Monday, November 14, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour

Volume 14 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine is now available and I have a block inside! I am thrilled to be in the company of so many awesome quilt designers, including Bonnie Hunter, Carolyn McCormick, Nancy Mahoney, Sarah Maxwell, and more. Here's the pretty cover:

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My block is called Chicken Foot, and it's not an original, unlike the other 99 blocks in the magazine. It's a traditional block, but one that has fallen so far under the radar that it's nearly impossible to find a reference to it or pattern for it anywhere. It was also my Mom's absolute favorite quilt block of all time. She loved to piece it by hand and made several quilts using it, as well as many "orphan" blocks.

For the magazine, I resized the block to 12" finished size and made up a sample using 1930s repro prints. I loved the opportunity to showcase these cute novelty fabrics in such a sophisticated setting. Take a look:


I recently finished a quilt featuring some of Mom's Chicken Foot blocks for my niece's wedding. I made appliqued blocks for the alternate spaces. The name of this quilt is From This Day Forward and the pattern will be available in an issue of McCall's Quilting magazine sometime in 2017:


But Chicken Foot blocks don't just have to be pastel! How about glorious red, white, and blue?


As you can see, when you do a bit of planned fabric placement, instead of a completely scrappy look, you can get all kinds of secondary designs going, which I love. Another great feature of this block is the large open center, perfect for showcasing a bit of applique, embroidery, or fancy quilting.

The Chicken Foot block is a bit challenging to make, but its versatility, uniqueness, and striking geometric qualities make it well worth the effort. I hope you'll give it a try and send me a photo of your version!

Now for a magazine giveaway. Leave a comment below with an idea for how you'd make this block by midnight, November 18, and you'll get a chance to win a copy of Volume 14 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Good luck, everyone!


161 comments:

  1. congratulations. a lovely block.
    I think I would do red/white/blue and different blues on white.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  2. I love the pastels you chose for your quilt. I'm an autumn color girl so I'd choose golds and browns.

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  3. I love your block , it's one of my favorites in the magazine ... please do not include me in the giveaway, I also have a block in this issue. I just wanted to stop by and let you know how much I love your block. Also... congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I love the snowman on your featured block!

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  4. Cool block - just like a little frame - would be great for fussy cuts or even family photos!

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  5. Love this block and the name too :-) It's great as an alternate block like you have used. It would also be fun with embroidery in the middle or in seasonal colors as a candle/table mat. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  6. Love the name of this block-takes me back to the farm😊 I would use colours lime green with turquoise or purple (or alternating) with light cream background.

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  7. I see Chicken Foot as a frame around a fussy-cut focal print. Yes ma'am, I'm going to have to try that one.

    Great block, Kathy, and a wonderful story behind it.

    (You can leave me out of the drawing. I have a block in this issue, too.)

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  8. Your block has a wonderful story. My grandma liked the trip around to world.
    I would like to try this block using blues and white

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  9. Love your block! I like your pastel version, but I think it would great in Christmas colors too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine!

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  10. Great block. I think I would add some hand embroidery in the center of the block. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I think I'd use it as a frame for some applique. Autumn colors with a maple leaf? Easter egg colors with a sweet bunny? Christmas colors with an Elf?

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    1. I think this block would make a great frame for a photo transfer block. I have fabric saved from the dresses I made for my girls when they were little.I could combine them with photos of them wearing the dresses.

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  12. I think it would be a great fussy cut block as well. Maybe fussy cut fabric with chickens on it and then coordinate the "frame" in the chickens colors...(or dogs, cats, flowers, whatever! I love this block in the thirties fabrics that you did.

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  13. Loved your block. I was a tester for this volume and got to make your block. (Exclude me from the give-away. I'm already enjoying Vol. 14!)

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  14. I like that you have brought back Chicken Feet. Our traditional blocks are getting lost with all the new quilting patterns that are available. I can see making this in black and red with a white background.

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  15. What a wonderful wedding quilt for your niece!
    Such a family treasure!
    This block is great as an alternate to an appliqué or embroidered block!
    I like the looks of the "scrappy" fabrics...
    I think I would like to make your block as a seasonal table topper in "scrappy" fabrics... And then go all out in quilting that center! (Would make a great gift!)
    Congratulations, and thank you!!
    Pat T.

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  16. Great block with so many ways to use it .I would make it in red,white and blue. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. I recall seeing this block years ago when I first started quilting. It definitely is a great block and the center opens up so many potential ideas!

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  18. I think I would color the opposite corners in two different colorways. It could make an interesting layout!

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  19. I would probably do aqua and purple for a bold statement

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  20. This would make a great patriotic quilt in red, white and blue.

