One-derful Ideas Giveaway

One of the exciting parts of 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers is that we’re giving away all of the blocks to lucky winners. Just fill out the entry form to identify the blocks!

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Turn to page 66 for One-derful Ideas

In the issue, we included a page called One-derful Ideas: just what can you do with a single block?

It was fun pulling these ideas together, and I’m wondering what your ideas are for using a single block. Post a comment by noon Thursday Nov. 12, with your one-derful thoughts and I’ll pick a winner who will receive this beautiful fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics. The winner is Sandy, #36, who has been notified. Congratulations, Sandy!

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Leave a comment to win this bundle!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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95 Responses to One-derful Ideas Giveaway

  1. Cherie says:

    This fabric is GORGEOUS!! I could make something lovely with this. :)

  2. Susan G says:

    I think one of these blocks would be so special I’d frame it and hang it on my sewing room wall for inspiration.
    Susan in NC

  3. Kimberly Britton says:

    I am collecting these 1930s fabrics. I just love them. I would love to win this bundle. I have lots of ideas to use it for.

  4. Darlene B says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making a medallion quilt – just keep on adding new unique borders to frame out the beautiful center.

  5. cabesh says:

    I love the idea of framing a single block and using it for artwork in my home–celebrating the artist that made something so beautiful.

  6. Lynn S. says:

    I would make an idea book. I’d locate a spiral journal and make a cover with a decorative closure (and pocket inside) and on the outside I would place the one block for inspiration!

  7. Bonnie says:

    I make quilted lap robes and sometimes I make a extra block of two, these are made into pillows, tote bags, bible covers, walker and wheelchair bags and for my grand daughters they like doll quilts, and I have even made small quilts for our dogs.

  8. Holly Elder says:

    I would use it for my center/focal block on a Round Robin quilt!!

  9. Joy says:

    The possibilities are endless! I like to use a single block on the front of a tote bag.

  10. Loy says:

    I take 12-inch or larger single quilt blocks and make soft trays that you tie together with ribbon to form the corners. These will lay flat when not in use and are great for travel for you to put your personal items in when in a hotel room, and you get to admire the quilt block every time you use the tray.

  11. Kris S says:

    Pillows and potholders come to mind.

  12. Beth says:

    I would use it as the center of a medallion quilt. It would be almost like my own round robin. Thanks for offering this contest.

  13. Barb Losee says:

    I am very much into table toppers at this time, so I would use the one block as the center of a wonderful table topper–finishing it with borders inspired by the block!

  14. Diane says:

    A single block or an orphan block would be great to use for a tote bag using coordinating fabrics for the remainder of the bag. Since I love to use as many coordinating fabrics as I can, I would probably go for a very scrappy look. Besides, that way I use far more fabrics and would have to go out for more fabric shopping! So little fabric, so little time.

  15. Sandy says:

    I have made a napkin or a gathered fabric christmas ornament.

  16. Mary says:

    I think it would be fun to border a single block and make a small tabletopper for a candle or other decoration to sit on.

  17. Sheila Bayley says:

    There are lots of things you can do with one block! Make a pillow, a one-block quilt, use for the top of an apron, a pocket on a bag, a doll quilt, add borders and top a table. So many ideas.

  18. marcella says:

    Adorable fabrics! Since I have a new grand-niece I think they would make a wonderful quilt for her.

  19. Edith says:

    I would ‘squirrel’ it away for a rainy day and then pull out the block and make a tote, pillow or small table topper with some additional fabrics! Love to Dream!

  20. Teajuana says:

    I just realized that this blog area would grow each day. Boy this is exciting. Thanks for giving the quilters something new to “play” with this week! I’m having a ball and getting to visit new blogs.

  21. Judy says:

    I love to work with fat quarters so many things to do with them. I like single blocks between patchwork blocks.

    Looking forward to getting the magazine.

  22. Jean says:


  23. Linda says:


  24. becanne says:

    With a bit of maths and a bit of patience, a pattern for a single block can be enlarged to make a single, quilt-size block.
    It is a great way to make snuggle, lap, cot or play quilts especially when you want it quickly.
    How great would that bundle of fqs be in a baby quilt!

  25. Cindi says:

    OMG! A single block. How many ways can you use them? Can’t wait to find out. Great Mag!

  26. Susan says:

    I think a mini wall hanging or table topper would be nice.

  27. Doris says:

    Our guild makes placemats for Meals on Wheels. I often create a donation placemat from a single block.

    I love the idea of this 100 blocks issue, and will be picking up my copy, soon!

  28. Connie says:

    To my way of thinking, if I get something for free, I try to think of someone else who might not be so lucky, and pass it on. So, depending on the block, a couple options~ use it as a focal point on an adult bib, even if that means cutting it up to make it really interesting! or half it straight across to put the halves on each side of a ‘walker’ tote, or attach it to a coordinating larger square of cloth and make a cool kerchief for a recovering cancer patient. To make bigger use of the square, cut it across diagonally twice = 4pces, make another square same size as the block, out of colour coordinating strips from stash, cut diagonally twice. Match them up with the block’s 4 triangles, = 4 blocks of original and stripped, and play to make a Bigger surprise!!!

