January 16, 2014

Best Modern Quilts Blog Tour!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Best Modern Quilts blog tour!  I'm Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and there are very few things I'd rather do than design and make modern quilts!  Quilter's Newsletter, publisher of Best Modern Quilts, is giving away copies of the magazine and some wonderful fabric every day of the blog tour.  Leave a comment on this blog (not theirs) to be entered for today's giveaway.  Entries close Thursday, Jan 16 at 12 midnight MST.  Be sure to leave your email address so we can reach you if you are the winner.  The contest is closed now.  Thanks for playing along!

Crosswalk
The quilt I have in this special issue is called Crosswalk.  You might think I looked at a crosswalk and was inspired to make the quilt.  Sometimes I work that way, but not this time.  This time, I wanted to design something with open rectangle "boxes".  I love their simplicity and shape.  So I played around with some sizes and layouts and settled on my final design.  Then, when I looked at the finished quilt, I thought it looked kind of like a crosswalk.  Sometimes I think coming up with the name is the hardest part of making a quilt!  (I'm so glad I took that picture last year as this quilt definitely wouldn't show up well with all the snow we have now!)

If you're new here, I hope you'll take a minute to look around.  I have some fun free projects available and I'd love to come to your area to teach for your guild or fabric shop.  You can also check out my patterns in either my Etsy or Craftsy shops.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

(PS  You can buy a copy of Best Modern Quilts here)

160 comments:

  1. I'm mad about modern quilts too and love your crosswalk quilt. Would so enjoy a copy of Best Modern Quilts.

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  2. Enjoying the Modern Quilts blog tour. Love your quilt - thanks.

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  3. Your quilt is fantastic! I love the modern simplicity of the pattern & the quilting is amazing as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great magazine.

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  4. This quilt is so good looking! And a chance to win a copy of the magazine? Bonus--woo hoo!!

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  5. I have never seen this magazine, but would love to!! I love the simplicity and clean lines of your quilts. Thanks for the opportunity

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  6. Once again your quilt is great! Hope THIS time I win!

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  7. great quilt love the design and colors.

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  8. I don't think there is one single quilt of yours that I don't LOVE! I would love a copy of the magazine...Modern quilting is so much fun!

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  9. Great quilt. Thank for the giveaway.

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  10. This looks like a nice magazine.

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  11. I would love to win a copy, I love modern quilting!

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  12. Great name! and great quilt. I wonder what tension or release it might have if a couple of the rectangles were open on one side.

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  13. Naming quilts is all part of the fun, in my opinion. And sometimes the hardest part!

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  14. I've always enjoyed your blog. Congratulations on your magazine feature.

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  15. Wonderful collection of quilts on your blog!

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  16. I really like the quilt. I would love to be a winner

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  17. The simplicity of this quilt is really beautiful - the possibilities are racing through my mind. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine!

    Elizabeth
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  18. I love looking at your quilt - after many years of quilting, I often forget that the designs do NOT have to be so complex to be beautiful.

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  19. I love the clean crisp look of your quilt. Beautiful! I would love to win this bundle of fabrics, and give "modern" a try.

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  20. I find it amazing how just a little bit of color on a white or cream background pop so much! Beautiful!

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  21. i love the simplicity of your quilt! the quilting gears in your head must be turning all the time! this is a beautiful quilt. thank you and your sponsor for a wonderful giveaway. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  22. This looks like a fun and easy quilt to make - so simple, yet so elegant! I love it!!

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  23. I think this is a quilt my husband would love, its so less busy than what I usually make. Thank you for the giveaway, and I'll be pinning your awesome quilt!

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  24. This looks like a fun and easy quilt to make - so simple, yet so elegant! I love it!!

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  25. This looks like a fun and easy quilt to make - so simple, yet so elegant! I love it!!

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  26. Looks like a nice project
    andgal0603@yahoo.com

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  27. WOW! Love your Crosswalk quilt. Thanks for the chance to win all those blues!!!

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  28. really like this --- with the blues especially but wonder how a forest walk might look>

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  29. Love those blues...would work well with my 100 Block Quilt!

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  30. Love the simplicity of the quilt!! Thank you and congrats!! Diane Lussier at TieDi54@aol.com

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  31. Love, love, love your choice of colors. This is beautiful in its simplicity.

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  32. Oops, forgot my email.... heymrss@gmail.com

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  33. Beautiful! Simple designs can be so striking!

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  34. Your Crosswalk quilt is very graphic and definitely modern. It would, however, look good in any setting, I think. Well done, indeed.

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  35. I like your crosswalk quilt. By using solids, you made the design really pop! Makes me want to run out and buy some non-print fabric!

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  36. Love the simplicity of this and many other modern quilts.

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  37. You chose the perfect name for your quilt. Love the color choice and how graphic it is.

