purple and grey or purple and pumpkin orange. Maybe dark blue and yellow and grey for a night sky with windows. I too love solids or almost solids (like Mirage or Blenders) and I don't like big prints, because I feel they get in the way of the block design or pattern.
    I like the topper better than the single block, because I like the secondary pattern and the movement throughout the quilt.

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  139. I follow your blog and I`d probally make it in green, white and yellow

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  140. I solids, too, but also like small prints that read like solids. I think I would like to use some small reds, greens, and White Christmas prints to make a bed runner and matching pillows with this pattern.

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  141. This looks like a very interesting block. I am starting to use solids again. I would make it with navy, orange and turquoise --- with, maybe, some cream.

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  142. It's a cool block. Right now I'm into Navy, Aqua and white together. It has a Summer feel.

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  143. I think I might make the dark grey a little darker, the light grey about the same, the orange more red, then a variety of colors in place of the blue. . . . then there is the temptation to fussy cut something to go into the larger spaces.

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  144. solids... creams and reds i would say,
    im a new follwer!
    thank you

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  145. I'd make it in teal, aqua, cream and orange!

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  146. Love your Window Panes design. Very masculine looking in solids. I think a black/white and red version would look terrific. Thanks for allowing me a chance to win. Sandi

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  147. my "go to " color is always BLUE. i like to accent with plum and aqua with cream

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  148. I would draw from my stash with has alot of reds/burgundies/golds/purples and neutrals. I think your block would work with any colors.

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  149. I'd love to do this block with purples and greens.

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  150. I think I would do gray or cream, orange and aqua/eggshell blue. Maybe teal. I really love your colors and this is one of my favorite blocks. THanks for the chance to win

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  151. I'm now following your blog and I liked you on facebook. Congrats on your block :)

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  152. I would probably make the block in blues and purples.

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  153. I am now following your blog.

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  154. The blog is very modern looking and I would love to see it in black and grays and whites.

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  155. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one of the magazines. All those new blocks!!! That would be so cool!!!

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  156. Congratulations on your 2nd inclusion into the 100 Blocks magazines. How fun for you. This is one of the blocks I like most from all I've seen so far. It's such a great design and the table topper is awesome.

    I think I'd probably use teal shades and red and white with possibly white, black, or another shade of the red for the last color.

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  157. I've been a follower of your blog for quite awhile now and subscribe to email notifications as well as the GFC.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  158. I'm really loving orange, turquoise, lime green and white today. Your fantastic block would look really cool in those colours I think.

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  159. I would use pink, black and grey colors to make your block. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  160. Hi Jen, I am seeing this as a table topper using halloween fabrics that are fussy cuts. All prints must have a dark background and the sashings would be bright glow in the dark lime green. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. I have really been loving bright colors so I would do turq, pink and probably a grey. It is a wonderful block and there are so many combinations that would look wonderful.

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  162. I would use red, aqua and white. Congratulations on being in the magazine.

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  163. I like your use of solids. I might try that block in pinks with pale green for sashing.

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  164. Congratulations Jenifer on having your block chosen! It's fabulous & I love the grey. I too would use something grey (have it my stash waiting for just the right block/quilt) & perhaps a yellow &/or a white. So many possibilities. Thank you for the chance at the give-away.

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  165. Yaaaay, now I'm a follower! Thanks again!

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  166. I'd use blue and yellows with a splash of green using your block design. Thanks "sew much" for this chance to win!!

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  167. I love orange so the colors you started with really strike a chord with me... I'd be interested to see this in shades of blue - closer in color with less contrast - and see what that does?

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  168. I love the combo of aqua and red and then cream for the 3rd color.

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  169. I would make the block with blue, green, and white.

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  170. I would probably do black/gray and white with a pop of color, probably turquoise or red.

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  171. I'd like to do black, grey, white with Turquoise! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  172. I'm already a follower via gfc & on fb! :)

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  173. I would like to try the block with your colors, but in a small print - like polka dots. I like your traditional Tuesday posts!

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  174. I would use pink/brown and cream. Congrats on having your block in the magazine and thanks for a chance to win.

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  175. I have never made anything with teal as an accent, but it appeals to me. So I think I would use teal, gray and pink.

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