Friday, July 8, 2011

Last Day of the 4th of July Blog Tour . . . . .

Or as I like to say, "My Day" !!

Welcome to the last day of the 4th of July Blog Tour organized by Monique of Open Gate Quilts.

I was pleased Monique asked me to join in the fun for a week of 4th of July blogging, but I have to admit, when I saw the list of participants and that I was the last day, I was feeling a little pressure to measure up. After all, I was following well known and famous fabric and pattern designers, and quilters who have quilts that don't just adorn their beds and couches, their quilts are on the covers of patterns and books. I've been trying to think what my claim to fame is . . . and the best I could come up with is that David Letterman's Mom once baked me an apple pie. Yes that's it, nothing really to speak of on my quilting resume, but I'm not going to let that dampen my enthusiasm for the task at hand.

So here we go on to the last day of the 4th of July blog tour by me, a simple quilter and blogger, just like you!




Today I'm going to share with you how to make those yummy bars and my Stars and Stripes table topper.

I got Monique's Fit to be Quarter ruler back in May, but hadn't really had the chance to use it so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to come up with a pattern where I could cut different sized half square triangles and quarter square triangles, to get a good feel for how to use the ruler, and determine its helpfulness.

It was a breeze to use on my half square triangles.

Same goes for the quarter square triangles.


I easily and accurately cut large, medium and small pieces. I'm hooked on the Fit to be Quarter ruler!!

When I started thinking about what to make for my project, I wanted something that had small, medium and large pieces and I wanted something that would allow me to use my blue star fabric right next to my red and white stripe fabric, for a stars and stripes feel. Once I figured out how to work the stars and stripes, everything else just sort of fell into place.

Step one, make a 3 1/2 inch star block.


It is comprised of four 1 1/2" inch hsts, four 1 1/2" qsts, and once 1 1/2" center square.

Step two, make a 9 1/2" block using the step one block as your center.

It is comprised of four 3 1/2" inch hsts, four 3 1/2" qsts, and one 3 1/2" center square.

Finally, step three, make a 27 1/2" block using the block you made in step 2 as your center block.


It is comprised of four 9 1/2" inch hsts, four 9 1/2" qsts, and one 9 1/2" center square.

Ta da, just quilt and bind! I used just 4 different fabrics for this project, and if you don't want to make the star in the star, just substitute a piece of fabric, but I kind of think the star, in a star, in a star gives it a an interesting look, even though I covered that portion up with a flower vase or cake plate on my table!

This table topper finishes at 27 inches square and has approximately 75 pieces. I think any fabric would work, for any theme or color scheme, but I think those stars and stripes corner blocks make for a nice patriotic feel for this 4th of July table topper.

And now for the recipe!

Really, I'm not very creative in the kitchen, and have 3 different dessert recipes that I make depending on the event. I make a nice Texas Chocolate Sheet cake, but I think everyone has a recipe for that cake. I also make an out of this world poppy seed cake, but I don't share that recipe with anyone, not even my closest of friends. I will bake them a poppy seed cake if they need one, but when you only have 3 desserts in your repertoire, and only one of them is amazing, you just can't be giving that recipe out! I also have a yummy bar recipe that's good for all sorts of occasions that I normally don't share either, but since we're not going to be showing up at the same quilt guild or cookie exchange, I'll go ahead and give the recipe to you.

Here's all you need to make Thelma's Delicious Carmel Pecan Dream Bars

Base: 1 package yellow cake mix with pudding added to the mix, I prefer Pillsbury.
1/3 cup margarine softened
1 egg

Filling:
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (don't go with the low fat or no fat versions, why make dessert then skimp on the good stuff!)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup Heath Bits O Brickle Chips. (you can get regular brickle chips or brickle chips with chocolate, either work but I prefer the no chocolate bits)

Heat oven to 350, Grease 13" x 9" inch baking pan, I prefer glass.

In a large bowl combine cake mix, egg and margarine. Mix with hand mixer at highest speed until crumbly. Press into prepared pan.

In a small bowl beat sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla until blended. Stir in nuts and brickle chips. Pour over base in pan- spread to cover.

Bake at 350 for 25 - 35 minutes. Center may appear loose but will set up upon cooling.

