Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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Hello, and welcome to day 4 of our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour! We are having so much fun celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 this week. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top quilt designers. The issue is now available on newsstands, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week as we dive into this new 100 Blocks issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

QM ODEN Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 4

Frany Odorlicious block designed by Jennifer Oden

Frany Odorlicious: Have you ever seen such an adorable skunk? This was designed by Jennifer Oden and is shown in Tropical Cadenza Mix fabrics by EBI Fabrics Corporation.

QM MURPHY Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 4

Sparkle Star block designed by Amanda Murphy

Sparkle Star: This lovely foundation-pieced star block was designed by Amanda Murphy. The block is shown here in Amanda’s Sparkle line for Benartex fabrics.

QM EISINGER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 4

Posy Puff block designed by Theresa Eisinger

Posy Puff: Isn’t this flower block neat? It was designed by our past QM graphic designer Theresa Eisinger. I love the interesting three-dimensional effect in the design.

QM KENNEDY Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 4

Jewels and Lace block designed by Margaret Kennedy

Jewels and Lace: Margaret Kennedy, one of our previous QM Scrap Squad members, designed this pieced block. Isn’t it stunning?

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

1. Melissa Corey
2. Beth Shibley
3. Jennifer Thomas
4. Sandi Colwell
5. Cynthia Brunz
6. Tricia Maloney
7. Bonnie Hunter
8. Cheryl Brickey

Now For Our Giveaway!

Leave a comment here on this blog post by midnight Sunday, May 8 – telling us which Vol. 13 block that you’ve seen today has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.

  • Six winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Monday, May 9.

See You Tomorrow for Day 5!

Come back Friday for one more day of block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can sign up to have all of Quiltmaker’s special issues — including 100 Blocks — delivered straight to your mailbox? Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they’re released. Learn more here.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 3

Welcome Back to Our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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Hello, quilters! Thanks for visiting our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour. We are on day 3 of our weeklong tour celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top quilt designers. The issue is now available on newsstands, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, May 2-6, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

QM BEAM Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 3

Dewdrops block designed by Carolyn Beam

Dewdrops: QM content director Carolyn Beam designed this lovely pieced block. The fabrics shown here are from the Lily line by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures. Carolyn used the AccuQuilt Go! Qube Mix & Match 6″ Block to cut the patches for this block.

QM LUCKAU Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 3

Summer Strawberry block designed by Konda Luckau

Summer Strawberry: What could be cuter than a strawberry block? This pieced block designed by Konda Luckau would be so sweet to use in a fun summer-themed quilt.

QM FOWLER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 3

Flutter Wheel block designed by Eileen Fowler

Flutter Wheel: Designed by our past associate editor Eileen Fowler, this gorgeous block is shown here in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics. The differences between Eileen’s batiks are subtle — you can make yours as subtle or as bold as you’d like.

QM GENTRY Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 3

Butterfly Strings block designed by Kay Gentry

Butterfly Strings: This beauty was designed by Kay Gentry. The string piecing is done first, directly on the paper foundation. Kay used AccuQuilt GO! die 55014 to pre-cut strips.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

1. Anne Wiens
2. Abigail Dolinger
3. Kay Mackenzie
4. Shelley Cavanna
5. Denise Russart
6. Kate Colleran
7. Yolanda Fundora
8. Fat Quarter Shop

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our sponsor for Day 3 of this blog tour is AccuQuilt.

They are hosting a giveaway on their blog today — and, they have donated some fabulous quilting books for our giveaway too: GO! Sampler Mix & Match Blocks & Quilt Patterns by Eleanor Burns as well as the GO! Inspired With the AccuQuilt Go! Pattern book.

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Leave a comment here on this blog post by midnight Thursday, May 5 – telling us which Vol. 13 block you’ve seen today has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus these two books or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.

  • Four winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and these two books
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Friday, May 6.

See You Tomorrow for Day 4!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Are you sewing along on our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along? The 100 Blocks Sampler is a great quilt comprised of blocks from past issues of 100 Blocks reduced to just 6″. New sew along blogs are posted every Wednesday here on Quilty Pleasures. Today’s post even includes a BONUS giveaway you can enter – check it out here!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 9 + a giveaway

Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sew Along. So glad you could join us!

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

If you need to catch up on the sew along posts, they’re available right here. You can find quilt kits for the 100 Blocks Sampler in our online shop, as well as the digital quilt pattern.

Today we’re featuring Payton’s Star, block #160 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 2. This block was designed by Sharyn Craig. And, since we’re also in the middle of the 100 Blocks, Vol. 13 Blog Tour, we’re going to play along and have a little giveaway (find out more at the end)!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13.