  29. Nancy says:

    I would use one block as the focal point for a small wallhanging or quilt to put on the back of my loveseat where everyone could see it. Right now I have a pumpkin wallhanging on there and get to enjoy it every day.

  30. susan says:

    love the colours…

  31. Mary Flynn says:

    From just one block I have a couple options since my husband makes frames for my own blocks that is something I would consider and also I love pillows. Just need one fantastic block.

  32. gill says:

    use it as the centre of a medallion quilt – just add multiple borders and see where it takes you!

  33. Michelle says:

    I like to take single blocks and expand them with borders and simple shapes to make baby quilts for the local charities. Intricate blocks or blocks from my grandmother and great grandmother I like to frame with their picture and hang on my sewing room wall.

  34. Lisa says:

    If I had one block, I suppose it would be good for a pillow cover. Or a placemat. Or a small wall hanging… Actually there are so many things to do with one beautiful block!!

  35. Jeanette says:

    If I have one block I use it on the back of another quilt for a surprise element, fun!

  36. Cecilia Young says:

    I like to make either a pillow or a table runner with the one block as the center. I’ve also used extra blocks as potholders. I have a collection of different blocks that I’ve practiced with and I am thinking about putting them together in a sort of sampler type quilt.

  37. Claudia says:

    Love all the fun with these blocks.

  38. arlette says:

    I’ll make a confy and pretty tabble runner for sure

  39. Diane says:

    Wonderful fabrics! Love the pastel and spring colors. I think they’re perfect for a sampler (from 100 Blocks of course!~) for a child’s quilt. But, then I really like those pastels myself! I love to make quilts using a variety of coordinating fabrics so this would be perfect.

  40. Joanne Klein says:

    With a single block I could/would frame it and place it in an area that needs an ‘eye-catcher’. I might also incorporate a framed block in a tote bag or perhaps use it as a trivet. If I had several singles, I would give them as gifts if I needed one in a hurry.

  41. Norma says:

    I love turning single blocks into doll quilts

  42. Katie B says:

    I think a mat and a frame would be the perfect way to show off one special block.

  43. nanci says:

    I’m thinking I’d probably put it at the end of the bed, hanging off the post…always a treat for the eyes when entering the room

  44. Janet says:

    I’d frame it to hang it in a room or space that wouldn’t otherwise be able to accommodate a quilt. It is great for adding a splash of colour.

  45. JoAnne says:

    I make a lot of charity quilts so single blocks come in really handy. I just make lots!

  46. Chris says:

    I love potholders and Kitchen Trivets for single blocks, then after awhile my favorites lead to placemats or Lap Quilts.

  47. lisa says:

    single blocks….I’ve never had one. I think I’d make a pillow out of it and use it as inspiration for a bg useable quilt, either bed or throw/couch depending.

    now if was an old/damaged/worn block I would frame it and hangit in the sewing/guest room I dream of having

  48. Laura Tawney says:

    Depending on the block I might frame it like a picture, or use as the center of a table runner or for a pillow.
    Laura T

  49. hmmm. . . depending on the block’s size it can be a mini-wall quilt with added border. A doll quilt. My favorite option is a center table placemat under a vase of flowers.

  50. Janelle says:

    One block could be used as one side of a bag, or folded in half and made into a zippered purse, or you could bind it and just use it is a simple doiley!

  51. I can;t wait to get the magazine. But I’d probably make a pillow. I need some new ones. :)

  52. Patty says:

    I think I would frame the single block and hang it up some where.

  53. Depending on the block’s motif, it would look great as a centerpiece for a mini wall hanging quilt. Or as the side to a tote bag. A pillow top. Hmm…could look cool as the cover to a hand-sewing/embroidery take-along kit.

  54. Cory says:

    A single block could be used for a table centerpiece or for an apron bib. Thank you for the chance to win this one-derful issue. Take care and God bless, Cory

  55. Barbara says:

    My favorite One-block projects are potholders and coasters. Many of these blocks would be great for quick holiday gifts.

  56. Ruthie says:

    Add borders to it for a NICU quilt

  57. Ruth B says:

    A single block would be a wonderful pillow and a totally doable quick project. That bundle of fabric is yummy!

  58. Alicia says:

    I think it would be great to use as a center for a big comfy floor pillow!

  59. Heidi says:

    LOVE the fabric! I can’t wait to get the magazine and read read read!

  60. Sandy Allen says:

    I love to make coasters with the smaller blocks and hot plate pads with the larger. Guess you can figure out what people are getting for Christmas from me! LOL

  61. Linda P says:

    Love all the ideas so far..I would add to the list, a notebook cover, make it into a quilted cover for a file box, quilt and bind it to just hang out of a pretty basket.
    Linda P in IL

  62. Lisa N says:

    I’ve done potholders with one block before. They are the perfect size! I’ve also done pillows. Or you could make the block the center focus of a small children’s quilt.

  63. Mary E. says:

    Yummy! I NEED these so I have another UFO in my sewing room!!

