Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Little Gems" blog hop......e book giveaway and Island Batik Fabric giveaway

Holy Cow, these little gems sure pack a BIG punch!!!  If you love to paper piece, then you will certainly love this book.


Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)

"Little Gems" by Connie Kauffman

Here is her "Spinners" quilt


Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)

Images above are from Martingale by  Photographer, Brent Kane

Here is mine!  Looks like I have mine sideways but hey....it works!



Her instructions are easy to follow which makes paper piecing fun!

You can find her book here  as well as on Amazon.

The fabrics used are "Strawberry Fields" by Island Batik, The light background fabric is from the "Latte Foam" line.

I truly enjoyed this Little Spinner, of course the Island Batik fabrics made it even more enjoyable.

Thanks Connie for allowing me to be a part of this.

Martingale and Connie are giving away an ebook of her "Little Gems" on each participating blog hop, the winners will be announced on April the 20th on each site.

To add to the fun:

I am giving away 54 - six inch squares (26 colors, so you get 2 squares the same fabric)


This will give a lucky winner a chance to see, feel, and smell 26 awesome Batik Fabrics.

Just leave a  comment and do visit the other blogs for a strong chance of winning Connie's e book.


Be sure to go by tomorrow and visit Barbara at:







196 comments:

  1. cute cute! (count me out of the giveaway, as I'm part of the hop)

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  2. Island batiks are beautiful and your quilt is lovely! Haven't tried paper piecing yet....

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  3. I do love to paper piece and that is a vibrant set of fabric squares you are giving away! Awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  4. Great quilt and a wonderful choice of colors. Thanks for the chance to win this cool gift!

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  5. Little Gems certainly are turning up everywhere ... all are beautiful. I would certainly love making one of these gems. Thanks for the opportunity to win from Judy C

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    1. Colors are great! Love these Little Gems and would love to make them! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  6. Love your quilt! So colourful. I would love to win those fabric squares. They're beautiful!

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  7. Such sweet projects!!! Little Gems is a treasure! I'd love to play with those batiks!!

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  8. Love the quilts- especially loving the different color ways. My fingers are just itching to make these.

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  9. I've been following this hop Barb and I love the colors you used on yours. Very modern

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  10. Paper piecing is still on my to do list. I am making myself finish mt current projects first. :). Your work is beautiful and likely to make me cheat!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    thothwife@sbcglobal.net

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  11. So cute! Love your spinner colors. Can't wait to see your batik bundle at my doorstep ;o)

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  12. Very pretty choice you made. You chose one of the quilts that caught my eye in the blog hop announcement. I really like this one.Very pretty and beautiful fabrics.

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  13. I really like that you used a darker colors! Very nice. Thanks for the chance to have a few pieces of batiks. Looks like such a great book.

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  14. Love your work! and the fabric is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  15. Those are some seriously cute "little gems". Thanks.

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  16. Love your color choices. It's always interesting to see how different a pattern looks when the fabrics change. Thanks for sharing and for giving us this opportunity.

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  17. I love your version of the Spinners mini quilt!

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  18. This pattern looks like it was made for batiks! Thanks for being part of this bloghop.

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  19. I am checking that book out, because I'm an addicted paper piecer. Your beautiful fabrics would work great!

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  20. Little Gems a apt name for those Batik colors .Thanks for a chance to win.

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  21. All the Little Gems that I have seen are so adorable! Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and the gorgeous fabrics!

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  22. Very pretty, I just might have to try paper piecing.

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  23. Beautiful fabrics! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  24. What a darling little mini that is. I love the batiks you used in making yours, Barb.

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  25. Oooh my those quilts are wonderful. And a great giveaway too!

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  26. I love foundation paper piecing - thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. Thanks Barbara for the chance at a great giveaway. Your little quilt is so cool. I hope to be making one soon!

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  28. Little works of art I think and your faric will add to the fun!