This is why I use a glass pan, it's easy to tell when the base is done, it turns a nice golden brown color. My oven bakes my bars in 28 minutes.

That's it, just cut into bars and enjoy. (the corner pieces are the best!)

Now for the giveaways!

When I made my Stars and Stripes table topper I made one for me and one for you!

My quilter, Dawn, at The Sewing Basket, was nice enough to quilt both toppers in time for this blog and my giveaway, and she did a wonderful job.

Thanks so much Dawn!



So next year, when you're getting ready for the 4th of July, you'll be ready with your very own table topper. You also get one of Monique's fabulous Fit to be Quarter Rulers.


The second prize is this,

two flag mugs with a 9 inch mug rug.

And the third prize is


this patriotic cupcake with a 6 inch mug rug.

Just leave a comment on this post by the end of day Sunday, July 10th. I'll announce the winners on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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161 comments:

  1. Hi Thelma,

    Thanks for sharing the pattern for the table topper, wonder what it would look like in Australia's colours of green and gold. Thanks also for sharing your recipe, but wouldnt mind the Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe too :)

    Your friend across the pond.

    Pam

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  2. I'd love to be entered for your wonderful table topper and one of the rulers which I've heard would be good for the FWQA. Thanks for the recipe, too! I enjoyed my visit.

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  3. Just can't resist putting my name in for a chance at these prizes -- love them! You know I love that table topper, and where did you get those awesome mugs?

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  4. Count me in please. What a generous give away! Have to try the recipe too...sounds yummy

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  5. How generous you are to give away all those neat prizes. I really like the patriotic table topper. And I'll be trying your recipe soon.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. The topper and mug rugs are so pretty. Happy quilting!

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  7. Pretty table topper! Love some red white and blue here! Such wonderful gifts to share. My DH would LOVE that recipe! Have really enjoyed this blog tour with all the yummy recipes!

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  8. Wow! You may be last, but the best was saved for last. I have a table just waiting for that table topper, but second prize is adorable too. I love that little mug rug. I'm also going to try out the bar recipe soon. There's a family reunion calling its name. Thanks for a great morning read.

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  9. Thelma ~ that pattern looks like great fun ~ and I LOVE Monique's Fit to be Geese rulers

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  10. What a wonderful pattern...love the table topper and I really love the mug rugs! What fun! I just got the ruler, so I'm ready to give it a whirl. OMG! Those bars sound beyond YUMMY!

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  11. You went to town on making the HSTs and QSTs. I like that the ruler has guidelines for making so many different sizes of them. I think that would be very useful.

    I'm also going to try your recipe. It looks delicious and simple - right up my alley!

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  12. Thank you for sharing your recipe and pattern. The ruler is definitely a must have! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Thank you for sharing the yummy recipe & the pattern for the adorable table topper. Wow, what great prizes. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  14. Wow, Thelma! Very nice patriotic table quilt, and you've sold me on the quarter ruler. I'm going to go check it out now. ;D

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  15. Wow! You're full of great information today! And such gorgeous blocks! I love Monique's rulers, but don't have this one.

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  16. Your table topper is awesome! And your tutorial makes it look like I might actually be able to do it (with the ruler, of course). Your recipe looks yummy and I can't wait to try it. Thank you for a chance at your giveaway(s)! :)

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  17. I love that patriotic cupcake and I love the Stars and Stripes table topper. I know now that I really need on of these rulers.

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  18. That pattern is AWESOME. I cant wait to make it. I decorate in Americana all the time so it will fit right in. Thanks so much for the chance to win one of your table toppers.

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  19. Thanks for a fun blog hop! What a great looking table mat! I would love to play with one of these rulers.

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  20. Your recipe was worth sharing! I can't wait to make it. Thanks for the chance to win one of your giveaways. I am excited to make the table topper!

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  21. Thank you so much for the table topper directions! When I saw it on your previous post, I really wanted to make one. Thank you! (and thanks also for the opportunity to win one! WOW!) In stitches, Amy

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  22. I would love to win one of your fabulous prizes, Thelma! You did a wonderful job in showcasing the ruler and your quilting skills! It has been a fun blog hop for the 4th of July. Just so you know, I do NEED a RWB something for my table!

