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Friday, August 01, 2014

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Quilted Homes!

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A couple weeks ago I gave you a sneak preview of a house block I made for Quiltmaker Magazine’s Parade of Quilted Homes!

This me, at #4!

But do you know who the other houses belong to?  You are about to find out!

But first…I want to show you a bit about “The House That Bonnie Built!”

It all started with a night home, right after returning from the Needlework Seminar at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island….a free evening to sew? You bet!


The challenge had come down from Quiltmaker that we were to use Lori Holt’s pattern from a previous 100 blocks by 100 designers issue, and interpret it our own way.

Mine just HAD to have STRINGS, don’t you know?

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I sewed red strings to phone book paper foundation squares!

My strings are sorted by color family, so it was really simple to grab a handful of red ones and just play with the variety.  The units are small, so don’t make them too wide…I used strings from 3/4” up to 2” in width. 

Make sure your stitch length is tiny tiny so the paper is easy to remove.

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Once my foundations were covered, I trimmed them to the size they needed to be, and treated them like they were just a square of fabric, the same size I would have cut for the roof from the pattern.

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4 squares trimmed and de-papered!

Left over triangles from joining binding or borders on the diagonal make great pieces to cover corners with.  I just wanted to make sure that my corners were BIG enough that the next step wouldn’t make them disappear all together. 

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Sky sections are added, and a bit of the gables!  FUN!

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Treadling away!

This is my 1920s Singer 27 with the shuttle bobbin.  You can see I’ve got my favorite sticky seam guide on the slide plate so I can keep my good 1/4”.  Click HERE for more info on those!

There are a lot of sections to this house, and I needed the block to be as tall as it was wide, so keeping that seam where it is supposed to be was crucial!

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Oh, this is going to look just great!

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I’ve got my sections all ready to assemble here.

I pulled strips from my scrap stash for the entire block, and purposed a charm square that had come in my packet of goodies from the Grand Hotel Needlework Seminar for the two bottom windows. 


block done
I spy:
a red calico from the 1970s
old red paw prints from the 1980s
a piece of fabric in the left chimney I brought home from the Netherlands
A piece of a recycled shirt in the right chimney
some civil war green as the grass with flowers….
And everything else from the scrap stash!

Now it’s time for MORE Fun.  Today, YOU can win a copy of my latest book, MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders --signed by me, along with some scrap stash from my studio!  REALLY!  I’m wanting to share the scrap love with someone special!  But in order to win, you need to go over to The Parade of Homes page  and comment there to enter!  Also check out Quiltmaker’s Blog, Quilty Pleasures for more fun!

**Note** I'm writing this ahead and wasn't given the time to publish, so if this is publishing too early ((Quiltmaker is in Colorado)) Click back to their links LATER to see if they have gone live!! I'm timing this to go live just past midnight my time!

And to sweeten the pot – I’m going to have a drawing HERE too!

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Sept/ Oct 2014 Quiltmaker Giveaway!

I’m drawing for TWO winners of this issue, so you can each make your OWN house quilt.

Leave me a comment in the comments section below ONLY to be entered.

No, you can’t email your comment in, you can’t comment in the guest book, you can’t comment on facebook or instagram…it has to be HERE.  So I can use the random number generator to choose our lucky winners.  It’s only fair that way!

If you are a blogger user, PLEASE check your profile to make sure your email address is visible and I can reach you.  If there is no email address on your profile I have to choose someone else.  If you are commenting as anonymous you must leave your name and your email address so I can reach you.

If you are reading us on an iphone or ipad after clicking a link in facebook you must open this page in a new browser or safari window before you can comment.  Your device still thinks you are in facebook even though you do not think you are.  If you still see the blue bar at the top of your screen…trust me. You are still in facebook!

I’ll be out of town until the 11th. Or So. Or At any rate, I’ll draw two winners when I get back!

Be sure to check back at The Parade of Homes every day so you can see what other houses are featured, and enter those give-aways too!

Bon Voyage, everyone!  I’m off to England!

Tally Ho!


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458 comments:

  1. Adorable house! I hope you pick me!

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  2. I like your use of string piecing for the roof of your house. It will be fun to see what others do with their houses.

