Block Party at Williamsburg: Quick Glimpse

BlockParty Wmsbg Block Party at Williamsburg: Quick Glimpse

Wow! We had a great time at Quiltmaker‘s Block Party in Williamsburg, Virginia last week with about 120 quilters, eight teachers and six staff members.


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Fast friends at Quiltmaker's Block Party

People were greeted at registration with our Block Party tote bag filled with goodies from our generous partners and sponsors. Keep reading for a chance to win one of the goodie bags!

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Block Party tote bags were filled with quilty treasures from our industry partners and sponsors.


We kicked off Wednesday night with a peek “Behind the Seams” at Quiltmaker and a show and tell of some favorite and upcoming QM quilts. We had nine of the 12 Patch Pals to show, including Hoo Patch from the Sept/Oct ’12 issue. Those attending had a sneak peek of the Nov/Dec ’12 Patch Pal and gave us suggestions for its name. He’ll be the last Patch Pal in this collection.

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Nine of 12 QM Patch Pals were in attendance at QM's Block Party.

It was fun to find out that most people drove to the event, with many coming from 500+ miles away. The longest drive was 2200 miles, starting in Colorado and picking up a friend “along the way” in Michigan.

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Classes with Nancy Mahoney were popular at QM's Block Party.


I think many cars stopped at quilt shops, too! We had a registrant from Canada and another from France.

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Class instructor Monique Dillard demonstrates her tools at QM's Block Party.


There’s so much to tell, we’re going to share the whole story in multiple posts.


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Class instructor Lynda Howell visits with an interested quilter at QM's Block Party last week.

In the meantime, if you didn’t get to come to this Block Party, tell me where you’d like to go for a future Block Party. Leave your comment by midnight Thursday, August 9 and I’ll pick someone to win one of the Williamsburg Block Party tote bags stuffed with goodies.

[update: for those just joining from the Quilter's Village newsletter, leave a comment by midnight Sunday 8/12 and I'll pick a second winner. #165 Robin Cole wins the first goodie bag. The goodie bags haven't made it back to our office yet, so it will be a while before we can ship them. #127 Regina wins the second goodie bag. Congrats!]

Sincere thanks to our generous partners for this event:
Handi Quilter
Quilting Treasures
RJR Fabrics
Red Rooster Fabrics
Robert Kaufman
Rowan Fabric
Timeless Treasures
Troy Fabric

Here are some of the goodies given away at Block Party. (Items in this goodie bag giveaway will vary from those shown.)

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Our generous industry partners and sponsors filled the tote bags with quilty treasures.

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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1,093 Responses to Block Party at Williamsburg: Quick Glimpse

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  2. Joan says:

    Did someone mention Goodie Bag? Count me in.
    Please come to Honolulu Hawaii for a block party on the beach at Waikiki.

  3. Carol says:

    I would SOOOOOOOOOOO love to have a block party in Central Missouri!!!! Many friends here who would love that!!!

  4. Catherine says:

    What about Ontario? There are several very active guilds here that would be happy to sponsor this kind of event. It does sound like fun!

  5. Diane says:

    Any chance of having a block party in Minneapolis? It sounds like too much fun!

  6. Grandma Quilter says:

    I would love to win the goodie bag. How about a block party in Glendale, Arizona in the wintertime-nice and warm here at that time of year. Our Westgate Center has lots of hotels, restaurants, parking, stores, sporting events and an AMC theater for the quilter’s family to do while the quilter attends the show.

  7. Laura P says:

    A block party in my hometown of Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities area) would be terrific! Interstate 80 or the Moline Airport offers easy accessibility. We could all take a riverboat ride, too, lol!

  8. Shelly M says:

    A block party in PEI- Canada would be great, but if not, a block party in Bangor or Portland Maine would work since I could travel and stop at all those quilt shops on the way!
    Enjoy the summer!
    I would love to win the beautiful prize.

  9. Terri says:

    What a wonderful idea. What an amazing experience. It would be so fun to attend one of these. Thank you for posting about it.

  10. Margaret M says:

    I love second chances!!! Come to Ft. Lauderdale, FL! We’d love to hav eyouo.

  11. How about a block party in Salt Lake City, Utah! It’s a great place to visit! Would love to win a goodie bag as well.

