Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14th - Red, White & Blue Blog Hop - It's My Turn


SCHEDULE FOUND HERE

Welcome to My very first Blog Hop and my Day on the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop

Make yourself comfy, have a cup of tea (I am English!) and have fun.


The Brief from Jane and Madame Samm was :

Using Red/White/Blue fabrics you are to make a block (1 or more)
Size 10 1/2  or 12 1/2 UNFINISHED
Now as you know I have not been quilting too long but a little while ago I participated in a Quilter's Day Swap and had a great time doing a small quilt from a Schnibbles Pattern which was based around the log cabin block.  I really enjoyed it so thought I would do a small tutorial for you, in red, white and blue, of a log cabin block.
So here goes :
To make a traditional 12 1/2 inch log cabin block you will need : 

One 3 1/2 inch centre square
Light Strips : 3 1/2 inch, 5 inches, 6 1/2 inches,  8 inches, 9 1/2 inch & 11 inches
Dark Strips:  5 inches, 6 1/2 inches, 8 inches, 9 1/2 inches, 11 inches, 12 1/2 inches

You add strips to the log cabin block clockwise or anticlockwise,  as you go and it is important to continue in the same direction for the whole block. 

You start with your centre square and add the first strip to the top of the centre block.




Now add the second strip (either on the right, clockwise or left anticlockwise I am going anticlockwise)
 Continue to add strips (the next one goes at the bottom of the block)

And finally the last block on the right (as you look at the picture)

The first round is complete and it should measure 6 1/2 inches square

We now continue to add our strips continuing round in which ever direction you have chosen:

 The next strip on the top

The next strip on the left hand side

The next strip on the bottom

The final strip on the right hand side and another round is completed.  This should now measure 9 1/2 inches.  Although you cannot see clearly, mine does make 9 1/2 inches (Yeah!)

Continuing adding your strips (remember which way round you are going!) so mine goes at the top.

The next strip goes on the left.

The next strip goes on the bottom.

The final strip goes on to the block on the right.

Your block is now complete and should measure 12 1/2 inches, which it does!

For a beginner this block is really easy, goes together fast and looks great, especially with all the combinations you can do.  Just to show you how the block would look if you start with a dark centre I made another block :


You can see the difference just with a change of the centre square.  I will now go on and make these into a small quilt.

I hope you have enjoyed my small tutorial, now onto the Giveaway.

GIVEAWAY

To enter all you have to do is follow my blog and leave me a comment on what your favourite thing is about Summer.  

My favourite thing about summer is the long days and the warm weather (we do get days like that occasionally here!).  It is also my Birthday in June, which is always fun, although when I was born my Mom thought it would be great as I could have all my birthday parties in the garden.  I think all the time I was having parties only three were in the garden, the rest were inside because it was raining!  I also love the garden and sitting out in the early evening listening to the birds and the lazy buzz of the bees.  

So tell me what you love, I can't wait to hear from you.

I will get The Boys to draw a number out of the Hat from all the entries on July 17th (the day after the Blog Hop ends).  

I am willing to ship internationally.  Please be sure you are not a "no reply" blogger so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.  If you are unsure, put your email in your comment.

Sticking to the Red, White and Blue theme here is what I am giving away :

A pin cushion made with log cabin block I made

Filled with red, white and blue flower head pins

The pin cushion will be inside this lovely tin with a robin on

Also included a Cath Kidston strawberry mug and Union Flag paper Handkerchiefs.




Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have had fun whilst visiting my blog.  Thanks also to Madame Samm and Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts for organising and hosting this Blog Hop.  I have had a great time, thank you.

Don't forget to visit the other blogs which are hopping today.  These are :
July 14th
Diann C  (Jane's Fabrics and Quilts are hosting http://janesfabrics.blogspot.co.uk )
MoomMist 
 Susie’s World (You are Here)
http://www.deniablydomestic.com/

  
 Treacle has been busy keeping me company whilst I was reading all the other Hopping Blogs.


