September 2, 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour & Giveaway


Hi everyone and happy September!
I just can't believe how quickly this summer has whizzed by.
I LOVE summer — mostly because i LOVE these:
and days like these:
and seeing these beauties again:
and did i mention these:
and this:
and these?
It sure has been a beautiful one here in Connecticut and i hope you've enjoyed it where you are as well. 

I’m so happy to be kicking off the Moda LOVE Blog Tour with the LOVELY
and super talented 
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Don't forget to pop on by and visit their blogs today too.

Today we'll be answering some questions and chatting a bit about some of the things we LOVE. One that comes to mind is how much i LOVE working with Moda. Above all else, the people who work there are my favorite part. They sure know how to have fun and to keep quilters engaged, inspired and challenged to keep making new things.

When did you start quilting? Tell us about your first quilt.
I started quilting around the time that my first fabric collection, Verna, was released 5 years ago. As a beginner quilter, i discovered precuts and fell in LOVE with them! I found this pattern on the Moda Bake Shop and it looked fairly straightforward so i decided to give it a whirl.
It's so much fun looking back at my first quilt — remembering what it was like to make, and realizing how much i've learned since then. I still LOVE this quilt and use it often (in seasons other than summer, that is!).

What is your favorite Moda precut?
 I'd have to say it's a tie between a jelly roll and layer cake.

What fuels you to create?
First, this:
And then maybe this:
But seriously, at the heart of pretty much everything i design is my
LOVE of drawing.

When i was a little girl, i carried a large hard-covered sketchbook with me everywhere. We kept our crayons and Cray-Pas (oil pastels) in a small woven basket — they were all loose and mixed up so my sister and i would have to dig around to find specific colors. I LOVED oil pastels— not because i knew what they were, but because i LOVED what they were able to do. The colors from these were much more intense and saturated than crayons and you could use your finger to smudge and blend them. I LOVED drawing with these because a sunset could never look as bright and beautiful no matter how hard you pressed with a crayon.
It's hard to express what fuels me to draw, though. I think part of it is in having a vivid imagination. Also, the process of looking carefully at something is a slow and careful activity that ignites my curiosity. It keeps my eye wandering around shapes and noticing relationships between light/shadow and positive/negative spaces that i might not have seen before. The activity of drawing captivates me with alluring turns and puzzles, and challenges how i see with each blank piece of paper. I LOVE a creative challenge,
and always have.

So i think my need to draw started way back, while digging into that crayon basket and finding the freedom to explore with my hands and imagination. As I’ve grown up, it has become a life commitment, a happy and humbling adventure and a vast, ever-blooming LOVE. 

I also LOVE to garden. And, it turns out, these two LOVES create so much inspiration....
... that it pours into my work with Moda. Designing fabrics has been such a joy i could not have foreseen. It’s also helped me to realize that LOVING what you do and connecting with others who share similar LOVES can make our lives more fulfilling.

I LOVED making the Moda Love Quilt for this blog hop. You can download the free pattern and make it using a layer cake, charm pack or mini charm pack. I used a layer cake of my newest fabric collection, Horizon.

And i LOVED how easy it was to piece the squares and over-sized half-square triangles. The quilt top went together in less than a day.
The color palette for Horizon was inspired by luminous shards of sea glass i've collected over the years, and once i had finished this quilt top, i had the brilliant idea to go to the shore close to our house to take pictures. There's a bench on the beach just for taking quilt photos!
BUT, it was really breezy...
...and the quilt top just wanted to fly away like a kite..
...no matter how high or low i held it.
Pete and i found some rocks to anchor the corners...and it ballooned out like a sail.
So i decided to finish the quilt, hoping the extra weight would keep it from blowing around. We went back a couple days later and sure enough, it worked!
I LOVE this next photo of the backing because you can see through to my quilt-holding-helper. It was about 90 degrees and 95% humidity and i LOVE him for bearing with me while i took these photos, even when the camera battery died and we had to start all over and retake them.   
Here's another photo, indoors, so you can see the gradient of colors a little better.
I guess you can tell, i LOVE the color blue!

There's just one thing ... i need your help. I always get to this point and have such a hard time figuring out what to do for the binding. It seems like such a small decision, but it frames a quilt in such a way that it can either detract from what's already going on, or enhance it. What would you do for this one?
Please leave me a comment below to let me know. Oh, and please also let me know what your favorite precut is: layer cake, jelly roll, charm pack, mini charm pack or fat eighth. You might just win one of Horizon! Some lucky names will be randomly selected and i'll post the winners on September 13th. Good luck and thank you for your help!

Don't forget to visit these LOVELY designers as the Moda Love Tour continues!

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Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
LOVE,
kate
PS: A few more things i LOVE? These three!


827 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors in your quilt. I love the beach! This line of fabric perfectly reflects your love of the ocean. Of all the precuts you listed, I'd have to say a charm pack is my favorite, but only because I haven't tried a layer cake! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. Love that quilt. I think my fav precut would be a fat eighth. It can be used in so many ways and options are always a good thing. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. A fat quarter bundle is my favorite. Although I love layer cakes as well. I would use the Blu and aqua print for the binding. It would frame the design nicely.

