Monday, June 13, 2011

Scrap-Smart

Hi all,

So, today it's my turn to review Kathy Brown's new book, Strip-Smart Quilts.

When Kathy asked me to take a look at her book and participate in her blog-hop, I didn't hesitate to say 'Yes!' because I know Kathy likes to make fast and easy quilts, and so do I.

The quilts in the book are beautiful, and there's about a kajillion ways to make really terrific blocks and quilts using the Creative Grids 90˚ Double-Strip ruler. All the projects start with strips. And the book walks you through the whole process.

If you've ever taken a ScrapTherapy Cutting Workshop at the local quilt shop, or if you've seen a copy of my book, ScrapTherapy, Cut the Scraps! then you know I'm all about using scrap squares, not necessarily strips.

So . . . I set out to find a way to use my scraps and Kathy's wonderful book. I chose a quilt from the book callled "Brownies a la Mode." Love the play of three different colors and values, plus who doesn't like brownies and ice cream?

Digging around in my fabric stash (and in my friend Gail's, too), I pulled out some solid colors and cut a few 2-1/2" strips. You can use the grid on the double strip ruler to cut the strips, so no extra tools are needed!

Then I took 5" scrap squares from my bins and chose an array of light- to medium-value scraps and cut them twice to make four 2-1/2" squares from each 5" scrap square.

I then chain-pieced the 2-1/2" squares into strips - to make a handful of scrappy strips - each using twenty 2-1/2" squares. I pressed the scrap seams open to reduce bulk.
Scrap-Strips, White Strips, and Pink Strips

Next, I put scrap-strips with solid-strips, and started sewing, cutting, and sewing again, following the pattern instructions. Watching the blocks come together is really fun! I didn't worry about where the scrap seams ended up. The ruler is designed so the shapes and the spaces between the shapes are the same size. After cutting, you have innies (scraps on the inside or smaller part of the triangle) and outies (triangles with scraps on the outside or larger part of the triangle)
Cut the strip-sets with the ruler to make 'innies' and 'outies'

Once I made several innie and outie blocks, I arranged them in a diagonal setting to make a small quilt top, made basically from three 'colors' - the cream solid strips, the pink solid strips, and the scrappy strips - like in the book. Now, all I have to do is choose a focus border print and I have a small quilt to donate to a local charity.
Blocks. Some with scraps inside, some with scraps outside

The quilt center with two border options. Which do you like?
Now, it's your turn. If you comment on this post today, your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a Strip-Smart Quilts book AND the Creative Grids 90˚ Double-Strip ruler at the end of the tour. There's a winner EVERY DAY of the blog hop!! As long as you're at it, why not help me decide which border to use? Comment whether you like the creamy fruits or the green/multi floral with the medium blue accent border.

Oh, by the way, there's a rumor going viral that there might just be a grand prize drawing at the end of the blog tour. Your comment is your raffle ticket. And it's free!

And, one more thing. . . hop over to dzyning things tomorrow and see what Linda Lum DeBono has to say.

In stitches,
Joan

234 comments:

  1. Clever idea to make your strip quilt scrappy. Your quilt looks great and I like the green border best. Can't wait to get this book!

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  2. I like the creamy fruits border :D
    Thanks for the chance!

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  3. That is making up into a very nice little quilt. That has to be a great book and a great ruler. I will have to check it out at the quilt shops. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win one.

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  4. Thanks for the tutor. Makes me really want that ruler! I especially liked the green border-found the light too blah.

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  5. I sure am enjoying this blog hop. That ruler sure looks great! And the book too ;)

    I think you should go with the cream for the border.

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  6. It looks like a great book with an interesting ruler. I would love to try it.
    Jana in Prague, Czech Republic

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  7. You are so clever! Love the pieced strip and the unique look -- so smart! I've decided I must have this book and the ruler!!

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  8. Such cute unwonky triangles - i gotta try this :)

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  9. Very nice quilt, like the green border best.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  10. Love your quilt! I like the floral border option better :0). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Darlene B - dsb448@att.net

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  11. hmmm...I think I like the green border but the fruit is really cute too. I love the quilt! That ruler is just fabulous!!! Gotta get that one for sure!