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  21. Great block! I love the look of the 30s version, but it is also very pretty in the red, white, and blue. I would probably start with a table topper made in the 30s fabrics.

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  22. I'd like to try this block for some special fussy cut centers or embroidery.

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  23. I would use this lovely pattern in a table runner with really great quilting in the center. Could be made up for each of the seasons.

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  24. I'd use vibrant, rich jewel tones with black for the neutral.

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  25. What a unique block- oh the creativity for the centers......
    love the 30's look

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  26. I'd like to do blue with silver and maybe embroider snowmen in the centres.

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  27. I have never seen this block before. Would make it scrappy and fill center with free-motion quilting designs!

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  28. I like the pastels. I think I would frame a fussy-cut Cat (or other animal) in the center and it would turn out cute to use on a pouch! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  29. This looks like a great signature block. Color wise, I'm a blue, green, aqua kind of girl, so that's what comes to mind. White background.

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  30. I love the block both ways but I am leaning toward the red, white and blue simply because of the secondary pattern it creates. Thanks for the chance to win, with Hasting's closed I have no where to pick the magazine up at anymore.

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  31. It would be great for a signature or remembrance quilt!

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  32. I think it would be a good framing block for a memory quilt. Pam

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  33. I would make this in solids. It would make a great friendship quilt.

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  34. I think I'd change the background color.

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  35. What a great block - I love it!
    How about a rainbow version?

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  36. I like your block a lot - I especially like your idea of alternating it with the wreath blocks! I do like the pastel version.

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  37. I think I would put a border or two around the 12" block in order to use it as a candle mat or a side table topper. Also, could put 3 or 4 blocks together to form a table runner.

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  38. Scrappy with something fussy cut in the middle. Reminds me of a picture frame. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  39. I would use red, green and light beige batik fabrics to make Christmas placemats and a matching table runner.

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  40. I love this block! I think your pastel is so cute! I also think it would be fun to do in Christmas or Halloween Fabrics with a fun applique or embroidery in the center.

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  41. Very nice block. I also love 30s prints. Thanks

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  42. Hmmm... It would make a great block with Halloween fabrics and embroidery in the center.

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  43. How I would make this block by midnight--under lots of lights and on my last hurrah

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  44. i really love the Patriotic version. and maybe aqua and purple. i love diamonds and stars and secondary designs. this is perfect for some beautiful quilting motifs.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. I would do a yellow and blue combo with a tiny floral for the background.

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  46. I would make it in red, white and blue for a Quilts of Valor quilt. How could such a great looking block become obscure. Thank you for bringing it back, I love this block!

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  47. Oh, so lovely! I would do fussy cut centers and scrappy frames. Maybe with children's fabrics for a sweet baby quilt.

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  48. Since I love chickens but can't have them in my neighborhood, I would embroider or applique different hens in a quilt made of these blocks! Thanks for the opportunity. Kimberly at LaunderedCotton at gmail dot com

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  49. an old fashioned block should be just like you made it, 30's prints all the way. Great idea Kathy in colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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  50. I love your idea of using patriotic colors. That's how I'd make it. Thanks for re-introducing this wonderful block!

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  51. I am seeing it in blues and greens. Looking forward to finding the instructions in a future Mc calls

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  52. The block looks like a frame, so I think it would be cute with an embroidered piece in the middle. Thanks for the inspiration. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  53. I want to use thisis block in a sampler and rework inside

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  54. Great block. I would make it scrappy. Thanks.

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  55. I'd love to use my 30s stash and make a crib quilt.

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  56. Love the block. I would make mine purple and teal.

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  57. Lovely Block! I would make it teal and white. Thanks for the chance

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  58. Fabulous block! I dont't have many 30's fabrics, but love your choices!

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  59. Great block....there are to many ideas I could use with it. Would love to do some machine embroidery in the middle of the block or some fussy cut fabric.
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  60. Fun block I think it would be wonderful frame for redwork emboidery Drhodes9@cox.net

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  61. Fun! I think it's a great way to showcase embroidery!

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  62. Great block. When I first saw it my mind thought the large open center would be a great place for autographs as a wedding quilt.

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  63. I think that large open space might look really nice with a little applique added. Love the 30's fabrics.

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  64. I would go for the red white and blue with fancy quilting in the center.

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  65. I've not seen the block before....looks really unique.

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  66. First, I love the name of this block! I have seen it before but did not know the name. I would definitely make this a scrappy block!

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  67. I envision this block with Christmas fabrics as a frame for some Redwork embroidery motifs.

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  68. I love your block and what an appropriate name for it. I would probably make it scrappy.

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  69. I can see a big floral in the center with complementary colors around it. I've been looking at florals lately.