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  4. Three kitties and tomatoes and a lovely quilt - A great post! I remember using Cran-Pas when I was young too and they were so great!! I think the blues from the middle of the quilt to use as a binding out set the quilt off great.. I tend to buy yardage or of precuts I get layer cakes - more versatility! Enjoy the end of the summer and hoping for a fabulous Fall for everyone!

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  5. I would put the darkest blue for the binding. I love fat quarters!
    Thanks!

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  6. I "LOVED" your post! You gave us a great glimpse of what inspires you! Ok, for the binding, I would use one of the darker blues that you used in the center of the quilt. I think it would be a perfect "frame" for this beautiful quilt! My favorite pre-cut is fat quarters but I also love layer cakes. They are just more versatile than the other cuts, I think. I only buy jelly rolls if I have a specific jelly roll pattern that I plan to use it for. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  7. I love FQs but I'm more likely to buy layer cakes. They are more affordable and still big enough to give me options for what to do with them. Your quilt is beautiful! I would probably use one of the dark blues for the binding -- it would have good contrast with the background which would frame the quilt nicely.

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  8. I love fat quarters-just enough to make a good size block. I'm bucking the trend and saying go with something light for the binding.

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  9. Of the precuts you listed, my favorite is the fat-eighth bundle, but they all have their uses. I think one of the aqua colors would look good as the binding.

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  10. I think I would use the medium blue (fourth blue band from the top on your quilt backing) to bind it. I usually go for a dark binding but in this case I think it would take away from the delicate colors on the rest of the quilt. But what I really wanted to say is that I actually gasped when I saw the photo of your whole quilt top. It's that beautiful! I love how you used both aqua and purple.

    I rarely use precuts, but I do love how versatile layer cakes are.

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  11. I like fat eighths. I rarely use precuts because I usually want extra fabric just in case.

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  12. Your quilt is beautiful! I think I would use the dark blue from the middle of the quilt on the binding - it would act as a nice frame and would bring your eyes back to the middle of the quilt. My absolute favorite precut size is the fat quarter because there are so many things you can do with it - and have enough to use it in multiple projects. On the smaller size, I like the layer cakes .... again because of the versatility.

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  13. Such an interesting post about drawing! My vise as a teenager were prismacolor pencils, I was mesmerized by shading and subtle changes in color. :) Now to your binding question..... First thought is to make it different colors but in the same lengths as the 'block' size ... then position the lavenders in the binding on the opposite corner by the bright greens ... and for the do the same for the turquiseys ... position the prints with the blues on the opposite corner of the tonal turquiseys. Hope that makes sense :)

    About the questions ...
    My first quilt was in 1989 ... as I was recovering from a car accident I made a scrappy Log cabin quilt entirely by hand as I sat in my wheelchair. I had a large stash of fabrics and my only requirement was each fabric would have to have flowers. All the log cabin blocks were half gradient navy/blue flowered fabrics and the other sides were randomly light flowered fabrics.
    My favorite Moda Precut ... FQ bundles ... I like lots of choices ;)
    What fuels me to create ... I was about 5 years old when my Mom began teaching me many forms of needlework. She always said to do my best because every stitch is a prayer. As a youngster, I never knew what she was talking about and as a busy 20 something I figured my Mom was simply trying to keep this busy girl busy! Today, I know what she meant! So my motivation is multi faceted, my stacks of fabric stash, my fondness of needlework and my prayers with every stitch!

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  14. What a lovely quilt! I really like the sea glass colors of Horizon. I think the aqua color would be just perfect for the binding. Thanks for a fun blog hop!

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  15. OH! I forgot to say, if I buy precuts, it's usually a jelly roll. Sometimes a charm pack, sometimes a layer cake. Usually I buy yardage though.

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  16. I would maybe go with a light to medium green for binding. I love to use layer cakes and fat quarters. The colors of Horizon are wonderful and I just love them.

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  17. Love blue! Love fat quarter bundles or jelly rolls. I'd go with a deep true blue for the binding, like the last and deepest color on the backing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Love your fabrics! Really LOVE them!
    I would use a medium color for the binding. It's there, but doesn't overpower.

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  19. For the binding, my recommendation is to select a fabric that you used in the quilt, one that you really love. Any or each of those fabrics would be beautiful. As a matter of fact, you could do a scrappy binding with all of them. That would be very beautiful. As for my favorite pre-cut . . . I think it is a layer cake, because of it's versatility. However, I love, love, love the mini charms and find myself using them often.

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  20. I would bind it in the darkest color in the collection, or make it scrappy and use a strop form all fabrics in the collection. I love fat quarters. Your collection is beautiful. Katn@bellsouth.net

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  21. I would bind it in the deepest blue as it help the lighter colours pop. My favourite pre cut is the jelly roll.

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  22. I would use one of the blues for the binding. I like jelly rolls.

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  23. For the binding I'd use either of the 2 blues in the middle to surround the quilt. My favorite precut (I love and have used them all) is the fat quarter because you can do so much with it and always have a little left over. Also they decorate my quilting room so well, love the inspiration I get just from seeing it all. Happy September!

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  24. I would piece together 18" or so of every color in the quilt top and use that as binding.

    And somehow I missed your getting the little grey baby - congrats! I'll have to go back and figure out how that slipped by me.

    Favorite precut would be all of them, altho I seem to use layer cakes and jelly rolls most ... however the greedy me says fat quarter bundle.

