Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Welcome Blog Tour Gang!



It's been great fun participating in Volume 3 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and forgive me if you've heard this before - but I'm delighted to see my block on the cover !!!  Of course with all the work I have been doing with Rose of Sharon blocks, mine had to be a Rose of Sharon variation. With just three simple shapes (a blossom, a leaf, and a circle) and various sizes of those three shapes you can make any number of variations - and the block can be any size you want. 
If I were you I'd be first in line to get your copy of this issue - it's going to go quickly. It will appear by May 10th and after you've visited all the other stops on the Blog Tour I know you will  want your very own copy.  


I'm still playing with  Rose of Sharon ideas and I wanted to share my sunflower block  (who says you can't make a sunflower with rose shapes? ) While I was fooling around with this idea, it occurred to me that having some three dimensional petals would look good, so I fused two pieces of the same fabric together and cut them on my AccuQuilt Go cutter, then positioned them over a layer of already fused petals. I think it's fun and certainly 'robust'. 




While I was making sunflowers Elizabeth's grandchildren, Sonny and Greta, were making fabric pictures for Mother's day. They love the AccuQuilt shapes from the Rose of Sharon die and they are fearless in their approach to their creations!  Hmmm....now I know who to call in when I need help making blocks.

Oh Sonny.....Oh Greta......want to come and play at my house?

105 comments:

  1. I love it!! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. I love the idea of some pedals being three dimentional. Great Block!!!

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  2. Love it! I think the 3 dimensional aspect is so creative!
    Maria

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  3. Congratulations on the cover!!!! Love what you do!

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  4. It's my favorite designer of reversible/quilt as you go techniques :) Clicked the Blog tour link immediately seeing your name...congrats on 100 block 3 design.

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  5. Wow this is just very pretty also love the sunflower, congratulations....

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  6. Love your sunflower with the 3-d petals!

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  7. Love this block. Congratulations!

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  8. Very interesting block! Love the colors!

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  9. Very special block! I like it!

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  10. Congrats on making it to the cover :D

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  11. Love the block. Can't wait to make it.

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  12. Congrats on the cover shot - love the 3-D. Judy C

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  13. Congrats on having your sunflower in the book - it's very pretty.

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  14. Your block is wonderful! Congrats!

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  15. LOVE your Sunflower block Sharon! I can almost smell the fragrance!

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  16. Love the 3D petals - and also love that you are passing down your talents to your grandchildren!

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  17. This sunflower block is stunning...especially in the batiks! Love it! Congrats on being in the magazine!

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  18. Good morning...
    What a happy block...
    Kay
    Metro Atlanta

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  19. Excited about your new thread - and your block is lovely!

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  20. What a great blog...cute block, cuter kids and did you notice the larger block behind the kids??? That looks like really hard, but boy is it beautiful. Thanks for your fun videos on TQS. You make quilting sound so approachable. Thanks for your generosity.

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  21. I like the idea of fusing and adding dimension to your block. It sets off all kinds of ideas --- why didn't I think of that?!

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  22. Congratulations for having your block in the magazine. It is so pretty and I love the 3 dimensional idea. Beautiful fabrics too.

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  23. Lovely block. Congrats on being in the magazine. Love your patterns.

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  24. Of course you can use rose shapes for sunflowers! Love the idea of the kids playing with GO shapes. Can't wait to have one too someday!

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  25. Love this sunflower design. I've not done much applique, but have enjoyed what I've done. This looks like a block I would like to try. Now I just have to win this book - LOL

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  26. 3-D flower petals really add a lot of dimension to an already lovely block.

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  27. Love the 3-D flower idea! With all the blocks I've seen so far, it looks like when I get this book, I'm not going to be able to sleep -- I'll have way too many new quilt ideas floating around in my head!

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  28. Great block! Love the 3-D petals! Love the colors! Thanks!!

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  29. Would love to try the idea of giving granddaughters a bucketful of shapes with fusible already on the backs and then quilt up the resulting pix.

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  30. Love the beautiful 3-D flowers! Great colors too. Now to get a GO cutter and the new 100 Blocks directions.
    Thanks

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  31. Love the block. Wonderful use of colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. What a great block. Just love the 3 D effect. Congrats on being on the cover!

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  33. A happy block. Love the dimensional look.

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  34. Love the block and can not wait to try it! Thank You for chance to win and for all your hard work for Quilters!

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  35. That is a really cute block! I love it!

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  36. Very pretty block. I also love the three dimensional petals.

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  37. Hi All,

    You get two blocks from me - the one on the cover of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine (mine is the round one that is second from the bottom on the right) and if you come back and visit my Blog on May 7th I'll post a free download of the Sunflower Block you saw today on my Blog.

    Enjoy the tour!

    Cheers
    Sharon

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  38. Yes, I want to come play at your house! :)

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  39. I REALLY like you sunflower block!
    I did that back to back fusing for the petals (GO-cut hearts) on my evening primrose flowers recently and just sewed them in the middle of the flower with the rest free.

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  40. Yes, I like the 3-D effect of the petals...and I love the photo of the kids playing with the shapes...just adorable!
    Like your flower block a LOT!

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  41. Love your block, congrats on being on the cover. sunflower block is beautiful too!

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  42. Gorgeous!
    Congratulations!

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  43. Really lovely. Congratulations on your achievement.

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  44. Rose of Sharon block from Sharon! perfect. Thanks for sharing and giving us the chance to win.

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  45. Beautiful, as always! I am in love with your Sunflower.

