Friday, August 5, 2016

The Splendid Sampler is Celebrating 50!!!

Today is a super exciting day because The Splendid Sampler has hit the half way mark and so it's time to celebrate!!!!  If you have been following along for a while, you have seen some of my progress, but for those that are visiting for the first time, I will do a quick recap and be sure to stick around to the end because we are also having a great Giveaway to Celebrate ;)

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Each Saturday (or close to that ;) this year I have posted my Splendid Sampler Progress sharing my blocks for this awesome year-long quilt along that is being hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  The blocks have been created by over 80 different designers and each have a Splendid Story to go along with them.     You can find out all the details about the Splendid Sampler here and visit the Splendid Sampler Facebook Group to see blocks from over 20,000 Quilters quilting along!!!  
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The block I designed for The Splendid Sampler is called Lots of Love was actually the third block shared of this fun Quilt Along so it has been a little while since it's debut, but you can find out all about it and the bonus project I made to go along with it right here ;)  
And since that block, I have made quite a few more!!!  If you notice above, my block is all purple, and that is because I have been making Monochromatic blocks and I just love them!!!  My plan is to  add these Monochromatic blocks into a fun black and white Irish Chain setting ;)   Because you know, I love Irish Chain Quilts!!!!!    So when we get to the end of this Quilt Along, I hope to have a finished King Size quilt that will look something like this.  Isn't that so fun!!!!

And the exciting thing is, I am half way there now!!!!! Here is what halfway of my Splendid Sampler is looking like ;)   EEEkkk, I just love seeing them all together, isn't that just the prettiest rainbow of blocks!!!!   They look so small all together (finishing at 6") but that represents many wonderful Saturdays stitching away with lots of  wonderful techniques.  I think that is my favorite thing about the Splendid Sampler is that each block is so unique and so everyone is learning so much along the journey!!!!  (And please excuse the lighting in this photo, the sun was behind a cloud then wasn't, and after 30 plus minutes of chasing blocks in the wind, I decided it was going to have to do.  Gotta love the Wind in my little town :)

I can't tell you how much fun this wonderful Quilt Along has been an seeing all of these blocks together makes me so excited for the next half !!!  So Happy 50th Splendid Sampler and here is to another 50 more amazing blocks!!! 
And let's get to that Celebration Giveaway!!!  It's no surprise that I choose an Irish Chain layout for my Splendid Sampler as I have a book called Irish Chain Quilts and a signed copy is going to one lucky winner!!!  Along with that, I am also including a signed copy of the new 180 Doodle Quilting Designs ;)   You can read all about this wonderful new book right here.   Hopefully it can get some ideas sparking on how to quilt your own Splendid Sampler ;)

 So what do you have to do for your chance to win these two awesome books???  Simple . . . We are gonna run this the same way we do all of the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway's.  (For those visiting for the first time, I host a giveaway each Tuesday, you should check them out ;)   
You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment here that has the number 50 in it ;) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Happy Quilting love. You can follow Happy Quilting on BloglovinEmail Updates, or RSS to get daily updates.  Or you can like Happy Quilting on InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter or Flickr  Any one way will do . . . Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Happy Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until Sunday August 9th and  I will randomly select and announce a winner on along with the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Oh, and by the Way . . . If you are stopping by for the first time, Welcome!!   I am so glad you visited and hope you will come back often.  I have so much fun sharing my passion for quilting here with lots of  free tutorials (see page links at top of blog) , giveaways, fabric eye candy, and of course, general Happy Quilting times!!

And one last note, be sure to check out the other Splendid Sampler Designers celebrating this milestone.  You can find all the info and links to their posts at The Splendid Sampler.

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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613 comments:

  1. 50 - great idea on the irish chain! I would love to win one of your books - maybe even use the irish chain idea for my quilt! Following you on Facebook etc!

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  2. I already own your doodle book so what I will do is 50 doodles one each day no let's make it 100 doodles each day. anita77466@gmail.com

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  3. 50! blocks done, can't wait for the upcoming 50 more!

