Sunday, January 06, 2013

In Your Words Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm delighted to participate in the In My Words Blog Hop. Be sure to check the end of the post for giveaways.

Me, In Words
For In Your Words Blog Hop and The Modern Quilt Guild Winter 2012 Fabric Challenge
10" x 11"
Completed 1/6/2013

Back of quilt 

Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
Provided by The Modern Quilt Guild

At last month's Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were provided fabrics to create a project, due at January's meeting. We had to use the fabrics provided, and could add any solids or more Madrona Road. With two small quilts due in January, I decided to combine them, using Madrona Road for In Your Words.

Recently I brainstormed dozens of words that describe me, then narrowed them down to twelve:

Adventure
Generous
Solitude - I enjoy being alone
Dreamer
Humor
Nightowl
Kind
Clutterbug - I am a clutterer
Faithful - I can be counted on to show up, to do what I say I will, etc.
Independent
Memory - I have an excellent memory, which is a blessing and a curse
Combine  - I like to bring things, ideas and people together

I knew I wanted to put my words onto fabric, but I wanted to do it artfully. On the way home the other day, I remembered how a co-worker found an online crossword puzzle maker. Ooh. Then I thought of Scrabble. I love Scrabble! When I got home I went online to figure out how to make my words into a Scrabble arrangement.

I found this crossword puzzle maker:

Here are the words:

Now that I had an arrangement for the words, I downloaded a Scrabble font called Scramble that I found here:
http://www.fontgirl.com/info/scramble.php

I tried to type the words into a Word document, but the letters and spaces didn't line up correctly. Then I tried an Excel spreadsheet, narrowing the cells till they looked square. That worked.

Here are the Scrabble words after I removed the gridlines:

Layout for the quilt top. Buttons represent flowers that would be cut out and appliqued.

I've used these printable fabrics for several projects. I saved a few sticky backings to print on my own fabric.

Scrabble words printed on fabric - untreated, but the piece won't be washed

I trimmed around the words, added chevron fabric to the sides, then gray print to top and bottom. Did some machine quilting on the borders, without backing, created the back, then did an escape hatch sort of finish to avoid binding. With the piece turned right side out, I attached flower circles with zigzag applique, then machine quilted around the words.

The finished quilt once again:




Now for the giveaways. You could win one of the two fat quarters below.

Pink                           Green


For a chance to win one of the fat quarters, simply leave a comment by the last day of the Blog Hop (end of Wednesday, January 16). Be sure to mention whether you prefer Pink or Green. For an extra chance to win one of the fabrics, leave another comment mentioning that you are a new or existing follower OR that you have Liked my Facebook Page. Two winners will be drawn on Thursday, January 17.

Be sure to stop by and see today's other Blog Hop participants:

Kwilty Pleasures  (Kathy G.)
Debby Kratovil Quilts (Debby K.))
Sew Darn Quilt  (Carolyn R.)
Traveling Quilter  (Debbie A.)  You're Here!
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sea  (Denise)
Sew Much 2 Luv (Karen)


Thanks to Madame Samm and Linda S. for the blog hop.

Debbie
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192 comments:

  1. Lovely words thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway, love the green!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  3. I follow you via email! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  4. Scrabble words what a brilliant idea. That is a good way to expand the word list. Well done.
    Thank you for sharing this is a good creation.
    Debra

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  5. That is a fantastic idea! It would be a nice wall hanging to make for children and grandchildren too. Thanks for sharing it. I would love that beautiful green if I win.

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  6. I love your quilt, and I think the way you did it was very creative. Thanks for sharing your process with us. Green is my all time favorite color!

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  7. I signed up to follow by e-mail. Thank you for having that option. It's the only way I have a hope of keeping up - the readers just don't do it for me!

    dezertsuz at gmail

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  8. I love scrabble..so I absolutely love the way you displayed your words.

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  9. I love scrabble too! This is great!!You and my friend both with scrabble quilts!! Board games make fun quilts!! She made a sudoku quilt too ! You did such a nice job I it too! Isn't it fun using OFFICE for figuring out quilt things. I used excel for years until I got EQ 6. I still do things in excel once in awhile!! You have a great list of words!

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  10. Great fabrics to play with! Love your process in designing your scrabble quilt and it turned out lovely.

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  11. Love your Scrabble quilt! I always wondered if that printing fabric worked well.

