Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Think Christmas Bog Hop Stop & Giveaway

Welcome to my little corner of the quilting blogisphere! Glad you hopped on over for a visit. This is the last day of this tremendous Think Christmas hop and I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have.


When Lesley emailed and told me that she and Madame Samm decided to extended this hop 2 days and had openings, I jumped right in. And as usual, I had all sorts of ideas of all the blocks I wanted to make. But 2 things got in the way....I have a severe lack of Christmas fabrics in my stash and time was just not on my side.

The two Tribute to Danny quilts and the softball tournament itself ate up a boat load of my free time and then that previously mentioned little trip to the Emergency Room with my baby girl the other day really messed with my well planned out schedule.

Oh well, these things happen. At least I was able to accomplish a couple of block to share with you.

The inspiration for both blocks came from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Volume 4. This first one I took notice of when I got the magazine and promptly turned the edge of the page down. Now was my chance to make it. It is #380 Perfect Petals. The sample was done in shades of red with white background and a gold center. I knew that Santa Lesley would tisk, tisk me if I forgot to add in some Green, so I did. Here is my version.
BTW...I have wanted one of these wire hangers ever since I saw them on the Ghastlies Hop and I finally gave in and bought one. I am so glad that I did. I have a great place to put it and I plan on making a load of blocks to rotate on it frequently. If you don't already own one of these, you should go and get one fast.

Ok so back to the regularly scheduled program...

My 2nd block is also from the same issue, #395 Neapolitan. The sample was done in Pinks and Browns on a cream background. I wanted to a totally Red and White Candy Cane version but I didn't have enough various pieces of red fabrics large enough. Dag-nabit! (Gotta keep this blog clean, ya know) This Red, White and Green version came out pretty cool too.
I really like them both and because of that I haven't decided if I will just finish them to display on my wire hanger or if I want to make more and create something bigger, like another table runner or wall hanging. Decision, decisions!

Honestly I wasn't really in the mood to tear through all my holiday decoration boxes to find the perfect accessories for this photo shoot so I found the next best thing....my favorite red Lobster buddy...he is wearing Green after all...so he is the perfect colors, right? And as someone else asked for our dream place to spend Christmas and I immediately thought of the beach, he seemed fitting for this Think Christmas party.

So by now you are wondering where are the details on my giveaway! I know how all of you think. This took a bit of thinking on my part because as I said before, I just don't have a lot of holiday-ish fabrics even to offer up. Instead I am offering to send to the winner their own version of either of my 2 blocks in the colors of their choice so they have it to display on their wire hanger. I might even put in another surprise or two in the package.

Entries open through Midnight Sunday, August 12th. To have a chance at winning, tell me your one favorite holiday food that you only have that time of the year. Followers get a 2nd chance so if you already follow, remind me or let me know if you are a new follower.

Remember to visit all of the wonderful ladies that share this hop day with me. I'm betting that you will be amazed and dazzled by what they ahve created for you.

Pigtales and Quilts
Quilts From My Crayonbox (That's Me)
Quilt n Queen
InGa
Pattie at That Other Blog
Cliodana
Quilting, Losing and Tea
Many huge thanks go out to Madame Samm and Lesley for yet another fantastic blog hop. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every stop along the way and I can't wait for the next one.

146 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance, I would love the second one In Rainbow.

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  2. Beautiful blocks! I love how bright and cheery they look. Hopefully, things will slow down and you can find time to make more of those cute little blocks. I make pretzel salad at Christmas--it's a tradition. I follow you, of course. :O)

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  3. Two great blocks and just love the lobster! Exempt me from the give away - I have way to many orphan blocks and drowning in fabric right now. Thank you for sharing with us all today.

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  4. They are both lovely and I love the lobster too! Hope it wasnt too serious when you had to go to the emergency room and everyone is ok now. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Sweet blocks! You lobster is cute all decked out for the holidays. My favorite food around the holidays is sweet potato pie! It is the only time of the year I make it. Good think or I just would not fit thru the front door. I have been following you for awhile and enjoy every visit. Thanks you for sharing and hope you baby girl recovers soon. Judith, Texas

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  6. I love fruitcake --- and we tend to only have it near Christmas.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  7. Both your blocks are lovely! Favorite holiday food is homemade peanut butter cups with chocolate cheesecake a very close second!