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  12. Way to Scrap it Up...both the book and the ruler look like "must-have's"...such a clever way to build blocks from squares and strips! Have to ask, is the blue a definite inner border? If you are keeping the blue there, then the green floral/paisley pattern gives it more definition. I heard just the other day, that what fabric you choose for the border is how the color of the quilt will then be known...the green finishes the quilt; while the cream does not.

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  13. Sounds like my kind of book. Scrappy and easy! I like the green border best.

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  14. You explained everything so very well with how you did the strips and triangles. I love the whole concept, and I think the ruler is a wonderful invention! I would love to win it! Yes, I like the green border better....not sure I like the blue though (I wouldn't have mentioned that part except another commenter asked if it was for sure in there). First time here on your blog - thanks so much for the tour!

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  15. Oh i love the explanation you gave us! im falling more in love with that ruler every blog hop!
    I love the multi-green. The big pattern looks great and would let that white pop like crazy!!

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  16. Looks like a great ruler - I'd love to try it out!

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  17. I think the green border looks best. I would like to try the book & ruler for sure!

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  18. Casting my vote for the creamy fruits border

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  19. Thanks for showing another neat and easy way to use the new ruler. Your little quilt is sure cute. I like the green floral border the best.

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  20. You are just so clever...seeing this with yet another twist makes me want to try the technique all the more!
    I like the green border...
    Oh...I have to comment about our free ticket.
    "Can't win the lottery unless you buy the ticket" is a something we say around here all the time.

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  21. I like the green floral border the best -- What a great idea!! The book and the ruler look like so much fun...I love things that get the creative juices going!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  22. Personally I like the green/blue for the border. I tend to cut all my scraps in squares for my scrap quilts.

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  23. This ruler and book look like so much fun! On the borders - I think definitely the green. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  24. I can see it in my "mind's" eye with the blue/cream fruit border. It looks great--keep up the good work, as always! Janine

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  25. The ruler and book are something I just have to have! I think the green border is the one to choose :)

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  26. Each day of this fun Blog Hop I become more convinced I really 'need' this book and ruler. Love your scrappy strips! I would choose for the creamy fruits next to the small blue border.

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  27. I like the green border best!

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  28. What a great idea! I like the green floral best.

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  29. I purchased your book, last week, and have enjoyed looking through it. Now you show us how to use two techniques --- love it! ...and, isn't it interesting how we like the different borders? I prefer the lighter of the two --- and, normally, I would tend to choose the darker. Who knows why one appeals more than the other.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  30. Love your scrappy strip! Maybe you need a scrappy border...and that book looks like a must have for me!

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  31. What a fun book! I like the lower/darker border the best. Thanks!
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  32. Great book and ruler.look easy to use it and create that lovely blocks.I`d like to try it.
    Green border,my fav.

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  33. Wow, between your great book,Cut the Scraps! and Kathy's book, Strip Smart Quilts, I'm going to have a busy schedule with my quilts to be:)Too bad I can only put one quilt on my frame at a time. I say the use the busy green floral border.
    Happy Quilting

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  34. Wow, how clever! I love the quilt you've made!

    Thanks so much for a chance to win this!

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  35. Love your quilt...and choice of fabrics! I like the light border! Very sweet!

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  36. loved how you showed the progression of steps to make the squares and combine your techniques with Kathy's. I'm leaning towards the cream border ...

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  37. love your idea, would be great for using my scraps

    I would go for the green floral

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  38. I think you should go with the green border fabric. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  39. I like the green! That's sure a great ruler!

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  40. I love how you struck out on your own and came up with a new pattern. I wish I were that creative. I vote for the cream border. Thanks for the great tutorial! ;>

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  41. I LIKE THE GREEN BEST-BRIGHT+NEAT BORDER!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  42. I love how your blocks came together! And I think the green border would really set it off nicely. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. It is amazing the designs with this ruler. Cute quilt and I think I like the green border best.

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  44. Wow! Great pattern. Who couldn't love a quilt called Brownies a La Mode?? The blue border is perfect and both outer borders would work well. I guess I lean toward the green , but you have 2 great choices there!