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  23. Wow, I'm so impressed with how true to 45 degrees your stripes are running in all of these blocks! I love anything RWB and patriotic. Well done and thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. Well, this is planning ahead! I don't have very many patriotic quilty items and yours are gorgeous!

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  25. i would love to be entered in your give a way and am going to try your recipe right away. very creative table topper!!

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  26. I love the table topper!! -- thanks so much for sharing the pattern with us! And the bars recipe looks delicious! I really enjoyed reading your blog -- loved all the patriotic quilts--they are so beautiful!

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  27. I am definitely going to have to make that tabletopper and I'm thinking halloween, Christmas, a birthday one, valentine's, Easter, the list goes on and on! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  28. Thanks for sharing the pattern and the lovely giveaway.

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  29. Yummy, I can't wait to try your bar receipe Thanks for both and, the giveaway!

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  30. I would like a poppy seed cake, please! Lol... Thanks for the pattern - Love your table topper - stars and stripes just make me happy!Thanks too, for the chance to win!

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  31. You're being "the last" was a pleasure for us. Lots of great things about this blog. I love the stars and recipe sounds delicious. The giveaway is terrific and I hope I win!. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
    Mary

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  32. Thanks for sharing a wonderful pattern and the recipe sounds delish! Your give-aways are amazing -I hope I win! I always enjoy reading your blog - very fun and inspiring.

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  33. Thelma I think you are selling yourself short. Your Thelmaized quilts are definitely magazine or book worthy. You are a star in our book :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks SO yummy. As does the ruler! Have a great weekend.

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  34. Wow! What fun treats you have to share! Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  35. Wow! I love the table topper...looks like you're a pattern designer to me and you instructions look like something I need to try...I can be your tester!

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  36. The table topper is wonderful!! I'm going to be on the lookout for some stars and stripes fabrics so I can make one. The recipe also sounds delicious. What a great end to a great blog tour! Thanks for making it fun.

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  37. I so agree that they saved the best for last!!! Your prizes are wonderful and I can't wait to make your table topper. Thank-you.

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  38. Wow, the table topper is beautiful, the bars sound fabulous plus all the great give aways. I have enjoyed your blog and find it to be so helpful many times over. Thank you so much.

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  39. Love the table topper. Have been looking at lots this month and this one ends up on my toolbar. Thanks so much.

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  40. What a generous give away! How generous you are to give away all those neat prizes. I really like the patriotic table topper. I'll definitely be trying your recipe soon...Yum! Thanks for the chance.

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  41. Thank you for the pattern, review of the ruler and the delish recipe! I am going to make it this weekend for some people coming over. Adorable patriotic runner, mug rug. I love anything red white and blue! thank you and have a great weekend!

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  42. Wonderful prizes and a great table topper. Please add my name.

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  43. I'm so happy you shared the pattern for your table topper because I loved it when I first saw it on your blog! Thanks for the recipe too!

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  44. I love the table topper . . . absolutely perfect for the 4th of July . . . my son works in politics and we have a lot of patriotic events . . . so I would love to have that for the center of the table . . .

    and I am trying your recipe this weekend . . . it sounds wonderful !!

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  45. Oh, I love your table topper. I am for anything patriotic looking. My dining room is decorated in the patriotic theme. I would be happy to win any one of the giveaways. Thanks for the chance to win. And the Carmel Pecan Dream Bars sound heavenly.

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  46. Thelma,
    I am a daily reader of your blog and love all the quilts and your enthusiasm......I loved 4th of July as a child as we celebrated on a lake on the east coast of the USA but since moving west and now living in a fire prone area my spirit is dampened somewhat. However I now have a grandaughter born on the 4th and she loves all things red/white/blue so I am regaining my love of the holiday and just love your table topper. Thanks for a beautiful inspiration Georgeann

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  47. Thanks for a great pattern... love the star, in a star, in a star! AND I could really see this in Christmas fabrics as well. Very lovely giveaways! Thanks for the recipe, too... Karen

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  48. What a lovely blog spot! This Blog hop has been so much fun, I hate to see it end. I hope you will have more in the future. I am going to mark this as a "Favorite" to check out again. I love the table topper, i will definitely make one for 4th of July next year. Also thanks for the recipe. Will try it this weekend. Please enter me for your drawing.