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  25. It's a gorgeous quilt (and fabric line!) and I think I'd go for the dark blue to frame it. My favourite precut is a fat eighth bundle because there's so much you can do with them and I find it easier to split them up and use separately than with jelly rolls or charm packs.

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  26. Your quilt is beautiful! When using precuts, I prefer layer cakes. Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

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  27. Horizon is a beautiful fabric line and your quilt is fabulous. I love all of the precuts. Layer cakes are fun to create with but I honestly use all of the precuts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. I think a scrappy binding with the fabrics from the blocks would look great on this quilt. Fat quarters are my favorite.

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  29. My favourite pre cut is a fat quarter set but really all of them are fun. I love Horizon, it is a beautiful collection and your quilt shows it off nicely.

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  30. My fall back choice for binding is always the background color. Although I love all pre-cuts but would have to pick layer cakes as my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  31. Ohh! You have a new kitty! Connecticut certainly deserved a beautiful summer! My fave precut is the charm pack. And I think a binding in one or several of the turquoise fabrics would be wonderful, and sea glassy :) I LOVEd all your photos!!!

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  32. I love sea glass so pretty, reminds me of childhood beach walks with my Dad and I totally see it the colours in your new collection. I love the layer cake - big enough to be versatile so a scrappy look and not much left over (my scrap box is overflowing!) For binding I say go with the softer aqua fabric. Thank you

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  33. I love all the precuts, but usually use charm packs. I love your quilt, and would bind it with white as to me any other color would distract from the overall design.

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  34. I would finish it with a medium purple. I think it would remain a "soft" quilt but still have a little punch.

    As for my favorite pre-cut ... I'd have to say layer cake but it's close for me also with jelly rolls!

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  35. How about a scrappy binding from *all* the fabrics? I think that would be a nice frame for your lovely quilt. My favorite precut right now is a jelly roll because I have an idea for a quilt in the back of my head that requires a lot of narrow fabric strips. Love "Horizons", by the way - both the colors and the designs!

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  36. Horizon could be my favorite of all, since I'm surrounded by water those colors are the ones I love best and use the most. I'd use the turquoise for the binding. Favorite pre-cut is always fat quarters but from the ones you listed I love layer cakes.

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  37. What a great quilt! It's fun to see a quilt that is a large block. For that quilt I would use the darkest blue because I like the way a dark binding helps frame a quilt, especially when there is a lot of white or light colors in it.

    Of all the precuts, I like layer cakes and fat eighths because they give you a few more options.

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  38. Horizon - those are my colors and that quilt is gorgeous! I would bind the quilt with the little squares fabric with the dark blues, greens & aqua.
    I choose FQ bundles so I have more options - I find I usually change my mind many times even after buying fabric for a specific project.

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  39. I would do a scrappy ombre in warm colors for your binding to offset the cool tones. I love layer cakes especially in your beautiful fabric. The very first quilting fabric I ever purchased was fandango! I made a quilt from the moda bake shop as well!

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  40. I would use a medium to dark blue for the binding. I think it would give it a nice frame. I love jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles.

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  41. I LOVE your quilt, those are my favorite colors. For the binding, my first thought was the dark blue at the center of your quilt. My favorite precuts are probably either FQ's or jelly rolls. Really, really love your quilt/colors.

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  42. Since you love blue I think that I would use the darker of the two blues in the center for the binding. Fat quarters and jelly rolls are probably the two that I use the most.

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  43. It's such a beautiful quilt. I love the coulour of the sea. My favorite precuts are fatquarters or layer cakes.
    Britta

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  44. What a beautiful quilt! This may be my favorite of all your fabric collections. I love the quilt just the way it is, so I think I would be tempted to do a simple white (your background fabric) binding, BUT to make it a piped binding (excellent tutorial on 52quilts in 52weeks blog called Susie's Magic Binding) and do the piping in one of the darkest blues that you feature in the center of the quilt. My favorite pre-cuts to purchase are layer cakes. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'll be anxious to see which direction you go on your binding!

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  45. Your quilt is beautiful! And it truly does reflect summer. I'd use the darkest of the blues for binding it. My favourite precuts are fat eighths or fat quarters.

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  46. I love your new fabric! I think you should use the 3rd blue from the bottom for your binding. It's dark enough to frame the quilt and pulls several of the colors together. I like FQ's, but of the choices you listed, I would usually buy a layer cake or jelly roll.

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  47. I'm for the darkest blue as well! I am developing a liking for fat eighths. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I think the blue from the center would look great as the binding also. I love jelly rolls the best, 2 1/2 squares are my favorite sizes!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  49. I think you should use the dark blue for the binding. It would make a lovely frame. I've only ever bought charm packs, but I've been trying to build up enough courage to buy a jelly roll. Thanks for the chance!

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  50. Love the quilt! For binding, I suggest the lightest turquoise. Jelly rolls are my favorite precuts. p.s. I love tomatoes too!

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  51. Every once in a while I use a solid for a quilt binding, maybe that would be a good option here? My favorite precuts are fat quarters and jelly rolls!

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  52. I think I'd use the same color as the background and just let that big, beautiful star float out there. My favorite precut is layer cakes or fat eighth bundles.

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  53. I would use one of the 2 blues in the center of the quilt. Great pattern for the one precut you have and want to make something sweet.
    Love this line of fabric and I never get but will be a for sure fat quarter pack for me! Liz M.

