Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick Curve Blog Hop from Sew Kind of Wonderful & A Giveaway!

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I'm thrilled to participate in a little blog hop celebrating Curve It Up pattern and Quick Curve Ruler from the amazing ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful. I had the chance to meet Jenny and Helen recently. I'm constantly amazed at all the ideas they keep coming up with. You are likely familiar with their Quick Curves Ruler. They also have a large assortment of patterns utilizing their ruler. They are currently having a sale that ends today, so if you have been thinking about it, now is the time!

Discount Code: BLOGHOP

I first encountered the Quick Curves Ruler (QCR) a couple years ago when I received it to make this quilt for Fat Quarterly.


I used the ruler again when I put together these quilts for my cousin. She was expecting identical twins and asked me to create quilts for her girls. My aunt had been working on some quilt blocks when she passed away unexpectedly. My cousin wanted to use her mother's quilt blocks in the quilts for her girls. The border using the QCR was a perfect addition to my aunt's blocks. My cousin's daughters just turned two, and they are adorable. I love that they have these quilts as a reminder of their sweet grandma.

Now two years later, I'm starting another project with the QCR with a very different style. In conjunction with the blog hop, Jenny and Helen offered to send each blogger something new to try. I couldn't decide between their new book or the Metro Twist Pattern. Jenny offered to send out both!

I was torn between the cover quilt on their book and the Metro Twist Design. All of their patterns I have read through appear well written and easy to follow.
I decided to make a test block from each pattern and see what I thought after that point. I love the idea of making the 1/4 circles or ovals with the QCR! It is so much easier and forgiving than a standard curved block.

I was leaning strongly toward using my stack of Field Day from Alison Glass for the quilt and felt that Metro Twist would be the best fit for this fabric. The pattern was great and guided me through the process without a glitch.

I paired it with some low volume prints from my stash.

I cut everything out. There is relatively little waste which I really like about this design. Notice the low volume prints on the left in this photo have been trimmed while the ones on the right are untrimmed. Only a small amount is cut away. The trimming portion of the pattern was somewhat time consuming, although I'm sure I made it more difficult by cutting my background pieces from 15 different fabrics vs. just one as called for in the pattern.

The blocks come together easily, and chain piecing makes them even faster. Because the curve is fairly gentle, it's fast and easy. If you've never sewn curves, this is a great place to start. The blocks do require trimming after sewing and pressing. It definitely saves time to complete each portion of the project in batches.

This is what I have completed on my (thread covered) design wall so far! I love how it's coming together!

Please go and check out Jenny’s blog and shop. You can also join the Sew Kind of Wonderful mailing list to get news of any new patterns or promotions. There will be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the blog hop so please go and check out the other participants!

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com AND http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August www.dontcallmebetsy.com

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The blog hop will be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

Giveaway! CLOSED
The Sew Kind of Wonderful ladies are offering one winner a copy of their Curve it Up Pattern. They will be hosting a QAL for this pattern over on their blog starting next month! I love this pattern because it offers so many different block ideas for the QCR. To enter, simply leave a comment telling us which pattern on their site is your favorite. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, August 25th.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I received two free patterns in exchange for my participation in this blog hop. My opinions are based on my hand-on experience with the products. 

139 comments:

  1. I like the Metro Lattice pattern.

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  2. I really like the Curve it Up pattern because it offers so many different blocks! :-)

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  3. Really like metro scope but that could change since all the patterns are great.

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  4. This ruler makes circles look so easy. I love Metro Lattice pattern

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  5. I am very intrigued with Metro Lattice. I have been wanting to add curved piecing to my quilting experience but can't seem to take the plunge! Maybe this pattern will get me going!

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  6. Would be great play with this ruler because I run when I see a pattern with curves and one of my favorite pattern is Metro lattice.

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  7. I love the deco shimmer pattern. Curve it up is lovely, too! I haven't worked yet with curves... It's scary to me! Yours is gorgeous, though. Great inspiration!

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  8. I like her Metro Slope pattern, but curve it up is great too. I haven't worked with curves in a whole quilt yet, but this technique looks easy.

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  9. I love the fabric you've chosen for your Metro Twist. I'm a big fan of the Metro Medallion pattern.

