100 Blocks Blog Tour Next Week

Next week is Quiltmaker’s semi-annual
100 Blocks Blog Tour.

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You’re invited to join us for all the fun! We’ll show you blocks and give you links to designers who will have giveaways and ideas for using their blocks. It’s always a great time.

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We have corporate sponsors who’ve sent prizes: think fabric and books for quilters! We’ll give away many copies of Volume 9 in all its glory.

QMMS 140044 cover 500 100 Blocks Blog Tour Next WeekPlease mark your calendars for next week: April 28 to May 2. We’re going to have a very quilty celebration of this wonderful new issue!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Candy Mountain

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Quilts from the Scrap Squad continue today with another scrappy rendition of a design in Quiltmaker’s May/June issue, on newsstands now. To be sure you never miss an issue, subscribe easily.

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The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects.

 

QM MountainMorning Hoff Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Candy Mountain

Mountain Morning will be the featured quilt from this issue. It was designed by Jocelyn Ueng who is with It’s Sew Emma, and made in Bali Batiks from preferred partners Hoffman California Fabrics.

Today’s featured quilt is by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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Hi, it’s Em from Em’s Scrapbag here to share my process with the newest Scrap Squad quilt. When I saw Mountain Morning for the first time I knew I would go bright. I wanted my mountains to be bright and happy. With that in mind I grabbed my pink, yellow, orange, and blue scrap bins and began to pull fabrics that spoke to me.

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I made a rough sketch of what I wanted to do in Electric Quilt software. Then I got busy making a lot of creative clutter.

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First I made the big chevrons, one in each of my colors.

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Next I added the smaller chevrons. I decided to add a few darker blue prints for interest. I worried that everything was the same value and would moosh together without the darker prints.

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With the chevron rows done I began to question my original idea.

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So I tried a few things. I threw a few strips up to see if I wanted to go back to the bars in the original quilt.

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Not thrilled with that idea, the bars just didn’t give it the zig zaggy, up and down movement I wanted. So I started making a bunch of squares set on point to replace the bars.

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My math was a little off…

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…but I was able to lop off a couple of the squares on each row and make them work.

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I thought I needed a little space between all the zig zaggy goodness so I added some solid rows of blue.

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After auditioning several blues I settled on a dotty blue and Candy Mountain is a happy finish.

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Being New at a Quilt Guild

Someone asked recently for permission to distribute the following post to their quilt group. It made me think it would be worth reposting today. It’s good food for thought—and if you’re not in a quilt group of some kind, I hope you’ll consider finding one.

Originally Posted on February 17, 2011 by Diane Harris

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I moved recently from Colorado, just one state north and east, to Nebraska.

Now that I’m settling in, the time has come to start checking out the local quilt guilds. I wonder which one might be a good fit for me in this new place. I live in a rural area but am within one hour of several larger towns where guilds exist. So far I’m aware of four different groups I’m going to visit.

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Tonight is the first meeting I will attend. It’s been a long time since I was the new kid on the block, and I wonder how it will go. I’ve visited quite a few guilds as a speaker for Quiltmaker, and their personalities vary. Some are laid back and friendly and lovable, some are loud and boisterous and hilarious, a few are somewhat reserved, even rigid.

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I will never forget the meeting I visited where the president said it was time for new people to take over the leadership. When nobody volunteered, she stood silently in front of the group. It took quite a long time but eventually someone caved.
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It was excruciating. I was mortified.

I’m not expecting anything like that again, but my anticipation of tonight and of visiting all these new groups started me thinking about what makes a great quilt guild. Here it is, IMHO.

  1. A quilt guild should be friendly, friendly, friendly. This is quilting. It’s not the Marine Corps.
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  2. The leadership should be happy, happy, happy. Their attitude (whatever it is) will spill over into the group.
  3. All members should be contributing in some way: bringing treats, show-and-tell, putting a quilt in the show, raising dollars, welcoming visitors, something.QUILT GUILD Being New at a Quilt GuildEveryone should do something so that no one has to do everything.
  4. The business meeting should be short. The Show & Tell should be long (but not long-winded, see #5).
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    Each participant should speak briefly. In a great guild, every quilt is applauded and every member lets others enjoy her finishes by bringing them to Show & Tell. If she has serious stage fright, she asks a friend to speak on her behalf.
  6. The programs are important but they are not the meat and potatoes!meatpotatoes Being New at a Quilt Guild The quilters themselves are the meat and potatoes. The relationships quilters have with each other make a guild cohesive and fun. Going to quilt guild should be about hanging out with old friends and about making new ones.

