QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Winter Village block #646

I sure hope you had a chance to participate in the 100 Blocks Blog Tour last week! What a giant bunch of fun that was! If you’re looking for more fun, go here for a list of websites from all of the Volume 7 designers.

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Generally I do wool appliqué for my blocks, but this time I decided to make a pieced block using Aspen Frost by Basic Grey from Moda. I love to play around with blocks – I am a total block nerd. I have a stack of block books by my bed, all dog-eared and highlighted and covered with sticky notes. At bedtime I love to browse and think and squint and rotate the pages, looking and imagining different ways to play with the blocks. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

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Block #646, Winter Village

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I started out with a typical block, called “Fanny’s Favorite.” It’s a pretty block, and one we’ve seen around with a few different names and looks.

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Fanny's Favorite

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When I squinted, the first thing I saw was that the flying geese could look like the roof of a house. So, what if you colored those squares under the flying geese to make houses? And then colored the squares and triangles green to look like the houses were in grass, kind of like a hill.

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But what if you took out the green squares, and added brown trunks, to make the trees? Then you have little houses in the forest.

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Then…if you want to make a little village, put 4 blocks together. When you start putting the blocks together you also get a pretty cool secondary design. You could go all kinds of directions with this!

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So, next time you feel like some bedtime reading, grab yourself a block book, squint (or take off your readers—ahem) and see what YOU can imagine!

Let’s do another Volume 7 giveaway! Leave a comment telling me your favorite block, OR your favorite bedtime reading material by midnight MST, Tuesday May 14 for a chance to win an issue of Volume 7, and keep watching Quilty Pleasures for more staff blocks all month long.

The winner is Lisa Marie (#27)! Thank you for commenting and be sure to check back for more QM staff blocks!

About Paula

I'm an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker in Golden, CO. I've been quilting for 18 years, including teaching, long arm quilting, designing, and stash building. I also love to read, run, stitch, play with my boston terrier and spend time with my family.
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47 Responses to QM’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Winter Village block #646

  1. MargaretQuilts says:

    I know the giveaway is closed. But, I wanted to leave a comment to say “Great Job!”. This is an amazing house block, and I enjoyed reading the process by which you arrived at each morph of the block. Thanks for the fun. Again, I’m not entering the giveaway.

  2. Pamela R in Leaburg says:

    Seems like I always gravitate to flying geese. My late night reading leans to anything applique. thks for the giveaway.

  3. Claudia says:

    I’m a hexie girl. And reading material, be careful. There are piles of printed matter everywhere in my bedroom. Quilting material included.

  4. Susan Reynolds says:

    An old fashioned Jacob’s Ladder block is my favorite. I enjoy doing a sampler block each month as a BOM so I really have many many blocks that I call my favorite at least for a month!

  5. Barb Johnson says:

    My favorite blocks always involve stars. But it varies as to exactly WHICH star block is my favorite at the moment. I’m working my way through a book of star blocks, and each new one is my favorite!

  6. Inge Christensen says:

    My favorite block is a Star block, in all it’s different expressions. I love reading my quilting mags in bed. I have inspiring and colourful dreams of future quilts! Thank you for all the wonderful quilts and blocks!
    Inge C, Denmark

  7. Denise says:

    I love the disappearing nine patch. It’s so easy and was used on my first completed quilt. I also look through my many mags though not before I go to sleep. My mind wouldn’t stop coming up with new quilt ideas so I could fall asleep…;)

  8. Robin says:

    It’s a simple block that I love – the Churn dash.

  9. Djoekie says:

    I like applique-blocks.
    when i was in bed i like romans.
    thanks for this give-away

  10. Maureen Flax says:

    My favorite block has always been the Log Cabin. So many variations of blocks can be made with it. I like all blocks, though.
    I usually look through a quilting magazine before dropping off to sleep. Good time to get ideas.
    I love the block you came up with. Very original!

  11. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love star blocks and my favorite right now is the friendship star block. I also love Lemoyne Star blocks, just wish they didn’t have so many set in seams! :)

  12. Joyce Mitchell says:

    My favorite is the log cabin block – infinite variety. Thanks.

  13. Kathy h says:

    My favorite block is the Ohio star. I think it might have been the first block I made and it is still my favorite.

  14. Linda Webster says:

    I love feathered star blocks. They’re so beautiful!

  15. Vivian says:

    My favorite block is anything applique, I really like applique with animals.

  16. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    My favorite block,at this moment in time, is flying geese…

  17. Lisa E says:

    My favorite bedtime reading material are quilting blogs. Seriously!

  18. Deb says:

    Well, I definitely love any pinwheel block. And my favorite reading material before bedtime is ALWAYS blogs!

  19. Auntie Clark says:

    I love reading and looking at any quilt related books and magazines. I also enjoy reading books written by Jennifer Chiaverini. Thanks for a great blog and your wonderful magazines.