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  10. this one has been on my wish list for some time now and that alison glass quilt is looking amazing. if i had ot choose one it would be deco shimmer as an awesome pattern I would love to try.

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  11. I really like Metro Hoops (ordered) & Metro Rings :)

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  12. I'd like to make Jewels using prints. Love the quilt using Alison Glass too!

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  13. I think metro lattice just beats out metro hoops...barely.

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  14. Metro Nine-patch is such a great modern twist on a timeless block. Oops, I think I got the name right (I have a hard time remembering stuff from the time I went from their website back here :-/

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  15. I really love this. Beautiful work. I like the Metro Rings pattern.

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  16. I'm torn between Metro Lattice and Urban Beads! I've really been wanting to try this ruler!

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  17. Tough call on a favorite. I love so many of the patterns, right now I'd say my favorite is the Urban Abacus, with Metro Twist and Urban Beads very closely behind.

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  18. Tough choice... All of the patterns are awesome and this ruler is very swish!! I would make Metro Lattice first!!!

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  19. My favourite is the Metro Twist so it was nice to see your version. I also love the way you bordered the 2 baby quilts :-)

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  20. I can NOT wait to see ur finished quilt! It looks amazing do far! I've been wanting to try the QCR for a while now and have not have the opportunity to get it yet but it's very high on my list to get! As far as my favorite pattern of theirs....it's such a hard decision since I like them all! I've narrowed it down to 3 tho and those are Metro Scope, Metro Medallion, and Metro Rings! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  21. Oh, I like them all, but Metro Rings would be my first choice.

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  22. My favorite pattern for the QCR right now is "Metro Rings". I just picked it up and now need to decide what fabric to use. Thanks for the chance to win the Curve it up pattern.

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  23. My favorite is the Urban Window, would love to try it.

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  24. Metro twist of Metro medallion are the 2 that draw me in the most.

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  25. Deco the Halls is my favorite!!!

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  26. I love Metro Rings and Metro Waves.

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  27. I really love the Metro Hoops pattern. And the way you used it for your little twin quilts is fabulous!!

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  28. Metro Medallion is my favorite...so elegant looking!

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  29. Metro Medallion was my favourite yesterday and it still is today....although I'm really liking your Metro beads . Interesting colours.

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  30. I like a LOT of the patterns, but Urban Pods is probably my favourite

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  31. About a year ago I bought a QCR and pattern but have never been inspired to use it until I saw the Curve It Up pattern. I love sampler quilts.

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  32. I'm working on the Metro Rings right now but I'd love to try Metro Lattice! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I like Tik Tak Deco and then Deco The Halls

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  34. I think metro medallion it's my favorite, but all of the patterns are pretty cool.

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  35. HI,like Curve it up!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  36. Metro Lattice and Deco the Halls are two of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I received a fat quarter bundle of Allison Glass's Field Day just yesterday. I am SO tempted to copy you on this one. That's going to be gorgeous!!

    And don't you just love the Quick Curve Ruler? I love mine.

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  38. The curve it up pattern is fabulous, though it's hard to choose.

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  39. I love their metro rings pattern. I have the ruler

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  40. I loooove the Metro Lattice pattern!! :)

    Your 2 Quilts for the twins are sooooo Gorgeous!! Nice Memory Quilts for them too! Sweeeet!

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  41. Your twins quilts are adorable! I have the ruler, too...Love the Metro Twist..just bought the pattern. I've completed the Metro Abacus..so easy and fun!

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  42. Metro Lattice is my choice. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  43. I like Metro Rings the best! :)

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  44. I was apart of the original curve it up QAL and I love using this ruler! I would choose the Metro Tiles pattern. Thanks!

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  45. Your quilts are gorgeous, Kati! It's a tough decision to pick a favorite pattern, but I think I like Metro Lattice the most. You made me wanna try this ruler!

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  46. I am working on Metro Rings and love using the curve ruler. The curves are so easy to piece. But, I have several more patterns on the "To Do List"!

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  47. I love using my QCR ruler. My favourite pattern is Metro Rings followed closely by Abacus. Thanks for offering a giveaway. I am really enjoying the blog hop.