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  8. I am now a new follower. Thank you for the great giveaway. I love my tabletop stands and they would be happy to have either block in any color combination!

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  9. I love that first block, Perfet Petals, and would love it in fall colors! Some of my favorite holiday food is pumpkin pie and raspberry cream cheese coffee cake!

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  10. Bright and cheerful blocks! Great work!

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  11. I love the second blocks. Very bright colors. I love cheesecake :(

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  12. Very pretty blocks! A favorite food I have at the holidays is a peppermint bark from Trader Joe's and their candy cane oreos.

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  13. Your mini-quilts are adorable! They look so nice in your frame and what a generous giveaway! Love your choice of fabrics...yep, gotta love the red, white and green! Thanks for sharing the source. You had a lot of challenges lately, but you sure rose to the occasion! Thanks so much for participating!

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  14. Both blocks are great, but I love the 2nd one in particular. As for my favourite food, well it could be Christmas pud, or mince pies, but really, it's all the dishes of Chinese takeaway that we always have on Christmas Eve, when as many of the family all come round and we eat it together.

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  15. "Real Ambrosia" as my grandmother used to call it...made with using only fresh oranges and fresh coconut[as still in the huge outer hull fresh]. Sadly it remains a memory, since she died, no one has been able to make it the way she used to....but as I type, I can still taste the yummy goodness! :D So now each year, I make her cranberry salad....that still tastes just like the way she used to make it! :D

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. My favourite food at Christmas is my Christmas cookies. I don't make a lot of "fancy" cookies throughout the year, so at Christmas I get out all of the family recipes and make them up. I like your first block the msot, but I also like your "Christmas" lobster!

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  17. Good morning
    Your blocks are beautiful, they are simple but colorful, very eye catching. Thanks for sharing

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  18. Beautiful blocks, bright greens that I love!

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  19. Wonderful Christmas show thank you so much...hard to pick a favorite...I guess I would have to say the dressing for my turkey. I do not make it all year except for Christmas so that would be my favorite.. thanks for sharing and happy holidays..

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  20. Beautiful block the second one have my vote, beautiful, love the strips. thank's for the chance to win, my favorite holiday food is uncook cookies... a family receipe love it! have a nice sunday

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  21. Hi Michele,
    Thank you for your blocks the "perfect petals" looks like a poinsettia to me. Then the Neapolitan (not in the icecream colours of cream, pink, brown) but it turned out really well wouldn't know you didn't have the fabric. Love the hanger Thanks for sharing after all you have been through.
    My favourite food at Christmas are a toss up between fruit mince pies or dark fruitcake. Yum. (Actually most food including lobster-woops)

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  22. Hi again, I follow on google. Thank you for the giveaway - new Chrissie decorations.

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  23. I like both blocks too! Thanks for sharing;-)

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  24. Enjoyed viewing your blocks

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  25. My favourite Christmas food- PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS! (a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey's Chocolate kiss in the centre) if I didn't restrain myself, I could eat them by the dozen!

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  26. Your blocks are gorgeous! I would love to give them a new home! I just became a follower and look forward to checking out your blog frequently. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  28. My favorite food of the season is a great cookie that came down from Great Grandmother. It is called Mama Grayce's Originals(can you tell her name was Grayce?). It is a delicate pastry crust that is filled with a brown sugar and cocoanut filling and glazed with either an orange or lemon coating. Yummy!

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  29. My favorite food is pumpkin bread.

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  30. Thank you for sharing. Your blocks are colorful and very attractive. Very pretty.

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  31. I love your Christmas blocks! My favorite Christmas "food" os Christmas cookies. My daughter & I make several varieties that we don't make any other time of year.

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  32. What a great job you did! Can't believe you were so crunched for time!!