Have a great weekend and happy quilting.
 
 



87 comments:

  1. You did an awesome job for your first blog Susie. I enjoyed the tutorial. Lovely fabric for your Log Cabin Block. Judith, Texas

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    1. Summers here in Texas are hot and long, but I enjoy the evening sitting out back with my DH.

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  2. I love the block and what a great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing from the other Brit!

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  3. Great block! My favourite thing about Summer is the mornings, before it really heats up!

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  4. Your block and tutorial are wonderful! Your little quilt will be adorable! My favorite thing about summer is visiting with family!

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  5. Love log cabins but do I love Cath Kidston more what style & colour? Your block and generous giveaway fits in and I am a new follower.
    Eating icecream as a way of cooling down, of course, not for any other.....well I lie sometimes. But Australia does get hot except now.....

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      Thank you for your kind words, and letting me know what you love about summer. I had heard that Australia have not had a good a summer as normal, bit like Britain! Good luck in the Giveaway.

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  6. Love your blocks, thanks for participating in the bloghop. I love seeing all of the creative ways everyone is using red,white & blue.
    My favorite summer event is family gatherings, no matter where we gather there is always fun. I'm following your blog now.
    Happy quilting.

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  7. good morning ...now i don't know what is cuter your lovely Treacle or your block...ok, both.. my fav thing about summer is sitting on my deck viewing my all white garden...

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  8. Super red, white and blue post, susie! I love summer as well....mostly because we camp with my entire family over the week of the fourth of july....it's a blast and I have so many fabulous memories of the holiday! Thanks for the chance at a giveaway! Super cute pincushion!

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  9. Hi Susie! I had to stop by your your hop day. Great job!
    For the contest, what I love most about summer is having my kids home---3 boys ages 21, 18 and 13. Actually, they work and do lots of things, but they are all here for the summer and I see them more than usual.
    I LOVE your photo of your little guys---makes me wish for the days mine were young.
    Best, Ginny (BrooklynQuilter)

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    1. Hi Ginny, thanks for stopping by today. I can't wait for our Boys to break up for the summer, this coming Friday and we can get out and have fun, even if the weather is dreadful at the moment. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie

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  10. Nice block. Good job on the tutorial too. In summer I like swimming even though I don't have much opportunity to do it!

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  11. Nice block and tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing! My favorite thing about summer are all the fruits. Yummm! :)

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  12. Your log cabin looks a lot better than my first attempt - a lot better. Great block and so many ways to make it work. Judy C

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  13. Thanks for a great tutorial!
    I love sitting in the garden in the summer but this year it's been so wet I haven't been able to at all!!
    New follower!

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  14. Hi, love your block. I am going camping for a week in about 2 hours. That is my favorite thing about summer. I love to sit around the fire at night and listen to all the sounds of people and nature.

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  15. My favorie thing about summer...my birthday! and my wedding anniversary and this year we are celebrating our 28th!!!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Hi, thanks for leaving me a message. My birthday is in June so one of the reasons I love summer, our wedding anniversary is in November so something to look forward to in the autumn. Hope you have a great 28th Anniversary. Susie x

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  16. My favorie thing about summer...my birthday! and my wedding anniversary and this year we are celebrating our 28th!!!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  17. My favorie thing about summer...my birthday! and my wedding anniversary and this year we are celebrating our 28th!!!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  18. I'm following your blog and can't wait to read more! My favorite thing about summer is just the laziness about the days. No need to put on a jacket, no hurry to get things done because there is lots of day light. I love the flowers and the sound of the birds and the breezes. I love being able to keep my windows open and hearing the creek run out back. There is nothing I don't love about summer!

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  19. Susie, great block. I became a follower and I look forward to reading your blog. The best thing about summer is being off for two months!

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  20. Thanks so much. I am a new follower in my Google Reader. Like your site.
    Summer is nice for watching all the boats out on our lake.

