Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

 
I am so thrilled that I have a block in the most recent issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 7, due out May 7th.  It's the 7th time they have published a magazine with 100 blocks by 100 designers.
 
They really have found a successful format for a magazine and I am so happy to be part of it.
My block is on page 60.  It's called "Beach Cabanas". 
 
Here's a close-up of the trim on the cabanas made using ric rac and very small buttons.
With the cold, yucky weather that we have been having, I have been thinking about the beaches on the southern shore of Long Island.  I grew up about 15 minutes from the beach.  A lot of the clubs had these cabanas where you could change and leave your clothes. 
 
My family never had one because we rarely went to the beach.  But when I went to the beach with my friends, the cabanas were like little cozy hiding places.  I remember hanging out on the beach, eating sandwiches with sand in them (yes, a bad memory) and drinking lots of liquids out of cups with those paper straws.  I no longer live on Long Island, but memories are in the forefont because Hurricane Sandy destroyed lots of those beaches. 
 
I thought it would be fun to create some blocks to compliment the cabanas
 to make a quilt called "Fun At The Beach". 
 
How about some blocks with starfish?
 
with some sequin embellishments for the spines?
I also made a block with cold drinks:

Then through the magic of the computer and Microscoft Word, I created my quilt.
If you would like to make this quilt , use the pattern for the beach cabanas in Vol 7 of the 100 Blocks magazine.  You can use my patterns for the fusible appliques.  The drink cups and the starfish  can be copied(by right clicking on the image) and pasted into a Word document, using the images below.
 
The starfish should measure 3 /12" high.
  If you copy it into a Word document, you can adjust the size.


The cup with straw measures 6" high. Remember when creating the different sections of the applique, to leave a bit of fabric underneath for overlapping.
 
I created everything in 12 1/2"  wide sections.
 If you have any questions about making "Fun At The Beach", e-mail me.I'll be happy to help.
 
To celebrate the inclusion of my block in this fun magazine, I am going to do a GIVE-A-WAY!
The Give-a-way is Now CLOSED.
Leave me a comment about a place you visited in the summer when you were a kid. 
The winner will receive a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. 
If you are a Follower or sign up to be a Follower, you will get 2 chances.
I will pick the winner on Friday.  You can live any where in the world and be one of the first to get this magazine, since it won't be available on the newstand until May 7th.
AND.... I will include a fat quarter of silk, from my Etsy shop.
 
Don't forget to visit the other designer's blogs.  You can find them here:
 

 I am not taking any more comments.  Please read the next blog post to see the winners!
 

288 comments:

  1. I grew up on LI also in Levittow. My fave childhood memory in the Summer was actually the trips to a market way out on the island. I think the name wad Gouz (rhymes with cows). They had farm animals and great chocolate milk.

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  2. Very cute cabanas!
    I visited Copenhagen, Denmark, with my school band when I was a kid. We went to the zoo, saw all the sites, and of course visited Tivoli (a traditional fun fair). I just loved it.

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  3. My parents would take us to Lake Mead in Nevada for summertime! We had a blast!

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  4. Cute Block....I also loved going to the beaches during the summer...I live in Texas...I went to Galvesten a lot on summer vacations. I havn't been in a long time but my kids and grandkids have gone. Thank you for a chance to win.
    thim3@hotmail.com

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  5. Our dad would take my sister and me to Fair Haven Beach on Lake Ontario. Aah...a sandy beach and fun in the water. Cheryl, you've brought back childhood memories buried somewhere in this brain that is in need of de-fragging like my computer because there are toooo many files in it. LOL

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  6. We didn't travel much when I was a kid, but did sometimes go to Lake Erie to swim and enjoy the beach. And my grandparents had a place on the Allegheny river where we would go canoeing and water skiing.

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  7. So cool, Ms. Cheryl. We vacationed in Canada at a lake...no salt water for this gal.

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  8. My grandparents had a log cabin on a small lake in New Hampshire - it was a wonderful place to spend summers. My sister will love this block - she's a real beach girl!

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  9. The beaches in Minnesota...but you did not need a cabana:) So many wonderful memories of summers up there! We always rent a cabana in Florida...so I love your block! Congrats on making the magazine!

