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Monday, September 10, 2012

Fun Time with Dots




Welcome to my blog, I hope you can take a moment to check out my blog. Here you will find that I like to share a lot of what happens on my farm here in NE Oklahoma. You get a little of life with cows and chickens, my struggles with growing an organic vegetable garden, canning, cooking and my love for quilting, knitting and most anything that has needlework involved. Plus some....

I love the fact that I can join in on such a fun hop.
Thanks goes to our cheerleader
Corrie from  Quilt Taffy 
She will have the schedule to the entire blog hop.
And special thanks to Madame Samm from Sew WE Quilt
for setting this up. 


I am sharing my day with these wonderful bloggers











Now all the formality done, lets get on with what you came for, a fun project with dots

I had seen this pattern last year at a retreat I went to and fell in love. I love paisley's and what a fun way to play with dotted fabric.

First I thought I would make a small quilt or wall hanging but that
 did not go as plan. I tried many variations of colors on different 
backgrounds and nothing looked the way I imagined. 
I had to get in touch with my creative side and 
come up with something that looked good, practical and useful 
(that's something I need) and did not take a lot of time.
Plus I hope it gets your creativity juices flowing and will try this, 
either with the pattern I give you or maybe something you like.




So what I decided to do was to put my block on a canvas frame.


Materials:
1 – 12.5”x12.5” (unfinished)  block
4 - 2.5"x13" strips of quilting fabric
1 – 12"x12” piece of cotton quilt batting
1 – 12"x12" canvas
Staple gun



Lets start with the block I made for you,
You can download a PDF file here

I tried many combos but I liked the one on the bottom right the best. So that is the one I'll be showing.



You need your background to be 12.5 x 12.5
Trace the pattern onto some fusible web like Soft Fuse, Heat and Bond or one of your choice.



I cut out the center of the big paisley because sometimes you can see the fabric through the top piece


When placed on background like you want them, press according to your product instructions.
Now we are ready to prepare the block so it can be attach to frame.
You will need to press a 1/2" fold on each of the 12.5 x 13 strips.
 Now we'll sew the strips to the block. Place one strip along the edge of your block, right sides together. Make sure the strip is centered along the edge...the strip should be 1/4" shorter than the block on both sides. 


Sew a 1/4" seam and make sure to press your seam open:
Repeat with all four strips. I prefer to sew them in opposite pairs so your second strip should go along the edge opposite the first. When you get to your third and fourth strip, you'll notice that your block is now 12" and your strip lines up exactly along the edge.
After you press your third and fourth strips open, you should have a nice corner that has nice finished edges.





Place the batting in the center of block then lay the canvas frame on top of the bat.




Fold the sides of your block up and stapling on each side. It's important to keep your fabric tight without stretching it too much...you want the front to be taught but you don't want to warp the block.


If everything goes right, you will have a tiny gap at the corners:





You will need to stitch the gap closed, can do a slip stitch or a ladder stitch.



Whoa La 


Can put some of those picture hooks in the back or just use the edge of the canvas to hang your block.


Now for my giveaway, when I saw this panel I first noticed the dots and felt it would be a fun one to work with.



Could use the panel as a lap top, maybe place mats or could be pillows. 

All you need to do is leave a comment, If you follow my blog or decide to now, make a separate comment but it is not require. Just a bonus for my followers.

Deadline is Friday the Sept.15th 
Winner picked by random


I want to say thank you for stopping by and I hope you will again. 
Friends are always welcomed.

Till next time,
Kat
=^..^=






The winner is Quilt and Queen who wrote
"Hi Kathleen,there is something about dots and paisleys, they just go perfect together. Great project, love the canvas board idea. Thanks for sharing!! Happy stitching, Pauline'

I'll be sending you an email.

Thank you everyone for visiting.

142 comments:

  1. Kat! What a marvelous post ... love the paisley and love the canvas picture tips. Very sweet giveaway and thank you for the opportunity! Yay you for hopping on the Dots on Dots Blog hop!

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  2. I have always wanted to do a framed piece, thank you for tutorial! Paisley and dots, beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I am also a follower! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial. Paisley and dots together, wonderful. Thanks for sharing and a great giveaway

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  5. Great tutorial - I love your canvas pieces too. Thanks for sharing and what a lovely giveaway too.

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  6. Thanks for explaining how to mount the canvas, I am making a headboard soon, and this came really handy! same concept I guess. And thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Thanks for that great tutorial. I think blocks like that would be great pillows! Mmmmmm, might have to add this to my (ever growing) to-do-list! I've added you to my reader list, so I'm looking forward to reading all about your cows, veggies and other farm related things!

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  8. Great show and tutorial! Thanks for showing.

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  9. Very cute. I love making art canvases.

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  10. I love your fabric choices and the tutorial is really helpful. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Your block is delightful. So unique and clever. It`s really great! I`m going to check out your hen house cam. That is cool. My neighbor`s chickens supply us with free eggs and her peacocks are the neighborhood alarm clocks. You have a great blog.

