Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blogathon

SewSistersQuiltShop

Welcome to my stop on the Blogathon Canada tour!  It's a sad day, because the blogathon is ending today.  But I hope you had a good time and dropped by a lot of new blogs over the course of the week.  And to ease the pain as our fun ends, there's another great giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I am an avid quilter, in whatever spare time I can scrounge from my days. Now that my sons are older (17 and 19) I have a lot more time for quilting, and I've been making full use of those opportunities.  I've lived in Ottawa for over 20 years now, and I love it here.  I've been quilting for almost 10 years, and often design my own quilts.  I thought I'd give you a quick tour of some of my favourite quilts.


 This was an "ugly fabric" challenge at my guild last year.  I ended up with 5 tone-on-tone fabrics, and one print which included all those other colours - quite convenient, for creating a pretty quilt from ugly starters.  I'm in a bit of a triangle/hexagon phase, and this quilt fits right into that :)

This is my most recent finish.  I am in love with this turqoise fabric

I designed this quilt based on an M.C. Escher print.  More hexagons and triangles :)  I call it Metamorphosis after the Escher print that inspired it.

And this quilt was probably my first "modern" quilt.  And one of my first designs which I've actually made available for sale.  And I made most of this quilt when I was in Texas at my very first quilt retreat. That's a lot of firsts, for one little quilt :)

I designed this quilt because I wanted to see what I could do with fractals - ever-increasing stars inside each other.  I found my limit at a 3" lemoyne star in the center.

And finally one of my favourite quilts.  This was my first hexagon/tumbling block pattern.  I had a concept in mind, then I just started making blocks out of my scraps.  The falling blocks on the right are all pieced individually, with a lot of cut & sew to keep everything straight.

Be sure to drop by some of the other blogs on the tour.  Jackie is our other host for today, and you can find her over at Jackie's Art Quilts  And, to keep you blog hopping, here are a few more of the wonderful Ontario bloggers you can check out.

Happy Turtle

I love batiks, and when I saw this rainbow fabric I knew it had to be part of my giveaway.  The bundle includes 1 metre of  Tonga Celebrate Batiks - Sketchbook Rainbow, and 6 fat quarters from the same collection.
To win this fabulous bundle of fabric, just leave me a comment before midnight Eastern time on Nov 24.  If you are a no-reply commenter, please make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win!  The contest is open to international participants. Contest closed.


And don't forget to drop by the Sew-Sisters blog, for a great giveaway from Robert Kaufman.

163 comments:

  1. Love the batiks, only starting to use them now after 26 years of quilting. I am discovering the next generation of quilting: the modern movement, my norm is intricate quilts that challenge me, so this is the new frontier. I am always learning, some quilters never had anyone to show them how, so I applaud all of the ones who jump in, embrace our craft and take it on, making sure another generation will grow up with quilts, want to make them and change the rules to suit their creative spirit.

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  2. I love your hexagon tumbling blocks quilt, I am on a bit of a hexi fix right now ,also love the colors in the giveaway ,thank you for the chance of winning, happy sewing

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  3. Wow, your quilts are wonderful and the one with the turquoise background is especially spectacular! Love the batiks in the giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I like the tumbling blocks. Thanks for the give away chance

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  5. I really like your Escher quilt and your tumbling blocks. were you at QuiltCon last year? It's -19 this morning in Winnipeg. What's it like in Ottawa? Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. It is awesome that you can design your own patterns. What a talent! I just like following patterns but enjoy making quilts. Thanks for sharing

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  7. I love your quilts, particularly the tumbling blocks piece - very effective with the falling blocks!
    Thanks for the chance at a fantastic giveaway. I think one can never have too many batiks!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects. Love the tumbling blocks quilt - so cool. And thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Hi Krista,

    Wow! Keep on designing girl! This is one skill that I wished I was better at. I think that one has to keep on trying to get better.
    I love the Batiks too-what a great give away.

    ruthq@rogers.com

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  10. Hi Krista. Love all your beautiful hex/triangle quilts. Very creative and colourful. And thanks for listing me! Love that, too.