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A little over three years later, I’m happy to report that I’ve settled into two guilds in different towns and started a small, informal quilt group in the rural area where I live. I’ve made real friends and there are still many more quilters to become better acquainted with. I did rule out two guilds: one is very large and it’s hard to break into, and the other turned out to be too far away for what I felt they offered. They’re not bad groups by any means, they just weren’t a fit for me.

Again, I’d really encourage you to investigate whatever quilt groups are in your area. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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QM Staff Inventory: I love Scrappy

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When I thought about my quilting style and what it is, my first thought was traditional. Most of the quilts I design and sew are based on traditional blocks. As I went back and looked at my quilts, I realized that yes, they are traditional, but the ones I’m drawn to most are scrappy. Scrappy makes me Happy! The quilt above is one of my favorites—Raspberry Truffles is a quilt I designed for Quiltmaker‘s May/June ’09 issue.

Raspberry Truffles is on the bed in my guest room. I made a small Birds in Flight quilt using the same scrappy pinks and browns that I put in a frame to hang in the room with it.

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Birds in Flight

I designed Country Village many years ago and love the softer shades that I used in the rows. Each of the rows uses a different tan background and my scraps are rather controlled—different reds, blues, greens and golds—but not a lot of value contrast. I wasn’t very brave back then.

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Country Village Row Quilt

Here’s my version of Anita Grossman Solomon’s Arrowhead that appeared in QM Nov/Dec ’10. I used a fabric collection called Fruitcake by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. With Anita’s technique, 2 different fabric squares are paired together for each of the blocks.

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Anita’s Arrowhead

Another scrappy quilt I designed for QM is Smooth Sailing. This quilt is all batiks. It’s based on the traditional Log Cabin block, but I enlarged the center square and added pieced sailboats and also added triangles to the logs. Another passion of mine is adding pieced elements to both the centers and logs of Log Cabin quilts. This appeared in May/June ’10.

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Smooth Sailing

I’ve lived in many states and have belonged to several different quilt groups. I love to participate in group exchanges. My groups have exchanged blocks, rows, fabrics—you name it. The fun thing about exchanging blocks is that even though they typically have some controlled element—a certain fabric, color, theme, style—they end up scrappy and reflect the personalities of the makers. For the last block exchange I was in, I requested 12″ blocks sewn in red and white. Here are some of the blocks I received. The block I made is the basket in the top left corner.

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I exchanged 4″ blocks with one of my quilt friends. We each made 2 of the same block so we could each have one. I used mine in the center of 8″ Evening Star blocks. The blocks are all scrappy but use fabrics from one collection. Here are some of the blocks I’ve made so far.

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4″ block exchange

I participated in a 3″ Pinwheel exchange with co-workers from the different magazines here in our office. I used my Pinwheels as the centers for another Pinwheel design and also as part of the border. Here’s Pinwheel Party, the quilt I designed with my Pinwheels. It appeared in QM March/April ’09.

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Pinwheel Party

I’m a big fan of Bonnie Hunter and her scrappy style. I was thrilled when she started writing the Addicted to Scraps column for Quiltmaker in 2010. Her first column was based on the Old Kentucky Album block which I started sewing as Leaders and Enders. I chose a scrappy red, brown and tan palette and pulled strips from my stash to cut the patches for the blocks. Here are some of my blocks.

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Old Kentucky Album blocks

I guess my scrap quilts are still pretty controlled and my color choices are not very brave, but I’ll get there. Right now, I’m just having fun! There’s something about combining lots of different fabrics in my quilts that I love, plus it allows me to make an ever-so-small dent in my stash. What’s your quilty style? Has it changed throughout your quilting career?

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Inspiration and Bunny Quilts

Easter seems linked to rabbits, doesn’t it? I spotted this guy on Pinterest and followed the links.

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Original embroidery by Salley Mavor

He’s by a talented artist named Salley Mavor at Wee Folk Studio. You may enjoy her work—I was totally inspired. She makes amazing fiber art and has a current exhibit in Cotuit, Massachusetts:

Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:00 pm In conjunction with her Pocketful of Posies exhibit (April 5 – May 27), Salley Mavor will give a presentation about her work at the Cotuit Public Library.

In other bunny news, the quilt below was designed by Associate Editor Paula Stoddard for Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall ’12. Paula says, “I was like a kid in a candy store while designing this quilt – it was ridiculously fun figuring out what do with all those ears.”

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And you may have seen some of QM’s Patch Pals quilts over the past few years. This post wouldn’t be complete without showing you Bunny Patch.

