Wednesday, November 15, 2017

100 Blocks Vol 16 Block Tour Road Rally

I am so excited!!!  It's time for another 100 Blocks Blog Tour -  Road Rally Style !!!     Time to cruise around and check out the awesome blocks from Volume 16 of 100 Blocks Magazine (details here on the road rally).    My block is called Eight Ball and it is block #1561.  And it's pretty obvious where it got it's name from, so let me share the fun inspiration behind this block ;)



My in-laws have a little cabin up up Cedar Mountain.  It is a favorite place to go and get away from the hustle and bustle of life.  In the loft of that cabin, is an old Pool Table.   

     *This is Eight Ball in a basic 4 x 4 layout with every other block rotated.
            Doesn't it just make a cool modern design.  I love the optical illusion it creates as well.
   

Whenever the kids get tired of hanging out outside, they come in the cabin and head right up to the loft where they throw all of the balls on the table.  The funny thing is, none of them really know how to actually play.  

   * Adding a third color in the corner of the block gives Eight Ball extra depth and really makes the design pop all the more.  Kind of reminds me of records :)



So they create their own games :)   Sometimes they use the cues, and sometimes they use their hands.   Sometimes it's just the Eight Ball and sometimes it's all the balls.   And sometimes it is only a few kids around the table, and sometimes there are so many cousins, they can barely all fit around the table.  And the games begin and the creativeness of game play is never ending.  

   * Putting the Eight Ball block on Point, and alternating 2 colors for the blocks  gives the design an all new look.   It creates an all new modern design with a great optical illusion that is super fun!  
    


But the thing that is the very best about the play is that it is always filled with joy and laughter!!!!   I love to sit and listen to the wonderfully good times that come from that old pool table.  It is an amazing part of just getting away and spending time together having fun!!!  Especially when that fun is making up silly games like one kid trying to get the Eight Ball in the corner pocket using their hands while 12 other kids each use a colored ball to block their attempt.   Let me tell you, those balls get flying around the table and so do the Good Times!!! 

   * And then you can always rotate the blocks on point to give another twist to the design.  Reminds me of that old snake arcade game ;)   Just another way to add another dimension to the design.   
  

And that is the inspiration behind Eight Ball.  It is a wonderful reminder of endless laughs!!!   And it is also a really super fun block to put together.   I hope you want to make up your own Eight Ball block as well, and if you do, be sure and share it with me :)




I just love the 100 Blocks magazine!!!  The amount of creative goodness stuffed in its pages is just incredible!!  This is the 11th time I have had a block in 100 Blocks and I was so excited to find my name on the cover.  What an honor!   You will want to be sure to cruise on over to the The Quilt Company Blog for lots more 100 Blocks Posts, Eye Candy, and of course, lots more awesome Giveaways!!!

But before you cruise over, I have a Copy of 100 Blocks Vol 16 for one lucky Happy Quilting reader!!!!
    


To enter is easy!!  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  One Entry per person please and I will announce a winner on Monday, November 20th ;)

ENTRY - Simply leave a comment that has the number 8 in it  ;)  That's it, super simple!!


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, giveaways, fabric eye candy, and of course, general Happy Quilting times!! And be sure to come back tomorrow for Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day :)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - WINNER IS #21 LAURA . . . I have emailed you ;)  


Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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148 comments:

  1. 8 has always been my favorite number! Sweet block.

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  2. Your 8 ball quilt reminds me of playing pool at a neighbors house when I was a kid. We also had lots of fun.

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  3. Such a fun block! Never thought that 8 makes such a great quilt, lol!

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  4. Fabulous Block makes a great quilt...

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  5. 8 quilt blocks would make a nice quilt!

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  6. I never thought that blocks of 8 would have so many great layouts. Very intriguing.

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  7. My son is born on the 8 of the month. Cute block!

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  8. being the 8th person to comment: I love the story behind your block! Great block, even better story.

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  9. Great story behind your fun block! Only 8 days til black Friday, and already the sales have started.

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  10. I remember that my favorite tv program was 8 is enough.

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  11. I consider 8 my lucky number--I was born on 8/8/I won't tell you the year, but the two numbers add up to 8!

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  12. Your 8 ball quilt in the first on point version looks sort of like spooky eyes. It would be great for Halloween.

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  13. I could see the inspiration right away! It reminded me if the magic 8 ball we played with as kids. You asked a question, shook it up then turned it over to get the answer. Fun!