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  33. Beautiful blocks! Spritz cookies are something we only seem to make at Christmas time....I have no idea why we never make them any other time :)

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  34. I am a follower, thanks for a great giveaway!

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  35. Your blocks are lovely, I would love either one! One of my favorite Holiday foods that I only get once a year is Grandma's pie. It's not a sweet pie, it's made with hamburger, sausage and pototoes. It makes a quick dinner when I'm busy with Christmas stuff. My mom makes each of us girls one every year day after Thanksgiving.

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  36. I'm a new happy follower! So glad I found your blog!

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  37. I am also a new follower. The two Christmas blocks are homemade, which means they are made with love. That makes me even more special to me. I would choose the first block you have shown us. It is for the Think Christmas blog hop and I would be honored to have the block. Thank you for letting all of your followers the opportunity to choose and making this such a fun event.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  38. It sounds like the days have been a little crazy for you. I'm glad you had the time to finish the two great blocks. I really love the second one and would love to see that in a full sized quilt.

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  39. I am a new follower. My favorite food would have to be the Mexican Wedding cookies. I only make them at Christmastime.

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  40. Your blocks are beautiful, and yes what a treat for a mini quilt stand! Neopolitan, in the colors you chose reminds me of Dr Seuss and I have no idea why.:-) My favorite holiday food are rum balls. Either that or Pizelles. (? spelling) The Italian licorice flavored cookie! Yummmmmm

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  41. Great blocks. So glad you made the time i your busy schedule. I love the Quiltmakers 100 blocks magazine. Reading Vol 5 now.

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  42. I really love your blocks. They are so nice on the stand. I really like turkey and I don't make one at other times of the year. Thanks

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  43. I am a new follower. thanks

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  44. I love both your blocks!! They are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!! I love having home made old fashion donuts at Chrstmas!! My Mom makes them and they are so delicious!!!

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  45. Pumpkin Pie!! Yummmmmy! But we make it as pumpkin pudding because I don't like the crust. I make it in a casserole dish. Mmmm so good! I don't know why we don't make it year round??

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  46. I love the little lobster! He is ready and dressed for Christmas too! I think your Perfect Petals is wonderful and would like to have a block from you. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

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  47. thank you for the chance to win a block. My fav only at Christmas treat is Divinity with walnuts.

    Robin in Washington State
    http://robin-assweetaspeaches.blogspot.com/

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  48. Your blocks are fantastic, the stripy one is so cool!
    Hmm, something I only have at Christmas? Christmas Pudding with creamy sauce drizzled all over the top, warm and yummy. =)
    Thank you for the chance

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  49. Of course I'm a follower, your blog's fabulous!

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  50. I love perfect petals!!
    My favourite Christmas treat is mince pies! I love them and I don't know why I don't make them throughout the year!!

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  51. Goodness, for a lady who has been crazy busy, I just love your blocks, especially the second one. Great job!

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  52. I am now a happy follower, love blog hops to find new blogs.

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  53. This might sound silly but at Christmas my favorite thing is candied yams. You see my husband doesn't like them so when the family gets together someone will always have candied yams. LOL. Love your blocks and thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. Love both blocks but especially Perfect Petals! I have one of the hangers and I change the blocks on it every month or so! My favorite holiday treat is the cookies! I don't make a lot of fancy cookies during the year but we have been know to go crazy at christmas! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Hello from a new follower who is helping ya get to #200. ;)

    I love your pretty blocks and thank you for a chance to win them.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  56. Love your blocks. Every year I make perogis (a Slovak dumpling) by hand for Christmas Eve. It's an all day affair making these but my family really loves them. You have to roll the dough out very thin and it's getting difficult with my arthritis. This year for my birthday my kids went in together to buy me a pasta maker - I know they think it will get me to make my perogis more often (ha ha).

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  57. I'm a new follower. Merry Christmas!!

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  58. Both blocks are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Hummmmm besides the fancy cookies that I only make then, I guess my Roasted Christmas Goose would be my once a year item. Thank you for the chance to win copies of your pretty blocks.