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  11. Your quilts are just stunning. Even the "ugly" fabric quilt turned out beautifully.

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  12. just wanted to say hi (not entering the draw as a fellow host!) and thanks for being part of this fun event!!

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  13. Thanks for showing us your quilts. I have had such a good time all week discovering new blogs to add to my list!

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  14. Your quilts are fabulous Krista! Yes, it is sad the blogathon is ending but it sure has been a great way to learn of all the wonderful Canadian quilty blogs out there. Thanks for a chance at the give-away....that bundle is gorgeous!
    Maureen
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  15. Hello from Quebec! Your tumbling blocks quilt is stunning. Thank you for hosting and sharing. :-)

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  16. I have seen photos of most of your quilts on your blog before, but seeing them all together makes for an impressive body of work. Thank you for a chance for the beautiful batiks (unless I messed up and it's just for Canadians ...)

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  17. Love the Escher quilt and the Tumbling Blocks, very creative. Came to Ottawa this summer it is a beautiful mix of old and new buildings.
    Barb@Witsend

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  18. Your quilts are gorgeous. You seem to have a lot of fun playing with new ideas - can't wait to see what you come up with in the future.

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  19. Hello, Krista,

    My first attempt to post a blog comment...
    Thanks for the list of blogs, narrows the field a little.
    My fav of the quilts you pictured today is the Tumbling blocks, very inspiring update.

    Joan, at ep600@ncf.ca

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  20. We share the same taste in fabric! Thanks for hosting.

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  21. You have made some lovely quilts especially the tumbling blocks. Great giveaway.

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  22. wow that is a nice bundle of fabric...your work is very nice idea

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  23. Love all your quilts, but especially the second one shown- the white/grey/black star on the dark turquoise. Gorgeous! Really like your Tumbling Blocks too! Please count me in for the giveaway of that yummy Tonga fabric. I love batiks and use them often. Who can resist them? Not me! Thanks for taking part in this great Blog Hop!!

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  24. I love your ugly fabric challenge quilt! I have really been enjoying this blogathon!

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  25. Thanks for sharing. What beautiful cheerful fabric you have chosen for your prize fabric. I can already dream of a project to use them.

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  26. Love the falling blocks, you have showed us some beautiful work. And yes it is a sad day...thanks so much for being a part of this wonderful Blogathon :) I have totally enjoyed my blog journey across our great country. Great giveaway too.

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  27. Your projects are wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your great quilts - I love the fourth one!!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  29. Thank you for sharing in the hop! It is great to meet a new Canadian blogger!! Love your giveaway prize too!

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  30. Enjoyed looking at your quilts. I absolutely love your tumbling block quilt, you have given the block such depth!

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  31. Thanks for sharing. I love your quilts.The black and white quilt with the pop of red is really nice. I just did one but with a pop of lime green for my grand daughter for Christmas. Thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win that beautiful Fabric.

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  32. Great stuff! Tonga is a lovely fabric line!

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  33. Thanks for showing you wonderful quilts. I just love your tumbling blocks. Thanks for a chance to win those beautiful batiks.

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  34. Found you through the Blogathon!!! Wonderful quilts!

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  35. Beautiful projects, thanks for sharing!

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  36. Ooh pretty! Throw my name in the hat please.

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  37. Love the giveaway fabric. Your modern quilt is quite striking.

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  38. the tumbling hexagons looks like fun..this has been a fun week...the giveaway fabric would look nice with my stash...Thanks for sharing ...Take Care..

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  39. WOW Krista! You are amazing!! I'm from Sunny *cough...snowy..cough* Alberta and am loving the art on this blogathon! Thank you so much for choosing batiks; they are gorgeous! Good luck to everyone! thejules92@msn.com

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  40. I also love batiks. Great choice. And great quilts. I like the geometry they each display.

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  41. That fabric absolutely took my breath away! How gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

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  42. I've been reading your blog for a while now. Those batiks are very pretty! annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  43. A beautiful giveaway, please count me in!

