Monday, May 2, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Hop!

Welcome quilting friends! How fun to have you join me for the opening day of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 13 Blog Hop :o) I'm so thrilled to have my fourth block included in Quiltmaker's biannual collection of quilt blocks. To add to the fun my block appears on the cover - WooHoo!!

First, I'm so happy to introduce my block, Flowers for the Cabin. Maybe you can see why it has this name?
The intentional selection and placement of floral fabric = Flowers
The use of log cabin piecing to create the basket = for the Cabin

Flowers for the Cabin
Flowers for the Cabin


I have to say this issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks contained quite a surprise for me. I was not at all expecting to see this block when I opened my designer preview issue of Volume 13 about a month ago. You see, Flowers for the Cabin has a bit of a backstory which can be found here if you're interested.

Flowers for the Cabin makes a perfect springtime block using the light pinks and crisp white fabrics shown above. In my area of the country we have a huge celebration each spring called the Apple Blossom Festival and these fabric are perfect for it :o)

However, Flowers for the Cabin can easily become a basket of flowers suited for the harvest season by changing out the floral fabric, as shown in this example:

Flowers for the Cabin
Flowers for the Cabin


I think a Flowers for the Cabin block would make a perfect center for a medallion quilt. Or, maybe use it in a four-block arrangement like one of the examples shown below. I just pasted an image of my block in Google Slides and copies/rotated/added colored squares to create these mock-ups. 


Four-block layout options

How about a drawing?! Quiltmaker's is generously giving one of my blog readers a free issue of 100 Blocks, Volume 13For a chance to win leave me a comment telling me about your sewing machine: Love it? Hate it? Have your eye on a particular model? I hope to upgrade my machine in about a year and I'd love to have input on machines to consider :o) If you suspect you may be a "no reply" blogger please make sure to include your email address in your comment. I'll draw a random winner on Saturday morning, May 7.

Don't miss out on all the other blogs featured in the tour. They can be found on Quilty Pleasures blog. I can't wait to fix a cup of tea and enjoy the hop myself!

I hope you've enjoyed stopping by :o) I'd love to see you back here again. If you'd like regular updates from Shadows of the Blue Ridge consider signing up for an email subscription (top right of your screen), or you can find me on Bloglovin'.

112 comments:

  1. That is a great block! My sewing machine is very old, but working like a tractor (as we say in Switzerland, lol) but i dream of a machine with quiltstitches and also a nicer zigzag stich than mine has. Hope you find a machine you will really love!

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  2. Lovely block! I immediately thought this would make a nice corner border block for an chain quilt. My sewing machine is about 5 yrs old. I love all the new bells and whistles but dislike having to take it in to be oiled once a year.

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  3. Great block--loved reading the story behind it! I have an older machine that my mom got for me the year after I graduated from college. It's adequate, but has its limitations--think I may be investing in a new machine soon!

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  4. I really like that basket block with the chain. Great idea! I have a Bernina that I adore. Sews like a charm but the drawback is it's weight. It is hard to take anywhere. I also have a lower end Janome and it, too, is a great machine and lighter weight for traveling.

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  6. I love your idea for using the log cabin block. I have a Baby Lock Aria & I love it. cknapp3636(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  7. What a great way to use a log cabin. Definitely will have to try it. I have 2 Pfaffs. The latest one is a quilt expression 4.2 and I love it. I plan to learn how to machine quilt on it. I've had it a year but we moved in the last 6 months so I got behind on that front. Have loads of tops to quilt and once they are done I get to start on all the projects I want to do including trying your log cabin basket. I think I'll try and paper piece it. funnylady93@comcast.net

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  8. I have 3 Singers. one was my mothers, from around 1970's, one is a 100th anniversary edition and the other is a featherweight. The featherweight is awesome for quilting.

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  9. I have an Elna & Babylock Symphony sewing machine. I've had the Elna for over 15 years. This was the first sewing machine that I had that wasn't a hand me down from someone else. I love it for piecing. I purchased the symphony last year for quilting but I've done some stitch in the ditch but this week I'm going to do my first queen size quilt in free motion quilting. I think I've practiced enough.

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  10. I have a Bernina Virtuosa 155 and I love it. I've been sewing on her for 12 years and I love the way she sews. No bells and whistles, but good accurate sewing.