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    Tricia

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  60. I hope your baby girl is doing much better!!! Good for you in getting your blocks done. I think you and I were much on the same page as I too just couldn't make the trip to the holiday decoration storage boxes, but I love your red and green prop ... he looks very festive :) Excellent job on your blocks Lady!! See you soon, Wendy

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  61. Your blocks are very nice. I especially like the Perfect Petals which looks like a poinsetta to me. Mincemeat tarts is something that I only make for Christmas.

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  62. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. Beautiful blocks : ) Thank you for sharing. I just become your newest follower : )

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  64. I love Neopolitan....it looks like such a modern block. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I always make Divinity at Christmas, some to keep and some to give away as gifts. I love both of your blocks! I think that I will have to get a wire hangar too!

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  67. I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  68. Thanks for sharing your pretty blocks! I need to get me a wire hanger with all the inspiration! My favorite Christmas food is a traditional Norwegian dessert called riskrem (rice cream).

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  69. pecan pie love it no matter how fattening

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  70. I Love your blocks . I think I like the second one the best. My favorite Christmas food is actually Fruit Cake,especially the ones my mom use to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. Love both your blocks,but would chose napoleon .
    Favorite holiday food would be turkey,cranberries and pumpkin pie, but the only one we don't buy extras to freeze for a summer dinner is pumpkin for a pie. Pumpkin pie would have to be the answer.
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  72. I love the 2nd block the most, but both are awesome. Favorite holiday food?? Wow, that's tough...desserts for sure, but I love homemade turkey stuffing and gravy the most!!!

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  73. Love the Neopolitan block and the critter posing with it :) I love Grasshopper cake (creme de menthe and yummy) Good to hop with you!

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  74. I love the perfect petals block and I love it in the Christmas colors. I love my rack too. I also got the longer one and love it too. it fits perfectly on my buffet. For a chance at your giveaway I love Corn pudding. I go to my nieces for dinner and one of her inlaws brings it every year.

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  75. Both the blocks are wonderful. That perfect petals block would be wonderful in my favorite colors - lavender and yellow with a touch of green. My favorite holiday food is a family tradition - we call it Cranberry Fluff. Layers of jellied Cranberry, whipped cream, and saltines. YUM!

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  76. Love your blocks and the second one should have an amazing secondary pattern!

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  77. My favorite Christmas-only food is iced butter cookies. They are such a pain to roll out and frost, that I only make them at Christmas...and I just LOVE eating them!!! Your blocks are amazing - I'm loving all this Christmas in July!!

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  78. I am a followerLove both your blocks.Thank-you.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  79. Terrific choices up there ~ pattern and fabrics. Very festive!

    A favorite of mine at the holiday would be Ambrosia the way my mama used to make. I've tried to get the same wonderful combo of flavors from the oranges, pineapple, coconut, etc. but it never has that "Mama Made It" taste. Wonderful memories from so long ago.

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  80. fun blocks. One thing we always have to have is Pillsbury Crescent rolls at Christmas.

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  81. Loved your blocks especially the second one!!!! Eggnog french toast for breakfast and eggnog fudge!!

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  82. Nice blocks. I was looking through that same magazine this morning and saw the Perfect Petals one! I love Christmas cookies. My daughter makes the best sugar cookies and has a blast making them from the cookie cutters we've collected since she was little.

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  83. Hello Michelle...love that second block! Beautiful!

    My favorite holiday recipe was when my mom made Penuche Fudge...its a brown sugar fudge and to this day I cant make it right and believe me I have tried, so now I just buy it on Etsy...LOL! ARGH!!