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  49. Love the pattern and the recipe. My husband will really like the bars. Thanks for sharing both. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  50. Thanks for sharing your adorable table topper.

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  51. I love your table topper! I have a table for 2 so it's just the right size!

    would love to win any of your prizes and really love the blog.

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  52. ALL of the prizes are wonderful!!! I just love your table topper and those caramel pecan bars sound fabulous. I think I need to give those a try. No calories...right?????

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  53. Your bars and the table topper both look great? Never heard of or seen the recipe ingredients here in Uk so maybe I'll be luckier with the table topper giveaway!
    Chris x

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  54. Lots of goodies here Thelma, rulers, cups, patriotic quilt pieces. They all look fabulous. Thanks for your generosity. Love your quilts.

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  55. Lots of goodies here Thelma, rulers, cups, patriotic pieces. They all look fabulous. Thanks for your generosity. Love your quilts. Stephani in TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

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  56. I love your attitude - it shines through your blog! Thanks for a chance to win all those gorgeors stars and strips! Thanks for the pattern as well. I'll be back to see you!

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  57. This is my first visit to your blog and I really enjoyed it! The recipe sounds delicious. I'd really love to win the ruler and a table topper. It's so cute!!!

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  58. I'll surely be trying your recipe this weekend!! Any of your prizes would be a great win. Thanks for this chance. They are all so so cute!!

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  59. Cute topper! I think I really need to try the Fit to be Quarter, especially since I am wanting to start the Farmers Wife Quilt. I imagine it could come in handy with for a few blocks!

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  60. Red, white and blue -my favorite color theme. the cupcake is the Cutest!
    What a super giveaway. thanks for the tutorial also. You make it look really simple. Keep smiling!

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  61. Oh Thelma, you are so cute and creative with your quilting projects! To make different sized mug rugs for the giveaways is just so sweet!
    *sillysally* aka choc chip addict

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  62. Love your Stars and Stripes topper... I too love red, white & blue. The bars look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. WOW! WHAT A TREAT QUILT+COOKIE TREATS!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  64. Your table topper is great. I have been a follower for a long time and enjoy your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win such great prizes.

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  65. I think you did a great job of ending the tour! I have been inspired to make both your table topper and the dessert. I know my family will love both. Thanks for contributing.

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  66. Great tutorial and recipe!! I'm going shopping!

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  67. I love the table topper. Great demo on the ruler too.

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  68. Thank you for the graet table topper. The recipe seems to be delicious. I'd love to win that spectacular ruler.

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  69. Loved your blog today. Great information.

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  70. Thelma: You had me at "Heath!" Seriously, you are not a "simple quilter and blogger." You are amazing and I always love to see what you have made.

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  71. Your table topper is wonderful - now know how you made those mug rugs with the itty bitty pieces! Wow! Thanks for the giveaway - need to win that ruler so can make some of Monique's quilts from her new book!

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  72. OMG...what's not to love about this post and giveaway...a patriotic tut (Go Navy), heath candy (mmmm my fave), and an uber cute red, white, and blue cupcake. <3 it!!

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  73. I loved checking in with your blog! I will check in often. I will also look for fabric to make the table topper and I will look for ingredients to make the bars. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  74. Thanks for the table topper tute and the recipe. Both are yummy!

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  75. I just LOVE your design and combination ... super cool ... cant wait to perhpas try the new ruler and do some cool projects as well ... :)

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  76. I just love your patriotic table topper. I can't believe that I haven't seen this fun ruler before. It looks like it makes everything turn out perfect. Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern and the yummy caramel pecan bars. I always enjoy reading your blog and I am always inspired by your quilts. I especially love seeing pictures of Cooper. He is so adorable. I have a labradoodle also named Lucy. She all black and full of mischief. Thanks for the chance to win but I got to know, where did you find that cute red, white and blue cupcake? I love it!
    Thanks,
    Karen M

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  77. I love a good recipe, thanks for sharing. I do need to make some mug rugs!

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  78. What a wonderful display to show off the table topper.Thanks for your generosity and having this blog hop. Be fun to use and try out the new ruler.
    wanda

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  79. Loved the table topper and your other projects. Its fun to see what others are working on.

