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Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello fellow blog hoppers!
I hope you're ready for another version of dots-gone-wild this week!


Well, I started to pull fabrics for my project when a zap of inspiration hit me squarely between the eyes. 
I had been thinking about my friend Carrie at Believemagic and how much I like her art quilts--they're amazing! 
Then I had an idea for an art quilt of my own. And yes, it looks suspiciously like hers, but as the saying goes....imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  So I reached for some red dot fabric and got to work...


feel free to click on it for a closer look, but in case your'e wondering, the text I sewed to it reads, 

 "She Fell in Love with the Words"
piques your interest, no?
-could be that I love French words
-could be that I love text prints
-could be that someone told me lies
-could be that I love words in general (think about English-26 letters form thousands of words and countless books, all different like fingerprints!)
-could be a little of all of them...

 I had another thought to make a happy wall hanging. It's not quilted yet, but you get the idea:

The best part about this project is no pattern. It's a technique by Mary Lou Weidman called Hoochy Mama piecing. (really? Does naming a technique get much better?) 
Sometimes it's wholly liberating to just start creating--this book is excellent for helping you to let go.

In the spirit of everybody-and-my-mother loves a giveaway, I'd like to offer up a copy of Mary Lou's book so you can 'get your dots on' in the comfort of your own home!


a Rafflecopter giveaway






Now it's on to the rest of the lineup for today. If this is your last stop then thanks for visiting!

September 18th


95 comments:

  1. I adore your DOTS!!! MaryLou is a favorite of mine and since I don't have that book of hers, I so thank you for the opportunity joining everyone-and-their-mother giveaway :) Awesome post and even better projects :) Thank you so much for sharing !!

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  2. Ohhh... I am flattered I love the heart.

    I am truly intrigued by Hoochy Mama piecing - looks like lots of fun with unexpected results.

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  3. I looked at the book on Amazon and I love the Purple Cow.

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  4. Your work is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us today! :-)

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  5. I've never heard of Hoochy Mama, but after seeing your little creative projects I guess I better check her out. I love the red heart!

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  6. Fabulous projects, thank you for sharing. Love the word fabric on your first piece. I've never heard of Hoochy Mama either but the results are fantastic.

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  7. Love both of your projects - thanks for sharing.

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  8. Love notes, how cute! I love your je t'adore and the flower, your ideas are great!

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  9. What a cute block! Love the love words in the back ;) thanks for sharing your lovely work with us! hope to see you around my hop on friday

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  10. Wonderful blocks! I am curious....which words did she fall in love with..... Love the wall hanging!

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  11. I love your blocks. I'm a fan of word fabric too.

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  12. I love your blocks. The flower pot is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing. Tomorrow is my day.
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  13. Love both of your blocks. Great job.

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  14. Love them both! The heart is fabulous and the flower is going to be beautiful.

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  15. Cute blocks...love the flower one!

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  16. I love the red heart block! Just might have to find me some text fabric and make one myself!

    The flower pot is adorable! I would LOVE to win that book!

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  17. Good Morning Duff....I bet you have a camera hidden somewhere...I always feel you watching me lol. YOU will know why...somewhere over there...yes I think....your dot projects, stunners!

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  18. Great dot projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Nice blocks.Love your project.Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. Love your blocks, the flower is wonderful! Thank you for sharing and offering a fun giveaway! Happy quilting :)

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  21. Hi Duff - I love BelieveMagic too - her work is remarkable and you have done a fabulous job too!! Looks like a fun book. Fingers crossed!

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  22. I love the little "wprds" wall hanging! I hope I get to see what the flower wall hanging looks like when finished too!

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  23. Love the heart and text, that flower is cute too :)

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  24. ROSEMARY B here:
    I really love the heart block. The flower is nice, great hanging. nicely done and very creative!!

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  25. Love all of the cute things!! Thanks for the fun!!

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  26. Very cute blocks. I am always a "follow the pattern" person but am trying to be more creative. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  27. Duff I'm totally in love with your heart quilt - I'm going to pin this one so I can come back and look at it again. I have some black and white fabric that is a map of New Orleans - it would work beautifully for that pattern! blessings, marlene

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  28. How cute can it get, you are showing lovely blocks. Congratulations with being one of the winners of the day! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. What cute blocks! (I love Mary Lou's books and techniques and I don't have that book!) Great job!
    I'm a new follower!

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  30. Hi!!! Love your blocks!!! The flower is my fave!!! Very cheerful!!!! Great give away!!!!

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  31. Very cute dotty blocks, thank you for sharing with us today.

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  32. Adorable, especially the flower pot! "Hoochy Mama" piecing? SIGN ME UP! ;)

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  33. Your little art quilt is beautiful! I love your flower block too!! Gorgeous !!!

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  34. You had me at Je t'adore. I love french words too. and english words.

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  35. I love both. The heart and words is sweet. I reall like the flower in the pot. Mary Lou's book looks like fun, thanks for the chance to win it.

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  36. Love your heart block -- such fun! I'm a word-lover too! :) Mary Lou is coming to lecture at our guild meeting Thursday night -- and I get to go to dinner with her! I'm really looking forward to it! Fun stuff -- great job! :)

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  37. oh, your dotty projects are so sweet. thanks for sharing.

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  38. I really like your blocks. Especially the flowers. Im a little crazy about flowers. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win.

