Gift and Holiday Ideas from Quiltmaker

It’s hard not to feel good about the time of year when people celebrate faith, family and friends. Quilters acknowledge the holidays by creating handmade gifts and by making their homes warm and inviting.

To that end, I’ve gathered some of Quiltmaker’s best-loved treasures for this post. I hope you’ll enjoy them, and perhaps they’ll make your holidays a little brighter.

Free Placemat Patterns

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Free placemat pattern from Quiltmaker features bells, mittens or stars.

Our Fabric Fiesta placemats are always popular. Help yourself to the free patterns which include bells, mittens or stars as options.

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Mitten placemats would be great for the kids’ table!

 

Christmas Tweet is an adorable little 21″ x 21″ wall quilt, perfect for trying your hand at wool applique. Our digital pattern for Christmas Tweet gets you sewing in an instant!

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Christmas Tweet by Paula Stoddard for Quiltmaker

The little Churn Dash blocks are just 3″ square but are not difficult. Dig into your leftovers bin for the fabrics in reds, creams and taupe. This one is on my must-make list!

One of the most perfect gifts (for yourself or someone else!) is more than 500 ideas for quilting in our book, 501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting.

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501 Quilting Motifs: A great resource for anyone who wants to finish quilts in style.

This is a treasure trove of original quilting designs that Quiltmaker has published over the years. They are timeless! Get it in hardcover, softcover or digital and put the motifs to work on your UFOs in the new year. There’s a reason this is a best seller!

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If machine embroidery is your thing, we have adorable holiday designs from our friends at Creative Machine Embroidery. I love the border above with its cocoa cup and gingerbread man.

Free Library of Ebooks

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In our extensive library of free ebooks, we have three that are especially good for the season:
• Free Christmas Quilt Patterns
• Free Christmas Quilt Blocks
• Free Easy, Quick Quilt Patterns

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Christmas Snack Pack fabrics

And what Christmas post would be complete without quilting fabric? The Christmas Basics Snack Pack sounds good enough to eat, don’t you think? Think of the fun you’d have playing with 42 strips at 2.5″ x 44″. Bliss!

You’ll find more Christmas and holiday gift ideas in my Ho-Ho-Holiday post. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

~Diane

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt; Giveaway!

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt is ongoing, with more than $24,000 in quilt-related prizes to be awarded to 27 lucky winners.

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest features a Handi Quilter longarm, a new PFAFF sewing machine and prize packages of fabric, thread, books and more. Twenty-seven winners in all!

Today we’re featuring several Treasure Hunt sponsors and having a giveaway, too.

 Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt; Giveaway! C&T Publishing creates exceptional books and products for quilting, paper craft, and fiber art markets.

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One of my favorite C&T products is the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool from Joen Wolfrom. I wrote about how I use it in Color Tools for Quilters. We have one of these for giveaway today, along with two books, a Magic Design-Ratio tool and a Quilted Masterpieces Datekeeper.

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Today’s giveaway features these items from C&T Publishing, a Treasure Hunt sponsor.

We’re also pleased to have Connecting Threads as a Treasure Hunt sponsor. You may have gotten their mail order catalogs or visited their webstore for fabric, thread (one of my favorites) tools and more.

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The Warm Company is known by quilters everywhere as the maker of wonderful batting products and Steam a Seam and Steam a Seam Lite.

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Quiltmaker uses Warm Company batting in many of our quilts. There are many types available so you can get exactly the kind you want for your next project!

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And who doesn’t love all things Moda Fabrics? We used their Grunge in pinks and purple for Blushing Geese in the latest issue.

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Blushing Geese in Moda Fabrics from QM’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue

All of these sponsors have provided amazing prizes for Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt. You can easily enter by finding sponsor buttons on their websites. You don’t have to find all of the buttons, but each one you find gives you another chance to win!

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Handi Quilt Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm quilting machine

The grand prizes are fabulous! There’s a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sitdown longarm quilting machine.