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  70. It's so much fun to see everyone's designs and read about them. I agree with you - some of those traditional blocks are just the best and I generally use them for inspiration. My block, Order in the Court, is also in Vol. 14 - I just wanted to stop by and say Hi :o)

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  71. Looove your block!! I would make it like yours, if doing for me! But think it would be fun to make the block with chicken wire print,,& put chickens in the center block! Could fussy cut them, applique, or embroider! :0 My daighter has chickens..she call them The Ladies. I would make this for her of course! :) Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too :D

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  72. Love the block and the prints you used. The center offers a great space for special quilting. Thanks for the give away offer.

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  73. Love the block and the prints you used. The center offers a great space for special quilting. Thanks for the give away offer.

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  74. LOVE this block! It would look great with a fussy cut centre!

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  75. I've not seen this block before and I love it. I like the red and blue version, but might choose a teal and light purple in place of the red

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  76. I like the pastels. I think it would be pretty with some floral embroidery in the center of each block...very vintage.

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  77. Great block. I like the patriotic colors & would alternate it with a star block. Thanks.

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  78. I love your soft pastels. That looks perfect to me!

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  79. Wow this block would be a great frame for some special embroidery or maybe a photo transfer! Just love it! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. I want to make this block in crayon colors for the center of a charity quilt my quilt group is doing.

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  81. I love color and so would something bright, but would maybe use some "I spy" type of fabric in the centers. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  82. Beautiful block! It's so pretty in the 30's fabric. I'm not sure what colors I'd use. red, white & blue or maybe light and dark purple. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  83. This could be a fun way to make an i spy quilt.

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  84. I would have to play around a bit; but, off the top of my head, I'm thinking of my favorite colors, green and purple with the background a light orange? Or maybe even have the bacground with a novelty fabric with solid coordinating fabrics for the others. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  85. I think that I'd like to try blues and yellows - to honor the Swedish farmers in my family.

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  86. I think this block would make a great "frame" for embroidered blocks.

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  87. What a great block! I would love to make it in floral pastels with some embroidery in the centers. Thanks!

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  88. great block to frame a bit of applique. love to add a bit of applique bling to my blocks.

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  89. What a fun block! I would make it scrappy. cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  90. Love your RW&B block! Actually, when I saw your pastel block, it reminded me that I have a UFO that looks just like that!! Guess I am going to have to dig it out and finish it.

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  91. maybe doing the opposite, frame in naturals and then center and background in bold colors making the shape really pop

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  92. I think this would look great in black & orange.

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  93. Blues and greens would be in my block.

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  94. I love 30's reproduction prints! Your block made with them is so pretty. I think I would try using black and teal together. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  95. I love 30's reproduction prints! Your block made with them is so pretty. I think I would try using black and teal together. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. Love your block, I would give it a try, with pastel colors and a black background

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  97. I'd make mine red, white and blue in a quilt.

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  98. What a wonderful block - Congrats!

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  99. Love the block. I'd use it for scrap busting.

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  100. I would use it to frame my favorite fabric, that I would cut for the middle. I love the old blocks

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  101. I like your block, maybe use it as a frame for an I Spy or just in greens.

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  102. I think it would very pretty as part of a Christmas quilt, using the colors red, green, and gold. By the way, your quilt is lovely! Congrats on being published!

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  103. I would put some Christmas embroidery in the center, use reds and greens for your block.
    Eileen ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  104. I think I'd use the scrappy fabrics and an I Spy center. Love your block!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  105. I would like to put a stitchery in the center of the block.

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  106. I would use children's fabric and make a nursery quilt for our baby due on Friday x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  107. I might try the block in reverse- the background in a bright pattern (Kaffe Fassett?) and the "pieced" part in a solid. allisonpogany at gmail.com

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  108. Purple and brown I think..... nice block..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  109. This would make a great "frame" for photos in a memory quilt!
    lstangl482@ aol dot com

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  110. I haven't seen this block before and absolutely love it! I think it would be a great setting block for a swap block I have done with a bunch of quilts friends. dscholsky@hotmail.com

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  111. I would use some batiks to make this block.

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  112. Congratulations,great block.I `d make it in scrappy version and put an applique in the center.

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  113. The chicken foot block has so many possibilities with the open space for quilting.

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  114. Great block I think making it of scraps would be fun, or batiks.

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  115. I wonder how this would look actually framing something in the center - very pretty!

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  116. This block is just sooo great--I love chickens--and 30's prints so a win win for me--
    love and laughter, di

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  117. I'd love a gray background and brighter red and blue similar to the mockup. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  118. I like your block. It would make a great frame for a fussy cut center. prycek@mymts.net

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  119. I would make the block by Nov 18, by starting right now. I'd use a fussy cut center and two colors around and a neutral as the background.

