100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1, Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I’m so glad you’re here. We’ll have a lot of fun this week, as you visit blogs written by 100 Blocks designers and get a taste of what’s inside Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. The cover for this issue is green so you’ll know what to look for on the newsstand next week.

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If you already know, great!

We have issues to give away and great prizes, too, including the traditional Great Big Bundles on Friday (one for U.S. visitors and one for international visitors). Please read to the very end of this post and leave a comment here to be entered in today’s giveaway: one copy to each of six winners!

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Visit Quilty Pleasures each day this week, leading up to the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 on Tuesday, Nov. 19. You’ll have many chances to win a copy, or to win one of many other great prizes.

Two industry sponsors are participating today. We’re glad to have them along!

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Baby Lock provided a “Quilter’s Essentials Kit” for today’s giveaways, above.


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P&B provided fabric bundles for today’s giveaways.

PB 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1, Giveaway!And visit their Sew It Seams blog for another magazine giveaway.

We appreciate the partnership of Baby Lock and P&B Textiles. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

Let’s preview a few of the amazing designs in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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New Directions by Kay Gentry

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Winter for the Birds by Connie Ewbank

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Fall in Line by Julie Herman

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Now on to the meat and potatoes of the blog tour!

Today’s Featured Designers

Please follow the instructions on their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Melissa Peda
  2. Kristyne Czepuryk
  3. Bonnie Hunter
  4. Pamela Lincoln
  5. Susan Marth
  6. Pam Vieira-McGinnis
  7. Deanne Eisenman
  8. Anne Wiens
  9. Kimberly Jolly, Jocelyn Ueng
  10. Kristy and Shayla Wolf
  11. Gudrun Erla

Plus, be sure to visit these sponsor blogs for more chances to win:

  1. Kelly Bowser has a blog post on behalf of Baby Lock.
  2. P&B’s Sew It Seams

Kind of leaves you breathless!?!

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And now let’s have a giveaway of our own right here. For your chance to win a copy of the green Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 and a prize from one of the sponsors, please leave a comment before midnight Tuesday, Nov. 12. Tell us what you saw on the blog tour today that excited you. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winners of the Day 1 prizes are: Sheri Bord, Susan Dietrich, Dianne Svaldi, Karyn Ashley-Smith and Libby Charles.

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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866 Responses to 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1, Giveaway!

  1. Darlene Crosby says:

    I have two other issues of 100 Blocks and was excited to find this blog and giveaway! I am a follower of Bonnie Hunter, and am excited to visit the other blogs listed. The Snowman block is on my list of must make! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Angelia L. says:

    So many beautiful blocks and so much wonderful inspiration! I learned that fabric choice really makes a difference and that there are some really talented quilters out there. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Marie says:

    Love Bonnie Hunter’s star. Ready to do some scrap digging and get started. Would love to add these block patterns to my collection. Thanks for what is sure to be fun week.

  4. Stephanie Matz says:

    My favorites: Anne Wiens , Kay Gentry, and Gudren Erla. Classic and modern fusion. Can’t wait to try them.

  5. Michelle says:

    So many cute blocks. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  6. Cynthia says:

    I can’t wait to try the new direction block. It might help my stash pile reduce in size.

  7. My two favorite blocks for the day are Gelato Italiano and that fun retro camper applique block. So much whimsical goodness!

  8. JudiC says:

    IceCream & Travel Trailer blocks

  9. Rebecca Schmitt says:

    I’m so excited about 100 new blocks! And I may have found a few more quilt blogs to follow too :)

  10. lea says:

    I’m looking forward to checking out the Nordic Visions fabric line by Gudrun Ersa. The colors are fantastic!

  11. marg says:

    Loved the vintage trailer block

  12. Pat Evans says:

    I’m a Bonnie Hunter fan so I was thrilled to see her block and the scrappy crystals quilt. It’s always fun to see the many different blocks and how they can be used in so many ways.

  13. Sally says:

    I am inspired by the scrap quilt blocks I saw, especially Bonnie Hunter’s star. I can’t wait to make it into a quilt!

  14. Tari Hammons says:

    OK, I type one, left to look something up and lost it.
    I have had a blast doing the blog hop. I’ve never done anything like this, and it was fun!
    As for a favorite? Well, the way Melissa Peda writes just cracked me up, and her block with the gelato is cute and fun.
    But then there was Bienny Hunter’s. Wow! And of course, I checked out the link she had for organizing your scraps. It is similar to the way Sally Schneider was doing hers about 20 yrs ago. I need to do this with my stash. I do primarily scrap quilts and it would be so much easier. And Bonney’s block? Love it.
    Are you following my runaway train of thoughts here? Can’t pick just one. It’s a really good thing I didn’t have to choose for the 100 blocks that went into the magazine!
    Thank you for the fun of this blog hop and for the give aways.