    Sandy A

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  14. Congratulations Melissa! I think this would make an awesome quilt for a boy. I have an 8 in my birthday, but that is all I will say about that.

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  15. What a fun block! I can see this 8 ball appearing in samplers for the men, especially ones that love the movie, "The Sting."

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  16. I wish there were 8 days in a week and 8 more hours in a day so I could get more quilting done, LOL But then I would need 8 more vitamins!

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  17. I love the versatility of your Eight (8) Ball block! It's so strange to see a block that's way out of your normal colorway. Nice job. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win. My husband Baja car is #8J.

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  19. I love the 8 block and the Quilts that can go with them.

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  20. I am commenting on that creative 8 ball quilt block today. You are simply amazing. Thank you for being a part of the Road Rally Tour and want to wish you Happy Holidays.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  21. Love your 8 ball block.

    hijoffe@gmail.com

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  22. My daughters birthday is in month 8!

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  23. Your 8 Ball block is deceptively versatile. Thanks for showing the possibilities. I can picture it in black and white and teal.

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  24. Interesting 8 ball quilts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  25. love your 8 ball block and its inspiration!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  26. This quilt really does remind me of an 8 ball! What an innovative design setting...thanks for sharing!

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  27. Perfect block for a quilty gift for a pool player! "Behind the 8 ball" an expression I've always heard! Thank you for sharing, Susan. spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  28. Your 8 Ball block is such a fun idea! Love seeing all the different settings!

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  29. Our family celebrates two birthdays in the 8th month of the year. I remember having similar times around my grandparents' pool table (especially not knowing how to play!). Thanks for the story!

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  30. That is such a fun block, Melissa! No need to enter me in the drawing, I am on the block tour also.

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  31. My son and I were both born in August, the 8th month of the year. Love the versatility of your Eight Ball block.

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  32. I was just listening to the Beatles channel on Sirius XM (free this week) and heard "8 days a Week". I loved reading about the children making up games with the pool table and Eight Ball.

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  33. I have such fond memories playing 8 ball as a child. Love your design.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  34. I was born on the 8th of June, so that's a really good 8.

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  35. If I had one more grandchild, I would have 8.

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  36. I actually made wedding day 8/8 for the infinity aspect of it when turned on it’s side. I love the symbolism of this number :)

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  37. When I was a kid, I had a lot of fun with a magic 8 ball that told fortunes. Love your block!

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  38. My kids loved playing with a magic 8 ball!

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  39. Wonderful 8 ball block, nice to see all the different layouts and color changes.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. My 9 to 5 job actually starts at 8! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  41. On my side o the family, we have 8 nieces and nephews and love every one of them. Neat block and great inspiration story,
    quiltschon@att.net

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  42. I enjoyed the story of how the 8 ball influenced this block. rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  43. I wish I could get 8 hours sleep.

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  44. Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9! And why did 7 eat 9? Because you're supposed to have 3 squared meals a day.

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  45. Your quilt square is gr8! Love the story!

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  46. I'm enjoying touring the 8 blogs listed each day of the tour. Thanks for sharing your inspirational block and the story behind it.

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  47. Next week is #8 on my finishing challenge! So far, only one project on the list from past weeks remains unfinished! Not bad for someone with an ADD brain that likes to jump around!

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  48. What an innovative block! I may need to make this since my house number is 10888!!

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  49. I love your block!! I need to lose more than 8 pounds...

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  50. Great story for your eight block!
    yoyopattycakes@hotmail dot com

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  51. I met my dear hubby when I was in 8th grade. Next year is our 48th anniversary!

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  52. We were married in the 8th month of the year back in 1962. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  53. Like your 8 block. This year is our 38th anniversary. prycek(at) mymts.net

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  54. I used to love the card game "Crazy Eights".

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  55. Great 8 ball story and block, I can hear the laughter! What a great memory for your family.

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  56. We have an old pool table in our basement. My birthday is just under eight weeks away!

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  57. I love your 8 ball story. I guess that uses an 8 in my comment but I will also tell you about my Dad who was one of 8 children, 7 boys and one girl.
    okruhlik6 at aol dot com

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  58. The Magic 8 Ball! That was one of my favorites as a child. I ate 8 Hershey's kisses today. No, not really. I do not know how many I had. I did not keep a count. LOL. :-)

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  59. Very neat block. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day! My husband was born in 1968. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  60. If there were an extra 8 hours in a week I would spend them on finishing all my UFOs

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  61. What a fun 8 Ball block!!! You are so clever and creative!!! 👏🏻

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  62. Great 8 ball block. I like how different the quilt looks when you move them around.

