QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Bus Stop block #696

Do you have your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7 yet? If not, maybe this cute block will entice you to pick up a copy. It’s called “Bus Stop” and is the next vehicle in my fleet (click here to see my Rescue No. 1 block from Volume 6). It’s made using scraps and sews together very quickly.

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When I design a block like this, I use Google images to search for examples. It helps me with colors, proportions and details. I did the same thing for Rescue No. 1 in Vol. 6 and when we design our Patch Pals.

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Sample from Google Images

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I’ll be doing a new image search very soon as I get ready to design my block for Volume 8 – coming in mid-November. Be sure to stay tuned.

As we continue to celebrate this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, let’s give away a copy of Volume 7! Leave one comment below telling me what inspires your quilting by midnight MST, Friday May 17 for a chance to win.

The winner is Connie German (comment #43)! Thank you for participating!

And if you can’t wait to get your own copy of Volume 7, click here to purchase a print copy or click here to purchase and download a digital PDF.

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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48 Responses to QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Bus Stop block #696

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  3. Patty Swatzell says:

    I find myself inspire by so many things but mostly nature and landscapes! I love your Bus Block and look forward to seeing your next block!

  4. Elaine M. says:

    I love looking through every quilt magazine and book I can find to get ideas for patterns and colour combinations. Of course, there are unlimited places to check out online too. It’s a great time to be a quilter!!!

  5. E. Engman says:

    Cool color combinations. So many to choose from, and so many beautiful fabrics to use.


  6. Connie German says:

    The beautiful fabrics especially batiks would make anyone want to quilt.

  7. Kathy Barton says:

    I get so inspired by the magazine. I want to do all of the blocks.There are times when I cant sleep because all I see are quilts,quilts and fabric lots of fabric.

  8. Christine Slaughter says:

    Bloggers inspire my quilting. There are so many helpful tutorials, pictures, as well as a lot of encouragement through the crafty-interwebs!

  9. Roxanne Sedor says:

    I am inspired by the different quilting designs, as in the 100 Blocks collections, to enhance my home as well as family, friends and for donated quilts.

  10. Dell Martinez says:

    I am I inspired by magazines and books.
    I imagine the quilts in my color choices.

  11. Margaret Andrews says:

    I get inspired by looking at my wonderful collection of 100 Blocks…from one to seven…what fun to have new ideas being published so often. Makes it all exciting.

  12. marta says:

    I have a lot of quilting magazines and books and also like to read quilting blogs…there is the inspiration but always the finish product end a little different : the color choices, the size or the quilting….thank you

  13. mary benson says:

    I ‘m inspired by my family who love to use what i make and the children of the neigborhood where i make quilts for them and they have a chance to receive one of them

  14. Stephanie Swan says:

    I think that I’m inspired by life in general. The trees, birds, dogs, flowers, bugs, people. I always keep my camera with me because I never know what I might see as an inspiration.

  15. Rhonda Desgranges says:

    I find influence on blogs, magazines, books, vintage quilts, and fabric. Thanks for
    the chance to win!


  16. Joyce Ensey says:

    I am inspired to make a quilt from a pattern by the colors they use, It is not too difficult and looks like a fun project.

  17. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I see quilting or piecing patterns just about every where I go and think “Wow, that would be great in a quilt”! The internet quilting groups have gotten me inspired to start quilting after a 15 year break. Being retired now helps a lot too!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

  18. Kathy C says:

    I have started to look at tile floors in public buildings. There are some amazing design underfoot.

  19. Janet says:

    After a 16 year absence, I returned to quilting 8 years ago. The internet is what inspires me. So many beautiful quilts and all the information I needed to get back into quilting. I love perusing the blogs for ideas and just for the beauty.

  20. Linda says:

    My inspiration originates with the fabrics themselves. I rarely decide on a quilt then search for the fabric. I buy fabric I like and then it finds it’s way into a future quilt. If the fabric is bright with bold colors and prints it will say, “I’m a contemporary quilt, so find me a contemporary, modern home.” If the colors are subdued they might say, “we belong in a well loved and lived in home”. Then I envision what kind of house would hold such a quilt and where it might be located – a cabin by the lake in the north woods, a house on the beach, a loft in Manhattan, a ski-in ski-out A-frame in the Rockies or a farmhouse in the Midwest. When I get that in mind – the quilt pretty much designs itself.