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  39. I LOVE your French block! That text fabric is so pretty and the red heart just pops.

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  40. I really like your blocks. The flower wall hanging would be so cute and happy looking hanging any where in the house. I also liked your other block. I was thinking this would be nice to make for Valentines Day and to add the words that would mean something special to your significant other. I think it would make a sweet gift. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  41. Great blocks, and I like your blog,too.

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  42. Beautiful heart block and your flower is just toooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Love your heart block and the flower is very cheerful!! Thanks for sharing and making the entry for your giveaway super easy!!

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  44. I like that flower block - thanks for a chance to win.

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  45. I love both of your blocks,thanks for sharing.

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  46. Your pieces are fabulous and I love that site believemajic and I told her I stopped by from your site. I dream of doing that work after the first of the year. thanks for dotting with me, Shirley from Simplesew.blogspot.com

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  47. Loved both your blocks. Thanks for sharing your talent in pictures with us.

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  48. love, Love, LOVE !!! Beautiful.. love the artist in you :)

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  49. I can't get to the entry form for some reason, but I love that block, the french writingg with the heart is just lovely

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  50. I love your art quilt...love the background fabric and your liberated flower wallhanging. So cute! I would love a copy of that book! Thanks!

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  51. Looks like a great book! Your wallhanging is so cute, thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Thanks for sharing such cute blocks. I especially love the Words Block, but both are sweet.
    Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  53. First -- love your blog name! I'll take bacon with anything any time!
    Both blocks are lovely. I especially like the personal touch on the top one that I'm sure is very meaningful to you.

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  54. Hoochie mama piecing? That's something I'd love to try! And I love your blog name - I love bacon. I'm traveling in S America right now, and in my hotel last night they had filet mignon bites wrapped in bacon. I nearly swooned! They were heavenly!

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  55. Wait, wait, wait! Are you the Duff who is always commenting at Em Celebrates? If so, I've been wanting to follow up and see your blog! I love Em, and I love what you comment to her!

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  56. What a sweet word block. The flower is cute too.

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  57. Love your block and the wall hanging, so creative! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  58. Duff, this is fabulous! What a beautiful and clever wallhanging! As if one pretty finish wasn't enough to inspire me, your WIP flower block in dots is sweet, too.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Oh so nice...I am stuck in the box and really need to get out of it like you!

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  60. Both creations are wonderful. Congrats on being one of the chosen.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  61. That turned out really nice. How cool! The flower is great too!

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  62. I'm learning French, so this is so good for me, a heart for French, yey. Like your flower too. tubakk@online.no

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  63. Hi Duff, I hit the sign in button and "enter" and the box shimmied-is that all I have to do? Golly it's hard to type with one hand and a cat sitting on my lap purring! Thank God he doesn't usually stay too long-he must be cold, Your little quilt with the heart is cute and I also like your flower one too. I have family in the Chicago area, but haven't heard that anyone quilts. Thanks for sharing, from California.

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  64. I love fabric with text on it so this is a sweet project and I also love the flowers , thanks for sharing !

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  65. I love your approach to life and quilting!!! And your fascination with words...too wonderful! Your blocks are both fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!!

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  66. I have a similar print in English. Now I have a great idea what to use it for. Looks like a great book.Thanks for the chance to win.

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  67. Great blocks! I love your first one with the heart. Fantastic job!

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  68. Yes, this is a love note. I love words and I love your blocks. Both blocks are adorable.

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  69. I love the flower one. Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Your love note is sweet! Also love the pretty flower in the pot :)

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  71. I fell in love with your words, too!

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  72. OMG Duff....the heart block is adorable...and the potted plant too. Learnt something new today ...Hoochy Mama is new to me....I'll keep my fingers crossed and maybe I'll be learning even more. Thanks Duff for your inspiration and for sharing in the hop. Happy Stitching, Pauline

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  73. Love your flower pot block. So cute! Debbie

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  74. Mary Lou came and spoke to our guild and I did not get to go to either meeting or the workshop. So, I'd love the book. My friend went to both meetings and the workshop. I wish I could have gone, but I just could not at that time. So, I'd like to get my "dots on." I adore each of your blocks. Our pres-elect loves fabric with words. My mom was a math, Latin, and English teacher. Therefore, we were taught a great appreciate for words and their meanings. Also, we were taught appreciation for those who give to others from the goodness of their heart. Thank you very much for taking of your time to participate in the hop and share with fellow quilters. That took time and effort and you did a great job and then you are doing a giveaway - WOW! Thanks. I'm now a follower.

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  75. Beautiful blocks!!! Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  76. Wonderful use of dots!! Love the flower pot!

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  77. Love your blocks and what you do with them! Thanks for sharing.

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  78. Sweet dotty flower and makes the weather feel cooler...Judith, Texas

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  79. both or your blocks are just great. The words are thought provoking, nicely done.

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  80. J'adore- wonderful, pulchritudinous, spectacular, I do love a good word!

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  81. I'm not blog-hopping, just reading. Is it ok that I entered your giveaway? I'd love to do some hoochie mama moves to some fabric. It sounds weird, and yet I'm fine with that.

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  82. Love the script writing, for sure.
    Well, that's a unique technique... interesting book and great little wall hanging, too! Thanks for the chance!

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  83. What a cheerful Flower, great job! Are you going to add a little french yourself?

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