Friday, December 9, 2011

Today's the Day!

Today is the day I turn 55 and end my Double Nickel Quilt Challenge.  What a hectic year it has been!  Wondering where I ended up? I made 48 quilts, 13 of which still need to be quilted. Throughout the posts of this blog, you will find more than 55 ways to use 5" squares of fabric also known as nickel squares or charm squares.  I hope you can find inspiration here to make your own nickel quilt.

My Flower Garden is the last quilt of my challenge. It's not finished but here it is on my design wall.



I finally decided that I like this layout the best.  Where the white of the design wall is showing through is where I will use a background fabric that I don't have yet.  I hope to find it today as I am going to lunch with my quilting friends and then off to visit two new quilt shops in our area.

Here are some additional designs for using nickel squares that I am playing around with-

#1
#2

#3
#4

#5
#6

#7
#8

#9
#10

Starting Saturday, December 10th through Dec. 17th, join in on the Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery in celebration of their 4th anniversary. There will be give-aways and lots of sites to visit.  Tell all your friends too.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'll be giving away 5 FREE patterns (the ones on my website) To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this post giving me the number of the design above that you think I should work on next.  Make sure I have an email address for you so I can send you a pattern if you are chosen.  All winners will be chosen at random.



107 comments:

  1. Candace

    Happy 55th Birthday!!!
    Love your quilts and enthusiasm!
    I would like to see you make #9 next.

    Have a wonderful birthday!
    charlotte
    kirkenoll@bellsouth.net

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  2. I love #7! The interweaving is really cool.

    Happy quilting! Happy birthday!

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  3. Happy birthday, and congratulations on your spectacular journey! I remember when you first posted your goal, and I thought to myself, wow, how's she gonna do all that?! I'm proud that you accomplished what you set out to do!!

    As for your next project, I like #7 - I think it's really cool when the final product looks much harder to produce than it really is...kinda like that trick with HST's in place of the Y-seam on Attic Window blocks..#7 will look like you wove the fabric instead of pieced it, and to me that's kinda cool!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. Happy Birthday, and congrats on such a fantastic accomplishment. I have enjoyed seeing your various nickel quilts.

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  5. Congratulations on accomplishing your goal and Happy Birthday!
    Susan

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  6. Happy Birthday Candice.

    I love number 10.

    I also celebrated my birthday this week.

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  7. I like #2, because i am just starting and it appears simple and clean!

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  8. I love postage stamp quilts - so #5. Happy Birthday!

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  9. I love nr. 2. thank you for this chance. hugs

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  10. Happiest of all birthdays - number 7 definitely as Ilove the weave. Thanks for this opportunity. Judy C

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  11. Happy birthday !

    I love number 3 !!

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  12. Happy Birthday! I like #7! Have a great day!

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  13. A big celebration day for you! Happy Birthday! I love #2.

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  14. I think you should work on #6 next! Great giveaway!

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  15. Happy Birthday!! we're the same age!
    I can't decide between 4 and 7!!

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  16. Happy Birthday. #7 speaks to me personally. I love the woven look!

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  17. Happy Belated Birthday! I am your newest follower #51 wouldn't it be great to hit 55 for your 55th on your Double Nickel 55 quilts using 5" squares? What would that be called? 55 with 55 doing 55 with 55? Never mind, LOL Thanks for sharing those Hexies I have been working with them lately. Along with the 5 theme How about #5 Next :')

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  18. Happy Birthday!!! I like #5 and #7!!

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  19. Happy Birthday! I like #5, (I'm partial to stars!)

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  20. Happy Birthday! Love your choices, but #1 looks like something I would do to work something up fast!

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  21. Happy birthday! I like the woven quilt #7 the best. I love charms & your blog has inspired me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. First...happy birthday! Second...you should work on #5. It's the one that just seems to pop the most...for me anyway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. Numbers 3, 5, and 7. Can't make up my mind.

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  24. Well Happy Birthday from one 55 to the other. At least until 1/6/2012 then oops ...56. I love your ideas. My favorite is number 2 as a pattern like that is on my to-do list! And if you don't do that how about #7? Now of course you know I am going to become a follower just to see if you make one of the 2 I picked...in the meantime..
    Happy Holidays to all! And to all a quilt night!

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  25. Happy birthday, happy holidays and happy charm pack patterns too. Thanks for the chance to win

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  26. Happy Double Nickles! My choice is number 10. Merry Christmas!

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  27. I hope you have a happy 55h birthday. You have definitely earned it. As far as voting, I choose 7. I have always been intrigued by interlocking. I have never made one myself, but some day, who knows. Thank you for a chance to win such a great gift. Merry Christmas and enjoy #7. Would mnake a great quilt.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  28. Happy birthday! I like #7. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  29. Thanks for the great giveaway! I vote for pattern 7. I love the interlaced look.

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  30. #8...and thanks for the giveaway!
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  31. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great one! My favorite is #3! Thank you for your generosity.

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  32. Think I may be different. I would say no 4. Always love stars.

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  33. I really like # 7. I've always wanted to make a quilt like that.

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  34. Well Happy Birthday!! I'm really liking #9

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  35. Happy Birthday! I like #7! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    Linda
    http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

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  36. I must agree with #7. It is just way too cool!! I'd love to make one like that too. It'd be fun!! Thanks for the opportunity- your patterns are really neat!!

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  37. number 9 or 10 - they're fabulous!

