Blocks: We’re Giving Them Away

When we publish a new volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, the designers actually make a real quilt block and send it to us.

QMMS 120024 BAKER L Blocks: Were Giving Them Away

Pecking Order by Laurie Baker from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6

We use them to draft and write the block patterns.


QMMS 120024 BROWN MJ Blocks: Were Giving Them Away

Roly Poly Owl by Mary Lane Brown from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6

We press them and photograph them.


QMMS 120024 GENTRY Blocks: Were Giving Them Away

Sawtooth Log Cabin by Kay Gentry from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6

They live for a few months in big boxes in our offices.


QMMS 120024 ULLERY Blocks: Were Giving Them Away

Fall Frolic by Margie Ullery from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6

But what happens once the issue is published and we’re finished with the blocks?


This is where you come in! We always have a contest and we give the blocks to winning readers just like you. This time around our contest is a little different. We think you’ll love it!

Write a haiku using Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks as your inspiration

A haiku is a three-line poem where each line has a specific number of syllables. Line 1 has five syllables, line 2 has seven, and line 3 again has five syllables.

QMMS 120024 COVER 200 shadow3 Blocks: Were Giving Them AwayFocus on Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6 in your poem—the entire issue or just one design. As long as the topic relates to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks in some way, it qualifies for this contest.

Here are some examples:

What a happy day…
100 Blocks hits the stands,
Oh page-turning bliss!
—Denise, a real contestant

six hundred fine blocks
I sew patches together
my creative quilt
—June Dudley, QM Editor-in-Chief

middle of the night
ideas assault my mind
keeping me awake
—Diane Harris, QM Interactive Editor

QMMS 120024 NOWNE Blocks: Were Giving Them Away

Zen Garden by Laura Nownes from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6


More Details

Submissions accepted now through Jan. 6, 2013 at 11:59 MST. Entry form at

One person may submit up to 10 haiku.

There will be a round of public voting from Jan. 8, 2013 at 2 pm MST to Jan. 13, 2013, ending at 11:59 pm MST. Each person may vote up to 10 times daily. The top 100 haiku will move on as finalists. In the event one author has more than one poem in the top 100, only her top haiku will advance. In the event of a tie, QM staff will make final selections.

QM will select winners to be announced Jan. 14, 2013. The top 10 haiku authors will win 10 quilt blocks each from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6.

See the current entries! (click on the “View Entries” tab)




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:
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