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PFAFF quilt ambition 2.0 sewing machine

And there’s a PFAFF quilt ambition 2.0 sewing machine.

Twenty-five more prize packages contain all manner of fabric, thread, books, tools and more.

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Please enter Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt today!

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 5: Issue Sets and Mugs Galore!

Welcome to Day 5 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Welcome back to the blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. It’s been a good week of quilty fun, hasn’t it? The designers always have lots to share.

We have more giveaways today so please read to the end and leave a comment as instructed.

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Are you seeing Volume 10 in your area? We’d love to know where you’ve found it. If you don’t see it locally, you can order print or digital issues from QuiltandSewShop.com.

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And, drumroll

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Three complete sets of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are up for giveaway today.

SURPRISE! We have three complete sets of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for giveaway today!

That’s 10 issues and 1000 block patterns to browse and enjoy and make!

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Three complete sets of 100 Blocks mugs are up for giveaway today!

SHAZAM! We have three complete sets of 100 Blocks mugs for giveaway today!

That’s enough to share with all your quilting friends. Wouldn’t that be fun during the holidays?

Six lucky winners will be chosen. Please read to the very end of this post and leave a comment here to be entered in today’s giveaway!

We’re pleased to welcome AccuQuilt today as a valued industry partner.

 

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Mix & Match Quilts with the AccuQuilt GO! 12 Fresh Designs Using Traditional Shapes

AccuQuilt has provided books for today’s giveaways. We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop. And if you’ve never tried cutting with AccuQuilt, we recommend that you give it a go. Major time savings for quilters, plus other advantages.

Let’s preview a few more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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Spring by Deonn Stott for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Deonn used the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter while making her block.

Deonn Stott’s happy little block is called Spring, for which she used an AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. If this block feels familiar, it may be that you remember Deonn’s cover quilt from our May/June issue, called Sheep Shape.

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Sheep Shape adorned the cover of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue.

This quilt has been very popular with QM readers, as I’m sure the Spring block will be. I imagine a baby quilt with lots of springing sheep!

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Scream for Ice Cream by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10

Denise Starck, QM Graphic Designer, continues her transportation series with Scream for Ice Cream, above. Here are some of her blocks from past volumes.

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Denise is an amazing designer. She’s come up with all of Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals, too. (See kits at the bottom of this post.)

Ready for a final day of blog hopping?

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Margie Ullery
  2. Mary Elizabeth Kinch
  3. Evonne Cook
  4. Kelli Fannin
  5. Gudrun Erla
  6. Kate Colleran
  7. Keiko Clark
  8. Jennifer Dick
  9. Sandi Colwell
  10. Sindy Rodenmayer
  11. Melissa Corry

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the AccuQuilt blog for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of the royal blue Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Sunday, November 23. Tell us your favorite thing about the blog tour this week. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 5 giveaway are: Sandi W., Elizabeth Bolton, Renate, Kathy Heiser, Janet Frank and Diane. The winners have been notified by email!

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Thanks for being with us. Please visit Quilty Pleasures often. I think you’ll enjoy the how-tos, the Scrap Squad, the product reviews and the good quilty fun we have!

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Brand new! Scrappy starter pack to make Bonnie Hunter-style quilts!

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Enhance your stash with our Bonnie Hunter scrap packs and her best-selling book!

Get nine total yards of fabric in fat eights sorted by lights, mediums and darks, plus Bonnie’s best-selling More Adventures with Leaders and Enders, all for less than 100 dollars! See the Addicted to Scraps Starter Pack with Bonnie Hunter.

Bonnie writes a column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps featuring a scrappy block and quilt ideas in every regular issue.

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the week so far. We have many more giveaways today—not only here, but on all of the designer blogs listed below as well.

We’re grateful for our industry partners and sponsors who have sent things for giveaway. It’s always great fun to send boxes to lucky winners, who we sometimes hear squeal with delight from several states away.

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Today we’re pleased to welcome Timeless Treasures as a valued industry partner.

