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.

fire truck 300x224 QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Engine Ready block #650

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 Creative Editor for Quiltmaker magazine. I've been quilting for almost 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, knitting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
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