100 Blocks Volume 4: Guiding Light

Welcome to day 5 of our 100 Blocks, Volume 4 blog tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing the different designer’s blogs throughout the week. We certainly have a lot of talented designers in this issue.

A little bit about my block—I’ve always had a fascination with lighthouses. I’ve designed a quilt with different lighthouses and visit and photograph them whenever I get a chance. I decided I wanted to make a lighthouse for my block in 100 Blocks, Volume 4 and doodled around on graph paper. That’s usually how I start my designs. I played around with different placements for the lighthouse but decided I liked seeing just a part of it on one side. That left the rest of the block open. It needed some water on the bottom, so I added the triangle-squares to look like waves. A star is always good, so I sewed a small Friendship Star for the corner. I sewed it together with those elements, but it looked weird with a big empty spot in the center.

QMMS 110062 BEAM before1 300x300 100 Blocks Volume 4: Guiding Light

original block

It needed something else. So I took it apart (not my favorite thing to do) and filled the hole with a sailboat.

QMMS 110062 BEAM 300x300 100 Blocks Volume 4: Guiding Light

Guiding Light - final block

What do you think? The sailboat seemed to complete the block, and I liked it much better.

I think it would make a nice little wall quilt. Here’s an idea with some strips and stars.

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Guiding Light wall quilt

The sides are 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips from each of a red, white and blue fabric. The stars in the corners are the same as the star in the block.

Leave me a comment by noon MST on Monday, 11/14 with your favorite activity on the water. I’ll randomly select one person to receive a copy of 100 Blocks, Volume 4.

Congratulations kaholly! Your comment was randomly picked to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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175 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 4: Guiding Light

  1. Patrica Partipilo says:

    There is nothing like a beautiful day at the beach, the sand, surf and the rays of the sun beating down on your body. Beach visits have been popular with people of all ages, and are as much of a family activity as they are an individual excursion. No beach visit is complete without spending some timer relaxing on the beach with some suntan lotion on and getting that perfect tan. `

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  2. kwiltnkats says:

    Carolyn, I sure like your use of HSTs to create the waves. You must be the designer of many a sailboat designs that I’ve seen published in Quiltmaker. This one like the rest is really cute. Sandi

  3. Love spending time with our girls in our pool!

  4. My special joy is beach combing on St. George Island in Florida. I live in Vermont.

  5. Vivian says:

    This is a cute block and would make a great wallhanging. This past summer we got to go camping by Lake Erie. It was fun wading out into the waves and we were surprised by how strong the currents were (but then, it is a GREAT lake after all!). On the same trip we also went to Niagara Falls and seeing them made us all very respectful of the power of water!! So our favorite water activity this year was standing under the Bridal Veil Falls at the Cave of the Winds!

  6. Wendy says:

    Cute block! Think I will have to make this one for my grandson who lives near a lake. I love being near the water! Lounging on the beach and watching the grandkids having fun. Floating around on a pontoon boat is great too.

  7. Doris Rice says:

    Anything that involves sun, water, and a boat are my favorite. Can’t go wrong with a cruise though!

  8. Liz says:

    Fun block. I think my favorite activity on water would be a quilt cruise.

  9. Bente says:

    lovely block, I would love to sew such a nice wallhanging,
    thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I love just sitting near the water and soaking up the peace. Have a great day!

  11. Donna says:

    I love to go dolphin watching on the ferry boat! Your blocks are cool!

  12. Carol says:

    Favorite water activity is sitting on the beach and watching others who are IN the water.

  13. Marie says:

    Very cute block! Definitely makes me think of a wonderful summer day.

  14. Melody says:

    Very cute block! And my favorite is floating on my back in the sun.

  15. Cecilia says:

    I just enjoy riding in the boat and enjoying the weather. I like your block. The sailboat was just what you needed.

  16. Connie says:

    My favorite activity is just taking a leisurely ride in a boat and enjoying the scenery.

