Friday, May 2, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Hop

It's always fun to see the blocks included in each issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks! I think the biannual magazine has become a must-have resource in many quilters' libraries. I'm excited to have a block included in Volume 9!

This block is one I designed about 12 years ago for a block-of-the-month program at Patches, Etc, a local shop in St Louis. The quilt was called "Patches of Main" and each block depicted one of the stores in our historic district of St. Charles. We had a cute little book store at the time and so a shelf of books seemed perfect!

I'd been thinking about this block recently with all the wonderful text fabric we have available today and just had to try it updated, bright and happy. My block is called "Read" and is #880.


Wouldn't it look cute on the front of a book bag? Think Summer trips to the library!

My second thought was how adorable it would be in a kid's room - with a very important reminder!


 I decided to mount the piece on a 16" x 20"canvas board I picked up at my local craft store. To make it fit I added 1/2" to each of the side pieces. That meant I had to add 1" to my top and bottom pieces to make it a 12" x 13" block.


The letters are pieced from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman - Refrigerator Magnets. They're 3" tall and I added another 2" finished background piece to the top. The borders were cut 4" wide and are wrapped around to the back of the canvas board and stapled in place.


So here's your chance to win a copy of the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Leave me a comment and I'll choose a winner on Monday. Have you read a good book lately? I'm always looking for an interesting read!!



For more chances to win, be sure to pop over to the Quilty Pleasures Blog.

222 comments:

  1. A fun block for a book catalogue or a journal cover. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  2. Loving this block, would love to copy your idea for my niece, a librarian.

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  3. Lovely block for a book lover!
    My favorite book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; it's fantastic and I recommend it warmely.

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  4. Great block, could use it as a book bag, chair backer or as part of a quilt. Love books :)

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  5. What a funny block. I also prefer to have book in my hands. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  6. What an adorable block! And I love the message with it.

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  7. Love your Read block. My favorite block is Two Old Women.

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  8. I just got a copy of The Book Thief and Go Girl for vacation. Talk about extremes. I'll let you know. Great block, so fun. It need a cup of coffee next to it.

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  9. Congratulations on a fabulous block!! If I do not win a copy I for sure am buying a copy of the 100 blocks! This is perfect for my daughter who will be getting her Masters Degree in Library Science this year! Maybe a mini wallhanging! thank you!

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  10. My best buddy from college is a librarian. This would be a fun gift for her. Elizabeth's pattern is great. How about a Newberry winner - A View From Saturday?

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  11. Great block. Haven't read anything new in awhile. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. I love those text fabrics. What a cool use for them.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  13. Great block and great use of that fabric I have with words...have been wanting to make a bookshelf quilt for a long time now. Would love to see the quilt that all of you made when you designed the block to go with the shops...what a fun idea that is.

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  14. As a homeschooler most of my reading is done with my kids. Just finished a really good book with my daughter in conjunction with her study of the Middle East called Seven Daughters and Seven Sons.

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  15. I love to read and your block iis great

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  16. That's a cute twist on a book block. I have only read quilt books lately. I'm always searching for new ideas on quilting. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  17. My husband works for our state library. This block would be perfect for several of our friends!

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  18. I go to the library every week I need to put this in my bag

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  19. Love this block a lot. It's very creative and sending a positive message at the same time.

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  20. I like audible books and of course reading any quilting book. Love your block!

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  21. Great book block and mini quilt.

    Reading these days is not like it used to be as there are so many different ways to "read" a book. I listen to audio books most times because I am usually multi tasking but I still buy physical books. Most recently I listened to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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  22. I love your block. I don't read a lot of books....the most things I read are quilting magazines, books, and other quilters blogs. My oldest daughter reads a lot....this block would be great on a book bag....I love that idea. Thanks
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  23. thank you for sharing your beautiful block, it is very creative! i would say any book by janet evanovich or marta perry or carla neggers is a great read. thank you for sharing and congrats on getting your block published. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  24. How very creative. I really need to have that in my living room so it will remind me to take the time to read. I used to read all time but lately I have not picked up a good book to read. I love all of James Pattersons books.