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  21. My favorite thing about blog hops is to discover blogs that are new to me. I am a new follower. I've been reading all of your back posts and have gone to Google a few times to understand them better. I didn't know anything about Red Mason Bees or Oak Apples before reading your posts. Thanks for the tutorial and for offering the generous giveaway.
    My favorite thing about summer is fresh vegetables from my garden and spending time at the beach.

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  22. what a fun block! and great giveaway.... I'm in the US but originally from Denmark :-) in Denmark I would have said my favorite thing is the summer weather, but here in NC it's NOT, we had a week of 100 degrees (45c) it's too HOT for anything. I do love to have the kids home from school and watch them go in the pool and go in with them once in a while too. This summer is just even more miserable for me in the heat because I'm 35wks pregnant right now..... :-)
    Oh and I'm a new follower

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  23. While travelling east on holidays 20+ years ago, it was a log cabin quilt that won my heart to learn how to quilt! Love this block and the variations. Summer is a carefree time for me - I have almost two months to do whatever is my pleasure and I usually put alot of miles on my sewing machine ;-). Thanks for the chance to win your sweet giveaway... the tin caught my eye (my son's name!)

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  24. Thanks to Blog Hop otherwise I will never found you : ) ooooh ... i have something with pincushion ... and robin too : ) Whoever get them pincushion are one happy follower of yours : ) Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Jessica Thanks for stopping by today and your kind words about my blog. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a follower! We spend the winters a half hour from Orlando - enjoyed looking at the photo with your boys! Disney World is a great place!! I tried to see where you're from - England? The napkins gave me a hint! We could certainly use some rain - we're in severe drought in Illinois! Thanks for your generosity and the chance to win your giveaway! Love the pincushion!

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. Yes you have all the heat and we have all the rain! Its a pity we can't ship you some rain and you send us some sun, don't think UPS could cope!!!! Good luck in the Giveaway. We loved our holidays in Orlando and hope to be back soon. Eldest is doing exams so that really stops travel abroad for the next year! Susie x

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  26. Thank you Susie for the lovely cup of tea! I have just joined your blogging friends as a follower of your blog. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. Thank you for sharing..I will love learning more about life in England.

    My favorite part of summer is being able to spend time outside and time with my grandchildren. It gives me a chance to regroup and to prepare for next fall when I return to teaching students with disabilities.

    Who ever is the lucky winner of your awesome giveaway will be thrilled!

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  27. I love your pincushion! I also love your dog....we have a terrier too. Those faces are just so adorably stubborn! My favourite thing about summer has to be sitting in the garden. Just throwing open doors and windows and take a nice cup of tea into my (small) garden. Enjoying the silence and the first rays of sun. Love it!

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  28. Love how the Log Cabin block can look so different! My favorite thing is watching my dog playing in his swimming pool. Strange because if it is raining he puts his brakes on unless I go out with him and also get wet. He is a Basenji named Hoppy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    1. Hi Judy, Treacle is just the same, raining - does not want to know about going out yet it there is a river or stream about she's in like a shot! Weird dogs!!!! My Mom always wanted a Basenji because of their no bark but we had Airedales instead. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  29. Susie, excellent job and thank you so much for sharing!! Yay you!

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  30. Thank you for the tutorial. Log Cabin blocks are fun and my favorite. I live in the northern Arizona desert near Grand Canyon. Our summers are very hot so mornings are my favorite time. Not many people live here and there is lots of quiet. I sit outside very early, just at daylight and listen to the birds. They come for water and it is so much fun to watch their babies. We also have rabbits passing by, once in a while a badger or a bobcat. My "garden" is the wildflowers. They don`t last long but I sure do love them. Your blog is a very nice read. I enjoyed my time time here. Your Giveaway is great!

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  31. I am a new follower to your blog. Thanks again.