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  63. A great block, Melissa. Congratulations on having another block in the QM 100 Block magazine.

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  64. I have way more than 8 quilt tops waiting for quilting. Of course I will create more tops, because sewing quarter inch seams is so relaxing.

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  65. Love how the look changes so when you turn the block. It’s great. Thank you.

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  66. I love playing 8 ball but the kids version sounds pretty fun too.

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  67. Great block - love ones that are good with solid colors! (maybe I could use eight in a quilt!!!) LOL mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I love it when the cousins get together and can stay up past their 8 o'clock bedtimes and make silly memories!

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  69. I just got 8 fat quarters from the quilt store. Time to get busy!
    kinderpam(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Fantastic Blocks with more than 8 opportunity's .Gorgeous design. Congrats with this result

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  71. What a fun block! I wish there were 8 days in the week so I could have more time to sew up these blocks! :)

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  72. 8 is the first number I remember learning how to write!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  73. Look I am comment #78. I That means there is an 8 in my comment before I even wrote it! Great quilt, I want to try it in another color scheme, but it will be 8 balls anyway!

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  74. Not a pool player - how about 8 maids a-milking - and thankful the Christmas music isn't on my radio stations quite yet!

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  75. The 8 ball block looks like fun. It would even work for a QOV quilt

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  76. It looks like I am entry no. 82. I love how your block looks in a quilt setting. Who knew an 8 ball could be so interesting as a quilt block?

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  77. I love your 8-ball story...such a fun way to remember the fun times shared with family.

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  78. I enjoyed how you interspersed your inspiration story with ways to use your Eight Ball block!

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  79. My grandson turned 8 this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. What a fun block and an interesting story. Kids, no matter what the age are always fun and they seem to find anything to amuse themselves. I bet that old pool table could really tell tales if it could talk. Thanks for sharing your block.

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  81. I guess number 8 is pretty lucky for me. I was born on 8-8-1950! LOVE YOUR 8 BALL QUILT. FUN!

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  82. As I type this comment the last one displayed is 87 so I could be 88! I think that must be lucky.

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  83. Fun block! Would be good for my grandson who is 8.

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  84. I'm going to be 68 in a few weeks! Yikes!

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  85. OICU812 - LOL!!!! Hopefully 2018 will be a good year!!!

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  86. MY husband and I just 8 a Thanksgiving dinner at their retirement home. It was yummy.

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  87. 2018 is right around the corner... yikes!! Love all the options you showed with different settings!! Thanks for sharing. odiane79atyahoo.com

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  88. I turned 68 this year. I have 8 nieces & nephews and even more great nieces & great nephews, with one more great nephew on the way and a another great great due in the spring. Got to get those baby quilts made. Thanks.

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  89. Would love to make your 8 ball quilt for my husband, he's a very good pool player!

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  90. I just 8 dinner with my dad. Hahahaha! No, really, we had a good time and I got home just after 8:00. :-)

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  91. I usually use 8 to 12 larger blocks in a quick quilt: so 8 + 1 = 9 as my minimum :)

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  92. I hate it when I can't tell whether a number is a 6 or an 8. (Not a problem with your block.)

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  93. My twin granddaughters just turned 8.

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  94. My grandchildren love to play 8 ball at our family gatherings. Love your story!! radvtma@yahoo.com

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  95. The #8 made me think motor car races. It would be fun to make numbers of my sport player into a quilt. Your #8 seem easy enough to make for charity too, so all the lay out really sang to me. Especially more modern layouts. Love making your patterns. lkcquilts@hotmail.com

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  96. I 8 a delicious salad for dinner. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and striking block Melissa!

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  97. I have about 8 quilts that need to be finished!

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  98. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! Fun block and so many neat layouts! My daughter’s birthday is December 8.

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  99. Great layouts for your block, and congratulations on being included in tha magazine! I only remember too well doing figure eights when I was a figure skater... I preferred to do jumps and spins! Lol

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  100. We moved to Florida two years ago and I decided that I wanted a pool table instead of a dining room set. Whenever our children and grandchildren visit they gravitate to the pool room to play. The grandchildren love just rolling the 8 ball around hitting the other balls.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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  101. Your block reminds me of the 8 ball...shake it up and learn your fortune.

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  102. My grandson is 8 years old, but he lives far away and I don't see him often.

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  103. I've been retired for 8 years and love having time to quilt. Thanks!