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  38. I love this new trend in quilting..'Modern quilts' ...your quilt looks so fresh,like it...martamanole@yahoo.com

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  39. Debbie, I agree with you on naming quilts. It can be the hardest part. On another note I've had a quilt idea based on some actual photos I took of a crosswalk near my home for some time now but haven't gotten around to working it out yet. Funny how similar concepts pop up. I like your modern take on it.

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  40. Beautiful piece! pattynubs at gmail.com

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  41. I like the graphic nature of your quilt!

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  42. You are winning me over to modern. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  43. Love the simplicity of your quilt design!

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  44. Its funny how some quilts just shout it out and introduce themselves immediately while others are a little shy and you have to coax their name out of them. Its always a fun process. Love that blue bundle, my fav color.
    Cindy bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  45. So creative! Thanks for sharing not just the quilt but the process as well.

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  47. What a beautiful quilt! Simple lines, yet complex all at the same time!

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  48. Love, love, LOVE blue in all shades and tints.

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  49. Beautiful! Clean and simple, yet there is a complexity to it. Fantastic job!

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  50. I love your Quilt thanks for the Great Give away

    sharbus1@aol.com

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  51. Awesome! Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. Nice sleek minimal work, nice quilt Debbie.

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  53. What a beautiful quilt. Very neat, simple. Really good for a quilt to donate. Thanks for the giveway and the quilt. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE

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  54. Hello! I really liked the way you quilted Crosswalk - lovely! Also like the idea of Sew Solid Sundays and the pillow you showcased with that blog entry. I think I may use that block in the scraptastic quilt that I'm working on for my sister. Cheers! (teamtroian@bell.net) Jessica T

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  55. Great name for the quilt. I always find it hard to name a quilt.

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  56. I love the clean cool look of this quilt and the texture of the quilting lines. And as one of the other commentators noted, this quilt would look good in any setting, unlike some traditional quilts or some modern quilts. Its simplicity makes it classic. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. I love your quilt!
    I'm hoping I can enter from the UK???

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  58. The look of Modern quilts are growing on me and I'm enjoying sewing with solids. Great quilt!

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  59. Love the rectangle boxes and the simple color design. Have you checked out the Kona Solids blog hop this week? Your quilt would fit right in.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  60. I would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thank you so much!

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  61. Crosswalk is a great name for your quilt. I love the dark blue and white. Looks very clean and calming. Thanks for your giveaway.

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  62. I like your Urban Trail. Crosswalk is the perfect name for your other quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  63. Simple yet complex. Love the quilt.
    Can see many ways I could make this all my own.

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  64. Lovely graphic quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Crosswalk is a very striking, yet simple quilt! Thank you!

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  66. I love your graphic quilts and one especially. Sometimes simple things and structures are the most beautiful and most effective. I say hello from Germany.

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  67. The Crosswalk quilt is lovely! Gorgeous quilts on your blog header too!

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  68. I love that quilt. Time and again I am reminded that simplicity is beautiful. :)

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  69. I like to look at traditional quilts but I find myself not making them. I love the play of fabric that results from experimentation.

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  70. Plain and simple.. I am beginning to appreciate!

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  71. Love it! I'd like to make this with orange on brown :)

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  72. REALLY like the Crosswalk quilt.

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  73. Hi ! Nice site ! Crosswalk is cool too ! Great negative space for using my new longarm !
    Linda atrsit@mind.net

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  74. A very simple yet effective design. I really enjoy your blog

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  75. I love quilts made with rectangle blocks too! carolann427@aol.com

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  76. I have just discovered this blog. So interesting! Thanks.

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  77. As a new quilter I'm not sure yet whether modern or traditional quilts will be "my thing". I love the simplicity of your design and look forward to learning lots more quilt "stuff".

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  78. I can just see the Beatles on this crosswalk.

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  79. I like your Crosswalk design, and blue and white are always wonderful!
    thanks

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  80. I love simple looking designs too. Good luck everyone.

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  81. I love this quilt! I envision seeing it in modern home magazine shots all over Pinterest!

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  82. Really lovely and fresh quilt - congrats on your publication!

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  83. Blue is a color that seems to fit in anywhere.

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  84. I just love the high contrast that it seems only solid color can bring. Love this.

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  85. Great quilt! Would love to win this!
    lisamcgriff (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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  86. Good looking quilt! schroeppelr at yahoo dot com

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  88. I really like this quilt..I am finding that I am leaning to Modern quilting more and more..I love the traditional, but I love bright, bold, and unusual...SMILES..Great giveaway...Congratulations.

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  89. Love all the blues!! Congratulations and thanks!

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  90. I'm not a huge fan of most modern quilts, but this one is terrific.!
    Might be the color combo. Blue and white is timeless.

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  91. love crosswalk! congrats on being part of the magazine and thanks for a chance to win.

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  92. I'm hoping to join the modern quilt group here, it sounds and looks interesting.

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  93. I love Crosswalk. It's really striking. Great job!

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  94. I love Crosswalk. It's really striking. Great job!