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  45. Love this book and the so easy technique. Love the chance to win a copy and the ruler!!!

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  46. I like the green floral with the blue accent. Very nice. Thanks for the chance for a great looking book!
    Mary

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  47. I am partial to green! I think that your quilt is turning out wonderful! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to win!

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  48. The ruler is amazing. If you didn't know about it and looked at your quilt you would never figure out how to make the block! Love the blog hop!

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  49. Thank you for the great photos and examples of how to use the ruler....when I win one (wink, wink) I will be ready to go! I like the green/multi floral border by the way.
    tamiquilts at att dot net

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  50. What a neat idea! I've been racking my brain for to come up with just the right pattern for some new fabric and I think this would look great. I vote for the green/multi border.

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  51. Love the quilt and I vote for the green border.

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  52. What a great looking quilt you made using this book and ruler. Very nice. I think the green/multi floral is my favorite only because in the scraps used to create the quilt I don't see any fruits anywhere. I also like the green color better.

    Thank you for the chance to win the book and ruler.

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  53. What a great way to use scraps! And my favorite for the border is the green/multi floral.

    Thanks for the chance to win and the great mini-tutorial on using the ruler. I'm gonna have to get one of those rulers!!

    Tracy

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  54. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

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  55. Wow I like your project from the book!

    I think you should do 2 borders and thin blue one then a larger busy one.

    kgshen at pocketinet dot com

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  56. I'd love to win the book and ruler - they both look so user friendly!

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  57. i like your idea of using scraps to make up a strip! and i prefer the chez moi fabric as a border :-)

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  58. I like the creamy fruits for your border. And, I can't wait to try your scrappy version! Thanks for the chance to win the book and ruler. :)

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  59. I'm loving the scrappy strip idea! Thanks!

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  60. From all the blogs so far, I really want this book and ruler! Then the next problem would be which one to make first! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I prefer the creamy fruits fabric.
    The book & ruler look very interesting.

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  62. First I liked the green/floral for the border next to the blue inner border. Then my little eye said "no". I thought about the creamy for an outer border. Then my little eye said "drop the blue inner border". Hmm Didn't work. It went flat. Then..perhaps an outer border of both the creamy & the green/floral, like maybe a triangle border of the same width as you've got on the design "wall" now, but alternating cream/green large triangles. Am I making sense? Maybe you can use the new ruler in making them? Corners could be a solid square to be easy peasy. It's more sewing for a triangle border but it's sewing so it's Fun.

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  63. I love Creative Grid rulers. Thanks for showing us another great option to use this one. My vote is for the green floral border, how sweet of you to donate the quilt to charity.
    Carla
    handcartquilts@aol.com

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  64. I like the green floral best. Cute quilt!

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  65. I have been slowly replacing my rulers with Creative Grid and am sold on then. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. Loved your demo of the ruler! Would definitely choose the green border. Much more vibrant and goes well with those blocks.

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  67. I love to use up every last scrap as well. Can't wait to get my hands on this book and ruler!

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  68. I would love to win this book and ruler and I think the green/multi floral is the best choice. Cute quilt!

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  69. I would love to win this duo - and I like the green border.

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  70. Very cute. Love that ruler! I would go with the greem floral border.

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  71. That ruler makes the work look so much easier. I like the green border better. Has more punch to it.

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  72. Cute quilt--I like the green print border the best. It looks like a great book and a fun ruler. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  73. what a neat way to use scraps!! i like the green border best, thanks for the chance to win

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  74. Nice use for the scraps.... that's why I love blog hop more tips to learn and nice people to meet!

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  75. Wow, you make it look so easy! I would choose the green floral for your border. Thanks!!!

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  76. Cute quilt! I really like the green BOUTIQUE fabric for your border.
    cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net

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  77. I would go with the rich looking green paisley! What a great way to review a book, by showing us a project happening!

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  78. I like the green multi floral for the boarder.
    I like your scrap strips.

    Heidi C.

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  79. I love the idea of making so many quilts from this book, "Strip-Smart Quilts." I would be very pleased to be the winner of your drawing. Thanks - Lana

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  80. I like the green/multi floral the best. Thanks for the chance to win the book and ruler!