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  120. I'd put embroidery in the middle.

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  121. beautiful block, I love the 2 color version and it would be fun to put in a little embroidery in the middle.

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  122. Our quilt guild is making Round Robin Blocks and Each one of us has to make a block to start the quilt. I think I would like to make this block with a paper pieced flower in the middle...a rose or an iris. With this Chicken Foot block on the outside it would make any cancer patient feel good about the day. I should know, I have survived breast cancer for over 16 years and I would hope your block would make them feel better.

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  123. I could see this block being used to frame pictures of my grandkids, or as a twelve month setting for a calendar quilt

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  124. It would be fun to find some printed blocks and make this block for it border and sashing, maybe in water blues to make my daughter's fish blocks.

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  125. I would create and embroidered flower in the center to be framed by the "chicken foot" in of half of the squares.

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  126. I see it as a frame for photos in a memory quilt.

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  127. I see it as a frame for photos in a memory quilt.

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  128. It's a very cute block and I love the name--lots of open space for amazing quilting too!

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  129. At first, i read that as "how, by the 18th, would you make this block?" (um, start sewing now?) I would want to figure out what I'd put in the frame first and then choose a frame that went with the subject matter. Like maybe brown or red colors for the frames and barnyard prints or appliques in the centers. Or brown/green frames and woodland appliques in the centers.

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  130. This is a great block. I thought of it as a frame as soon as I saw it. I would put a photo on fabric in the center or an embroidered piece.

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  131. Gray background with gray batiks in different tones-like a stone effect and in the middle an applique flower!

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  132. Going along with the frame idea that many of us are seeing when looking at this amazingly beautiful block, I think it would be neat to creatively showcase a place one has traveled in each block with appliqués and color themes associated with the location/destination. Or maybe even just places one hopes to travel! My five year old talks about seeing the world and I would also like to make one of places he would love to see, so he had a constant reminder of his dreams!

    Love the block and love the back story as to why you chose it. And thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  133. You know, this is absolutely the first time I've ever heard of Chicken Foot block! I like it!

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  134. My colors would be blues and purples for the points with a very light blue or lavender in place of the white. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  135. I would like to make it in christmas colors, red, green and white. Looks awesome for a runner or a frame with christmas message embroidered in the space in the center.(isseelan@yahoo.com)

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  136. Wonderful block for hand piecing. I think I like it best in the traditional repro prints.

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  137. love your block, would look great in table runner.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  138. Chicken foot...LOL! Love the name and the design. It has that vintage look and would make a great scrappy quilt. I adore your quilt top with the applique.

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  139. I love your block and would like to win the book.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  140. I think this block would be great for one of those quilts which people sign. And I think your 30's fabric block is adorable.

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  141. Would love to see this in red and green for Xmas!

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  142. I think your block would look great with a focal print in the middle, one of those fabrics that you can't bring yourself to cut into tiny pieces.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  143. I love this block. I can picture putting quilting motifs in the centers.
    tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  144. I love your block done in 1930's prints! I would not change a thing!

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  145. Love this block. Makes a perfect frame for my son's artwork I could embroider in the middle, for each block and have it be a father's day gift :) Congrats on your block being chosen for publication!!

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  146. I like that block a lot! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

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  147. Hi Kathryn, wonderful to meet you via blog and drool over your "From this Day Forward" Chicken foot and applique block quilt. I love sunflowers (and your blog background is stunning) so I'd love to fussy cut this gorgeous flower and chicken foot around it w/green and gold batiks. Thank you.
    Congrats on your future publication in McCalls quilting...I'll be watching.
    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  148. I think the center would be lovely for showcasing a fussy cut novelty fabric and making the rest somewhat neutral.

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

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  149. I think the center would be lovely for showcasing a fussy cut novelty fabric and making the rest somewhat neutral.

    GeezBEES75 at Gmail dot com

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  150. Love old blocks and I would definitely make it in 30's fabrics.

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  151. A fussy cut center w Christmas colors around it.

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  152. I love this block! After your sweet story and the quilt made with alternate applique blocks...this would be a perfect wedding quilt with guests signing in the middle and embroidered.

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  153. I really like your block in the vintage fabrics. Your wedding quilt is beautiful. I would be inspired to do a fancy quilting design in the center block. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations for having your block in the book!
    okruhlik6(at)aol(dot)com

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  154. I really like your block and would love to win the book.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  155. I love both versions of your block. I think the red white and blue would make an awesome quilt of valor quilt

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  156. I would make this in shades of brown.
    rsgrandinetti (at) yahoo (dot) com

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