  15. sandra says:

    love the rainbow trees. great block; happy

  16. sandy Lowery says:

    I loved the little Trailer Block. It was fun to visit all the blogs today and see the different block designers. Thanks.

  17. Joan says:

    Like to win this book. It will keep me sewing for some time.

  18. Hildy Schwarz says:

    I love anything that Bonnie Hunter does.

  19. Pam Blake says:

    I love trees! Your colors and design add so much fun to the tree image. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Vallerie Roberson says:

    This is very interesting and impressive! I love the whimsical designs, others that are pretty, those that have a modern spin…there is something for everyone. This would be a learning experience for me. I definitely must read blogs and get acquainted with all you have to offer those who enjoy doing their “own thing”.

  21. Karen says:

    I thoroughly enjoy visiting the blogs on the blog tour to see the innovative ideas each designer has for their blocks. My favorite so far has been Bonnie Hunters scrappy stars.

  22. E. Engman says:

    What a wonderful start to the Tour–lots of creativity and color! I want to do them all–NOW! But, if I had to pick just one, it would be Pam Vieira-McGinnis’ sweet flower basket with the buttons.

  23. Linda Arsenault says:

    Can’t wait for the magazine to hit the stores. thanks for the preview

  24. Shari says:

    Love all the blocks that everyone made for you magazine! So inspiring and lots of talent! Different colors and just blows my mind how the designers think. Thanks for letting us share in the joy! Oh and now I want to try a Gelato! lol

  25. Beth says:

    What a great source of inspiration! Too many many quilts in my head right now!

  26. Mandy Laseter says:

    What a lovely block. I like how fanciful a lot of your blocks are. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of 100 Blocks.

  27. Pat Spiegel says:

    I always love Bonnie Hunter’s blocks. But the other designers have great ideas on their blogs. It was fun to see all the ideas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Kimberly Baum says:

    I love Bonnie Hunters Scrap Crystals quilt! Am definitely going to make this one. This week is going to be so much fun. Wont be getting much done… :-)

  29. Teresa Brunker says:

    Congratulations on the newest book to hit the shelves!!! The designers and their blocks inspire and create the desire for me to sew each and every one of them!!! Thank you for this awesome Blog Hop and for the generous amount of information I can absorb to make me a better quilter!!! Can’t wait for the book to be on MY shelf!!!

  30. Would love to win this, so many blocks~~~~~Thanks

  31. Mandy Laseter says:

    Looking through your blog I must say your designs are so fanciful and fun. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of 100 Blocks.

  32. Chris says:

    I enjoyed all the blogs. One common thread that impressed me was how hard everyone worked to produce a great block

  33. Carol W says:

    I like Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Crystals quilt.

  34. Kerrie says:

    I enjoyed seeing all the different blogs! Several I’d never been to. They are now bookmarked and I’ll be returning! The blocks are all amazing! These designers have a true gift! Thanks for providing such inspiration!

  35. Cathryn says:

    I fell in love with the little trailer block! It reminds me of my childhood when we got to go camping.

  36. Connie Cain says:

    love, love, love :)

  37. Carol Archer says:

    Oh, so many ideas!! Can’t someone add 100 hours to a day to accomplish all that I want to do???

  38. Kathy Wagner says:

    I loved reading about the 100 things a quilter should do and was amazed at how many I have already done. And of course, I love all of Bonnie hunter’s helpful tips and ideas!

  39. Diane Hamilton says:

    I love Kay Gentry’s New Directions because there are so so many possibilities. I have never done a blog tour and am looking forward to the next few days. Thanks.

  40. Joyce Carter says:

    I was really excited about seeing Bonnie Hunters block. I love scrappy quilts and her blocks are wonderful. I also loved Gudren Erla’s block. It really makes a pretty quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. kathy says:

    Wow, I loved all of the eye candy and I am ready to make several of the blocks, of course, it would be the pieced ones, for I am not an appliquer. Kathy

  42. Della Myers says:

    Love all the blocks…so useful in so many ways! Now I just need more time to try them all!!!!

  43. Ann says:

    Love the modern quilt & blocks.

  44. Sheryl P Bordelon says:

    I love that each block would fit right into my quest to use up all those room-hogging scraps!!