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  3. Your house is a home

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  4. I love the reds in the roof of the house. Really makes it stand out. I know that you will be the best :)

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  5. Loved your strippy rooftop...so cute!

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  6. Strings in the rooftop - of course! What a delightful block. I cannot wait to make a few of these and create my own little neighborhood of fabric.

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  7. Anonymous12:52 AM EDT

    I love this house - i once had a red roof.
    nancy eldred
    Sewnsew555@aol.com

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  8. Too cute! Would love to try this

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  9. Love your house and can't wait to see the others - I hope I win.

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  10. What a great issue and I love your house! Would love to win!

    Jenny on Florida

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  11. I love your house-it definitely is you! Would love to win-thanks for the chance!

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  12. Home is where the heart is!
    There's no place like home...
    Safe travels Bonnie!

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  13. Love the scrapes you used in your house. I have lots of scraps to make houses and share with others.
    alice_white@hotmail.com

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  14. Have a fun and safe trip. Would love to be one of the winners and some scraps from your own stash...well that is just the cherry on top!

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  15. Too cute!
    Janelle Bucher
    Basketsforyou@cox.net

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  16. I love the Scrappy Houses! Some of your Scraps would be fun to play with. Sign me up to WIN!

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  17. I love the dimension that the string piecing gives to your red roof.

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  18. I would love to win this magazine.
    Your house is da-bomb!
    Safe travels to you. Have a great time!

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  19. I don't know how you do all you do. I appreciate all the ideas you give us for scrap control. I know you will have a wonderful trip.

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  20. I love your house. The roof is so authentic looking and the colours just work so well. I look forward to seeing what other contributors have come up with. Thanks for offering this giveaway. Enjoy your trip to the UK.

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  21. Great block! And giveaway! Thanks and enjoy England!

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  22. Anonymous1:49 AM EDT

    House blocks are my favourite :) I love your string pieced roof :) lisashirtcliffe@hotmail.com

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  24. Love it! Nice you use dutch fabrics.

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  25. I love this house design. Hope you have a wonderful trip. Thank you for all you do to inspire us.

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  26. I love how the roof is done in this house. Oh I hope I get picked.

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  27. I love the houses. I really like the way the roof is put together.

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  28. Anonymous2:21 AM EDT

    I love the houses. WOULD LOVE A COPY!
    Diana dcruz @ pacifier.com

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  29. Love, love, LOVE house blocks and am currently working on a Happy Scrappy House Quilt : )
    I hope you draw my name!

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  30. Your house is lovely. I always enjoy reading your step-by-step directions. would love to win a copy of this special issue of Quiltmaker. jspwarren at aoldotcom.

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  31. Anonymous2:31 AM EDT

    I love your scrap house - can you ever have too many scraps?! mo-smith@hotmail co uk

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  32. I really enjoyed reading about how you created your house ... Thanks, Cathy

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  33. Closet architect here. I even have the 'Simply Quilts' house patterns! Would love to play with more!

    Just in case... Alice.
    ADQuilt@comcast.net

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  34. Anonymous3:05 AM EDT

    Nice house you made. Could use the pattern for a childs quilt.
    Greetings Dini Kuijer
    akuijer@versatel.nl

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  35. Would love the chance to win. Very grateful to you for giving us all the chance. Hope your trip goes well and you enjoy England. Will be following you all the time.
    Linda (hedworth01@gmail.com) .

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  36. Anonymous3:13 AM EDT

    love to win the mag. have a great trip
    Jenny
    jennycam1@bigpond.com

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  37. Hi Bonnie, I am coming up to the Festival of Quilts and hope I might be able to bump into you. I know it will be your free time, but I will keep a lookout just in case so I can say 'hi'.

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  38. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a fun trip. Take time to enjoy a high tea while you're there.

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  39. Love your house! Would also love a chance to win one of the magazines. Thank you :)

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  40. Love the string roof, Bonnie! Have a great trip!

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  41. Love it oh so cute Pauline chocalat@netconnect(dot)com(dot)au

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  42. Soo cute!!! Lovin' those strings!


    Lorraine

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  43. Anonymous5:21 AM EDT

    Please, please let me win this time! lol. Have a wonderful time in England!!

