It’s a Guy Thing: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks GIVEAWAY!!!

Ian Davis has been Quiltmaker’s Art Director for four years, which means he has walked through all eight volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Ian Davis, Art Director for Quiltmaker

Even so, this (Volume 8) is the first time he’s designed a block for us—so I thought it would be fitting to introduce Ian today and let you hear from him in his own words.

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So, first can you explain for blog readers what your job entails at Quiltmaker?

 As Art Director, I’m responsible for page layout and design, setting up photography and working with editors, graphic designers and production staff to make sure the magazine goes out on time and looks professional and friendly.

Had you been exposed to quilts before you went to work for QM? How, when, where?

Not really. I did watch a PBS documentary about quilting some years ago, which mostly concentrated on the Appalachian/Ozarks back in the Depression, about the amazing things they were doing when they had so little to work with.

What has surprised you about the quilt industry?

I haven’t really been surprised. I mean, if you look at any quilt, you can see the level of talent and passion that one must have to create something like that.

I will say though, that sometimes someone will bring something in that took a few weeks to do—I figure it would probably take me a year.

Tell me about your block design: your inspiration, your process, anything significant. Did you have any false starts?

Well, I was at work and dreaming ( on my lunch break, of course  :)  ) about my upcoming vacation to my favorite place, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and how I was going to take a ride on a small boat up to a national bird sanctuary near there.

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Yucatan Coast by Ian Davis for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8

The block is the view from the boat looking west to the Yucatan coast. I’ve already designed one for next issue looking at the sunset from Isla.

What’s the best thing about working in the company of women every day?

Pot-Luck lunches. You do that with 12 guys, and you get 12 bags of chips. Women will go home and make something yummy.

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And actually, I’m pretty used to working with women. My old job in the natural products industry was mostly women.

A woman has been my direct supervisor since 1992. At one point, my little sister was my boss. You know how kids tell their siblings, “You’re not the boss of me!” Well, my sister WAS the boss of me. But I had saved her from drowning many years ago, so she was pretty nice to me.

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Ian Davis is the lone “guy” on the Quiltmaker staff.

What’s the worst thing about working in the company of women every day?

 Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

What are your other interests?

National parks, wildlife. Paleontology, astronomy. I play bass guitar, love sci-fi, and I spend WAY too much time on video games.

Anything else you’d like to say to our blog readers?

Keep it up! You guys never cease to amaze me!

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Here are a few of my favorite covers from the past few years. Ian is responsible for pulling the cover together. I think he does a great job!

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Since Ian has been in on all eight volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, we thought this would be a great time to give a set of them away. Yes! This giveaway is for a complete set of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volumes 1 to 8. Leave a comment below by midnight Friday, Dec. 6 for your chance to win. Good luck!

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:
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2,713 Responses to It’s a Guy Thing: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Mary P. Taylor says:

    I have been a subscriber for years and think you guys are the best. I recently used one of your blocks as the center for a Round Robin I am doing with some friends. It was just the inspiration I needed! Thank you!

  2. Linda Yeager says:

    All 8 editions! Free! Merry Christmas!

  3. Denise Cabral says:

    Boy, would I love to win these books!!,

  4. Cindy Pack says:

    I would love, love, love these books. Hoping to teach my 7 granddaughters how to quilt. What a great set of references.

  5. Mary Truax says:

    Would love to win the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Books and take my quilting to a new level!

  6. Cindy Whiting says:

    I would love to win the whole set! I could have so much fun with those blocks!

  7. I love the 12 bags of chips line. LOL funny! Thanks for putting together some beautiful issues. Keep them coming!

  8. Sue Ferrell says:

    What a great set of books! It would be super to have them all!

  9. Pennith Cox says:

    Love me some quilting books. These would go great in my library.

  10. patti says:

    wow, what a great giveaway! i loved reading ian’s story

  11. Brenda Stultz says:

    I would love to have the full set as I only have a couple of them. Very inspirational blocks!

  12. Lisa C says:

    This is an awesome giveaway! Thank you!!

  13. Ruth Butterfield says:

    What a fabulous idea! I’d love to obtain the collection. I’ve only recently found your website & am enjoying it tremendously. I can’t wait until I can afford a subscription.

  14. Darlene says:

    It would be such fun to have those books and make a sampler or more of all the blocks in them. Thanks for the chance!

  15. What a great giveaway!

  16. Linda Perkins says:

    I would just love these books.. Thank you so much for giving us all a chance to win.. Good luck to all those who entered and I am sure some lucky person will make good use of them….

  17. Linda Peterson says:

    That would be awesome to receive the 100 Blocks set!!!! My niece in California has had quilted items in two of your issues……so proud of her.
    Happy Holidays….