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  10. Our family didn't travel much, but I did spend 2 weeks every summer at my grannies, I wouldn't trade those times spent with her for nothing. She lived on 50 acres, with a pond and tons of animals. Every year we would pick blackberries for a cobbler, churn our butter, and ice cream. And we can't forget the games of Yahtzee! Grannie played like she was in Las Vegas! Come on big sixes! The sixes are hot tonight!....LOL Thanks for a trip down memory lane!

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  11. Cute block--I love the use of the embellishments on the cabanas. Also great choice of the Kaffe print for the drink cups -- makes it look like they're filled with fizzy soda!

    Best summer vacation was the year my Mom, grandmother and I went to Hawaii. Still a memorable trip and one I want to take my kids on first chance I get!

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  12. When I was a kid, my family always went camping and I would enjoy the pools or the lakes depending on where we camped. As we got older, we started going to the beach and staying in motels and now that I'm retired, my husband and I love going to Daytona Beach. I'm not really an ocean swimmer but do love walking on the beach and watching the ocean. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  13. When I was growing up in Minnesota, our family had a cabin on a lake in Wisconsin and we would go there every weekend in the summer. It had a nice sandy beach, clean water to swim, and we also had a canoe and pontoon boat. Those were nice, relaxing weekends just laying on the beach and swimming.

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  14. Your blocks are pretty nice.I live in Spain and we went to Portugal,was great!!

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  15. We spend holidays with kids in the middle of nowhere - in sea dunes.

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  16. Cute cabanas and quilt! I spent my summers at a camp in Maine on the shores of Sebago Lake--beautiful location!

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  17. When I was a kid, we lived at the beach in California and rarely went away on a vacation. One year my father decided to take us on a camping trip to Yosemite National Park. For me, sleeping near a stream in the mountains with the smell of pine trees was like a new awakening. Luckily I married a man who loved camping and fishing and now, almost 60 years after that first camping experience, we still camp nine months a year -- only now age forces us into an RV.

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  18. I always spent summers with my grandparents on their dairy farm. There wasn't a beach, but there was a creek that we spent a lot of time playing in! Those were the days...

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  19. I only saw pictures of beach cabanas when I was younger and I didn't think they were real. It's nice that others have memories of the real thing.

    Your cabanas, starfish and cups would make a really cute summer throw or use the block alone for a summer tote.

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  20. In summer we always went camping & fishing. Still do :)

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  21. First, I follow you :).
    Second, CUTE CUTE CUTE! LOVE the quilt!
    Third.... my grandparents bought a little cottage on a lake in the town we all lived in, so our entire family would gather there daily. We more of less lived there from June-September. We have SO many awesome memories!
    Thank you for the chance!

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  22. Our summer trips were going to Northern Michigan --- so, while there were beaches, they were on lakes rather than the ocean. I have many wonderful memories of those times.

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  23. That button detail is fantastic!! Love your block.
    We would go to Myrtle Beach, SC back in the 70s. So much fun!!!

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  24. Traveling was not big for my summers, I usually had cousins come and stay with us for a few weeks and really looked forward to that.

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  25. We had one family vacation which was a trip to Wasaga Beach in Canada. I've always wanted to go back but not so far.

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  26. We used to go to Kentucky lake to fish when I was a child. Not very often though because my Dad worked 7 days a week.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  27. great block and congrats on having your blocks in the magazine. it is one of favorite magazines. When I was a kid I lived in California and we used to go camping at different places that had lakes because we had a boat. Great fun!

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  28. As a child I spent all my holidays at Mundesley on the Norfolk coast, my great aunt Rosina had a small holding there and I could not wait to visit.

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  29. My parents took us up to a place on Bob's Lake north of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, many times. We 3 kids got to bring a friend and we took our dogs. Swimming and fishing and eating Mom's wonderful meals cooked on a wood stove. It was roughing it but these were the best times.
    Thanks!
    Deb

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  30. As a kid who moved alot, I never realized that people actually lived on the beach. But one year my folks rented a beach house for a week, and I was amazed at how a city was built upon the sand. So I made a sand beach house.

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  31. We traveled north to a little lake in Ontario--it was beautiful, but the water was really cold!

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  32. Great block Cheryl!
    When we were children we often went to stay with friends who had a farm in Cornwall (UK) Happy memories!

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  33. My family would drive from MA to FL for two weeks every Winter when I was small. I loved getting homework for the trip ahead of class and being all caught up when I returned from vacation. Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

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  34. No beaches in land locked Kansas, we went to grandparents farm the blocks are really cute...