  17. Sandra says:

    I love lighthouse blocks. Being from a coastal state these blocks are always popular. I love sitting by the ocean, listening to the waves — so relaxing.

  18. Bev Gunn says:

    great use of traditional blocks with the lighthouse! Would also make a great kid’s quilt!

  19. tammy k. says:

    my favorite activity on the water is just floating on an inflatable raft, relaxing! cute block!

  20. Shannon says:

    Sweet block! I can smell the salt air!

  21. KrisD says:

    Love the way your block turned out! I just love the creative process a project takes from beginning to end and your project was a success! Would love the chance to win a copy of the magazine!

  22. Diane says:

    I love lighthouses too! Your block is very cute. Maybe I would put in a kayak….

  23. Charlotte Dudley says:

    I’m learning the pleasures of quiet kyacking.

  24. Erika says:

    Cute block!! I love to swim and float.

  25. Donna Russ says:

    I adore your block , love lighthouses, I live in North Carolina, and have been to the coast and seen some of the Lighthouses…..thanks for a chance to win.

  26. Gina says:

    The sailboat adds so much to the block. It’s perfect for a little boy’s room!

  27. Your block looks cute :D
    I love boating!

    Thanks for the chance!

  28. Judy says:

    Love your block adding the sailboat was perfect. When I was younger I would have said swimming in the ocean waves, now I would say boating as I love to watch what is going on along the river bank.

  29. Beth Patrick says:

    My favorite water activity is a hot bubble bath and a good glass of wine! oh, don’t forget the chocolate :)

  30. Carla G says:

    I would say swimming is my favorite water activity! I love your quilt block! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  31. I guess floating on the water- I am not much of a swimmer so the water is not my favorite place to hang out. I do love your light house block – very cute boat that you added.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a nice magazine.

  32. Cindi C says:

    Very cool block! Congrats on being in the 100 Block issue.

  33. roseann says:


  34. Lori L says:

    Cute block. It reminds me of trolling for salmon on Lake Michigan . My favorite thing to do on the water is bass fish. I guess I enjoy the early morning quiet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Maria Kievit says:

    Nice little sailboat. Have all kinds of material in my stash with lighthouses, and ocean themes, as I was going to make a quilt with them for a friend, and this block would be a nice addition to that.

  36. sara says:

    my favorite thing around water is to walk the beach along the water’s edge – letting it lap over my feet…

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  37. Lyn says:

    Since I never learned how to swim, my favorite activity on water is probably to be in a boat on it, preferably a large one….an Alaska cruise would be nice…

  38. Debbie in WA says:

    A sewing cruise will have to be a favorite water activity ~ also on my wish list!
    Your block is wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance to win extras.

  39. Rachelle says:

    paddling at the beach, just dipping my toes while the boys splash me.

  40. Debby Patz says:

    My favorite activity on the water is Cruising! On a cruise ship! The block looks great with borders, definitely!

  41. Julie in WA says:

    Oh, dear, I am not much of a water fan. But I do like standing on the shore…watching for orca whales to swim past…watching huge ships being pulled by small tugboats…watching cruise ships cruise on by…

  42. Barbara Huston says:

    My favorite thing on the water is…sitting on the shore, in the shade, watching the water! Nope, no “in the water” for me. lol

  43. Kathy T. says:

    A lot of people are nuts about lighthouses (like me)! Your block is so special. In my area, we like to watch for dolphins and porpoises. Very elegant creatures.

  44. Janet says:

    My favourite activity on the water – lazing in the boat while hubby putters around fishing on a warm summer day. I usually read or work on some hand sewing.

  45. Sallie says:

    My favorite activity on the water is to cruise. Thanks for the giveaway! I really like your block!

  46. Kaye M. says:

    My favorite thing is to walk along the beach and wade in the water. I like the addition of the sail boat to your block.

  47. Sherry Caldwell says:

    Guiding Light block is so in time for a project I am needing to make for a grandson. Can’t wait for the magazine. The boat completes this block. Thank you for all the hard work.