All of the blocks in the 100 Blocks Sampler have come from various issues of this magazine! Here’s Payton’s Star:

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Payton’s Star, block #160 designed by Sharyn Craig.

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Payton’s Star Assembly

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Payton’s Star Assembly

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Payton’s Star, three different colorways

I also wanted to show you a fun little block that you can make with leftover fabric. Are you familiar with Quiltmaker’s Bitty Blocks? These are 3″ and 4″ blocks that were featured on our Quilty Pleasures blog during 2015. Each month we provided a free pattern for one block. Here are some bowties made using red and white fabrics.

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Bitty Blocks bowties

Here’s the free pattern for the bowties.

And now for the giveaway! Leave me a comment and let me know which 100 Blocks Sampler block has been your favorite so far and why by Tuesday 5/10. I’ll randomly choose one person to win books by two of the designers whose blocks we’ve featured so far, Half-Scrap Quilts by Mickey Depre and Precut Primer by Me and My Sister Designs along with a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13.

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Half-Scrap Quilts, Precut Primer and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13

Be sure to visit the other designers who are sewing along with us! Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next time. And don’t forget to send pictures of your blocks to editor@quiltmaker.com!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 2

Welcome Back to Our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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Thank you for visiting our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour! We are celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 all week long with all sorts of quilty fun. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top designers. The issue hits newsstands TODAY, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, May 2-6, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of great giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Fly By block designed by Ann Weber

Fly By: How cute is this block designed by Ann Weber?! I love the combination of the Flying Geese and the appliqué flowers. A perfectly pretty block for springtime!

QM HARRIS Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 2

Paint Chips block designed by Diane Harris

Paint Chips: Our QM associate editor Diane Harris designed this fun pieced block. It’s great for scraps, and the bright colors really pop on the contrasting background prints.

QM EISENMAN Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 2

California Twirl block designed by Deanne Eisenman

California Twirl: Star blocks are always popular, and this gorgeous pieced block designed by Deanne Eisenman is sure to be a favorite.

QM LEMAITRE Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 2

Mosaic block designed by Carol LeMaitre

Mosiac: This unique appliqué block designed by Carol LeMaitre will surely inspire you. The design uses English paper piecing to create its intriguing mosaic pattern.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

1. Beth Helfter
2. Emily Bailey
3. Patti Carey
4. Heather Kojan
5. Mary Ann Hertel
6. Sarah Vanderburgh
7. Cheryl Brown

Now For Our Giveaway!

Clothworks is our sponsor for Day 2 of this blog tour. They are hosting a giveaway on their blog today — and, they have donated some great fabric bundles for our giveaway too!

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Clothworks Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 2

Leave a comment here on this blog post by midnight Wednesday, May 4 – telling us which Vol. 13 block you’ve seen today has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Four winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and a fabric bundle
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Thursday, May 5.

The winners of the Vol.13 Blog Tour: Day 2 prizes are Annie, Joellyn P., Diann Bottrell, Vicki L and Verna. Winners have been notified by email!

See You Tomorrow for Day 3!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can also enter to win some of the designer-made blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 13? Visit this link on our main website to enter for your chance to win!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 1

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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We’re so excited to kick off our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour! We have five full days of quilting fun planned for you, all celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13! This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top designers. The issue will be on newsstands May 3, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, May 2-6, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of great giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

QM RUSSEK Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 1

Vixen block designed by Erin Russek

Vixen: Our QM associate editor Erin Russek designed this appliqué cutie, and we absolutely love it. Erin used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics to create the block.

QM ACKVA Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 1

Polar Star block designed by Karen Ackva

Polar Star: Designed by Karen Ackva, this foundation-pieced block is shown in Kona Cotton Solids and Quilter’s Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Check out our giveaway at the end of this post for details on how you can win some Kona Solids for yourself!

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Picket Posies block designed by Greg Jones

Picket Posies: This floral pieced block designed by Greg Jones is perfect for springtime. Greg made his block using Strawberry Fields fabric by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics.

QM YODER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 1

Lovely block designed by Corey Yoder

Lovely: Who doesn’t love a pretty heart block? Corey Yoder made this pieced block using her Prairie line for Moda Fabrics along with Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

1. Pati Fried
2. Nancy Mahoney
3. Carol Steely
4. Debbie Martin
5. Jenifer Dick
6. Daphne Greig
7. Peg Spradlin
8. Doris Rice

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our sponsor for Day 1 of this blog tour is Robert Kaufman Fabrics. They have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s giveaway: Kona fat quarter bundles (12 pieces each)!

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Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Tuesday, May 3 – telling us which Vol. 13 block you’ve seen so far has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Four winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and a fabric bundle
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Wednesday, May 4.

