Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Go! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

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Batik Heart tablerunner at Freemotion by the River
Happy Valentine's Day!
Join me for the GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

Click on the button below to get the whole list of blogs taking part.

My tutorial is a table runner made out of Batiks and measures 16 x 40.
Keep reading to a giveaway too!

If you don't have a AccuQuilt Go Baby don't worry, you make this runner using any method you like that gives you 3 inch finished half-square triangle blocks. I used 2 fat quarters for the hearts and had a yard of the background fabric but didn't use it all.

Let's go make it!

I used my Accuquilt GO Baby and the half square 3" finished triangle die. When I use this die I cut my strips of fabric a little less than 4 inches wide.

You can go here to see how to lay the fabric on the die.
This is what I love the best about AccuQuilt's dies - dog eared corners!
Stitch with a quarter inch seam and press.
I made 3 blocks using the following for each block:
  • 2 - 3.5 inch squares of red batik (or pink)
  • 2 - 3.5 inch squares of background fabric
  • 12 - HST blocks
Here is the way I sew the blocks together....notice I forgot to take a pic of this step with the dark red...oops

Back to the dark red fabric.
I thought about this arrangement.
But I went with this.
Another oops....after stitching the 3 blocks together I added a 2 inch border on all sides.
I used muslin for the backing and Warm & Natural batting. Then I used a raspberry swirl thread to stipple quilt the pink heart. I also used this thread for the background quilting.
Then I decided to do something different with the other 2 hearts. I pulled out my very old chalk tracing wheel and traced a line in the center of the heart.
I used a eggshell colored thread to quilt my loops and curls and really liked the way it turned out. If I had thought of it sooner I would have done the pink heart with a dark red loop and curl. After quilting I added a 2.5 inch binding.
Block Variations you could use
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and now I have a little giveaway for you!
A Moda charm pack of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille
  • You must be a follower
  • Giveway ends February 18th at midnight CST
  • Leave one comment
Giveaway has ended

I also have a Linky party that just started and I would love to have you join!


149 comments:

  1. cute little table runner! thanks for the chance - loving the ruby!

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  2. I love the table runner - can't wait to give it a try. Just have had my Accuquilt for a while and love what I am finding I can do with it. thanks for posting the tutorial and a chance to win!

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  3. ooh...your pieced hearts are pretty!

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  4. I love how you show the different settings for the heart centers for such sweet looks. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial, Connie! I'd love to win some Ruby, too!

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  6. Love how the hearts are actually 2 in 1. Wish I had time to whip this up - maybe next year. Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric!

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  7. what a great way to make hearts from HST's!
    Thank you!

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  8. Connie, wonderful tutorial. I saved it to my Evernote favorite tutorials notebook. And I'm signed up as a follower. Would love to win.

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  9. that's so cute, thanks for the TUT, would love to win this charm pack

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  10. Am a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. Lovely project! And thanks so much for the give away!I am alredy a happy follower.

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  12. I love that table runner! I am already a follower. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  13. Cute table runner, especially like the variations you gave.

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  14. Connie that was a great tutorial; and I love the runner....will def. be making this one...have a great Valentines Day.

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  15. Lovely tutorial. I don't own a Go, but I'm sure I could make it without and I adore batiks so that's got to be a plus point hasn't it?

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  16. Beautiful runner and love how you set the blocks.thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. Beautiful runner Connie. Thank you. I'm still so jealous of that view of the river you have. The calm of the river is so wonderful to sit and watch with a morning cup of coffee. I really miss my childhood home that was on the river.

    And as you know, I am already a follower. :)

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day Connie. I am sure you have something special planned for you and hubby.

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  18. I am a new follower. Thanks for the darling table runner tute! I love ruby - thanks for the chance.

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  19. This is really a cute one!! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  20. I love this runner! Your tutorial is excellent and I am a very loyal follower!

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  21. Very sweet topper. I, too, liked the swirls and curls - simple. I am a follower.

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  22. Happy Valentine to you. Thanks for the idea! I'm a happy follower to your blog.

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  23. Your table runner is gorgeous!!! I love this block!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!

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  24. Such a lovely Valentine runner. Love that you gave choices of blocks. Great tutorial.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com
    www.BabyStepsQuilting.com

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial. One more to add to my bucket list. I have just become a follower

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  26. LOVE your runner!! You made it look VERY easy!! Now I am off to JoAnn's in search of the 3" HST die!! Thanks for that...I think!! haha
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  27. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway. I am a follower via email.

    Janet

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  28. I am a follower. This is too cute. I could whip it up before dinner tonight. I just might.

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  29. Wonderful! And you made it so that even I can do it, since I don't have an Accuquilt.
    And of course, I am a follower

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  30. What a simple topper - that's what I need - thanks! And, I got that die for Christmas - need to get it out.

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  31. I don't own an Accuquilt but this looks easy enough to do without one. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. I am a follower.

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  32. What a fun way to use 1/2 square triangles. I do have that die. I might have to give it a try.
    thanks for sharing.
    I am now a follower.

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  33. Love the table runner. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway chance!

