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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!!!

And a Giveaway too =^..^=


It’s finally time for me to reveal my design for the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop!  I was beginning to think the day would never get here!  Oh my, I’m SO excited!!! 


What do you think?  I wanted to make something that I could put on my Table Topper frame, and it looks just darling there I think :*)


I began the project by choosing a royalty-free clip art for the fireworks (I’m not an artist!) and created a paper-pieced background to frame it.   



I had a ball picking through my stash to get just the right rich reds & blues to showcase the “pop” of the fireworks.  


A white sparkle fabric worked perfectly for the fireworks, but the sparkle is hard to see in the photo.  Cutting out those tiny pieces was pretty tedious, but I just knew it was necessary for the design to work.


I finished it off by quilting with a silver metallic thread to sparkle it up a little more :*)   After all, what’s the Fourth of July without sparkles, right? =^..^=



Isn't that a cute bias stripe binding?

This is my second design for the Table Topper frame.  The first was my Mom’s Sonshine Sunflower which you can see HERE.

I really want to send a Big Thanks to Jane at Jane’s Fabric and Quilts for hosting this amazing Hop!  Hosting one of these is a big deal and a lot of work, and we appreciate you Jane!

And speaking of appreciation, I really appreciate YOU too, my wonderful followers!!!  Remember, I promised a giveaway, so here you go…  If you are a follower of A Quilt and A Prayer, just leave a comment on this post telling me how you follow (GFC, RSS feed, email, etc), and you’ll be in the drawing to win these…..


Since this is a celebration of all things patriotic, I decided to pull a few of my favorite patriotic fabrics and add in a pattern from Buggy Barn – Crazy About Hearts and Stars – 


I just LOVE this sweet little pattern!!!!  Most of the fabrics are close to being a fat quarter, but some are smaller pieces.  I just put in whatever I thought you might like :*) 

I will keep the drawing open until the end of the Blog Hop on Monday, July 16 to give everyone a chance to enter.  Sorry, but I will have to limit the drawing to U.S. mailing only.

If you are not already a follower, I hope you’ll consider coming along for my journey.  I’ll try to have some fun and rope you in for the ride :*)

And don't forget, here are the other bloggers who are featured in the Red White & Blue Blog Hop today… Please be sure to go over and give them some Patriotic Love too!!!

July 3rd
Teresa in Music City (hey, that's me!)


*** Linking up with Applique Thursday at A Quilting Reader's Garden ***

Hugs & Blessings &
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Teresa
=^..^=

131 comments:

  1. I love your block - very 4th of July! love the way you have used sparkly thread on the white.

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  2. It is just beautiful, Teresa. You did an amazing job! What a fun little quilt to add sparkle to your holiday celebration.
    Yes, I follow with good old Google Friend Connect. Would love to win those fabrics. I love stitching up things in R/W/B! : )

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  3. I love this, Teresa. Nice job!

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  4. P.s. i follow on Google Reader.

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  5. What a great block! You are so talented. Now I want one of those too!! What is the finished size of the block?

    I follow you on Google with email alert -- don't want to miss any of your great ideas.

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  6. I now follow you on google. Love your tutorial and what a beautiful block. Judith, Texas

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  7. Wow just love the celebration block, very patriotic....Happy 4th to you and I follow through google...

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  8. What a beautiful block, sew creative! You will be already for the holiday with this on your table. Have a great 4th of July! Just started to follow you, can't wait for future projects.

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  9. Love your block , perfect for the July 4th celebrations ! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I absolutely love your fireworks block!

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  11. Love the block! I follow on Google reader.

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  12. Really Cool, I love the way it Pops right out at you!! All that tedious cutting was well worth it!!

    Huggs,Nancy

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  13. I also follow on Google...not brave enough to start my own blog just yet!

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  14. Love your little quilt! Nice stitching on the white shapes too! Perfection!

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  15. Hello Theresa, what a blast your block is...absolutely ready for any celebration especially YOUR JULY 4th....
    Explosive work .....

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  16. Your mini-quilt is gorgeous. I'm a follower by email. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I am a new follower and I love your block, I'm thinking it would also be nice made up as a cushion?