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  4. 50--well actually I only have about 45 blocks done but looking forward to 50 more!

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  5. 50 awesome blocks at this point and I can't wait to see what the next 50 are!

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  6. I am a Bloglovin' follower of yours, Melissa, and will be for 50 more years!

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  7. Just celebrated my 50th birthday..Happy to have completed 50 blocks on the splendid sampler. Excited for the next 50 blocks!!!

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  8. I think I have 50 Unfinished projects!

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  9. I am so glad I joined this journey, working on block 50 tomorrow, and looking forward to 50 more.

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  10. Whether it's 50 blocks, 50 states, or reaching the age of 50 -it's all SpLeNdiD!! Loving this journey! I'm following in Facebook now !

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  11. 50 down 50 to go! c7onergan@rogers.com

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  12. I am enjoying my fabulous 50s.

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  13. I passed the 50 year mark quite some time ago!

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  14. I turned 50 eight years ago. opps that is telling :)
    we are only as young as we make ourselves to be. and quilting sure helps in this area.

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  15. I follow you on email and FB
    these books look great. thanks for a chance

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  16. 50 started a long time agoooooo.

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  17. I follow you on email and FB
    these books look great. thanks for a chance

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  18. I really like your rainbow layout, and can't wait to see what the next 50 blocks look like.

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  19. Both books look wonderful! As soon as I've finished this celebration blog tour I'm off to sew my 50th block.
    anu[dot]sorvali[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. I follow you on IG.
    anu[dot]sorvali[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. 50 blocks almost there having so much fun.

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  22. Not up to 50 but loving the journey, following on facebook :)

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  23. Not up to 50 but loving the journey, following on facebook :)

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  24. 50 blocks! Lovin this sampler!

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  25. I have at least 50 things I'd like to sew!!

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  26. Your blocks are looking awesome Melissa. I wish I had all 50 of mine done. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. 50 done, 50 to look forward to. So much fun! Thanks for this chance to win. I love Irish chain quilts.

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  28. love your first 50!! Colors are great!

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  29. Excited to reach 50 Splendid blocks. We're half way there!

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  30. 50 blocks! Time flies when you're having fun!

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  31. I am trying to catch up with my 50 splendid sampler blocks. I love Irish chains too. I'm currently working on one.

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  32. I just liked your fb page. I was hoping to be the 50 th comment.😀

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  33. I just LOVE your blog! I follow you on BlogLovin. I hope I have better than a 50% chance of winning ;)
    Have a Fantastic day!!

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  34. #50 Loving this whole journey with Splendid Sampler. I am grateful your part of it. Isn't it just FUN!

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  35. I will be turning 50 this year! ;-)

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  36. I love your Irish Chain layout, I have never done an Irish Chain Quilt, I will add that to my list of quilts to do. Yours is beautiful.

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  37. I show my love for Happy Quilting in so many ways, I've lost count. Happy Day Melissa ;-)

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  38. It just seems like the number 50 is a celebration for whatever reason. This also pertains to celebrating the Splendid Sampler reaching 50 beautiful blocks. This is going to become a quilt that you will cherish forever. Thank you for being a part of this 50th celebration.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  39. I wish I would have made my 50 Splendid blocks alerady but sadly I'm way behind.

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  40. 50 added to DGS#9/DGD#4 age equals my age. Also I think I have almost 50 UFOs/WIPs awaiting my attention.

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  41. 50 blocks already! I am so far behind.

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  42. I follow Happy Quilting on Facebook!

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  43. Love this Splendid Sampler program and am so excited to finish number 50 block.

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  44. I just subscribed for email updates!!

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  45. Your quilt idea for the Splendid Sampled is awe inspiring! I'm not quite to 50 blocks yet but hoping to catch up soon!

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  46. 50 blocks equals 50 ways to make me happy! I know, it's corny!

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  47. 50 blocks equals 50 ways to make me happy! I know, it's corny!

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  48. Hard to believe we've already made 50 blocks! Can't wait to make the other half!
    I love your layout and colors!!