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  11. I have an older Kenmore (made by Janome) sewing machine that works great and does way more than I need or use, but I'd still love to upgrade to a newer machine.

    nkadenver at yahoo dot com

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  12. I have a Janome 6600 which I love, but servicing is a distance problem. I bought a Juki 2010Q thinking I could do most of the servicing myself, but I hate it. It shreds every thread I use and I've had tons of tension problems.

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  13. I own 2 Bernina's and love them, especially for free motion quilting!
    my email is: maryannhertel@gmail.com

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  14. congratulations, this is a very fun and lovely block. My sewing machine works well for what I do. I also have another that works well on heaver materials well.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  15. congratulations, this is a very fun and lovely block. My sewing machine works well for what I do. I also have another that works well on heaver materials well.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  16. Congratulations, your block is great! I have a Bernina 440 that I love. I use it every day. I also have a Bernina 330 which is lighter that I take to classes and retreats. I love both my Berninas and they work great for piecing and quilting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this magazine issue.

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  17. I have a Janome 6600 and I love it (had the 7700 and hated it; fortunately my DIL loves it)
    Like your block

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  18. Lovely block! I bought a Janome MC6600p five years ago and have had no problems with it at all. My previous machines (Brother, Husqvarna Viking) had tension issues almost daily.

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  19. Love your block! I have a Baby Lock Aria and I love it. It's great for machine quilting.

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  20. Love your block! I have a Baby Lock Aria and I love it. It's great for machine quilting.

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  21. That's a really cute block you designed. It has a lot of possibilities. Congratulations on being included in the issue!

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  22. Clever basket out of log cabin :-) I have a few sewing machines...some old singers and 2 newer Berninas. I definitely love my 1090 Bernina the best. The stitches are sweet and the mechanics less fussy. My Bernina embroidery machine has some weird quirks ;-)

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  23. I have a Bernina 750 Quilters Edition. Love it and my old Bernina 1230.

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  24. I love your log cabin flower basket block. I love love my Janome 6600. It is a workhorse with lots of features for someone who wants alot for their money.

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  25. Your flower basket is really great. I think it would make a great block for a pot holder.
    Thank you for a chance to win.
    I have three sewing machines. I inherited my grandmother's Singer from the 70's. I like using it, but it is a bit of a set up because it will not sit properly in it's table when not in use (it is suppose to latch to the table so that you can close it down, but the machine no longer can latch and it is a bit of a hassle to line up everything up properly for it to sit in the table). I love my Baby Lock Amelia for it small size and easy to travel to class weight. I also bought a ulna excellence 760 for at the house and really enjoy using it also.

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  26. I love my 20 year old Bernina and my 2 year old Bernina, and my one year old lightweight Babylock, for travel of course.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  27. I love my Janome! :-) Congrats on getting into the magazine. :-)

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  28. I love my Viking. If I need to raise my presser foot, I just tap the foot petal. There is no presser foot lifter thing in back.

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  29. I have a Singer, easy to use, just the throat opening is a bit small. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  30. I have a Baby lock, about 5 years old. I really
    Like it,

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  31. I have a Viking and love it! Thanks for sharing, your block is awesome!! Diane Oakes

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  32. I have a Bernina and love it! But, I also have a Featherweight and it is fantastic to take to retreats. So light to carry, but such a workhorse.

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  33. I have a Brother I use for piecing. And I have a Janome I use for heavier sewing. I love them both.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  34. I have a Pfaff 1473 which must be at least 25 years old! I love it; I would never want to sew without the built-in dual feed.

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  35. Thank you for being a part of the QM's 100 Blocks. I have a Singer Simple that I purchased from Joann's. I love it and it is just perfect for me. I simply love your block; the design is just so easy and the inspiration needed to try and win a copy of this Magazine.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  36. I have a vintage Pfaff that is awesome with FMQ, a Janine which I use for applique, and a Necchi which is a work horse. I use each regularly.

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  37. I got my first sewing machine for my birthday last year. It is a Janome and perfect for me x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  38. I have a very basic Brother machine that has only one decorative stitch. I'm hoping to upgrade just as soon as I can come up with $$$ needed.

