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 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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