  12. Jan Mueller says:

    Would love a block party in Iowa. How about right after the Expo in October!!!

  13. Marcia de Aguiar says:

    Would love a Block Party in California….love all the posting!

  14. Donna Rowe says:

    Wish I could have been there to learn from excellent people and make new friends. Glad that I could be there sort of vicariously through posts and blogs.

  15. Rose says:

    Anywhere in California.

  16. Mel says:

    Although I missed the deadline for the contest, I nominate King of Prussia, PA for the next block party. Didn’t get to Williamsburg this year, but saw all the pictures and comments. Seemed like an awesome time. Coming to KOP, PA is only 1 hour from Lancaster – where there are quiltshops as far as the eye can see – would even volunteer to help plan the event!!

  17. Lea Brummett says:

    It would be a dream come true to attend a Block Party! Looks like such fun but it was along way from my home in Indiana. Winning the goody bag would be the next best thing, the goodies look delicious!

  18. Maeve Mitchell says:

    I saw a Block Party advertised in the latest issue of Quiltmaker – and it is in my neighborhood! I have been haunting your website looking for more information. Washington state is serious about quilting – you might need to hold several here!

  19. Paula Allen says:

    Come on out to Salt Lake City, Utah. We have lots of convention centers around and lots of ladies who love to quilt. We would love to have you.

  20. Heather Greene says:

    I read about the Williamsburg Block Party on Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville. Would love to have attended since I’ve never been to Williamsburg. Another great place for any quilt event would be the Lancaster PA area.

  21. Sheila Hoak says:

    I would love to see a block party in the town of Coloma in the foothills where they discovered gold in California. Your goodie bag is really nice I would love to receive one. Keep up the good work.

  22. Janet Crossman says:

    Wow, that would be so much fun to attend, so have a Block Party anywhere on the Eastern northern states, that would be close to Canada!!!! I will be there, but, in the meantime I would be happy receiving such a wonderful looking goodie bag.

  23. I live in east central Illinois and love a Quilter’s Block in the Kankakee area–all the usual demographic advantages, venues, and parking available. Would also find the Cedar Rapids, Iowa location fantastic as well as northern Indiana (how about the Amish area there and in southern Michigan near Shipshewana?). I am handicapped, so that is an issue for me with some older locations that are not accessible. I, also, would love to enter to receive a “Goody Bag”–the loot looks to good to be true, but this is past the entry time, even though I didn’t get this e-mail until today which was already too late! Do I get a pass by default?–please?!!

  24. Jennifer Park says:

    I wish I had known about this! I would have loved to have been there. Maybe a block party in Jacksonville, FL could be next! Love your blog.

  25. Christine Black says:

    A block party in New York City would be great!

  26. Donna Needham says:

    I’m sorry I missed Williamsburg. But the Northwest/Washington State would be nice.

  27. Andrea Peterson says:

    Living in south-central Nebraska, we don’t have big city connections; but we have many quilters. We also have two cities within 50 miles that have plenty of hotel/motels, restaurants, and centers with buildings and grounds available to host your next Block Party. Hastings, NE has a large fair grounds with air conditioned buildings; Grand Island, NE is now the home of the Nebraska State Fair and can boast about the raving by national coverage for their ‘all new’ facilities. Both sites are used to having major events including Championship contests in many types of events, and are easy to get to with plenty of parking. We would appreciate the selection of one of these areas for your Block Party instead of Lincoln or Omaha.

  28. Bonnie Booy says:

    I would love for a Block Party to come to Tulsa, OK or Oklahoma, City, OK. Sounds like it was a blast!

  29. Nancy Angerer says:

    I have never been to a block party, but I think I would love it! We live in central IL, but as soon as our house sells, we are moving to Tuscaloosa, AL. So anywhere close to those areas would be great for me.

  30. Karen says:

    Would love to see you all in Massachusetts! How about America’s Hometown, Plymouth? Thanks for the chance to participate!

  31. Betsy M says:

    Would love to go to a block party in Michigan! The goodie bag looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Julia G says:

    Gosh that looks like fun. Colorado Springs would be a great place to have the next Block Party.

  33. Julie A. says:

    Would love one in Michigan :)

  34. Susan Wheatley says:

    The drive would have been worth it just for the goodie bag! Those sure are good goodies!