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Bunny Patch, designed by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker, appeared in March/April ’12 issue

The pattern appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. We also have convenient kits for Bunny Patch.

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Read the story of The Bunny Baby on Quilty Pleasures!

And if you’ve never read the story of the Bunny Baby on Quilty Pleasures, please take a peek. Precious!

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Star Trek Sewing: Captions by You

We posted this photo on Facebook last month and asked readers to write a caption for it.

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I did some research on the character because I don’t know much about Star Trek. His name was Jean-Luc Picard and he was Captain of the spaceship for part of the series.

I’m not sure if the image was created by Photo-shopping the Singer in or if a sewing machine actually appeared in the series. Either way, it’s an interesting idea. This is a treadle machine in a futuristic environment—something very old showing up sometime after 2305 A.D., the year Jean-Luc was born.

Here are a few of the great captions suggested by Quiltmaker’s Facebook friends.

Make it sew was a popular idea mentioned numerous times. Jean-Luc was fond of saying “Make it so.” Who knew that so many quilters were also Trekkies?!

Engage was also submitted again and again. This was another of Jean-Luc’s favorite lines.

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Quilters are not alone in thinking “Make it Sew.”

One of my favorites: Seam me up, Scottie. Quilters have a sense of humor!

Other keepers:

I am not familiar with this technology, Data, any ideas?

Will it do warp speed?

Sew long and prosper.

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In this variation, the Starship Enterprise is made from a Singer.

It’s a scant quarter to take off.

Hey Spock, I need another bobbin.

It’s the Singer not the song…

All this has made me wonder if people will still be sewing and making quilts in another 300 years. Many of us do it for the process as much as the product. Maybe that’s something that won’t ever change.

You’re invited to like Quiltmaker on Facebook, where we have all kinds of interesting quilty entertainment.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisa’s Mountain Summer

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Quilts from the Scrap Squad continue today with another scrappy rendition of a design in Quiltmaker’s May/June issue, on newsstands now. Grab it while it’s hot.

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The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects.

 

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Mountain Morning will be the featured quilt from this issue. It was designed by Jocelyn Ueng who is with It’s Sew Emma, and made in Bali Batiks from preferred partners Hoffman California Fabrics.

Today’s featured quilt is by Louisa Robertson from Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. You’ll want to check out her blog, Louisa Quilts.

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Hear Louisa’s story in her own words below.

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You had me at “Mountain”! My family name is MOUNTAIN (descended from farming families in Lincolnshire, England). I always take a second look at any pattern with my family name in it. While I am proud of the name I admit to being a bit sensitive about it—by the time I was a tall teenager I was routinely directed to the back row of group pictures, and I blushed when my choir sang “When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur.”

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Modifying the layout using Electric Quilt 7 software

The original Mountain Morning is calming with its gentle horizontal rows and quiet colours. I wanted to keep the mood of the quilt but also make it brighter.

I played with the layout in Electric Quilt. I inserted 1″ strips between the horizontal bands so that the triangles would not touch the horizontal bars, and I modified the bands that contained the bars to make them symmetrical.

I changed the position of lights and darks in half the triangles in the chevrons, and experimented with different background fabrics.

 

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Then began the search for actual fabrics. I started with a focus fabric and pulled colours from that, starting with purple and blue.

 

 

 

 

While I had many fabrics, I did not have enough variety within a given colour family for the large pieces. Five-inch triangles!—that’s practically yardage! I tried expanding the range by pushing the purples into red-purples and the blues into teals. Heaps of fabrics took over the floor of the sewing room.

And what about backgrounds? I really wanted to work from stash—in my mind “scrap quilt” and “use what you have” go together. I realized that contrast would be challenging if I tried to make the background as scrappy as the triangles, but I did not have enough of any one background fabric for the whole quilt.

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Fabrics being auditioned

By this time at least half of my stash was spread out on the floor, yet I couldn’t resolve what to do with those big triangles.

I dumped out the contents of the drawer of narrow strips and strings. Sorting these resulted in a good selection in my range. I would start with these strips and add to them from the bigger pieces of fabric already collected. I could solve the problem of the large triangles by constructing them out of many smaller pieces.

 

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Plenty of possibilities here — pulled out of the collection of strips and strings

 

 

The cutting step took a LONG time but by now I knew where I was headed. After selecting the fabrics I still had to handle each one, pressing it and cutting strips for the large triangles and one or two small triangles. Part of the process was deciding exactly which colour any given fabric represented—light/dark, grey/clear aspects all confuse my eye. I relied on my 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom to help me with the sorting.