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  25. Love your block!! I'm in grad school right now, on my way to becoming a librarian, so this is perfect for me. Best book I've read lately is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

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  26. Great idea for a book bag. I have gotten into Library overdrive free library books off the net it is great. I still go to the library though. I have at least one book every two weeks to read and enjoy. Just read Mr. Churchhills Secretary, A Maggie Hope Mystery Also a week in Summer A Maeve Binchy novel. Both good.

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  27. Love the block! I'm reading Quilting with a Modern Slant and a Ray Bradbury short story collection at the moment.

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  28. Love your block. I read every day. The newspaper, internet news, books and everything else in front of me.

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  29. Cindy, as. always annother excellent piece of work. I love the canvas idea. I recently read book called The hypnotist's Love Story. It was from the library. Very fun. Quick read! I'd love to win the mag! Chrissy

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  30. Lately I've just been reading quilt books! I really like the library tote idea....how clever!

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  31. Too fun. I also have fallen in love with text fabric recently.

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  32. Love your block! This would be a great gift for my granddaughter who is completing First grade she loves to read!. I am currently reading G.A. McKevett series of Savannah Reid books. They are a hoot. I scrolled down and looked at your work space, it is wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. I just finished "The Book Thief", and now I'm reading "Winter's Tale". I like to read the books that are made into movies before I watch the movie. Thanks for the give away!

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  34. What a wonderful block! Great idea! Love the 100 Blocks issues. So much creativity. I'm reading Under the Banner of Heaven currently.

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  35. What a cute block! It would be great in a school library. Right now, we're reading the Agatha Christie Poirot books. We watched the series on T.V., and are enjoying comparing the books with the shows.

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  36. Oh what a great block - I love it! If you've never read Janet Evanovitch - you must - she's awesome! Thanks so much for the chance to win! ;) Debby E
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  37. I agree that this block would be perfect on a book bag.

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  38. What a great block! I am going to share it with a quilter friend who is an active Friends of the Library member, in my town. She often makes raffle quilts to support the library!

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  39. Great Block! I just finished Night Fall by Nelson Demille - intriguing story.

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  40. Great block! I love the way you used it on the board. I love Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court series, her newest one just came out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  41. Love your block! So very clever!

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  42. Love playing with the new text fabric... You don't need much to say a lot with it.

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  43. I love the idea behind your block and the way it sews up. I'll be looking for fabric with printed words. Would make a cute baby shower gift also.

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  44. This has to be my favorite block all week. I'm a retired school librarian. This block will definitely get made for a silent auction for the Friends of the Library locally.

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  45. I am currently reading the Patchwork Mysteries from Guideposts. Such a cute block and thanks for the suggestion using it in a bag!

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  46. You can never ever go wrong with Diana Gabaldon....she is wonderful

    Just in case (m3reyna at gmail dot com)

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  47. I like it - I have "someday" plans for a whole bookshelf quilt.

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  48. Very clever block and inspirational for reading/education.

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  49. I love to read - great block. I've been reading Neville Shute lately.

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  50. I love to read! My favorite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Currently I'm reading Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin.

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  51. Cute block - my spouse is a Prof so I might tinker with this for a new bag for him. Thanks for the opportunity! notwendy gmail
    As to reading - Sir Terry Pratchett writes a wonderful series of fantasy books set on the Discworld, a flat earth on the back of 4 elephants standing on a turtle moving through space, chock full of social commentary (ala Gulliver's Travels). Start with Guards! Guards! or The Wee Free Men. He also co-wrote a great book with Neil Gaiman called Good Omens which is akin to The Omen - except the anti-christ is given to the wrong parents and grows up in the English countryside. Merriment ensues!

