November 16, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Tour and Giveaway!

Here we are again with Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour and magazine giveaway! How much do we love this magazine? 100 blocks, fully patterned and ready to get the creative juices flowing!

My block is a scrappy version of a traditional block, one with many names! According to the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, it has no less than EIGHT names!

Traditional block with many names:
Mosaic #21
Mosaic #6
Gem Block
the Road to Paris
Double Squares
Jack in the Pulpit
Broken Dishes
The Dewey
Because I have a hard time leaving things alone, I modified this block with eight names to accommodate many different fabrics - 12 scraps and 2 constant colors - to be exact! And I named mine Monkey in the Middle because it reminds me of the keep away game my kids play with a soccer ball! So now the block has NINE names!

Monkey in the Middle block
I've been on a big scrap quilt kick lately. I have so much in my stash that covers 20+ years - including fabric from my grandmother, my grandmother-in-law, my mom and my mother-in-law - that I have to start using it! I prefer bright fabrics, so my collection of modern scraps worked well with the gray background. But look how it would look in a monochromatic scheme on black:

Yummy blues!

And in a quilt.

And in the same quilt without sashing and borders. Check out the secondary surprise! 
Large square-in-a-square units emerge when the blocks are joined without sashing.
I hope you try making Monkey in the Middle. It's a versatile, scrap-busting block that's fun to make! And I'm sure there are many, many settings and color ideas I would have never thought of out there!

Now for the giveaway. Leave a comment telling me if you have ever modified a traditional block to make something new and if you enjoyed the process! From all the responses, I'll choose one to receive a copy of 100 Blocks! Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner! Good luck and happy creating!

Also, head to Quiltmaker magazine's blog for more chances to win lots of cool prizes and see other blocks from the magazine!


Nov. 22 Update: The contest is closed! minibea12 is the lucky winner of the magazine. Thanks to all who entered!


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144 comments:

  1. I love your block, especially the blue version!
    No, I have never modified a traditional block, but it is in my bucket list.

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  2. I've modified my favourite block Churn Dash on several quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  3. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker 100, Vol. 14! What a fun block! I love scrappy blocks and quilts. It's nice to see the different layouts for your block. I'm not sure if I have really modified a block but I often change or tweek a pattern in some way to make it my own. Actually I do that with embroidery and crocheting come to think of it, hehe.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Yes, I love modifying blocks to make them my own, you know a little extra WOW. Love your block, a great way to use up some scraps and I'm all about scrappy. Thanks for the fun!

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  5. Oh how wonderful. Just love teh scrappy change. I never did this to a traditional block, but that is a great idea and i love how your new block looks! Congratulations!

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  6. love your scrappy version of this block. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Yes, I have changed a block and it was challenging. I really like the way your block works in a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway. cjneubauer@iowatelecom.net

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  8. Wonderful block! I love the scrappy blocks. I have not modernized a traditional block. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  9. I love scrappy quilts....your block is great. Your did a wonderful job on it. I have never modified a traditional block before but I might give it a try one day.
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  10. Love what you did with your block! I have not modernized any blocks yet, other than by using more modern fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!
    ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. love your block and also your block name, Monkey in the Middle. I have traditionalized a block. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  12. I change blocks all the time, I call them "what if" blocks :)

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  13. I have "tweaked" log cabin blocks before to make very wonky & CUTE blocks. Congrats on your block, Jennifer

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  14. I've never really altered a traditional block. I do like to use modern fabrics in traditional blocks but I don't think that is what you mean. I'm always impressed with designers like you that see all the potential! I don't often like scrappy pieces but your monkey-in-the-middle version really strikes my fancy! Well done and thanks!

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  15. Great block! I really like how you gave the classic block a new twist. I do enjoy taking older blocks and giving them a different look.

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  16. Of course I modify blocks to give them my touch. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  17. I have challenged myself to take traditional blocks and modernize them. The challenge by Modern Quilt Unlimited is just finishing up. You can find the quilts at Modern Quilts Unlimited Challenge

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  18. First of all, I love scrappy versions of almost any block. They are truely unique. Yes, I have made my own variation of many blocks and settings. It can be a relatively simple tweak or a more drastic modification. What a great way to personalize a project. Thanks for the inspiration. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  19. I like the way you scrapped up the block. I sometimes modify blocks, but it is often to change the construction or to eliminate seams.

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  20. I've modified quilt patterns, or just make up my own, but never thought about changing an individual block. I'll have to give it a try. BTW - I love scrappy, so I love yours.

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  21. It never fails to amaze me just how much simple modifications can so change the look of a project. I cannot wait to give it a try. I am new to all this quilting stuff and totally fascinated by everyone's creativity. Thank you for the inspiration. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  22. I've modified plenty of blocks on EQ7 but never seem to have time to make them! It is fun though!