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  12. Your paisleys are pretty! and that snowman panel is so fun looking!

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  13. Really enjoying everyones work Great job.

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  14. I am just a new blogger also so am now a follower.

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  15. Such a lovely piece of art! I love paisleys and yours is gorgeous

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  16. HI Kat, what a brilliant idea...yes maammmm , YOU are a fabric artiste...lol

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  17. Great dots! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  18. Oh Neat! I've never seen paisley like that. Love it!

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  19. Fun block, thanks for the tips on mounting, I'd like to try that.

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  20. I love this panel as I'm making a tree skirt in the same fabric line- never saw the panel

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  21. great tutorial thank's for sharing. I'm in love
    with this pannel, those snowman are amazing! thank's for the chance to win, and you have a great blog

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  22. I love putting quilties on canvas. Great "tut" to make it a little easier. How cute are those little snowmen, and what a great time to start thinking about them!

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  23. Love it!! Now thats a unique idea!! Super cute panel!!

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  24. Gostei da ideia,ficou original.Bonecos de neve são o máximo,eu amo,sou brasileira por aqui sol e calor,nossos bonecos para decoração de natal são feitos de material sintético.Obrigada continuo te seguindo e aprendendo.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  25. I love the paisley shape but never thought of using dots!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  26. I love paisley's and this block is perfect for it. Thank you!

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  27. What a great idea to put a block on a canvas like that. This would make cute gifts for the holidays! Thumbs up!

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  28. I love paisleys too. Nice way you added it to canvas.

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  29. I would have never thought to combine polka dots with paisley, but it turned out so cute!

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  30. I love paisley - this is so cool. A very nice tutorial, thank you for sharing with us today.

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  31. Putting your dots and paisley on canvas was a great idea--love it! Nice tutorial, too. Thanks for hopping with us! :O)

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  32. Thanks for the tutorial for your paisley dots block on canvas. That is a very creative way to display your block. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Thank you for sharing your fun projects! Very nice!

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  34. I love the canvas idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  35. What a great project!! Love it!!

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  36. Thanks for the tutorial on the canvas. I like those pieces but usually don't find something I like readymade. So now I can figure out how to do my own. I liked the little dotty fringe on the paisley. SO cute.

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  37. Oh, snowmen! That is a great panel. I explored your blog and knew I just had to become a follower.

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  38. Thanks for showing us how to do the frame. Paisleys are fun! Great dotty project!

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  39. Framing a canvas is a great idea - especially for a teenager's room!

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  40. I love blocks on canvas!!! Great way to cover up some of my fails...lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I like your canvas block. I like paisleys.

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  42. Of course I am a follower. An in the off-chance I am a winner, I would like to makea request. Could I have a little purse like you and youngest daughter made instead of the panel? Just askin'...

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  43. Great post and fun wall hanging. I received a quilt that was put on a canvas frame for Christmas this past year and now I know how it is done thanks to you!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  44. Adorable idea, thank you for sharing, I learned something, I love to use canvas too.. Hope to see you on my Dots to Dots Day

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  45. Makes for nice quilty art pieces!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  46. I'm a new follower
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  47. Hi Kat what a great block, thank you for sharing. Susie x

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  48. What a creative idea! Why is it I can never think of things like this? Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I love to get new ideas, and I liked yours. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Thanks so much for the canvas info. I now know what to do with some of my UFO's. I love your happy snowmen. I am a new follower who will continue to enjoy your wonderful work.

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  51. I'm a new follower! I love finding all of these quilting blogs through the blog hops!

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  52. I follow your blog via GFC as Lisa Cox

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  53. Rosemary B Here:
    I love paisley! This is so nice I am going to try it too.
    Your creation is just wonderful
    Thank you for sharing

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  54. I am a new follower and love your tutorial on the canvas block and look forward to visiting again. Judith, Texas

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  55. I enjoyed reading your tutorial. You did a great job, thank you for sharing with us all.

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  56. I love your idea of putting your block on canvas - I have a couple I'd like to do that to. blessings, marlene

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  57. What fun! I never would have thought of combining paisley and dots.

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  58. A neat idea! This does look like paisley prints.

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  59. Great project! I like the way you used the canvas. Thanks for the great tutorial

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  60. Thanks for the tutorial for a neat project! I love that panel..thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. That is wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  62. What a fabulous idea, I really like this.
    Thank you for the tutorial.
    Thank you for the chance

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  63. I'm a new follower. Thank you for the giveaway, the snowmen look cute.

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  64. Love that simple looking block you made. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Cute block. Thanks for the pattern & tut & the opportunity to win.

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  66. I love the idea of putting a block in/on a canvas frame.

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  67. Hi Kathleen,there is something about dots and paisleys, they just go perfect together. Great project, love the canvas board idea. Thanks for sharing!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  68. This is a clever idea - I love the paisley :) Super panel too - would love to win!!!

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  69. I like the way you decorated your canvas. My son did this for my grand daughters room. Great use of the dots!

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  70. Neat idea. thanks. Snowmen are my most favorite thing.