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  29. Beautiful Little Gem you made, love the batiks. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  30. Your quilt is adorable! Love your colors! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  31. Love your Little Gem and your colors! Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  32. I have worked with Island Batiks before they are so rich in color and fun to create with! This gets me excited all over again! Thanks!

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  33. The designs are adorable and your batiks are perfect for one of the patterns in the book.

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  34. This is such an enjoyable way to learn paper piecing or to improve your skills. Batiks remind me of the Tie-Dyed fabrics I made in the late 60's. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Yep, I do love those little gems! Your's is gorgeous!

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  36. I love your bright colors in the spinners quilt!

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  37. The quilts in this book are adorable! I loved your version. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Really like this "Little Gem". Thanks for the chance to win. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  39. Lovely design and gorgeous batik fabrics!

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  40. I love your version and do not think it looks sideways. Thank you for the opportunity to win this unique book

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  41. Love this "Little Gem". Thanks for the chance to win. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  42. Great colors! Great projects for gifts! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  43. Great colors! Love these patterns! I'd love to make some Little Gems! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  44. Love batiks, miniatures & paper piecing - great combination!

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  45. Looks like a great book. I will need to add it to my personal library. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  46. Great colors! Love these Little Gems and would love to make them! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  47. This looks to be a book that you want to make more than one project from, I love how different yours is from the original. Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway. Rina

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  48. Love the nice jewel tones in the batiks!

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  49. Love your version of the little quilt. Thanks for the chance on your wonderful giveaway!

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  50. I love the colors in your quilt. I would love to try some of the patterns in this book. Paper piecing is great!

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  51. What a fun Spinner! I think I want to make that one, too. Great colors!

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  52. HI, what a nice giveaway! Thank You for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  53. I love your use of bright fabrics. The batiks are wonderful.

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  54. Your mini is great. I can hardly wait to make some of my own.

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  55. Love these fabrics....I promise to give them a good home, if I get lucky! I've been making paper pieced mini's for more yrs than I care to say.....great way to always have accuracy when making small quilts. Thanks for the chance!

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  56. I love little quilts! I wish I had more wall space!

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  57. Your little quilt is delightful, and the fabric is absolutely luscious! Thanks for sharing your creation, and thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. Looks like a good book to have. Thanks for the giveaways!

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  59. Great colors! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  60. Loved your little quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  61. Just started quilting. Absolutely love the batiks. They are so beautiful

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  62. I love to paper piece! And I'm getting addicted to batiks, no question!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  63. I like your version in the batiks. What a nice giveaway this is; beautiful fabric and a neat book. Thanks.

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  64. All of the little quilts in the book are wonderful. Love the colors you chose for yours.

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  65. No matter what direction, it's always lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Wow, what gorgeous fabrics! It would be fun to play with them and create something stunning! Thanks so much!

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  67. The more I see on this blog hop, the more I want to give pp a try. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful patterns. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  68. How can you go wrong with batiks?

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  69. The fabrics are just gorgeous! I would love to work with them.

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  70. Fantastic giveaway...love, love, love batiks and mini quilts!!!

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  71. Great quilt. Wow the charm squares are super.

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  72. wow your mini is gorgeous. makes me think summer is right around the corner. I will have to go and get this book if I don't win. Thanks for the chance. Thanks for inspiring us all.

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  73. I am enjoying this hop and the Little Gems quilts. they are very pretty in batiks too. Have recently picked up some batiks while doing the Maine Spring Shop Hop which takes place during the whole month of April. So fun to get out there and see what the different shops have to offer, and going out to lunch while doing so isn't bad either lol.

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  74. The book looks great. I love minis and I love batiks. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  75. Lovely fabrics and very cute pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Beautiful mini using the batiks. I am enjoying this blog hop.

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  77. I am really enjoying seeing all of these mini quilts.
    maureeneh52@hotmail.com

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  78. I love your of the Spinners quilt. I love little quilts and to paper piece. Little Gems looks like it has some great projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy and some beautiful batiks!

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  79. I too am enjoying the blog hop. It's very helpful to see different color versions of the same pattern.

