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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Blossom Time Top Completion!


Lola the Show Girl is still showing her best moves!

And I would be right down with her doing the same, only if I did – I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to get back up again!

The dreaded skinny sashing debacle continued yesterday – in rounds between getting mail out, and meeting up with the gutter guy who is going to FINALLY get gutters up around Quiltville Inn, and I wish it could have happened 2 years ago when we bought the place.  But all things in due time, and gutters are next on the list of big things to happen.

I mean – the house has waited 136 years, what’s the rush? LOL!

But in all seriousness, without gutters, rain splash back (And boy were we caught in a deluge yesterday afternoon!) so much damage can happen due to splash back, etc. 

This will all happen in about 9 to 12 weeks depending on their schedule.  At least we are in the queue.

 

And this is how I ended up handling those skinny sashings.

I had webbed the whole top together so rows were attached to rows.  I cut the chaining threads in be tween a block row and a sashing row, and then tediously re-stitched every seam on the sashing row with back tacking at the beginning and end of each seam so things held together.  Regular stitching just wouldn’t do it.  Even smaller stitches are *not enough* when the sashing finishes at a mere 1/2’’. 

Had I to do it all over again – if I had known HOW I was going to set these blocks before I made them, would have built my sashing as leaders and enders, back-tacking each seam all along the way while making the blocks.  And then the sashing would have been complete – for in between the blocks, and the sashing rows.

I hope this makes sense – this is how my brain just works through things realizing what would have made it easier along the way, had I known.

Which most of the time I don’t know!


And I am loving the secondary designs!

So was it worth it?

Kind of like childbirth – you hate it when you are going through it, but once the deed is done there is a huge sense of accomplishment and – that wasn’t so bad! LOL!

And then there is the realization that truly random means that 3 tulips from 3 completely different blocks will end up in this photo all with the same leaf fabric.

I give this a big “WHATEVER!” and let it be.

Also – even though I pinned like the dickens, sometimes the neutral sashings don’t quite line up.  I’m not going to worry or stress or focus on that, and I hope you won’t either.


Adding sections.


Really loving it!

No pedicure and no apologies.  I just can’t stomach the thought of strangers touching my feet right now.  Maybe next year?


Ivy, checking for popping seams!


Still a bit wary of each other -

But less and less hissing each day.


And this is where things stand.

Borders yet to come.

Not sure what I want to do there.

The block pattern for Blossom Time is found in the March/April 2019 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.  I was wrong the other day.  I said it was May/June.  Digital copies are available for purchase.

The full pattern for Blossom Time will appear in my next book, publication date pending.  It will not be available as a digital pattern. But even though I personally do not ship internationally, my books are available through your local retailers and online sources from within your own country. 

I’m going to take a break on this one for a couple of days – this morning is PERFECT for a hike up to see the ponies.  I’ve already got my hiking shoes on, and Zoey is ready to go -


Well, maybe not.  LOL!

I bet I could coax her with a treat or two – Come on, Zoey – it’s windows down in the van time! Let’s go find all the smells!

Anything up for your Saturday?


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Life is too short to repeat the words "I can't." How will you know if you don't try?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


106 comments:

  1. Working on final arrangements. My husband died yesterday (heart attack/COVID).

    I really want to sew today.

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    1. Sorry for your loss. Sewing will help.

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    2. Many thought and prayers to help sustain you in God's love and grace.
      so sorry for your loss....

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    3. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband on June 12th. We were thankful that all the kids ( from three different states than the one we live in) and we were able to have a graveside service. I'm still finding it hard to get into a new routine that includes sewing. It will come with time.

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    4. I'm so sorry for your loss, Wendy. My heart goes out to you. You have my deepest sympathies.

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    5. Prayers for you Wendy during this time of grief. Go sew! Make string blocks or 4 patches. I wish I had been a quilter when my husband passed away in 2004. (((HUGS)))

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    6. Sorry for your loss. sending positive thoughts to you and your family.

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    7. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. Remember the good times. Prayers are with you.

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    8. Wendy - So sorry for the loss of your husband. I understand the desire to sew and the comfort it can bring.

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    9. I am sorry for your loss, Wendy! Sit down and sew awhile! Much love and prayers from Wyoming!