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  39. I have both a Bernina Quilters Edition and a BabyLock Symphony. There are things I love and things I hate about both. I think the Bernina is a workhorse but it does have tension problems. I was using it for machine embroidery but found that boring and besides, I think it is hard to use the same machine for two different activities. Good luck. and by the way, I like your block.

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  40. I have a Janome 15000 that I absolutely love. I sews like a dress and does wonderful embroidery.

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  41. I collect vintage and treadle sewing machines... of all of those my two favorite machines are a Singer 66 treadle with a perfect stitch and a wonderful Davis Vertical Feed treadle that has an "integrated walking foot"... the needle moves the fabric, it will piece and quilt just about anything. Kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  42. Fun block! I have a Bernina that I take to retreats and a Juki that I use everyday. I love them both for different reasons, but sure wish my Bernina had the foot pedal thread cutter--it's hard when one machine cuts the thread and the other lifts the needle--LOL!

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  43. Traditional basket blocks are some of my favorites and your's is fabulous! I love my little Brother machine, it's a workhorse!

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  44. I already subscribe to your blog.. this is really nice.. Love my Bernina 750

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  45. Basket blocks are a favorite and yours is a keeper! I just replaced my worn out Viking with a BabyLock machine and I miss my Viking.

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  46. Last year I bought a Singer 'student' model that I love for being able to sew over denim seams, but am having trouble adjusting to sew thinner fabrics. I need to mess around with it more, as I don't sew a lot right now. But, I hope to sew more in retirement, including doing some quilting (a long-held dream). Thanks for the chance to win! Jan - vtcjan@yahoo.com

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  47. Love my Bernina(s)- and my granny's Featherweight! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  48. I have an older reliable Singer but would love to have new computerized model

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  49. I have a Janome and I love it. Been using it for 5 years with no service issues. Love your basket block!

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  50. Oh, I just love this one. I am a new follower. I have a new Pfaff Creative Sensation and I am in love. I also have a Singer Futura XL400 and a Brother LB6800PRW - all three do embroidery too. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  51. I have a Pfaff Expression 3.0 and I love it. It is reliable and sews beautifully. I have given it quite a work-out and it has made me a better sewist and quilter. The only thing I would change is that i wish I'd gotten the 4.0 with the knee lift; at the time, I wasn't doing any machine quilting and didn't think I'd get much use out of it, and couldn't fit it into my budget. Now I wish I'd splurged, because I love this machine and will stick with it forever and would like to have that one capability.

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  52. Great block! I have a older Bernina, a 153, which I dearly love! Good luck on you quest for a new machine.

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  53. I really like my sewing machine, it's a Brother.

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  54. Congratulations on your block! Just bought a new Viking as none of the other brands control thread tensions properly. I like to make clothing and reversible table runners and frequently use different colored threads top and bottom. I've been sewing for close to 50 years and have been a textile 4-H judge, so I know how to set thread tension. These newer machines always show the top thread on the bottom and vice versa - drives me nuts! Love my Viking!!

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  55. Very creative block...I like the way it looks when all the lines cross in the middle. I currently sew on a Bernina 830, and for the most part love it...Love the larger harp size in the middle. I would make that a must for any new machine because I quilt all my own quilts and it makes it sew much easier to squish the quilt bulk in there. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. I have 3 Singer's, one low end, one middle, one high end. Each have their benefits. Love them all, learned to FMQ on the middle and high end machines. There is a Bernina in my future, my family know's I would trade in the family car for one.

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  57. I recently bought a Juki for FMQ because of the bigger harp area. I like it very much. But I am attached to my little Kenmore, which is a Janome make in disguise. It's a die hard.

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  58. I did my piecing on a hand-me-down from my MIL (a Janome MC9000) for probably 15 years. It is a wonderful machine! This past Christmas my husband talked me into upgrading. I wasn't sure, as I thought I had everything I needed. But my new fancy Baby Lock Crescendo has some wonderful features that my old one didn't. So now I love it too.

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  59. My current sewing machine is a Singer, a small model that I purchased to take to classes and retreats.. since my heavy duty machine (a simplicity) machine currently needs repairs :( . It is a model made purposely for use in School Home Economic classes taught in the public schools. I love this machine..

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  60. I bought a Viking a few years ago and love it. I like your one-of-a-kind log cabin - flower block idea.

