Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 1: May 1, 2017

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Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15 celebration! We are excited to share the latest issue with you, a collection of traditional and modern block designs and techniques from your favorite designers, as well as an introduction to the creative efforts of some new ones.

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Travel to your local newsstand to pick up a copy; it’s available beginning May 1st. Or, purchase your copy at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

To celebrate the release of this issue we’ve planned a 5-day Blog Tour Road Rally where you’ll see some of the blocks up close. You can take a side-road for a quick block stop to visit with the designers to learn more about them and the blocks they’ve created. Pick up some advice, a tip or two and see some of the other designs they’ve been working on. We hope you’ll join us every day!

You’ll have the opportunity to win prizes during your travels. In addition to some of the designers offering giveaways from their blog sites, we will award daily giveaways. Your comments or questions about the daily blog posts give you a chance to win one of these. Winners will be chosen for each day and announced on the blog.

We’re also giving away 3 grand prizes at the end of the rally. Join the adventure each day for a chance at a grand prize. Here is how it will work:

  • It’s something like a treasure hunt, but we’re calling it a Souvenir Hunt.
  • I’ll post two questions somewhere in the Quilty Pleasures blog post each day of the Road Rally.
  • The souvenirs you are looking for is a word or phrase to answer each of the questions.
    • Sample question: What is my favorite piecing technique?
    • Answer: Foundation
  • To search for answers, click on the links to the designer sites presented on that day.
  • Jot down the answers you find to the questions. We’ll post a link to a questionnaire on Friday, May 5th to submit your answers to enter the drawing for a grand prize.
  • You will have until 12:00 midnight Sunday, May 7th to submit your entry. We will announce the winners in the Quilty Pleasures blog post on Monday, May 8th!

Let’s Get on the Road!

First Stop: Our House

So many readers ask us about our work and what we do to put together Quiltmaker’s magazines. We’ve decided to give you a tour of the steps involved to create an issue of QM’s 100 Blocks. Just a note here, EVERY member of the team is a quilter too! Click on the image below to see our staff in action.

Shortly after Deb McDonald receives designer blocks we send them off to Denise Starck to begin crafting the artwork. Denise passes the blocks to Erin Russek and Tricia Patterson, who write the patterns. Tricia coordinates testing and sends the patterns to at least 3 testers. The testers send a photo of their test block and an evaluation to Tricia that lets us know how we can correct or improve the pattern directions, and then Erin and Tricia make necessary changes to the pattern. When a pattern is finished it goes to Carolyn Beam for final proofing. During the process, each pattern is proofed 5 times! Mellisa Mahoney photographs all the blocks for the publication. Kelly Eisinger joins the team to communicate with designers and sponsors, coordinates designer and tester thank-you gifts. She also organizes the block giveaways for our readers, and more. And, last but surely not least, Natalie Nettles, our Quilty Pleasures blog site guru, helps pull together and present the blog tour and supports it throughout blog week.

One very important element of our team is our testers. As you can see in the map below our testers live all over the United States, and we have a few from Canada and The Nederlands. Each tester is assigned at least 13 blocks to test in a 3-4 month timeframe. Their participation is invaluable!!

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Now, You Are in the Driver’s Seat!

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Check out the following blocks from Volume 15. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for souvenirs!

Block #1448
Designed by: Nancy Allen

 Pinwheels All Around takes off with the quilters’ favorite Pinwheel block. It’s an easy-to-piece pattern with the Triangle-Squares and Stitch-and-Flip techniques.

Click on Nancy’s block to see color options made by our testers.

QM100 BRICKEY Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Block #1415
Designed by: Cheryl Brickey

Sizzle Star. What a fun modern variation of a star pattern! Cheryl made this block with fabric from Yuwa Fabrics and Robert Kaufman. It’s easy to match up all the points with foundation-pieced sections. If you haven’t tried foundation piecing, or just need a refresher, click here for a free download of the Foundation Piecing Primer.

Block #1401
Designed by: Sandi Colwell

Bunny Love. And, who wouldn’t love this cheerful applique bunny? You can use fabrics from your scrap stash to make this little critter for a special child. Sandi used fabric paint to highlight the bunny’s face. Embroidery floss works too!

Click on Sandi’s block to see color options made by our testers.

Block #1456
Designed by: Melissa Corry

Celtic Tricks. Some of the beauty behind Melissa’s block pattern is that it would be very easy to re-size into a larger wall hanging, crib quilt or make multiples for a bed-size quilt, just by making the patches longer. Melissa chose Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics to make her block.

Click on Melissa’s block to see color options made by our testers.

Block #1461
Designed by: Yvonne Fuchs

 Four Way Blocks. Oh, the places you could go with this block pattern. Make it scrappy, use batiks or change up the colors. Do all three! Yvonne created her block with Cirrus Solids from Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Click on Yvonne’s block to see color options made by our testers.