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  48. I love the Metro Lattice pattern or maybe it's the Urban Nine Patch. It is so hard to decide...Thank you so much for a chance to win!

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  49. Metro Lattice. AND Metro Scope...

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  50. I really like Metro rings. Would love to give it a go.

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  51. It's a tie between Deco Shimmer and Urban Holiday. Thanks for being a part of the hop.

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  52. I like metro waves. Just watched the videos, would love to give this a try! Thanks for te chance!

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  53. Your quilt is looking amazing...I love the metro rings..

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  54. Urban Chained. Thanks for the chance.

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  55. I have already made a few of the QCR patterns, the newest one I love is the Metro Twist which I bought and plan to find some fabric for...time to stash shop!

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  56. Metro Rings! But all pattern are beautiful!

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  57. I would love to try the Metro Rings pattern! Thanks!

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  58. All of the Metro circle quilts really appeal to me! I think I would say Metro Hoops is a fav.

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  59. Wow! The Deco Tile pattern is beautiful! Thank you for doing this. : )

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  60. The metro rings is my favourite!
    doyleajackie at gmail dot com

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  61. Metro twist is so cute. I LOVE your color scheme.

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  62. Metro Rings is my favourite but love them all.

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  63. I'm thinking Urban Beads would make a good first try at curved piecing. This ruler is interesting. kthurn@bektel.com

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  64. I like several of the Sew Kind of Wonderful QCR patterns. I think I'd like to make their Urban Pods quilt and their Pointsettia runner.

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  65. I love the blocks you chose and love them even more with the AG prints - perfect!

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  66. I have the ruler but haven't worked with it yet. I love your results!!!!!!

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  67. I actually have 2 favorites: Metro Scope & Metro Waves. Awesome work, ladies!!

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  68. Urban Winter ~ Pattern #111 (Paper Pattern) is my favorite.

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  69. Gorgeous quilts! My favorite is the top right-hand block on the cover of the Curve It Up pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. Metro Scope looks brilliant, would love to try it! Your blocks are beautiful and this is goingvto be a stunning quilt!

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  71. I love the elongated block you made with the curve ruler. So many design choices can be done with it :) I really likey!

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  72. The metro twist is wonderful. Love the colors you used too.

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  73. I love the pattern you are making with the curve ruler. Those fabrics are so bold and fun looking. It will be a great quilt. I can see using this pattern for my scraps.

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  74. Today my favourite would be metro hoops :)

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  75. I thought my favorite was Metro Hoops but now I rally like how the one you're making curves back and forth and then creates other designs. I definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Love how your quilt is coming along! I like the Metro Rings pattern. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  77. Hello,
    Thanks for sharing your quilts. They look great! I would love the Metro Hoops pattern today.

    ruthq@rogers.com

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  78. Fell fell in love with the urban birthday pattern when I seen a quilt hanging in a shop I was visiting!!! Being afraid of curves I haven't tried it yet, but I signed up for a QCR class at my LQS, so maybe I will try it after the class!!!

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  79. I've used your ruler to make the pattern that comes with it and I love it. Looking at your curve it up pattern, I love the curvy Dresden plate! I'd like to try that one next. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. Like you I can't decide what I like more. I love them all. I have a bead quilt pattern and the Urban winter that I want to get too soon but I have to finish my Metro Medallion and my Mod Olive soon. Never enough time.

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  81. I'm making the Metro Rings right now - but have adapted it to 8 squares x 10 squares and will add borders to make it a king size - a little ambitious for my first QCR Project but it's going really well! I've also got the pattern for Urban Holiday - and have the fabric all picked out from my stash ready to go - and then will tackle the Metro Medallion - I'm hooked! My favorite pattern right now is Metro Medallion - but I'm sure that will change as I make more! Can't wait to quilt them!

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  82. Love the urban 9 patch. Thanks for sharing

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  83. Urban 9 patch is my favorite, but I really like the Curve it Up! TFS!

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  84. I love so many but my all time favorite is Metro Rings.

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  85. I love curving up log cabin blocks! Metro Waves is my favorite!

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  86. I love so many of them, I have several favorites.....my wish list is growing! lol

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  87. I would have to say Metro Twist is one of my favorites. It was a hard choice to come up with just one favorite.