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  23. I've never modified a block. I guess I'm not that adventurous!

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  24. WOW! I love scrappy and this has to be my favorite block so far.
    I don't like to follow a pattern so I usually tweek it in some way to suit me even if it is nothing more than to eliminate bulky seams. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  25. I like scrappy, but I also really like your blue version. I am a beginner and so have not changed or modified a block other than enlarging or reducing a PP block.

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  26. I love your scrappy combo though any of your layout is fantastic,love the secondary pattern .
    No, only if I have a mistake,change it.

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  27. Actually, I have not tried modifying a block, but I probably should give it a go. Yours turned out very pretty. Thanks for sharing. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  28. I don't think I have modified a block. Although, I did come up with a block of my own because I did not like the one in the challenge (for a sampler quilt). It had to be one for use of a Layer Cake fabric bundle. Anyway, I have always liked twists of traditional blocks and this one takes the cake! Congrats.

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  29. Usually if I modify a block it is an error! Sometimes it works well but not always!

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  30. Love your blue version! I always modify blocks, sometimes it works and a lot of times it does not! sweetlildaisy5566@yahoo.com

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  31. Yep...been there and done that . The first time I thought I was making the block as written and found out I missed something in the layout or the cutting or the sewing....but like the results so well I went with it.

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  32. Fun block--love scrappy, so this is perfect! I don't intentionally modify blocks, but I'm sure I've done it--lol!

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  33. I have modified traditional blocks several times. I actually made a quilt with this block before.

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  34. I've modified blocks a few times, but can't say I've intentionally worked on a traditional to change it. It might be fun.

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  35. I like monkey in the middle. you got me at monkey
    I have never changed a block on purpose just when I cut it out wrong or ran out of fabric

    sharongalli(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I have changed the size of blocks, usually shrinking them. I have changed the setting. I have searched for related blocks. And I have changed appliqué blocks. I guess that counts as modifying.

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  37. Who would have thought one block could have sew many names! Love it - yours is the best :) I've never modified a block - maybe some day....

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  38. I have not modified a block. Maybe I'll work up to that some day, but for now, I kind of follow the pattern. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  39. Congratulations on your Monkey in the Middle block! I love the blue version. Except for color changes I have never modified a traditional block. bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. congratulations. this is wonderful. I love the scrappy effect you achieved. No I have not as yet changed a pattern significantly. I really like sticking to a pattern.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  41. I've been experimenting with modifying blocks by string piecing some of the pieces.

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  42. It seems that I modify most everything I make! I like to see what a little change here or there will do to a block. What fun!

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  43. I haven't done much modifying of blocks, other than resizing. I like what you've done here with this block!

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  44. Congratulations on having your block included. I have tried once or twice to change a block but somehow don't find the right combination. I like that this can be made using scraps of color....I have lots of those!!

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  45. The only way I have modified a traditional block was to change up the colors. But this has given me inspiration! Its a great block.

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  46. I am afraid that I am not that creative. I do best when I can follow directions for a quilt pattern.

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  47. Love the scrappy look of the block. I don't think I've changed up a traditional block. Maybe I need to go try it.

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  48. I love the versatility of your block and how secondary patterns come about in a quilt. I modify a block if, for instance, HST's make more sense than flying geese.

    Pat K
    yfg3749@yahoo.com

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  49. I've not tried remaking a block, except by using bright fabrics. I love the way your block looks, especially with the scrappy fabrics.

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  50. No, I don't modify anything...lol I am such a newbie! I love your use of bright colors in your block!

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  51. Yes, I have done that, I just finished cutting several different block on the diagonal and mixing them up. It's really fun! I love scrap quilts and your block is one I'll use. Very nice!

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  52. I tend to follow the traditional piecing but really like your block.

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  53. I have tried but it hasn't always worked. Love that blue. Great colors.

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  54. No, I'm lucky to figure out a pattern to start with.

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  55. I love your Block and your Story! Thanks for the chance.

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  56. Only having a couple years of quilting under my belt I do good to follow the instructions.

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  57. Sweet block...I like the nice variety of fabrics used.

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  58. I lovvvve that blue block--a charmer for sure!!
    dlcquilter3@gmail.com
    love and laughter, di

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  59. Great looking block with the scrappy fabric. Thanks for sharing. I have modified block patterns.

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  60. Great Block. I like both the scrappy version and the more modern style in blues. Never tried to modify a block yet.
    prycek@mymts.net

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  61. I'm a scrappy quilter, so your block really sings to me. I've never altered a traditional block, unless you count making it scrappy instead of in just 2-3 colors.