  35. Lorri says:

    I’m with Katie and Anna Taylor. I live the the quadcities, too. We never have that many oppertunities to go to events such as yours . That would be great.

    Thank you for asking

  36. Anna Taylor says:

    A Block Party in the Midwest would be great.

  37. Beverley Hernandez says:

    I would love a Block Party in the Pacific Northwest …
    anywhere between Vancouver BC and Portland, OR

  38. Char Scott says:

    I would love to see you come to Richland, washington! A.K.A. Tri-Cities Washington, in the heart of the wine country! We have over 300 members in our quilt guild!

    I would also travel to Spokane, Washington or even Portland oregon!

    Char S. In eastern Washington

  39. Cindy Kuipers says:

    Would love to win a goodie bag!

  40. Cathy Tomm says:

    Thanks for a chance to win a great bag of goodies. It would be great to see block party in person but I do not think it will be heading my way.

  41. Pam Donaldson says:

    I would have loved to come to the last Block Party. It really looked like a lot of fun. I live in Florence, SC, only an hour from Myrtle Beach. Just think about what it would be like to attend a Block Party where you could hear the ocean in the background and being able to walk on the beach with the sand between your toes. Sounds like fun to me. Thank you so much for the chance to win a “goodie bag”.

  42. Jittina says:

    Attending a Block Party will be way out of my budget and too far away from the Netherlands (the country), but I would love to win this yummy goodie bag.

  43. Lori Morton says:

    Oh! Would looooove if you’d have an Event near me…the Biggest City close is Columbus, Ohio….I would drive the hour & half to spend the time with you all! :)

    thanks for chance to win a Quilty Bag! How exciting!!! :)

  44. Lola Bryant says:

    So sorry I missed the Block party in Williamsburg – only 7 hours away!
    I really would love to win the goodie bag, so many wonderful quilty things in those!

  45. Gwen Hanvy says:

    Come to Minnesota Nice for your next Block party, and bring my goodie bag that I win. Thanks

  46. Norma says:

    I think a Block party in Duluth Minnesota during the summer would be great. What would be better than quilting on the shores of the largest of our great lakes-Superior!
    Cool breezes, clear water and great people.

  47. Come to Crystal River Fl., wonderful resort, close to water, lots of quilters.

  48. Pamela Thurston says:

    I am from portland maine now i live in arnold missouri–love a Block Party–maybe with my quilt friends at our retreat in october of this year!!!!!!

  49. Patricia A. Thompson says:

    I would love to go to a Block Party in Winchester, VA or in Harrisonburg, VA, if you’re ever in either of those areas. Thanks!

  50. Gwen Lassitter Windham says:

    I think you should have a block party in Gulf Shores, Alabama! The beaches here are beautiful– crystal clear water and sugar white sand beaches!! Winning a goodie bag would be so exciting– like Christmas morning!! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

  51. I think Columbus, Ohio would be great! — Amy.

  52. Nancy Latham says:

    I think it would be great to attend. How about coming to Spokane Wa and enjoy the Pacific NW.
    Nancy L

  53. Rene says:

    I would love a Block Party in Canada BC but we also spend loads of time in different states. I hate to be picky but maybe one in the Quad Cities next May as we have a grandaughter graduating and will be there then or maybe around Yuma or Palm Springs California in January, February or March. I’ll be watching and waiting!

  54. Amy Bouchard says:

    Need a block party in OHIO! Would love it!

  55. Peggi Loveless says:

    Would love a Block Party in Portland, Maine (Think lobster and blueberry pie!)

  56. Loretta T says:

    Looks like fun was had by all. Maybe next time.

  57. Pam Bricher says:


  58. Janny Schoneveld says:

    How about Holland.
    We would love that.
    Greetings from Janny Schoneveld

  59. Sharon Cox says:

    Please come to Northern California (San Francisco or Sacramento). I live in the central valley & anything south of Fresno is just too far (according to my husband :) .

  60. Rebecca Stevens says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would vote for Williamsburg, VA again since I was unable to attend this year and it looks like it was so much fun. Or, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA – stay away from Northern Virginia – too much traffic :)

  61. Gina Koston says:

    I would really love it if there was a Block Party somewhere near where I live in Wisconsin. It would be something I’d make it a point to attend! Do let me know if this ever does become a possibility! Thanks!