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  32. Great tutorial and log cabin block!
    My favorite thing about summer are the long sunny days with so many possibilities! We may not get them as often as we like, but I sure appreciate them when we do! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Thanks for the tutorial! I love when bloggers do what you've done--show how fabric choices really make a whole new pattern :O)
    My favorite thing about summer is letting the sheets dry on the line--oh, the crisp feel and intoxicating smell!
    p.s. I scrolled through some of your posts--one idea for getting Mom to finish your quilt is to schedule a "quilting day" together--sometimes the hardest part of finishing something is actually getting started!!
    ♥Duff

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  34. Susie Q the best thing about summer is spending time with my pre-teen son (looks about the same age as your boys) and this year was extra special as in June I met my 1st grandson on his 1st birthday!!!! His sister will be born next month - so now summers will be extra special!! I'm a new follower who enjoys you blog. I lave learning what other are doing in other countries. Thank You for sharing with us the tutorial of your wonderful log cabin block. As I new quilter that was the 1st block that I taught myself. Your giveaway looks quite inviting, so thank you for the opportunity to win such a thoughtful giftie.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  35. I loved your log cabin block. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I loved the hot sun and ice cream.

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  36. You were my smile today :) I like the way the block looks 3-D. Then I see the adorable pin cushion, so sweet. The puppy put your post over the top. Thank you!
    Deborah

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  37. Cheerio, 1st time reading your blog, love your block and the robin tin. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Diana dianacarofano(@)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I'm actually working on my first log cabin quilt so it was fun to see your blocks. My favorite season is Summer because it's warm, sunny and stays light outside until about 9:30pm. Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

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  39. I'm glad to join in and follow! You are right, blogging is a great way to feel connected. I really like how your second block with the dark center shows a depth to it. Thank you for sharing, and for your generous giveaway ~
    :-}pokey

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  40. I am following you, love the log cabin blocks, which I have not yet attemped to do, but after seeing yours I will try one. Thanks for the giveawy.

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  41. I have just joined your blog and look forward to visiting with you and Treacle again. I love the summer because you can be outside. I love picture taking, boating and biking through the woods. Have a great summer.

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    1. Hi Ellis2Roam, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely summer, we are hoping to have some sun between the showers. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  42. I love your block and tutorial! Thanks for the neat giveaway chance!
    I love going to DQ on Sat and Sunday evenings for Blizzards with my husband , in the summer!

    susie
    legato1958 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Legato1958, thank you for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  43. Love your block and thanks for the tut.

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  44. Oh Susie, what a nice blog. The log cabin is one of my favorites and what else but rw&b for the colors? I mean, isn't the log cabin a real symbol of this great country? The first home I remember was a log cabin in the woods in Montana. I'm a new follower. I hope you'll hop over to my blog and visit and follow, too. Thanks for letting us come by.

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  45. I enjoyed my visit with you and am now following you. Thanks for the tutorial and Treacle looks happy sitting in the chair as he keeps you company. Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

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  46. my favorite thing is having a garden and canning and freezing food

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  47. great log cabins, hooray for the ole red, white and blue! love the way you worked the last one up! my fave summer thing is picking my rhubarb and strawberries for strawberry-rhubarb sauce. and having it over vanilla ice cream! i am a new follower, too.

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  48. cute block - treacle is cute too :)

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  49. fun play with the log cabin block. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  50. Congratulations on your first blog hop. Love your block and you did a great job on your tutorial. One of the great things about summer is all the fresh fruit and vegetables. Love the farmer markets. I live in California.

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. The block with dark center is my fav.Thanks for sharing-
    My favorite summer thing is the fruit:watermelon,peach,cherry,...and also go to the beach and ice-cream.

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  52. Love your blocks. My favourite thing about summer is the fresh fruit & vegs, straight from the fields to my table! I'm a new follower through bloglovin'.Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. I love your blocks. My favorite block is a log cabin and my favorite summer thing to do is sit and read by the lake.

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  54. Woo hoo on your first blog hop! Great job! Love your block and tutorial.
    Following along with you.
    Hugs!

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  55. I love log cabin blocks and yours is very pretty. Thank you for the great tutorial. Thank you for the chance to win such a great giveaway. My daughter and son-in-law will be in London for the Olympics and I would love to have the Flag napkins as a reminder of their trip. My so -in-law will be competing in Skeet. Thanks again.