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  18. Love your creativity and well-thought out block - looks wonderful on your table top frame. This is definitely a blast of a blog hop and thanks for your participation. I am a follower and email sign up. Judy C n NC

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  19. Creative you! Lovebo it! Always wanted to try a Buggy Barn pattern...nice giveaway!

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  20. Creative you! Lovebo it! Always wanted to try a Buggy Barn pattern...nice giveaway!

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  21. I am your newest follower!

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  22. I'm so glad I found your blog from the Blog Hop!! I absolutely love your block. It is fabulous! And I scrolled down and love your work, so I became a follower! The drawing is wonderful too!

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  23. I am a new follower! I love your fireworks block!!! Fireworks have been one of my favorite parts of the Forth of July ever since I can remember... When I was very, very young, we would drive to the bay, hike down to the water's edge, lay on a blanket and watch the display--- such an exciting end to a day of swimming, picnicing, and family reunion! Thank you for the chance to win!! I LOVE red, white and blue!! God bless America! :-)

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  24. Love your wall hanging! Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! I am a follower and I added your blog on google reader as well!

    Happy 4th of July and Happy sewing!

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  25. wow! thats all I can say Wow!

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  26. I'm not a follower but couldn't wait to tell you this has been my favorite block so far. I'm going to save this post and maybe I can make something similar. blessings, marlene

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  27. what a COOL block! I'm a new follower :-)

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  28. I Absolutely Love Your Patriotic Fireworks Block!!! Thanks for the Giveaway! I follow via email...

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  29. Wow is all that I can say.I love your block.I am a new follower by email and google.

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  30. What a great little quilt! Just love the how the fireworks burst and sparkle - well done! I am a new follower to your blog. Glad to have found your through this blog hop. Happy 4th!

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  31. I follow with Google reader. Thanks for showing us your block. I love the movement in it!

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  32. Your project is my favorite one today! Love it!

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  33. Love your table topper block! Thanks for the great giveaway. I follow by e-mail.

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  34. Love your block. Thanks for the tutorial. I am a follower via GFC and e-mail. Thanks for the chance
    to win.

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  35. I love EVERYTHING about your block! Love paper piecing - thanks for showing the back side! AND the pizazz of the fireworks! What fun! THEN the bias strips - my favorite kind of binding! I buy every stripe I find so I can ALWAYS add bias stripe binding to whatever I'm making! Thanks for sharing! Maybe you should design for the tabletopper "people"!!

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  36. Teresa, your block is great. I love the fireworks.

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  37. This is my favorite today. Love it! and I am now a follower, very nice blog!

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  38. Amazing! That is just so beautiful--nice job!

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  39. Love it! I am an email follower.

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  40. It does look darling in that little frame. Great design too.

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  41. I signed up to follow. I enjoy the Buggy Barn designs.

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  42. Great block! Thanks for a chance to win. Have a great 4th!

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  43. Oh, I love your block.

    And now I need to get one of those frames and next I need to get busy and learn paper piecing. This will be the perfect thing for my Mom in her assisted living. I can make new blocks for each season and holiday.

    thanks!!!

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  44. Your blocks is amazing!!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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  45. wow, your block is super great! I'm thinking it would make a great wall hanging, expanded to say 36inches. I love fireworks. I follow you on Google friend and look forward to more great ideas.

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  46. Since all our fireworks are canceled due to the dry/heat - this is a perfect block - sparkles into the air! Lovely tutorial and thank you for sharing.

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  47. Love your block! The fireworks are wonderful! Thank you for sharing such a festive project. I follow through google...

    Happy quilting!

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  48. You should be excited to share this great table topper! What a neat paper piecing design and your fireworks are too cute! The binding is perfect! Thanks for sharing and also the giveaway!

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  49. Beautiful block! I am a new follower through Google Reader.

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  50. Wow.....I love that block. It's so different and active...grin.