  18. Julia Waterbury says:

    So amazing to have that many quilt blocks at one’s fingertips… way too many quilts to make and soooo little time to make them but wonderful to have choice!

  19. Kathleen O'Grady says:

    Wow, it would be so wonderful to win a set of those magazines! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Ina Anderson says:

    A lovely giveaway. I’d love to win it. Pick me !! Pick Me!!

  21. Nancy Bogard says:

    I just finished the modern quilt in “quilty” magazine. Love the magazine and loved the pattern. I would so love to have the catch up copies of 100 blocks. Please choose me.

  22. Stephanie Worth says:

    Great interview; I enjoyed reading this article! Thanks for the chance of winning such an amazing prize.

  23. Judy Madison says:

    The blocks look wonderful–what a great treasure that would be. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Jan Kinshella says:

    I am going out to get the newest issue but would love to win all of them.

  25. Nesta says:

    This is an incredibile opportunity of winning a piece of American Quilting history! Thank you so much for the chance.

  26. Sally Johnson says:

    Love the blocks

  27. frankie says:

    I would love to win the 100 blocks book – what a fabulous addition to a quilter’s library! Cheryl Lynch’s blog said there was a great give away going on here, I would certainly agree!!!

  28. Sally Johnson says:

    Wow…..Love, Love, the blocks..I would just love to win

  29. Melody Bloomer says:

    I am a new quilter and this would love this as a tool for learning.

  30. Janet Evans says:

    Amazing giveaway! So generous and thoughtful. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  31. Faith T. Holloway says:

    All 8 Volumes of 100 Blocks!!! WOW That would be an awesome gift to win! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  32. Judy says:

    I would kill for the complete set! I have them all, which is quite a feat where I live, but had to settle for a digital version of #2. Would absolutely love them all in print!

  33. Yolanda Mordue says:

    Wow… so many responses already… well I tried!!!!

  34. Sharon says:

    Wow! 800 blocks! Never make the same one twice and so many contributors!
    Thanks for this opportunity! Success to all in the New Year!

  35. Jean Raines says:

    What a great opportunity…and to think I would not be searching the internet quite so much for an “idea”.

  36. Cynthia Sandberg says:

    I love love love the Quiltmaker 100 Block series! I’ve been able to find some of them before they sold out but I would absolutely love the entire collection! I’ve used several patterns when making my sampler quilts for my home which are themed quilts too! I’m sure my husband would love be to win them too since they reduce my stash too!!

  37. Sandra Post says:

    I have a couple of thease books and absolutely LOVE them. I would love to have the whole set!

  38. Marianne Anthony says:

    I’m trying to design a quilt and these books would be such a help.

  39. Rae Jean Dickinson says:

    It would be amazing to win this book—I am always hunting for the *perfect* block to use in a quilt—and I waste a lot of precious sewing time hunting—magazines–internet–ect….so handy to have an entire library at my fingertips!!

  40. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much.

  41. Lorna Kay Roberts says:

    I am always looking for more great pattern books, would love to have these. My library is limited, and I could use some more.

  42. Susan Svoma says:

    Awesome giveaway!! Would love to win .

  43. Coral Beckwith says:

    Looks like a great prize, good luck everyone

  44. Bethany Frost says:

    I love these publications, made a special trip to buy volume 8 earlier this week….

  45. Suz Poufcas says:

    OMG! Is this ever a wonderful giveaway. And it makes it all the better because if you don’t win, you can always recreate the blocks from this awesome magazine! Thank you for this opportunity to win BIG! Suz

  46. Karen Dicken says:

    This would be an awesome Christmas gift… for me! And I’m sure it would become a gift that keeps on giving… :) Thanks for your great work.

  47. Leslie says:

    Love this giveaway – Thanks!

  48. Laura Lowe says:

    Your magazine is always a favorite of the 3 generations of quilters at our house It’s such a joy to see the next generation (our 12 year old and 9 year old granddaughters) turn to your magazines for inspiration. It would be a blessing to win! Thank you editors/staff and contributors!

  49. TerriSue says:

    Such a fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  50. Kathy Omoth says:

    I would LOVE to WIN!! Thank You for the chance. Good Luck to everyone.

  51. PattiAnn Kupferer says:

    Would really love this

  52. Rita says:

    Great prize to win!!! Sharing this with my friends & daughter would be a great quilty surpise. Thank you

  53. Karen H says:

    Fabulous Bundle offer! thank you for the opportunity and Happy Holidays!

  54. The BEST thing about the Quiltmaker 100 Block Magazines are the fresh perspective each contributor gives to traditional blocks along with the novel ideas that are created for a contemporary look!

  55. Cindy K says:

    I love this giveaway…This would be a great Christmas gift for my daughter…she is new to the quilting world….love your magazines.