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  46. The sun flower is great and the children are a wonder!

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  47. LOVE the sunflower....love the 3D petals. I'll be following your blog!

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  48. Love your block! Also love the sunflower block and 3-D idea.

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  49. Love your block and I would just love to get an Accuquilt. What fun! Thanks for a chance to win 100 blocks!

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  50. I love sunflowers and love the idea of making it 3 dimensional, wonderful for a summer wall hanging.

    Debbie

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  51. I love your Rose of Sharon block! I have to admit, I love the colors you chose also!

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  52. The 3 dimensional sunflower looks great. I love your Rose of Sharon block. Thank you for all the smart tips for new quilters. For sure I1ll be more than happy to win this wonderful magazine.
    hugs

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  54. I love the 3D look of your block! It would be so fun to do a bunch for a wall hanging!

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  55. Lovely flower block, Sharon. I love the colors you chose!

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  56. Love the 3-D petals. Thanks for the chance!

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  57. Who knew there could be so many variations of a design? I love the rose of sharon block - very pretty.

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  58. Your sunflower 3D petals gave me an idea for my dragonfly wings. Thanks for your wonderful block and the ideas it is sparking.

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  59. Love your block! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  60. Someday I mwill learn to applique. Until that day I still enjoy seeing beautiful artists and blocks!
    Pick me!
    XOXOXO Subee

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  61. Your blocks always look so beautiful. I am inspired to start doing needle turn applique again. I really like the 3-D petals.

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  62. congrats on the cover. what a great idea for the petals.

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  63. Very cool layered affect, and love the colors. At least there is spring flowers somewhere! Thanks!

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  64. what a neat idea, 3d flowers!

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  65. Your block is great, no wonder it is on the cover!!

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  66. Wow! What a bright and cheerful block! Very modern and I love the 3 D effect.

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  67. I just loved your sunflower block, and the block on the cover congradulation,thanks for sharing...

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  68. Oooh! A Rose of Sharon Sunflower! I love it! I will definelty be hitting the bookstore as soon as this magazine comes out! congrats!

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  69. Love your block with the sunflower. I also like the idea of 3D. I try to add texture to all my wall hangings.

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  70. Congrats on your "Cover Block" in Vol. 3! Looks like a fun block. HUGS... and stitches

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  71. Wow, that is a beautiful block. I'd love to see what the kids came up with, looks like fun.

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  72. Fun way to make 3D petals. I am GO!ing to get that die! I can't wait to see the magazine, too. Thanks again for being a great teacher.

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  73. Great block. Thanks for sharing. Also loving your little tutorials on The Quilt Show.

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  74. There's a lovely, exciting quality, a kind of purity in the work of child. How delightful to be able to tap into your delightful grandchildren who are blessed to have a grandmother who loves them and is willing to share her passion and guide them! Your new block has a gentle flow that is appealing and timeless. Thank-you Sharon for sharing with us, we too are blessed!

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  75. Lovely block. Very creative. Congrats on being in the book and on the cover

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  76. It is a great idea to combine the rose of Sharon with a 3D Sunflower, it adds so much texture to the block.

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  77. Love that sunflower block..adorable!

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  78. LOVE the sunflower Sharon. I am super excited too because my awesome hubby bought me a surprise which was delivered today. I had NO idea he'd done it until I opened the big box that showed up this morning. He's SO good at keeping secrets as opposed to me who practically dances around the house in anticipation of something I've ordered for him to arrive. LOL Anyway, he bought me the Go! Cutter!!!!!!!!!!! Now I can buy your Rose of Sharon dies once I have the money to do so.

    Anyway, congratulations on being on the cover.

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  79. Wow, the sunflower block, WOW! Don't have any dies myself, but, WOW! Oh, and did I mention, WOW!

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  80. I really like the 3-D sunflower block can't wait to get the pattern!! I do not have a die but bet I can get it really close cutting it out by hand! he he

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  81. The sunflower block is gorgeous!

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  82. I just adore your variation--it's spectacular! This is exactly the reason why I would purchase this magazine--quilt blocks like yours!

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  83. Love the Rose of Sharon variation.

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  84. What a beautiful block. I love the sunflower one too. you are so talented. thanks for the chance.
    ~a

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  85. so pretty! and I love the variations of the sunflower too. Dana
    nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

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  86. beautiful block and I love the sunflower.

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  87. Congrats on being in the magazine. Your block is wonderful.

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  88. I love the sunflower. I love the 100 blocks quilt blog tour and I'd LOVE a copy of #3 to add to my other two. Very nice
    ~a

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  89. Love your sunflower block!!!

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  90. What a beautiful block, Sharon! Great idea for the 3-D petals, too! Thanks! Cathy

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  91. The your Rose of Sharon block for the magazine, it is very pretty. That sunflower block is just too cute.

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  92. Sharon, your designs are fabulous. Love the 3-D idea. Have fun with Sonny and Greta. Sandi

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  93. Thanks for sharing your 3D sunflower block. What a great design idea. Congratulations on making the magazine cover.

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  94. I love sunflowers, so this really attracted me.

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  95. very vibrant design. I love dimensional. What adorable kids too!

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  96. Your block is lovely - congratulations for the selection for QM 100 Blocks v3. Like the 3-d variation too.

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  97. Your block is wonderful & the 3-D is such a bonus. Your choice of colors just add to it's "awesomeness!"

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  98. Your block's gorgeous!!!!, thank you for letting us know how you make it!!!!

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