 

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Timeless Treasures has an issue giveaway on their blog post today.

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Fat Quarter Bundles from Timeless Treasures Fabrics for giveaway!

Timeless Treasures provided fabrics for today’s giveaways on Quilty Pleasures. We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

Let’s preview a few more designs in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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In the Middle, block #959 by Carolyn Beam for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Timeless Treasures.

I love Carolyn Beam’s block, In the Middle. Carolyn steers the QM ship as Director of Content. She’s an experienced designer who ran a successful pattern business for many years before joining the Quiltmaker team more than nine years ago. She used Timeless Treasures fabrics for her block, and they definitely add movement!

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Rainbow Houndstooth, block #959 by Theresa Eisinger for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Timeless Treasures.

Rainbow Houndstooth also features fabrics from Timeless. It was designed by Theresa Eisinger, who worked as QM’s Graphic Designer for many years. Now Theresa has a second career as a nurse. We’re very proud of her.

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Sandy George was one of our block testers for Volume 10. She created Butterfly Kisses for the Block Tester Gallery. It uses three blocks from this issue and fabrics from Timeless Treasures.

Ready for some Blog Touring?

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Jenny Novinsky
  2. Belinda Karls-Nace
  3. Cheryl Brown
  4. Sisters Quilting Trunk
  5. Jennifer Ofenstein
  6. Kristy Lea
  7. Bonnie Hunter
  8. Fat Quarter Shop
  9. Cindy Weins
  10. Sandi Blackwell
  11. Shannon Owndy
  12. Lauri Linder

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the Timeless Treasures blog for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10, a 100 Blocks mug and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Friday, November 21. Tell us about your favorite quilting technique, such as piecing, applique, English paper piecing, foundation piecing, machine quilting and so on. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 4 giveaway are: Sandra Timmons, Karen, Sheri D., Debbie, Pat D. and Beverly Hernandez. The winners have been notified by email!

 

 

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Thanks for being with us. Please tell your quilting friends about the blog tour!

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Missing some volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks? Complete your collection.

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Complete your set of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks today!

Popular kits from Quiltmaker:

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Sheep Shape

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Block Testing for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

Looking for the blog tour? Please scroll down to the next post.

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From the early days of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, we’ve used a system of testing each pattern before it is published. A real quilter makes each and every block months before we go to press. QM Creative Editor Paula Stoddard manages the testing process. I asked her to explain how it works.

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Paula Stoddard, QM’s Creative Editor

First of all, I’d like to say that there is no way we could publish our 100 Blocks issues without our amazing testers. They are such good sports and a little bit crazy, and we are grateful for every single one of them.

The proofing, writing, testing, proofing, tweaking, testing and proofing process starts months before each issue goes on sale. For every issue we recruit 32 testers who are willing to test every technique we ask of them. Our contributing editor, Amy Rullkoetter, writes the instructions and draws the diagrams. Then Quiltmaker editors proof them.

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After proofing, I send them out to the testers, one block at a time, who follow the instructions to make the block. They send us a photo of their finished block and fill out a short evaluation stating any problems or mistakes they encountered. They are often working way outside of their comfort zone, trying techniques they’ve never done before.

Each block is tested by four testers, and each tester makes about 12 blocks.

As you can see, this isn’t a quick process. We try our hardest to present completely accurate block patterns, and it takes a team to do it.

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It takes a team to publish one hundred patterns at a time.

We love our testers – their funny emails, their “ugly” blocks (as they say), their willingness to foundation piece yet another block when they are ready to scream—and then offer to do more if we need them.

We are lucky to have such loyal and awesome readers, ready to step up and help us when we need them!

Today we’re recognizing our block testers as a valuable part of the team that brings you Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Rachel Dreher and some of her quilts

There’s Rachel…

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Maryln Fleming

and Maryln…

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Janet Nieuwenhoff and one of her prize-winning quilts

and Janet.

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Vicki Holloway

We have Vicki…

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Sandy George

and Sandy…

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Mary Ellen Futch

and Mary Ellen.