    I am very impressed with your fractal stars -- they look great! I like your Escher-inspired quilt too. It reminds me a bit of blackwork, with the way they will blend from one pattern to the next.

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  44. I recently lost my uncle that lived in Ottawa, many found memories and sad when i was trying to finish a quilt for him for christmas this yea.
    I have just started using batiks and love them. Great quilts! Hello from northern ontario

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  45. I really enjoy quilting with batiks as they seem to give more depth to the design. I enjoy coming up with my own quilt patterns using EQ7. My quilts have been traditional to modern. Thank you for being part of the Blogathon and best wishes for 2014.

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  46. Hello from Calgary, Krista! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful quilts. Your piecework is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us, it's nice to meet you.

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  47. I love your quilts. I have really enjoyed the blogathon.

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  48. Oh, to be so talented. Being legally blind, I find it slow going, but I keep quilting on.

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  49. Love your quilts. Like you I'm a fan of batiks, thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I am addicted to hexagons and diamonds too - I really like your quilts, especially the Escher. I also like challenges. They are a terrific way to learn and grow and experiment with fabrics you might not have selected on your own! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Hey- I'm from Ottawa too! I haven't been there for nearly 40 years but I still say I'm from there :)
    I love batiks too.

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  52. Thank you for hosting! I'm visiting from BC and have been poking around here. You are quite prolific and your designs are amazing. I enjoyed looking at your Quilt Journal listing. I'm now a follower of your blog!

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  53. Your quilts are beautiful! Thank you for participating!

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  54. Love the 3-D effects on your tumbling blocks quilt! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  55. I love Metamorphosis and the Tumbling Blocks quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  56. Would love to win this beautiful fabric! Thanks for the giveway.

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  57. I have really enjoyed this blogathon. Thank you for the give-away...........

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  58. Your tumbling blocks quilt is so cool! I love the design. Thanks for sharing your quilts and for the giveaway. I've really enjoyed this blog hop.

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  59. HI, THANKS FOR THE HOP!
    LOVE YOUR BLOG+BEAUTIFUL GIVEAWAY!
    THANK YOU!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  60. Always enjoy you blog and your lovely work Krista...

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  61. I'm loving hexagons these days and your quilt pattern is fantastic. Well done. Thanks for being part of this fun hop. Off to read your tip on how to clean up a colour bleed.

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  62. Your quilts are gorgeous! Thanks for chance to win!

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  63. Love your work....thanks for the visit. Thanks for aloowing me to enter the "give away"

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  64. Great blog! Glad I found you! And I absolutely love the colour combinations in that package!!! (bluejay520222@yahoo.com)

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  65. O Krista- I am drooling from here- I absolutely love batiks- all the color variations are stunning. Thanks so much for the chance to win such lovely fabrics.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  66. Thanks for the tour of your fantastic quilts! And thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  67. Love your quilting...so many blogs...sew little time...your giveaway bundle is very pretty also. Back to the laundry...then maybe some more blog hopping LOL

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  68. Thanks for sharing the list of other bloggers, it's always great to see such great Canadain talent, and thanks for the chance for the beautiful batics! sguday at shaw dot ca

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  69. having a great time hopping around from BC. thanks for the chance at some pretty fabric

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  70. That batik is wonderful. I have recently bought quite a few batiks and have yet to decide what to make with them. These would be wonderful to add to my small but growing stash.

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  71. Love the Escher inspired quilt, both the idea and the execution!

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  72. I enjoy seeing pictures of finished quilts. Your hexagon/tumbling block one sure caught my eye! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Delicious fabrics to share! Love the motion of the tumbling blocks - a project I'd like to try

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  74. Love the quilt you did with the turquoise fabric you loved. Thanks for showing us your quilts. You are definitely talented.

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  75. Nice to meet you through the blogathon!

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  76. You did a great job with the challenge fabrics!

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  77. I love your quilts. Your star quilts are amazing. I'm totally in love with Batiks and I would so love to win this prize.

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  78. So beautiful. I love batiks and especially love the selection you have made. So glad to find your blog.