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  80. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Your tabletopper is beautiful!

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  81. poppy seed cake, huh?!? and you're not EVEN gonna share the recipe, huh?!?

    well ... okay ... i guess i'll settle for the caramel pecan bars (sans the pecans) and just be grateful, by golly ... and, of course, for the how-to make a stars and stripes table topper ... i like the middle of it too much to ever cover it up with anything, though

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  82. David Letterman's Mom's apple pie? Was it yummy? :-) I love your topper! Thanks for the chance for your wonderful giveaway. And thanks for the recipe!~ sounds great. Have a happy weekend!

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  83. Wow! Wonderful giveaway! I love the table topper. This has been a great blog hop...I needed some ideas for 4th of July decorations.

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  84. I always enjoy your blog, but this post is one of your best - a gorgeous pattern, a yummy recipe and the chance to win something. It's vert generous indeed, so thank you.
    Ashtona@hotmail.com

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  85. I am just getting back into quilting and found this blog tour, Wow, I got some fabulous patterns and some wonderful recipes!!
    Thank you so much!!

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  86. Great fabric choices for your toper. This ruler can really make life easier!

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  87. Sounds like a great recipe. Love your table toppers and the pin tops in your banner!

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  88. I enjoyed your post...what a cute tabletopper

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  89. Love the table toppers & the pin toppers in your blog banner!

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  90. What a fun table topper! Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy. =)

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  91. I want one of those rulers! I wish they were easier to find. I am going to make those bars, I always need a good recipe for coffee treats.

    Carmen
    clostrander at hotmail dot com

    Stupid Google, what is the problem?

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  92. I adore your pattern and needed an new recipe for a dessert as the in-laws are coming to help paint the house this weekend. Thank you for helping me out.

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  93. Such a great little table topper. Thanks for the pattern. I know just the fabrics that I'll use, too. My red, white and blue stash is quite large! But then again, I'd love to win one! Thanks for the chance!

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  94. Thanks for the quilt topper pattern. When you first showed it, I knew that I wanted to make one or maybe two. Thanks also for the giveaway.
    cindy cke49 at yahoo dot com

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  95. Your prizes are lovely, especially the table topper. Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win!

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  96. WOW!! Your table topper is really cute, love the stars and stripes too. :) Your recipe sounds delicious, We will be tryig that one soon. I have enjoyed the blog tour and all the great recipes and projects...I hope I can use this new ruler soon! :) our10kids@cox.net

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  97. Wow, I love David Letterman and his mom..why'd she bake you a pie? Love your table topper and mug rugs!! You can't fully appreciate it, until you see all three of them, like an optical illusion. Oh, and what's with the tiny pieces! Do I see a trend? Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  98. Thelma,
    Love your table topper! I will have to purchase this ruler. Your tutorial is great!
    I have read about the pie before ... why did David Letterman's mother bake you a pie? Want to hear!
    And Thelma ... you are very popular and an outstanding quilter!!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  99. Thanks for a very patriotic post! And the recipe sounds yummy!

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  100. Love the table topper! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  101. Love your project, it's so cute. Recipe looks delicious and can't wait to try it. Love the notion that was used for your project, sigh another one to add to my notion stash! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  102. I love your table topper! Star within a star within a star. What a great idea, especially with the patriotic fabric!
    prjule at gmail dot com

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  103. Love you table topper. Thanks for the chance to win. I guess if I do not win, I will to do some ruler shopping.
    sjray123@yahoo.com

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  104. Love your table topper and I definitely have to try those bars. Anything with Heath candy is a winner in my book. And I'd love a chance to win your giveaway! Looks like a tool I definitely could use (and the other things too)! :o)

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  105. I love your table topper! Thanks for sharing the directions and for the yummy dessert too! My fingers are crossed that my name will get picked for one of your wonderful prizes. :)

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  106. Yea! I was soooo hopeful that you would share how to make this table topper. I fell in love with it on your post the other day!

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  107. Thank you for the topper pattern and recipe. I am going to make them both. sherarlen@cox.net

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  108. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial on the table topper! The recipe sounds excellent, too.