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  52. Cute block. I love to read. My favorite author is James Patterson so I love reading any of his books. However, I do love a great mystery. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

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  53. So darn cute for my English teacher friend. A new mug rug pattern.

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  54. Super fun block...especially for my book loving brother.

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  55. Our whole family loves to read so I can see making this block for a few people. just reading some janet evanovich books. they make me laugh out loud.

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  56. Love this block......I can see making a quilt out of it looking like a bookcase!! I am currently reading the "Divergent" Series!!

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  57. I love to read, but the only things I've been reading lately are quilt blogs and quilt magazines. There is so much to learn! Thanks for sharing this block.

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  58. Just read 'Riders of the Purple Sage' by Zane Grey. I'm reading a lot of the books he wrote they are pretty good. You can get a picture in your head of the story and surroundings. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  59. Fun, fun block. Good way to use text prints too I'm reading Louise Penny Three Pines books these days. good stuff

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  60. congrats, what a fun block. I love the little wall quilt you made. Yes I agree, perfect for a child's room.

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  61. I've been reading more books lately and yes, I've read a few good books along with a few bad ones! Nothing quilting related though.

    PS I just went the comments to get more books to read! Thanks for doing this. :-)

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  62. Cute block and a subtle reminder to read.

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  63. Perfect gift for a teacher, on the front of a book bag, of course.

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  64. This is a fun tour and thank you for entering my name in the drawing. I haven't read many books lately, but I love to read true crime by Anne Rule.

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  65. Super cute block! And I love the inspiration. I'd highly recommend A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It's intense and will make you cry (so maybe not a good beach read), but it's so beautifully written.

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  66. Love the block, it would make a fun Ipad cover. I haven't read anything in the last two months as life has kept me to busy and tired at the end of the day.

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  67. A while back I read "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson. I loved it and now I recommend it to everybody.

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  68. What a great block - lots of possibilities! There's a great book series called "Quilts of Love". I really enjoyed "Beyond the Storm" by Carolyn Zane.

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  69. I absolutely love your READ board! What a great idea for my 8 year old! I save my reading for summer camping, seems to be the only time I get to read anything for the joy of it.

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  70. What a fun block. It would make such an adorable quilt or a notebook cover.

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  71. Great block with a great message. People don't read like they used to. Thanks for the reminder! poladydwd at yahoo dot com

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  72. What a wonderful block. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine. I love to read and right now I am reading the Game of Thrones books, they are good.

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  73. I love this block - thanks!

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  74. Great block and love your idea of putting it on the canvas!
    Thx for chance to win. I have all the other volumes!

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  75. Nice block! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  76. I am reading the final book in the Narnia series ("the last battle") by C.S. Lewis. Now I need to watch for some text fabric...

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  77. I just finished the latest Hamish MacBeth mystery by M.C. Beaton. The series is set in the Scottish Highlands and they are an enjoyable, light read.

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  78. I just read the latest J A Jance book.

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  79. So cute! I can just see embroidering some titles down the spines of this block! I'm currently reading Edward Rutherfurd's The Princes of Ireland

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  80. I love your block especially made up into the wall quilt! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  81. I love your Read block! I love to read and just finished a book from Sandra Brown called Chill Factor....it was very good. Congratulations!

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  82. Cute! Hey, I'm headed to the library today :-)

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  83. Really like your idea about putting this block in a kids room. Thanks.

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  84. What a fun block! I can see myself making one to donate to our small volunteer led library to decorate the wall. It is always fun to read the new 100 Block magazine and share what you have made with others. Thanks for letting us see your wonderful block.

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  85. Love this block, and love to read too. I just have to figure out a way to have my reading time not take away from my quilting time! Congratulations on making it into the publication and thank you for sponsoring the giveaway!

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  86. Very cute block, congrats and thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. Your block is lovely. Isn't it fun to create pictures in fabric?

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  88. I just read The Martian. Kind of geeky, but a good read. I like your block. I was thinking maybe you could use selvages to form titles along the spines of the books.