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  54. Your quilt looks stunning, the colours are magnificent. I think I would bind it in your background fabrics as it really looks perfect as it is. My favourite precuts are layer cakes and jelly rolls.

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  55. I would make it scrappy, I like Layer Cakes & Fat Eighth and I'm in love with your Horizon's colours.

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  56. Such beautiful colors! I might choose one of the lighter prints as the binding so as not to detract from the main pattern. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  57. Love your quilt!! A scrappy binding takes more time but would really be great! Layer cake is my favorite precut....but have to admit I love and use them all!!

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  58. I've been waiting for Horizon since I seen a sneak peak this summer. I like fat eighths probably the best with it being a toss-up between jelly rolls and layer cakes second. I think that top fabric shown on the layer cake with the turquoise and green with the white background would look nice as a binding.

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  59. What a great post full of the things that i love too.....xx

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  60. I love this line!! Min would choose one of the darker blues in the center--but then I love blue! And layer cakes are what I choose first. Beautiful work!

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  61. I would bind the quilt in the background color.
    I use mostly charms and jelly rolls.

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  62. Whenever I can't decide on a single fabric for a binding I do a scrappy binding using leftovers from the top. I love the colors in Horizon! My favorite pre-cut is the fat-eighth bundle. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. I'm still working on finishing my first quilt so I'm afraid I don't have advice for you on how to bind your gorgeous creation! I love the idea of being inspired by sea glass, the summery lightness definitely comes through in your quilt :) I often buy fat quarter bundles but I love the idea of being restricted to a charm pack. Something about trying to figure out how best to use limited fabric feels like a fun challenge to me.

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  64. I just love your cats. My boyfriend and I have 2 cats, 2 mini donkeys, 2 border collies and 4 ducks. That is quite a handful but you just gotta love them all. I totally love blue. Just such an amazing color. So, the color blue that you used for the center of the quilt would be the color to use to bind it. Would indeed enhance your quilt. I have followed your blog for a long time and admire you so much. Your fabric line Horizon is definitely on my list. Thank you for being a part of the Moda Love Blog Hop and the chance to win my favorite, the Horizon Jelly Roll.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  65. Wow! I love fat quarter bundles and layer cakes. They are so versatile! I would do a scrappy binding using leftovers from the quilt top! Or maybe try and find a print from another collection that could coordinate and use that for the binding!!!

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  66. I am in love with suzie's magic binding. There is a great tut on line....google it!! I love layer cakes and horizon is in my 'horizon'!!!

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  67. I would make a double sided binding. I'd use the background fabric for the front and do a pieced binding to match the fabric stripes in the back. It would be a bit of work, but would maintain the continuity of the stripes on the back. :)

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  68. I'd bind it in blue! :) Actually I think a scrappy binding would be really cute- using the same colors as the front. Thanks for the giveaway! (I can't decide which my favorite precut, but maybe the layer cake.)

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  69. I started sewing 63 years ago in 4-H and continued through college, majoring in home economics (what it was called, at the time). I taught high school and, then in 1973, began teaching an adult quilting class, in preparation for the bi-centennial. My first quilt was a sampler, and I've continued to make many. My next project will be using recycled shirts to make a very scrappy quilt. I would bind your quilt in the background fabric, which would allow the lovely colors and pattern to "pop".
    quiltschon@att.net

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  70. I love the versatility of fat eighths, but let's be honest, with a fabric as pretty as Horizon, there isn't a cut I couldn't love.

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  71. Favorite precut is layer cake. I already have one in Horizon! I would bind the quilt in the dark blue, not the darkest but the one nearest to it.

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  72. Oh, kitties! So, I would use the two blues you have in the very center of your quilt, alternating maybe every 10-15 inches or so, because it draws the blue out of the center and blue is my favorite color as well. :) And I like working with fat eights and layer cakes best, but all the precuts are helpful in quilting! Thank you for sharing your photos, I love the ballooning top, that made me laugh.
    ~Brandy
    pamperedpettit.blogspot.com

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  73. I would scrappy bind it and try to match the binding strip to the color of the blocks adjacent! Sarah in Ketchikan Alaska

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  74. I love Horizon, it is stunning. My favourite pre-cut is a fat quarter bundle and I would use one of the aqua colours to bind this quilt.

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  75. I am with Sarah, a scrappy binding mimicking the colors of the fabrics on the interior of the quilt would be lovely. My favorite precuts are fat quarters and fat eighths.

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  76. I am SO excited for this fabric line - blue is absolutely my favorite color!! I love charm packs. The finished quilt top you made is gorgeous!!

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  77. Love the stripy backing you made for your quilt - just lovely! I'm a fan of a scrappy binding too or if not that, then pick the color in the quilt you love the most and use that as the frame. It will enhance that favorite color (of the moment, at least) even more. Oh...and layer cakes are quickly becoming my favorite as they are so versatile.

