100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

QM DUDLEY1 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

“Zippity Zinnia, zippity-ay . . . ” doesn’t the name of my block just make you want to sing?

I was still playing with cutting designs from folded paper (see my block Snowman Farm from 100 Blocks Volume 2). Only this time I wanted to create a secondary design in the corners when blocks are pieced next to each other. The black and white triangles sitting opposite from each other got me started towards my goal. The squares in the block corners make four-patches when they meet. I wanted the four-patches to each have four colors and thought about how to do that for a scrappy look.

june blk3 fourpatch 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

I decided to keep the four corner squares in one block the same fabric as the background with the intention of changing the background fabric in each block. All of the greens are randomly assorted. Here’s what four blocks together look like. You’ll see that I extended that secondary design into a pieced border.

june blk3 setting 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

As you look through the blocks in the issue, remember this trick about coloring opposite corners to create secondary designs!

Now I just need to make this quilt in time to hang in the 1o0 Blocks Volume 3 gallery exhibit at our office this summer. If you’re near Golden, CO during regular business hours from July-September, 2011, stop by to see the gallery quilts photographed in the magazine, plus more! If you’re near Golden, CO from now until the end of June stop by to see the Sightlines exhibit from the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Sneak Peek of a product review coming in July/Aug ’11: At Quiltmaker  we recently discovered Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors. This pair of 4″ micro-serrated scissors will cut all the way to the tips of the blades without fraying the fabric. They’re great for cutting fusible applique designs with lots of turns and corners (like this zinnia).

scissors 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

Giveaway: So, are you still singing “Zippity Zinnia, Zippity-ay . . . ” with me? Tell me in a comment by midnight Mountain time on Friday May 6: what song always sticks in your head? I’ll pick a winner who will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 3 AND this pair of scissors. QuiltSue (Comment #18) is the lucky winner! Congratulations.

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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170 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

  1. Nancy says:

    Since I’m a new mom, I always have “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in my head… hoping that babe will fall asleep soon. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  2. Debbie in WA says:

    Your zinnia makes quite a ‘song’ (beautiful block too~) Love it!
    “It’s a Small World” is a song that sticks

  3. Patty says:

    A lot of songs stick in my head but recently it’s been Mercedes Benz for some reason.

  4. Mary Ann K says:

    Wonderful designs! Hard to pick out just one, but this one is a sure thing.

  5. kim Z says:

    Love the design. The colors are just right.

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  7. Dana says:

    Well, thanks to you, the Zippity Do Dah song is stuck in my head. I actually to sing that sometimes. Thanks.

  8. JoAn GODFREY says:

    great block with lots of design possibilities. i can’t wait to get this magazine. singing away……………….

  9. kwiltnkats says:

    Now why did you go and do that to us. As soon as one like your “Zippity Zinnia, Zippity-ay . . . ” comes into my head…I’ll be singing it. I’d like to give the scissors a try. I picked up something I think is similar by Kai at Road to California Quilt Show in January and love them. Best of all Kai has purple handles! They really do grip the fabric. Sandi

  10. Cindy W. says:

    No song but what is sticking in my head is which block and I making first. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.

  11. Rita Goshorn says:

    sigh …… fats domino’s “blueberry hill’ — keeps my young. it would help to win the little scissors; my little ones are usually in the wash still attached to my keeper pinned to a shirt

  12. Pam says:

    No one song in my head usually. Whatever I have heard that day. Today it will be Zippity Do Dah!

  13. Karen in SE Wisconsin says:

    The song that is often in my head, especially in mornings, is Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” because it is used in an ad on the TV, and seems to air a lot. Otherwise, my head tune can be triggered by whatever triggers a song … weather, what someone says, etc.

  14. Annmarie says:

    I’m always humming something & sometimes I need to say “STOP IT!” to myself or I’d go crazy. Lately it’s been “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor. Last week it was “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. Would be interesting to read about the psychology of why & what sticks in our head!

  15. dianne bondaroff says:

    The songs that always stick are the ones I don’t wantt! Having two young children its usually something like – One, Two, Buckle my shoe…..
    I’ve heard about these scissors. Thanks for a chance to win them.

  16. Donna says:

    It seems that the last fun song I heard is the one that stays in my head – so for today it is “Zippidy Zinnia”! Tomorrow it may be something else, although Zippidy is such an uplifting song that it may stay with me for several days.

  17. gramajojo says:

    When I am having a difficult time, whether it be piecing or cutting or sewing, the song for the wicked witch of the west while she is riding on her broom in the wizard of oz always pops into my head. I collect wizard of oz, so that may be why, but it usually makes me smile and helps get over what ever hump I have encountered.