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  89. I love this block - always encourage reading. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  90. Great block! Just been reading quilting books!

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  91. What an inspirational block! Love it.

    SewCalGal
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  92. I just finished A Night of Horrors: A Historical Thriller by John C Berry which was so timely since it is about Lincoln's assassination and I did not realize it but it happened in April on Good Friday. Cute block and love your different ideas for it.

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  93. I just finished reading, "I'd Rather Be Laughing," by Marilyn Meburg. I would also recommend, "The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver.

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  94. How fun is that block.....I love to read!

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  95. What an adorable block! I love to read and this would be a great thing for any reader. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  96. Hi!!!!! It would be so fun in childrens rooms!!!!! Thank You

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  97. I love the red stapler on the front of the latest edition.

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  98. I'm reading a good one now, We are Water by Wally Lamb.

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  99. Great Book block! I need this edition of 100 Blocks to add to my collection :) ! Am reading "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice" by Terry Tempest Williams

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  100. This is a really fun block and would make a nice wall piece to donate to the library auction.

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  101. The most recent books I've read are the Divergent Series books. I really like your block. I used to work in elementary schools.

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  102. I'm reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, I love her books.

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  103. The last book I read was Dave Ramsey's EntreLeaders. It was really, really good if you like non-fiction, business leadership type books.

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  104. This would be a cool block for a library fundraiser.

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  105. I'm a mystery lover and in the process of re-reading my Agatha Christie favorites. I love your block and will have to try making some book bags!

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  106. I love cozy mysteries....I am getting ready to start Marie Bostwich's Apart at the Seams!

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  107. I am currently reading mysteries, I always have a book handy. Your block would be great for my book bag.

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  108. Oh, yes, I like to read. I'm reading Blood Moons. Congrats on your publish. And, of course, one of my favorite things to read is quilt magazines.

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  109. I absolutely LOVE to read, but with 2 little ones, at the moment, it's either read or sew.... so...... I try to read in the car while my hubby is driving (you didn't think I'd read while I was driving, did you??) or, sometimes, maybe sneak off with at least a magazine and take a quick peek...my "to read" pile could most likely fall over and kill me! I'll be following the comments here to see what others recommend!

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  110. I have loved reading since before first grade (my older sister taught me to read some simple little books) and I'm sure I'll continue to love reading til the day I die. I'm going to have to make some wall hangings like yours for all the grandkids.

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  111. Cute block. I just started reading Sue Grafton. I kind of started backwards with W is for ... Now I am going to the first book in the series.

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  112. I recently finished "Isaac's Storm" by Eric Larsson about the devestating hurricane the destroyed much of Galveston, TX in 1906. It was a fsscinating read. Otherwise, I'm a mystery fan. Have you read Louise Penny? She is terrific.

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  113. I just finished the Three Sisters Island trilogy by Nora Roberts. About the descendants of three sisters who lived in the time of the Salem Witch Hunts who are trying to keep their Island from sinking into to the sea. Quite a read.

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  114. Love your Read block. Great reminder for children to learn to read and to continue throughout life. I enjoy reading John Grisham and James Patterson. I also like reading about the Amish. We have a lot of Amish where I live. I would love to win a copy of Vol 9. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  115. Neat block; would be fun to make it where you picked the fabric to go with the book title, and inked in the book titles.

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  116. I am reading The Dark Road by Ma Jian. It's about China's one child policy and how it was brutally enforced.

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  117. Love "Read", and the mini quilt you made. I love to read, and right now I'm reading all of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason books. I borrow them from the library and some of them are the originals from the 40's and 50's. They are so charming.

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  118. I am reading Gregg Allman's My Cross to Bear. This is an excellent book with lots of interesting reading! I am a huge Allman Brothers Band fan and am really enjoying this book! We recently visited by cousin who has ROOMS stacked with books! I showed these rooms to my hubby and told him, "See! I get it honest! It runs in the family!"