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Is this fabric purple?

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I see more red — magenta is a better match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colours in quilting fabrics come and go, but my “well-developed” (as in old) stash had pieces from every era including hues that I probably would not find in the quilt shop right now. A down-side of using mostly “well-aged” fabric is that much of it is definitely grey in tone, not the clear colours that are so popular right now.

In hopes of counteracting the grey cast of some of the fabrics and to solve the problem of background fabrics I indulged in some shopping and found clearer colours for the backgrounds—stark white, yellow, pale green. The yellow and green are opposite my other colours on the colour wheel, so they are complements to the fabrics in the triangles.

Once I had cut all my pieces it took some time to re-sort my fabrics, refold them, and refile them in the cupboard! I love working with multiple fabrics but I have no illusions about it being an efficient way to make a quilt!

Things moved quickly after this. I arranged all my strips in a colour run and assembled them into strip sets about 6″ by 7″.

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Small triangles and strip sets for larger triangles

I proceeded to cut two triangles from each set of strips. Since many of the strips were quite narrow, tips of some triangles inevitably hit seams. Usually it was a simple matter to undo a few stitches and perhaps flip a seam allowance to eliminate the bulk of extra layers at the tip.

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Removing bulk from tip of triangle.

As I cut the triangles I paid careful attention to the direction of the cut to make sure there were both left-slanting and right-slanting triangles of each hue in the correct spots in the layout. The design wall helped.

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Strip-pieced triangles

Once the triangles were cut out and arranged, the rest was simple. I cut the background triangles. How easy this seemed! I could cut a strip and turn it into the triangles in a matter of seconds!

Chain-piecing and my design wall kept everything in order as I sewed background triangles to coloured ones.

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Pressing chain-pieced triangles before separating them keeps them in order.

As I assembled triangle-squares into blocks I happily “spun” the centres of the resulting four-patches and it gave me a ridiculous amount of pleasure to further “spin” the seams when I joined these blocks into rows.

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Block intersections “spin” to distribute bulk

 

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Using the selvedge

Compared to the strip-pieced triangles, the bars were a breeze! But there were still some problems to solve. For one thing, the gold fabric was barely wide enough – I managed to get the required pieces for the white and gold strip sets by using a bit of the selvedge – it would be buried in the seam allowance, so I could get away with it.

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The rectangles fit when they are cut the other direction.

 

Then I realized that I didn’t have enough yardage to cut the strips for the other bars!  There was fabric remaining, but it wasn’t wide enough. A few sketches and calculations and I realized that if I cut the bars parallel to the selvedges I could make use of that extra fabric. There was even a small bit left to go into the scrap bin!

 

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Close-up of strip-pieced triangles

 

The completed rows went together quickly, and my top was done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I quilted with an overall design of leaves using a variegated thread. Leaves continue the “Mountain family” theme as my father was a tree grower.

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Mountain Summer by Louisa Robertson

Binding is the original fabric from which the colour scheme started. Mountain Summer is 60″ by 77″.

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QM Staff Inventory: I Love Bright… and Modern… and…

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Okay, I’ll stop there. I really am drawn to a wide variety of designs, although I don’t think I’ll ever be accused of being a traditional quilter. While I have a great appreciation for traditional designs, it’s just not my cup of chai.

I like Bright
I made this quilt for my Mom who loves poppies. It’s a pattern by Carol Morrissey and uses lots of bright hand-dyed fabric.

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This is a wall quilt I made for myself. It is all raw-edge applique finished with a machine blanket stitch. Lots of fun colors.

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I designed Kickflip for my son and it appears in the May/June ’12 issue of Quiltmaker. Check out some of those crazy, bright fabrics!

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Kickflip

 

I pieced and quilted Boxes and Bows, designed by Denise Russart, which appeared in the November/December ’11 issue. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant, non-traditional Christmas colors. So much fun!

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Boxes and Bows

 

I like Modern
Sometimes I choose to sew a quilt that is going to be in one of our issues, just because I love the design and I have to have the quilt. That was the case with Easy Breezy Hexies, designed by Sonja Callaghan, which appeared in our May/June ’13 issue. I just love the abstract, asymmetrical design.

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In our most recent issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ‘14, I designed this quilt with a modern feel. This is Night Lights, designed using Elizabeth Balderrama & Kate Colleran’s block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks,Volume 8. The random setting really makes it unique.

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I previously blogged about this quilt here. It’s a modern, improvisational pieced quilt I made in a class with Jean Wells. I would love to make more quilts like this. Bright & modern!