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  35. What a great block and I love the star fish. We would go to a Silver Lake in Michigan. We would take our boat across the lake to the sand dunes and have a picnic. Nothing like baked beans with sand...LOL thanks for the giveaway. Hugs

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  36. We always took a family trip in the summer, I think the best must have been to Disney World when it first opened, yes I'm that old :)

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  37. I visited the BEACH when I was a kid. We lived in Florida and hardly a week went by that we didn't find ourselves beach-bound.

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  38. Every summer our family would go camping at Cheeseman's Park, it had sandy beaches, we had such a good time digging for clams and catching sea trout. So many happy memories of those days. Lovely block.

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  39. What a wonderful block for summertime. I am really now to go to the beach. My family would always go to Santa Rosa for a family reunion. It was fun and always good to see your relatives. There were always parties and dinners to go to. Your fat quarter of silk could be used as an emblishment for your beach cabanas block. Thank your for giving all of us, your followers, a chance to win.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  40. As a child we owned a house in Avalon, New Jersey. However, real estate values there went so sky high that my parents sold it to be free of the upkeep. They didn't have cabanas there, but it makes me think of the old Gidget TV show and other TV and movies about beachgoers in the 50s and 60s that I've seen. Very cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. When I was a child and lived in New Jersey, I would go to either Girl Scout Camp or Jewish camp in the Poconos. That is how I learned to swim and loved sitting around the campfire at night. At Jewish Y camp, every Friday evening we would were white shirts and get together with the boys camp for Friday evening special dinner. My younger brother (of blessed memory) was at the boys camp so every Friday evening, I would get to see him. We lived in small tents and enjoyed hiking in the woods and swimming in the lake. I also spent my rest time reading "Gone With the Wind" which was required for my 9th grade class that fall. Wow, going down memory lane when life was free of worries:
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  42. We used to go camping in Montana each summer. Sometimes there was even snow! Thanks for the chance to win! I love your starfish. I now live in Florida and am working on a beachy quilt. I'm going to add a starfish on the back by my label. How cute will that be!

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  43. I remember swimming at Island Lake as a child...fun, fun, fun.

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  44. This would make a great picnic/beach blanket! Absolutely adorable!

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  45. Our family and extended family went camping in the High Sierras every summer. What wonderful memories we all share. Thank you for a fun summer block.

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  46. My family didn't have a lot of money for summer vacations, so we tended to just stay home. But we had a small above-ground pool, and a little playhouse, and a great yard for playing!

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  47. We would camp in Northern Minnesota--no beach cabanas for us!! Your block is adorable and I can't wait to get the magazine!

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  48. I visited Lake Geneva and went sailboating when I was in 7th grade. It was a really fun vacation.

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  49. We went to northern Wisconsin on vacations as a child,,,,very pretty!Great block, congrats on getting in the magazine! thank you!

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  50. A two week vacation in Michigan's UP in a cabin by the lake is a fond memory for me. I was 12 and couldn't swim but loved the water anyhow.

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  51. Traverse City, Michigan.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Shawn

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  52. My family never really went on a "real" vacation but we would go visit relatives! I have wonderful memories of those visits and wouldn't trade them for all the other "real" vacations in the world! My Aunt had a huge four poster bed with quilts on it and you literally had to climb up the side of the bed to get into it! I said then that I would one day have one of those big tall beds and guess what? I have one, complete with the quilts on top!!

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  53. Ocean Beach in New London, CT. Very nice sandy beach with boardwalk and arcade. At that time there was also an amusement park.

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  54. We used to go to Yellowstone Park in Wisconsin camping on Memorial Day.

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  55. That quilt block brings back memories of Pampano Beach, FL. We always went there because my grandparents lived near by. We didn't have as fancy cabanas, but half circle ones! It was so much fun, especially in the winter since it was so cold back in Virginia!

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  56. We always visited Door County in Wisconsin. It's the penisula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Loved it there. Now we are living in TN and I miss going there. I love your block and the quilt is really nice. Sure makes you want to sit on the beach by the ocean.

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  57. Without a doubt, you really raise the bar with this one!!

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  58. We went to a family church camp in Virginia...it was out in the country then. It is probably part of the city now..so many years ago. Thanks

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  59. Great Box. Love the beach houses. We used to go to Seaside Heights, New Jersey! It was beautiful a long time ago.