    Sue Ann Manlief
    sam1955@ymail.com

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  44. Anonymous5:22 AM EDT

    Such a cute house. my first quilt was Scrappy Houses, what an endeavor for a first project. I have learned so much from you. I may give this one a try! Linda kn8uka@yahoo.com

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  45. Anonymous5:28 AM EDT

    Such a cute house. my first quilt was Scrappy Houses, what an endeavor for a first project. I have learned so much from you. I may give this one a try! Linda kb8uka@yahoo.com (my stubby fingers typed the wrong address above and I don't know how to delete it)

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  46. Amazing creatativity Miss Bonnie. Love your house. Please pick me.

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  47. What a great giveaway....I love this house block....and really liked the way you used the string blocks in the house. Have a fun trip to England
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  48. Anonymous5:51 AM EDT

    I've yet to try string piecing but it looks like so much fun. Your house is really cute. -Marian

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  49. Anonymous5:57 AM EDT

    LOVE your house! Especially the string pieced roof! :D

    Melissa
    mquiggins@gmail.com

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  50. Hi Bonnie this is a great idea and I think I shall have to have a try of this. Thanks for all your great ideas. Sam Sandra Downes samsandradownes@gmail.com

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  51. Love your house! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

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  52. Anonymous6:22 AM EDT

    Thanks for this chance Bonnie, I just love your house it's too cute. Here's hoping I win.
    Allison Eland
    allisone63@optusnet.com.au

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  53. Some kind of fun :-)

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  54. I love the string roof!

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  55. You have the greatest giveaways. I'd love to win.

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  56. This is how I like to play! Love it!

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  57. Anonymous6:40 AM EDT

    I love house blocks and yours is a winner!
    Beth
    etvalliere@comcast.net

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  58. Loved looking at the houses. Trying to figure out where to comment to enter for the book draw was confusing so I gave up. Doesn't matter as I have the digital issue anyway

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  59. Loved the steps for making your house as well as your own review of recognizing some of the fabrics. Thank you!

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  60. Anonymous6:59 AM EDT

    I've never made a house block, so yours would be a great one to start with! Safe travels, and thanks for the giveaway, Kate.
    tony_orchardmerkel@o2.co.uk

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  61. love your house, thanks for the giveaway.

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  62. I have always loved House Blocks, what a great chance to experiment.Your house is great.

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  63. Lovely house with a fantastic red roof! Have a great trip to England!

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  64. Anonymous7:11 AM EDT

    The house quilt looks like it would be fun to make.
    mannlori@earthlink.net

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  65. Please enter me in the draw .I think your little house is cute .Have a fantastic time in England
    hugs Beth

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  66. Your house is very personal - I love it!

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  67. Anonymous7:25 AM EDT

    I think it's high time I made a house block! I would love to have a copy of the mags! Pick me, pick me!

    Jessica
    vaughn8047@msn.com

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  68. What a cute way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing and a chance at your book.

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  69. That scrappy house is definitely you. Love it!

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  70. Love the string pieced roof.

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  71. Love your house with it's lovely string roof. Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. I love making fabric houses. The string pieced roof, is very effective, love it.

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  73. string pieced roof , too cute happy sewing to all and good luck on the giveaways

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  74. Love that you can remember each piece of fabric and where it became woven into your life

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  75. Love pieced houses - I can see a quilt in my future

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  76. Pick me. Such a cute house. Wish I was going back to England.
    melissadinsga@yahoo.com

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  77. Anonymous7:45 AM EDT

    You are sew clever

    Sharon

    ncshagger@hotmail.com

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  78. SEW FUN! I am going to have to try making some block houses.

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  79. Hi Bonnie!

    I'd love to win your giveaway. Hope your trip across the pond is fabulous!

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  80. Those houses look like great fun to play with! Please count me in!

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  81. LOVE the house blocks. FUN ideas. I hope to win.

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  82. Thank you for the chance. Cute houses!

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  83. Love the scrap pieced rooftop! Would also love to win. :)
    mkaylorene@yahoo.com

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  84. Lovely house, with a red roof! Hope to win, sandrarobben@hotmail.com

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  85. Cutest scrappy house!

