QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! Have you picked up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7 yet? All of the 100 Blocks issues (can you believe there are 7 so far, and we’re already working on 8!) are full of great designers and amazing blocks. Be sure to check out all of the designers who have blocks in Vol. 7.

I want to share a little bit about my block Engine Ready with you.

QMMS 130033 BEAM 300x300 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

Engine Ready, block #650

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I used fabrics from Timeless Treasures for my block—mostly Soho solids and Sketch, along with a few batiks. My youngest son is a fire fighter, and I wanted to design a block incorporating something fire related. Our graphic designer Denise designed Rescue No. 1 for 100 Blocks, Volume 6 and that got me thinking.


QMMS 120024 STARCK 300x300 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

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I decided I wanted to show a fire truck in the station, all ready to roll. So I went online and looked for different images of fire trucks to see what the front of one looked like. I found that the fronts of fire trucks are all very different! Some have ladders on top.

 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650Some had a little too much detail.

 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

Some were a little too old.

 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650I was having a little trouble finding exactly what I wanted, until I was visiting with my 2-year-old grandson Parker. Uncle Tim had given him a fire truck for Christmas, and it was just what I was looking for.

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Parker’s fire truck

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This was the inspiration I was looking for to design my block. Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it! What inspires you? Leave me a comment by Tuesday, May 21st at midnight about what inspires your quilt designs for a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7.

The winner is Linda Webster (comment #9)! Thank you for participating!

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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40 Responses to QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

  1. E. Engman says:

    Inspiration comes from wonderful patterns in magazines, books, and nature, especially flowers (though I seem to be on a cloud fixation at the moment).


  2. Julie A.B. says:

    My dreams~ Life~ Nature~ Fabrics~ Stories~ Quiltmaker~ Quilting magazines~ Colors~ Quilt blocks~ Thank-you!

  3. Tamsyn says:

    Great block. Thank you for the nice giveaway.

  4. Dana says:

    I’m usually inspired by the fabric and colors, sometimes they seem to know just how they want to look :) Thanks.

  5. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Lovely fabrics, quilt blogs/books/magazines, antique quilts – they all inspire me. Thanks.

  6. Amanda Best says:

    I am inspired by the people I love. I want to make them things in colors and geometric shapes that resonate with them. I will often buy a fabric just because I know someone in my family who would love it and then I go from there. When I create for myself I am inspired by different cultures.

  7. Kathy says:

    I’m inspired by fabric. And patterns in books & magazines. And other people’s quilts. And everything else around me!

  8. Karrie Smith says:

    Nature inspires me :)

  9. Shirley V D says:

    I am still in the learning stage of quilting. I am reading lots of blogs, and books, to learn new techniques, and at the same time I am snapping and collecting pictures in my gardens and when I am out and about, that are giving me inspiration and hope for designing my own art quilt someday.

  10. Lisa E says:

    Blogs and quilt shows inspire me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Lisa says:

    Colors and shapes inspire me most. Like the color of the red bud trees blooming in spring.

  12. Linda Webster says:

    I get a lot of my inspiration by looking at blogs. I love seeing what everyone is working on.

  13. Tami Chaulk says:

    I get inspired by many things like reading blogs, looking at fabric, browsing through quilt magazines (like Quiltmaker) and the internet. I think your fire engine is just cute as a button. It would have been perfect for my nephew if I had been quilting when he was born. He’s in college now! Both of his parents were fire fighters and they did his room with all kinds of fire fighting things. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. newstitcher says:

    as I have been a volunteer firefighter for almost 10 years – I LOVE this block. thank you!

  15. Terri says:

    Very cute! Love that your inspiration came from your grandson’s toy. Guess what? I have a grandson named Parker, too! He just turned 5. He has a LOT of my quilts as do his twin sisters who will be 2 very soon.

  16. melva nolan says:

    Cute block. And what better place to get inspiration than from a grandchild!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Flooring and architecture are some of the things that bring on “Ah,ha!” moments for me. Thanks for the chance!

  18. Lee says:

    Nature inspires me! thanks!

  19. Amy says:

    Mid-century modern inspires me. Simple, functional – beautiful! Thanks!

  20. Debbie M says:

    Super cute blocks, Carolyn! I get inspired by all the eye candy photos shared on quilters blogs and websites.

  21. Barbara Green says:

    Loved your block and immediately saw what you were depicting! Sooo many things inspire me… nature, tile patterns, pictures, fabrics.

  22. Evelyn B says:

    I get inspired by looking through quilt websites and by nature. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Connie Molden says:

    The upcoming arrival of my grandson inspires me. The patterns on here help me with ideas and patterns.

  24. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    How creative you are!! This would be cute in a quilt for little boy. Thank you for sharing your block with us.

  25. CB says:

    What inspires me is deciding to make something for someone, maybe as a gift or because I found fabric that reminds me of them. Then I get bogged down in making it “perfect”. Two years later… LOL

  26. Rhonda Best says:

    I am often inspired by nature, and sometimes by certain fabrics.

  27. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    it all depends, but I get a whole lot of inspiration from the internet. I see something I like as a basis, and then change it to personalize it

  28. A lot of times, other people inspire my quilt projects! I have been looking for a quilt to make for friends, and he is a volunteer firefighter – this is perfect!! YOU have inspired me. Thank you.

  29. Bunny says:

    tiles on bathroom floors….

  30. Diane Cloyd says:

    my grandson is my inspiration.

  31. Diane Cloyd says:

    I am going to make this block for my grandson. Thank you for such a great block.

  32. Lee Ann L. says:

    This would be cute for a young boy’s quilt!

  33. Linda Erickson says:

    I get inspired by things in the world around me, by looking at blogs, by looking at others’ quilts, etc. In other words, I have all these ideas churning around in my brain and will never live long enough to make all of them into quilts!

  34. Auntie Clark says:

    I get inspired by leafing through quilt books and magazines and by reading quilt blogs like this one. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  35. Cathryn H says:

    Quilt shows inspire me! I visit one and I”m ready to get stitching. Way cute idea using the front of a child’s toy for inspiration!

  36. Jocelyn says:

    Fabric inspires me. Although I am not a designers, when I see a beautiful piece of fabric, I can sometimes envision it in a quilt! And I love the fire engine. My niece’s husband is a fireman/paramedic, so we get lots of stories along those lines.

  37. Laura G says:

    What inspires me is usually the fabric color. Right now I’m searching for the perfect 30s green to go with my yellow that I recently bought on a shop hop.

  38. Christine M says:

    I get inspired by reading blogs. There are some very talented people out their in blogland!

  39. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Very cute!
    What inspires me is architecture. Where I work there are some older building around and I love looking at all the fretwork and gingerbread on them. So much fun to look at!

  40. kaholly says:

    Quite clever, and very inspirational!

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