    Zollj@bpsnetworks.com

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  80. NICE BOOK, LIKE BOTH ADAPTATION OF THIS QUILT.

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  81. Love batiks and enjoying the hop!

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  82. Batiks and paper piecing -- two of my favorite things! Your quilt is so cute, thanks for sharing!

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  83. Such great ideas. and lovley batiks. can't wait to start.

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  84. Love paper piecing and miniatures so this would be a great addition to my library to say nothing or my love affair with batiks.

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  85. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. I love these little quilts!!

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  86. Great work Barb and love the Island Batik fabrics you used!

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  87. This looks like a really great book. I love paper piecing and batiks. What a combination!

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  88. I have never really paper pieced or done miniatures. Can't handle those small pieces anymore. Love yours and the beautiful Batiks.

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  89. i like paper piecing and love the fabrics

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  90. I like paper piecing and love the fabrics

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  91. Love the colors you chose. I enjoy paper piecing and love minis! Thx for the giveaway!

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  92. I totally love the idea of these small quilts. What a great way to add quilted sweetness without the commitment of a queen-sized quilt!! Love the design you chose and those Island Batiks are gorgeous.

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  93. Oh so cute! I still find paper piecing a challenge. Your did a great job, and you made it your own.

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  94. I love to paper piece and I have one of the cute little quilt frames. The fabrics are gorgeous that you are giving away. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  95. Small quilts rule in my house and among my friends....what a fun Group to have been gathered to inspire us quilters and give us opportunities to win amazing fabric today.....yippee

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  96. I like BOTH Spinners - Connie's and yours. Your batiks are beautiful! Thank you for the lovely give-away.

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  97. I love small projects, especially paper piecing, as it makes everything turn out so precise. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

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  98. These little gems and the fabric sound wonderful.

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  99. You did a great job on your little quilt! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  100. Wonderful, I love it. The colors are just great.

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  101. My sister loves batik. I hope I can win this for her. Thank you

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  102. I love your little quilt and hope to make one myself. The two examples shown give an idea of how different they look in different colours. I love batik fabric and your giveaway is awesome - thanks for the chance.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  103. Fun! Count me in on the giveaway. I could use those batik squares.

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  104. I would love to win this book and the Batik fabric squares.

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  105. LOOOOVE your Quilt!! Colors just Pop with Happy! Great job! Awesome!!! :)

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  106. All the quilts so far have been to die for.

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  107. This is such a happy quilt I'd want it in my hallway all year round to lighten up even the darkest of days.

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  108. Woo hoo! Love the little quilt! I'd be one happy girl if I won the 6" squares! So many possibilities!

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  109. I'm always amazed at what the color choices do to transform the same quilt. I just wish I had an eye for color. I was once told, by a good friend, that she felt my eye was a bit harsh...not sure what that means, but...thought I'd share. LOL

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  110. Love your quilt. Sweet spring colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  111. sideways? it works indeed, it's wabi sabi, full of energy, just lovely.....and your giveaway is terrific, one I'd love to receive.

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  112. I like the sideways look of your quilt and I love the bright colors! This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. looks pretty good to me! thanks for the giveaway opportunity

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  114. Love your quilt and I like Batiks. They are so warm and lovely.

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  115. I really do like the blocks I've seen so far. They'd make cute gifts.

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  116. The colors are fantastic! I love the tiny quilts

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  117. Love the colors and the tiny size

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  118. Ohh...those are some beautiful fabrics! I would love to feel them but, do they smell as good as they look?

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  119. I love your little quilt! I would love to make one also and would certainly like to feel and smell the little squares you are giving away.

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  120. You batik quilt is definitely a "LITTLE GEM"!

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  121. I love the little quilts and the fabrics are beautiful.

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  122. This is my favorite pattern thus far, thanks for the bonus giveaway!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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  123. I have the book and it's fantastic! And the fabric you're giving away is gorgeous :)

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  124. What a great way to share batiks...in 6" squares! love it!!