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  60. I loved the year we traveled to New Mexico from Virgina..it was almost like going to a forgine country

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  61. We were travelers ... we went all over the place when I was a kid!! I loved the beaches on the northeastern coast of the US -- Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire -- some of my favorites!! We'd see little cabanas out on the beaches up there, too! :)

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  62. My family spent a week at Ocean City, MD every summer of my childhood. I loved walking the boardwalk and playing in the water.

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  63. well as a child I never really visited anywhere as we were very poor when I was young. But as a teenager I visited the beach with friends. But as an adult I love to travel. nCongratulatiosn on your block being chosen for the publication. And thank you for a chance to enter your giveaway.

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  64. My dad was a military man and we were in Panama for a short period of time when I was young and we went to the beach alot while there. I remember cold fried chicken, and bologna sandwiches (and they probably had sand in them too,LOL) I love the beach and like to go when I have a chance.

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  65. We used to go to my grandfather's camp in East Montpelier Vermont. He lived near the Winooski River Dam. We swam everyday in that freezing spring fed river no matter what the weather was.
    I love the colors you chose on your beach cabana theme summer quilt, so very inviting.
    Thank you for sharing your blocks.

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  66. I Love the summer picnics with the hubby! Cute block!

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  67. As a child Mackinac Island was a favorite summer spot. I loved riding bicycles and seem to remember a nickle movie theater. Great stuff!!! Your beach cabana themed quilt is wonderful. Thansk for the giveaway!!

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  68. We went to Galveston (beach) and to Garner State Park frequently in my childhood. Congrats on getting into the magazine!

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  69. I love the cabanas! When I was a small child, I lived on the OTHER side of Long Island sound, in Bridgeport, Conn. I have fond memories of walking the shore and finding sea shells! My mother took us to the beach every weekday during the summer - wonderful memories!

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  70. I am a happy regular follower of your blog!

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  71. What a cute block. Congrats. I live in central Florida but while visiting Miami, I have seen many cabanas. As soon as I saw your creations, I thought of Miami and smiled. Thanks. I always enjoy the beachy theme.

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  72. We had a cabin in Youbou on Lake Cowichan that we went to when I was a kid. My father passed away when I was only 8 and he didn't have any paper work done for the property so we lost it. Too bad, I remember it being a lot of fun.

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  73. When I was a kid we used to go to Clear Lake in Northern CA every summer. What a great time we had. We swam, fished and water skied. My brother and I used to go on walks and a couple of times we found obsidian arrowheads! Thank you for the giveaway! I love your blog!
    hugs,
    Cheri

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  74. Sweet memories from that block!
    Thanks!

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  75. We lived in Huntington Beach, CA, so enjoyed lots of time at the beach all year round. When we vacationed in summer we went to an inn in Northern California, surrounded by redwoods and mountains, where we fished and explored the woods.

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  76. I am one of your followers.

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  77. I would always get to spend 2 weeks in the summer with my grandparents in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  78. Just love this block. Sooo many memories. Every summer we would have a family vacation in Ocean City, NJ. Some of the best time we had were there.

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  79. We used to go to the lake after a hot supper day, we would stay until the sunset.
    Thank goodness for memories of beaches as we have 5 inches of new snow here.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  80. Great reminder of summer fun! Every summer we spent 2 weeks at a cottage on Lake Champlain in northern New York. Went fishing almost every day with my father and spent a lot of time reading.

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  81. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go any place in the summer. I grew up on a dairy farm. Also, my mother and father were each only children, so we had to be home to take care of the farm. Of course, summer included gardening to have food then and for the winter; putting up hay for the animals; and making school clothes. Mom was a school teacher so when she wasn't doing extra duty cooking for hay hands, she was making clothes for my two brothers, me, and, of course, herself for school. Mom always had big projects such as refinishing a hardwood floor. So, I have fond memories of summer. They were busy, busy, busy. My mom's parents lived "in town" and gardened with us. We were blessed to have our grandparents close to us and involved in our lives.
    I love the pattern and love the trim with the ric rac and little buttons. Not only the patterns but also the creativity of using and embellishing the blocks are amazing. Thanks for being very generous in your giveaway.

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  82. Love your block and congrats. Thanks. I used to visit my cousins on the farm in the summer time. Many memories.