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  12. I love the idea of the crossword puzzle, I have already went to the sites you suggest and put them in my favorit bar so I can look at them later. I love the green fabric.

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  13. I am a new follower, and again I love the green fabric.

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  14. It was fun to follow your steps in designing this quilt! We all seem to use such different methods, and I like reading about it. I am fascinated by the crossword site, too! I love the pink fabric.

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  15. I am a happy regular follower! Happy New Year!

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  16. Oooh the quilt is fabulous and great tutorial too - thanks for sharing.

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  17. Such a great idea, love this! Thanks for sharing.And the great link!
    I love green!

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  18. Very cute project and creative way of showing your words. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win, would love the green fabric to start stashing for next year Xmas projects!

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  19. Ingenious! Love the colors, too! And thank you so much for describing the process...you ARE very kind!

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  20. What a fun idea! And I love the fabric you used!

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  21. What a great way to build your word! I like red and thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. I need to make one like this - I love Scrabble!

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  23. Love the words, Scrabble is one of my favourite games too. Thanks for sharing. Love the red. Susie x

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  24. How Fun! I like them both! Love the green

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  25. Word Game Self Portrait...going to have to borrow this idea to share with students. :)
    I really like the green you have chosen. sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. Really creative idea , love your project . Thanks for sharing !

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  27. I love the green. Thank you for the chance.

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  28. Your word play is unique . I follow

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  29. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for the links - I'd love to have a go!
    I like the green fabric best!

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  30. I love your 'game' board, so cool and what a neat idea! My favorite color is red, but I would love to win either one! Thank you for the chance.

    Happy quilting!

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  31. I LOVE scrabble and love your quilt too!

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  32. I love your idea! So creative. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love the green!

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  33. Fantastic, great idea, thanks for sharing.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente
    -love pink ☺

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  34. So clever! Thanks for the link to the crossword puzzle maker. I am totally stealing this idea for my father's 70th birthday quilt!

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  35. Hi Debbie...ohhhh I adore your project and perfect words you chose to describe you to a T

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  36. Whoops! Forgot to say I love the pink...but the green is so pretty! I can't choose.

    Found your facebook page and was able to share the link so I will be able to find it again easily. You know, I always think I will be able to remember, but 80 blogs from now it will be a blur. Thanks for sharing on facebook!

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  37. Love your scrabble arrangement! So clever!

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  38. Great minds think alike. I have done a crossword project, too.

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  39. Such a clever idea - well done!! Oh and I like green best!!!

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  40. Clever way to reproduce the Scrabble look on your quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric. I would prefer the green.

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  41. Now that`s some words! You are so creative. Thank you for sharing how you put this together.

    Very nice Giveaway too. I like green. I live in the desert. I`ll take green any way I can get it!

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  42. You are too clever!!! Love that green!

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  43. Very clever and cute! Thanks For Sharing.

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  44. I love your scrabble ,such a great idea!!

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  45. Those words describe a fantastic person!

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  46. Your quilt turned out great. I like both fat quarter colors, but can use the green in more things.

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  47. I`m a follower and love the green one.Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Great idea for your projects! Thanks for the links and sharing!

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  49. What I wonderful original idea! I love both colors so If I were a lucky winner either color would be fantastic.

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  50. Adorei sua ideia,com os links oferecidos posso fazer peças bonitas para me declarar para alguém...ou xingar o marido via almofada?..Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  51. Really neat idea and very creative display. Tks for the opportunity. Judy C

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  52. How clever! I love it! You did a great job on this.

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  53. I'm an existing follower. I would love the green, thank you!:-)

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  54. What a clever quilt! I love the printed fabric...I've always wanted to try that. Scrabble and crosswords are a favorite of mine too. Thanx for sharing, I'm gonna give that printing a try!!

    Nini~

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  55. Pink Please,,, and it is artful

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  56. Very creative, I'm not sure I would have thought to use Excel. (I like the green)

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  57. I love printing on fabric and this is a great idea! Your words say a lot about you and make for a great project. Thanks for sharing it! Pink is very cool and I follow you, of course. :O)

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  59. Great minds think alike. lol. I used a similar process that will be up on the 10th. Yours turned out great. I love the green--thanks for having a giveaway!

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  60. This is brilliant! Am also a new follower here and on facebook!

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  61. What a neat idea, the crosswords puzzle! The pink is fantastic, thank you for the chance :)

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  62. What a cute idea - love scrabble idea!