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  109. Love your Stars & Stripes table topper tutorial. Thanks for the chance at your generous giveaways.

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  110. Saved the best until last?!?!! Thanks a bunch for the great tutorial on the table topper! And the recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing and participating in this blog hop! HUGS... and stitches

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  111. What a wonderful table topper. Thank you so much for sharing. Now I need the ruler and away I will go on this project!!

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  112. The dessert sounds sooo yummy. I can't wait to try it out. The table topper is adorable and you are a great designer. Thanks for the chance at the darling give away!

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  113. I can't think of anything witty to say.
    But I really, really like those prizes - and I really, really, REALLY like the pattern that you have given us!

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  114. LOVE the table topper and must try the recipe...it sounds yummy!!!! thanks for this amazing give away!!!

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  115. I love love love (three times for three rounds of stars) your quilt. I say there is your proof you are a wonderful designer and quilter! I'm thinking this ruler is one of those gotta-have notions. I don't buy a lot of notions but this one looks so helpful. (still hoping I win one though:) OK your recipe sounds sinfully delish and I'll have to try it.

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  116. Your topper is the TOPS! Wonderful pattern and awesome instructions! Thank you (and the giveaways are pretty cool, too!)

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  117. Love the mug,awesome.Thanks so much

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  118. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love the table topper and the ruler (I use mine all the time)but, what I really want to know more about is how you got Dave Letterman's mother to bake you an apple pie... that sounds very interesting.
    Marsha

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  119. You're looking for something to claim your fame....well how about your wonderful blog? How about all the great quilts you make and the awesome workmanship we see every time you show us a new quilt? You have talent girl, and that's a good enough claim to fame as far as I'm concerned. I love the table topper that you so generously designed for all of us. And the bars are on the baking agenda for this weekend!

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  120. Thanks so much!! I love it! Already have visions of various seasonal table-toppers swirling in my head. = ) Thanks, too, for the chance to win.

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  121. What a cute table topper! You are so generous to be giving away 3 prizes! That recipe sounds like a real keeper. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  122. Love love love the table topper. I'm glad I just happened upon your blog. Thanks!
    Sandy from
    Love ya to stitches

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  123. What great prizes!!! Thelma, that table topper is a shooting star and the bars sound really goooood!!! Thanks for being so generous.

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  124. Thanks Thelma, I love that table topper! The prizes are great - thanks for your generosity. Who knows - maybe I'll win.

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  125. Seriously, I have been drooling over this ruler! I'm so tickled to see how much fun you've been having with it!

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  126. Great blog! And you did great following all those "famous" fabric people!

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  127. I love your Stars an Stripes table topper!!! Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for sharing your yummy bar recipe.

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  128. I liked your blog from my first glimpse of your header, and it just got better the more I looked! Love the 4th of July quilt, and the recipes, yum, and the Christmas quilt! Thanks for the generous giveaways!!

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  129. I love the pattern that you came up with to use the ruler. I had to mark it so I could come back to it and make it. Thanks for sharing - what a great pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  130. Your 'Stars and Stripes' table topper is awesome and your recipe sounds so delicious....yummy. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for the chance to win....Blog hops are full of inspiration, thanks for sharing Thelma!!

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  131. It's sweet of you to have a giveaway with handcrafted gifts. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  132. Pretty things, pretty things, and yummy ones, too! You are the Grand Finale, giving away the pattern and recipe for all of us AND then giving away your lovely handmade items for the winners! (Love the tall mugs and the little cupcake, too!)
    Thanks for going the extra mile for all of us.

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  133. The table toppers are lovely, but that cupcake is so, so cute!! Monique's rulers are so handy. I am nearly finished putting together 'Double Duty' by Carrie and Monique's Flying Geese ruler certainly helped with the 80 geese in it. Thank you for the chance to have this new one.

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  134. I have my priorities! First I need to make those yummy bars and then by next year I will try to get that beautiful table topper done! I am pretty new to the quilting world and love beautiful table toppers, so this one is a definite one to try. Warning, if I get stuck, I hope you will be my angel and help me out.

