A-mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a Quilt

What do you get when you ask talented designers to create new quilts using any of the blocks published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks? You get 18 spectacular quilts that are fresh, interesting and creative!

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Now that there are four volumes published of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, it seemed only natural to start using those blocks in fun and creative ways—Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is the newest member of the 100 Blocks family.

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A-Mazed, designed by June Dudley, pattern appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring '12

A-mazed is a quilt I designed for this issue. Let me show you how this design developed from Camille Roskelley’s block, that appeared in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 1.

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Camille Roskelley's Ups & Downs Block #57 from QM's 100 Blocks Volume 1

Using EQ7 I started with Camille’s block in this diagonal setting:

one 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltI designed a block that would connect the blue and red zigzags in the center:

five 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltThen I worked on a block to create a design in the empty spaces:

six 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltNext I rotated the newest block to fill the setting triangles:

seven 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltAfter placing that new block into the empty spaces on all sides, I knew this design was coming together:

eight 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltI expanded the size of the quilt and filled it in with the original Ups & Downs block, both of my new blocks and partial blocks in the setting triangles:

nine 300x300 A mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a QuiltAt this stage, the quilt would take 816 triangle squares. If you wanted a scrappy quilt with assorted reds and blues, similar to Camille’s original design, then triangle-squares would be a great way to make this quilt.

But by this time I had recolored the quilt and was planning to use Marcia Derse’s Line 5 from Troy:

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As I contemplated making 816 triangle-squares, I realized that I could change the construction from blocks made from triangle-squares and set on point to blocks made from mostly squares and rectangles in a square setting. It was a good lesson to take a step back after designing—look at the quilt differently and find a simpler way to make it.

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A-Mazed, designed by June Dudley, pattern appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring '12

This special issue goes on sale in quilt shops and newsstands on Tuesday, March 6. If you can’t find it locally, you can buy Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring ’12 at QuiltAndSewShop.com.

Join us right here on Quilty Pleasures Tuesday, March 6 for opportunities to win a copy of this premiere issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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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9 Responses to A-mazed: The Design Journey from a Block to a Quilt

  1. Donna Kay says:

    All I can say is WOW! I love the quilt and your thought processes that made it. Thanks for sharing the details!

  2. Jenelle B says:

    only one word. Awesome.

  3. Jill M says:

    Oh, I love it! I especially like that you changed it from the 816 HSTs. When I am looking at blocks to make, I usually see if there are any changes like this that I can make that will make construction easier. :)

  4. Bunny says:

    I love these issues…..

  5. VickiT says:

    Oh wow. That is awesome. Definitely another must have magazine.

  6. Karlene says:

    Awesome quilt!

  7. Donna Amos says:

    Thank you so much, June, for showing us how you designed this quilt. A great lesson for all of us. Your quilt is awesome!

  8. Cathy B. says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this magazine. I love June’s quilt. Thank you so much for sharing the design journey. Hugs

  9. Lee Ann L. says:

    Oh, this looks like it’ll be an awesome magazine and complement to the 100 blocks magazines I have! I’ll be looking for it in the stores! May have to order it from you as bookstores are rapidly disappearing. :-(

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