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  83. What a cute block and thanks for including the additional startfish and cups to appliqué. Very sweet! I remember going to Disneyland when it first opened. It was such a thrill.

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  84. I'm a new follower. I think the star fish or drinking cup would make an adorable quilting motif, also. I say that knowing I am a piecer not a quilter. Well, not yet.

    When your book Quilt Fiesta was released, I won a copy EXCEPT there was a mixup as I was new to the procedure and didn't realize that the notification went to an email address that I had to use to set up my Google account. The day I checked that email, the lady had posted a new winner! It is fun to be visiting "old" friends.

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  85. We normally will spend at the beach..

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  86. When I lived in the Big Apple as a kid, we visited a seashore in Long Island once. I have no idea where it was, but I remember playing in the water and enjoying the beach. Thanks for sharing your great block.

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  87. Our family vacation every summer was to the Russian River in No. California. We'd camp for one or two weeks at a time. Great fun.

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  88. In Arkansas,on a hot day, many years ago, a day at the old "swimming hole" in the country couldn't be beat! Thank you for the giveaway, expecially that silk fat quarter.

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  89. My Mom used to take us camping at the beach in the summer, Pismo Beach! I have lived 2miles from there for 15+ years now!! Love your design!!

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  90. We didn't do summer vacations when I was a kid--all summer was a vacation with our parents working our fishing sights on the beach!

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  91. We used to visit the Oregon coast in the summer, particularly Cannon Beach. Your beach cabana block is just adorable.

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  92. We live about 90 miles from Panama City Beach, so we made many many trips to the beach while growing up, and now.. The beach is my favorite place in the world!

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  93. What a fun block! Thanks for a chance to win the magazine. When I was a kid, we mostly stayed around home during the summers, with occasional trips to my grandparents about 100 miles away.

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  94. We were visiting the beach, great for lids!Nice block!

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  95. Great block. My favorite childhood vacation memory is a trip to Lake Michigan with my grandparents. We swam all day, my Dad cooked steak and corn over a wood fire, we stayed at the lake until dark.

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  96. Camping on weekends in Northern Minnesota.

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  97. Spent most of my summers from 8-14 going to Lake Texhoma.

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  98. We would sometimes go to Surfside just outside of Freeport, TX. My aunt and uncle had a beach house there. I love your block. I'm thinking of making a house quilt with lots of different buildings. Your cabana block would be a great addition.

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  99. We used to go up into the Tonto National Forest, near Payson, AZ, when I was kid. It was always wonderful to get out away from the city, and wander in the hills, looking at interesting plants, insects and animals, and collecting different sorts of rocks, and occasionally even fossils! :-)

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  100. When I was a kid we always went to my Grandparent's farm in Michigan. It was nowhere near a beach, but we have lived in Florida and I love to walk the beach.

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  101. We used to go to Lake Wakegon in New Hampshire. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  102. When I was young, my father built a cabin on a piece of land that was in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. We would go there each summer. Since there were no roads to it, we would park at a nearby farm and walk to the cabin carrying all our food supplies. It was quite a hike down a steep hillside, across Lusk Creek, down a dry Brady Branch, along a very old field, and up a hillside. All cooking was done over a campfire, and water was carried from a spring that was an 1/8th mile from the cabin. The rocks for the foundation of the one room cabin and for the fireplace were gathered from the hillside. The lumber for the cabin was brought down on a wagon pulled by mules. The shingles for the roof my father made himself from a tree (or trees?) that he cut down on site. I have lots of good memories of that cabin, but hunters broke in when I was in college and burned down the cabin (and part of the national forest). The farmer where we always parked our car actually talked with the hunters, and they told him they had permission to use the cabin. But they didn't. Anyway I do have my memories and lots of pictures. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  103. We used to go to Jamestown NY (where Lucille Ball was born) to visit my grandpa. Our cousins other grandparents lived right next door, so it was very convenient. While we were there, we would go to Chatauqua Lake, rent a cabin, and go swimming...

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  104. We went to the Dunes, off Lake Michigan, and camped. Your block makes me think of it, with the starfish.

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  105. Love the block. I loved to visit the Redwoods on California North Coast when I was a kid with the family. I loved it there. It was so peaceful and right next to the ocean. Best of both worlds.

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  106. The cabanas are so cute. I like the way you worked them into a quilt with the starfish and drink glasses. Thanks.