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  38. Number 7 is the one I like. Love your patterns!

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  39. Happy birthday! I really like #4, but they are all quite awesome.

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  40. I like # 5 and 7.....
    that looks like EQ??? I LOVE EQ!!

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  41. I love both 3 and 4. :)
    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a lovely day!
    Merry Xmas, too! Sandy. :)

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  42. I want to see # 4 done. Or maybe #1. oh...all of them!

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  43. I love the simplicity of #1 but I love #7. SO I guess start with #7 and then when you need a break go to #1.
    But they are all really lovely, it took me a long time to narrow it down to these two.

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  44. I really like 5 and 7 its a toss up

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  45. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful challenge you've set for yourself!! I love #7!!

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  46. Happy Birthday! I would like to see # 4 done with fabrics. Will be a nice challenge.

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  47. I really like the #4, I think it would be beautiful.

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  48. Thanks for the chance to win your patterns. I think I like #1 the best. Love your grandmother's flower garden. That is one of my goals for 2012 (to make a grandmother's flower garden quilt from scraps.) Hope you found the perfect background fabric!

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  49. I like #5 for the next project!

    Cathleen Savage
    Quilt My Phone
    cathleen@quiltmyphone.com

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  50. Well hun Happy Birthday. Too bad you are not 54 you could transpose the numbers and be 45 all over again. I love those hexies, and so need to learn how to make them. I am also a new follower...

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  51. Happy Birthday. you really accomplished a lot this past year. I like quilt #4. I love star quilts.

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  52. Happy 55th Birthday! What a neat way to celebrate. Maybe I can do that for my 65th in a couple of years. I like Quilt #4. Good Luck!
    Merry Christmas!
    Stash Away, Stash Away, Stash All!!

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  53. Happy birthday!
    I'm rather partial to #5 due to the color combination.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. No. 4 caught my eye immediately - so that is my pick. Love your hexies. Still working on mine but slowly right now. I have three other big projects in the works for this month so Hexies will only get worked on a little in the evening. Thanks for a great giveaway. : )

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  55. #4 is striking. Give that one a try!

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  56. I choose number seven love the primary colors.
    All of them are very striking.

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  57. I really like number nine :) I would love to be entered! Thank you for the chance!

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  58. I like #4 and thanks for the idea for the grandmothers flower garden. I have a few left from another project and that would be a great setting to use them in a matching pillow.

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  59. I like #2 :)

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  60. how about #4. I am a new follower

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  61. Thanks for the chance to win the patterns. I think you should work on #2 next. Happy holidays.

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  62. Happy Birthday! I can't believe you made so many quilts in one year, that's pretty amazing.

    I think I like #2 the best. It's a simple design with a lot of movement and it would look great using charms!

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  63. I actually like #2 best; it's really simple but catches the eye. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessilari (at) gmail (dot)com

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  64. I like #2. It is appealing to me.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd@gufltel.com

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  65. I really like #5. Happy Holidays

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  66. I love #7! The interweaving is really sweet.
    lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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  67. I love #4. Happy Birthday!! I love your blog and all the great ideas. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! :0)

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  68. I think you should work on #10, that's the most interesting ne to me.

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  69. I love #9 - it is amazing!!! The patterns on your website are equally stunning. Thanks for the chance to win them!

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  70. Happy Belated Birthday! I love #7. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. I think you should make #7! It looks intricate but I believe totally doable! Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  72. I like both 1 and 9. Thanks for the chance to win.
    kario66@hotmail.com

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  73. Happy birthday!! (a little late, but hey, we celebrate Birth-weeks at our house! :-) I vote for number 7! but they're all really neat designs! :-)

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  74. I like number 10. Happy birthday and wishes for a healthy year to come!

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  75. I really like the boldness of design #5 and hope you've had a happy birthday!

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  76. Hi, Happy Birthday and Happy Holiday and I think number 5 is the right one to do. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  77. I would love to see #5.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

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  78. I really like #1 - that's what I think you should start with :-) Thank you for the chance to win!

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  79. I think you should make #4 next! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. No 7 is my choice - thanks for the giveaway

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  81. These are all so nice! I like 5 and 7 best :)

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  82. I think you should make number 4 next but I love star patterns. I hope that you had a very Happy Birthday . I just celebrated my 55 birthday on November 22.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  83. A belated Happy 55th. I'd like to see what you'd do with #9.

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  84. Happy Birthday! I've been looking for quilts to do with charm packs that are more interesting than just sewing a bunch together so I would love to see #4 or #5. They look a little complicated so I hope you'd be willing to sort of do a tutorial on them as you go. Thanks for the chance to win a few of your fabulous patterns.

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  85. Happy Birthday to you!! Hope your day was wonderful! I'd choose #5 :)

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  86. http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/
    Nonnie's Quilting Dreams - Blog

    email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com


    like the patterns...
    adding you to my Google reader...
    best part of blog hops is finding new blogs to follow


    Nonnie

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  87. Happy Birthday. I like #7, I am a fan of the woven look. I also like #3, but in a different colorway.
    I think it's great that you have 55 ways to use a charm square, so I will be following you to learn more. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  88. #3

    Thanks for the chance to win
    Kelly (at) mysimplewalk (dot) com

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  89. I like #3 best..I love Crazy Quilts! BTW, I am working on Hexies. Addicting!

    www.auntieteresaquilts.com

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