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  34. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win! And happy Valentine's Day!

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  35. Love your tutorials. This one is lovely. I am currently using your Red String Table Runner Tutorial. I will have to try this one next.

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  36. So cute, thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. Love the runner. Here's hoping.....

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  38. Love your hearts table runner!! how great for you to share with others. THANKS!!

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  39. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I love it! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  40. I love the pattern, and love your fabrics also! Thanks!

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  41. Thanks for the tutorials and the giveaway!

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  42. Lovely table runner, I made my 1st Valentine table runner from a blog hop tut, last year. I think this will be my 2nd, I also made a few extra as gifts. Thanks so much. I'm also a follower. ;-> Toni Anne

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  43. that's really cute! Before the Accuquilt, I was afraid to make 1/2 squares, but not anymore. I love my half squares and LOVE my Go and studio cutters. I'm definately going to make some of these blocks and going to make a quilt out of them. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  44. That is so pretty and I love the variations for the hearts.

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  45. CUTE table runner! I'm a follower.

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  46. Darling table runner......thanks for the great tutioral and giveaway....

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  47. I really enjoyed your tutorial and the table runner is beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win. I am a follower.

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  48. I love table runners and yours is very sweet - thanks for the tutorial!! I am a follower!!

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  49. Love that heart block! Will definitely have to try this for next Valentines Day for gifts for my girls. Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack.
    Pat in Oregon
    patriciadudek@yahoo.com

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  50. I have always wanted some Ruby fabric - thanks for the chance to win and thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!

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  51. Thanks for the tutorial, this looks like I could do it :)

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  52. Loved how you made use of this die and the charm pack will be very useful, glad I'm a follower.

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  53. Just happy I found you thru this blog hop..great tutorial! I now follow in Google Reader. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  54. Hi, Connie, I love the little heart tablerunner, gotta make one of those soon! Great tutorial! I thought I was a follower but definitely am now. I read you everyday and am really enjoying your blog. Thanks for the shout out and come by and see me and enter too. I'm loving all the red and white!

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  55. I love this table runner. Great tutorial.

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  56. I can't believe how easy and cute that table runner is! thanks for the chance to win :0)

    Happy Valentines Day and Happy sewing

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  57. That block is so cute. I've been looking for other heart blocks. Great idea. Thanks.

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  58. Thanks for the tut and for the giveaway. Would love to win some Ruby. Hugs

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  59. Thank you for the tutorial - especially for those of us without an accucut:) cute!

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  60. Sweet, thank you and Happy Valentines Day to you.

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  61. Adorable project, Connie. Every year I say I'm going to make a Valentines topper - maybe one of these days. Thanks for a chance.

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  62. Such a cute table runner! And so many ways to personalize it.
    ~Carolyn

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  63. Thank you for the tutorial, Connie.
    I would like to be in the giveaway,
    please. I am posting under Giveaways on my sidebar.
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  64. That accuquilt go baby is fantastic! soo need one of those! the table runner is lovely :) the colours are perfect.
    Take care
    Mel

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  65. Lovely tutorial! Lovely charm pack! Hope I'm lucky!!

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  66. I'm a new follower. Love the runner and will have to make one. Thanks for the chance to win and for the great turorial.

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  67. What a gorgeous table runner! Thank you for demonstrating how to do one. :-)

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  68. Thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win. I'm a follower by email.

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  69. Just became a follower! Love your valentine table runner - I need to make one too. Great giveaway! Jo in Minnesota

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  70. Great block, and it looks so fast to put together. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  71. Follower! Cute table runner, I may have to make one for next year!

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  72. I lov ethe hearts! Happy Valentines day!!

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  73. Fab!! I will have to give this a go, and make a cute quilt with the hearts, added to my list... Kxx

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  74. Really like that you showed the variations too. I am a follower. Thanks for the tute and the chance to win.

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  75. Thanks for the great tut and giveaway. I love the table runner.

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  76. I LOVE this project! HSTs are so versatile.

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  77. cute runner I wish I had more time to quilt some many things to try..... and a ruby charm that would be a good one to add to my stash
    thanks for having a give away

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  78. very cute. thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  79. Thanks for the tutorial. The runner looks great. I really should make a Valentines runner for next year.

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  80. Great tutorial. Loved the hearts. My first time visiting, but I will be back! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. I really like this table runner, Connie, and I particularly like the way you quilted it! You are such a creative lady! Happy Valentine's Day to you! :)

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  82. What a fun way to make a heart! Thanks for sharing. And I'm a follower of your blog - please put my name in the hat for the fabric! : )

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  83. This is a cute table runner. At firts I thought you used some type of applique technique to get the inside of the hearts to be cut out. Very clever use of the hst. Thanks for the giveaway - would enjoy my first bit of Ruby should I win. Oh! I KNOW I was following you and when checked it was gone - so hope it added back OK anyway, blogger says You are now following Quilting by the River
    http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/
    Happy Valentine's Day for you and yours.

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  84. Very cute runner. I love how you can change the centers.