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  79. great fabric, thanks for the chance

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  80. Your ugly fabric quilt looks nice. You brought the best out of the fabric you used. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts.

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  81. Thank you for participating in the blog hop. It was fun.

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  82. Your quilts are very geometrical, very neat.

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  83. THanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful fabric! Love your page!! Thanks! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  84. Amazing quilts Krista... such a fun quilt show right here on your blog!
    I love the "ugly" challenge quilt!
    And your giveaway fabrics are gorgeous!

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  85. Beautiful quilts and a great selection of batiks in your giveaway. My favourite fabric.

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  86. These fabrics are like a rainbow!!!

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  87. I so admire your talent with hexagons! Love the tumbler quilt! Thanks so much for sharing with us, and hosting this giveaway. The batiks look amazing, and not I fabric I use a lot, so I'd be so pleased if they landed on my doorstep!

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  88. Hi and thank you for a great give away! I love your quilt with falling blocks! I have been thinking a lot to make a quilt with 'baby bricks' and I would love to use your idea! Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. Great quilts! Love the tumbling blocks, and the "ugly fabric" one. I really love them all! Nice to meet you!

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  90. Luscious batiks! The blogathon has been great.

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  91. Tumbling blocks are something that I hope to do someday, they look amazing.
    Ohh batiks, lovely fabrics, Thanks so much, I have a project coming up that I could use some of those in. Thanks

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  92. Greetings from the Yukon!

    Wonderful quilts, I love your style.

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  93. I've never had any Batiks before so would love to win this giveway, thank you for the chance. Linda

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  94. Love your Metamorphosis quilt! Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful batiks!

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  95. Gorgeous batiks! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  96. Thank-you for being our Ontario stop! Lovely fabric as they have all been.

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  97. Lovely quilts and gorgeous fabrics to give away. I love batiks.

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  98. Your ugly fabrics quilt is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. Love, love, LOVE your quilts! THANKS for sharing!!

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  100. Krista, your quilts are gorgeous! Hope you can make it to the next OMQG meeting and show your turquoise one -- I'd love to see it in person. Thanks for the giveaway and for including my blog on your list! It's so nice to get to know you a bit better through the blogathon.

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  101. Your quilts are amazing! Love the tumbling blocks. Great giveaway! Thanks.

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  102. All your quilts are beautiful... but my favourite of the ones you shared is the tumbling block quilt! Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win those gorgeous fabrics.

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  103. Really like the tumbling block/hexagons! Thanks for sharing!

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  104. oh yes, that batik would be hard to pass up. I enjoyed your mini quilt show. The Escher inspired one is wonderful with that touch of red. Thanks for hosting.

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  105. Your quilts are gorgeous. I love the tumbling blocks. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway

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  106. Love the batiks and your quilts are beautiful. Loving the opportunity to meet so many fabulous home grown quilters

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  107. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilts.
    Your giveaway is fantastic.

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  108. Loved seeing your quilts especially your Falling Blocks! Great Blogathon!!

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  109. I love the Tumbling Blocks - but all of your quilts are unique! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. Great quilt designs! I really like your fractals piece - your eye really gets pulled into the centre.

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  111. great quilts! love your bw&r hexie quilt! thanx for the chance to win the batik bundle ... love batiks!

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  112. Your choice of fabrics and colors are out of this world, love them.

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  113. Love that tumbling block quilt!

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  114. Hi there. Thanks for putting my blog on your links. I too love batiks and as a matter of fact my friend and I will be doing a quilt out of all the batiks we've been hoarding.

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  115. This blogathon has been great. Your quilts are lovely. Thank you!

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  116. Hi from Ontario.Have enjoyed finding Canadian bloggers.Lovely quilts.So much talent and creativity out there.Thanks for sharing.

    rhondaturc@gmail.com

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  117. Hi from Saskatchewan. Beautiful quilts. What a great giveaway you are offering, thanks.

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  118. Visiting from St. John's, NL. Batiks are my favorite fabrics. These are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway

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  119. Lovely work...enjoyed looking!