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  81. What fun! I really like your scrappy quilt - Thank you for hosting this great giveaway!

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  82. Loving the scrappy blocks, but......that creamy fruity fab would have looked good inside the quilt instead of white. I like the green/multi for your border.

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  83. What a fun quilt. I like the multi/green back. It depends if you're trying to tone the quilt down or keep the energy. I'd say, keep the energy. I love your scrappy pieces.

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  84. I would pick the green/multi-floral. I like the cream fabric but it doesn't go as well with the white in my eye....in fact Donna just above said it best. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm really liking this book.

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  85. Lovely scrappy quilt. And so easy to make with this strange ruler.
    Marian

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  86. I love how your blocks turned out...they are fun and different with the scrap strips. I'd pick the green/multi-floral.

    nichole
    pinepatches at verizon dot net

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  87. I would have never thought to sew my small scraps into strips like this and use them in this way! Love it! Isn't blog land just so wonderful and such inspiration! Thank you! BTW, I really like the green border. Karen CA

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  88. I love the green floral border for your quilt!

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  89. I think the cream border makes the blocks pop a bit more.

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  90. I like the green/multi floral with the medium blue accent border the best. I think it compliments you innie and outie blocks the best.

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  91. I really like the green print for you brownies a la mode. Nice quilt top, so many scraps...love it!

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  92. The ruler certainly looks fun. I would choose the cream border for your quilt.

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  93. Fun variation to the block! Another idea for the 2.5 inch squares I have been cutting! Either border would be OK, but I prefer the green one.

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  94. Cool quilt. I really prefer the green floral for the border.

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  95. I'm liking the green border.....the ruler and the 'Strip-Smart Quilts' book would make an awesome win. Luv the Creative Grid rulers....thanks for the chance....have a happy day....(o:

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  96. Like your quilt. I would choose the green border. Thanks.

    Darlis

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  97. Green Blue Floral--like how it picks up all the other fabrics. Thanks for showing how easy it is to use the ruler!

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  98. The green multi-floral really sets of the inner quilt. I ONLY use Creative Grid rulers.

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  99. I'm going with the green multi/floral for the border...I think it will look great. Love how you used up your stash!

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  100. Really enjoyed your tutorial on how to incorporate scraps into strip piecing. The ruler looks very interesting.
    Sheryl

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  101. I love the scrappy look and the green border is my favorite

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  102. You made that mysterious ruler very simple! Thanks! I can see that it would be very handy to have. I like your quilt but I don't like either border - sorry. Maybe something more pink or blue and not so busy - I like the inner border but, to my eye, neither border fabric adds to the terrific center. Hope I'm not offending you.

    judy in michigan

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  103. The book looks like it has several patterns that I would like to try, and I"m very curious about that ruler. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  104. Fun use of your scraps. Yummy book and ruler combo!!

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  105. This looks like a great book & ruler ! No surprise there, Kathy is a design whiz.
    I really like the green border ! Thanks for the hop and the giveaways ! Fingers crossed ...

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  106. Love that you used squares to make strips. My favorite is the multi green print. Thanks for participating in this blog hop! I love new quilting books.

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  107. I would love to try the ruler - I'm a gadgetahloic! I would use the green border.

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  108. I would choose the multi colored green border. Makes the quilt pop!

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  109. Love the scrappy look and I too go for the green

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  110. ..I like the green, I've been looking for a good project to use up some scraps and I love the way this looks.

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  111. Looks like a great book and I'd love to try the ruler. Thank you!

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  112. Yep that is the look i like! Scrappy! Thank you for a chance to win and i'd go with the green and bind with white. Have fun!

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  113. Nice use of the book and ruler. I prefer the green fabric border myself, but I'm just one person.

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  114. This quilt looks so cute,I may have to look for this ruler.

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  115. Pretty nifty tool! Can't wait to get my hands on one.

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  116. Each blog that I hop to makes me want this more and more. What a fantastic idea and tool for making quilts. ajks100@gmail.com

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  117. Wow, what great idea. Can't wait to get this cool tool.

    mrjtex@sbcglobal.net

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  118. I like the green/multi floral border best. Would love to win the box and ruler. Thanks for the chance!

