100 Blocks, Volume 3: Sunblock

Welcome to day 3 of our 100 Blocks blog tour. It’s a glorious spring day in Colorado: the grass is greener, flowers are blooming and days are getting longer and warmer. This is my favorite time of the year!

Back in chilly November, I began looking for design inspiration for 100 Blocks, Volume 3. After I made Ice Crystal for Volume 2, I thought it would be fun to make a series of foundation-pieced seasonal blocks.

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Ice Crystal from 100 Blocks, Volume 2

With that in mind, I used Electric Quilt to design a foundation-pieced flower. I was pleased with my results and couldn’t wait to gather my favorite batiks to sew it together.

Don’t look for the flower in 100 Blocks, Volume 3.  That block evolved into an entire quilt. See my  Primrose Patch on the May/June ’11 cover.QMMP 110600 cover 500 e1304440947816 100 Blocks, Volume 3: Sunblock

I needed another design for 100 Blocks. It’s now January. It’s getting colder and I’m really missing some warm sunshine. That’s what I needed, a sun!

After some trial and error with colors, I got the right yellow fabrics and  foundation pieced my Sunblock.

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Sunblock by Eileen Fowler

I wanted Sunblock to be sunshiny and bright. In a calendar holder, one Sunblock works great. But just in case you don’t want to wear your sunglasses to view a entire Sunblock quilt, here are a couple of color options in quilt settings:

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Sunblock with teals and pinks

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scrappy Sunblock

I could use some additional ideas for seasonal block designs.

Leave me a comment with your suggestions by 11:59 pm MDT Thursday, May 5th, and I’ll draw a random winner to receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 3.

Edit on 5/6/11: Thanks for all the wonderful comments. There were some very creative ideas. I have a great list for future block designs.

Now, our winner of the 100 Blocks issue (drum roll, please). Random.org has selected #51.

Teresa E ( 5/4/11 at 6:24 am)

How about 4 sailboats that resemble a mariners compass when pieced together.
I also love sunflowers or fireworks.

Congratulations, Teresa!




About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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173 Responses to 100 Blocks, Volume 3: Sunblock

  1. Hi. I’ve recently come across your post on this while searching the internet for the perfect sun pattern. Yours is it. I’m working with a group of elderly quilters (two are over 100!) and we’re making a quilt for their senior retirement home as a wall hanging. Is there any way to purchase just the pattern for your sun block? If you could point me in the right direction I’d be so grateful! Thanks.

  2. Patricia Bartholomew says:

    This is a beautiful block with so many possibilities. I can’t wait to begin.

  3. Debra Cannon says:

    This block would look great in any holiday prints, especially Christmas prints. Actually, this block would look good in any print!
    Thank you,
    Debra Cannon

  4. amy dame says:

    wow! apparently i need to find myself a copy of volume 2, ice crystal is amazing! and the sun block is so bright and festive, i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of volume 3!

    living on the west coast, i’m a huge fan of ocean imagery. done in grey blues, it could be a more winter, blustery block, or in teal blues, it could be a warm summer block.

    the one thing that always signifies spring here (since our seasons are hard to tell apart with the near constant rain!!) is cherry blossoms, which are always lovely. for that matter, rain would be a wonderful block too! it would be very cool if your series worked for those of us who live in more temperate climates – some years we don’t even get snow at all!

  5. they are both beautiful–would tulips work in that configuration just changing your colors around?

  6. Deb Wilmoth says:

    Gorgeous block! My favorite is the scrappy quilt with all the sparkling multi-colored blocks! It makes me happy just looking at it!

  7. Rachell says:

    I love the Snow Crystals….I’m need Volume 2 just to get that pattern! And I love Primrose Path….just adore it. I’m so glad it was published in the monthly magazine and I got my subscription! Your new Sun is awesome!
    I agree with others…..red-white-blue patriotic flags or hearts or something. And I love autumn leaves. How about more purple?

  8. arlette says:

    I have a few suggestions for you, red and green for christmas, country colors (I love them) and then fall colors… Your sunblock looks alot like the sun, we’re having this, we’re leaving the last days of summer

  9. Nancy Sue says:

    What a great block, and giving us the different color options, well, thank you! Seasonal…I immediately go to the winter holidays. What about a spin on this block using a candy cane idea (with the hooked ends radiating out?

