100 Blocks Vol. 6: Shortcut

It’s the final chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 6 AND a mug! I sure hope you’ve had as much fun on Quiltmaker’s Blog Tour as we have . . . we love reading all your comments and we love seeing what all the designers have to say as well.

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Before I get to my block, let me respond to some of your comments, especially from the Day 4 post where Diane asked what you want to see in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker. It was fun to see what you want and know that we’ve already got a lot of that planned for 2013! It’s almost like we read your minds icon smile 100 Blocks Vol. 6: Shortcut or you read our minds or…well, we’re thinking a lot of things alike!

  1. Lots of you said you want to see more applique. Quiltmaker is declaring 2013 our Year of Applique! Starting in the Jan/Feb ’13 issue we’ll be showing a different applique technique with how-to photos in each issue. I would also invite you to revisit Sue Garman’s needleturn applique project Fleur-de-Lis Flourish in QM’s July/Aug ’12 issue.
  2. Some of you asked for a Bonnie Hunter mystery. It’s in the works and launches in March/April ’13. It’s a four-part series that concludes in Sept/Oct ’13. (Special subscription offers are still good if you want to make sure you get every issue!)
  3. Lots of you asked for small quilts and miniatures. We have a collection of seasonal wall quilts planned with Margie Ullery (she calls them “Skinnies”) that also runs March/April ’13 through Sept/Oct ’13. Each pattern is complete in each issue and each wall quilt can hang on its own or you can combine them into one quilt at the end. We’ll think about more miniatures.
  4. More modern/more traditional icon smile 100 Blocks Vol. 6: Shortcut Hmm . . . yes, we’re working hard to balance these two styles. You can see it in the blocks presented in 100 Blocks Vol. 6 and I think you’ll see a good balance in upcoming Quiltmaker issues.
  5. More quilts for boys/men. This is another area that we strive to balance, especially in our color options. If a feature is particularly feminine, we’ll make the color option more masculine.
  6. More baby quilts. In 2013 we’ve added a Big Block Baby Quilt in each issue where we will enlarge a block from that issue and give you yardage and instructions for a crib-size quilt.
  7. More foundation quilts. We include at least one foundation pieced pattern in each issue. Sometimes more. Watch for a focus on foundations in July/Aug ’13.

Your comments are very helpful as we plan for future issues. In fact, two years ago it was this kind of question that gave us the idea for the Scrap Squad who create scrappy versions of a QM pattern that we post online. If you’re interested in joining the Scrap Squad, be sure to watch for a recruitment announcement in the next few weeks. And please “like” us on Facebook so you don’t miss out.

Now back to my block in Volume 6 . . .

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Shortcut block #570 by June Dudley. Appears in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 6.

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Sometimes I just want an easy block that I can turn into a quick quilt. And that’s where Shortcut comes into play. I knew I’d have fun with these yummy teal and purple batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

Let’s see how Shortcut works in a couple of settings. Because of the diagonal nature of this block, it works great in traditional Log Cabin settings:

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setting #1: blocks set 4x4 and rotated to form diamonds "Sunshine and Shadows"


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setting #2: blocks set 4x4 and rotated to form diagonal rows "Fields and Furrows"


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setting #3: blocks set 4x4 form diamonds inside diamonds "Barn Raising"


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setting #4: blocks set 6x6 with 2" sashes

I like Shortcut in setting #4 where it looks like the blocks are set on point, but they’re not—easy blocks, simple setting, a fun sash with quarter-square triangles at some of the intersections for a bit of interest.

Leave a comment by midnight MST Sunday 11/18 and tell me your favorite quiltmaking shortcut. One more lucky person will win a copy of the issue AND a 100 Blocks mug! And the winner is….. Comment #23 ritainalaska! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated!

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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