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  63. Very cute idea. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing. I would prefer the green.

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  64. This is one crossword puzzle that I think I could finish. The green is great.

    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  65. I am a follower by e-mail. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. I would love some of the pink fat quarter. thanks for sharing. lovely quilt.

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  67. I'm a faithful follower.

    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  68. What a great idea, you are creative. I like the green fabric. Thank you.

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  69. You are a very creative lady. Thanks for sharing

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  70. GREAT POST! I love how you did your scrabble project. I love to print on my own fabric too but am so glad you shared the links for the scrabble font and page. THANKS!

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  71. I also just became a follower of your by adding you to my google reader list. You are very talented and create many different projects, I like that and also either FQ would be fine. I'm drawn to the green but the pinks in my repetoire need help. lol Jane

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  72. That is such a great idea and I love how it looks too.

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  73. Green, love green. lol. great idea for your quilt. thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  74. What a great idea! You not only made a great quilt but also looked within yourself for reflection and then shared with others about yourself. I love games and this certainly has that game appeal to me! I love, love, love this idea. It turned out as an adorable quilt. And you combined two, two quilts into one!

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  75. I am a follower via email. vickise at gmail dot com

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  76. What a great giveaway! I would love a chance to win the pink fat quarter!

    ~McKenna
    mckmuff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. Oh I like this. I also like green. Always have always will. Now to go bookmark the site you found to make puzzles.

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  78. OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE YOUR QUILT! (I am OBSESSED with Scrabble - I think I have - 12 games on the go right now? haha)
    Both of your fat quarters are awesome, I'd be honored to win either!

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  79. I'm a follower! Love both colors but green is my fav!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  80. You ARE creative. I love your scrabble idea. I would like either color.

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  81. Oh my gosh! I love this! I wondered how a person would go about doing something like this! Thanks!
    I love both colors but my fav is green!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  82. I love Scrabble. I usually beat my DH at it. I have the Scrabble fabric that I need to play with. Great idea!

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  83. Great idea and thanks for sharing. THis is a fun hop. I like green

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  84. That is amazing! I love it and thank you so much for the links.

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  85. Love your scrabble idea! Thanks for sharing. I'd choose pink.

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  86. I love your project! Thanks sew much for the detailed how-to. I have printed letters from my word publisher on my inkjet printer with success. I even added a few words to my project for this hop that way. I post on Thursday. The first day is sew inspiring!

    I like green ... Thanks for the chance to win a squishiy in the mail! :) Pat

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  87. I am a new follower so I can find my way back for more inspiration.

    I like pink, too ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  88. very creative Debbie, Thanks for sharing in the hop :) Beautiful words to describe yourself. I am a pink girl through and through! Thanks for a chance to win. Janita

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  89. Very unique quilt. I am now following your facebook page.

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  90. I really like the pink fat quarter the best. Thanks fo ra chance to enter your giveaway.

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  91. Those scrabble tiles are such a neat idea!

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  92. Very creative to "combine" two projects into one! Love your idea of using scrabble to define pieces of you! Love the pink!!!

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  93. I "like" you on facebook and follow your blog by email!

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  94. I love your wall angling! Thank you for providing the links where you were able to find your information. I love the pink.

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  95. I meant to say "hanging" above. :-). I'm a new follower.

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  96. I love Scrabble and love your wallhanging- will definitely be borrowing this idea! ooh maybe with the kidlets namesfor Grandma.... I love it!

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  97. Scrabble is one of my all-time favorite games to play! How fun that you incorporated it in your project. Fun words too.

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  98. Great scrabble wall hanging. There are so many new scrabble type games now. Love the green fabric

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  99. Wow, now that was a challenge you rose up to, and did a marvelous job on! Great inspiration!

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  100. That is so clever! Your scrabble crossword looks great! Thanks for the giveaway. I like green.

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  101. That is so cute! I have a friend who is a competitive scrabbler and he would just love that!

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  102. What a clever idea! I really appreciate that you explained how you did your project. Your list of words are great. Thanks for the links as well. I'm going to have to check it out. Great idea to combine both challenges and make one quilt. You did an awesome job and thanks for sharing it with us.

    Thank you for your giveaway and the chance to win a fat quarter. I love both the pink and green so either would be loved. How neat there will be two winners! Woot! Woot! You Rock!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I'm already a follower via GFC and now I follow on FB as well.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. This is just such a clever idea with a lot of thought going into it too. Love it! Green please.