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  85. love that table runner. thanks for a chance to win

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  86. Wonderful hearts. I've been cutting with my Go HST. I'm confused on how to cut the fabric. I watched your tutorial and you say to cut a strip 4" wide. Is that with the selves he edge or do you cut across the width of fabric.
    Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

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  87. Great table runner! I am now a follower (I thought I was already, but I guess I was following you privately!)

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  88. I like it with all the hearts arranged like you did it. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  89. I'd love to have that charm pack! Your hearts turned out so well, and I'm thinking about turning it into a smaller block for a swap. Thank you! I follow by e-mail. Otherwise, I'd forget to check back!

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  90. Very nice table runner... I have yet to tackle such patterns, but hope to!

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  91. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the alternate blocks that you showed.

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  92. Thanks for the suggestions about quilting the runner. Happy Valentine's Day - thank you for sharing your tutorial and the giveaway!

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  93. I'm a follower and this is a wonderful giveaway....love this fabric. Great tutorial by the way. I can see so many possibilities. Thanks!

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  94. Ruby is so appropriate. Happy❤Day.

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  95. LOVE this tutorial. The shape of the hearts are awesome. Thanks for a great pattern, a simple way to do it, and cute cute ways to quilt it. I even saved it to my favorites. I am a follower. for sure!

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  96. What a great tutorial! Thanks! I've been a follower and would love to play with Ruby :)

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  97. Happy Valentines day and thank you for sharing at my blog!

    Please be sure to visit my new "Learning Center" at quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/

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  98. Thanks for the tutorial!
    I follow your blog!

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  99. Love it! This is one I will definitely make. Thanks for the pattern!

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  100. What a nice quick Valentine's day find! Would love to win your give-away! Thanks

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  101. I love the table runner...I am a follower and thanks for the giveaway....

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  102. Super quick and a great table topper any time of the year.

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  103. Very cute project and wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the tutorial ans for the chance on your giveaway!

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  104. Ya soy seguidora para no perderme detalle de tus entradas. Gracias por el tutorial. Muy bueno.

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  105. This tutorial is very charming and special.. I am really excited to try it, thank-you! I am following your blog via email, Grace:0 weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  106. love the table runner and i am a follower

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  107. Love your project!
    Love "ruby" too!
    Happy Follower!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  108. lovely. thank you for this chance. hugs

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  109. Great fabrics - lovely quilting. I'm really starting to like red.
    (wrybbunz@gmail.com)

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  110. Lovely tablerunner and very nicely done tutorial. I like the way you showed variations for the center.

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  111. Love your tutorial and your inspirations. I have been a follower for quite some time and enjoy reading your blog daily.

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  112. Nice table runner. Would like to make it for next valentines day. Thank you for the chance to win.

    sb12041@yahoo.com

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  113. What a cute table runner. Great tutorial and thanks for the giveaway.

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  114. The give away fabric is great! I am a follower!

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  115. I think it's great that your having a giveaway but my main goal with this post was just to let you know that I love the table runner you designed. It didn't make it on my table this year for Valentine's Day but I can guarantee it will be on my table next year!

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  116. I love your runner. Such a simple and effective way to make hearts. Thank you for sharing and for the generous giveaway.

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  117. This is just my sort of heart to do. Curves and I don't get along at all. Thanks for the tut.

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  118. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm not brave enough to do the dark quilting thread on a light background, but your version looks great. I am a follower.

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  119. Wonderful runner and as always a great tutorial. I am of course a follower of your great blog.

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  120. Great tutorial! I've been a follower and do enjoy your blogs. Also love that Ruby fabric pack - one of my favorites!

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  121. Gorgeous table runner :) Love those pink batik fabrics :)

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  122. Super cute tutorial. Thanks for linking it up :)

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  123. Super cute table runner!!! Love Ruby!!

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  124. Nice Heart Tablerunner. One can never have too much Red or Pink. lol.
    Ruby? Sounds wunnerful... please add me to the long list of hopefulls. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing.

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  125. Connie, I like this heart table runner too! I have bookmarked the tutorial and hope to make it soon for Valentine's Day in 2013 -- what a great gift it will make!

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  126. Really nice. Love the hearts and your FMQ. The variations are nice too. Thanks. Great idea

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  127. Great tutorial and the different heart blocks are a great idea! Thanks for the chance :)

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  128. I love the tablerunner. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  129. Great tutorial--I love your version of the heart! Thanks for sharing!

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  130. That's a great prize! Hope I'm not too late to enter. :o) I'm your newest follower. :o)
    xo

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  131. Saw your link at Love Affair, and this is beautiful!!!

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  132. I'm a follower. I just love that Ruby bundle! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  133. Very nice runner! Thanks for the instructions. Have a great weekend (I am a follower.)

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  134. Thank you so much for linking to Thursday Think Tank. Runner is so sweet - no pun intended!

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  135. Thank you so much for linking to Thursday Think Tank. Runner is so sweet - no pun intended!

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  136. Thank you so much for linking to Thursday Think Tank. Runner is so sweet - no pun intended!

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  137. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre! http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-2.html

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