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Mary Jane Cardwell

Not to be confused with Mary Jane,

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Marie Atkinson with one of her prize-winning quilts

or Marie.

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A sampler quilt made Karlene Larson using the blocks she tested for Quiltmaker

Karlene sent a quilt photo!

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Joanne Harris

And Joanne made a Baby Windmills quilt!

Not pictured but equally as important are the remaining testers:

Jennifer Ball, Carol Berge, Joan Brandt, Megan Ferris, Patty Happel, Jennifer Harlan, Anita Jones, Kathy Lague, Lauri Linder, Cynthia Marshall, Joyce McCollum, Sue Monsey, Nan Newell, Shannon Ownby, Debi Pennington, Deb Praus, Tammie Schaffer, Cindy Sliker, Beverly Thomas, Wendy Wallace, Anne Welker and Sue Wolfe.

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Sometimes testers have moved on to our Back to School sewing team, or to applying for the QM Scrap Squad. It’s a great opportunity to learn some new things, try out techniques you wouldn’t do otherwise and meet some new people.

 Block Testing for Quiltmakers 100 BlocksIf you’re interested in becoming a Quiltmaker block tester, please follow us on Facebook, where we post the announcements twice a year. The Back to School announcement and the Scrap Squad call also happen on Facebook.

Once again, Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges our amazing team of block testers. We couldn’t publish Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks without them!

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Complete your set of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. All volumes remain available.

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Complete your set of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks today!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

The week is rushing by. There is so much to see! I always love reading the designers’ blog posts. Sometimes you get a peek into their studio or their process or their mind. If you’d like to see earlier posts, here are links to Day 1 and Day 2 of the blog tour.

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We’re having another giveaway today so please read to the bottom. If you see Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 on a newsstand near you, please get it! You may also order print or digital issues.

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We have issues to give away and great prizes for six lucky winners, including a 100 Blocks mug. Please read to the very end of this post and leave a comment to be entered in today’s giveaway!

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Quilty Treats!

We’re pleased to welcome Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Handi Quilter today as our valued industry partners.

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 Robert Kaufman has an issue giveaway on their blog post today.

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Fat Quarter Bundles from Robert Kaufman for giveaway!

Robert Kaufman provided fabrics for today’s giveaways.

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We also welcome Handi Quilter as a sponsor today. Handi Quilter has an issue giveaway on their blog post, too.

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Quilting supplies from Handi Quilter for giveaway!

Handi Quilter provided quilting supplies for today’s giveaways. If you haven’t tried their Preview Paper, it’s amazing! It lets you see how quilting designs will look on your quilt before you mark them or quilt them in.

We appreciate the partnership of these generous sponsors. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

Let’s preview a few more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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Spike Ball by Denniele Bohannon for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Robert Kaufman.

I’m very anxious to try Spike Ball by Denniele Bohannon. She used Kona cotton solids from Robert Kaufman. I love the modern look this version has, but wouldn’t this be great in a scrappy combination of prints, too? I imagine making that white square in the middle from a contrasting fabric!

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Woven Ribbons by Lerlene Nevaril for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Robert Kaufman.

Lerlene Nevaril’s Woven Ribbons has great potential for a transparency effect. It’s also a good reminder that backgrounds don’t have to be light. Her black tone-on-tone background is very attractive. Her fabrics are from Robert Kaufman, too.

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Block tester Cynthia Sliker created a bright, starry sky with her imaginative layout and repetition of three different blocks from this issue. Robert Kaufman’s fabrics shine here, too.

Please visit the designer blogs linked below for more ideas and giveaways. Let’s send you on your way…

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Corey Yoder
  2. Beth Helfter
  3. Abigail Dolinger
  4. Camelia Elliott
  5. Cynthia Foster
  6. Mary McGuire
  7. Debbie Martin
  8. Rochelle Martin
  9. Susan Nelson
  10. Janice Averill

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the Robert Kaufman and Handi Quilter blogs for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10, a 100 Blocks mug and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Thursday, November 20. Tell us how long you’ve been quilting and how you’d classify yourself: beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 3 giveaway are: Lynne, Judy, Marylin McGahan, Annelises, Janine Marie and Rachell Reilly. The winners have been notified by email!

