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. Helen Zervas says:

    I would love to win all volumes, only I dont think i would live that long to finish all the blocks….lol..Anyhow I went this morning to my local News agent to buy volume 8 the agent said that he did not have it In. Then he gave me a number for the distributor here in Sydney Australia and told me to get in touch with them. I was so dissapointed as I have volume 7. So I have been thinking all day about it and now have decided to buy directly from Quiltmaker. This seems the best thing for me to do. The only problem is that it might not be delivered by Christmas. I will just have to wait, I am sure that it will be worth waiting for.

  2. Mary Willis says:

    Wow! Sew many blocks. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Joyce - WV says:

    Would love to win all the 100 Blocks magazines. Have a couple already and they are so inspirational!

  4. Tina Beard says:

    So many blocks, so little time. I would sure love trying to make them all. Love yot magazines. !

  5. Alessandra Rocco says:

    Yabba dabba doooo! I would be out-of-my-mind ecstatic to receive all those glorious volumes of total inspiration! Just like heaven!! I hope I win!! Thanks

  6. Alessandra Rocco says:

    Woopie! I would be out-of-my-mind ecstatic to receive all those glorious volumes of total inspiration! Just like heaven!! I hope I win!! Thanks

  7. Kristi says:

    I would love to win this set of magazines! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  8. Janet says:

    Quiltmaker’s 100 block editions are amazing due to talented designers and behind the scene folks. One would be in seventh heaven to win the jackpot. Thanks for sharing and sponsoring the super terrific giveaway!

  9. Sandi B says:

    I would be THRILLED to win this set! And, would love to have Ian sign them!! Too cool. Thanks for the chance! :-) )

  10. Philipa Core says:

    would love to win these books. I would happily share them with my quilting group here in Australia. We enjoy seeing different things from around the world

  11. Lucy says:

    Would love to win these – there are so many wonderful blocks!

  12. Mindy Saye says:

    I would love to make some of the blocks.

  13. Valerie Knight says:

    So many blocks, so little time, but I would love to try and make each and every one. Would love to win! Thanks.

  14. Jessica says:

    Oooh! I want to win!

  15. Juls in FL says:

    From the land of sun and water, love Ian’s block. What a great give-away! Love the latest issue :) .

  16. Faye says:

    I’m happy to see guys get involved in the quilting scene! Would love to win the block collection!!

  17. Nancy says:

    Sounds like Ian is quite happy with his job and his scenic block is lovely. What an exciting and generous giveaway. Someone is going to be VERY happy when the winner is drawn.

  18. Janet Sanders says:

    I would love to win! Janet in AR

  19. karen says:

    It would be a dream to win such a set. Love all the blocks!

  20. Kate says:

    Wow! I would love to have the whole set! Thank you for the chance to win.

  21. GeeGee says:

    To win this wonderful collection would be a dream come true. I love Quiltmaker and own a few but do not own any of the 100 block collection but sure would love to. Thanks for a chance to win.

  22. Donna Chambers says:

    Wow, doesn’t Ian do a great job! And I would love to win a collection of these blocks. Cheers from Donna in Australia.

  23. Judy J says:

    I would love to have the whole set. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Such a great resource!
    I would be thrilled!!!

  25. Lynda Black says:

    What a great collection of quilt blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Dawn Frisch says:

    It would be so neat to win this set of magazines! I just love Quiltmaker!
    Happy Holidays!

  27. pam iverson says:

    How fun to have a block inspired by Isla Mujeres! I was there almost 20 years ago, and have great memories. Thanks for inspiring our creativity.

  28. Audrey Carr says:

    Winning means more copies to share. I agree that you are very generous. Thanks so much. Merry Christmas.

  29. Kim Lundstrom says:

    What a great give away! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. Gail says:

    Wow, how terribly generous! Woul love to win. And love the house blocks.

  31. Thanks for this opportunity! And Ian’s bio. It’s always good to see the faces behind the scenes. Merry Christmas to all the staff!

  32. Angelia Ulrich says:

    I’d love to win these 8 issues!!

  33. Tania Smith says:

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway. How much fun could be had playing with blocks from all 8 issues! I have often admired the blocks in these magazines. Thank you

  34. Kay Horn says:

    I would love to have those blocks and maybe make a beautiful quilt. I’m hoping I’m the one!

  35. Dorian Goodyk says:

    The whole collection!!!! How exciting is that?!!

  36. Deb G. in VA says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to have the complete set, as I only have a few of the magazines.

  37. Becca says:

    Such fun blocks! What a wonderful way to share them!

  38. LJ says:

    I have a couple of the “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” but would be thrilled to receive ALL 8 of the issues. Yep, I’ll share my extra ones with friends.

  39. Donna says:

    Love all the blocks, just trying to decide which one to start with ;-)

  40. Wow! What a great giveaway – to get so many blocks and so much inspiration!

  41. Donna Lawrence says:

    I would very much enjoy having all 8 copys of this magazine I love the patterns.

  42. Katie Cohagen says:

    What an amazing prize! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  43. Patricia Rosenbaum says:

    I just bought Volume 8! What a great magazine. I would love to win the other 7 and can give Volume 8 away as a gift. Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. Valerie Stevens says:

    Wow, what an awesome gift for some lucky quilter! Thank you for offering such a nice gift.

  45. Sandy says:

    I would be thrilled to win! I love every aspect of quilting and am always looking for inspiration.

