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.

trees QMs 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Winter Village block #646 pin it button QMs 100 Blocks Vol. 7: Winter Village block #646

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, embroider, zentangle, watch Law & Order re-runs and spend time with my family.
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