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  119. This is a great giveaway!! The quilts are beautiful and that ruler is very clever. Thanks for the tips.

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  120. I am enjoying the blog hop. I have also enjoyed everyone's take on the book and ruler. Very exciting.

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  121. Loved your descriptive steps in making the Brownies. No question, the green floral is the perfect border. Thanks for taking your time with the blog hop.

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  122. I vote for the green multi floral border, please.
    Thanks for a chance!

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  123. That ruler looks like great fun. I'd vote for the green border!

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  124. What a cool quilt! I like the creamy fruits better than the green - maybe just because it sounds so mouth-watering.
    Ashtona@hotmail.com

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  125. I love the scrappy idea. I'd go with the green floral for the border. Such a fun idea.

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  126. Love the book, love the ruler - and I'm loving the green floral for the border! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

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  127. That is SO. CUTE. I'm a bit more conservative, so I'd go with the blue border because I feel like it makes all of the colors in the squares pop, and doesn't clash with the scrappy-edged squares that are on the outsides of the quilt. Lovely, lovely! I really can't wait to get my hands on this ruler and book now!

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  128. I love what you can do with this ruler. I am so anxious to try it out. Your step by step tutorial is great and makes this ruler look easy to you. Thank you for this wonderful blog!

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  129. Lovin' the quilt. That ruler makes it look easy. I'm liking the cream fabric for the border.

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  130. I like the green floral for the border. I really like the way your blocks turned out. Thanks for showing us how the ruler works.

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  131. Your blocks are great. I like the green floral for the border. Thanks for a chance to win the book and ruler.

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  132. Hands down you should use the green floral for the border!! I want to use my scraps to create something similar to yours. I'm hoping!

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  133. Love, love, love the quilt!

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  134. wow .. super cool ... cant wait to try ... :) Grace

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  135. That ruler looks like it makes quick and easy work of those strips--turning them into a beautiful quilt. I like the green floral fabric for the border. Would love to win this ruler/book. thanks for the opportunity.

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  136. What a cute quilt your scraps turned into! Love the fruity border, but then I love fruits in everything! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  137. Like the creamy floral border best. Would love to get the book and ruler. With a little imagination it has tons of possibilities. Thanks

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  138. pick which ever one makes you say OOOH! It is never the same in a picture as it is in person.
    Thanks for a chance to win this prize. Janita

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  139. I am totally impressed by the technique of this ruler. And such lovely blocks you made with it. Looks complicated when you look at the finished block, but I guess with the ruler it is pretty easy, with fewer steps. And...the size is always correct!

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  140. Always love to tour different quilting blogs. Looks like a neat book and a great ruler to try out.
    vail in tn

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  141. Great idea for using your scraaps to make the blocks. I will be looking for this ruler and book. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  142. I have a huge scrap collection. This looked like so much fun to make. I hope I am fortunate enough to win this book and ruler. Thank you Joan for the tutorial and Kathy for this great book.

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  143. OMG this would be a fun stashbuster. Love it and love your insights. Thanks for inspiring.


    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  144. Love the blocks you came up with and I like the creamy coloured border the best :) Thanks for showing us and telling us about the book. It looks like a really good book :) hugs
    Vicki

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  145. I love the way this turned out. I think the green fabric would complement the blocks nicely. I'm glad it's your decision and not mine!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  146. very cute!!!! I vote green border ;) Nurse Payne

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  147. Sure like what you did with the ruler! I need to get the book and ruler or else win it. LOL!

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  148. Great quilt and thanks for the inspiration!

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  149. I liked the green for the border. Really appreciate you showing us how the ruler works and absolutely love the scrappy look to it.

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  150. I prefer the green with the blue for the border. Great idea for using scraps, your process was super thanks for sharing! I kept laughing every time I read innie and outie, obviously relating it to belly buttons. Have a great day!

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  151. Love what you did with the ruler and I would say I like the green/multi floral border. Thanks for the chance to win and I loved reading your blog...thanks for sharing! :)

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  152. Love this book and ruler thanks for a chance to win. Linda

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  153. This ruler looks absolutely amazing!! And the book is so pretty. Can't wait to see it. I think I like the green best. Thanks for sharing.