  45. Karen says:

    I enjoy seeing all the new blocks and the inspiration for quilts. I always look forward to this book.

  46. Ellsie says:

    I liked the modern look of the gum tree rainbow at Mama Sparks. I’m also a big fan of Bonnie Hunter. gotta love the blues and greens.

  47. Rina Mason says:

    I had two that I really loved. Rainbow Gum Tree by Pamela Lincoln and Bailey’s Cross by Anne Wiens. Loved both of them!

  48. Audrey says:

    I have many more additions to my favorites bar. All of these block contributors are amazing. I especially like Gudrun Erla’s new block for Vol. 8 . It has so many opportunities to create something unique. Love the 3D effect. Her new pattern releases are must haves as well. As always the Fat Quarter Shop tantalized my fabric senses with the wonderful new releases coming soon.

  49. Sharon Cummings says:

    Oh i can not pick one block. But I really want to have a go at a scrapy design and there are sooo many to choose from. This would be a well thumbed book.

  50. Sherrill S zumik says:

    Love the blogs…all you are so talented and I enjoy learning from you

  51. Susan in OK says:

    When you asked me to leave a comment telling me what excited me, I am hard pressed to think about what didn’t excite me. Quilting excites me and just the eye candy excites me. First, I want to thank you for the great giveaway and just involving us in the excitement of another great issue of 100 great blocks. I don’t think you know how important this giveaway can be to some ladies. I never thought I’d be in a position to think that. I grew up in Appalachia and saw poverty first hand. I always had food and clothing because my parents worked hard. My mother and father were each only children and both had college educations. My mother eventually went to work to sustain the family farm. Two of the three of us children nearly died several times and by the grace of God we lived. We had two brothers who were stillborn. I went to a one room school with no running water. So, that meant outside toilets. We thought nothing of it because it was normal to us. You might think, I’m an old, old woman. No, I’m 61 years old. Now it’s common for that state to have only one high school in a county, then it wasn’t. I had my mother for five classes in high school. She taught me to sew – at home, not school. I took every class I could in preparation for college. Now, I’m a breast cancer survivor. Six weeks after that diagnosis, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Now, I’m struggling with double vision with no resolution yet. I was forced to quit working in my early 50′s. I sent my daughter to college on my own after my first husband divorced during her senior year. He tried to get our son in his corner. After seven years, I married a man who had already suffered three strokes. He was a very sweet loving man. He got to the point he wouldn’t help me help him and I had to divorce him last December. He was found dead this July. His family has refused to do much of anything for him. I thought I was going to have to go to court to claim his body. It has been a nightmare. So, the eye candy lifts my spirits. I have no complaints. Living on a fixed income, I have to be quite aware of my expenses and it’s not always easy to make the choice to buy a quilting magazine even though it’s a bargain. Yesterday at church there were pleas for us to tutor students at what was considered a good school in my children’s district and is now a suffering school with children wearing parents’ clothing to school, using wire ties for belts. I’d rather spend my funds for gas to go tutor a child. I know it’s a choice. I also know if I don’t support the magazines, they will no longer be there. I try to do some of both. When I was still working and thought I still had my health, I didn’t think much about being in this position. I thought I’d still be working and still buying freely at age 61. Thanks for brightening my day and many others who are in much, much direr circumstances. TY TY TY Everything about every issue has been wonderful.

  52. Debra Alexander says:

    i never knew that this was here. love it

  53. Sherrill S zumik says:

    Love the blogs that are posted…so full of information..would love to win something

  54. Kathryn Huerta says:

    I saw several blocks that have given me such inspiration…camper…snowman

  55. Susan says:

    So interesting to travel on the internet. So many great new sites.

  56. Margo Scott says:

    Love the little vintage trailer block. Too sweet!

  57. ValerieJ says:

    The blog tour is so fun–thank you! It was so exciting to see on Sassafras Lane blog that a mother and daughter not only each had a block in volume 8, but both are on the cover as well!! So fun! And I love block 761 “Formation.” Such possibilities! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this 100 Blocks.

  58. jeanette says:

    Wh at places I’ve seen, I have bookmark alot . THANKS for a chance to win

  59. Janet GREENSLADE says:

    The Renaissance Ribbons cushion on Melissa Peda’s blog is beautiful. I have a collection of ribbons I’ve been saving…okay, okay, hoarding…but now I know what to make with them and it’ll be a great Christmas present for someone special =)

  60. Judy says:

    All of the blocks were great any of them would be fun to make. I really loved the Gelato Italiano by Kristyne Czepuryk, it has so many different possiblilites for colors to go with different hand embroidered flavors.