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  120. Your tumbling blocks quilt is super, I made a tumbling blocks pillow earlier this year, it's one of my favourite classic patterns.

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  121. I love your fractal stars! Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful batiks

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  122. Love all your pieces, but the tumbling blcoks just catches by eye. I don't work with a lot of batiks and is something I am challenging myself with for next year.

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  123. You have created some fantastic quilts. Metamorphosis and Tumbling Blocks are my favorites. I am glad you are going to publish them as patterns. Your tumbling blocks are really tumbling. A lovely collection of batiks for your giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

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  124. Great quilts. Love the b&w hexies. Gorgeous choice of colors on those batiks. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  125. Beautiful quilts - I especially like the tumbling blocks and the black/white.

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  126. Your quilts are stunning, thanks for the chance to win! awolk at rogers dot com

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  127. red white and black blocks .. fabulous!

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  128. ooh yes those tumbling blocks are spectacular! great job!

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  129. The Escher quilt is fantastic! Please add me to the list of people who want to know when the pattern is available! (and it's in my favourite colour combination as well. LOVE it!) Tonga batiks - what's not to like? Beautiful colours.

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  130. Love those fabrics, thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  131. Your quilts are absolutely stunning! So talented. My fav is the tumbling blocks. I have only be quilting for 3 years and am loving it. I've just recently starting using batiks and have wondered why it took me so long to use them. Would love to win your prize.

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  132. Love your quilts!! Especially the tumbling blocks quilt! Very cool! :)

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  133. An Escher print ! you did it and since the day that I started quilting i have been dreaming to make one of his prints. My Dad met him one time in Holland and found it very interesting to hear from me that a lot of quilt designs are based on the same principle. Have fun

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  134. Love your geometric designs. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  135. Love, love, love your quilts!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Batiks are my favorite :)

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  136. I love the SKETCHBOOK fabric and Batiks, M C Escher is one of my Favorite artists I have been wanting to make a quilt with his sketches in mind for years great to see your interpretation.

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  137. I love your giveaway choice and your tumbling block quilt is one of the best I have seen, The concept is really neat. Thanks!

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  138. I love the batik fabric colours! Your tumbling blocks quilt is great!

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  139. I love the tumbling blocks. And your colour choices are fantastic.

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  140. I love batiks and would love to add this to my stash, thank you for people like you that generously give us all a chance to win these items we may not otherwise be able to achieve.

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  141. Isn't funny how "ugly fabrics" become beauties when we look past them individually? Love the work you are doing

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  142. The fabrics are gorgeous. It is wonderful to meet other Canadian quilters. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  143. Loved touring your quilts, loved the diamond star!! I am new to quilting and would love to have this beautiful fabric to start my own fabric stash. My contact is maureenmcclymont19@gmail.com

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  144. Hello Krista and thank you for your generous offer to win the batiks bundle. I am a new quilter for about 2 years now. I really enjoy your site which gives me ideas of what I can do with fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  145. Love batiks. Thanks do much for sharing.

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  146. Your quilts are absolutely beautiful and stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  147. I love your quilts, especially Metamorphasis. A viewer could just get lost in that quilt. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  148. lovely quilts. thanks for taking part in the hop

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  149. Oh I love your quilts but the one that stands out if the "Falling Blocks" What a great idea to make it different and fun! Thanks for taking part in the blog hop! Oh and yes the fabric for the give away is to die for! lol

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  150. Wonderful quilts....my daughter is in the Modern Quilt Guild in Ottawa and she loves it.....thanks for sharing...

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  151. Wonderful quilts, wonderful colours in the giveaway. Would love to design a project for them! lizzie_10000@hotmail.com

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  152. The Canadian Blog was a blast. The hostesses are so gifted and encourages us to try new challenges. Your quilt `Falling Blocks`is my favourite Krista. Thank you Blogathon Canada for organizing this, Quilters dream fabric give aways for prizes & Giving another outlet for Quilters to share. Happy Quilting:)

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  153. Beautiful fantastic work........ love the quilting

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  154. Lovely quilts! A great bundle to giveaway too!

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