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  56. Pretty blocks and great tutorial. I have added your blog to those that I follow. You hooked me with the word whilst. I just love the way that word sounds. I can't explain why I just do. I also love your dogs name although I did look up what it meant because I always thought it was a term for mud or something like that. The real meaning is much better. He is such an adorable dog.

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  57. Sorry I am late in commenting but we were gone all day. I love your block. A beginner? I think not!! You posted a great tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing and playing!!

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  58. love your log cabin - it is one of my favourite squares. Summer is a few months away in New Zealand but I am looking forward to sitting on the swing seat with a cool drink (with hubby) after a day in the garden watching the sun set and listening to the bitrds and frogs.

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    1. Hi Margy I always forget about the Southern Hemisphere are in Winter at the moment. I am sure the summer will be great when you get there just as we will be shivering in the winter. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  59. love your log cabin - it is one of my favourite squares. Summer is a few months away in New Zealand but I am looking forward to sitting on the swing seat with a cool drink (with hubby) after a day in the garden watching the sun set and listening to the bitrds and frogs.

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  60. Love your block. Summer is my favorite time of the year. I love sitting on the porch in the evening, watching the humming birds at the feeder.

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  61. Hi Susie! I'm a new follower to your blog. Log Cabin is a great block... thanks for the tutorial.
    Summer is not my favorite time of year here in the US desert southwest. But fall is my most favorite time. Is that okay? I stay in during the summer... in the air conditioning. ;-)

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  62. What I love about summer is that my grand daughter comes and stays with us at the farm. We just redid our kitchen and I chose strawberrys as my theme. So the bug would be so great in my new kitchen. Thanks for a chance to win. Kansas, USA

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  63. I liked your tutorial and the pincushions! The boys are, however, the cutest!! I love little boys...I have 4 Grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
    Enjoyed reading your blog and I'm a new follower.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  64. i like summer because my birthday is in august. that wasn't so fun when the other kids got to bring in snacks for their birthdays that were during the school year. i am a new follower, too. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Rush, Our Eldest's birthday is August and he has never minded as he was always on holiday for the day, until this year! Over here they can only learn to drive at 17 and he has had to wait until now, when all his friends are already driving! When he was younger we had to have his party in July before school finished and take his snacks in then. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  65. Hi Susie,
    I love the log cabin block- there are so many interesting patterns that can be created with the block. I love your pretty combination.
    I enjoy the opportunity to slow down and enjoy some quieter time. During the other three seasons I am busy being a full day kindergarten teacher. I also try to catch up on my quilting over the summer.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop. It has been a grand time.
    Regards from western Canada,
    Anna

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  66. Your pincushion is so cute with red , white and blue pins. Creative thinking for sure. good tutorial too.

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  67. Love log cabin blocks. So simple and so striking. I love picking fresh veggie from the garden. There is nothing like a tomato from the Indiana garden.

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  68. I like your log cabin blocks. One of these days I'd like to do a log cabin quilt. I love to garden, so summer is my favourite season. And like you, I have my birthday in June. Thanks for a chance in your lovely giveaway.

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  69. Like your log cabin blocks! We enjoy the summer time, too. It's a time to slow down a little after our busy spring season, and to take a well deserved vacation for a week or 10 days. This year we're heading to New Brunswick from Ontario, Canada. Looking forward to it!

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  70. Conrats on your first blog hop. Thanks for the tutorial. Love your block.
    My favorite summer thing is getting out to swim. Thanks for the chance
    to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. I love summer because I can ride my bike. Susie, glad to see all your new followers. I love your blog - it is one I visit every time you post. I just don't have time to comment much if I want to get some quilting done! Wonderful giveaway. This anglophile would love to win.

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  72. I love log cabin blocks!

    Well done, tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  73. Think I'm going to be making some Log Cabin blocks!

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