  61. Margaret Graham says:

    The new blocks are just amazing in their design and use of color. I want to make one of everything!

  62. missmoozie says:

    So many wonderful blocks! I’m also so amazed and excited to see all the great blocks that everyone makes, awesome talented designers! Thanks for a great giveaway!


  63. Pat V. says:

    I just love the block New Directions! I need to run to my machine and make some!

  64. Ev says:

    These books are great eye candy. Love them all and look forward to this next one. The snowman is really cute!

  65. Cheryl says:

    Winter with the birds has a lot of creativity and depth. Love the materials used to accentuate the snow men. Great job….

  66. Robyn Reed says:

    I love the Colours in Kay Gentry’s New Direction Quilt. From Western Australia.

  67. anna m brown says:

    love the book so many ideas….

  68. Janice Holtberg says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this issue!

  69. Mary H. says:

    Bonnie Hunter’s block was my favorite, hands down!

  70. Nancysue says:

    I love Deanne Eisenman’s sawtooth block :) Ok, and her cat Snuggles is pretty darn adorable too! Thank you for the fun blog hop! The 100 blocks bloghops are always fun!

  71. Theresa Stanley says:

    Love the Kay Gentry block; blocks that make a secondary pattern are so cool!! (Extra design w no extra effort!!)

  72. Karyl McClellan says:

    I am crazy in love with Kristy Wolfe’s Rollin Along block. We have a similar retro camper and I can’t WAIT to get Vol 8 and start on a quilt featuring this block. (It would be great to win one because for Vol 7, I never found one in a shop near where I live in NC and ended up finding one on a trip to visit family in Oregon.)

  73. Barb C in WA says:

    I saw several blocks that I think would play well together: Lost Mittens, New Direction and Supernova! Really gets my creative juices flowing :)

  74. Lola Bryant says:

    Loved looking through, especially Bonnie Hunter’s blog on how she stores her scraps. Must get to work on my own system.

  75. Sandy Curtis says:

    All the blocks are great. The snowman block inspires me to start my Christmas sewing!

  76. Audrey says:

    Bonnie Hunter is so good at showing us how to use every little piece of fabric. Bonus triangles, who would have thought!!

  77. I think you got 100 comments while I was browsing the blogs. I most enjoyed the discussion of all the detail decisions that went into “gelato.”

  78. Beth Patrick says:

    Traveling in “new directions” is always fun, so the block’New Directions’ is right up my alley.

  79. PJB says:

    I like the snowman block.

  80. Judi says:

    The snowmen ar adorable

  81. Judi says:

    I love the block New Directions! I loved the Solid darks.

  82. Deb says:

    I love Gudrun’s block Nordic Garden!

  83. Vicki B says:

    Gotta have that camper block! Too cute.

  84. Patty Hatvick says:

    Love the snowmen!!!

  85. Judy Bentley says:

    I love the gelato block. My favorite gelato is limon. The block reminded me of the fun time my daughter and I had on our trip to Italy which was way before I caught the quilting “bug.”

  86. Lorna says:

    Can hardly wait to see more.

  87. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I saw lots of wonderful ideas for blocks and quilts. Love the gelato block by Kristyne and the scrappy lock from Bonnie!

  88. Allison R. says:

    I loved looking at Bonnie Hunter’s site!

  89. Glenda Bolton says:

    I loved your block it is so colorful

  90. Leanne says:

    Kristyne Czepuryk’s post was so much fun to read! There are amazing blocks already. I can’t wait to get my hands on this newest issue.

  91. Tammy Lyons says:

    I love the rolling along retro camper block by Kristy Wolf. It is my favorite today.

  92. Ellen Marie says:

    Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  93. Ellen Marie says:

    Love the website and so glad I joined.

  94. gloria l says:

    I love the Supernova block, would love to make a quilt using the block.

  95. Shari Rich says:

    I liked the snow man. Snowmen melt my heart!! LOL

  96. Dee says:

    Love this magazine and have been collecting them from the beginning. Thanks to all the contributors.

  97. Robin May says:

    I think the block from Gudrun Erla is the first I want to make….

  98. Charlene McCullough says:

    I loved the excitement of all the designers. Being new to quilting it’s quite contagious. The different patterns and colors are wonderful. Thanks for the chance of winning one of the books.

  99. Jenny Moore says:

    I like the supernova block the best. This is a very hard decision.

  100. Rita says:

    Your block reminded me of a city I live near, the city of Five Seasons. The fifth season is to have fun.

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