Early in the process of developing Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, we knew that we wanted real people to test the block patterns before we went to press. We strive for 100% accuracy in our patterns, and we also enjoy getting readers involved whenever possible.
With these facts in mind, we began recruiting a group of regular quilters for each 100 Blocks issue, months before the issue comes out. We send them fabric and block patterns, and they make the blocks they’re assigned and then give us feedback. They’re not shy about telling us what they really think (and that’s okay)!
Beginning in Volume 5 from Summer 2012, we invited some of our block testers to design quilts using any combination of the blocks they tested.
The results were good! Now the Tester’s Gallery has become a regular feature in each new volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Today I wanted to share the tester quilts with you from Volume 8, which is on newsstands now.
De’Dee Brown created a unique on-point setting using five different blocks, above. I love the color recipe in this quilt! The fabrics are Let It Rain by Simon + Kabuki for Quilting Treasures.
Mary Jane Cardwell created a striking sampler using shades of red and tan. Fabrics are Esprit de Noel by French General for Moda. We had the pleasure of meeting Mary Jane in person when we taught at Georgia Quilt Show in September. It was great to put a face with the name!
Rachel Dreher’s unique sampler features a woven effect. I love the calm, serene gray with the unexpected pop of the yellow. Timeless Treasures provided the fabrics, which are Eclipse Cotton and Tonga Batiks.
A multi-color print frames the blocks in this nine-block sampler by Joanne Harris. Fabrics are Feathered Friends by Deborah Edwards for Northcott. The colors say “spa” to me.
Joyce McCollum added a little spark to her sampler by sashing the blocks with a gradated green fabric from Troy Corporation. Kind of shouts “spring,” doesn’t it?
Shannon Ownby chose two blocks for her quilt center. The corners of the blocks created their own sashing. She set a third block on point in the border. Fabrics are Autumn Haze by Pink Light Design plus basics, all from Robert Kaufman. Wouldn’t this be a great gift for a guy?
This lively beauty is by Shelly Pagliai. She created a lovely sampler by setting three different blocks on point. Shelly knows her to let the fabric do some of the work. The setting triangles and the border print, both from Hoffman California Fabrics, really pull it all together. I love this piece!
This quilt is doing a lively little dance! Nancy Pinney added a variety of frames to three different blocks for her quilt, using shot cottons and Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics from Westminster Fibers, Inc.
Becky Rodgers used four different blocks in a symmetrical setting for her sampler quilt. Again, she’s letting the fabric do some of the work. The borders (as well as the rest of the quilt) use fabric by Gudrun Erla for Red Rooster Fabrics. They’re just perfect.
Finally, Anne Welker used five block patterns and several different techniques in her quilt. I really love the block treatment: narrow dark brown narrow frames around each of the nine blocks, then tan sashing with dark brown cornerstones, finished up with a teal border.
Didn’t these quilters do a nice job? We really appreciate the investment of time and energy they made. Well done!
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If you’re interested in testing for Quiltmaker, please follow us on Facebook, where we recruit people as needed. Here’s a complete list of block testers for Volume 8. Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges these folks:
Christine Archer, Marie Atkinson, Carol Baker, Angelia Barger, Carol Berge, Martha Briese, De’Dee Brown, Mary Jane Cardwell, Cheryl Dimiceli, Rachel Dreher, Megan Ferris, Maryln Fleming, Mary Ellen Futch, Patty Happel, Joanne Harris, Tiffany Hayes, Traci Hoglen, Vicki Holloway, Sondra Horn, Brenda Jacobs, Karlene Larson, Joyce McCollum, Sue Monsey, Nan Newell, Shannon Ownby, Shelly Pagliai, Nancy Pinney, Nikki Rainey, Cynthia Reaves, Becky Rodgers, Tammie Schaffer, Wendy Wallace, Karen Watson, Anne Welker.