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  107. I visited Roaring River State park near Cassville, MO. It is a beautiful place. I've taken my children there too!

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  108. Thanks for sharing the applique images. I'm an Army brat & we were stationed in Alaska for 3 years & while we were there we spent a week at Denali National Park (it was called Mt. McKinley National Park back then). Had a wonderful time. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  109. I'm already a follower - thanks again.

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  110. I loved seeing the Gulf of Mexico when I went to Galveston.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  111. When I was a child we visited the lakes that were close by us in northern Saskatchewan. I could not resist the water, so even though my Mother had told me to stay out of the water, unless an adult was with me, I had to get my toes wet. Then my ankles... knees... yup pretty soon I was IN the water. It was always worth it, even when I was scolded. :)

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  112. Our family did long driving vacations mostly in the west, but we also often spent a week at our grandparents in a small town southwest of Fort Worth, and attended Vacation Bible School, sat on the porch, caught fireflies, etc.

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  113. I didn't spend my Summer's at the Beach. Mine were mostly spent with family reunions and sometimes there was a Pool to go swimming. Fun times with my Cousins. Love the row quilt you designed. Hope to win a copy of Volume 7 -thanks for the chance.

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  114. We went to the lake one year. Had lots of fun playing in the sand and playing in the water. One of the few times my family went on vacation when I was little. It was very nice.

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  115. I used to spend summers on my grandparents ranch in Oregon. It was beautiful!

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  116. When I was a child, we went to Myrtle Beach, SC nearly every summer. Lots of happy family memories connected with the beach. Unfortunately, they didn't have the cabanas there, but your quilt certainly evokes that happy, beachy feeling.

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  117. I love your fun at the beach quilt it is so cute. My favorite place to go as a kid was camping with my grandparents, we would go to different campgrounds every summer, oh to be young again. LOL Thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  118. A trip up to northern Michigan to see the newly built Mackinaw Bridge is something I won't forget as little girl.

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  119. What a great use of rick rack and tiny buttons! Love this block!

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  120. Love the "beachy" blocks and quilt. I live in Florida very close to the beach.

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  121. I live in Southeastern Massachusetts, so the Cape was a big favorite, but there is also a state park nearby that has fresh water swimming. We used to have cookouts there. Your block is so much fun. It's super.

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  122. Fun block and even better quilt. A wonderful summer theme quilt. My favorite places to go as a kid were the beaches in Connecticut. We had lots of aunts and uncles there so that is where we would go. I had such a great time.

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  123. We always went camping in yhe moutains - it was so much fun!!

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  124. What a cute quilt. Thanks for sharing the additional blocks. My family used to go to the Adirondack Mountains for summer vacation, staying in a cottage at Blue Mountain Lake. It was and still is pretty much my idea of heaven.

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  125. Love your block and the quilt you made with it, really fun piece for summer.
    I spent my younger summers in Amagansett Long Island, with my grandmother.
    We had the ocean around us and lots of cove beaches to enjoy and explore.

    Debbie

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  126. We always went to the Ocean in the summer (Washington State).

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  127. Your block makes me want to take a vacation. When I was a kid we took turns every year going to California (from NY), it was a big deal. I only got to go once.

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  128. We used to visit my Aunt and Uncle in the country during the summer. Lots of great memories - not only of the country, but of being with family. Thanks for the chance!

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  129. The best place I visited when younger was actually a summer that I spent living with my older sister and her husband in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Being at the beach when you're 16 is always great, but the best part really was spending 3 months with my sister. We're 11 years apart, but that summer made us feel really close and we became best friends after that summer. Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

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  130. When I was a kid I loved to go to summer camp in the Superior National Forest near Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. The North Woods is still a special place to me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. I live in Indiana. Lake Michigan has some nice beaches with beautiful sunsets. Just wish I could enjoy them more often, but health challenges limit me.

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  132. Since we lived in Wisconsin, we of course went to the Wisconsin Dells. We road a boat on the river and went to an Indian pow wow.

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  133. We went to the Wisconsin Dells in the summer

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  134. We went to the Wisconsin Dells in the summer

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  135. I loved visiting the beach in the summer when I was a kid. I eventually bought a house at the beach!

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  136. We had a backyard pool and spent most of the summer splashing in our backyard. We did take an annual trip to a (probably cheesy, tho it seemed fabulous when I was 5) place called Santa's Village.