  20. Bonnie Thiem says:

    The paper piece flower that looks like an Iris. I love paper piecing. I really would love to win a magazine.

  21. Lisa Marie says:

    I like some basic blocks like log cabin and square in a square and also fancier ones like new york beauty. The thing I like about the blocks in the magazine is their originality!

  22. Randi Johnson says:

    Right now, my favorite block is “storm at sea”- the next in a LONG list of “to do’s”
    I enjoy looking through my most recent quilt magazines, brainstorming new project

  23. janita says:

    My favorite block is the churn dash it is the perfect mix of half square triangles :) Thank you for a chance to win. Love the transformation you created with this block. Janita

  24. Carmen says:

    I don’t have a specific favorite – but I like anything that looks like stars

  25. Jan Sturtevant says:

    My favorite block is the Nonsense block which I found in Carrie Hall’s book I love looking at blocks, too. I’ll try to see more possibilities by taking of my readers!

  26. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    My stacks of bedtime reading materials are
    1. Quilting/sewing/crafting books (1 huge stack, 1/2 already with neon post-it notes marking a gazillion pages)
    2. Parenting books (potty training/positive reinforcement/raising confident kids, etc)
    3. Kids crafting books
    4. Cookbooks (some adult, some kids…always looking for something new and exciting to try).

    I usually make it as far as selecting the book and opening it up before I pass out without reading more than 1 or 2 pages LOL! But still….the stacks (that grow daily) are a start, right??

  27. jean says:

    This block is so cute! I love your version of houses and trees. It is hard for me to pick my favorite block. I love so many. One of my favorites is the Friendship Star…it is so basic, traditional and versatile! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. gab says:

    Instead of reading, I like to do crossword puzzles before bed. I love to play with various blocks in my quilting software program – changing fabrics, putting two different blocks together to see what secondary designs pop up. That’s my favorite thing to do.

  29. Jackie Roisler says:

    Lately, I have been into applique blocks. I’m usually a girl who enjoys BOM’s, I prefer mixing up a variety of blocks within a quilt (I get bored with repeats, my mind wanders and then sewing mistakes begin ;}

  30. E. Engman says:

    I don’t really have a favorite block at this time. At bedtime, I like to do puzzles–sudoku, word searches, cryptoquizes–the “variety” type found in Dell and Penny Press puzzle books. I have a lot of the books, but I also print out the daily puzzles fro m the Dell/Penny Press website.

  31. cynthia says:

    My favorite block is a log cabin–I never get tired of it and its variations and settings.

  32. Barb Colvin says:

    I love churn dash blocks and anything with applique.

  33. Jocelyn says:

    I have recently been reading mystery books written by Georgette Heyer. She is new to me, but has written lots of books, some mystery, some historical and some romantic. Nothing quilty going on, but I sure do enjoy a “take me away” book to read.

  34. Lee Ann L. says:

    log cabins. thank you for a chance to win

  35. Kaye M. says:

    My favorite thing to read at bed time is Quiltmaker magazine!!
    My favorite block is Ohio Star.

  36. Linda Erickson says:

    I like the Rail Fence block because you can do so much with choice of fabric to create all sorts of looks.

  37. Mary Kastner says:

    I think my favorite blocks are baskets especially with appliqués handles.. Thanks for the chance to win.


  38. Shirley V D says:

    I love to read quilting books earlier in the evening, but my favorite reading material right before bed is the Bible or some devotional material. Love your block. Lots of colour and movement in it.

  39. I always have a book or 2 that read before going to sleep. I’m currently reading book 3 in the Shades of Grey trilogy. I’m a bit bored with it. It’s taking too long for the plot to develop:) Love the “house” block. Very unique!

  40. Debbie Rhodes says:

    My favorite block is any applique… love applique… and I read mysteries at bed time.. gets my mind going and I drop right off to sleep…

    thanks for another chance I looked for the magazine at local store and didn’t find one..

  41. Anita says:

    My favorite block is the pinwheel block. Have discovered a super-easy way to “mass-produce” them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Dana says:

    My favorite block is a log cabin, there are so many possibilities with it. Thanks

  43. KT says:

    My favorite blocks are stars, especially variations on the friendship star. At night I read my kids school books–either to stay ahead of them, or as read alouds (we homeschool and read many books together). Great block–love hearing how you came up with it!

  44. Debbie M says:

    I read mostly periodicals in bed and very often they’re needlework and quilting magazines!

  45. Cindy K says:

    My favorite block right now is what I am working on…Sister’s Choice block. I don’t read at night but I do a lot of hand sewing while I watch TV. I am doing a english paper piecing grandmother’s flower garden quilt.

  46. Mary Val says:

    My favorite block at the moment is flying geese. There’s a scrappy wild goose chase quilt inside me trying to get out.

  47. Laura G. says:

    My favorite block right now seems to involve pinwheels. I saw some great examples of this in the blog hop.

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