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    10. Wendy, I am so very sorry for your loss. So many people have and will suffer profoundly as a result of Covid and there is so little others can do to help. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in memories of happy times spent together.

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    11. With sympathy sending prayers of comfort for you and yours.

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    12. Wendy in Colorado, so sorry for your loss. I do hope that you have family near by to help you in your time of grief. Prayers are coming your way from Utah. Jean

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    13. Bonnie, it turned out so beautiful... what a lovely Spring/Summer quilt. Perfect for a Quiltville Inn railing. Loving the antic's of your 4 legged friends

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    14. Oh, Wendy, I am so sorry! You are in my prayers and I hope you do get some sewtime.

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    15. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers.

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    16. My sympathy and quilty hugs to you. It's not an easy time, take it one day at a time. Quilting is the best therapy. (Lost mine last year)

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    17. My heart goes out to Wendy at this difficult time. I too lost my husband almost 4 years ago under similar circumstances (heart attack/pneumonia). Immediately there are so many things that must be dealt with there is no time for sewing, and for some of us the grieving overtakes the creative urges. Time and stitching are great healers of our emotional pain. You're in my prayers.

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    18. You may really NEED to sew today, everyone's means of coping are different. So sorry you have lost a loved one.

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    19. So sorry for your loss. This virus is truly terrible. Hopefully, sewing will bring some sense of normalcy back to your life.

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    20. Wendy, My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    21. OH my, so very sorry for your loss. Lifting you in prayer.

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    22. Prayers for you and your family.

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    23. My sympathies on your loss.

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    24. So very sorry to hear this. You are in my thoughts & prayers! I hope you have family & friends to support you at this time.

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    25. so very sorry, Wendy. May you find peace in the days to come.
      Anna in IL

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    26. I am baking this morning, cinnamon rolls, as our granddaughter & her college roommate are stopping by for the night here in Iowa as they are on their way to Colorado. I am not sure this is a good time to travel but we will be praying for protection for them. It is so fun baking for someone special.

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    27. so sorry to hear about hubby,please take time to take care of yourself!!!

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    28. I'm so sorry, Wendy. My heart grieves for your loss.

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    29. Aww, Wendy, my heart goes out to you. I'm sorry your husband died. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you strength and clarity as you make his final arrangements. Such a hard time. Virtual hugs, Allison

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    30. So sorry for your loss.

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    31. So sorry for your loss! Hopefully you will get in some sewing time, just to soothe your soul.

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    32. I am so sorry Wendy! Thoughts & prayers are coming from me! One day at a time!

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    33. Big gentle hugs from a safe social distance.

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    34. So very sorry for your lose.

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    35. Heartbreaking news. Your need to sew reminds me of the saying "My soul is fed with needle and thread". Bright blessings to you.

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    36. My deepest condolences. If you keep sewing, even just a few minutes at a time, it will help with the stress. Blessings and prayers.

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    37. Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope sewing helps, and remembering all the love and happiness you two shared. Hugs.

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    38. I’m so sorry for your loss love and prayers for you and your family🙏❤️❤️

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    39. So very sorry for your loss. I hope you can get some sewing in today and that you find some comfort in it.

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    40. Oh, Wendy. May you feel God's arms around you as you sew and do all the other things that come your way in the coming days. I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. From another Wendy.

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    41. Hoping your family and friends are surrounding you in whatever way they can. May the stitches that follow sooth your spirit.

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    42. I'm so sorry Wendy! I hope many happy memories will bring you comfort and peace.

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    43. Sympathy and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

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    44. Dear Wendy, I am so sorry your husband has passed away.

      HI Bonnie, I didn't like the blossoms you were working so hard to make. But when I saw the corner four patches I started to change my mind. And now that it is all together I have fallen in love with it. I think it is my favorite quilt that you have made. I should have known it would be fabulous. I love love love the Blossom Quilt.

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  2. I like the look of the skinny sashing. The block is beautiful but the secondary designs are delightful!

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  3. Beautiful quilt! Beautiful furbies! Have a great hike and a great weekend.