QM100 PILAND Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Block #1484
Designed by: Laura Piland

Split Mountain. Laura’s block verges on the trendy improvisational piecing. For this block, you simply make it, cut it apart, arrange the pieces and sew it back together again. Check the pattern in QM 100 Blocks Volume 15 to see how it’s made!

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We’ve made it through the first day of the 100 Blocks Volume 15 Blog Tour Road Rally. You can make a quilt sampler with the blocks we are showcasing in the 5-day tour. We picked up 6 blocks today.

Vol 15 Setting 1 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in— you know it100 Blocks Volume 15!

Tip: You can sign up to have all of the Quiltmaker special issues, including 100 Blocks, delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they are released. Learn more here.

Enter the Daily Giveaway!

Wait! Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know which of the blocks we looked at today inspired you the most. Tell us why.

Leave your comment by midnight on Tuesday, May 2. Winners will be chosen and announced Wednesday, May 3.

Today’s winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from one of today’s two tour sponsors, Hoffman Fabrics and Robert Kaufman, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies. (Be sure to visit Hoffman’s blog for a free pattern and more!)

  • 4 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15, a fabric bundle and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.
  • 3 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15 and other quilty goodies from QM.

Winner’s of the Vol.15 Day 1 Blog Tour Giveaways are: Elizabeth Russell, Sandy A in St. Louis, Lori Smanski, Kathleen Scargle, Kristine Clay, Martina and NancyB from Many LA. Winners have been notified by email.

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Hoffman Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

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Robert Kaufman Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Join us tomorrow for Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally!

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Special thanks to the following participating designers and sponsors who contributed products for our daily and grand prize giveaways.


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173 Responses to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

  1. Eleanor K Hunzinger says:

    I love Bonnie Hunter’s block.

  2. Anita Morris says:

    Enjoying the journey so far!

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  4. Lenore Rhodes says:

    I love Laure Pilland’s Split Mountain I felt I was looking at the mountain through a window.

  5. Pamela Gray says:

    Couldn’t wait for this to start and here I am not commenting until 4 May. Also, haven’t been able to find Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks anywhere. Must have sold out. I will keep looking.

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  7. Emily says:

    I like the Pinwheels All Around block by Nancy Allen. I like the different ways she used the pinwheels in the quilts she made.

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  9. Sally says:

    I like Sizzle Star. It’s bold and modern.

  10. Karen Thurn says:

    The Sizzle Star block is really pretty. I could see myself making that one.

  11. Laura Gullickson says:

    I like sizzle star. It has great emphasis with the black & it’s clean.

  12. Barbara Young says:

    I like the Pinwheels All Around block. I like the look of the block and it is one I might actually make instead of just admiring it. Love the 100 blocks magazine.

  13. Jamie says:

    Thank you for a chance to win. I like stars, so the Sizzle Star is my favorite.

  14. Delissa Crellin says:

    I looked at all the blocks but gained more inspiration from Celtic Twists and Sizzle Star, I love the way they come together as a full quilt.

  15. Isabelle Doblanko says:

    I like the sizzle star block. It is nice and crisp and reminds me of a weather vane pointing in all directions.

  16. Diana says:

    I’m inspired by sizzle star block because I love star blocks.

  17. Joye says:

    I found the bunny charming and would probably use it on a baby project.

  18. Sizzle Stars is calling my name.

  19. Darl says:

    Split Mountain….it takes my breath away!

  20. lee says:

    I am in love with Melissa Corry’s Celtic Tricks! Such a fun day of blocks! Thank you!

  21. Linda Christianson says:

    I like Cheryl Brickey block with the black accent. i sure can see it made into greys of today colors.

  22. Margaret Morton says:

    Sizzle star is my favorite. Love star blocks and this one is unique.

  23. Judith Campo says:

    The block I like is Sandi Colwell’s Bunny Love.

  24. Wendy says:

    Since pinwheels are my favorite I would choose the Pinwheels All Around but, I really like the Celtic Tricks block too.

  25. Ioleen says:

    Sizzle star because it’s bold and I love the Fabric Cheryl used.

  26. Sallie says:

    Block #1415 Designed by: Cheryl Brickey because I love star blocks but I haven’t seen or made this one.

  27. Mary D says:

    Pinwheels All Around is my favorite and most inspiring of today’s blocks. I love the way the block can look so different if the color combinations are changed and how adding a border of pinwheels can be so effective.

  28. Brenda E. says:

    Laura Pilands block has a back story that encouraged me when I read it! What went into this creation had me thinking of some of my own design missteps and how I overcame them.

  29. Brenda Dennis says:

    Melissa’s Celtic Tricks was my favorite today (but it was a hard decision!). Love love love straightforward blocks that create really fun secondary patterns.