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  154. I love fast and easy quilts too...so i need this book!!!

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  155. Hi, I am fascinated by the design concept -- clever! Would love to win the book and the ruler. I like just the blue border best, but make it wider. It tones down the busyness (is that a word) of the quilt. OR if you really like the narrow blue border and want another border, I would pick the green-multi for my outer border.

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  156. The green border I think. and thanks for the demo. Ruler looks great as does the book.

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  157. Oh, lovely! I would choose the multi green floral fabric!Thanks for the give away!

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  158. Loving this book! That ruler looks like it makes things so much easier and accurate!

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  159. Awesome ruler!! I want one of these too! Love your quilt and I'd choose the multi green floral fabric. I signed up to follow you, so I'd like to see your finished quilt! Thanks.

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  160. This is an amazing ruler. And a very easy way to make what looks like a complicated quilt. I love the green floral for your border, but I'm partial to any kind of green.

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  161. I like the bottom fabric for the outer border! the blue is a great addition for the inner border. I'm hopeing to win the book and ruler so I can play too!

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  162. Wow, a FREE raffle ticket. Count me in! I love the ruler and book. Thanks for a great giveaway. :)

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  163. Wow, this looks so easy! I like the creamy mulit-colors. I would love to check out this book and ruler. Thanks!

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  164. This new tool is ingenious! I'd love to win it and the book to try my hand at making wonderful new quilts!

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  165. Your quilt is adorable! I like the green border the best. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  166. Thanks for the review - love your quilt and I like the green floral border the best!

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  167. Thanks for the review and the tutorial. Looks like another great way to use my scrap stash. DebrafromMD

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  168. This looks like a perfect way to whittle down my ever-expanding scrap drawers! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Blogger's still giving me fits so I'm posting as anonymous, but am really jfquilts@gmail.com.

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  169. This ruler looks so interesting I hope I win the book and ruler so I can discover for myself.

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  170. Hi! I like the green with the blue.
    The cream coloured print would be lost as it fades away!
    Thanks for entering me in the big grand prize, I just found out about this blog tour!
    Take care, Leslie

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  171. I love what you did with that quilt - how clever you are! I wanna try that now, too!
    sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  172. I love this technique and would love to win a copy of the book.

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  173. Joan,
    What a clever way to use scraps- I love the block that you created from the book. I like the green border- I prefer darker borders in general- they hold quilts together better to my eye but that is just my personal choice.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a nice book. It is nice to discover your blog too.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  174. I want this book whether I win it or not! Of course winning it gives me more money to buy fabric!

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  175. Oh how fun are those blocks you did! I vote for the green multi floral border!

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  176. This looks super simple. I like the green fabric for the border.

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  177. I like the multi flower print border best. I love how this ruler gives so many options. Thanks

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  178. love love LOVE what you did with this book. after this week, if i'm not luck to actually win one of these gems, i'll be out buying one in my local quilt store
    thnx for participating

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  179. Very cool! I like the multi/green border.

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  180. This looks like a great book and what a great looking quilt!!

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  181. Since you asked, personally, I like the creamy fruits border fabric. Thanks for the chance to win the book and ruler. I like your little quilt.

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  182. I think the creamy fruits works better!

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  183. Definitely use the dark blue

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  184. Thanks for being part of the blog hop - so many great ideas! As for the border - I think I like the darker one with the green background.

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  185. Very cool! I have scraps just waiting for a good book! I choose the green too~ its lovely! Thanks for the fun!

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  186. I think cream for the border. What a great looking book!

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  187. How creative. I have the scrap box for my local Quilts of Valor chapter. This would be great to use with those scraps for our quilts for the soldiers. Sign me up, please.

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  188. I love the idea of piecing the strips to make it scrappy! It's a great effect and makes the block totally different.

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  189. Loved what you di. Amazing ruler!

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  190. Cute quilt pattern! I need to make one of those. (I vote for the green floral border.)

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  191. green border
    thanks for the review of the great patterns in this book - please enter me into the drawing

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  192. Wow how easy those blocks look to make with that ruler. Thank you for sharing.

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