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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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10

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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.

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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.

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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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Peek-a-Boo Bunnies

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Sly Patch

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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.

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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.

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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!

Nine total yards of fabric in lights, mediums and darks plus Bonnie’s best-selling More Adventures with Leaders and Enders, all for less than a hundred dollars. Get the Bonnie Hunter starter pack!

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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.

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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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Treat yourself to some of those gorgeous Bali Batiks!

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Treat yourself!

 

Hey, how about a subscription to Quiltmaker? We’d love to have you along for all the creative things we do!

 

 

 

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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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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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Next Week: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10!

We’re gearing up for next week’s release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. We are so excited!

Ten volumes of 100 Blocks means a total of one thousand quilt block designs! That’s 1000 quilt blocks. We are so pleased. And we’re grateful to every designer who has made a block for us, and to every reader who has purchased this issue. Let’s have a party!

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Please join me here next week, Nov. 17 to 21, for our semi-annual 100 Blocks Blog Tour. We’ll have a list of designers each day, and they’ll have quilt ideas and giveaways. We’ll have giveaways here too, and other fun. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Value of Value: Better Quilt Blocks

Old dog, new tricks. That was my theme this week as I made exchange quilt blocks for the 2013 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.

You’d think by now I would understand how to make attractive quilt blocks. How to choose fabrics for maximum effect. How to give quilt designs the most impact.

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My ho-hum Checkerboard Star block

But no. I made this ho-hum quilt block. It didn’t start out to be boring at all. The original block designed and made by Evonne Cook for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6 was great! It’s called Checkerboard Star.

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Evonne Cook’s original Checkerboard Star block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6

I ran into problems when I used reds that were not distinct enough from each other. I finished up the block and posted it on the group’s Facebook page.

And it bothered me. A lot. I took it off the design wall and unsewed the checkerboard. I made a whole new checkerboard from 1.5″ squares in a much darker red.

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Much better! Checkerboard Star designed by Evonne Cook. Made by Diane Harris.

Oh my goodness. So much better! Look at them side by side to really appreciate the difference.

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Here’s the lesson: Different parts of a design need to have enough contrast that you can really see them. This holds true for something with many colors and fabrics and for something with just one color, like my Checkerboard Star.

Contrast walks hand in hand with value: the lightness or darkness of a fabric, especially compared to the fabrics around it. Learn more about value by examining the quilt below.

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Learn more about value by clicking the image.

Going back to the red block for a minute, here are some things I did right:

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Can you analyze what I did right in this block?

  • There is plenty of contrast between the pale pink background and the rest of the fabrics.
  • I used several different sizes of prints. This is called “scale.”
  • The dark red fabric forming four star points has both very deep red and brighter, more medium reds and pinks. It serves to pull the rest of the fabrics together.
  • Red ranges from palest pink to very deep, dark scarlet. I used the gamut.

Your quilts will be more lively, more effective and more interesting when you learn to recognize these qualities and use them to your best advantage.

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Get how-tos and the free block pattern for Checkerboard Star in this four-minute video on Quiltmaker’s Block Network.

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