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  84. ALREADY FOLLOW VIA GFC!
    THANKS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  85. HELLO! MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY FOODS ARE THE BUTTER CUT-OUT COOKIES ICED WITH CHRISTMAS COLORS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  86. I love panettone and pandoro, we eat just at Christmas time. lovely blocks. hugs Alessandra

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  87. Golly, I like both of your blocks so it would be a difficult choice. At Christmas time I like to make a version of Wassail that I started making when I taught middle school Home Economics. I lIke it because it contains all the "right" spices and leaves your house smelling like the holidays even if you have no decorations up yet. I start making it at Thanksgiving and sometimes give it to family members to take home as it's a non-alcoholic drink that keeps you warm. My students loved it and would usually take the recipe home and make it for their families. Thanks for sharing your great blocks and an opportunity to win one. If I won a block I would add to it and make a table runner or wall hanging as I don't have a place for that wire stand.

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  88. Love your blocks. The second one is my fav. Thanks for sharing

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  89. Your blocks are very bright and cheerful. I think the second one is best, even though I like them both. I don't have a metal hanger, but after seeing all in this Blog Hop, I really do need to get one. Thank you for the chance to win one of your blocks.

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  90. I gave my metal hanger away from the table topper blog hop.. I need to get another one!

    Love your blocks!

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  91. I like both your blocks. I made the second one for one of my block swap partners cause I liked it so much - different colours though. Please tell me where you got the little block hanger as I'd like to get one. My favourite Christmas food is the English trifle that we always had only at Christmas when I was young. Now I usually make it twice as the sponge cake recipe makes enough for two. We have it at Christmas and then again at our anniversary in mid January.

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  92. I am a follower. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  93. There are a few foods that I think of when I think of Christmas- I make Nuts and Bolts - a snack mix of cereals, nuts and other savory foods and my mother's shortbread and fudge. All are yummy and are not made for other times of year. I especially like Christmas as I was married the day after Christmas.
    Your blocks are lovely and your winner will love having some like them.
    The blog hop has been lots of fun and inspiration - thanks for participating.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  94. I also have been a follower for a while now. It really is lots of fun to see all these Christmas ideas.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  95. Love BOTH of your blocks! Well done.
    Thanks for sharing
    Cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  96. Hiya! I love your blocks, especially the Perfect Petals. I'd love to have it in any bright colors combo. Love the Lobster, he does remind me of the beach. I LOVE fruitcake. I used to have a recipe (gotta find it again) of a no-bake fruitcake. It used graham cracker crumbs and orange juice to hold it all together. YUMMY!!! Not too sweet, but filled with all the goodies. Hope things calm down for you soon---I know what it's like with kids, mine are all grown up now, but I remember. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  97. Hiya again! I am a follower too. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  98. Your blocks are both beautiful, thanks for taking some time to share.

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  99. I make raw cranberry salad only at Christmas; it is a family tradition passed down to me. Love the pinwheel block or at least that is what I call it.

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  100. we make "grandma Cookies"(a ginger cookie made by one of our grandmas) only at Christmas. So delicious, kids always ask for extras to take home.
    Thanks for the giveaway. would love the block made in "sea" colors blues and greens

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    1. With typing corrections :o)....I love your bright colors and blocks! Thanks for being a part of the hop!

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  102. Wonderful blocks! I missed getting that issue of the 100 Blocks. :-( Just may have to order it.
    I was late to join the hop and jumped at the chance, too! So glad to hop along with you.
    Also, I am a new follower.

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  103. Nancy B, a new follower here. Thanks for the cute, bright blocks! My family's favorite Christmas dish is Bisquick Jelly Roll, They expect it every Christmas. I have the recipe if you want it on another post. Thanks for the chance to win one of your completed blocks.

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  104. I really like the Neapolitan block. Sometimes I look at blocks and don't see other color possibilities. I'm glad you thought of making it is red/white/green.
    The one holiday food that I only eat at Christmas is Spritz cookies.

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  105. My hubby makes pecan logs and my DIL makes chocolates and truffles.Only for Christmas. No matter how much I want them in the other 11 months, only at Christmas. Thanks.

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  106. My fave Christmas only food is mincemeat. I'm the only one in the family who likes it, so it really is a treat for me. I love your Perfect petals block more, but Neapolitan block is gorgeous too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  107. I'm a new follower! #200! Congrats on that!