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  49. Who knew this over 50 gal would go outside her comfort zone and try something new yet here I am and I'm enjoying it!

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  50. I will work on Square 50 today.... sewing day! Whoot whoot!

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  51. the 50s are fun! ( age - I am 58:) thanks!

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  52. I follow w/ Bloglovn! Love your blog!!

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  53. What a great idea to sash the 50 blocks so far. I am thinking of making to quilts - each with 50 blocks so I have two design opportunities - yeah!

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  54. I only have about 20 of the 50 blocks done.

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  55. I'm thankful that I can keep up & even added a few extras. Now that I've seen your colorway with a faded rainbow theme, I think I'll make the next 50 like yours.....will be fun to do one color blocks but in every color of the rainbow!

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  56. The generous-ness (is that a word?) of all the designers is awesome. Have just finished my 50th block. Thanks so much

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  57. I can't believe we still have 50 blocks to go, truly amazing journey!!

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  58. I follow on Instagram. I can't wait to watch the progress of the rainbow sampler. What an awesome idea!!

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  59. I'm a follower by email. Thanks for your fabulous posts.

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  61. 50? I have a friend and we just celebrated 50 years of friendship. She does not sew, but when we visit she always takes me on a quilt shop hop! So much fun.

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  62. 50 more blocks to learn from. 50 blocks I have learned from. What a splendid journey!

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  63. I celebrated my 50th this month & happy 50 to all our sewers!

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  64. I graduated from nursing school 50 yrs ago next month. Quilting has been my therapy.

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  65. I've read a lot of the "50" comments~ I have no idea how to incorporate like they have...except that I have not even come close to getting 50 of the blocks done. I'm at 19, but I'm not competing :)

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  66. I follow your blog :) follow on pinterest! and get your happy quilting email. Thank you!

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  67. 50 love this QAL. Can't believe I'm up to date!!!!

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  68. I like this QAL and I really like your idea of the coloring of each block. It has given me a new perspective on how to do this whole project. Thanks.

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  69. I have found that life truly begins at 50.

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  70. I have found that life truly begins at 50.

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  71. I'm loving all 50 of these blocks!

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  72. I liked and I am following you on Facebook now.

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  73. Your 50 blocks look awesome! Love the rainbow idea!

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  74. I follow Happy Quilting on bloglovin and on Instagram.

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  75. The rainbow looks beautiful! I can think of 50 ways to enjoy rainbows :-)

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  76. Fabulous 50 and excitied for 50 more!

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  77. These are 2 books I'm hoping to own someday. I'm following your blog in my Blogger list and I'm following on IG. Thanks for the design inspiration and the sweet giveaway!

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  78. Your 50 blocks are so pretty. Love your layout idea!

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  79. Loving my 50 blocks.... I, too, am trying to make monochromatic blocks, but, yours are much better than mine. I always look for your blocks for inspiration as to how to get a block to read with only one color. Not always easy.

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  80. Your 50 Splendid blocks are amazing! Great colour idea.

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  81. Wow 50 blocks all so pretty now I need to get caught up because I am only on 20

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  82. I follow by email and blog lovin

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  83. I love this Splendid Sampler Journey! I've completed all 50 Blocks, and all the bonus blocks too, not to mention a few of the special projects. I hope I win your book because I LOVE the Irish Chain, too!!!
    Nancy Daly

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  84. I love how you arranged your first 50!!

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  85. I'm working on block 50 today. I made a quilt out of your Irish Chains book and love it!

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  86. I'm working on block 50 today. I made a quilt out of your Irish Chains book and love it!

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  87. Hey, I was BORN in the 50's. Great generation.

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  88. I have learned so much with these 50 blocks than I have in the 50 plus years of life. The main thing is that there are still some very nice people in this world.

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  89. I need more than 50 hours to catch up!

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  90. 50 Oh my goodness. one of the best things about this splendid challenge is that I have met new designers that I have not known and I love your book. I love Irish chains too. I will have to buy this if I don't win it.