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  62. I have not modified a traditional block -- maybe it is time to try it! Your block really works!

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  63. Very cool block. I have too many scraps also. I haven't modified an existing block, but I have done the math to resize a block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Monkey in the Middle is a great name. I think quilts have so much more meaning when the names are personal, just as they do when we use scraps that have history. So you've hit a home run.

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  65. Love your block and how it looks in a finished quilt. I have only modified by accident.

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  66. I love your Monkey in the Middle (great name!)
    I've never tried altering a traditional block

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  67. I don't really consider it modifying a block, but I designed a small quit linking churn dashes on the diagonal. Your block is very cute.

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  68. yes, I've modified a block eg churn dash and dresden plate. Love the process and the experimentation. Thanks for sharing your block.

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  69. I so want to make this block! I don't think I've ever "modified" a block before, but, really, when you use your own colors, it actually is a modification of sorts, right?

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  70. Love your block - very scrappy! I have modified a Dresden Plate to make it more dimensional - worked out pretty well! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. I've never modified a traditional block--just not confident enough in my sewing/quilting skills yet. aevrard(at)rcn(dot)com

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  72. I have never altered a block, but you are giving me a lot of ideas! ndfromsd at gmail. com

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  73. Being new to quilting, I stay pretty close to what I see on the videos. I may play with colors but that's as far as I color outside the lines.

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  74. I always like to tweak my blocks; traditional or modern. I love the secondary pattern on your block with no sashing.
    tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  75. Most of the time I modified blocks. To make my own design is a fantastic job
    Your design has lot of opportunities

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  76. I've modified a hovering hawks block by putting in some of the HST's with both sides that are dark.

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  77. the first thing that comes to mind when you ask about modifying a traditional is all the modifications I've made by mistake... lots of them. Some turned out to be keepers others were taken apart or tossed in the corner :)
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  78. Very pretty block. I always modify traditional block into scrappy version. I find two colours quilt litlle boring.

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  79. Yes I have modified traditional blocks, often making wonky log cabins. I love a block that is good for scrap busting, I will have to try this!

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  80. I have been playing more with slight modifications lately, adding or subtracting portions within a design. Love your scrappy version and the secondary designs. njjnoah@comcast.net

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  81. I don't remember modifying a block, several times I have modified the quilt design. Good job. Kathy in colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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  82. Best block of the day! I love new ways to use my scraps! I don't think I have ever really altered a block but I can't remember all I have made!

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  83. What a fun block and I like your material and colors. I like to do traditional block and really like paper piecing. As to transforming blocks...the ones that I have done, have been done by accident and that made it all the more exciting. Thanks for sharing your block and your talents.

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  84. I play with whole quilt designs, but not so much with individual blocks.

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  85. Yes, I have played with altering blocks on QE7 but haven't made them into quilts yet. I like quilts without smashing.

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  86. I do play with color and value with old quilt block. Have not done much in changing the lay out.

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  87. I like modern block designs much better than traditional block designs. the extent of my alterations is more about adding a color or figuring out how to make a 5-6 color block work with 4 colors.

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  88. Nope never have changed a block.. might be something to think about!! drhodes9@cox.net6

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  89. I agree I love scrappy blocks.... No I have never tryed changing sold quilt block.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  90. I haven't modified any blocks. I usually find many that I love as they are. But I like the modifications you did. And the secondary designs are great.

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  91. I suppose I've messed up enough times on traditional blocks to consider them modified! Thanks for sharing your lovely block. I prefer scrappy myself, also.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  92. no, I never have. I'm mostly a follow the rules and the exact way to make a block kind of girl. would love to win the book with all these new patterns in it!

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  93. I've played around with the six-pointed star block.

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  94. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netNovember 16, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    I love your block -- especially seeing it in quilts. I am trying to remember if I have modified a block. I know I have modified a quilt pattern several times, but I just can not remember about a block.

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  95. Love your block. I have not modified a traditional block, but I would like to give it a shot. I will have some time at a retreat next month to play with EQ7, and maybe I'll try it then.

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  96. Love your update of a traditional block. No I haven't intentionally modified any blocks. Thanks.

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  97. No, I've never modified a block

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  98. I love playing with the great traditional blocks to see what I can come up with. Your block is great!

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  99. I haven't tried altering traditional blocks.
    Congratulations on having your block in the issue - I love it in the blues.

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  100. Cute block. Yes, I love to change blocks and make them scrappy.

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  101. Yes, I have played and made changes in traditional blocks --- and I especially love scrappy (a big stash to choose from :-))
    quiltschon@att.net

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  102. Love your block and the different variations of the quilt. I have made small changes in some blocks but not anything drastic.