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  105. Rosemary B here: Already following :-)
    I love your project. I love playing scrabble too!
    Well done and very creative
    thank you so much for sharing

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  106. Creative idea for your quilt. Thanks for sharing the how-to's. I like the pink.

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  107. I am a follower. Pink for me.

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  108. Oh my gosh, that is SO clever and SO creative! I love it!

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  109. What a clever idea. Great concept. It came out terrifically.

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  110. I used to live in Sacramento, now I am really missing it, wish I was in your guild, what an awesome quilter and dreamer, you are.

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  111. I love that you combined 2 challenges in one! The scrabble blocks turned out great.

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  112. So cool! I love puzzles. What a great way to put them in a quilt!

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  113. That is so amazing! Nice job.


    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  114. I love the puzzle quilt. Haha.
    I am a Pink lover :D

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  115. Very creative idea and it turned out wonderfully! Thank you for sharing it! (I prefer green.) Thanks!

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  116. green
    You really turned a creative idea into a special piece.

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  117. What a wonderful and creative idea. I really liked it. I would love either one. I do like green.

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  118. Yes I am a previous follower. Thanks

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  119. That scrabble mini is just too sweet! Thanks for sharing how you made it.

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  120. Green! Love the Scrabble font idea. And I can relate to several of your words. Especially clutterbug!

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  121. Green! Scrabble...that's so creative. Thank you for sharing.

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  122. great job on the cross word
    thansk forshring it with us today
    in stitches

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  123. How creative you are! Thanks for sharing. Love the green fabric.

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  124. I am new to your blog. Just found it through the blog ho. What a neat concept- scrabble quilt. Would love a fat quarter

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  125. I just found you with the blog hop. I like the crossword/scrabble idea. My 2013 word is FLEXIBLE.

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  126. How very ingenius. Love your interpretation with Scrabble.

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  127. I'm a new follower. One of the nicest things about hops is I find new blogs to follow. :)

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  129. Love your site. I am a new follower for sure! Just love this blog hop. So many new places to travel to! I liked your facebook, thank you for mentioning it. Oh and I love green!

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  130. Green, please!

    Thanks for the link to the crossword puzzle maker. I can think of lots of cute ways to use that.

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  131. I liked your quilt with the scrabble puzzle design. I would like the green fat quarter.

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  132. I am a new follower and as soon as I get my facebook account fixed, I will add you to my facebook a/c. I like the pink fat quarter.

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  133. What a great idea for a quilt. I love Scrabble, and can think of a lot of ideas for a quilt like this. Thanks for sharing with us. (I'd prefer the pink!)

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  134. How fun! Thanks for the link.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  135. Oh my goodness...I am in awe! blessings, marlene

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  136. Well done on your project for the blog hop!

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  137. Very nice, it looks like the real game.

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  138. What a neat idea, I think it is very clever and thanks for the links, I will be sure and check them out...

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  139. I love prining on fabric and am glad to know that I am not the only one that can't possably narrow down the words to describe themselves to one or two.

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  140. I am new to your blod and have liked your face book page as well (pink)

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  141. what a fab quilt! Such a clever idea and so well executed

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  142. Love your creativity on this one! Probably will be copied lots of times among the puzzlemakers that also read your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  143. What a neat idea you have with this project, scrabble is one of my favorite games. I like the green. Thanks for sharing. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  144. Brilliant idea! This is going into my to do folder for next Christmas...my Mom loves scrabble! Thanks for sharing...oh and I like the pink!

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  145. I am now following on your facebook page

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  146. What a great ideafor a quilt or a block.Always something new to learn.

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  147. What a fantastic quilt! LOVE it!!

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  148. Cute project. You went to a lot of work. Nice results.

    I like the pink fabric. It would go nicely with a project I am planning for my niece.

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  149. What a clever post!! Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you'll check out my daily blog.. my day is the last day

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host... The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  150. Very nice! I love that black fabric with words.

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  151. I love Scrabble, too! Or any word game, for that matter. Very cool!

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  152. Scrabble is my favorite game. What a great idea for the word tour. I love the green fabric.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  153. new gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  154. Aren't you the clever one, Debbie...Luv your scrabble words. Thanks for sharing and for the links!! Pink or green, both are awesome...happy stitching, Pauline!

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  155. I love this idea. How very clever of you! Thanks for including the links too

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