Have you discovered Quiltmaker’s Block Network? If so, great! If you have not, may I introduce you to this great new project from Quiltmaker?
Quiltmaker’s Block Network is a series of short free videos for quilters. We release a new episode every Monday. Our staff shoots the videos several times a year in our studio in Golden, Colorado.
Each episode is based on a design from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It contains the complete pattern for the block, plus instructions and tips for making it. We wrap it up with ideas for settings or variations.
We have published seven volumes of 100 Blocks so far, and the eighth will debut in November. That means we have 800 blocks to work with. Carolyn Beam is our Creative Editor, and she has done a great job of choosing blocks to feature.
“I look for blocks that expand on previous blocks we’ve filmed…or blocks where we can show a new technique. I also look for blocks that could benefit from showing different colorings or secondary designs that might not be apparent by looking at the block itself,” says Carolyn.
Last week’s video by Associate Editor Paula Stoddard is a perfect example of a block that does interesting things.
This is Paula’s block Best Friends. Below are two examples of how it can work in a quilt design.
And here’s another variation using Best Friends. Watch the Best Friends video for the block pattern and more great ideas.
This week’s episode features a block I designed for Volume 6 called Tic Tac Toe.
This block is fun and easy to make, and it’s a good way to practice adjusting your quarter-inch so that everything fits together nicely.
Watch the video.
A few of the other blocks we’ve featured so far:
This is Roundabout from episode #7. Below you can see that we remade it. Even just changing the fabric conjures up intriguing possibilities!
Karla Eisenach’s block Summer Garden from Volume 1 was featured in episode #11.
Now check it out on Quiltmaker’s Block Network.
You can see that we don’t name the episode for the block. Instead we focus on whatever technique we’re going to demonstrate. This makes the videos more user-friendly. Summer Garden as a title doesn’t indicate what you’re going to learn, but Machine Blanket Stitch Made Easy does.
You’ll find all 15 of the videos on our website at quiltmaker.com/qbn, or you can go to YouTube and find them. If you click “subscribe” on YouTube, you’ll be notified by email whenever a new video is posted. I recommend subscribing so you don’t miss any of the good stuff!
I’ll see you over on Quiltmaker’s Block Network some day soon!
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