The winners of the Vol.13 Blog Tour: Day 1 prizes are Tammy Wiseman, NancyB from Many LA, Donna, Lynn Tippens and Wanda. Winners have been notified by email!

See You Tomorrow for Day 2!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can sign up to have all of Quiltmaker’s special issues — including 100 Blocks — delivered straight to your mailbox? Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they’re released. Learn more here.

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Quilting Vacation Memories

 Quilting Vacation Memories

Tricia Patterson

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

I’m an inspirational-based quilter. Quilting and textile art occupy my mind a lot, even when I travel. If you are like me, you take a camera on vacation and never put it down. I get inspired when I go to places and discover a potential quilt project in many of the objects, places, people or architectural designs I see.  I take long-range pictures as well as close-up detail shots. I’m so bad that my husband has learned to stop often to check if I’m still behind him because I Stop For Pictures. The photographs I take are great for capturing memories. Even so, some of the extra special ones deserve something more. A quilt! I’d like to share some of the ways I’ve turned a few of my vacation memories into a quilted memory.

Some of my vacation memory designs are very simple to create; others are more elaborate and time-consuming. With some photographs my goal is simply to replicate the subject as exact as possible in a different medium. In others, I’ve used the place as inspiration to create a piece of my own art. I’ve learned to take the time to study and think about the subject and my photographs because more often than not an idea will come to me about how I should interpret it in fabric.

My husband and I had the opportunity to live in London for several years. The weekends were like a vacation as we tried to take in as many of the sites as we could. I took a ginormous number of pictures. While there I decided it would be fun to spend time interpreting some of the landmarks, places and people into quilts. Here are a few of the ideas I had for taking memories from photo to quilt:

Printing Photos on Whole Cloth

I wasn’t sure how this idea would work out when I thought of it; it’s almost too simple to think it would be impressive. I took several of my place photos and took them to a copy shop that could print them onto fabric. I placed the photo fabric on top of single layers of Warm & Natural® batting, Pellon® 70 Peltex® ultra-firm interfacing and black Kona® cotton for the backing. Then, I used a simple straight stitch to highlight areas on the photo.

This is one of my whole cloth prints, Palace of Westminster (Parliament and Big Ben in the Queen Elizabeth Clock Tower). I took the photo one evening from the bow of a water taxi traveling home on the River Thames after a dinner out. It was a special evening to remember. I couldn’t begin to capture this site in fabric any other way than to keep it whole.

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Interpret a Place, Person or Thing into a Wall Hanging

We saw this magnificent marble floor in the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The design was an immediate quilt maker.  I enlarged a close-up photo of the center of the floor to make a template. I painted PFD fabric with bits of silver metallic paint and used hand-dyed black fabric to create the texture of the floor tiles. I used the fusible applique technique to apply the patches of this wall hanging onto the background fabric.

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Placing Printed Photos in a Quilt Block

There are so many theme fabrics on the market today. You can find fabric to complement almost any occasion or personal interest. I found the fabric in the quilt tops below during a fabric grab at work. It immediately reminded me of our family vacations in the snowy mountains. The idea of printing photos on fabric to incorporate into a quilt block has been around for a while, but if you haven’t tried printing on fabric through your home printer, try it with some of your family memories. It’s a simple and fast idea to capture a time or place–and I can guarantee you will look at this memory quilt if it’s hanging on a wall or spread over the sofa more often than pulling out a photo book or launching files from your computer.

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The fabric frame around the photo below reminds me of some of the specialty frames you find at a local department store. It’s a great gift idea to make a frame for a special photo with theme fabric.

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When I look at my snow day quilt my mind goes back to the kids swooshing through the snow at breakneck speed, everyone on alert to help stop the little ones. I see all my family playing together, hear their screams of joy and laughter, and I smile.

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You can see more of Tricia’s travel art quilts in her book, Finding Art for Fiber: Pieces of London, available June 1st.

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T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook – FREE!

T-shirt quilts are family favorites and always make wonderful gifts for graduation, birthdays and other special occasions. After all, who wouldn’t love to have their collection of treasured sports jerseys, concert T-shirts and other collectible tees turned into a fun memory quilt? Our brand new free T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook includes three helpful articles so you can get started right away on a T-shirt quilt for someone special.

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This free eBook includes: A Different Sort of T Time, a helpful article featuring tips from associate editor Diane Harris; Quilted Memories, a twin-size pattern designed by managing editor Paula Stoddard; and T-Shirt Memories, a lap-size pattern designed by the Quiltmaker staff. Of course, making T-shirt quilts requires some special techniques due to the stretchy nature of knit fabrics, so we’ve included all the instructions, tips and tricks you need – from stabilizing the knit fabrics to machine quilting T-shirt patches.