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  137. When I was a kid, my father would organize a neighborhood caravan to Galveston. Each family packed a big picnic and when we arrived, the moms laid it all out together for the families to share. We would fish, crab, swim and play in the sand. When we returned home, my father would make a huge gumbo from seafood we caught or he bought directly from the boats on our trip. DEEEEElicious! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  138. We would go to a resort in Minnesota.

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  139. We never took vacations when I was a kid but I sure did like hanging out at the city pool! Now my favorite vacations are in the Caribbean so I really love your quilt block! I want to get the book so I can make one like it!

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  140. As a kid we would visit Rockaway Beach. It was a gross NYC beach but that's what was available to us only a subway ride away. My aunt was crazy and she would take about 8 kids with her on the subway with packed lunches and everything else we needed. It was an adventure!

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  141. back in the day, we would pack up everything for a week's fishing [pop and my bro fished] across the penninsula [a far trek back in the forties] where i spent the days with the local kids exploring the hillside, the creek beside it and the inlet's beaches. such fun, such friends!

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  142. I grew up on the ocean in Nova Scotia and we had wonderful beaches. In the late 50's and early 60's, we spent a few weeks each summer at Old Orchard Beach, as well as in Atlantic City with our NJ family, which was always a great time.

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  143. We would always go 'up north' for two weeks in the summer. It would always include a trip to Itasca State Park to walk across the Mississippi River Headwaters. But living in Kansas for over 30 years now, I haven't made the trip in a long time. Even tho we go to MN every year, my kids have only been to the park once.

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  144. We would go to the county fair every summer. Stay up too late, play in the dirt while we waited for the parents to talk to people, stand in line forever, eat too much junk, look at the entries and go in the smelly barns.

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  145. Hi!!! Very pretty block and I love the row style quilt!!! We went to a lake and campground area when I was young!!! It did have a sandy beach and we could swim!!!! No cabanas...I think they look relaxing and can imagine a cool breeze blowing through!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

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  146. I am a happy follower!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

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  147. My favorite summer time designation was to my Mom's family reunion. She was the youngest of 14 children and I have over 40 first cousins. What fun - the day would be full of laughter and good food.

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  148. Camp Dearborn in MI, every Sunday during the summer with ALL the cousins and their families. We'd cook breakfast there on the campfires and not leave till it was dark. Dad would have to carry me into the house, even if I was fake sleeping! Best memories as a kid.

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  149. My favorite summer destination is the 1,000 Islands of upstate NY. Still is in fact and try to make a trip there at least once a year.
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  150. Love the beach theme of your block! My favorite summer memories are taking grandchildren to the pool, then following up with Dominoe's Pizza! HOPPIN' to win!

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  151. My favorite summer destination is a lake near our home. We love boating with our friends.

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  152. We couldn't afford to vacation when I was a child. Our grandparents owned a working cattle ranch, however, and my three siblings and I literally lived there the entire summer break from school. And we loved every minute of it!

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  153. My first trip to the ocean was Myrtle Beach with my grandparents when I was about 12. It was wonderful.

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  154. When I was young we used to go to the seaside on daytrips in the summer as we lived quite near the coast in the south of England. I used to love seeing the rows of beach huts just like these. They often had names on them like Sea View, or Windy Ridge.

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  155. I live in New Zealand very close to many beautiful beaches. My favourite place in summer when growing up was Christmas at the beach.

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  156. Our family truly never took vacations like other families I knew while growing up. The only place we ever went was a one day trip to Tweetsie Railroad. We thought we were RICH, if only for a day! :)

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  157. When I'm not in my cabana sipping tea and counting star fish, I'm following your blog! LOL!!

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  158. I came from a large family in Midwest and remember one time going to a beach in Massachusetts. My dad was from there and we drove and drove and drove and drove till we finally got there.

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  159. went to Niagara falls when I was a kid

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  160. I lived in Chicago and we went to Eagle Lake in Paw Paw Michigan. I too have fond memories .

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  161. I went to a summer camp in New Hampshire on Sunset Lake. It was the only place we went as kids as summer was the busiest time of the year for my dad.

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  162. My childhood summers were spent at Topsail Island, NC--so many fond memories!! Love you tips on quilt labels.