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Thanks for being with us and please come back tomorrow for more giveaways and more fun!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

We’re off to a good start as we celebrate Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. It appears officially today, 11/18,  so you’ll be seeing it on newsstands. When you do, I hope you’ll get it! At just $6.99 for 100 patterns, it makes a great holiday gift for your quilt friends, too.

There were so many things to see on yesterday’s Blog Tour post. Still time to leave a comment there for your chance to win this issue and prizes from our sponsors. We’re having another giveaway today so please read to the end of this post.

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With Volume 10, Quiltmaker has published 1000 original block designs since 2009. We’re grateful to all the designers who have made it possible. Their quilt blocks have been outstanding!

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Quilty Treats!

 

Today we’re pleased to welcome Northcott Fabrics as a valued industry partner.

 

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Northcott provided fabrics for today’s giveaways. Even better, there’s a giveaway of fabric going on at Patti’s blog!

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Fat Quarter Bundles from Northcott Fabrics for giveaway!

 

We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

 

Let’s peek at some of the designs in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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Above and Beyond by Chris Hoover for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Northcott.

Chris Hoover’s Above and Beyond has a fresh modern vibe with its white, yellow and teal blue hues. The little Four Patches will create a chain effect when this block is repeated. I think it would make a great Bonnie Hunter-style scrap quilt!

 

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Shimmer by Karen Bialik for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Northcott.

Karen Bialik created Shimmer with similar Northcott fabrics, but added a couple of oranges into the mix. It’s a lively design!

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Anita Jones used Northcott fabrics for her Summer Lovin’ quilt, above. She made the blocks as part of QM’s block testing process. She placed the pictorial blocks running diagonally across the quilt, which is very effective. Nice work, Anita!

And now let’s get you hopping! Visit each blog link below for more ideas, block designs and chances to win this issue. 

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Nancy Zieman
  2. Jennifer Schifano Thomas
  3. Jennifer Ball
  4. Peg Spradlin
  5. Pat Harrison
  6. Cheryl Brickey
  7. Denise Russart
  8. Kristy & Shayla Wolf
  9. Regina Grewe (to enter this giveaway, please email Regina at info@reginagrewe.de)

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the Northcott blog for a giveaway, too.

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Wednesday, November 19. Tell us about a new blog you discovered today. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 2 giveaway are: Amy Caldwell, Margaret Andrews, Liz A., Karyn Ashley-Smith, Chris and Cheri Williams. The winners have been notified by email!

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Thanks for being with us today, and please visit again tomorrow for a whole new list of designer blogs. Please tell your quilting friends about the blog tour!

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Brand new! Starter packs to make scrap quilts Bonnie Hunter-style!

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Enhance your stash with our Bonnie Hunter scrap packs and her best-selling book!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I’m so glad you’re here. We’ll have a lot of fun this week, as you visit blogs written by 100 Blocks designers and get a taste of what’s inside Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

The cover trim for this issue is a beautiful purply blue, so you’ll know what to look for on the newsstand beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, November 18. (Sometimes it sneaks onto newsstands earlier—if it does, grab it while you can!)

You can also order print or digital issues from QuiltandSewShop.com beginning Tuesday 11/18.

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Visit Quilty Pleasures each day this week, where you’ll have many chances to win.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour goes on all week Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 2014.

We have issues to give away and great prizes every day to numerous lucky winners. Please read to the very end of this post and leave a comment here to be entered in today’s giveaway: one copy to each of six winners, plus a variety of other quilty treats like fabric, books and patterns!

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Quilty Treats!

We’re pleased to welcome Hoffman California Fabrics today as a valued industry partner.