Download your free copy of our T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook today to add to your personal quilt pattern library. With your free download, you’ll become a member of the Quiltmaker community – this includes Quilty News, our free biweekly e-newsletter that’s full of free quilt patterns, contests, special offers and more.

If this is your first time downloading a free Quiltmaker eBook, be sure to check out the rest of our free eBooks here. We hope you enjoy this new collection of free quilt patterns!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 8

Hi! Welcome to Block 8 in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. I hope you’re finding that sewing one block every week is very doable and you’re keeping up with us!

If you need to catch up on any previous posts, check them out here. You can find quilt kits for the 100 Blocks Sampler in our online shop, as well as the digital quilt pattern.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

This week, we’re featuring a block called Happy. It’s block #273 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 3 and was designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, the sisters behind Me and My Sister Designs. They design the cutest, most colorful fabric for Moda Fabrics.

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Happy, block #273 designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

This block is a breeze to sew with just a square and rectangles.

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Happy, assembly diagram

Here’s our three different versions.

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Happy, three different colorways

We’re excited to have Barb and Mary sewing along with us. Check out their block. As you browse their blog, you’ll notice that they are in Switzerland teaching right now—how cool is that?

And, be sure to visit the other designers sewing along with us:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

Send pictures of your blocks to editor@quiltmaker.com.

See you next week for block 9. There might even be a little giveaway involved!

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Reader Survey: May/June ’16 Issue

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Have you enjoyed our May/June ’16 issue of Quiltmaker? We love our readers and greatly value all of your feedback. We invite you to take our reader survey to let us know what you liked in this issue as well as what you’d like to see more of in future issues. Your input is important to us and helps us choose our content for future issues of Quiltmaker!

If you haven’t checked this latest issue out yet, you can browse through our online gallery here to preview the patterns or grab a print or digital edition from our online store.

A couple of our designers from this issue also wrote terrific blog posts about their designs:

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Whirlpools

Janice Averill posted about how she designed her beautiful Whirlpools quilt.

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Pinwheel Bag

Heather Banks shared how she paired the colors for her fun Pinwheel Bag.

Be sure to visit their blogs at the links above to learn more about these designs.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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QM Scrap Squad: Pam’s City Brights

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Pam Snow

Today’s quilt is by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona:

When Scrap Squad members were informed that our last quilt was to be one of our choice from the Quiltmaker archives, I was so excited. I knew exactly what I wanted to use as my focal fabric.

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I had purchased a couple of yards of Hoffman’s Skylines in October at a quilt shop in northern Arizona. I loved the colors and the design and was sure that I would find just the right quilt pattern to showcase Skylines.

Fabric on cutting table QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI searched Quiltmaker’s huge pattern library and discovered Animal Crackers from 1992. (The free pattern is available here!) The pattern was recommended for juvenile prints. However, I decided to help the Animal Crackers pattern “grow up” into an adult inspired quilt.

I searched through my scraps and selected my fabrics. I picked colors that were found in the Skylines print. I cut a large square from each fabric and some smaller pieces.

scrap fabric QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI followed the pattern instructions and cut 2″ squares from all the colors.

2 inch squares QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsBefore assembling the 2″ squares into blocks, I decided to quilt the Skylines center panel.  A member of our quilt guild recently shared examples of straight line quilting and I decided to straight line quilt the center panel. After much through, I cut my batting a little larger than the finished size of the quilt. I then cut a 23″ x 23″ square from the top portion of the Skylines fabric.

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I placed the panel in the center of the batting and pinned it in place.

center placement QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI selected matching threads and sewed a sample of the line quilting.

Sample quilting 1 300x300 QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI machine basted the center panel in place on the batting and quilted straight lines.  I used five colors of quilting threads.

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When the line quilting was complete, I constructed the borders following the pattern instructions. I used the leftover Skylines fabric for the second border and a stripe from my stash for the third border.

Borders were attached to the batting and center panel using the stitch and flip method. Backing was then added and secured to the front by stitching in the ditch around the center panel and in each border seam.

I added more quilting lines on the center panel and quilted the borders. Quilting was completed on my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000.

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I selected a purple for the binding. I called the quilt City Brights.

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I am sad to see my year on Scrap Squad come to an end. I have gained new friends and found new ways to incorporate scraps into my quilts.  Thank you to Quiltmaker and to Diane Harris for this wonderful opportunity.

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Pam Snow deserves a round of thanks and applause from Quiltmaker, too. We’ve so appreciated her contributions to Scrap Squad all year. I’ll miss her, and we all wish her well!

~Diane

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