  48. Jo says:

    Great block! I really enjoy sailing

  49. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    That is too cute! Would make a great wallhanging in a larger size.

  50. Tamsyn says:

    Beautiful Block. Pontoon Boating!

  51. Debbie says:

    Water is so relaxing…I love being by the sea, river or lake. I do like your block….the boat just sets it off nicely.

  52. Karen A says:

    My favorite activity would be walking along the water whether it be on the beach, at a lake or on the banks of stream. Our favorite campsite is along a river.

  53. Jeanne says:

    I love to cruise around on the water and enjoy the traquilty of it.

  54. Rita Goshorn says:

    back in the day, well, for thirty some years, hubby loved boating and i loved fishing, so we plied the waters of the gulf of alaska out of seward, and the southeast inside passage out of juneau, boating and fishing. happy days! bought bigger and bigger boats ’til we had one we could live on and take out whenever the mood hit and weather allowed. eleven good years on that boat!

  55. LJ says:

    Great block! I’ve totally been enjoying hearing the stories about how designers came up with a block design. You and all your fellow designers are truly artists. Thank you and congratulations!

  56. Jennifer J says:

    I love to walk along the beach. I pick up things the waves left behind. I let the water wash over me and take all my stress away with it. And I love to sit and watch the waves.

  57. Wendy B says:

    I absolutely LOOOOOOVE waterskiing……but have to watch from the shore now after my knee replacement! It feels so free with the wind blowing through your hair and around you! These days we tend to go fishing much more and that would be a close second!
    Love your lighthouse…we’d be lost without it! *wink*
    sugary hugs
    Wendy B :O)

  58. Marianne says:

    Love to fish! Thanks for the chance to win.

  59. Debbi says:

    Used to be a waterskier, now I love to snorkel!

  60. Leanne says:

    I love the ocean. I love to swim, walk along the beach, collect shells, rocks and sea glass…I absolutely love walking along the water and getting a good whiff of salt water in the air.

  61. In the ocean is just bob, bob, bobin at along with the waves. In the pool it’s lap swimming!

  62. Linda Caldwell says:

    Love your block! I like to watch the water. Thanks for the opportunity. Linda C

  63. Celine says:

    My favorite activity in the water is swimming as I find it really relaxing!

  64. Kate says:

    I used to sail when we lived on the East Coast, but here in CO, not so much. A swim is nice on a hot day…

  65. my favorite thing to do is be out of the water standing on the shore watching and listening. scarlette

  66. Mary says:

    My favortie activity on the water is boating. Your lighthouse block is wonderful. I got to see the ocean and a lighthouse for the first time a couple of years ago on a trip to Washington and Oregon. Both were beautiful.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  67. Joan M. says:

    My husband and I have a sailboat, so your block struck a chord with me! Thanks for the chance to win volume 4!

  68. I don’t actually go on the water. Probably last time was the ferry from Sandusky to Cedar Point maybe 30 years ago. I do like that sort of calm chugging along–very peaceful.

  69. Madeline Wallace says:

    yes, the sailboat really makes the block. My favorite activity is in the water, I am a swimmer. I swim 3 x a week, so when I do get to go out on a boat, I like to jump into the water and take a swim.

  70. Gretchen says:

    I love swimming in the ocean. Too bad I don’t live near one or get to visit much. Thanks so much for the opportunity and I love your lighthouse block!

  71. Kathy M. Boice says:

    My favorite water “thing” is having parties around our pool!! I also love walking near the Lakes and thinking about family! I am actually afraid of water myself.

  72. Annmarie says:

    Great block – you’re right – it makes a great mini. Thanks for the chance to win Vol 4!

  73. Sandi says:

    My favorite water activity is swimming. Love the weightless feeling, especially in the ocean.

  74. Jannette says:

    I am not a huge fan of the water, but I do not mind fishing – providing that I catch something!

  75. Karen W. says:

    My favorite water activity is canoeing. Thanks for the chance to win!

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