  10. Barbara says:

    So sunshiny, I just love it!

  11. Jen says:

    Stunning block! I loved the winter one too. Another idea would be a Christmas tree!

  12. Linda Bourgeois says:

    I love color and favor the one with all colors. I’m thinking purples, golds and greens with a mardi fabric border of beads and masks.

  13. Carolynn says:

    what a fab block.. I think it would be extremely flowing if the colors in each block went from dark to light, from winter blue to spring green or yellow, night to day, clouds to sun. Does this even make sense?? I can see it in my head LOL, o-well beautiful blocks

  14. Bonnie Kastner says:

    Your sunshine block is pretty, I like yellows, but your Ice Crystal block is awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to when the magazine.

  15. Debbie says:

    I like doing FPP and I loved your Crystal block, Eileen. You’re keeping up the great work with the Sunblock block, too! I like what you did with the yellows. You can probably do something similar with greens for a spring like block.

  16. I love these season blocks!!! Maybe a blooming Dasiy for spring :)

  17. Jacquie says:

    Lovely block. You have really captured the brightness of the sun. I love the autumn colors and always think of the changing leaves. Spring bulbs are another favorite. The Icicle block was also great.

  18. QuiltSue says:

    I love your sun block, and the ice crystal one. What about one based on leaves for autumn?

  19. Kreh Stubby says:

    Wow! Nice touch there of colors. Nice blending of the colors, really making the most out of it!

  20. Jamie says:

    Your sunshine block is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the different colorways. The bright scrappy example makes me think of stars.
    When I think of summer, I think about beaches, so I would suggest something with waves or the ocean as a seasonal block for the summer.

  21. kwiltnkats says:

    Eileen, your Sunblock is great. I can see a scrappy quilt using Ice Crystal and Sunblock togeher…what’s in store for Volume 4? Sandi

  22. Evelene Sterling says:

    Your block really pops and I would love to walk into a room and see a whole quilt made using those colors. Well done. How about twirling flags for the Fourth of July.

  23. Barbara Young says:

    LOVED THIS BLOCK. It will definately be on my list of ones to make. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Barb Colvin says:

    A great burst of sunshine! I’d like to use the block as part of a landscape in an art quilt.

  25. Pat V says:

    Great blocks. I prefer the scrappy sunblock. It would surely brighten up a table.

  26. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Love the scrappy block! How about red and green for Christmas?

  27. E. Engman says:

    Love the multicolored suns. Such a change from the gloomy weather. Thanks.

  28. cindy says:

    Wow…thats a beautiful block.

  29. Dana says:

    love the look of it! I would try piecing different shapes into the seasonal blocks, pumpkins, cats, holly leaves, apples, etc.

  30. quiltcookie says:

    really love the scrappy sunblock. I am not very good at paper piecing but love the look it gives

  31. Carolyn says:

    I love the sun block. The variations in other colors are wonderful. I love foundation piecing.

  32. I LOVE this block…can’t wait to make it!
    How about some watermelons for summer time to go with the sun!?

  33. annie says:

    That is so darling. I love the other seasons you can do with it. nothing like a versatile block.

  34. Barb says:

    Your block is stunning, I could see it done in green batiks for St. Patrick’s day!

  35. Tammy says:

    OH HOOOOO!!! Like this block! Reminds me of summer. I like it very much. The more blocks I see on this tour the more I am wanting to see this magazine!! You did a good job for sure!!

  36. Dorothy Reitsma says:

    How about daffodils for spring. We really are waiting for spring to arrive.

  37. Sandy A says:

    How about a mums for fall? It could be similar in shape of the two blocks you have done already, make it look like you are looking straight down on one flower. Hope this makes sense!

  38. Deb says:

    I love applique so i’d pick something for spring: tulips, froggies, and bright colors.

  39. Love the scrappy suns! Your designs are awesome.

  40. Janet says:

    Gorgeous blocks!

  41. Sheri says:

    Wow! What about using black, grey and white with a touch of red?

  42. VickiT says:

    What a cheerful block. LOVE IT! It’s a great block the way it has the movement in it. Gosh, I am horrible at ideas but something for Christmas would be awesome using golds, silver, red and greens but what exactly, I’m not sure. Maybe ornaments of some kind?

  43. duff says:

    your blocks are fabulous and so versatile! You seem to favor multi-colored points so how about a Fourth of July firework block ?