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  95. wow very cool love the blues mmmmmmmvery nice quilt too,,,,happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  96. Such a cool quilt! I love work in solids :)

    cassiebartley@gmail.com

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  97. Blue is my absolute favorite color - and there are so many shades in this bundle! Wow. Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely grouping.

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  98. I love the simplicity of it and yet its not at all boring. Would be stunning in green too
    nancyannmcfall@yahoo.com

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  99. I love the color. I love the solids. Great design.

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  100. Love the blue on white. And the quilting is perfect for the design.

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  101. my daughter would love this in black and white. She is thoroughly modern. I am more traditional but love the looks of your quilt.

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  102. Hello, I love the simplicity of Crosswalk...it spoke immediately of a quilt for the a grandchildren sleepover room in my home. It is perfect! If you select me, just bundle up the quilt... ;-)))

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  103. Your Crosswalk quilt is a perfect example of modern quilting - a nice clean design, and the simple quilting really adds a lot to the design!
    Chrystal
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  104. a very cute quilt-- basic but neat. I like it.
    Diane I
    mdjssi at gmail dot com

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  105. Patterns like Crosswalk are what got me back to quilting. I've been experimenting with mainly solids for the past 1.5 years and have enjoyed the challenge! With traditional fabrics, it's so easy to hide the quilting and the piecing errors.

    Thank you for adding your art to the quilting world. It's good to be quilting again.

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  106. So simple, so nice!

    Grace
    Godon123@aol.com

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  107. Your quilt is definitely modern with the clean simple lines. I love the blue/white combo you chose.

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  108. I love your combination of simplicity and boldness to create a bright and clean quilt. Blues and whites are so versatile. The echoing really makes it pop. As a new quilter, I would definitely enjoy making this quilt from solid fabrics.

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  109. That is a beautiful quilt. You are right - inspiration is everywhere!

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  110. From: 118. Anonymous
    Oops! Forgot to include my name and email address - Eugenia Read beread@msn.com

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  111. I love it. You are so inspiring. Beautiful quilt.

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  112. Very interesting design. Thanks for the chance to receive those great Kona Cottons.

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  113. Simply beautiful!!

    Geni Pickens
    gpickens@wildblue.net

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  114. Thanks for the opportunity to look at your blog and your quilting. You have some great ideas!
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  115. I saw one of your quilts on Flickr and even though I don't see myself going modern it grabbed my sttention. It was "follow me". Because of that one quilt I made a quilt loosely based on that pattern using some aboriginal prints. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  116. Something simple is best!!
    I would love to enter for the prizes, but you have no way to leave an email address without publicly displaying it here, unless you have 1 of those "accounts"!!!

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  117. Very fun blog post. I'd LOVE to have a new selection of fat quarters in solids!

    moosecarol@centurylink.net

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  118. Hi Deb! I was in your bird on a wire class at Quiltcon! I made a pillow with it! Love it!

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  119. oh I am afraid of solids, but thining a blue & whited varigated quilt would be fun to try.

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  120. I love the simple elegance of your quilt(s)!

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  121. i had just purchased this magazine when i saw the post! i would love to get a copy to pass to a friend.

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  122. A beautiful quilt and gorgeous FQs

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  123. Love the crosswalk pattern! I think it would be great for a quilt for my nephew!

    Sandy A

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  124. I just did a quick tour of your site and I like what I see. Simple, elegant quilts. Crosswalk is a favorite as is your Christmas Tree Farm pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  126. Really like your web site, modern quilts have always intrigued me and after looking at these, I'm thinking it's time to 'give it a go'...oh shucks that means I simply have to go material shopping...I'm up for the challenge ;)

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  127. Love the clean look of modern quilts. Your designs are awesome!

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  128. I like the straight lines of the quilt. I'm not good at reading directions and can do something like this by myself!

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  129. I have enjoyed touring around your blog. Beautiful modern quilt, Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.

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  130. I love the open rectangular shapes in your quilt!

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  131. Thanks for a chance to win. I love your quilt design.

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  132. Enjoyed touring your blog. Lovely designs and quilts. The modern Crosswalk quilt is so beautiful!

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  133. Nice fresh design. tks Pam pjrcontest@msn.com

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  134. I love your quilt along with many of your other projects. Thanks for sharing your work and thanks for the chance to win.

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  135. Fun tour! I like your quilt! :)

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  136. I just love the Crosswalk pattern--so clean and so fresh!

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  137. Love the quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  138. Love the quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  139. I like the blue with the white; very crisp looking!

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  140. Very cool quilts. Thanks for sharing!

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  141. Debbie I love this quilt. Yes, sometimes finding a name for a quilt can be very difficult. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

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  142. The simplicity of this design makes it very appealing. Well done!

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  144. Looks like a cool magazine and I really love your crosswalk quilt.

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  145. HI, REALLY LIKE YOUR QUILT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT BLUE GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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