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  103. I have not modified a block yet, but I've designed art quilts of my own drawing, curves and all!

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  104. I would say I have modified traditional blocks before by adding a different element to the block. I am doing this now with a traditional scrappy trip block. My test blocks look great.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  105. I love sampler quilts. I'm always looking for ways to make them "new".

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  106. I always used modified blocks in my own designs. Small table toppers are great to use new techniques and try color combinations.

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  107. Sometimes I have had to modify a block to cover up an error - and sometimes those blocks look much better than the original. Gotta love Quilting.

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  108. Yes, I love modifying blocks to make them my own, it is a bit difficult for I loved how it turned!!!

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  109. I'm always tweaking blocks, I have a hard time doing something exactly like it starts out. (I cook the same way)

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  110. I have modified a few but think I need to get more adventuresome! Your block looks great.

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  111. No I have not modified any blocks but have made blocks in a random way using tiny scraps. Magazine not available yest here in the UK but keepiing my eyes peeled for it

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  112. I usually just start drawing designs, and don't start with a pattern. So, i may have done it unknowlingly a lot. The only time I would count as doing so intentionally was when I found fabric with ohio stars printed on it. So i used those for the middle of pieced ohio stars. I did really like how it turned out.

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  113. I haven't tried to modify any traditional blocks. Like your scrappy block.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  114. I haven't tried to modify any traditional blocks. Like your scrappy block.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  115. I haven't tried to modify any traditional blocks. Like your scrappy block.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  116. I have not done any altering of traditional blocks. I love your scrappy block!

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  117. The only thing I have ever changed is fabric colors. I'm not brave enough to change up a block!

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  118. I usually go with the block design as is and don't alter it. My challenge is deciding which fabrics to use.

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  119. :) I've never met a traditional block that I haven't altered! Can't help myself....I am constantly asking 'what if I'....To me that is the beauty of quilting, no two quilts are identical!! :)

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  120. No, I don't modify blocks too much. Pretty much by the book gal.

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  121. Yes, I do modify. My daughter asked me the other day if I ever do quilts the way the pattern says.

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  122. Well, can't say that I have ever been that creative but I sure like your block with the scrappy look! Thank you for participating in the tour!

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  123. I have never modified a block - love yours!!

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  124. Not me I am not that creative. Thanks for the chance to win, since Hasting's closed there are no local places less than 60 miles to get magazines.

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  125. Since I am relatively new to quilting, I have not yet been brave enough to alter anythingl

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  126. Nope. It's hard for me to undo the work of our foremothers when I love the old quilts so much. You shall force me out of my box!

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  127. Oh! I like your version of this block!... And, what a surprising look it has, without sashing!
    Oh, yes, I change things up all the time!... (I sew like I cook!...) Seems like I just can't leave well enough alone, but love to design my own versions of things! SO much more fun!
    Pat T.

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  128. I love scrap quilts & have modified a few blocks to make them more scrappy like you did. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  129. I have only modified blocks on paper. It looks like you had fun with this one.

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  130. I like your new name for an old block. I have made wonky churn dashes, which are fun to do.

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  131. I make lots of modifications, especially in techniques.

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  132. So far I have not modified any blocks. I really like your monkey in the middle block.

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  133. I've modified the look of a block by changing the colors around. I made a tessellated quilt by playing with color. I like your changes!

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  134. I did a slash and dash… LOL! It ended up being more of a slash and trash! Whew! It was a tradition 9 patch that you cut with a rotary, using two curve cuts. I couldn't get that sucker back together for the life of me :) LOL! Love your block and big congrats to you!!

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  135. I tend to modify everything... sewing, quilts, recipes. Sometimes the results aren't great, but they're mine. 😉

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

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  136. I love your version of this block. I am not very creative and have not modified a block to this extent.

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  137. I'm definitely a traditional-type quilter and love vintage, traditional blocks. I think the easiest way to modify a block is changing colors and values. It's amazing what pops up! and I do love dark backgrounds with bright colors.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  138. I haven't really tried to modify blocks. I am more of a follow the rules/pattern directions kind of person. Not a risk taker!

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  139. I've modified things a bit but I'm not too brave.

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  140. I love your Monkey In the Middle Block!! I have only modified a block with color or sewing technique assembly.

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  141. I just received a box of fabric from a friend who buys and then decides she has roo much fabric and then ships off a box to me. I will oull out a couple charm packs and try this block. My block will be larger as I'll use the 5" block for the squares. Yes, I've modified blocks usually when I wanted to make a baby quilt withough makiing as many blocks. I would enlarge the block and then fill in some of the larger background pieces with focus fabric or pieced gabric. I'd love to win a copy of the magazine.

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