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  51. I am so in love with my table stands, yes I have more then 2! Your RW&B fireworks is fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win the give away

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  52. I'm a new follower and I love your block! and Buggy Barn! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. I love your block it just pops. Keep cool

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  54. I featured your block on my blog today! I like to promote the hops I'm involved in and your block was one of my top choices!! Plus, I got a little lost in reading all your other posts featuring some lovely applique!!
    Happy 4th of July
    Gmama Jane

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  55. That look like a lot of work, but it was worth it. The binding just set it off. I am following you and you give away is the day I show off my blocks.

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  56. What an intricate piece of art! Thanks for sharing your creativity and hard work. I'm now following along to see all your fun projects :)

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  57. first time here so I signed up to follow by email. I like your imagination. Thanks

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  58. What a beautiful table topper. Great idea for clipart too. Thank you.

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  59. First time visitor to your blog. Love your fireworks block. If music city means Nashville, we are almost neighbors. I live just south of Franklin in Springhill.

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  60. I really, really like your table topper and may have to come back several times and "borrow" your idea! Thanks you so much for sharing!!

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  61. Hello Teresa...I'm sort of new to blogging so I think I become a follower thru my newish blog on Google, I'm very glad I found your blog from the Blog Hop!! I absolutely love your fabulous block. It really has that fireworks feel to it. I also found it interesting to see what you came up with your little pinwheels. Thank you for the chance to win. My answer would have to be spending time with my children is the best part of summer!
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  62. Your block is really cleaver and inspiring! Lovely work! This might be one of my favorites and there has been a lot of sweet blocks in this blog hop!
    I'm a follower and I love your sweet giveaway gifts. Thank you!

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  63. Love those fireworks. Your topper turned out so cute. I follow through GFC.

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  64. Your block is fabulous - I love the stripy binding! I am a new follower in Google reader. thanks!

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  65. Hey Teresa. I just became a follower. I love your designs Thank you

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  66. Teresa, your block is DARLING!!! I love it; it's definitely getting pinned to my board!! I'm hoping to get a little stand for my birthday or Christmas ... this block WILL be on it next July 4th, if I do! Well done, well done!! Hugs!!! (Google friends!) :)

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  67. Happy Hop Day Teresa!! This block is a blast! WOW!! That was a lot of work and so worth it. I soooo want to try this too! Not sure I will be able to make it spark like yours but I will try! Have a Happy 4th.

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  68. Wow, that block really spells 4th of July-even a Canadian like me can appreciate it. Great job.

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  69. i get you by e-mail love your blocks thanks for the giveaway

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  70. I'm a new follower. Love your Fourth block. I'm not sure I would have the patience though for all those litte cut pieces.

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  71. I'm a new email follower. I just love your little quilt! How appropriate for July 4th.

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  72. Love the fireworks. I a Follower with GFC

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  73. I just love your table topper! the metallic thread is creative genius!

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  74. I am a new follower in my google Reader. I enjoy your spot. Thanks for the nice table topper. I have a stand with nothing to put on it. I will have to try this. Thanks again.

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  75. That's a great 4th of July Block. You are very clever! I am a new follower with Google Friend. We need lots of quilts and lots of prayers, don't you think, at this difficult time in our history? Thanks for letting us visit.

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  76. Very nice block! Wow those were tiny pieces. I just joined up as a blog follower and subscribed by email. Thanks.

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  77. I love fireworks and my country, so this block is wonderful. I follow by GFC.

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  78. Love your block and the fact you just sat down and designed it, how clever! I'd love to be able to do that one day.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win some fabric and a pattern. How generous! Oh, I'm a new follower via GFC.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. This is a gorgeous block and enjoyed reading through your process. I first took a diversion to look at your lovely applique quilt post. I've joined as a follower via GFC. Thanks for your generous giveaway.

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  80. I follow your blog on Google Reader. Your block design is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  81. Loved the block design!! Its so firework fantastic!!

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  82. Really liking that design you came up with, and the background colours of the blue and red, just perfect! Lovely giveaway also, but I'm from Canada.

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  83. Your block is quiltessential Fourth of July. Very clever and fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Happy Fireworks...