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I like Geometric
These are a few example of geometric quilts I have made. This is Stardust Memory, designed by Judy Martin, from the July/August ’12 issue of Quiltmaker.  I really like the angles and points in this one.

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This is Caribbean Vacation from the January/February ’13 issue.

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This is Crystal Cascade from the January/February ’11 issue. It’s the first quilt I designed for Quiltmaker. The snowflake designs were a surprise that appeared once we colored it in blues.

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It is so much fun to have a job where I can combine my two passions, design and quilting, everyday. I am exposed to all types of quilters who create all sorts of quilts. I love the variety and it influences the diversity of my own style. As you have seen in our blog posts over the last few weeks, just among the Quiltmaker staff, we have a wide variety of styles too. We strive to create a magazine that reflects the tastes of our readers and inspires your own style! We’d love to see what you “Love” – share your pictures with us on Facebook!

 

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Books by 100 Blocks Designers, Giveaway!

We’re just one month away from the appearance of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9. It’s a good time to review a variety of quilt books by 100 Blocks designers and give them away to lucky Quilty Pleasures readers.

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Coming in May! Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Colorful Star Tricks is a block by Barbara Cline that appeared in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2.

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Colorful Star Tricks by Barbara Cline for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2

Now Barbara and C&T Publishing have produced Diamond Chain Quilts: 10 Skill-Building Projects.

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This title contains dynamic star, daisy and pinwheel designs. If you want to challenge yourself but also need great instructions to hold your hand, start with this one. Softcover, $27.95; ebook, $14.99; bundle with both, $32.99.

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Dancing Daisy by Ann Weber for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8

Some of my favorite designs in 100 Blocks have been by Ann Weber. Above is Dancing Daisy from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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Beanstalk by Ann Weber for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7.

And here is Beanstalk from Volume 7.

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I’ve fallen hard for Ann’s Season’s Best: Celebrate the Seasons with Quilts booklet.

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The eight small projects will grace your walls and tabletops all year.

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Lots of easy applique used with the piecing means these quilts are a lovely cut above. Softcover, $18.00.

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Vintage by Kari Carr for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8

Kari Carr has appeared several times in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Above is Vintage from Volume 8.

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Holiday Doily by Kari Carr for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6

This is Holiday Doily from Volume 6, also by Kari.

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Just Around the Corner by Kari M. Carr

Just Around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders by Kari M. Carr is a great way to expand your skills. Now you can miter without fear! Nine projects, well-written instructions—you’ll be showing off in no time. Print + ebook $24.99; ebook, $16.99.

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Diamond Eyes by Monique Dillard for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5

Monique Dillard’s skills are multi-dimensional. Above is her Diamond Eyes block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5.

QMMS 110062 DILLARD Books by 100 Blocks Designers, Giveaway!

Floral Medallion by Monique Dillard for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4

And this is Floral Medallion, which she designed for Volume 4. I left it large so you could enjoy the detail.

monique Books by 100 Blocks Designers, Giveaway!So you’ll be happy to know that her C&T title Fat Quarter Winners is chock-full of 11 new quilts to love! Soft cover, $14.95; ebook, $9.99.

Please mark your calendar for the Volume 9 blog tour April 28 to May 2. We always have a wonderful time and we give away a boatload of prizes!

And speaking of prizes, let’s have a giveaway of today’s books. For your chance to win, please leave a comment here before midnight Friday, April 4. Mention which book(s) interest you and we’ll choose winners and announce them here next week. The book winners are Brenda B, Jo Ann S, Kathryn M and Robyn C. Each has been notified by email.

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Bonnie Hunter Giveaway!

Our friend and QM columnist Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame is hosting a giveaway you won’t want to miss.

 Bonnie Hunter Giveaway!

Up for grabs are Bonnie’s new book from Kansas City Star Quilts, More Adventures with Leaders and Enders, and a copy of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue.

QMMP ADD SCR 2014 MJ 200 Bonnie Hunter Giveaway!

Box Kite from Addicted to Scraps

As always, Bonnie’s block for her Addicted to Scraps column in May/June is a great stash buster!

box kite quilt layout Bonnie Hunter Giveaway!

Box Kite in a setting, using color to create a sort of Barn Raising effect

And look what it can do. Kind of makes you want to dash for your scrap basket, doesn’t it?

Scurry on over for your chance to win. Get in on all of Bonnie’s blocks by subscribing to Quiltmaker.

Please note: The giveaway is taking place on Bonnie’s blog, not here.

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