  46. Vicki ♥ says:

    I love these books and love the designers of the blocks so would love to win them…the books not the designers :) hugs Vicki xx

  47. Debra Stribley says:

    How wonderful! I would love to be lucky enough to win this great set of books :)

  48. Mischelle Pierce says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Judy Sigsworth says:

    What a wonderful collection, something I can honestly say I’d use! And use, and use and use! So pick me, please!

  50. Laurelle C says:

    I am a recent quiltaholic and would love to win these. Must go to the news agent to see if these magazine are available in Australia. :)

  51. Malinda Poppell says:

    This is an awesome give away! I love all your issues and it would be a blessing to recieve. Thanks for all u do!

  52. Rita Lerch says:

    Wow…..I was wondering how to get all 8issues. This would be great!

  53. Velita Hickle says:

    I love these books!!! Such an awesome addition to any quilting library!!!

  54. carol denning says:

    wow all 8 issues would be awsome, page layout that’s why each issue looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win them!

  55. Joyce Ensey says:

    I have some of the years past 100 block books from my Mother. Would love more. They are great.

  56. Cheryl Panchen says:

    Wishing everyone a happy holiday season, and tossing my hopes in here that I may win this delightful collection!

  57. So apparently I am comment #2563 – hope that’s lucky! Thanks for the chance to win all 8 editions!

  58. Joanne Groves says:

    Congratulations on another wonderful addition to the series! These books make a great addition to a patchworker’s stash of reference books. Please keep them coming!

  59. Amy Dryfoos says:

    What a wonderful Christmas gift this would be! A terrific collection!

  60. Tami Welch says:

    What a terrific giveaway. So much creativity. I would love to win this. Thanks for offering this.

  61. Annie Andrew says:

    As a teacher your block magazines are a great resource. Wish they were more available in Australia.

  62. Shirley Turgeon says:

    Wow! What a fabulous gift. I would share the wealth with my quilting buddies if I was lucky enough to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  63. Linda H. says:

    What a nice collection this is. It would be great to own… and share with friends. Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. I am new at quilting. I have been learning from following your blogs and others and watching youtube and reading anything I can get ahold of! Quilts are so beautiful and this giveaway is mind blowing! It would be sheer delightful to win this !. Thank you for the chance!

  65. Rachel says:

    That’s a very pretty block. And now I’m hungry. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  66. Carmen says:

    He does a great job! Thanks for the giveaway

  67. Anna says:

    I would love to the chance of getting this sampler book.

  68. Tanya Stevens says:

    Thanks for the chance and good luck everyone!

  69. Sharon L. Irvin says:

    It would be a dream come true to win such a wonderful gift as this!

  70. Teresa Baker says:

    I would love to have this complete set of books. I have one volume on my computer, But I really like the hands on way of looking.

  71. Marilyn Mennenga says:

    I would love to win these!

  72. Cindy says:

    This looks fantastic! I would love to win it!!

  73. It must be lovely to be working in such a creative environment each and every day. Thank you all for sharing so much talent.

  74. Laura says:

    Wow! I would love to win such an amazing prize!

  75. Amy Farrington says:

    OMG! I would love all 8 volumes of this amazing magazine!

  76. Belinda Wright says:

    thanks for a chance to win these wonderful pattern collections! awesome!

  77. Gail Brown says:

    I love these magazines. They provide so much inspiration for me.

  78. Julia says:

    Thank you for this giveaway!! I would LOVE those magazines!!!

  79. Helen says:

    These 100 block issues are wonderful resources of inspiration! Thank you for putting together such wonderful collections, and for offering this chance at the giveaway!

  80. What an absolute awesome giveaway !!!!!! I have 1 volume but would love them all !!!!

  81. It would be super nice to win all 8 issues.

  82. Ann Miller says:

    Wow!!! Now that is something to shout about! WOW!

  83. Mandy Adams says:

    What a fantastic give a way. So many new things to try out.

  84. carol simmons says:

    Wow! This would be the ultimate gift!!!

  85. Nicola R says:

    What an amazing collection! I’d love to win these. It could be a project for a few years to make all the blocks :-)

  86. Sharmond says:

    Loving all these gorgeous blocks. Lori Holt has done it again with her beautiful house block. So many to choose. Thanks for giveaway opportunity!

  87. Alessandra Rocco says:

    Yahoo! I would be out-of-my-mind ecstatic to receive all those glorious volumes of total inspiration! Just like heaven!! I hope I win!! Thanks

  88. Jenny says:

    Thanks to Lori Holt for introducing me to this magazine through her blog. Looks like a fascinating magazine with lots of inspiration for us quilters.

  89. Cynthia says:

    I need all 8 volumes to help me create quilts for charities.

  90. kaholly says:

    What fun!! Thanks for this opportunity!

  91. grapenutquilter says:

    All 8 volumes will keep me creating for a long time! Great give-a-way! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  92. Sharon Anderson Smith says:

    I love these blocks. Now that I am not working I have more time to actually quilt. And that makes me very happy!!!

  93. Gerrie Reese-Jones says:

    Oh, my goodness! I really, really, reeeaaalllyy need these!

  94. Terry says:

    Love Ian’s block and look forward to seeing the next one. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  95. Dawn Frisch says:

    I won a copy of volume 8 and I just love it!! I would love to see the other volumes too! Great job Quiltmaker on helping us become better quilters!!
    Happy Holidays,

  96. Linda says:

    What a fun job Ian has, and he does it well! I’d be thrilled to win all eight copies of Quiltmaker!

  97. Joy E says:

    What a generous gift! Love your magazine!

  98. Mary Parker says:

    What a nice thing to do, would really love all those blocks…I’m always looking for just the right one and to have them in one place would be great!!!!
    Hope I win!

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