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  71. really love your little picture! Thanks for being a part!

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  72. I am a new follower. Fun site!

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  73. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  74. What a clever idea! I enjoyed my visit here! :)

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  75. Hello Kathleen-Thanks for sharing how to make a paisley using polka dots. I have another suggestion for your panel. I have taken "cheaters" or panels like that and quilted them to hang in my window for each season or month. Our front windows were covered with a coating to prevent UV damage as one of our former cats, a sweet all white boy, developed skin cancer on his ears by sitting in the sun. When we brought him in permanently it was too late, but it is an added bonus as the little quilts I hang there do not get sun damage. You can do the same thing if you have a wall to display seasonal panels. Thanks for sharing, from California(born/raised in SF, college at CSU-Chico, now live in Burlingame.
    Rosemary

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  76. Kathleen, as I told you earlier -- I love your dotty paisleys! So clever!

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  77. Love the snowman panel.. I've never seen someone put a quilt block on like canvas before. :) Who'd have thought.. :) Cool

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  78. Neat idea to use the canvas for your block , thanks for sharing.

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  79. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

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  80. That's a neat idea! I like paisley too. Thanks for sharing your project and for a chance to win the panel.

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  81. great idea to use a block on canvas! And that panel is super adorable

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  82. What a great idea with the paisley shape. That is a super idea! Debby (in Virginia, DC suburbs) Thanks for sharing today!

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  83. I really like how the background fabric on the paisley shape looks like lace around the outside. Very cool!

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  84. Thanks for a great stop on the hop. Thanks also for the tut.

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  85. I love paisley, too. Great ideas and putting it on canvas was perfect. I see you have African Violets - a favorite of mine.

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  86. Loooooooooooove the paisley dots! How fun is that!

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  87. I love paisley, almost as much as I love snowmen. :) Great idea to cut out the extra background ( I have just started using fusible web). Great tut. Thanks

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  88. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing!

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  89. great job on your tut!
    love the snowman panel give away to
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  90. Beautiful paisley and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  91. I love your paisley!!! Too cute and your tut is easy to follow - thanks for the pattern!!!

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  92. The snowmen are too cute! I also love how you framed the fabric block. Very nice technique.

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  93. You made a really creative block! And I love the snowman panel.

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  94. What a fun and unique project! I really like the panel and my mind is swirling with ideas on how I could use it. Thanks for sharing!

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  95. How creative! I love your framing idea!

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  96. Lovely, what a unique I idea to frame the block.

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  97. I love anything to do with paisley print but would never have thought to make my own, thank you for the great idea. The snowman fabric is delightful, thanks for the giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  98. I have been a follower of yours for some time now....

    that panel is to die for...

    What a great way to showcase a design.

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  99. If I had to choose between paisley and dots, I would just have to sit and cry because I couldn't, I love them both. Thanks for your inspirational use of paisley and dots. :O

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  100. I am a new follower to your blog and happily so.
    Thanks for a chance to win that cute snowman panel.

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  101. Very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. Your paislies are really pretty. Great give away too!

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  103. my step daughter is a snowman collector, so I would make a winter wall hanging w

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  104. what a great tutorial. thanks. I have snowmen up all winter. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  105. I'm from SE Kansas, but I live in NJ now. My family still lives in Independence, Coffeyville, Caney and Cherryvale, KS.

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  106. Thank You for your tutorial on attaching your block to a frame. I would not have thought of that, or how to approach it before. I am learning a lot on this Dots-on-Dots blog-hop. Your block looks lovely.Thank you for sharing and the cute giveaway. I love the dotty snowmen!! Luba

    chris.luba@sympatico.ca

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  107. I am a Follower of yours now and will be interested to see what you create next. Thanks again. Luba

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  108. Love your blog; thank you so much for doing it.....you do have the greatest ideas and I really enjoy finding out what you'll be doing next...

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  109. Great block and such a clever way to display it! How lovely you are to share a tutorial of it with us.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  110. Your canvas is so pretty. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  111. From one NE Oklahoman to another - great tutorial of a great block and I love the display technique. Many of us think the only way we can use a block is in some sort of quilt. Thanks for a fresh idea!

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  112. Really nice project and tutorial! I love the idea of framing my own block. I love snowmen and your panel is cute!

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  113. I am a new follower! Looking for snowmen! The snow will be here sooner than we know it!

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  114. Wow! Your Paisley block is sooo cool! Very creative! & Great job! thanks for sharing how to do it too!

    Thank you for chance to win your Drawing! :)

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  115. I'm a new Follower too! Woohooo!

    Love the Snowmen...and Polka Dots! Thanks for second chance to win! :)

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  116. I know your giveaway is over, but I'm a paisley lover, so I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed seeing your project.

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  117. Wonderful paisleys and a fun way to hang them! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I'm a new follower... too late for give away, but that's okay.
    Thanks for joining in the fun and hopping along with us!

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  118. I missed the give away but that is ok. I love your idea of putting a block on canvas. What a great way to match your sewing room decorations. Thank you for the idea.

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