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  78. Well, I am very excited about your new collection! It is gorgeous! And I love your quilt...I think I would chose a very light turquoise print for the binding - maybe a dot or a stripe...but something soft and light. And my favorite precut is the jelly roll. I love, love, love them! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    caribousmom (at) aol (dot) com

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  79. Ohhh man I LOVE this fabric! If this were my quilt I would cut 2 1/2" strips from all the colours and cut them in various scrappy lengths...then sew them together in the same waves of colours that you have in your quilt. eg turquoise, green, blue , mauve...then stitch on your rainbow binding. Regardless...this quilt is going to STUNNING!!
    Paulette

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  80. I am from Germany and I am a great fan of your fabris lines. They all are beautiful. Unfortunately it is not easy to get the fabric in Germany. But I am dreaming to make quilts with such beautiful fabrics. I love layer cakes.
    I would like to bind the quilt with the two dark blues from the center of the top - maybe alternating each side.
    lots of love from Birgit

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  81. Stunning!I love Summer.I love go to the beach and brights and sunny days.

    I will add a bordear in a na y color.
    I usually buy FQ or half yardas.

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  82. Love the quilt and intend on making one. /since you love blue use one of thos for the border. My favorite precut is the layer cake because it's so versatile.

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  83. definitely need a dark blue - navy? - for the binding. I like to buy fabric lines with half yard bundles, but if I were to buy a precut it would be a layer cake for sure

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  84. Horizon is incredibly gorgeous! I like the versatility of a fat eighth bundle. I would bind it in the darker turquoise tone on tone. Its hard to see on the photo, but I think its fabric in the half square triangles on the bottom left of the last photo. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  85. I love layer cakes the most--not too big and not too small. They are just right!

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  86. I love the colours in this quilt, I am very much an aqua girl myself. I would bind it in a white and aqua polka dot fabric. I am a lover of all precuts but especially the layer cake and the jelly roll. Thanks for a great giveaway. x

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  87. I definitely love Horizon - what great colors! My favorite pre-cuts are Fat Quarters....they look so pretty tied up in a bundle and usually when I make a project I still have pieces to use in scrappy projects etc....I love seeing my favorite fabrics used in multiple projects.

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  88. I love seeing your new fabric lines when they come out. It is interesting to see how you pull the natural world around you into your creative processes. I think I would go with one of your lovely deep blues to bind that quilt. It would really bring out the central theme.

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  89. I think you should frame your quilt in dark blue, just like the center. I think it would balance everything out nicely.
    As for precuts, fat quarters are my favorite, since they are so versatile. But since they aren't one of the choices, in going with layer cakes because they are also quite versatile. It's important to have plenty of options!

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  90. Horizon is absolutely beautiful. I always look for sea glass when on vacation walking on the beach. Since all the colors are so beautiful I would make a scrappy binding using all the gorgeousl colors.

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  91. HI, beautiful Quilt+beautiful Collection!
    Love layer cakes best!
    A narrow darker aqua binding would be alright, but I think I like white best so it would appear as 'no border'!
    Thanks for a great great giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  92. I would use the darker blue for the binding, like one of the blue in the center of the star.
    I love Horizon! The purple is lovely and I love the designs...it's so cool how you carved the designs this time. The whole color palette is just wonderful and just "me".
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  93. I would use one of the turquoise prints for binding, I think I like the mini charm squares best valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  94. I like Fat Eight or Fatquarter sets as it gives me flexibility to do whatever I want with the set. Thanks for the chance to win this collection, I'm so in love with it. I almost ordered it yesterday from FQS but decided to wait to see what I might use it for...

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  95. For binding, I might choose one of the medium aqua prints. I like layer cakes the best with jelly rolls as a close second. I have stopped buying new fabric because I have so much already - but Horizon is so beautiful I might have to break down and get a layer cake - unless I win one! That would be awesome. Your fabric designs are my favorite. Thank you!

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  96. I was thinking the darker blue in the center. But any of the blues would be great!

    I really like all precuts--maybe fat quarters best:)

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  97. I think a white binding would be good - very airy for this breezy quilt. I like fat quarters best b/c there's enough fabric to repeat it throughout the quilt, but layer cakes are my favourite of the precuts as it gives lots of design options - and there's enough of them that you can make a decent sized quilt if you add a nice solid. Horizon looks gorgeous, I will have to buy some.

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  98. A scrappy binding would be fun - you could either match or contrast to the points closest to the edges. I find all sizes of precuts inspirational!

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  99. My favorite precut is a toss up between a jelly roll and a charm pack. I love them both for different projects! Your Horizon fabric line reminds me of sea glass, so soft and soothing! For your binding, I would suggest either white the same as your background fabric, or one of the darker blues from the line. Either no contrast or high contrast. But any one of those prints would also be lovely! Just gorgeous as always!

    MGM

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  100. I would go with the darker blues. My favorite is between layer cake and jelly roll

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  101. I'd love to be able to afford to buy FQ sets of my favorite fabrics, but I generally buy and use jelly rolls or layer cakes. Lovely quilt. I'd use a med or dark blue binding.

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  102. I think one of the darker blues you used in the center would make a nice binding. I'm working most of the time with charm packs because let's face it they are affortable and the quilts I can create with them are a good size for me. But I did give in and have also some FQ bundles;-)

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  103. I would use one of the darker blues in the center. I love layer cakes, because the pieces are large enough to have fun with.

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  104. I think the quilt would really benefit from a pieced binding using the beautiful colors of the quilt. What a gorgeous collection. I tend to buy jelly rolls more than any other precut.

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  105. I love your version of the quilt and would bind it in one of the medium blue/turquoise prints...my favorite too :)
    Amanda

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  107. I started quilting over 34+ years ago. Back then there were no pre cuts around. I do love pre cuts because the whole line is in a neat little package! I also love your new line the colors are wonderful together!