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  61. I sew on my vintage Singers which I love very much. I also have a vintage Kenmore which is a work horse. I also bought a new Baby Lock which I haven't broken in yet. There are so many great sewing machines available. Test drive as many as you can and decide what features you want. Good luck with your search.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  62. I have my Viking machines from 1981 and I love it!

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  63. I just acquired a Janome 7700 which is a big step up from my 35yo Viking Husqvarna. I am loving the "new" features and the huge area to the right of the needle. A few quirks that I will need to learn but I am enjoying the process. A new machine is such a treat!

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  64. I have a Bernina 820 and I like it. One of the reasons I wanted it was for the 12" space as I want to machine quilt my own quilts. My old machine was a Bernina that I bought in 1997 and still use it.

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  65. Love my 16 year old Pfaff machine. No separate walking foot required!

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  66. I love following your blog. Congrats! I love seeing traditional blocks combined to create something newly unexpected but appropriate to the originals. It will be fun to play with fabrics for "basket weaving"
    I love my Bernina 1090, and I've had her for 20 years now! She does so many things, including FMQ, and is reliable and accurate and strong. I recently got a Bernette Chicago 7, to get started with embroidery and do some of my piecing. But I really want a longarm or a sit-down like a Sweet Sixteen--I love quilting my quilts myself, but my Bernina is pretty small to do that in a timely manner.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  67. Love your block. Log cabins are one of my favorites. I have a Bernina and love it.

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  68. I have 2 old Singers, and old and new Janome, a Juki and a 15 year old Bernina. All are great machines, the Juki and old Janome are workhorses, but I always go back to my Bernina.

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  69. Congratulations on your lovely Flowers for the Cabin block! I have a Bernina and a Janome sewing machine. They are both very dependable and versatile. bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. I have a Viking sapphire and it has been a great quilting and sewing machine. Congratulations on your block, such a pretty one.

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  71. I have a Janome and a Brother 350 -and love them both!

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  72. Great block! I have a Viking Opal and a Brother CS 6000i for classes. I would love to have a machine with a knee lift, laser pointer and even more light.

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  73. I have a Viking Emerald 230....LOOOOVE it!! (I call her Emie)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :) (Am signing up for your Emails & on bloglovin...glad I found your blog!)

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  74. Great block - thanks for sharing. I love my Bernina 440QE. Thanks.

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  75. I love all my sewing machines! I just acquired the Singer treadle that I did all my sewing on after learning how to sew in 8th grade home ec. We had electric machines in class, but I went home and sewed on the treadle and loved it!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  76. I have a bernina 360 and love it. I do most of my piecing on it and I have a tin lizzie long arm. I'm new at long arm, but I love quilting on it.

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  77. I have a bernina 360 and love it. I do most of my piecing on it and I have a tin lizzie long arm. I'm new at long arm, but I love quilting on it.

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  78. my Viking sapphire is the best! a far cry from the old singer treadle I learned on all those many years ago.

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  79. The log cabin is one of my favorite blocks, I love what you've done with it. I don't usually care for basket blocks but your hanging one is fun. I have a Janome 6600 that I love. I do have my eye on a Bernina. A girl needs more than one sewing machine, right?

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  80. I like my machine even if it is misbehaving a bit at the moment!
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  81. I have a Brother, which is my workhorse and I have a Viking, my quilting machine. Looking for a machine with wider throat an less eletronic stuff, just for quilting

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  82. I do all my piecing on my Singer featherweight that was my moms. But I need a new machine to quilt and have settled on a Juki, hopefully this summer!

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  83. I do all my piecing on my Singer featherweight that was my moms. But I need a new machine to quilt and have settled on a Juki, hopefully this summer!

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  84. I love my Viking Topaz 20 for piecing and embroidery, but I think my older Viking 500 will be better for free motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway. schmidttr@verizon.net

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  85. I love my vintage machines. I'm currently using a Singer 401-A. It's fantastic!

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  86. I have several machines and love them all. My favorite is my Bernina 1130 that is 30+ years old.

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  87. Love my Juki , but the vintage Singer 301 is a fabulous backup machine!

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  88. I love my sewing machine. Unfortunately, it's at the shop getting it's yearly checkup and my back-up machine is...making me really miss my #1, you know?