  30. Deborah B. says:

    Pinwheels All Around because I like pinwheels and it looks like a block that I would be able to complete.

  31. Lu Wilmot says:

    Pinwheels All Around is the one I want to make first. It is colorful and whimsical.

  32. Gisela Buitendag says:

    I choose sizzle star pattern. I like intricate work and foundation piecing is in mt to do list!

  33. Becky S says:

    I am inspired by the Sizzle Star block. I haven’t done any foundation piecing in a long time and would like to try it again. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  34. Chelsea Anderson says:

    The Sizzle Star immediately got my mind buzzing with different fabric options!!! I love a good star block

  35. Pam Pickle says:

    Pinwheels All Round is my favorite – lots of colour and fabric possibilities.

  36. Pam Pickle says:

    Pinwheels All Round is my favorite too — lots of colour and fabric possibilities.

  37. Pam Pickle says:

    Pinwheels All Round is my favorite too — simple but many colour possibilities !

  38. Stacey Martin says:

    Love love sizzle star and pinwheels all around. I love how the designers showed options on layouts….it gets a persons creative juices pumping!! I went to all the blogs and read the stories (daisy bunny was so adorable!!). I look forward to each day of this adventure!!

  39. Pamela Wright says:

    I love Laura’s Split Mountain. While her color choice drew me in first, I like the idea of cutting and reconstructing the pieces.

  40. Cindy D says:

    I love the appliquéd bunny block.

  41. Michelle Barker says:

    I like the Pinwheels All Around. I like how the different color combinations made the block look so different!

  42. Tina says:

    I like the Four way block because it is very versatile with just a change of color

  43. Kathy Medlin says:

    My favorite block was Sizzle Star by Cheryl Brickey because I enjoy stars and this was a new twist.

  44. Patty H says:

    Love the star blocks. I’m going to have to make a star quilt, maybe a sampler so I can do lots of different stars! Thanks for the blog tour.

  45. Deb G. says:

    Celtic Twists! I would resize into a larger block and make a bed quilt fast!

  46. Ali says:

    Love that Sizzle Star – Cheryl’s patterns are so cool!!! I love her quilts and there are so many possiblilities to do some modern quilting with this star!

  47. Monica says:

    I like the Pinwheels All Around!

  48. Auntie Clark says:

    I like the pinwheels all around block because I like pinwheels.

  49. Kristine Clay says:

    So many great choices! Cheryl’s star is my favorite of this bunch.

  50. Jill Hicks says:

    I love the bunny block.

  51. Sizzle Star has inspired me the most. Awesome. Thank you!

  52. Laura McFall says:

    Melissa’s Celtic design is my favorite today. I love the versatility and design options and possibilities.

  53. Bonnie Larson says:

    I love Carol Brickley’s sizzle star pattern.

  54. I am loving Sizzle Star by Cheryl Brickey. Why? I just adore stars and am biased towards them. :-)

  55. Cindy Fraher says:

    Pinwheels all around really caught my eye

  56. JoyceLM says:

    The tour started out with some really great blocks. My favorite is Sizzle Star because & love star blocks & I love to foundation paper piece. Thanks.

  57. Pam Putt says:

    Split Mountain. It’s so different from anything that I make and it would be interesting to see all the possibilities of using this block in a quilt or wall hanging.

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  59. Loriann Fish says:

    Love Sizzle Star and Celtic Tricks today!

  60. Michelle Hall says:

    Love the Sizzle star! I think there will be a lot of good blocks in this issue

  61. Loving all the design, layout, and color options everywhere! My favorites for the day are Sizzle Star and Celtic Tricks.

  62. Liz Engman says:

    Laura Piland’s “Split Mountain” (though all were interesting) seems to offer some interesting possibilities, maybe using rainbow colored strips, or florals, or kiddie prints, or………

  63. Nicole Sender says:

    My favorite is Sizzle Star. It is an outstanding star pattern! The use of black is excellent.

  64. Connie German says:

    Sizzle star

  65. Terri Todd says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite – there are several that I really like, but since I must, I really find Split Mountain appealing.

  66. Pamela Gray says:

    I love Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I find so much inspiration and information about quilting. All the tip come in handing even though I hand quilt. I love the blocks today. Several of them are very versatile and I always like playing with patterns until I find just the right one. Thank you for these blocks.

  67. Eva Taylor says:

    Love, love, love the 100 block magazine.

  68. Arlette says:

    It’s hard to pick just one, but I’ll choose Split Mountain, because it looks interesting to make W

  69. Karen Jautaikis says:

    Sizzle stars for sure. Stars are like diamonds, I can never get enough.

  70. Kaye Mattson says:

    I like the bunny block alot. I think it would make a cute quilt for my 2 year old granddaughter!

  71. Linda Webster says:

    I love the look of Pinwheels All Around. It’s wonderful to see all the blocks that have been created.

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