QM Staff Challenge

Quiltmaker’s annual staff challenge is always fun. We all use the same block or quilt design. Each person uses fabrics from one of our preferred fabric partners. The resulting quilts are always varied—and inspirational.

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We began with On the Grid, a block designed by Jocelyn Ueng for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. We invited Jocelyn and Kimberly Jolly, who are both with Fat Quarter Shop, to participate. Seeing the block in grayscale and in color above gives you an idea of the potential.

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We used a 4 x 4 block layout with 1″ and 3″ finished borders for a 56″ x 56″ quilt. Each of us took a different approach. Some of us recolored the block completely, rearranging the values or rotating it for different looks.

You could do the same thing with many of the block designs in Volumes 1–8 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. The possibilities are infinite.

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Quilt by Kimberly Jolly in fabrics by Northcott

Kimberly Jolly’s snowy version was made using Stonehenge Starry Night 2 by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Quilt by Diane Harris in fabrics from FreeSpirit

This is my scrappy version in fabrics called Little Azalea by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit. I’m QM’s Interactive Editor.

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Quilt by Denise Starck in fabrics from P&B Textiles

Denise Starck, QM’s Graphic Designer, made this beauty. The fabrics are Close to Home by T.S. Post and Water Drops, all from P&B Textiles. This quilt makes me think “cosmos.”

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Quilt by Eileen Fowler in fabrics from Hoffman California Fabrics

Associate Editor Eileen Fowler created her quilt with Asuka fabrics from Hoffman California Fabrics. Her fabric placement creates an imaginary inner border that grabs attention!

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Quilt by Jocelyn Ueng in fabrics from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Kona Solids and Kona Dimensions make up this happy version by Jocelyn Ueng. Both lines are from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Quilt by Paula Stoddard in fabrics from Quilting Treasures

Quilting Treasures fabrics shine in Paula Stoddard’s quilt. Cowgirl Up by Simon + Kabuki plus Rooster Royale fabrics are featured. Very graphic, this quilt makes a statement. Paula is an Associate Editor.

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Quilt by June Dudley in fabrics from Timeless Treasures

June Dudley is Quiltmaker’s Editor-in-Chief. She created this modern-looking quilt using three lines from Timeless Treasures: Doodle, Rain Basic and Soho Solids.

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Quilt by Shayla Wolf in fabrics from Moda Fabrics

Former editorial assistant Shayla Wolf made this quilt in Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie fabrics, all from Moda Fabrics.

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Quilt by Carolyn Beam with fabrics from Red Rooster Fabrics

Creative Editor Carolyn Beam used Red Rooster fabrics in her quilt. Around Town by Whimsicals is featured. Her design contains eight different versions of the block!

You’ll find more, including specific fabric identification, on pages 63—65 of the Jan/Feb ’14 Quiltmaker.

Quiltmaker would like to thank our preferred fabrics partners for their participation. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop.

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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10 Responses to QM Staff Challenge

  1. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later.

    Many thanks

  2. It is always neat to see the numerous variations in creating from the same starting pattern,ma feast for the eyes and very inspirational too; I also like how all the staff participate – what a lovely community collaboration!

  3. Love seeing the same pattern in different color ways. I have a tutorial request. I’d like to see squaring up blocks using only the rotary cutting ruler. 6″ x 14 (or 24″). I’m not able to get out and buy all the fancy square up rulers. Show us how to use the basic of basic tools to do things like squaring up and flying geese. Thank you for your time.

  4. Carol Oshiro says:

    Very different, love the blue

  5. Marlo Raub says:

    They are all beautiful. My favorite is the one made with The Red Rooster fabrics. By Carolyn Beam.

  6. Donna Kirk says:

    Wow. They are all fantastic. I don”t think i could chose a favorite. they are all equally beautiful.

  7. Cathy says:

    All so beautiful. But I think Diane’s is my favorite. Hugs

  8. Kaye M. says:

    It was alot of fun to see the different interpretations of this block! They all look so different, each with its own personality. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  9. Pat D says:

    Wow, amazing. Wish I was that talented.

  10. kaholly says:

    Isn’t it just amazing how different each quilt turned out, and each as beautiful as the one before it! I’d be hardpressed to choose a favorite!

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