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  125. Barb your little Gems quilt just sparkles and with that warm color combo, it reminds me of something hot, like fire. Great finish and I really like that red/orange dot fabric.

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  126. I am loving the little quilts on this BlogHop, the best in ages!

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  127. Love those batiks! Would look vibrant in a mini quilt (or any quilt actually :) )

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  128. Your little quilt is beautiful! A fabric amazing!

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  129. It's great seeing all the different variations of the quilts

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  130. Thank you for the nice giveaway - the colors are so vibrant - rachel.gagnon5@sympatico.ca

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  131. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  132. Great variation of this mini. Would love to smell those batiks!

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  133. Love the tiny quilt you made, so whimsical!

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  134. I love your quilt. This looks like an awesome book! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  135. Love the colors in your mini quilt!

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  136. Yes, it would be great to fondle that fabric, thanks for the chance to do so!

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  137. Your mini quilt is so cute.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  138. Love the mini-quilt! The fabric is perfect!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  139. I love brights & batiks, thanks for the chance to win!

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  140. Love the fabric...very bright and colorful

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  141. That fabric is amazing for minis. Love your version of the quilt. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  142. Your mini is awesome-I'd like to try one-never made anything that small.
    The bright batik colors are lovely, thanks for the chance to win.

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  143. Your remake is beautiful. I especially enjoy the button you put in the center motif! Lovely!

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  144. the colours in that fabric is fab and your quilt is really cute.

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  145. Ooooh, don't those fabrics look delicious! And your mini quilt is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!
    slbook3@aol.com

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  146. I can't wait to get started on mime!

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  147. I would love to win this - I love batiks!!
    merryorganic@gmail.com

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  148. I love to see the same quilt in different fabrics. Both our beautiful! Thank you!

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  149. I love the colors you used for yours. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  150. I had no idea that there was more to paper piecing than hexies.... these mini quilts are gorgeous, and so is the giveaway fabric!

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  151. What a fun blog hop! I really like the colors you used in your Little Gem. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  152. This book looks fabulous and the colors are just so rich and lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  153. Great giveaway on some great colors of fabric. Thanks for the giveaway! akronne17@gmail.com

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  154. I enjoy collecting batiks and sewing with them - yummy fabric!

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  155. Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance. mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  156. I love minis & I love batiks - great combo!

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  157. I love your version of Spinners. It's so colorful and summer-y

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  158. I don't paper piece so not sure about the book...but oh MY would I LOVE to win the batiks.

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  159. really liked all the little gems. and plan to try them as soon as I can.

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  160. Lovely little quilt! Great colors.

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  161. I love the colours you have chosen for your version of Spinners. I have been so impressed with the projects in Little Gems that I won't even mind removing teeny tiny bits of paper. Thanks for sharing and participating in the blog hop.

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  162. Oh wow, gorgeous fabrics! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  163. I love the colors, very cute. I will put this on the 2015 must do list.

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  164. Gorgeous quilt and beautiful fabrics x

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  165. There is nothing like batiks to get you heart beating fast!

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  166. Very cute! I love the batiks in happy colors.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  167. Lovely quilt and great fabric! Thanks for sharing!!

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  168. Beautiful fabrics! And great job on the mini!
    merrimom@shaw.ca

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  169. I would love to win this prize! thanks!
    larslaura27@gmail.com

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  170. Looks good! I love bright bold colors!

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  171. I love the straight lines and color of the quilt projects!

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  172. I love the play of light in batik fabrics. sarah@forrussia.org

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  173. I love your mini and the fabric would be perfect for a project I have planned but have been having trouble finding the right fabric for.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  174. Hoe cute! Your mini reminds me of a flower garden.

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  175. Adore the bright colours of batiks. Thank you for a chance to win. Enjoy your blog. Happy Quilting :)

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  176. What a wonderful book! I love the minis!

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  177. Lovely little quilt and yummy fabric!! Nice job

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  178. I love the bright summery colors you chose. Nicely done!

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