  44. Christy says:

    Sunblock is one of my favorite blocks that I’ve seen from the magazine so far. I love the vibrant colors. Like a lot of other commenters, I think fall leaves (in a wreath pattern) and spring flowers would comliment your Ice Crystals and Sunblock.

  45. Sheri says:

    Love your blocks. maybe I’m crazy but how about a block that looks likes a summer campfire?

  46. Beverly says:

    Amazing blocks! I like some of the ideas suggested – autum leaves or acorns, sunflowers or tulips – or may corn stalks for the fall

  47. Kaye M. says:

    SunBlock is simply dazzling! Next, you could work your magic on some leaf or tree blocks.

  48. Judy W says:

    OK, this is totally my favorite so far! Can’t wait to see it in the magazine!

  49. Sherrill says:

    I love the bright, sunny, scrappy version of the quilt using your block. It’s so HAPPY!

  50. Carol C says:

    This is my favorite block so far. Absolutely beautiful. Looks like you have winter, summer and spring (with primrose path) cover, so now you need to make a block for autumn. I recommend falling leaves.

  51. Melissa Garcia says:

    What patience to put that all together. Independence Day is coming up. How about red, white and blue for a QOV quilt?

  52. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love this block as much as the Ice Crystals! For Summer I’d like to see ppieced beach balls in the sand with water in the background, or a couple of beach balls and a beach umbrella in the sand, or a starfish (that would be very cool).

  53. Cindy W. says:

    How about christmas cactus blossom or lillies. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.

  54. Donna K. from N. TX says:

    Can’t remember if I already left a comment, but if not – Great block. Thanks for sharing.

  55. madame samm says:

    love the snow and star…wow! love to see more trees, fat, skinny, short tall, bushes…lol

  56. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    What a pretty block! I have to try foundation piecing now! Love the scrappy version, but the yellow really sings. Ice Crystals is really pretty, too, and the flower quilt!

  57. Mary C in KC says:

    I love your block. Spring colors for me. I also like the ice crystals from last year.

  58. Lillian says:

    I love your blue snowflake block as much as your sun block. I would have to sew both of them! Fourth of July could be done in red/white/blue?

  59. dianne bondaroff says:

    Just came home with your magazine yesterday! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway. I would suggest a Halloween block. Use some orange/black/yellow and a touch of purple.

  60. Joyce says:

    So bright and sunny love this edition in the yellows, oranges and blues, love the icle blue winter block too.,.. maybe a fall theme should be next?

  61. Madeline says:

    how about making one for Christmas that would look like a poinsettia?

  62. Ray J. says:

    Maybe a sunflower block – I know you just did the sun. Then how about a snowflake.

  63. Paula Young says:

    I love this block – I too would like to see it in Christmas colors. (Or maybe a collection of the blocks for each season?) Hmmmm.

  64. Cecilia Young says:

    I love the block. I wonder how it would look in Christmas colors? The star could beocme a red poinsettia. I love the scrappy version.

  65. MaryBeth Little says:

    What a cool block. How about holiday colors? The scrappy quilt reminds me of Easter eggs, so a Christmassy one might be appropriate too.

  66. Carrie P. says:

    WOW! both are so neat. Congrats!

  67. Ann says:

    This block is absolutely gorgeous and I love the yellows in it!
    Sorry can’t help with a suggestion.You are doing great as it is.

  68. Billie K says:

    Love this block in the blues the best.

  69. Donna Russ says:

    I loved both quilts, and colors, I would like to see it in black and white, with the colors of the seasons as backgrounds, such as oranges for fall, blue for winter, wild pink for summer, and yellow for spring….

  70. WendyMT says:

    Your block is amazing! As stated above, totally captures the sun :) Seasonal blocks … what hasn’t been done? Your sun is beautiful and along those lines it’s hard to compete. All that comes to mind for me is autumn leaves, apples, mittens, snowflakes … or Christmas ornaments come in lots of varieties. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this wonderful edition of the magazine!

  71. Lynne in Hawaii says:

    Both color variations are amazing!

  72. Ivani says:

    Just beautiful ! Love the scarppy sunflower quilt – stunning!
    What about a patriotic sunflower quilt?

  73. Subee Mohr says:

    All I can say is WOW! Beautiful!
    you are an artist!
    Pick me!
    XOXOX Subee

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