  62. Diantha says:

    I second the request for Portland, Maine! or Burlington, VT – on beautiful Lake Champlain – lots of activities in nearby area.

  63. Diane says:

    I’d love to attend a Block Party in Montana. I doubt that will happen so I plan on attending the next Block Party in Portland Oregon. It’s at least in the “area”! Thanks for the chance to win the tote bag of goodies.

  64. I would love Block Party to come to Western NY – Rochester or Buffalo. I would even love another excuse to go the the Adirondack Mountains!

    Thanks for the chance to win a goodie bag.

  65. Nancy says:

    I would love to attend a block party somewhere near Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, PA. or Boston , Mass.

  66. Amanda A says:

    I would love to see a block party in Cedar Rapids, IA!

  67. jmniffer says:

    I would like to see a block party in the Minnesota/Wisc0nsin area. Make it for Fall and it would be perfect! Thanks for the chance at your marvelous giveaway.

  68. Beth B says:

    Lancaster County, PA would be a fabulous place for a block party. There is so much for quilters to see, do and enjoy.

  69. Barbara Waldrip says:

    Looks like fun! How about Philadelphia?

  70. Ingrid says:

    How about a block party across the pond in the UK or Ireland. I’ll be first on the list !!!

  71. Solvi Alfnes says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun

  72. I would love to win this!

  73. Janet Oliver says:

    How about Albany, NY? Near many quilters in VT, MA, NH, CT, close to the beautiful Adirondacks. It would be great to attend a block party!

  74. Mary Aller says:

    How about Ontario, CA? Their convention center hosts the Road To California quilt show annually, and it is a great venue.

    Thank you for asking!

  75. Kathy says:

    How about Springfield, IL?

  76. Bobbie BentNeedle says:

    I’m thinking Texas, as well… Maybe Houston – I hear there’s lots of quilters there in the fall ;0}

  77. JoAnn says:

    Omaha, Ne would be good. It is in the center of the country, and I-80 goes right through it.

  78. Debbie says:

    I would love to see a Block Party in South Carolina or Georgia!

  79. Janice Svercek says:

    How about a Block Party in Monroeville (Pittsburgh) PA. I just attended the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo there last weekend and I loved it. It was a first for Pittsburgh and there are a lot of quilters who turned out for the event.

  80. Terrie Townsend says:

    oh yes, we need a block party in Hickory NC.

  81. Terrie Townsend says:

    I just love quilting and wish Icould come to the party

  82. Judy says:

    Indiana needs a block party!

  83. Cemira says:

    I vote for a block party in Alabama the Beautiful! We have a wonderful history and wonderful traditions….we have Gees Bend! I would love to attend a block party! Quilting is my passion and obsession!

  84. bingobonnie says:

    Would love to have a Block Party in Louisville, KY or Indianapolis, IN. :) Thanks for sharing photos on facebook – was fun to see what everyone was up to :)

  85. Jane Kelsall says:

    A great spot in the Northeast would be Portsmouth, NH, right on the beautiful New England seacoast!!!

  86. Barb Hudson says:

    How about the west coast, Seattle wa would be a great place!!

  87. Nann Hilyard says:

    I’d like the Block Party to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — a major city, lots of attractions, a good convention center + hotels with conference capacity.

  88. Lynda says:

    I would love to see a block party come to Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

  89. Ann Mary Wagner says:

    Still want you to come to Northern IL !

  90. Sue K says:

    ooh, ooh…come to Charleston, SC. Everybody LOVES to visit here!!!

  91. Debbie says:

    I would love to go to a block party in Corvallis Oregon.

  92. Raelene says:

    Wow, would love to attend one of these but I live in the land of OZ.
    Hugs and thanks for the giveaway.

  93. I would love to see a Quiltmaker Block Party in McKinney, Tx. McKinney is north of Dallas about 25 miles. There are LOTS of quilters in the northeast Texas area and we love to go to quilting events and to SHOP! There are 2 quilt stores in McKinney – Happiness is Quilting and The Quilt Asylum. There is another quilt store, Quilt Mercantile, in Celeste, Tx. which is about 30 to 45 minutes from McKinney. I know you would have tons of quilters!!!!

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