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  84. What a great mini...perfect for your table topper frame!! I'm following via GFC...thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  85. What a super fun block! Love it!
    Just signed up to follow on GFC.
    xx

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  86. Absolutely LOVE your block!!! Definitely represents the 4th of July! You are so creative! I'm so glad you are on this blog hop so I could find you and get you in my email box! Thank you for the RWB fabrics and pattern you are giving away - my RWB is depleted after making quilts for soldiers!

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  87. I have signed on. That is a great patriotic project! I love Buggy barn patterns too.

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  88. I am a new follower by e-mail. I just love hops because discover all sorts of new blogs that I need to follow to get more project ideas that I have no time to ever do but keep printing and saving just in case I ever don't have 20 projects already going.

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  89. I just signed up to follow with Google friend connect! Love your block!

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  90. What a fun design. Love it.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  91. what a wonderful block!! Just love it.

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  92. Your block is gorgeous! I'm a new follower and am looking forward to seeing what else you have on your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  93. That is a perfect 4th of July table top quilt. I love it! I am now a follower on google.

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  94. I feel really lucky that I got to see your block up close and personal at the quilt guild today. It's so fun!
    I follow by RSS thru Google Reader.

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  95. I love your block most of all I've seen thus far. It just says "Celebrate!". I took a peek at your Sonshine Sunflower, too! My dad loved sunflowers and they always remind me of him. I'm so glad I found your blog, and just had to become a follower!

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  96. I love this block! Hope to be able to make.

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  97. Love your block! I'm a new follower on GFC, looking forward to reading your blog :)

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  98. Great Block! LOVE IT. I also just joined to follow you! Let the cyber stalking begin! LOL happy 4th to you.

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  99. I'm a new GFC follower- kylie c. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

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  100. Wonderful block with lovely applique work.
    Sew glad to follow you through Google Follow and email subscribe.
    Thanks for sharing, the tut and the opportunity to win!

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  101. Can't get over how much work went into your block. You are an amazing designer, don't know if I will ever been able to do this kind of work. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Have signed up to be a follower and receive your update email. Can't wait to see your future work.

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  102. Hey! I am a follower on Google. Your block is terrific! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway!
    mtower@bellsouth.net

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  103. Oh my goodness!!! I love your July 4th block it is amazing.
    We live in Canada but I have two American daughters who were born on Staten Island NY We .lived there for 15 years we loved living in the USA and we visit often.
    Hugs

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  104. Love the patriotic quilt block, and I think it makes a great table topper block. I read your blog via email.

    Lisa :o)

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  105. Love it. wow 112 comments or so. I like the back ground you made for the fireworks.

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  106. Awesome block! The colors are brilliant with the fireworks exploding off the fabric. It looks great in your frame.

    I had joined your blog from the title and then reading your "About Me." PTL!

    Yes, the pattern is fantastic. Thank you for sharing. My day to share will be July 12th.

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  107. Awesome block - I love fireworks and you captured the feeling perfectly! Good job!

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  108. Your block is beautiful! I'm a new follower and have a blog myself. I'm new to blogging, but I hope you will come follow me as well.

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  109. HOLY tiny pices Batman! LOL I LOVE IT!! New follower here! Thank you for hopping along wiht us! :)

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  110. You did a fantastic job!!!! I love love love it.

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  111. Love your blocks. I follow as Renee G on gFC
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  112. Your 4th of July block is very eye catching. Great job!

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  113. What a great block and perfect for your little stand.

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  114. A great block! Love the background and the sparkly fireworks! Thanks for sharing.

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  115. I Follow in Google Reader. I'm usually not interested in the patriotic type patterns, but you've done a really fun one and I actually would want to make it.

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  116. A sharp looking block. i like the applique. i follow your posts through Google reader.

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  117. I'm a new follower with Google Friend Connect. Thanks for the great tutorial and for stopping by for the RWB blog hop.

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  118. love your block - such a great idea !

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  119. What a wonderful quilt for July! Came out great, Teresa. Thanks for linking to Applique Thursday, too.

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  120. do you remember where you found the free clip art pattern?

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  121. Love this block!!! And the son flower one too! Need patterns!!!

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