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  91. 50 Loves to your block layout and colours - soooo pretty!

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  92. Hard to believe that we have reach 50 blocks and boy has it gone fast. Here's to 50 more!
    Alexplus4(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  93. I am close to having 50 Splendid Sampler blocks done!

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  94. I love following you with blog and e-mail updates.
    Alrxplus4(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  95. Quilters are lovely people. As I approach my 50 + 15 birthday I appreciate the friendships quilting has brought into my life.

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  96. Quilters are lovely people. As I approach my 50 + 15 birthday I appreciate the friendships quilting has brought into my life.

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  97. Oh to be 50 again! Think I stop aging about 25 - 30 and I think that's where I am on the blocks! Gotta run to catch-up.

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  98. Oh to be 50 again! Think I stop aging about 25 - 30 and I think that's where I am on the blocks! Gotta run to catch-up.

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  99. Love your blog. I follow with the email to remind me, over 50 we need those reminders.

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  100. When I'm 50 I will have more time to quilt :)

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  101. 50, all those blocks and it seems to have passed quickly. All that learning, thank you to all you designers and pat's team for this great opportunity.

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  102. I follow Happy Quilting on Bloglovin and like Happy Quilting on Instagram!

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  103. I follow Happy Quilting on Bloglovin and like Happy Quilting on Instagram!

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  104. So exciting to see block 50 but also sad as there will be more blocks made than to look forward to.......

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  105. Splendid Sampler has provided 50 great opportunities to learn about fantastic designers like you!

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  106. When I'm 50 I will have more time to quilt :)

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  107. Can't believe that the Splendid Sampler is at 50 already! Thanks for being part of it.

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  108. 50 blocks done. 50 more to look forward to. love your irish chain layout. beautiful blocks

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  109. I always seem to have 50 WPIs. And if I live 50 more years I will not get to use up my stash!

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  110. I have been loving looking at 50 blocks but haven't started any yet :(

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  111. I can't believe I've kept up, but I did make it to 50 blocks.

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  112. I wish all 50 of my blocks were done. Thanks. Love your rainbow layout. Diane O

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  113. I visited Facebook, liked, and invited Facebook friends to like. I visit happyquiltingmelissa every day while having my morning coffee.

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  114. I can't believe how quickly the first 50 blocks just blew by.

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  115. 50 blocks already??? Where did the time go?

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  116. I wish I had 50 hours in the day to spend sewing and quilting, but we do have to work too.

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  117. 50 is a wonderful number, not only for the halfway point of the Splendid Sampler, but also for an age.

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  118. I love the block that you created as part of the 50 blocks for the sampler.

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  119. I have signed up for your email updates

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  120. I receive your newsletter by email.
    maureeneh52@hotmail.com

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  121. I thought when I turned 50 that I was really old, now I know feeling old is just a state of mind.
    maureeneh52@hotmail.com

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  122. The year I turned 50, I celebrated that milestone birthday the whole entire year!

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  123. FB is how I'm loving you and your work!

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  124. 50 blocks in the Splendid Sampler! Currently working on a Double Irish Chain with 45 blocks, not 50, and would love to see your book on Irish Chains!

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  125. I love the idea of an Irish Chain setting. I also like your idea of creating the blocks in monochromatic colors. Here's to 50 more blocks.

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  126. I saw your post on Bloglovin this morning

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  127. Love the 50 blocks thus far! Can't wait for 50 more!
    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  128. I am working on the 50th block today

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  129. Hope to have 50 more days of fun quilting!!

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  130. I will be 50 for 3 more weeks, and these books would make a great 51st birthday present :) Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  131. Following along on FB, Pinterest and Instagram. Beautiful work!

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    1. Llevo 40 de los 50 y sigo avanzando. Me encantan los dos libros.
      Te sigo en FB. Soy de Madrid, España. Paloma-keka
      Keka56@gmail.com

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  132. 50 more fun blocks to look forward too! I love your rainbow layout.

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  133. I have not done all of the 50 blocks yet. :(

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  134. 50 What a milestone. I like your Irish Chain idea and your rainbow of colors.