  18. Mary says:

    What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Gets me every time.

  19. Wonderful block. I hear Michael Buble in my head, “Home.”

  20. Debra Cannon says:

    Well, on one of my other comments, I said that if I won the beautiful mug, I would want to make every quilt block on the mug for a quilt. I love applique. This block will be a fun challenge for me! From what I have read about Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors, these scissors will be a great help to cut out the applique for this block. This is a beautiful block and well designed.
    Thank you,
    Debra Cannon

  21. Zippity Zinnia is so cute!

  22. KT says:

    Love seeing how the blocks look set together. My kids are in a musical at church, so parts of their songs are always stuck in my head right now.

  23. Evelene Sterling says:

    I love how your block pieces together. The song that always sticks in my head is a 70′s Janis Joplin song ” Mercedes Benz” because you don’t need a great voice to sing it. I use to drive my daughter crazy singing it to her during her teen years.

  24. amy dame says:

    why is it always the most annoying songs that stick in your head? for weeks now i’ve had this song from a rice krispie’s commercial – the lyric is something about smiles coming true and it drives me nuts because it doesn’t make sense. luckily, i watched a documentary about Joan Baez earlier today, and now i have an old Bob Dylan song in my head instead!

    thanks so much for the giveaway, those scissors look fabulous!

  25. Christy says:

    Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day by Bowling For Soup pops in my head quite often. It’s the them song from Phinneas and Ferb, one of my son’s favorite shows.

  26. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    A few songs – “I Could Have Danced All Night” is one of them…

  27. Lillian says:

    Kokomo plays in my head while quilting…
    I love this sunny flower design.

  28. scrumdilly-icious scrumdilly -I, scrumdilly-icious, scrumdilly-I –I don’t even know if that is how it is spelled…but especially when I read your post, that is what came to my brainwave ;-)

  29. Janet says:

    A song called Dominique, by a group of nuns from Quebec called The Singing Nuns. I wish I had it on a CD or tape!

  30. Letty shirkey says:

    Love the beetles tune. Stick in my head so easily

  31. Billie K says:

    How cute is that. My friends granddaughter is names Zinnia

  32. Donna says:

    I have to say there is no song going one in my head. Though if you mention the name of a song, I know it will start until another song is mentioned or played. Too many quilt blocks in my head. Quilting is a song all by itself. Makes me happy!!

  33. Carol C says:

    Very creative block. On my commute home today, I heard “I’m all ready there” by Lonestar which I hadn’t heard for years and it’s been stuck in my head all evening. Congrats for being chosen for the magazine.

  34. Barbara Young says:

    Fun block. I don’t know if I should thank you for asking your question about the song. The minute I read it – the words to “Its a Small World” started running through my head – must have to do with the fact that I used to live less than 5 miles from Disneyland.

  35. Barb says:

    “You’re still the One”, my favorite verse is “you’re the one that can scratch my itch, still the one and I would’nt switch, we’re still havin’ fun and you’re still the one” For my husband of 39 years!!!

  36. Cecilia Young says:

    I have had the children’s song “the wheels on the bus go round and round” stuck in my head this week since keeping my little granddaughter this past weekend. Now it is joined by zippity do dah, zippity aye. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. laura says:

    How funny. Co-worker and I were sending email back and forth a few times this afternoon with song lyrics we knew would get stuck and be repeated all night: “beat it, beat it” “Y-M-C-A” “she’ll be coming around the mountain” “itsy-bitsy” We had fun with this today. As for one that is always floating around it would be “itsy bitsy spider”. Your block is interesting. Congratulations on getting it published.

  38. MarciaW says:

    The Vantage phone commercial song has been stuck in my head since 2006. It goes away, then when hear again, I find myself doing the “whoo hoo” deal. I think that zippity zinnia would song much better! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  39. I find myself singing “all the single ladies” and can’t stop! Don’t know why…don’t like the song!

  40. candace says:

    My default song, if you will, is Sitting By The Dock of The Bay….closely followed by You’ve Got A Friend. These are happy tunes that I sing myself as I’m working and looking forward to sitting at my sewing machine :D

  41. Joy P says:

    Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch! closely followed by: I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry, If I only had a brain.

    There is no explanation why…sigh.