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  108. YOur quilt is gorgeous. I think I would bind it in the dark blue from the center.
    I like fat quarters the best but will use them all.

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  109. My favorite color is also blue. I think I would go with the Aqua/turquoise for the binding. This fabric line is just beautiful. I love it. I also love all precuts but my favorite right now are the layer cakes. I think because you can see more of the fabric with the 10" squares vs. the smaller precuts.

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  110. The light aqua in the lower left would be wonderful because it would continue that sea glass sparkle.
    I love working with both layer cakes and jelly rolls.

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  111. A blue flange with white binding would look amazing.

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  112. You can't go wrong with aqua! I love fat eighths! I think they are the perfect size for most projects!

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  113. I think a scrappy binding would look really fun, but if that's not something you like I would pick one of the lighter blues. I enjoy all precuts, but lately I've been purchasing more layer cakes because of their versatility. Love the quilt! Blue and green are my favorite color combo.

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  114. Oh Kate, your quilt is just stunning!!!! What a beautiful finish ;) And I love the pictures where you can see your wonderful quilt holder, so sweet of him ;) I would go with the dark blues for the binding, it would really pop ;) And all pre-cuts are great, but I seem to always use Layer Cakes the most ;)

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  115. Hi Kate
    I'm new to your web site and have fallen in love with your quilting ideas, fabric, and colors. Your new line Horizon is just beautiful. It reminds me of the beautiful lake I spend my summers at quilting. I think your quilt would look great with a mix of the fabric as the binding, love how you did your back.

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  116. I think you need to use a scrappy binding incorporating all the beautiful colors in the quilt. What a great pattern. I am torn v=between charm packs and jelly rolls, love them both. Love the quilt , gorgeous blues, my favorites.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos and th giveaway.

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  117. I love your quilt - I'd use a mid blue for the binding!
    I like layer cakes

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  118. The darker blue would make a beautiful binding. My favorite precuts would be the fat eighths.

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  119. i love them all but my fave is a layer cake, thanks

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  120. I think the darkest blue fabric will look great for the binding and my favorite precut is the layer cake. Beautiful quilt!

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  121. I think you should have a scrappy binding from all fabrics...I think it will look cool..oh and I love layer cake and fat eights both :)

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  122. What a beautiful quilt! I would bind in scraps from the top in a gradiant fashion. My favorite precut is a FQ bundle. You can use them for anything!

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  123. Such a gorgeous quilt, and your quilt holder helper is a good sport for sure!

    I'm thinking fat eighths are my current fave, or layer cakes.

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  124. I too think the darkest blue would look great as your binding. My favorite pre-cut is the FQ bundle but next would be a jelly roll.

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  125. I love that I am not the only one that can't make up my mind! I will watch to see what you decide for a binding.
    I think all the pre cuts are fun . Thank you for a chance to win!

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  126. I think this beautiful quilt would be enhanced by using the deepest blue you used in the center.
    My favorite pre-cuts: layer cakes and fat quarter bundles.
    Thank you for this opportunity. You bless so many quilters with your inspiration and enthusiasm.

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  127. I vote popping you binding with one of the darker blues. Love your quilt! I must make one! My favorite pre-cut at the moment is the Layer Cake!
    satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

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  128. I would frame the beautiful quilt in the darkest blue. I think it would make the other colors pop. And my favorite pre-cut is charm packs. Actually that is the only pre-cut I've every used :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  129. Your fabric always speaks to me. Horizon is not exception. I absolutely love the colors of sea glass. Thank you for a chance to win, Oh and my favorite precut is the layer cake.

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  130. I had to laugh at the pictures of the quilt flying around in the wind. This happens to me so frequently when I try to hang a quilt top on the clothesline to get a picture to share with my sister what I have been working on. I loved your remembrance of drawing with pastels as a child. I've never used pastels and even though I am not an artist, I want to try this.
    For the binding, I would suggest a method that my sister often uses - a scrappy binding of the fabrics in the quilt top.
    My favorite precut would be a layer cake - just enough fabric to create a wonderful scrappy quilt and enough fabric to make a variety of blocks.
    Thanks for sharing your story and for your great fabric designs.

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  131. Hi Kate! If this quilt was mine I would be binding it with the blue you used in the center. It would draw the eye out from the center and contain the quilt.
    I love my precuts. My fav is the FQ bundle since it allows me a large range of patterns to work with and gives me that scrappy feel I love. If I don't get a FQ bundle I make sure I grab a layer cake. I like large quilts and the layer cake is the smallest precut I would use to get the quilt I want.

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  132. My favorite precuts are jelly rolls and layercakes. And my idea for binding for that amazing quilt would be either one of the middle dark blues or just plain white (which I don't normally like) to enhance the simplicity of the quilt.
    hopkins_775@frontier.com

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  133. Your quilt is gorgeous! I would maybe use some of the aqua for the binding.. Love your fabrics!! My favorite precut is probably a layer cake.

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  134. Would bind in the dark blue. Absolutely love the colors in your fabric! favorite precuts are fat quarter bundles and layer cakes.

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  135. Lovely quilt! I like all the precuts but if I have to choose it would be layer cakes. For the binding I like a turquoise print or a pieced one using seversl colours!