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  135. 50 - that's a fabulous giveaway! Lots of love for Irish Chain quilts. :-) Doesn't seem possible that we are halfway through with this wonderful quilt along.

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  136. Already follow Happy Quilting, love Irish Chain quilts! Passed 50 years quite a few years ago!

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  137. And for #2 I am already following you on Pinterest and Facebook, so added Bloglovin and Instagram. :-)

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  138. I follow Happy Quilting on Instagram and Bloglovin

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  139. I haven't made all 50 blocks yet but I WILL!!! nikki_moshier at hotmail.com

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  140. I enjoy seeing everyone's blocks on each of the 50 blocks posted so far! I think your Splendid Sampler block in the lower right is paper, but wouldn't it be great to make one with chalkboard fabric.

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  141. I liked you on FB. Love your Doodle book also! nikki_moshier at hotmail.com

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  142. I think my grandmother taught me to quilt just about 50 years ago

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  143. I follow you by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  144. Oh, I am way over 50 - years that is, not blocks! Love your Irish chains.

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  145. I like your idea of making the blocks and arranging them in a rainbow of colors. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  146. I wish I had 50 blocks done - but it has been a great journey - one that may continue for a while!

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  147. I wish I had 50 blocks done - but it has been a great journey - one that may continue for a while!

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  148. I follow you on Bloglovin. Can't wait to see your Splendid Sampler finished quilt.

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  149. I wasn't counting the blocks as they came out. So was surprised there were 50 blocks already. Just wonderful.

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  150. I have finished all 50 splendid sampler blocks!!! drhodes9@cox.net

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  151. I went to facebook and liked your page. !!

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  152. When we started this journey, 50 blocks seemed impossible, much less 100! But here we are! Yea for us! So excited to see what the next 50 will bring! ❤️ Your plan for your quilt!!! It is going to be amazing!!!!
    Peggy. pj4beck@yahoo.com

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  153. Can't wait to see the next 50! The first 50 were absolutely wonderful. Thank you designers

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  154. I am a little over the hill myself, just a few years past 50 (11 to be exact), but I am doing my best to keep up. I love this SS journey!!!

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  155. Well, I am 50 years old this year!! I love how your quilt is coming along!!

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  156. I follow Happy Quilting via email, fb, and Instagram! I love your blog!!

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  157. Done more than 50 including the bonus blocks - loving the journey !!

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  158. I follow Happy Quilting via email, fb, and Instagram! I love your blog!!

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  159. I've been 50 for awhile, so 50 blocks is just the start of something great!

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  160. I am over 50, therefore Im old.

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  161. Great to be at 50 blocks, though I have only 30 finished. Another 50, My siblings and I are all over 50.

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  162. 5-0h... I have completed 5 blocks so far. And today is the 5th... plenty of 5's :) I am loving seeing how quilters add their own touch to their quilt blocks - with colors or embellishments or actually drawing faces on the fabric!! I love those. I am looking forward to what the next 50 bring!

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  163. 50 is a lot of blocks, and I am way behind!

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  164. I follow happy quilting by email

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  165. 50, I can't believe how fast this adventure going.

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  166. Liked on Facebook and followEd on Pinterest.

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  167. 50, I can't believe how fast this adventure going.

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  168. I am over 50 but would still love to have these books. I liked your Facebook site and I already receive your newsletters but don't usually enter Tuesday because I never win. I have a friend who wins anything and everything.
    Marcia in texas rstonestreet@comcast.net

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  169. I follow via email. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  170. I have been sewing and quilting for over 50 years. Love, love, love to create! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  171. I must have over 50 quilt patterns that I want to make!!

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  172. 50! Love your rainbow layout for the sampler blocks!

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  173. I follow Happy Quilting via email.

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  174. WOW! You've completed 50 blocks? I'm trying to complete 50 hexies! LOL

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  175. I follow Happy Quilting by email. I also follow you on Pinterest and Facebook ... maybe others! :)

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa