9/19/2012

Dots on Dots and a give away from Sweden


It is now my day on Dots on Dots. I am Britt-Inger from Malmo,  a city in the south of Sweden  
T his is my second blog hop and it is has been sew fun to follow all the creative ladies and their projects.

The Bowls with Borders , which was my first  blog hop was sew fun to follow and Dots on Dots has been sew exciting too.

My first intention was to make  a block with a theme connected to Sweden. And what could be more Swedish than the  Dalecarlian horses, horses carved of wood and painted according to a traditional pattern.The most common color is red with decorations in white, blue, yellow  and red.


I lived for  a short period forty years ago in Dalecarlia, which is a county in the middle of Sweden and there  I bought a little  herd of three  wooden horses in traditional red color.
My three Dalecarlian horses


I wonder how many red  Dalecarlian horses have  traveled abroad together as souvenirs. They must be several thousands, even if a horse is quite expensive. 
Some years ago I visited Dalecarlia again and I fell in love with this beauty. Isn´t he a wonderful black  horse?

I wanted of course to make a block with a Swedish Dalecarlian horse. Could I then make a dotted horse in purple  and use Kaffe Fasset´s dotted fabric? Purple is one of my favorite colors, the other one i lime green. Of course I could sew a purple Dalecarlian horse.
I started to cut a square of fabric 8,5 inch  from yellow dotted fabric. 
I then cut 20 squares 2.5 inch  with large dots to surround the middle square.
The  finished  block ended to the size 12.5 inch.
I then drew a horse with decorations to get a pattern for the applique. 
I have used fusible appliqué and then I have  sewn the appliqués to the background by machine.
The only handsewn detail on the block is the eye of the horse.

I couldn´t of course stop there, I wanted this horse to be  a pillow. And surrounded the block with strips in lime green ( my favorite color  too) that I cut 1,5 inch wide. As I love Kaffe Fasset´s design and all the fabric I have used was from his design I finished with a blooming fabric from his design too. I have cut this border 3 inch wide .
 I have  used thin batting for the front of the pillow and quilted the front. For the back I have used the same blooming fabric as in the wide border. 
I have an opening in the middle of the back  of the pillow case, I simply let two pieces of fabric go wrap about three inches , of course with hems where the wrap is.  I have  put the front and the back with the wrong sides together and closed the pillow case with a normal binding.  
This pillow case will suit a a  square pillow of 20 inches.


Cant you see how happy I am with that pillow? I have found all fabric in my stash.

And if you want to sew a horse like that you could my pattern to in the link Dalecarlian horse .
If you use fusible appliqué you have to reverse the pattern.
But playing with dots was sew fun that I had to make some more. This time I had to buy some fabric. The motif was clear. I love birds and why not make a block with a bird in it.
I drew a bird and some flowers as a applique pattern. Cut a background square 8,5 inches and surrounded the background square in the same way  as the horse block with 20 2,5 inch squares.
The block became then 12,5 inch. 

I ended up making two blocks as I wanted to  get a table runner. I then made some fourpatches , completerd with two borders and finally ended up with this table runner.



I then decided to stop with my dots, but  as I  found some  lovely dotted fabric in my stash, which  I had completely forgotten, I must make some more.
 When I did Bowls with Borders I have added some funny birds to one of the wall quilts , that the blog hop ladies were so excited about. Why not make something with a bird like them. I used a background square 12,5 inch with a beautiful dotted black fabric and then placed a funny bird talking to a flower. 

It was sew fun playing with the bird and the flower that I had to make two of them
The blocks ended up as mug rugs 

The back of the mug rug is of course with dots too on beautiful lime green.




If you want to make the funny bird talking the flower I have made a pattern for you
and if you use fusible appliqué you have to reverse it. You will find the pattern here

Now to my give away.
I am very fond of necklaces and bracelets and I have many of them. Some years ago I bought a necklace and a bracelet with a Dalecarlian horse pendant from  a Swedish designer with the brand named Baglady.
I haven´t used them very often and I had completely forgotten that I had them until I started to sew my Dalecarlian horse.

One blog hop lady will receive the necklace and a second  lady will receive the bracelet. You can´t chose which one to get it is only the chance. 
To get one of these jewelry you have to write a comment  for one chance  to win.
To get a second chance to win you have to be a new follower or you are already a follow,and leave a  seconde comment of this.
  
I will draw the lucky winners on Sunday 23rd and will post the name Monday 24th.
If you comment as a anonym you have to be sure that I could find your e-mail address.

Finally  I want to thank Corrie and Madame Samm who have made all this fun to happen and so far it has been sew wonderful and sew addictive.

And you have now  seen all my dotty projects.
Here are all the  ladies for today
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153 kommentarer:

  1. Wow,your blocks are so beautiful! I love them all :)

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  2. What sweet blocks to not only represent our dotty blog hop , but your country as well. I love the horses - what a wonderful give away to treasure. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. All of your blocks are beautiful, and I loved learning about the Swedish horse :) thank you for sharing.

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  4. Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av skribenten.

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  5. Your blocks are absolutely beautiful! Love the horses; have got a wooden big and small one myself. (I am a Scandinaviaholic :>))
    Thganks for offering the chance to win this lovely jewelry.

    Cheers!

    Jeanneke.

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  6. You came up with a whole bunch of dotted projects. They are all nice but my favourite is of course the Dala Horse pillow.
    KATRIN W.

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  7. Love your dotty blocks! My favorite one is your Dalecarlian horse, could be because a have one! Thank you for sharing your lovely work and the fantastic giveaway.

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  8. I am also a follower!

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  9. I love your blocks. The bird blocks are sew fun with all those beautiful bright fabrics.

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  10. Anonym19.9.12

    Wow vilka härliga grejor du sytt med prickar! Men dakahästarna är verkligen urtjusiga. Gillar dem jättemycket :) kram my

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  11. Fine ting med prikker, men min yndlings er også hestepuden. Sjovt nok skrev jeg lidt om min samling af Dala-heste i går. :-)

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  12. Your blocks are gorgeous, love the horse pillow and the birds are fabulous.

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  13. Oj vad du har skapat,,,så mysigt!!Jättefin kudde med ""allas våran dalahäst"":Grattis till ett bra jobb!!Kram

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  14. You did so much I hardly know where to start! I love your horses (and will be making that pillow). The colours you used made me smile, they are so vibrant. I also love your table runner with those lovely flowers. The pot holders are devine....I hope I got them all... It all looked gorgeous!

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  15. I love the swedish horses but I had no idea of the real name! I'd love to make a cushion like yours - not sure if I can find enough dotty fabric though!

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  16. I'm a happy follower!

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  17. Wow! Your blocks are great! I sure love your runner and pillow!

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  18. I am a new follower.

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  19. Wow I love all of your blocks and I love the horse. I saw some in a Swedish shop in Wales the other week - very interesting. I also love that you live in Malmo I have been watching Wallander recently and that is where that is set/filmed (but I guess you already know that!. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win that wonderful giveaway too.

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  20. Very pretty pillow. Your other blocks are beautiful too.

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  21. Lovely! Fun dotty quilts.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  22. Wonderful blocks! Love your creativity!

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  23. new follower

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  24. Great use of dots. Love it. You can tell you put a lot of love into your project.

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  25. Wow what beautiful blocks. I love the horse block and this is my favourite of your projects

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  26. Love your dotty blocks!!! Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  27. I absolutely love your dot projects, they are beautiful! You did such a wonderful job, so well done! Love the horse pillow, soooo cute!

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  28. I am a new happy follower, I'm so happy that I've found your blog during the hop! Happy quilting :)

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  29. Very nice job on the horse block and pillow!

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  30. I love the pillow! It is so gorgeous!

    The other blocks you made are really great as well! I would love to win one of your jewelry pieces! Thanks for the chance!

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  31. I am your newest follower!

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  32. Love your blocks - and especially love your table runner!! Great job on the Dot hop and great giveaway too! :)

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  33. I a now a follower! Thanks for the chance to win - those horses are cute!

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  34. hello my dear sweet friend in Sweden....YOUR dot projects must make me smile ear to ear....YOU are sew much fun...I love each and every one of your dotted creations...I am sew glad we met, you continue to inspire me and bring joy to my heart x

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  35. Tack för titten! Det blev verkligen jättefint :)
    Hälsningar
    Eva/Quiltameva

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  36. I love that black horse, what wonderful inspiration for such a stunning pillow!!

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  37. I am a new follower, your giveaway looks wonderful and I look forward to your future posts :)

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  38. Fantastic! I love your swedish horse!

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  39. sikke en fin pude og table runner, synes de er saa fine de heste. Ja jeg er fra Danmark men bor i USA, fint at se en anden skandinaver her, kender du andre der quilter og blogger fra sverige/ norge/ DK?

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  40. I'm a new follower, how fun to find you!

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  41. I love your blocks! The colors are zo bright, it makes me smile, your horse is great, the birdies are fun. Thanks for showing.
    I follow you, and to my great surprise I am your number 100, that doesn't mean anything, but it's a nice thought to fill your first 100!

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  42. Your horse is so unique and so beautiful, and your birds are darling! Thank you for sharing your patterns. blessings, marlene

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  43. I really like these blocks, I am envious of your skills. I have avoided applique but know that it adds so much interest to every project. I will have to try this soon.

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  44. OMG! I love your blocks and your horses. I have a friend that has a collection of the D. horses and I am green of envy of her horses. I would go to Sweden just to get some of them. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. I LOVE your blocks! I have several Dala horses! I also have a pattern for a paper-pieced Dala horse - if you would like a copy - emai me! From a Swedish American!!

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  46. I thought I recognized those little birds! They are the sweetest things! Love your horses too!

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  47. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  48. Thanks for warning me that the second entry of becoming a follower is necesarry, here I am, I'm became a follower of your lovely blog.

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  49. I love your Dalecarlian horse! How adoarable! Your birds are also really cute! Great job!

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  50. I am a new follower!

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  51. Riktigt härligt block du skapat. Din kudde bliv så fin. Klart du ska vara nöjd med den. Dalarna har en särskild plats i mitt hjärta och dalahästarna är så läckra, din svarta är tuff.
    Dina andra block går inte av för hackor de heller :))

    Bra jobbat!
    Kram

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  52. I love those horses! Thank you for sharing them.

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  53. wow! Amazing creativity, Brit-Inger! I love the way the Dalecarlian horse is purple dots--I would never have chosen that print and it's absolutely stunning! (HOwever, all Kaffe fabrics are drool-worthy in my book). I like the way you let your muse take over and the projects just started coming out of you, fashioning themselves into runners, mug rugs, and pillow. Fabulous! Can you send me some of your talent, please? ♥

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  54. They're all lovely, but I especially love the horse pattern! :)

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  55. I'm new to quilting, too, and I've been bitten hard by the Quilt Bug! I'm a new follower!

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  56. You are one talented lady! It is wonderful that you can just draw whatever you want to make. Your blocks are so pretty. I really liked the table runner!Thank you for sharing them.

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  57. ROSEMARY B here: OH MY your creativity is just beautiful! everything you have made is really good and so happy and bright! I like everything you have shared today. I love those horses too, you have a nice collection!
    Thank you for sharing your inspirational projects

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  58. ROSEMARY B here: I am following too.
    I can learn a lot from you

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  59. Hi!!! Wow!!! Your blocks are so bright and cheerful!!! I love all of them!!! Thank You

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  60. Mange fine kommentarer. Fine hester, men det vet du jo fra för.
    Internett her er sååå treigt, så det blir ikke så mange innlegg.
    Kram

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  61. Your birds are so fun and cute, and those horses are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and hopping again with us. :O)

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  62. Love the bright colors and use of how you put your fabrics together. You are a very talented lady. Thanks for sharing.

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  63. Oh my goodness! I love your work. You are so talented! I love bright fabrics and I can see you do too! What a wonderful show! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  64. What wonderful blocks. The table runner is so pretty.

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  65. I love your horse pillow! The colors work so well together. Your bird block is also fantastic (the red one)

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  66. Superb! Love what you have done with all the dots.

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  67. I love your designs!!! My husband is Swedish and his folks always had such beautiful pieces of Swedish art in their home. You have replicated the horse beautifully.

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  68. I love your blocks and can't decide which I like best, I like the whimsy of the little bird so much though

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  69. Beautiful horses and table runner. The colours are marvelous.
    Thank you for the link and for the chance.

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  70. I've seen your work before and now I am a follower

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  71. Darling blocks. I love applique so I really like your creations.

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  72. I loved your table runner and pillow...........so fun and cute!!!

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  73. I loved your blocks , especially the horse and thank you for the pattern , I will make this for my granddaughter . thanks for sharing your lovely work.

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  74. I am happily a new follower :-)

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  75. Beautiful blocks! You did a great job and I really love your pillow, it is so bright and pretty. Thank you for the chance to win a beautiful symbol of your country.

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  76. a very nice dots blocks! Love the horse. Thanks

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  77. I am a new follower. Thanks

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  78. Oh! How sweet! My husband is a contractor and he took two courses from Pergo at their school in North Carolina. When he left they gave him one an orange Dalecarlian horse. I would love to make your table runner using the horse. The link to the pattern doesn't seem to be working.

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  79. Yes, I'm a follower of your blog now.

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  80. I love your little horse and the blocks you designed to make the table runner are exquisite. I see you are a fan of Laurel Burch fabrics as well. To win one of you giveaways would be an honor as they are both so lovely. Thanks so much for sharing, from California, USA!

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  81. Wow!!! Fantastic horse!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  82. lovely dotty projects thanks for sharing!

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  83. Your work is really beautiful and I love the Dalecarlian horse! Thanks so much sharing the pattern for it! All of your projects are great!

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  84. I am a follower, thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  85. Very cute and a lot of talent went into your projects.

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  86. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing. I love the pillow and the birds on the table runner.

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  87. I am a new follower!

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  88. Oh I love the pillow. When I was very little one of my uncles was in the service and sent me a set of the Dalecarlia horses when he visited there on leave. I do not know where they went as my mother had kept them all the years and when she passed my sisters took all things. :( So I love your pillow because it reminded me of a beloved uncle and his wonderful gift.

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  89. I am a happy follower of your blog!! thanks for a chance to win a piece of jewelry with the Dalecarlia horse on it. I really love that bracelet. :) Thank you again

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  90. love what you did with your dots

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  91. I love Dalecarlian horses! Thanks for the pattern and giveaway!

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  92. What a great post, you really went dotty. The mug rugs made me smile

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  93. I have become a Follower. It's my first Swedish blog.

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  94. All of your blocks and table runner came out beautiful. My favorite is the horse, so much fun.

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  95. I am a new follower and I so dotty love your horse and bird blocks. Lovely! Thank you for sharing with us today...Judith, Texas

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  96. I am a new follower.

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  97. Oj, vad många kommentarer du fått! Men tror jag det när du sytt så läckert! :-) Gillar särskilt kudden... och duken... och fågeln... Tja, gillar nog särskilt alltihop!! :-)

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  98. Wow!! Your blocks are just gorgeous!! I love the horse pillow you made. It's my favorite!!!

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  99. Your colourful projects all put a smile on my face. The Dalecarian horse is very well done! I love your whimsical birds on the table runner and mug rugs. Thank you for sharing the files.

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  100. I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  101. I've been to Dalecarlia and I do have the required "Swedish Horses" as souvenirs. My husband has Swedish roots. Don't be fooled by our last name, SorenSON. It's not Swedish. It was changed in spelling from Sorensen and the original immigrant to the USA was from Denmark. But there are also Carlsons from Sweden in the family tree.

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  102. Your blocks are fabulous, all of them! I have been to Malmo, I remember that the sky was the most amazing shade of blue.

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  103. Så roligt för dig att ha fått så många kommentarer och din kudde är ju jättefin, ja även din löpare och det andra! Kram

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  104. That was a fun post. It's good to see you (again, I did get a sneak peek.) Your projects are great. The horse is really special.

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  105. Thank you for sharing not only your blocks but a bit of your culture. Your horse is a wonderful interpretation. Your birds are great. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  106. Your Dalecarlian horse block is just fabulous! I'll have to make one in honor of my mom who is half Swedish. Your table runner is jost too cute!!! And then you did mug rugs - you have been a very busy creative lady!!! I am a new follower and I'm looking forward to seeing your future projects!

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  107. Oh your Swedish horse is beautiful! Your colors are fantastic! Yes I remember that cute wacky bird from the bowls hop. Thanks for sharing them.

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  108. great horses, love the blocks. Thanks for he giveaway.

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  109. Yay for Swedish horses! Your pillow is done so beautifully! I am so happy to have a pattern and will need to make something with it because my husband lived in Sweden for a time years ago. We have several of those horses.

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  110. What wonderful projects! I've never seen those horses before, so thanks for sharing!

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  111. Your pillow turned out great!! Love the bright colurs too. Thank you for sharing the jewellery! micheletimms at gmail dot com

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  112. Love the horses. They are gorgeous. i really want to travel to Sweden some day. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  113. I am an existing follower. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  114. I love your blocks. They are all so bright and beautiful, I couldn't even begin to try to decide which one I love the most!!