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  163. we didn't get to go on many vacations while I was growing up, so I will always remember the one we did take. we went to Yellowstone Park. that was the year of the big fire there, in the late 80's. it was a lot of fun, stopping and short walks to geysers, seeing moose and elk. when we were at Old Faithful, we could see and smell smoke on the horizon....and when we got home, we saw the news and found the fire had swept though that area the day after we left Old Faithful. wow.

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  164. We lived in Iowa not far from the Mississippi River. Dad was a tried and true fisherman and we rented a cabin along the river. Let me tell you, the road along the bluff that took us to the cabin area was just a bit better than a goat path!! If we met anyone coming or going, it was a horrowing situation - for me - a nervous Nelly!!

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  165. My family always went to Pompano Beach, FL during the summer.

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  166. As a kid I went to the beach on Lake Michigan occasionally. More often we went to a cottage my grandparents owned on a lake nearby. Swimming there was not as enjoyable because of the mucky bottom, weeds, and sometimes leeches.

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  167. We had a very rustic cabin in the mountains near our home. We'd stay for a week at a time. I loved the hiking, swimming in the lakes, playing in the river. It was idyllic. Thanks.

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  168. I grew up in eastern Colorado and didn't travel out of the state until the summer between 5th and 6th grade. My best friend's dad was a truck driver, and she occasionally got to go with him on overnight runs to Iowa. That summer she invited me to go with so I could see the Missouri River. What a lark!

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  169. We didn't go travelling much, but I do remember one trip to Vancouver Island. We got to play on the beach and collected shells & sand dollars. Wish we lived closer to a beach... Love your sample quilt! :)

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  170. I already follow you via gfc! :)

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  171. I grew up in Naples, Florida and spent many many hours on the beach there, but I went for a train trip with my Uncle Moose when I was 12 years old. We stayed with Uncle Art and Aunt Mary in Sea Girt, New Jersey. Their house was located in the first block from the shore. There was a library that was just around the corner from their house. I liked to go there because it used to be the city's light house. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  172. love the row quilt featuring your block, what a great design for a summer cottage or something.

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  173. Each summer we would stay in a rustic cabin on a local springs of a fed lake -- there might be 2 or 3 families with 10 kids bunking together. All day would be spent swimming until we turned blue. Thanks for the chance.

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  174. Thanks for the extra appliques to use with your block. My fun place to go as a child was Plum Island in Massachusetts, near where I grew up.

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  175. I loved going fishing in Texas with my grandparents. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your block/quilt. Thanks for sharing the patterns.

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  176. Every summer we went to a beach in Southern California. I love your design! Thanks for the chance.

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  177. We would rent a cabin at a local spring and spend the week swimming.

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  178. I already gfc follow your blog.

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  179. We went to Ft Lauderdale every summer. My father loves the heat. My grandparents had a cottage in Michigan where we spent many long weekends.

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  180. I love your beachy creations! I remember a trip to Mount Rushmore. Awesome! Thanks for sharing these projects and for your whole inspiring blog.

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  181. I remember visiting my great aunt in Coldwater Michigan. She owned a little gas station with a small general store. My sister and I loved going there because she always let us pick out some candy after dinner. We also used to sleep on her davenport in her screened in porch which was really cool. Thanks for stirring up such a lovely memory and for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  182. Love the block and really love the sample quilt!!

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  183. Your beach cabanas are cute as can be! Not sure how you managed to sew on buttons that small, but they do make it adorable!

    We had family friends who owned & operated a campground up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, so 9 summers were spent up there, building & working in the campground. After hubs & I married, we went back & I was tickled to see "my" campsite, Karin's Korner, was still there, even tho the ownership had changed.

    Congratulations on your inclusion in the magazine!

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  184. Like the beach theme. When I was a kid, we'd visit my grandparents on a lake in Nebraska. When I was 4 or 5, my grandfather convinced me to stay in shallow water by telling me there was a hole in the bottom of the lake, and I'd fall through if I went too far out. All great, except I had older siblings who would hang out in the exact area where I thought the hole was. I was so scared for them, but because my parents didn't know what Grandpa had told me, they thought I was nuts!

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  185. As a kid, we only went to the beach once. My aunt lived near Biloxi, Mississippi, so we visited her. What fun! I am still a huge fan of ALL things beachy. Definitely reflected in my home decor, especially my master bathroom. Your quilt is so much fun, may have to put this on my short list.

    Thanks for all you do to create new and fresh ideas for us!

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