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  136. I love the versatility of a layer cake. And I'd go with one of the paler blues, giving it a light frame without competing with the strong design. Gorgeous quilt, and such cute kitties, too!

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  137. Hi Kate....for the binding for the beautiful Horizon quilt you made I think I would go with a turquoise or blue, a nice contrast to the white background. I have already written to you about how much I LOVE and ADORE this line of fabric so my favorite precut right now would be anything in Horizon. Seriously!! I do love fat quarter bundles and layer cakes. Thank you for the chance to win some of the most beautiful fabric ever made.

    Tami
    tamiquilts at att dot net

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  138. I think a scrappy border would be cute. I like layer cakes. They give you enough fabric to do some nice patterns. Thanks

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  139. Your quilt is gorgeous!! I think I would use one of the blues from the center for the binding. I love all the precuts, but I think my favorite is either the fat eighth or a layer cake. Thanks for sharing the beautiful garden pictures.

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  140. A scrappy binding for this beauty. I have some patterns/designs in mind that layer cakes would work perfect for.

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  141. Hm...I think one of the darker blues you've already used in the quilt. I like my bindings to have a lot of contrast with my quilt and to be dramatic.

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  142. I think one of the blues from near the center would be wonderful for a binding. So far I haven't worked with any precuts except charm packs, but I have some patterns for layer cakes that I am eager to try. Thanks for the giveaway. BTW, my current project is a small quilt using some of the blue prints from your Honey Honey line. I love the blues and aquas.

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  143. I love your new fabric line! My favorite precut would be a layer cake. I like scrappy bindings.

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  144. It may seem strange but I would make the binding white to make the center pop! I love the quilt and the center is just lovely. I like layer cakes because of prints. With a jelly roll you loose some of the beauty of the designers prints. Thank you. I have many of your fabrics including Vera! jlblvn at gmail dot com

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  145. 1. I'd do a pieced binding from colors fabrics used in quilt.2. Favorite precut - layer cake. Thanks!

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  146. I also love blue and cats. My favorite precut is charm squares. Great way to see a whole line of fabrics. I also love the quilt made from one big block. Neat idea. Another great idea is the way you included the fabrics in the backing. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  147. Lovely quilt and lovely new line of fabric! I would choose the darkest blue that you have in the center diamond for the binding. (Good luck with whatever you choose!) And my favorite pre-cut is a jelly roll.

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  148. I am in love with your Horizon collection and love layer cakes too! I would like to suggest using one of the deep blues from the center of the quilt for your binding.

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  149. LOVE the fabric line, and fat quarters.
    Pattern is awesome. Will have to make this one!

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  150. I love your Horizon collection! I have only ever used jelly rolls and charm packs. However, I really want to try making a quilt with a layer cake. I think you should use the mosaic looking squares fabric that is in the inside points of the star. I think it is really fun. I think the multi-colored fabric would really tie it all together.

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  151. I would bind it in the same fabric as the background and let that star shine!

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  152. I would use white for the binding so that the colors shine in each shade and not have to with another color. I love fat quarter bundles! cheers, colette

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  153. I would bind it in one of the aqua prints, but it would also look awesome just bound in white.

    I like fat eighths the best. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  154. I would stick with white for the binding so it does not take away from the quilt itself.....Love the Horizon collection and I love fat eights .....so much you can do with them. Thanks

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  155. I would do a scrappy binding with fabrics used in the quilt top. I like jelly rolls the best. Thank you,

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  156. I love layer cakes, fat quarter bundles..al precuts. i would do a scrappy binding of all the colors used I think. i always have to lay my binding beside the quilt to be sure. :)

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  157. I think your quilt would look good with black binding. Charm packs are my favorite precut. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  158. I'd use the darkest sapphire blue for a binding but I also think a scrappy binding would look great. I love Horizon, such beautiful colors. I love layer cakes and fat eighth bundles. thanks for the giveaway, how I'd love to win!

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  159. I would use some print of that lovely green color. I love the shades of your quilt. They so suit me. I like FQ or F8 precuts. I have several charm packs and they are all still waiting on me to do something with them.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  160. I would go with the teal color and I love layer cakes!

    Materialmoments@yahoo.com

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  161. How about a scrappy binding using the fabric from the quilt? I really like charm packs and layer cakes.

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  162. LOVE your quilt! My head is spinning with possibilities!! Ya, I might have a few layer cakes, charm packs and mini charms around here that I could use. :) I think my favorite precut is a Layer Cake (although really, who would turn down ANY of them??).

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  163. I like darker colors for binding, they seem to help frame the quilt and doesn't show the dirt and wear as the quilt gets used. I also like layer cakes because the piece is big enough to cut into almost any shape or size block.

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  164. I love your quilt and your new fabric Horizon! My favorite precut, today, is the jelly roll! I would choose a purple binding because it would match the front, but then go in radiant color order on the back maybe.

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  165. I am a fan of scrappy binding, but I think that using the darkest blue would really highlight and frame your quilt. My favorite precut is a layer cake, but I am loving mini charms recently as I have been working on smaller projects.

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  166. Love this fabric. I love layer cakes

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  167. I have a friend who would tell you to use the darkest colour in the quilt as the binding. But I am going to suggestthat you use a fine black and white diagonal stripe cut to make a statement.

    I think my favourite pre-cut is the layer cake..