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  119. Perfect block for this retired teacher. I am reading Apart at the Seams by Marie Bostwick and just finished a series of books by Karen Kingbury.

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  120. Lovely block! Thanks for the chance.

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  121. What a fun block! I know exactly who I need to make this for.

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  122. Such a cute blocks. Kids as well as anyone who loves to read should love this block. I've been too busy to do much reading lately. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  123. I would love to make a book quilt for my very "booky" granddaughter. Thanks so much for the give-a-way.

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  124. Your block is very cute with a great reminder. I'm a big Jodi Picoult fan. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  125. Great way to incorporate the popular text fabrics...and a great way to display the block!

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  126. I just read "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlen, which is a beautiful book--but be prepared to have your heart wrenched. And I am re-reading Louise Penny's mystery series in advance of the newest book being released. These books are so good that there is always more to discover in them.

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  127. This is perfect for the book fabrics I have. Thank you!

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  128. The case of the bouncing grandma. It's a good cozy mystery and funny.

    pugpower63@gmail.com

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  129. What a neat block! This would make a great gift framed for my granddaughter for Christmas or included in a quilt for her. Thanks!

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  130. Love it, you cannot go wrong with quilts or books!

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  131. What a great block. As a huge reader - it is a must do. I think that it would make a great tote with the titles of my favorite books on the spine of the books. What a hoot. Thanks for such a fun block.

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  132. Love your block - I'm a retired librarian & this belongs on my new book bag. I recommend The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, and a sort of prequel to it The Shadowy Horses. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  133. I love John Sanford mysteries. Great block and agree that it would be perfect for a book bag.

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  134. That is a great block for a child's room or for a book bag. I am really looking forward to the new issue of the magazine. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  135. I just finished Go Giver! Excellent book!

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  136. I love your block, I haven't used any of the text fabric yet but I'd like to. Not much time for reading right now, just sewing!

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  137. Your block is neat. The best book I read recently was Things we Set on Fire, by Deborah Reed.

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  138. Just finished Rose Harbor In Bloom, love your block.

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  139. Very interesting block. I know someone who would love to have a mug rug with the bottom part of that block.

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  140. Your book block is so cute! I just finished reading Here be Monsters by Jamie Sheffield, which has a very intriguing main character. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  141. Great idea to use this cute block for a tote for the library . I just finished reading Proof of Heaven .

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  142. As an avid reader I instantly fell in love with your block and because my granddaughter loves to read also, I think making her a book bag with this block would be perfect.

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  143. I've been trying to get through the Game of Thrones books--they are all so long! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  144. Working on reading The Hobbit out loud to my 9 year old. I had only ever read it to myself -so quite the challenge.

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  145. I love to read! I can just see this block with all my favorite books listed in the titles.

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  146. Cute block!! I've been reading Katherine Hepburn's biography called "Me: Stories of My Life" - very interesting :)
    Thanks for the nice design!

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  147. What fun you could have finding fabric with words for the spine labels! I'm earmarking this one. Thanks

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  148. This will make a wonderful wall hanging in the reading room!

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  149. Great blog. I recently finished "The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adrianna Triglianni. Great read.

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  150. I like mysteries mostly but seldom have time to read. I think reading quilting blogs takes up the time!

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  151. Love your block I have some book fabric that will be perfect for it. Right now I am reading books by Charles Dickens that I have not read before. He wrote so many more books than just the ones that most of us have heard of I was amazed when I looked up the list.

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  152. Cute block! I like your idea for the "Read".

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  153. Great block! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is my latest favorite.

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  154. I love this block; I love to read! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  155. One of the best books that I've read lately is The School of Essential Ingredients. Great writing!