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  104. This 8 ball block is most unusual...it is so far out of my radar... I think this would be a fun quilt to kick start the new year.
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  105. I now have 8 nieces in total, including 3 great nieces. This is compared to the 15 nephews (including 4 great nephews) that I have. Yes the nieces are catching up. :)

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  106. Pool is fun. Played many a game on dates in my single days. The third version reminds me of the Minions goggles! Maybe I might have to make a quilt with the 8 block and 88, for some of my family who are NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt and Earnhardt Jr fans!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  107. I like all the different settings you used for the block. I have 8 siblings, all younger than me: 5 sisters and 3 brothers. The boys were the all born after the girls.

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  108. Your 8 ball block would make a great quilt for my husband who loves to play pool!

    Barb
    spurr@mymts.net

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  109. Those are some crazy eights! Cool settings!

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  110. 8 ball is fun, and I love the stories about the table.

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  111. Born in the 8th month of the year makes me qualified to win this lovely 8-ball block drawing.
    bgk 44 @ msn.com

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  112. After several surgeries for endometriosis,and years of fertility drugs, my husband and I were blessed 19 years ago, on the 8th of May, with our beautiful healthy daughter! P.s.We have a pool table that she has always loved to play at, as well!. melissachilders@comcast.net

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  113. I have not played 8 ball in a long time.

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  114. I am making a Christmas quilt & I wish there were 8 blocks in it instead of 40.
    rozz01 at cox dot net

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  115. I come from a family of 8 and four of us quilt! Thank you!

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  116. I love using 8 blocks to start a quilt, and then adding more to finish it!!

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  117. Soon it will be time to welcome Santa and his 8 reindeer.

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  118. What a fun book! You always make the best quilts! Love your newest baby girl quilt.

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  119. I love your quilts, so modern and fun. I have 8 quilts in progress right now, oh, I lie, it is more like 48.........geez.

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  121. 8 days a week, is not enough to show I care. Seeing your block immediately took me back to grade 8, slumber parties, and asking the 8-ball questions. Thank you for the giveaway. jskbloomers@gmail.com

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  122. Well four plus four is 8. I can add! Such a unique block, so fun!

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  123. What a fun block; especially with all the variations!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  124. This is easy. Please see my email for my 8. A78mandel at yahoo dot com

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  125. I couldn't come up with a quirky "8" pun~ After reading some of them here, I realized how unimaginative I must be ;/

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  126. Great 8 Ball Block with lots of fun otions to give different looks!! Thanks for the fresh design and all of the layouts!

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  127. growing up My little brother was so annoying... (somedays still is LOL) he had a magic 8 ball and was constantly asking annoying questions to that darn thing... now I bet he would love to have that again.. just might have to make him a quilt!!! thanks for the chance to win drhodes9@cox.net

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  128. Hmm... what I thought of when I saw your block was not pool table balls, but the Magic 8 Ball that my sister had when we were small. Unfortunately, I was playing with it one day (without permission, I think) and I dropped it. What a mess it was when it broke.

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  129. Your block is Gr8!!! I love how you incorporated the back history of the kids in the cabin playing pool. What a wonderful story. Love the layouts and then the secondary color in there is so cool! Congrats again on number 11. Soon you'll have your own 100 blocks publications that is 100 blocks of all you! LOL!

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  130. What a coincidence, 8 months ago I started sewing again after a twenty year break.

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  131. Great block. Brings up many memories from college playing pool and trying to hit the 8 ball.

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  132. What a gr8 story! pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  133. I love your story and inspiration! 8 is one of my favorite numbers because our youngest daughter's jersey number was 8 the entire time she played soccer for 12 years!

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  134. Just finished making 8+ fold over bags to go into O.C.C. boxes. This is a cute quilt, with so many layout variations.

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  135. Working on 8 pillowcases for gifts. Couldn't think of anything really catchy. Nice block.

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  136. I sent a link to this post to my oldest son whose lucky number is 8. He says they're playing samurai pool...whatever that is.

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  137. The cat 8 my block. I have 8 projects to finish before Christmas.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  138. Wow, look at the creativity your suggestion has created. I don't have a special connection to the number 8 but it is wonderful in your block which I love. Thank you.
    rjc2cam@gmail.com

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  139. I had 8 grandchildren, but this year we added one more. Now the girls outnumber the boys. Thank you for sharing the inspiration for your block, and for showing so many variations of how to use it in a quilt.

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

Melissa