  64. DebbieKL says:

    I think a pillow would be a good use for a single block.! Thanks.

  65. If I just had one beautiful block I would use it as a centerpiece for a wall hanging that would help set off the beauty of the one block….

    Thanks for a great give away!


  66. so we added chickens says:

    I like the ideas of a pocket or a bag or a wall hanging. I think I would also add a potholder.

  67. Kerry says:

    If I had one pretty block to show off, I would present it as the centre of a pretty table centre piece with a complementing border etc. What a wonderful idea to put all these lovely blocks together into a book full of blocks and inspirations.

  68. Bev Beeson says:

    I would use it on the side of a large tote bag as the pocket. This would invoke lots of comments from friends and give me a chance to talk about quilting with them and try to get them involved or interested in my quilting group at Church. Always trying to make new quilters.

  69. Wenche says:

    With a hundred blocks and lovely fabric to choose from I would probably go for something spring…ish. Since I love to hand piece and quilt, I would go for that as well. I love spending time making quilts :) Some of the things I could make would be pilows, tablerunner, table topper, al kind of bags…………there’s A LOT I could do with these blocks! :)

  70. Susan G says:

    I like to use my single blocks as candle mats. I can change them as often as I want, they serve a purpose, and they’re out of the box being used.

  71. Betty says:

    I would make a block to hang from one of the little wire hangers to make a cheery spot in my kitchen.

  72. SewLindaAnn says:

    If I was doing just one block I would get all my tiniest scraps and make a postage stamp mini quilt. I would hand piece and do a large cotton thread to embroider our family name or something antiquey. I would tea stain it and display it on a table or put it in an open (no glass) frame.

  73. I love taking a single block and adding fabric to make a purse. It’s always a unique item.

  74. Deb Griffith says:

    I think 1 block would look great on the side of a tote.

  75. Sherry B says:

    Oh what wonderful fabrics in that bundle; I’d love to work with them; my mouth is just drooling. My favorite one pattern/block, if I can pin it down to just one, is the 9-patch, especially when you can put 2 fabrics RSTtogether and make the Eleanor Burns way, I think, and come out with 2 identical but mirror image 9-patch blocks. It works with brights, florals, 30′s, blacks/colors, and everything; you can put all squares together or use sashing to separate or even put in a larger 4 or 9-patch configuration… they all work! I only have about 5 quilts of this type going on in my sewing room right now!

  76. Jodene Cook says:

    We often pick one block and then get together to see how many different quilts/colors/we come up with to make quilts for Project Linus. Sometimes changing the color and placement of color can totally change the entire quilt. We have fun and a child gets a quilt….win win

  77. Carol Sc says:

    Take a single block, set it on point, and surround it with half square triangles (scrappy) lights paired with darks to make a small, square wall hanging.

  78. Bertha Hawley says:

    I like a single block on the back of a jacket or vest. Then build around it log cabin style to fill in the rest of the back. If you make a smaller version of the same block or different block but similar fabrics, it looks good on the front of the garment.

  79. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Since it will be such a famous block, I think I would use it as the center of a new quilt and enhance it with other blocks or applique!

  80. Dee Johnson says:

    I would use Paula Barnes block and make a 4th of July quilt – Yum.

  81. Lisa England says:

    For a small block I would make a potholder. A larger block could be the “bib” of an apron.

  82. Claudia says:

    I made a Quilt of Valor earlier this year. I had one extra block and made it into a small pillow that went with the quilt.

  83. lisa lawton says:

    I enjoy making apricot jam each summer. A beautiful, one of a kind quilt block would make a wonderful cover for the lid/cap of a beautiful jar of homemade jam!

  84. Sarah Vee says:

    I love to try out a single block and take the opportunity to make them into a side panel for a bag – or a pillow. Sometimes they become the jumping off point for a medallion quilt. This bundle looks yummy! Thanks for the chance!

  85. Jan says:

    The most creative thing I have done with a single block was to cover a brick for a door stopper.

  86. Angela Neff says:

    I think it would be cute as a little mini quilt with some borders on my wall for inspiration!

  87. Konda Luckau says:

    My favorite use is as a quilt label. Or as the center of a table runner.

  88. Michelle R says:

    How about the center of a table topper or a pillow?

  89. Robyn says:

    how about seat covers or chair cushions?

  90. Depending on the block you can get some wonderful secondary designs. I like the surprise when this happens.

  91. Nancy B says:

    A medallion quilt? Front of a tote bag, the requisite pillow…

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  93. Mary says:

    I think I would border the block and mat and frame it, that would mean I could hang it on my studio wall and it would be a wonderful keepsake.

  94. I think I would try to match it and make a whole quilt.
    I have used one block before to make my grandma a little carry-all bag for her walker. I might try to match the fabric and make one of those.
    A set of place mats might be the ticket, the one block being the centerpiece.
    It might be a nice thing to make a single sized quilt and donate it to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake near where I live.
    I’m full of ideas

  95. Cara says:

    I love using both one block or one patch. You can get such great secondary designs, or can be a great way to show of fabrics.

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