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  156. I love to read, so of course I love your block! Have you read Wild by Cheryl Strayed? Next on my list is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

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  157. Love your block! I haven't read anything in a couple of months. I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark-good read to the last page. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  158. I'm an avid reader so this block really appealed to me. I just finished "Accused" by Lisa Scottoline which was quite good.
    Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
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  159. Cute block! Somehow I missed that BOM at Patches. It must have been before I started. I still have blocks from the 3 BOMs I did as loose blocks. Need to get them in to tops ASAP! :)
    Sandy A.

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  160. I love to read and have since childhood, so this block was of interest to me. I am currently reading Mercy by Jodi Picoult about a mercy killing. Recently finished The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks.

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  161. I just read a book called "The Witness Wore Red". It sounds like a murder mystery, but it is a real life story of a woman who broke free from a cult. Really interesting!

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  162. Nice block. I have several books going right now: in print - Steeped in Evil (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs; on MP3 for use while exercising - Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich; & on CD for use while sewing - Frozen Heat by Richard Castle.

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  163. Very unique block with some inspiration to it. I'm reading Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom for a book club right now.

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  164. Love anything Nicholas Sparks! That book would be so fun! Thanks for the chance!

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  165. I listen to audio books. Currently I am working on "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. I read it a number of years ago and thought it would be fun to listen to it and compare with one of her later books. I have read her entire series.

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  166. Oh I love it! I quilt as much as I can, when I can tear my eyes away from a book!
    I really want to read the Divergent series, Sookie Stackhouse, and the Cobbled Court quilt series. I love Jennifer Chiaverini, and just finished her "Spymistress" novel.

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  167. Nice block. I know some readers who could really appreciate it.

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  168. Such a cute block..I need to make on of these for my comfy chair in my office!

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  169. Congratulations! What a fun block. Wonder what an entire quilt of these would look like?

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  170. Love your block. I think reading is so important.

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  171. I really like the block. I think I will use it for the front of book bags for going to the library. My kids would love them

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  172. Great block! Thanks for the inspiration as well as the opportunity to win the giveaway. Reading is so very important.

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  173. Nice block! Thanks for the chance.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  174. A good book I read recently is The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark. It is set on the Scottish Island of Arran

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  175. I just read "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Excellent!

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  176. I'm currently reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Nora Roberts. Thanks for your block.

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  177. Great idea for a book bag or Kindle/Nook bag. The last book I read was Iron Butterfly.

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  178. I love books, so this is a GREAT block! A Long Way from Chicago is such a great read, especially if you listen to it on a road trip!

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  179. Too cute! Right now I'm read The Accursed.

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  180. Neat block... and great reminder that I've been meaning to make a book bag for the last couple years. Well, actually two book bags as I use two different library systems and want to be able to keep them separate so I don't accidentally return something to the wrong place!

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  181. Love your block! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your giveaway! :-D

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  182. Great block. Love these blog tours.

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  183. Great idea! I'm an audiobook person and am just finishng Game of Thrones. Whew! 28 discs. Next I want to listen to The Book Thief.

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  184. Congrats on being published. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  185. Yes, I had to pull my nose out of a very good book to come and "do the blog". "The Vintage Teacup Club" by Vanessa Greene, my treat to me for Mother's Day.

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  186. Yes, I love to read almost as much as I love to quilt! Both take up most of my spare time. My latest books are the series by Beverly Lewis about the Amish communities. I specifically like it because they often center dialogues around quilting bees.

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  187. I wish I could recommend something but these days all I read are quilt books! Well actually, I do have "The Red Badge of Courage" open on my Kindle because I've made a lot of Civil War repro quilts in the last two years and I have Jennifer Chivarini's "The Wedding Quilt" on my nightstand to read when I go back to working on my DWR quilt.

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  188. I just finished "Winter Sea" by Susanna Kearsley. I really like her style of historical fiction

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  189. Thank you so much for a chance to win !!

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  190. I love to make quilts that feature children's books. Your quilt would be wonderful addition to any classroom. It is so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing

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  191. What a great idea for a gift for a reader. Thanks for the chance to win.

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