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  89. I have an old janome i bought at goodwill for 7.00 bucks...... I love it would love a fancy one like all my friends have but mine does what i need...So i love it.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  90. I have a Bernina 560 and 830. Love them both............Your block is sweet. So many possibilities. I think it would be lovely in a Christmas setting.

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  91. What a great block! I have a Viking Lily and I love it. I'm happy with my machine and for right now I don't need anything computerized.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  92. Great block and the story behind it was fun to read. I always like a good story. I have more than one sewing machine and I like them all for different reasons. My newest though is a Janome 8900 QCP which I just love and consider the best of them all.

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  93. I sew on a Viking Lily 445 that my husband gave me for Christmas in 1999. I love it but wouldn't turn down a sit-down long arm or even a featherweight if offered!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  94. Haven't used my machine in a couple of years--still organizing from a move a year ago. At least it's now accessible. It's a Kenmore, very basic, but now in need of a cleaning, at least.

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  95. I have a Bernina 330 machine and I love it. It feels very sturdy and has just enough features. If I were getting another machine, I'd buy a Bernina.

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  96. Very sweet block! I have a 20 year old Pfaff Creative 1475 CD (not sure what the CD means) and I love it. The only problem is they don't make it anymore! It is sturdy and well-made. I hope it lasts for a long time yet. Karen
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  97. I have a Pfaff. It is a great machine although I get bird's nest if the bobbin isn't just right. I would love t get a Bernina hint hint for mother's day. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  98. Congratulations! I love your Flowers for the Cabin block...gorgeous! I have two machines....a Brother Cs6000i and a new Juki TL2010Q that I got for Christmas. The Brother is a good starter machine. Sadly, I haven't had a chance to try my new Juki yet because Chemo brain just doesn't want to concentrate yet. I hope to very soon!

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  99. Love your block, especially the history of the block, so interesting. I have Bernina 440 QE which is no longer in the current lineup of machines. It has been a good machine, but I really liked my Husqvarna that my parents gave me when I graduated from college, many years ago. I used to have a New Home and really liked the alphabet that it printed out. No matter what machine you get, it will be a lot faster than sewing by hand. Love your block. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  100. I love your block… looks super complicated, but I'm putting it on the ol' to-do list!! I'm not sure my sewing machine info will help you. I have a non-computerized Huskavarna model called Madison that my husband bought me in 2006. It is so trustworthy and faithful with no bells and whistles, that she goes by the name "Maddy!"Congrats on your block!!

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  101. love your block, and I love my sewing machines , my favorite is my HV sapphire 875Q

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  102. I really like your block! Thanks for showing the options! It is going on my "to do" list! I love my sewing machine! It's an oldie, a Bernina, but never lets me down :) - it has lots of bells and whistles and is sooooooo reliable! I would love to get a mid arm machine to do all kinds of quilting - not sure what model so that is possibly in the future :)

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  103. I have a Necchi which I use for piecing and applique (as well as all regular sewing), since it has zig-zig stitch etc. I also have a brother which only does straight stitch but has a bigger opening that I use for free-motion quilting. I'd love to have one machine which is good at both tasks.

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  104. Gorgeous block. I love my machines. Right now the one I usually sew on is a featherweight in a featherweight table.

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  105. I have two machines--a Babylock Tempo and a Brother VM5100. The Brother can do so much more and has a larger throat area. That's my recommendation.

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  106. I love my Bernina 1260. It's a wonderful machine! Used ones are also great.

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  107. I just got a babylock Kathrine, and she a dream, I call her my baby girl.
    I have a singer 9960 and I call her fussy pants she doesn't like quilts.

    Thank you,
    diremmer@gmail.com

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  108. I would consider a BabyLock Destiny. Have tested the BabyLock Ellisimo. But the Destiny is queen bee!

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  109. I absolutely love my Janome 3160 QDC. I have had it for almost 3 years and have never had a disappointing moment with it.

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  110. Very interesting block. I have a Bernina and I love it.

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  111. I have a Baby Lock Ellisimo and I love it. Also have an Ellegante as well as two Featherweights which I love. I hear Destiny by Baby Lock is the new heart throb. Got my fingers crossed. Thank you.

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  112. The blocks look really complicated. Floral patterns make them so elegant and gentle.

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