Have you checked out all those fabulous blogs and blocks from Quiltmaker’s blog hop so far? Great! Stick around, we have even more to share with you!
Yep, it’s day 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 5 blog hop, and today I get to show off block number 4 in my seasonal block series. If you have followed Quiltmaker’s past blog hops or have volumes 2–4, you’ve seen my Ice Crystal (Winter), Sunblock (Summer) and Re-leaf (Autumn) blocks. Here’s a recap:
And that means it’s finally Spring!
I didn’t have any particular flower in mind when I was drawing this foundation design in EQ, but I think it looks like a daisy. When I finished sewing up the final block, the name became apparent –”Whoopsy Daisy.” (More on the name later.) What could be better than sewing with an assortment of bright Tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures! How about a design with an entire garden of daisies? (Yes, I see more flowers in my future.)
This is a great way to showcase one block. I added 3″ borders to make it large enough for an 18″ pillow form. I also found this a perfect size to practice some quilting.
Need more inspiration? How about combining all four seasonal blocks for a small wall hanging? Here’s my work in progress. All blocks are made from batiks. To tie the designs together, I used blues for all the backgrounds but varied them a little: light for spring, bright for summer, a grayed blue for autumn and a dark midnight blue for winter. I’m still looking for just the right blue batik for an outer border.
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In the 30 years since Quiltmaker’s very first issue, we’ve published hundreds of quilt patterns. One of our challenges is coming up with unique names for each. Luckily, most of the designers name their own blocks in the 100 Blocks series. (There must be some interesting stories behind a few of them.) Our own brainstorm sessions for names can be pretty amusing. Contrary to what you might think, “Whoopsy Daisy” wasn’t inspired by sewing mistakes. This was an easy block to sew. It came from my “Whoop! It’s a daisy!” shout-out when I was finished.
Help me name my quilt above that shows all 4 seasonal blocks. Leave a comment with your creative quilt title by noon MST on Wednesday, May 2nd for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks, volume 5 and some special prizes from today’s sponsors, Robert Kaufman and Handi Quilter. I’ll select one winner randomly from the comments.
Winner! Congratulations Jenny. Your comment (#76) was picked at random and we will be sending you a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 5 and special treats from Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Handi Quilter.
Thank you all for contributing so many creative titles for my quilt. I just have to narrow it down to one. (Otherwise, this could be the world’s longest quilt name and the label will be larger than the quilt itself.) Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!