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  86. have a great time bonnie,,,,,,,,and thank you so much for the giveaway,,,,,love your block,,

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  87. Cute house! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  88. I love house blocks and still have a small stack of scrappy blue ones. Don't know what I was thinking when I made so many. Maybe my blue ones need some variety which the magazine patterns would provide.

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  89. Sandy Lewis8:09 AM EDT

    Bonnie the Builder. So adorable.
    Sandy Lewis

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  90. Love the house block, Bonnie! Have fun in England.

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  91. This is a block I would like to make one day. I would love to have a copy of one of your books.

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  92. Love, love, love your house!

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  93. Anonymous8:12 AM EDT

    I would love to win the book. I love house blocks. janerichards39@att.net

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  94. I would love to make house number four! I have been cutting up scrappy houses from your free pattern. I can do both right! Thanks for the drawing!

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  95. kathy ungvarsky8:14 AM EDT

    I love ability to turn scraps into art. You are a true artist.

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  96. Anonymous8:16 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie,Love your scrappy House block
    Cathy Wynne
    cl_wynne@att.net

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  97. Love the houses and the quilt! Thank you for the chance to win.
    Sherry
    swhalen944@yahoo.com

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  98. Good to see Bonnie string piecing in the roof. Cute house !

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  99. Love scrappy! Please enter me!

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  100. Would love to win. I am always looking for a way to use my scraps. Since I have started following you bonnie my scrap baskets have grown.

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  101. Love that roof--thanks!

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  102. What a great neighborhood you have stitched yourself into. Love that each house is unique to the designer. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  103. Love this block! Bet there will be lots of "Neighborhood Quilts" showing up in quiltland! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  104. What a great neighborhood you have stitched yourself into. Love that each house is unique to the designer. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  105. I am still amazed at how you look out your scrappy window and see and sew such beauty into everything you make. You turn plain into profound. Thank you for yet another chance to win win with you. Safe travels and enjoy your trip

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  106. Anonymous8:31 AM EDT

    Have a great trip Bonnie and thanks for the chance to win some books.. Love, love your scrappy quilts!!
    Maria - grandysquilts@gmail.com

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  107. Mary Lee8:33 AM EDT

    Bonnie, I am very frugal and I truly love the way that you encourage the use of even the ugliest, smallest scraps. THANK YOU! Mimilyn7@hotmail.com

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  108. I love house blocks!
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  109. Sharon S8:38 AM EDT

    What a delightful way of using the strings

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  110. I hope you have a wonderful time in England. I love reading about your travel adventures. Thank you for all your give aways, I would love to win.

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  111. Dale Shafer8:40 AM EDT

    The red string roof is so-o-o "Bonnie"!

    Dale Shafer
    ldshafer@rgv.rr.com

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  112. Love your colorful house - safe travels across the sea!

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  113. Awesome house block. Thanks for the opportunity to win . :D Have a funtastic trip. Be safe.

    damselscreations@gmail.com just in case its not showing.

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  114. I hope you enjoy your trip here, the string roof is just right for your house.

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  115. Funny houses! I like it.

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  116. That was really fun to see how you designed that. It's really cute? I love it!

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  117. Thanks for the drawing. Your string house is great! Have a safe trip!

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  118. This house block is one that looks so wonderful scrappy!

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  119. I would love to win. Scraps from your house to mine would definitely be stitched in a house block, which would eventually make it into a quilt.

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  120. Anonymous8:50 AM EDT

    I would love to win this mag. Thank you for all the fun things you do. I've really learned a lot. Jean Farley, jefarley@charter.net.

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  121. Those blocks are just adorable, Bonnie... And thanks for the very generous giveaway !! Happy travels.

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  122. Cute house. Would love to check out a new magazine.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  123. I love that house and would really like to win! Safe travels!

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  124. Anonymous8:54 AM EDT

    I don't have that book and would love to win!
    I love string piecing....it can be very mindless sewing...
    Rosalie
    rjoehnk@txwinet.com

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  125. What a great Giveaway! I love this house block. I think the red strings make the roof have a lovely 3D effect. It would be fun to make one, or two, or several!