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  88. I love the Urban Abacus, although they are all great!

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  89. urban pods.. I ordered my ruler..

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  90. Metro Twist is my favorite. I already own it and I'm waiting for my schedule to free up a bit so I can make it!

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  91. I like the Metro Twist, the Urban Abacus and the Urban Pods patterns. I like what you started also.

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  92. Oh I love how your Metro Twist is coming along - it will be fabulous!!
    QCR is my new favorite gadget and with three patterns tried, I have a LONG list of TO-DOs, trust me, (and Metro twist is close to the top of that!) so it is very hard to choose a favorite.... But I'll pick from ones I don't have yet and want to do - so lets go with Metro Medallion!
    Thank you for a wonderful giveaway - I want to participate in sew-a-long so it would be perfect! :)

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  93. I love Metro Scope and Metro Lattice. Urban Holiday would make a great gift. Too many to choose! Thanks for the review. notwendy gmail

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  94. I love metro twist and metro medallions!

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  95. Metro Twist is my favorite pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  96. Your blocks look wonderful! I am anxious to watch your progress. How to pick just one...? I am drawn to Metro Rings, Metro Lattice, and Metro Twist.

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  97. Love this tool!! I just bought it when I was doing the Row by Row Shop Hop and would love to win a pattern to go with it!!! Love what you are doing with it!!

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  98. I sure like the first quilt you made with the QCR. And that ruler is such an ingenious tool. I really like the Metro Rings pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  99. Ingenious! I would love to have one! I do love the Urban Bead Patterns! they are all gorgeous though!

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  100. I like Urban Abacus and Metro Rings- but now I have to consider Metro Twist!

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  101. I just bought Metro Twist because of this post. They had sold out of paper version, so more is on the way...in the mean time...they sent the pdf and I was able to start already! I would love to try Metro Hoops.

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  102. Yes, definitely Metro Twist… love yours with Field Day!

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  103. Metro Hoops, because it was the black and yellow fabrics that caught my eye.

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  104. It's a toss up between Metro Lattice and Metro Medallion.

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  105. Metro hoops I really like all of them

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  106. 3rd time posting so hope this takes. I am a better quilter than blogger obviously, but I've made Tic Tak Deco and hope to do lots more patterns to improve my skills. Your twins quilts are sweet and special. I want to do a quilt back using a curve at the middle of each row - making a large diamond shape. I'm intrigued by all this and the Sew Wonderful site. I would like to do the MetroTwist quilt.

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  107. I really love Metro Rings and I especially like that it is made up in yellows and greys on the pattern cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  108. I love the metro Lattice and metro rings patterns.Thanks for the chance!

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  109. It's been so much fun to see all the variations of Metro Hoops. This looks like such a cool tool to use. Great job on your Metro Twist quilt. It came out wonderfully! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. I love the Metro Rings pattern. Also love the ruler and would share with a friend if I win. Thank for the chance.

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  111. Really like the Metro Rings, maybe that will be enough to overcome my fear of curves :)

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  112. I like Urban Pods. Your quilt is looking good as well.

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  113. I'd go with Metro Waves. Thanks!

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  114. I like Metro Rings. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  115. I like the Urban 9 patch and many others, thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. Metro hoops looks great. Traditional with a twist.

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  117. The Metro Medallion is my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  118. The urban nine patch is a favorite!

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  119. Metro hoops I really like all of them so hard to really chose. I also like the way you can dress up the borders with this ruler.

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  120. My favorite is Urban Winter. I have made one tester block so far.

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  121. Metro medallion looks great! Emily@reznechek.com

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  122. I love the Metro Hoops pattern. I just bought the same Alison Glass fabric so thank you for the inspiration!!!

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  123. I'm thinking Metro Lattice would be wonderful. Thanks.

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  124. I like Metro Hoops pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. Wow, like a lot of their patterns! Metro scope is probably my favorite, but hard to decide. I've never sewn curves, would love to try!

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  126. Definitely the Metro Rings pattern! Actually, I really like all of them and would love to try curved piecing!

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  127. I like Metro Medallion best. Thanks for the chance!

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