    I love both of your blocks but the first one is my favorite and those colors are just fine. I'm right there with you on the hangers, I had to go out and buy two of them. I like making blocks and make them to fit these little hangers, instant satisfaction! I like to make the Chex mix. I make several different ones and have them for the grandkids. I guess their favorite (and mine too) is the mix that you put chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar on. I call it Puppy Mix but I'm not sure if that is the official name. Thanks for the chance to win one of your wonderful blocks!

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  108. Oh, my favorite food at holiday time is gingerbread. I only get it at Christmas time. I love it!
    Your blocks are gorgeous! I'd love to have the 2nd one in blues/purples.
    Thank you!!!

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  109. I love both your blocks and your little lobster is a hoot. My favorite food at Christmas is chocolate covered peanut brittle.

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  110. Very pretty blocks. I especially like the string quilt. I haven't tried one yet so I really enjoy seeing them.

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  111. Oh I'm loving both your blocks. Quiltmaker is great for blocks and inspiration. Your lobster is too cute! Thanks for sharing your blocks with us. Great job!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  112. Pumpkin Pie - only during the holidays!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  113. Only at Christmas I make a Chocolate Peppermint trifle that is so amazingly good. Your blocks are so cute what a great giveaway.

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  114. Great choice for blocks and your colors were perfect as well ,loved them both . I always make fruit cake at Christmas and usually eat it all myself ,naughty girl I am ;-)

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  115. Great blocks. I am not a cook nor a baker so my girls are the ones who bring the goodies. I am a new follower.

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  116. Great Christmas Blocks. Thanks for sharing your work!
    I'm a new follower.
    I guess my favorite food would be baked ham with pineapples and glaze (YUM)
    Thanks for giving me a chance to win!
    Lv2sew2011(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  117. I'm a new follower - found you with the Christmas hop! Love your lobster guy :)

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  118. Hmmm...I guess we have prime rib about every-other year for Christmas dinner. Just depends on how well the Sale price is on prime rib around that time, lol. Your blocks are fun, and especially good job if you put them together with limited time!

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  119. your blocks are great. my favorite holiday food would be jello salad that is only made at thanksgiving and christmas. mom made it every year. now my sister makes it. yummmmm
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  120. lovely work!! thanks for sharing!

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  121. Thank you for the post of your lovely blocks. Though we have sweet potatoes throughout the year, sweetpotato souffle (with marshmellows on top) is THE dish at Christmas time.

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  122. Beautiful blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win. My favourite holiday food is lefse that my mother in law makes. yum
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  123. Love your blocks!And I really like the idea of the blocks on the hanger. We have sweet potato casserole w/ tiny marshmellows on top.

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  124. Being Dutch, then transplanted into Canada 30 plus years ago, we still make "Oliebollen and Appelflappen" for New Years Eve! (Oliebollen: dough with raisins fried in oil, Appelflappen: slices of apple swiped thru a batter, and then also deep fried.) It makes the house stink like oil, but well worth the effort.....

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  125. I make "Pasan's Bread" only at holiday time- it used to be called Harp's Fruitcake but fruitcake conjurs up the thought of candied fruit and this only has dried fruit in it. oh so yummy. Pasan is what I called my dad and it's his great grandma's recipe.
    I love your neopolitian block and your Christmas LLobster!

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  126. Your blocks are beautiful, thanks for sharing. The one special holiday dish is really a candy that I only allow myself to make is Peanut Butter Balls, they are so good that I can't stay out of them.

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  127. Both blocks are beautiful...definitely festive and perfect for Christmas decor. Short bread cookies are saved for Christmas splurges. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop...happy stitching!!

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  128. I LOVE your blocks. The candy cane one is definitely my favorite. So pretty!!

    I make pumpkin turnovers with a honey drizzle on top for the holidays. Mini turnovers. They are yummy

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  129. My favorite treat this past Christmas was the mini pretzel with a rolo candy on top and then a pecan on top of that! Sort of a variation of a turtle! Thanks for the giveaway.

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