  56. Sheryl Miller says:

    Would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. Shannon Johnson says:

    I have enjoyed reading and collecting your beautiful magazine.
    Having all eight quilt block books would be wonderful to add to my
    reference collection. Ian does a great job of directing and coordinating
    the magazine layout and design.

  58. Cindi says:

    Wow! What a great giveaway.

  59. Leslie P says:

    Awesome give away! Would love, love, love to win this one.

  60. Joy Smith says:

    What a great way to spend several cosy evenings: cup of tea and 800 quilt blocks to dream over and inspire me!

  61. Cindy Derryberry says:

    OMG!!! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this complete set!!! I have been admiring all the blocks that have been getting posted on various sites and would be so happy!!! Thanks for chance to win!!

  62. Cindy Bittinger says:

    Wow. Would love this. I am always looking for new blocks and I love traditional quilting.

  63. Ethel says:

    This would make a wonderful Christmas gift to ME! Love, love, love.

  64. Edith Scherr says:

    Love, love, love block ideas. Then I like to do my own thing with them. They inspire creativity .

  65. Christine Rogers says:

    What a great giveaway. Would love to win these beautiful tools. Thank you for the chance.

  66. Suzanne says:

    Love the blog, and love the books! Fantastic that the books have gone digital!

  67. Kathleen Steed says:

    What an amazing giveaway!! I’m hoping….

  68. Judy Danz says:

    Love the blog post and thanks for a great give away. Its always interesting to leanr.more about those behind the scenes.

  69. Michelle Andersen says:

    So many block choices, so little time ;0)

  70. Carolyn S Cecil says:

    Wow! Eight volumes will be quite a Christmas present! Thanks for the giveaway.

  71. Barbara Jones says:

    These blocks look like a little bit of heaven!

  72. Bonnie says:

    Love the magazine.

  73. carolyn montgomery says:

    what a great prize, would love to win.

  74. Melissa says:

    Money has been short this year, so I haven’t been able to get the magazines. But have enjoyed drooling over all of the blocks and quilts. :)

  75. Debbie Parker says:

    This is such a great giveaway. I love Quiltmaker!

  76. Rosanne says:

    What a great giveaway! Can’t wait to see all of the blocks!

  77. Mary Malone says:

    OMG! I would be so excited to win. Thank you for the chance!

  78. Meri says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for such a great contest…if I won I’d use them in quilts that we’re making for wounded soldiers. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! Thanks for a chance to win!

  79. Jo Haamilton says:

    Love your magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

  80. Pam Anders says:

    Wow, what a incredible give away! Would be amzing to win.

  81. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    AWESOME!!! Thank you!

  82. Rhonda says:

    I am so in love with quilting! And having a resource like this would be a fabulous treat. It is always so wonderful to be inspired by other quilters, especially those having so much experience and creativity.

  83. Linda says:

    Lots of yummy blocks to make. Would love to win this fabulous giveaway..

  84. Sue Ferrell says:

    Your latest issue is fabulous but I would be in quilt heaven to win them all!!

  85. Melanie Hopes says:

    Love this magazine and would love to win.

  86. Barbara says:

    Dreaming big! Love these!!

  87. MaryLou says:

    Oh ! WOW! To win all 8 would be beyone wonderful… What a lot of fun to be had with all those block designs to choose from… Would sure be over the moon…..
    Thanks for the chance..

  88. Sharyn says:

    Wow. I haven’t subscribed to a quilt magazine since 1996. What a great idea to have many designers rather than a select few. Well done you.

  89. Donna says:

    Love anything to do with quilting. I’d love to read these over and over!

  90. Beverly says:

    A complete set would be awesome! Each magazine is so appealing and colorful.

  91. Dya says:

    What fantastic give away (and looking at the number of reactions I’m not the only one LOL.
    I would be over the moon winning ‘just’ one magazine!

  92. Peggy Brown says:

    I would absolutely love to win this giveaway and work my way through all the blocks next year!

  93. joyce taunton says:

    Oh how I would love to win all 8 volumes. My granddaughter and best friend would have a field day making blocks!!!

  94. Ceil says:

    These blocks are just fantastic! I’d love to organize them and do several at a time.

  95. Elizabeth Orozco says:

    Love having so much inspiration in one magazine!

  96. OMG, that would be a fantastic addition to my quilting library! Thanks for a chance to win it!

  97. Cheryl Saunderson says:

    This is a wonderful issue and I would be so happy to win this giveaway! Each block cuter than the next.

  98. Amy Higgins says:

    SWEET prize! This would keep me busy for days! Who feels lucky? I do I do!!!

  99. Lana says:

    What a great give away! I saw the mugs that those who had a block printed in the latest 100 block magazine and I think that would also be a great item to purchase!

  100. Thimbleanna says:

    Wow — what a great giveaway! Those quilt block books should be national treasures! ;-D

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