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Hoffman has an issue giveaway on their blog post today.

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Fat Quarter bundles from Hoffman California Fabrics for giveaway!

Hoffman provided fabrics for today’s giveaways. We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

Let’s preview a few of the amazing designs in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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Half Moon Rising by Kelly Eisinger for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Hoffman California Fabrics.

Half Moon Rising is by Kelly Eisinger, QM’s editorial assistant. The fabrics from Hoffman work beautifully in this design.

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Five and Diamond by Eileen Fowler for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Hoffman California Fabrics.

Eileen Fowler also used Hoffman fabrics in her Five and Diamond block, above. Hoffman batiks in light, medium and dark give this block its flair. Eileen is an editor for Quiltmaker.

100Blks10 Hoff Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 1Jennifer Ball used several different blocks from Volume 10 in her Bali Posies quilt design, above. The fabrics are Bali Paradise and Bali Batiks, all from Hoffman.

Let’s get this party started! You’ll want to follow the links below for more fun and extra giveaways of this issue. For your viewing pleasure, here are…

Today’s Featured Designers:

  1. Doris Rice
  2. Deonn Stott
  3. Jacquelynne Steves
  4. Kari Carr
  5. Teresa Rawson
  6. Celine Perkins
  7. Susan Marth
  8. Heather Kojan
  9. Sara Hardwig
  10. Kay Mackenzie
  11. Nancy Mahoney
  12. Deborah Bahr-Johnson

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the Hoffman blog for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of the royal blue Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 and a prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Tuesday, November 18. Tell us what you saw on the blog tour today that excited you. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 1 giveaway are: Donna Fecteau, Sue S., Pat Selby, Jennifer Willard, Darlene Krystal and Michele. The winners have been notified by email!

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Get Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 now.

Thanks for being with us. Please tell your quilting friends about the blog tour!

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Great Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buff and Tula Pink

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of six readers who make scrappy versions of QM quilts. The purpose is to show you how easily our patterns can be used to create scrap quilts using fabrics already in your stash.

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Today’s quilt pattern is in Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue. It’s called Christmas Ribbons, and it was designed by Carolyn Beam. The fabrics are Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics.

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Christmas Ribbons by Carolyn Beam. Fabric: Windham Fabrics.

The digital pattern for this easy quilt is also available as a single: Christmas Ribbons at quiltandsewshop.com.

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Buff Jones

Today’s featured quilt is by Buff Jones, who lives in Santa Clara, California. She tells her quilt story below.

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I chose some beautiful leftovers from a Tula Pink fat quarter pack and some matching tone on tones and solids that I was itching to use up. All those beautiful teals, pinks and lavenders were just right for my version of Christmas Ribbons.

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Prints and solid quilt fabrics

I enjoyed pairing up the snowball block corners, pressed my small squares in half (instead of marking all of them) and got ready for a nice long chain sewing session.

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Patches are ready to go: scrappy quilt in progress!

I arranged the blocks so that the “critters” could be seen right side up—hence the name of the quilt.

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Are you looking at me, Mr. Raccoon?

I especially like Mr. Bunny on his block…

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Mr. Bunny with Mr. Bird

Here is how it looks all finished. I love the quilting on this piece, which mirrors the shape in the background fabric. I hope you like it!

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Buff’s Finished Quilt

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Scrap quilt lovers, check out Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps blocks in every regular issue of Quiltmaker.

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Enhance your stash with these fat eighths and one of Bonnie Hunter’s amazing books.

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Learning About Value: Make It Work!

Why is everyone always talking about value when it comes to making quilts? What do they mean? I had a hard understanding value for many years, but now that I “get it,” my quilts are more lively, more effective and more interesting.

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Focal Point by Doug Leko for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2

I used Focal Point from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2 to create a lesson on using value, and how it can dramatically transform any quilt design. Have a look!

This short free quilting video includes the free pattern for Focal Point by Doug Leko.

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Try Thangles for easy, accurate half-square triangles in all your quilt blocks.

 

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