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  4. I love the secondary pattern! Very cool! So many to do...I can’t imagine what it would be like in your head, as I can’t keep up with what is out of your head!😁

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  5. Bonnie..
    I love the quilt!!!
    I love the pictures of Lola and Ivy and looking forward to seeing them being buddies someday soon!
    ...and I love..love...love that precious picture of Zoey. So happy that you rescued her!! She is just so much fun!!!!

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  6. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I found the pattern in March/April. I had forgotten which month by the time I was looking anyway. It happens to be my favorite issue of that year. I have plans, and the fabric, to make the quilt on the front too. Today is still a mystery though. I would love to dip my toes in Lake Michigan. We will see how the vertigo goes.

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  7. My sincerest condolences to Wendy in Colorado on the loss of here dear husband.

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  8. To Wendy: My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband. I hope you do get to see today.
    To Bonnie: Your tulip quilt is magical! I love it. I’m going to start making tulip blocks now so I’ll be ready when your new book comes out. Have great time with Zoey!

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  9. Oh my! So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
    JM

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  10. Oh my goodness Bonnie Blossom Time is GORGEOUS.

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  11. Sunny here, hot & humid as well so walking will happen this evening. Starting the day with Tai Chi then pressing the fabric I just washed to make masks. Also cutting out several quilts, 2 simple 1 Equilateral triangles for piecing by hand. I like having a slow sew project for the evenings. Hope you and Zoey Jo enjoyed your walk!

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  12. I really love Blossom Time. This one goes on my must do list! So glad that Ivy & Lola are getting along better. I only follow a very few blogs, but yours is my favorite. Love seeing the quilts, hearing about the QPO and the Inn, and especially Zoey, Lola, and Ivy. Always look forward to your daily quote and the quilt in the background. I really appreciate how you share your life and adventures with us and with such a generous, positive outlook. Thanks, Bonnie!

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  13. Ok, I believe you that those skinny sashes were a challenge, but wow do they look great. You're right - the secondary designs are amazing. Gorgeous.

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  14. Blossom Time turned out to be a beautiful quilt! I really love the way you sashed it, and the secondary designs. Amazing what you can do with scraps.

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  15. Wendy, I am so sorry.

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  16. My heart goes out to you at this time. Mine left me last Sept. His passing was expected. But after 62yrs, not long enough. You as well as all of us will get threw this. So cry and see and what ever helps you. My prayers are with you.

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  17. Going to watch our 6 to grandson play baseball. Everyone is supposed to be masked up . We will see. If we don't feel safe enough we'll leave.

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  18. Friday and Friday night was spent making Log Cabin Blocks for a King Size Bed. It seems never ending but there is a light shining. Today is going shopping with daughter to get my granddaughter ready to move into college next week.

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  19. So very sorry. Hugs coming your way.

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  20. Bonnie, this is such a beautiful, happy quilt! Couldn't wait to see it finished. I think those skinny sashings absolutely made it!

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  21. Love your quilt. Wendy, that is so sad. Prayers for you and your family.

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  22. oh my, condolences and yes, sew today! Do what gives you comfort, there's time enough for grieving and arranging! Heartfelt prayers and blessings -- the quilting community is a great family... <3

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  23. Love this quilt, on my bucket list. Enjoy your ponies. :)

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  24. Oh, my. Looks like this quilt was worth the effort. Love it! And, now you can guide your readers so they don't have to experience the problems you did. Thanks for all you do, Bonnie.

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  25. Don't sweat the small stuff. It looks beautiful as is. I think a green sashing would set the whole thing into the next sphere.

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  26. Love this quilt. Will be another reason to buy your next book. I know I could just use the Quiltville block pattern and go from there but I have plenty to keep me busy until the book comes out. :) Enjoy your walk and have a wonderful day.

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  27. I love this quilt. When I was a little girl I would look at a Dresden plate quilt and try to find 2 blades the same - don't think I ever did. Other than the 3 leaf blocks, your quilt would give as much pleasure looking at all the different fabrics. Well worth the effort Bonnie!!

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  28. Did you design the washing on EQ first or just thought it up as you went along?

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  29. I used this block pattern to make a spring wall hanging that is 5 x 5. When thinking about the setting I tried putting them like that but didn't think to put in the tiny washing. I love mine but also like yours.