    :-)

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  115. Your blocks are absolutely adorable and I love how you made them into items you will use and see daily! Congratulations such such wonderful projects and thanks for sharing them with us today.

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  116. I am a new follower and can't wait to see your next creation. :-)

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  117. Great blocks, not sure which one I like best but the colorful Dalecarlian horse block is close to the top of the list. Thanks so much for being part of the hop.

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  118. Hi Brit well once again you did some really creative and sweet blocks, I loved them all and also your wonderful story about the horsed. Thanks for joining the hop and showing us all of your great work.

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  119. I must say I had never heard of the Dalecarlean (?) horses!! What an interesting fact from your country. I'm always so fascinated about other countries with Sweden being one on the top of my list. I adore your pillow! I would be so honored to win either your necklace or bracelet! They would hold a special place in my heart from a fellow Quilter across the Pond! Such a nice give-away from you!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  120. I am a delighted new follower
    Gmama Jane

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  121. Your blocks are wonderful. The horse and bird are unique. Very nice work and I had a great visit.

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  122. I am a new follower. Your blog is fun to read.

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  123. Love your colorful quilts. Also love your "horses" Thanks you so much for sahring with us. gelswood@aol.com

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  124. Your block are beautiful and a tribute. All your work looks great.

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  125. I like your wooden horses, they are so cute. Thank you for sharing the story and your block. I especially like your bird applique, they are so sweet.

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  126. Such a wonderful pattern you designed to showcase the Swedish horse! Love it. And all your blocks are wonderful. Good job.

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  127. Well, hello, again, Britt-Inger. Yes, I did enjoy your Bowls with Borders presentation. You did a fantastic job on this one, too. Love that you went with a Swedish theme. Wonderful horse and your bird is great, too. You are truly an artist. Thanks for the patterns.

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  128. I am a follower.

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  129. I love your Swedish horse block and the cute little bird! My oldest daughter met her Swedish husband online -- and they have been happily married ever since. :-) I plan to visit Sweden one day-- it is a very beautiful country!!

    Thank you so much for the chance to enter your giveaway!!

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  130. I like all your dotty projects, especially the horse pillow.

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  131. Love your wooden horses! What great Treasures! Thanks for chance to win one as a bracelet, or the necklace! They are Awesome! :)

    You did super job on the Runner, Mug Rugs, & Pillow!! Thanks too, for sharing patterns!

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  132. I'm a new follower too! Thanks for a second chance to win your Drawing too!! :)

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  133. You have been very creative. Everything looks beautiful :) Thank you for sharing in the hop. Janita

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  134. I Loved your beautiful blocks and table runner your colors are so vibrant!!

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  135. I love your dotty blocks & your blog. Thanks for sharing all the way from Sweden!

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  136. I'm following you with bloglovin', my favourite reader and look forward to seeing more from you.

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  137. Great blocks, all of them. Thanks for sharing.

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  138. Thanks for the blocks, Britt-Inger! What fun with the dots on dots.

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  139. I love your horses, and the block will be a beautiful pillow!

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  140. I really like the horse pattern.

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  141. Thank you for sharing about the Dalecarlian horses. Your block is just beautiful! Well done!

    But I must tell you... I LOVE the birdies! Thanks so much for the pattern!

    Thanks for joining in the fun and hopping along.

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  142. ... I'm a new follower to your blog.
    Thanks, too, for the wonderful give-away.

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  143. I love your Dalecarlian horse pillow and your bird table runner. Wonderful colours. Mug rugs are cute too.

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  144. I love how colorful your blocks for the hop are. I can't believe you drew your own applique pattern! They are all fantastic. Thanks for hopping along with us!

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  145. Anonym21.9.12

    Your Dalecarlian horse is fabulous! I've always loved those horses anyway. Your table runner is so bright and colorful!

    You already have my email addy. LOL!

    Marilyn (TQP etc)

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  146. You have an eye for color! These are beautiful! Thanks for the pattern for the Dalecarlian horse and your sweet bird talking to flowers. Both my Grandfather and my husband's Grandfather were from Sweden. I've seen the Dalecarlian horse while growing up and it always makes me smile.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  147. I am a follower. Thanks for an oppotunity to win the Dalecarlian horses.

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  148. Love the way your horse pillow turned out! Fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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