  42. Carla Brown says:

    the song that always sticks in my mind is actually a jingle from a almond joy commercial and it is
    some times you feel like a nut sometimes you don’t
    I’m always singing it to my grandkids when they are being silly

  43. Colette says:

    My son watches the Discovery Channel quite a bit, so often times I find myself singing the “Boom-de-a-dah” song (which is the commercial for the Discovery Channel). Since I usually quilt, or TRY to create blocks while he’s watching it seems to come out of our TV quite regularly. It’s a fun song, quilting is fun, and since I am also a science teacher, find it somewhat appropriate. :-)

  44. Kathleen B says:

    Lovely block! Usually the last song I heard on the radio playing in the car is the song that gets stuck in my head, so it varies.

  45. Sheri says:

    I’m still singing! Wow! This could be a lot of fun to play with.

  46. Melba says:

    I got a music box a long time ago, it’s lovely…, the song it has it’s called “My favorite thing”, it’s in the soundtrack of the “Sound of Music”, the tittle of the song resembles my life, because generally it stucks in my head while I’m quilting and sometimes when I put the music box to play!, the scissors are a cutie pie!, thank you so much for the chance. You all rock :D

  47. Barb in MI says:

    Right now it’s humming “yellow submarine”… in my head ;-)
    What a delicate block!

  48. Kate says:

    You are my sunshine! I used to sing it to my nephew to put him to sleep when he was a baby. I LOVE your block!

  49. Kaye M. says:

    “Stuck like Glue” by Sugarland is the song thats been going through my head lately! Your block is gorgeous and thanks for the tip on creating a secondary design in the corners.

  50. “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” My mom used to “sing” this to me and my siblings when we were growing up. It was an almost daily affair and somehow, she has conveniently forgotten her antics. lol

  51. Melissa Garcia says:

    The theme song from Hi-5. I thought we were finished with it, but my daughter rediscovered it on a long-lost CD, so it’s back! What a neat block! Congratulations!

  52. Lee Ann L. says:

    Oh Happy Day is currently floating around in my head. Congrats on making the magazine.

  53. Pat V. says:

    Just now “Rocky Mountain High” by Jon Denver is stuck in my head from some reason. The song that ALWAYS gets stuck in my head, don’t EVER start singing this one, is of course “The Song That Never Ends” (curse you, Lamb Chop’s PlayAlong!)

  54. Sandy A says:

    Great block! Let’s see, right now I have the Zippety Zoo Dah song going thanks to you, but usually it is whatever I heard last on the radio. It was “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. LisaT says:

    Well, every since I heard Carrie Underwood singing her heart out on a youtube video, How Great Thou Art has been stuck in my head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTSg1QuzyP4&feature=fvst

  56. Love this block – so interesting. Currently the song that stays in my head is Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band – now it’s there again!!!

  57. Cathy B says:

    This is such a beautiful block. I love it. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine. Hugs.

  58. Shirley in Canada says:

    A very beautiful block!!

  59. You brought back such wonderful memories for me! My youngest DS’s pre-school teacher always had the kids sing Zippity DoDah before leaving the classroom~ with hand actions. So cute! I love the zinnia block. Thanks for the fun!

  60. Would love to travel to Golden to see the quilts! You just never know:) The song – “Dancing Queen” from Mama Mia!

  61. Joanna says:

    Okay, this is nuts, but I sing “Button Up Your Overcoat” to my cat because of the line “You belong to me”. She, at least, seems to like to hear me sing to her. Love your block and have noticed the secondary design issue come up in other block patterns. Neat idea.

  62. Christian Chandler says:

    Its a Small world, when ever I’m at a Disney park, and go pass the attaction that songs stuck in my head The Zinnia block would make a great wall hanging.

  63. quiltcookie says:

    the songs in my head are constantly changing.Alleluia sung by K.D. Lang at the Olympics is my favorite. Would love to try the scissors.

  64. Kris says:

    I drive my husband crazy singing an old theme song from JC Penney. It is always stuck in my head. Go figure!

  65. Gill says:

    Life is a roller coaster by Ronan Keating

  66. Lynn M says:

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow is now stuck in my head. Don’t know why. Maybe all the colorful fabrics from everyone’s blocks.

  67. duff says:

    That song from Cats–Midnight, not a sound from the pavement, has the moon lost her memory…
    My son finds it highly embarrassing when I sing it in front of his friends. but it just comes out randomly!

  68. kathy h says:

    Sweet Caroline keeps playing in my head every since we went to a wedding and everyone was dancing and singing it.

  69. Robbin says:

    When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother what will I be………Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see Que Sera Sera. I would love to win the giveaway but…Que Sera Sera!!!!!!

  70. Sallie says:

    The song that sticks in my head is One Day. Thanks for the giveaway!

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