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  126. Thanks for a chance at a great give away. Love your house. I am trying to design a cabin for a friend who just had one built and this would be a great resource. Have a great trip - maybe someday sigh. just in case my address doesn't show up rhoystevens at gmail dot com

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  127. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm not sure why house blocks are so appealing - maybe because they can feel like a personal connection to your own home? In any case, I love them, and would love to win this!

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  128. Lovely Blocks. Happy Travels!
    Kim
    tnjmom1 at gmail dot com

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  129. I've always wanted to make a house quilt. I love the personality in your house block.

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  130. Anonymous8:59 AM EDT

    Cute house. Wouldn't mine living in that one, lol.
    Betty
    bgk44 @ msn.com

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  131. I have the magazine, but would be thrilled to win the stash fabric~have a great trip! Carol

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  132. Love house block quilts. Enjoy your trip.

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  133. A House built with repurposed fabric is a house built with love! I love your house!

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  134. I love your house! please pick me.

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  135. Anonymous9:04 AM EDT

    I really like your string roof. I've started a string box and have 3 of your books and would love chance for another one. scowan50@hotmail.com

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  137. Anonymous9:07 AM EDT

    You can never have to much inspiration. Love those houses
    Shirley
    Artquilter@mchsi.com

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  138. Love the house blocks! Definitely on my bucket list...
    thanks Bonnie!

    Linda B in Naples FL

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  139. It's fun to see some fabric from your stay on Mackinac Island --- one of my favorite places. I visualize making this house pattern and string piecing the body of the house. Hope you have a great trip to England!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  140. Love this! I have an old Little Amish Houses UFO that I feel inspired to revisit now!

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  141. Oh so cute. I ordered Leader and Enders yesterday and it should be here tomorrow or Monday, thanks Amazon. This one looks fun to do too :)

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  142. I love the house that Bonnie built! It is so interesting to have scraps in blocks that you can recall where they came from. The string pieced roof is adorable and says Bonnie all over it! Have a fun safe trip, looking forward to reading all about it ! Msmargie2@gmail.com

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  143. Anonymous9:21 AM EDT

    Melissa in Texas
    Have fun on your trip to England! Thanks so much for offering these fun giveaways! I love using strings in quilts. Now, just show us how to keep those strings from multiplying when we aren't looking!!!
    melstucker@yahoo.com

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  144. Anonymous9:23 AM EDT

    Got my fingers crossed, Bonnie. Love the scrappy house! Jessica Terrell tjessiemae@aol.com

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  145. Anonymous9:24 AM EDT

    I just got my copy of Quiltmaker magazine yesterday and loved the house blocks. They are adorable! I like that you used strings for your roof. Have fun in England.

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  146. Anonymous9:31 AM EDT

    Love the way you deconstruct the blocks; great tutorial as always. Birmingham will be great fun; see some of you at the show?

    Sara

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  147. Your house is cute. I love how portions of the roof mimic snow.

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  148. What a cute house and a neat roof!!

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  149. How cute! I love your house on the block! (even if my tired eyes had problems trying to see any paw prints on the roofs! LOL Maybe those are an enterprising puppy???)

    Helen Koenig
    momschoolma@yahoo.com

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  150. Love your scrappy house - would love to make my own village. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of QM.
    thequiltlady.laura@comcast.net

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  151. Hi everyone, this is Diane from Quiltmaker magazine. As luck would have it, we're having website problems this morning and some of you haven't been able to get to our Parade of Homes page or our Bonnie blog post. I sincerely apologize and hope that things will be back up soon. Thanks for your patience!

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  152. I made Scrappy House quilts (your pattern) twice. One for my grown daughter who has been drawing houses since a very young girl, and the second for my church as a raffle. Both were well recieved and loved! Thanks for all you do. Ps I would love to share your scraps LOL.. G. Anderson outbackus@msn.com

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  153. Anonymous9:54 AM EDT

    WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS!
    corsaravantine at yahoo dot com

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  154. Adorable! Thank you for the chance to win! Have a wonderful and safe trip.
    Becky
    beckyaddis@yahoo.com

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  155. I made Scrappy House quilts (your pattern) twice. One for my grown daughter who has been drawing houses since a very young girl, and the second for my church as a raffle. Both were well recieved and loved! Thanks for all you do. Ps I would love to share your scraps LOL.. G. Anderson outbackus@msn.com

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  156. Anonymous9:57 AM EDT

    Your house block is really cute. I love the string-pieced roof!