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  168. Love the quilt! When I first saw it I thought the lite purple then I thiught the darker blue. Maybe a combination of both? I love fat quarters you can make so many items out of them.

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  169. First I thought of one of the aquas but then thought all those beautiful colors need to be drawn out to the edge. So I think a scrappy binding would look great with it. Beautiful colors.

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  170. I'd probably use one of the dark blues for the binding. My favourite precut is fat quarter bundles although charm packs and jelly rolls are very useful as well,

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  171. Great post! I always love your beautiful photography. I LOVE the colors in your new Horizon fabrics and your Moda Love quilt is gorgeous!!! I would bind it in the Ocean Constellation fabric or your white background fabric. My favorite precut is the layer cake or a fat eighth bundle (actually, I love them all). Thanks for the chance to win.

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  172. I think I would go for the lime leaves as the binding and I like layer cakes and this pattern!

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  173. For the star quilt, I would make a binding of scrapes using all the pretty fabrics in the top. I like all pre-cuts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  174. I would bind in the same blue as the center triangles, to draw that color to the edges.
    I love jelly rolls myself!
    asdrexler (at)gmail (dot) com

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  175. I would bind in white and I like charm packs.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  176. I'd probably audition 2 or 3 colors for a couple of days ... perriwinkle, kiwi and aqua are the 3 that come to mind immediately. I also think a scrappy binding that followed the color gradient of the star around would be striking. I like layer cakes and jelly rolls ... they are the most versatile to me. Thanks for the chance to participate!

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  177. I would use a scrappy binding with the colors you've used in the quilt. My favorite is a layer cake and I have a baby quilt just waiting to be made with Horizon!

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  178. Love LOVE your quilt! I would use either 27194 14 ivory or 27192 11 green for the binding. My favorite precut? layer cake! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  179. Oh your binding.........one of two choices. Either the vibrant blue from the center, or make a scrappy binding from all of the prints. Favorite precut would have to be a layer cake......so very versatile. Kristy

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  180. Fat Quarters. I would divide it up into random quarters and bind with the color that is near, so along the right side and bottom right side, I'd use one of the greens. Clockwise: aqua, purple, different aqua, back to the green. Love your colors.

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  181. My favorite precut is the layer cake. I can use them the size they are or cut them down for more variety. They are also large enough for most appliqué pieces. As for your binding, I would use strips or pieces of fabric left over from what you have used in the top and backing. I love scrappy pieced bindings that echo the body of the quilt.

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  182. For binding, I would say the darkest blue to pull the center out and frame the (gorgeous!) quilt. I LOVE your latest fabric collection! My favorite precut would have to be the jelly roll or the layer cake (though I haven't used many) because they're both so versatile.

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  183. Your quilt is so soft looking. I really want to touch. I love fat quarters. They seem so versatile.

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  184. Maybe a simple white binding. And I'm still new to sewing so I haven't worked with precuts much yet, but fat quarters are nice.

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  185. Can never get enough layer cakes. My favorite color is purple...so I'm voting for a soft purple binding.

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  186. Ooooo, I want to make your quilt! It is gorgeous. Binding it in all the Horizon colors would be lovely. And of the precuts you listed, I like layer cakes most.

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  187. The quilt is so beautiful!! If it was my quilt, I would make a scrappy binding using a little bit of all the fabrics from the quilt top. I love scrappy bindings because it allows me to use up the little leftovers from my sewing projects. My favorite precut is probably a jelly roll. There are so many different things that I make for my etsy store and a jelly roll seems to always be my go-to item.

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  188. I think doing a scrappy binding of all the fabrics in the quilt would be very pretty. I love layer cakes and jelly rolls are great for binding.

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  189. I am fairly new to quilting, so I don't have any advise to the binding.
    I usually buy fat quarters, but of the choices you wrote I would go for the layer cake.

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  190. I would use all the colors in 5-8 inch segments. It would bring all the colors to the outside and showcase them.
    I prefer layer cakes and jelly rolls. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  191. My favorite favorite is a fat quarter bundle, but my second favorite is a jelly roll. I love that they are already cut to the width that I need.

    As for binding, I like binding that jumps out at you. For that quilt I would probably do something in a Navy blue. I made my first quilt about 6 years ago, but didn't get into quilting until a year ago. Now I'm addicted!

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  192. I would make the binding a mix of all the colors. You can rainbow them in 5-8 in strips or larger if you want. I can use all the precuts. No one is better then another in my book.

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  193. I would use the dark blue from center for the binding. And I love charm pack. I love all the fabric and to leaf through them like a book! Lisa @ lisa_vecellio@aol.com

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  194. I would use the dark blue from the center for binding. Love the quilt! And I like jelly rolls and layer cakes best.

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  195. My fave precut is the layer cake and my fave bindings are pieces of all the fabrics in the quilt top. But my favorite of your pics are the 3 adorable kitties!

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  196. Lovely! All of it! I remember using oil pastels and regular ones as a child too-- magical, and time stood still :) For this beauty I'd either go with a scrappy binding of the green, aqua, and lavender, with a small bit of the med to dark blue, Or, a scrappy white binding to let the beautiful piecing and color choices take center stage. I love fat eighths and jelly rolls!

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  197. In pre-cuts, I prefer layer cakes, jelly rolls, and the adorable mini charms. My suggestion on the binding is the background fabric; is it white or cream?

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