    Judy Carter

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  135. What a wonderful giveaway. I like all of your items and would love to win all of them, lol. Great flags! This appears to be a good ruler to have, I need to invest in one! Oh, wait! Maybe I will win one! ;)

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  136. The table topper pattern is so cute! Thanks for sharing and also the recipe. I can't wait to try them! The blog hop was lots of fun! Hope you do it again.
    Pam in Hattiesburg, MS
    pjhrph@msn.com

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  137. Your table topper is very cute, thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

    valekort at yahoo dot com

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  138. The topper is beautiful and recipe sound so good!
    Thank you for the chance to win these great gifts.

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  139. Love the table topper and I'm going to make it for next year. Thanks for the pattern and recipe. I'd love to win any of the prizes and I need a new ruler.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  140. Your table topper and setting is darling, and the bars look delish. Can't wait to try out the recipe!

    Charla

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  141. The star mug rugs are adorable. The tool sounds fantastic! Hmmm, maybe I can put it on my birthday wish list.

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  142. I'm a new blogger (Quilting Pieces) and so excited about entering your contest. Still trying to learn how to set my page up but yours looks great and your 4th of July table topper is FABULOUS!

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  143. All of the giveaway items are amazing! What a neat pattern for the table topper, I need to make one for each holiday! Thank you for the chance to win the ruler, but even if I don't win one, I'm going to have one!

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  144. Stars are what I am usually drawn to, so of course, love your pattern. And I am also "into" cupcakes so like that part too. Last week I make homemade Twinkies-great fun and they were really good!

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  145. It's o nice of you sharing your fave recipe or should I say, secret recipe? Anyhow thank you for the two recipes the one for dessert and the one for the little quilt. Thanks for the 3 chances of winning your creations.

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  146. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the table topper pattern. Those mugs are just adorable!!!

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  147. I love any quilts with stars! The ruler sounds like something I would like to try. Thanks for the giveaway, Thelma!!

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  148. Oh my, Thelma....such generous give-aways! This 4th of July blog follow along has been fun. I am looking forward to trying your Bar recipe. I am a Heath bits 'o brickle fan--so this recipe is right down my alley. I appreciate you sharing your recipe! And your table topper is lovely! Somebodies will be most fortunate to win your great give-aways! Thank you, Thelma, for all your generous efforts in this follow along!!

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  149. love the quilts and the bar recipe. Thanks! Kim M., Allen Park, MI

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  150. Well how adorable are these!!!! I LOVE those mugs! oh my gosh those are too cute!
    thanks for sharing the bar recipe too, always looking to try new things!
    Kathie

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  151. Thelma, I've read this post a couple of times; and I love it each time I see it. You are the best; keep up the good work.

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  152. Your beautiful Stars and Stripes table toppers and mug rugs are the perfect way to show us the Fit to be Quarter Ruler for a 4th of July Blog Tour! Thank you, Thelma.

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  153. Your claim to fame is that Monique and all the other bloggers think highly enough of your work to have you participate -- and so, by the way do we!

    Love the table topper design and all the cute July Fourth accessories!

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  154. I would love that Fit to be Quarter ruler! I don't live in the US anymore but have family there. I think I could try that in Canadian colors as well. Norma
    njloewen(at)blogspot(dot)com

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  155. Great Table Topper project and am planning to try those dream bars...sound simply yummy!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  156. What a great post! A tute, a recipe and a giveaway! I would love to win any of these prizes, thanks so much!

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  157. Great post and as always great quilts! I would love to be on your winner's list!

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  158. I hope it's not too late to enter your giveaway. I would love to win any of your prizes!! And thanks for the yummy sounding cookie bar recipe. I will definitely make this for the next potluck.

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  159. Thelma, I know this comment is too late to be included in the giveaway, so no worries there. I have been here to your blog, off and on all weekend long, checking on 'this and that' for the table topper pattern right. Funny thing is, I was so absorbed with the pattern, I didn't realize there was a giveaway. So...when I dropped by this morning to say Thank you for sharing the delightful pattern, I finally noticed it was your Blog Tour giveaway. LOL! See, that's what happens when you let your electrolytes get out of balance, LOL. All I can say is, Good Luck to Everyone...there are some wonderful prizes. Now, I think I'll go drink some Gatorade and get my potassium back up where it should be!!! Hugs...

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