QM’s Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!

You may have heard that Quiltmaker is planning a Block Party for August 2–4 in Williamsburg, VA. I asked QM Creative Editor Carolyn Beam to share about what she’ll be teaching there. You can find complete event and registration details here. We’d love to have you join us for this event built around Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. (Blocks shown below are from 100 Blocks volumes.)


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I’m excited to be teaching at our inaugural Block Party event in Williamsburg. I hope you can join us.

Carolyn Beam QMs Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!

Carolyn Beam






We’ve got wonderful teachers lined up and a broad range of classes that we hope will appeal to you. Two of the classes I’m teaching are centered around designing your own quilts (with help, of course!).

“Creative Block Settings” starts with a block of your choice from any of our 100 Blocks issues.

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Midnight Flight by Bonnie Hunter

I’ll help you design a setting, sashing and borders to create your own one-of-a-kind quilt. Your quilt could be a one-block wall quilt on up to a bed-size quilt.

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Little Laundry by Sandra Workman

In “Block Combinations for Unique Quilts,” you’ll learn how to choose two or more blocks that work well together in a quilt.

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Jester by Anita Grossman Solomon

I’ll talk about what to look for and why some blocks “play” better than others.

garman QMs Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!

Rose Bud Reel by Sue Garman

Once your blocks are chosen, you’ll learn how to design pieced borders to complement your quilt design. I think pieced borders add so much interest, and you’ll see how easy they are to design.

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We’ll do more than talk in these classes. You’ll also get a nice start on sewing your quilt design.


CharmSquares QMs Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!

“Charm Squares” is a class for anyone looking for a way to use the 5″ squares that are so popular today. You can add more variety to your charm square collection by participating in the class exchange.

I’ll show you different ways to cut these squares and lots of different quilt designs you can make. Find out how addictive sewing with these can be!

Carolyn’s enthusiasm is practically contagious! We’re all very excited about August 2–4 and the plans we’ve made for quilty fun. We’d love to see you there! Find Block Party details here.

BlockParty Wmsbg QMs Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!Let’s generate some 100 Blocks excitement! I have two copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 3 for giveaway. Leave a comment by midnight Sunday, Jan. 29 and we’ll draw for random winners. The winners are comments #25 and #3, Debbie and Barb. Their issues will be mailing shortly!

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: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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30 Responses to QM’s Block Party: Carolyn on Williamsburg, Giveaway!

  1. Annaleena says:

    Beautiful blocks. Thanks for the chance.

  2. SueBQ says:

    The Block Party sounds like a great event! I have been looking for your 100 block magazines in my local stores but have not seen them. Thanks for the chance to win one… esp. one with this block designed by Bonnie!

  3. Annie K says:

    I love trying new blocks with each quilt I make…so this book would certainly get a lot of use :-)

  4. Dorothy Schreyer says:

    Would love the book, haven’t been able to find them around here….

  5. Irene says:

    Winning one of these books would simply be awesome—-what a way to expand my block knowledge and step out of the “comfort” zone!

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh, yes, I need this magazine! I especially like Bonnie Hunter’s block.

  7. Kathy M. Boice says:

    I would love to win!

  8. Debra George says:

    Almost a year and a half ago, my mom passed away and left nine quilt tops as well as lots of fat quarters, fat eighths, yardage, etc. All of this had been packed away until we moved this past September and I pulled it all out, determined to finish her projects and begin new ones of my own. She and I had pieced a couple of projects when she visited and I even helped bind one of her quilts before she passed away. Now I’m taking classes and following blogs and I’m already addicted. :) I’d love to join everyone in Williamsburg, but since that won’t happen, maybe the book would be a nice consolation prize?

  9. Lyn says:

    Love all the cool blocks!

  10. Mom C says:

    I’d love to be in Williamsburg for the block party but consider it very unlikely. Love to be back East sightseeing just about any time. I would also love the 100 Blocks. Thanks.

  11. Barb in Mi says:

    The Block sounds like a great idea! And I have been admiring your 100 block magazines for years. Thanks for a chance!

  12. martina says:

    A block- party sounds great. Love the 100 blocks magazines and would love to win a copy! Thanks so much!

  13. Deanna says:

    100-blocks is so much fun. There is something just right for me in every issue. Amazing how much versatility and creativity you pack into one volume. Thank you for the giveaway chance. I wish I could be there for the weekend. That would be amazing!

  14. May Britt says:

    I would love to win this magazine :) I love making blocks and I am sure there is a lot of new inspiration in this magazine .

  15. Lisa says:

    I am so excited for the Williamsburg event and hoping to convince Mom to join me. I’d love to win a copy of the 100 blocks, I don’t have any of them yet! I must be living under a rock?

  16. Aileen says:

    I stumbled onto this site looking for unique blocks, fell in love with the snowflake block. Not able to get to the classes but would love to win a book. Will be looking for some of the first books to get started.

  17. Rachell R says:

    I just bought my copy of 100 Blocks #4. I don’t have any of the others, and I would love to have the Sunburst and Snowflake blocks !
    The Block Party sounds wonderful. It would be great to meet and learn in the same classrooms from creative people that I’ve only learned about from reading or the internet.

  18. Carol C says:

    The Block Party sounds like fun. Wish I could attend. Thanks for the chance to win the 100 Blocks book

  19. Niki says:

    Classes look like a blast…how I wish I could attend. Good luck with the block party.

  20. Mary Kastner says:

    I would love to own a copy of Volume #3. I don’t have it. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  21. LizA. says:

    I have all but this volume also. Would love to win it to make my set up-to-date and complete.

  22. Rachelle says:

    Would love to be in to win, haven’t got any of those books yet.

  23. Christine M says:

    How cute is that Little Laundry block! I’d love to come to the block party but it’s a bit far from Australia! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  24. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to create some blocks with that! THANKS for the chance at winning it!

  25. Karlene says:

    I love the 100 block magazines as there is such a fun variety of new blocks to enjoy. Wish I could attend the block party but will still be being the care-giver for my grandson while my son is deployed.

  26. BRENDA MOLINA says:


  27. I love the classes and ideas you will teach at Block Party! I just wish I lived a bit closer. I am going to live vicariously through your blog posts! Thanks for the chance.

  28. Barb J says:

    The Block Party sounds like a fantastic event! I think that the themes you have chosen to teach will be really interesting. I’m hoping to be able to attend, and I’m trying to convince my husband to work our vacation around it! And if I go, of course I’ll need the 100 blocks magazine to pick my block from!

  29. Helen says:

    I would love to win the book. I don’t have any of these, so this would be a good start to my quilt book collection.

  30. LouAnn says:

    I love the 100 blocks issues! I am missing vol. 3 and thank you for the chance to win it!!!

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