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  30. Bonnie, I love how your quilt turned out! I would never notice anything not lining up. Thanks for your inspiration. Enjoy your day!

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  31. Wendy in Colorado. I am so so sorry your husband was a victim of this virus. Hopefully in the time to come your sewing will give you a solid center to hold on to as the world you have known spins out of your control. Love.

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  32. I love this quilt. Be interesting what you add for a border. I love applique and can see some kind of viney applique border.

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  33. Absolutely love how the Blossom Time top is coming.

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  34. Blossom Time came together beautifully, Bonnie!! Looking forward to seeing what you choose to do for borders.

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  35. I love tulips and this quilt is fabulous! The secondary pattern is so pretty. I need to find my copy of the magazine and get this on my queue. Thanks, Bonnie!

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  36. I love that quilt! the skinny bits make it - can't wait for the pattern

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  37. Wendy, my heart goes out to you.

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  38. Wendy sorry to hear about your husband. I hope sewing later on will give you peace.

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  39. This has turned out to be beautiful quilt. Love the secondary pattern, sometimes it just surprises you when it happens.
    Wendy, my prayers go out to you on the loss of your husband. Sew anytime you feel the need. It helps.

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  40. That is such a beautiful quilt!

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  41. Bonnie, when you started these blocks I was not crazy about them. But, the secondary designs and skinny sashing make this one of my favorite most resent quilts of yours! Great job girl.

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  42. Love the quilt and when I make it I will use a 1 1/2" sashing. Because the quilt is so beautifully busy, I would put on a plain 5 inch border....maybe a pin dot print or small floral print....not white. Love your Quote today.

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  43. Bonnie that quilt is just beautiful! I know it's been a real challenge, but oh my, the result is so well worth it!

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  44. Bonnie, I think this quilt is one of your best and I think the narrow green sashing is just perfect.

    Wendy, my heart goes out to you.
    Alice Woodring

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  45. I have a project bic all set up for these blocks. I love how you have set them together. I think this could become my new favorite, tho as you scanned your room with all the quilts, I’m pretty I was speechless! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us!!! ❤️

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  46. wendy, sending hugs and prayers for you and yours in your time of grief. try to remember all the good times. patti in florida

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  47. bonnie, the quilt is beautiful. i would expect no less. i've been keeping all the pages of your blocks in quitmaker. sadly i haven't kept up with the filing this year. go figure. patti in florida

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  48. Gorgeous quilt! Love it!

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  49. We are in the queue for a new roof, cant get it until next spring!

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  50. Condolences from South Africa Wendy, this virus brings the world closer together. Sewing also is my restful place when I need it. 🤗🤗

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  51. This is one of the cutest quilts I've seen in so long. I love the design, the colors, how the sashing and blocks play. Totally adorable, and I'm so glad you worked out the sashing issue. It's perfect.

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  52. Love the skinny sashing - it adds so much to the quilt - may have to make one in the future...

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  53. Sorry for your lose, Wendy. Quilting got me thru my divorce (didn't like his girlfriend and she didn't even quilt!). Bonnie you keep me sane at times and entertained always. What about another but simpler skinny border? The quilt is so pretty don't take anything away from it.

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  54. I love "Blossom Time". I think the little green lattice strips really tie the whole quilt together. The quilt has a Pennsylvania Dutch feel to it. It's also such a modern-looking quilt--so fresh and light. It's just beautiful.

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  55. Just love how blossom time has turned out, even with all the sashing issues you have yet again created an inspirational quilt. Thank you for sharing both your quilt and the lovely kitties enjoying it.
    Stay safe
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

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  56. I have not bought a quilt maker mag in a long time. Seems like I never have enough time to do any of the quilts in there. I really didn't like your tulip quilt either UNTIL I SAW IT AS A WHOLE!!!! just bought a back issue of Quiltmaker, hope I know some little girl that will want one.

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  57. Bonnie your quilt is fabulous! Yes, the secondary designs are charming - makes me want to try this pattern, someday.

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  58. Your quilt is just gorgeous. I have a question? If that green was Batik would it hold up better or would that be a do not even try?

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  59. This is by far one of my favorite quilts. I love everything about it. Thank you.

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