    (I don't know if you can do anything about this, but I keep getting this "Photo Sphere" google ad thing covering the picture that has the text that I'm supposed to type to prove I'm not a robot. I have to try several times before I see the non-robot image long enough to catch the characters before that stupid Photo Sphere image appears.)

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  157. Anonymous9:58 AM EDT

    The houses are adorable..love your string roof.
    Liz
    ejreid@tbaytel.net

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  158. Love the houses. Thanks so much for sharing

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  159. I'm anxious to see all the interpretations of the houses. Love yours, BTW.

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  160. I love house blocks. Thanks for the contest.

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  161. Cute house. Have a great time in England.

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  162. Anonymous10:18 AM EDT

    Really like the personality of your house.

    Rosemary McGuire
    rmcgu@hotmail.com
    310 Brookside Avenue
    Cresskill, NJ 07626

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  163. I love the depth the shading of strips provides on the roofs.
    A lightbulb moment for sure!
    vicki.mckinnon@gmail.com

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  164. Seriously, Bonnie - a chance to win some of your scraps!! I'm so hoping to win. Maybe some of your great quilt ability will come with the scraps - not sure if I'll be able to use them.
    Enjoy your trip and have lots of fun.

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  165. Loving your house block. Would love to make one. The sky's the limit when choosing fabrics for this block. Thanks for all your quilting inspiration and energy!

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  166. Anonymous10:34 AM EDT

    1653Have a great and safe trip!

    Carole D
    Altoona, PA
    bistry@atlanticbb.net

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  167. Anonymous10:38 AM EDT

    Oh Bonnie I would love to win this and some of your stash... It would be my pride and I would show your stash off .

    Pat Paattt@live.ca

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  168. Love her blocks.... would love your scraps

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  169. Safe travels Bonnie!
    This is another fun giveaway :)

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  170. Anonymous10:41 AM EDT

    Love the houses and all of your quilts. Please enter me in your contest.
    louisequilts@comcast.net

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  171. Such a fun house! Love the strings on the roof and all the memories in the fabric choices!

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  172. Love the house , have A fun and safe trip. eliette1964@yahoo.com

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  173. I just love house blocks....this one is simply precious. Thanks for your generosity and the chance to win.

    just in case I get lucky: m3reyna at gmail dot com

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  174. Anonymous10:56 AM EDT

    I love your block, especially the string roof.
    gwen

    gwendenluck@yahoo.com

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  176. Just got into quilting and trying to build up my "stash" and would love to win Bonnie's book.

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  177. Anonymous11:05 AM EDT

    Safe travels. My friends and I are making Lori Holt's Bee in My Bonnet quilt. Your house would've have fit right in as an option!!

    barbshome1@aol.com

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  178. Great house! Would love to make my house. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time! raboggan@gmail.com

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  179. Love your cute house with the strippy roof Bonnie!! Very creative & fun!!

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  180. I would love to win the magazine. You always have great ideas for quilts.
    Sandra
    sand_kidd@yahoo.com

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  181. Have never made a house quilt so sure would like to win.

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  182. I have string blocks to spare for the roof - what a fun idea. thanks

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  183. I want to move in!
    erniepenguin(at)hotm--l.com

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  184. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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  185. I love this block. Looks like a great quilt in the making.

    Robin MacGeorge
    rjmac61_2000@ yahoo.com

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  186. that house is adorable!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  187. Thanks for a chance to win. I'm making our Happy Scrappy Houses in the Rainbow Challenge. fun fun fun

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  188. Your house is lovely! I love where you find to place strings. They add interest!

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  189. What a happy house. Have a wonderful trip to England. Wish I was going with you! Thanks.

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  190. Love your house, and can't wait to make my own with a beach twist! TIA! B-)

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  191. Love the step by step....thanks for the giveaway...have a great time in England!

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  192. Anonymous11:34 AM EDT

    Love your happy little house. Think maybe there should have been a cute little puppy in the window waiting for "mommy" to come home. Btw, my granddaughter's namesake, so I love a Sadie too. Karen. abmask@tbwifi.ca

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