  21. Terri E says:

    I am inspired by new fabrics, colors in nature and shapes I see in everyday life. I’m also inspired by all the talented quilters out there, the ones I see in magazines, follow on blogs and the beautiful ladies in my guild!

  22. Diana Stover says:

    Not only am I inspired by other people’s work, I am inspired by everything around me, from the tiniest creations to the infinite cosmos. What a wonderful world we live in!

  23. Crystal Mills says:

    Books & magazines help, but inspiration can come from anything like floor tiles and wallpaper

  24. Cecilia says:

    I get inspiration from seeing the new fabric collections and quilt designs on blogs and in magazines.

  25. D Diana says:

    I’m inspired by the recipient since most of my quilts are made as gifts. I think about what they would like as far as colors & motifs, then I search my many quilt magazines until I find just the right match. Love the block. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  26. Lavonna ZWB says:

    Denise – I just wanted to tell you how adorable your block is. As a Music Teacher (and a Quilter), I believe this block would be WONDERFUL to help teach the song, “The Wheels on the Bus”. I think I may need to make a little quilt for my students next year! Great job! :)

  27. Barb in MI says:

    Nature, blogs, photos, city streets – just about any image that somehow stands out. Thanks for a chance!

  28. Lee says:

    I love to look at architecture designs for inspiration!

  29. janita says:

    I get my inspiration from the internet. Thank you for a chance to win. janita

  30. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I get my inspiration mainly from the internet. I see an idea and change it up some to personalize it…

  31. Auntie Clark says:

    I get inspiration from my surroundings – inside and outside. Also, by leafing through books and magazines.

  32. Linda Webster says:

    I get inspiration from everything around me – nature, photographs, colours, fabric etc. And I love looking at what everyone else is quilting.

  33. cynthia says:

    I love it all–blogs, books, magazines–I probably have too much inspiration! Love the school bus–I have been using foundation-paper pieced blocks as the signature block on the back of my quilts lately. This one would be cute for a kid’s quilt.

  34. Barb Johnson says:

    I’m inspired by all sorts of things – the valentine made for me by my daughter when she was in 4th grade, the spring colors of the hillside against the blue sky when I’m driving to work, an interesting pattern on a tile floor in the ladies room…inspiration can be found everywhere!

  35. Sheryl Andrews says:

    Inspiration is where you let your imagination take over in terms of quilting. I’ve found a spark in a fence design by a harbor in North Carolina, in an ivied picture frame, in the colors of a piece of fabric that caught my eye.

  36. Debbie Rhodes says:

    My inspiration for quilting is my family… their faces when I give them a quilt I made especially for them , I love making them happy.

  37. Barb Colvin says:

    Looking at the works of others via blogs, magazines and books usually will get me going. But sometimes the inspirations comes from nature, especially color palettes.

  38. claire says:

    My favorite inspiration for quilting is nature and animals.

  39. Lee Ann L. says:

    Seeing other quilts and quilt blocks!

  40. Cathryn H says:

    I’m inspired by the fabrics I see, the joy I share with my quilting friends, nature, and the fact that I get so very relaxed while quilting. It’s a marvelous stress reducer for me.

  41. Shirley V D says:

    The things that inspire me are many. Nature inspires me, and I love fabrics, their colour and texture. I love the different shapes that are incorporated in a pattern, and the infinite possibilites. And I truly love fitting all the pieces together. And on top of all that, quilting is so relaxing, peaceful, and rewarding. I also love to be inspired by seeing what others have made, and new techniques.

  42. Becky Greene says:

    I am inspired by many wonderful blogs and Flickr groups. The amount of talent and creativity out there is staggering! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Lori s says:

    I would gave to agree that all the great blogs and forums are very inspiring! Thanks for another chance to win!

  44. Dana says:

    I’m inspired by all kinds of things, flowers and plants that would look great, artwork, other quilts, but usually it’s the fabric, some fabric just jumps out and I know exactly what to do with it. Thanks.

  45. KT says:

    I’m inspired by seeing all the great quilts everyone else is making and showing on their blogs.

  46. Joyce Mitchell says:

    First I was inspired to start quilting by my youngest sister, who wanted the four of us (we live in 4 different states) to do round robin quilts. Now I’m inspired by quilt magazines, books, blogs, fabrics. Thanks.

  47. Annaleena says:

    I find my quilting inspiration from old quilting magazines and books. When I have extra time I like to read quilting blogs.

  48. Debbie M says:

    Since I started reading blogs, my quilting is inspired by all the wonderful eye candy photos and tutorials that are shared by many bloggers!

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