Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 2: May 2, 2017

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WELCOME TO DAY 2 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!

Vol15 COVER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

We’re pleased to see that you’ve returned for another day to help us celebrate the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 15. If you are joining us for the first time, check out what happened on Day 1 of the rally. The issue is now on the newsstands and you can also get a print or digital copy issue from the Quilt and Sew Shop.

We have several block stops planned for today. You’ll see some of the blocks from the latest issue of 100 Blocks and meet their designers. We’ve also included a couple of the Quiltmaker staff blocks from the issue. I asked each of the staff designers a few questions so you’ll get to know more about them, too!

Don’t forget about our giveaways! We have lots of goodies for some lucky readers in our  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 Souvenir Hunt each day as you take a block stop at each of the day’s designer blog sites for a chance at a grand prize. Winners will be announced on May 8th. Go to Day 1 of the Rally to get the details about participating.

Let’s get on the road!

You Are in the Driver’s Seat

100Blocks SouvenirHunt Day2 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

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. Make a note, some of the designers are sponsoring their own giveaways during the rally!

QM100 ALEXANDER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1411
Designed by: Paige Alexander

 Diamond Twist. Crossing angles offers a different point of view for these diamond shapes. Paige foundation pieced sections to create this quick block made with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids.

Block #1457
Designed by: Abigail Dolinger

Cameo Appearance. Aby’s heart-warming block would make the perfect setting for a bed quilt. She pieced it using the Stitch-and-Flip technique. Cameo Appearance is made with American Beauty by Gerri Robinson for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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

Block #1460
Designed by: Cindy Foster

Desert Eyes. Another quick-piecing block, using Triangle-Squares and Stitch-and-Flip techniques.

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

QM100 FUNDORA Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1403
Designed by: Yolanda Fundora

BartholoMEW. What’s this sweet little cat up to? This iconic bookshop kitty is all applique with a pieced border to create the frame.

Block #1473
Designed by: Andy Knowlton

Aquamarine. The center patches of Andy’s block design is perfect for some of those wayward fabric scraps you might have stashed away. Cut these 2″ finished squares scrappy!

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

QM100 THOMAS Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1492
Designed by: Jennifer Thomas

Cherry Bon Bon. Color this block traditional or modern. Jennifer used Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts from Moda Fabrics to create this block of chocolates.

Last Stop: Our House

Over the years many of our readers have asked about our staff, and if they are quilters. We are proud to say, “Yes we are!”  Each day we’ll add a couple of blocks to the tour Road Rally that were designed by our staff. We’d like you to get to know us so I asked each of them to describe the inspiration behind their block design for Volume 15 and to respond to a couple of questions for our meet-and-greet.

Block #1451
Designed by: Carolyn Beam, Content Director, Quiltmaker
Sunlight Meteor

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

Carolyn likes small blocks, (not necessarily the minis she used to make in the 80s with 1″– 1-1/2″ blocks), but blocks between 3″-6″ are her favorites. Carolyn likes star blocks. She was doodling on graph paper trying to come up with a design that incorporated these two design elements, and this block evolved. She made this block with Lulu Lane by Carey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.

Currently, Carolyn’s favorite fabrics are bright pastels, so the collection she used for her block fits the bill.

A tip for you: Carolyn finds that an accurate seam allowance is especially important when make blocks that contain small pieces.

Besides quilting, Carolyn’s favorite things to do are spending time with family, photography and traveling. Unless she’s making quilts for our magazines, she likes using her stash to make quilts for charity. In fact, in 2016 she made a resolution to make a quilt each month to donate to the fire station where her son works, quilts made and given from the heart to comfort victims of fires and other traumatic events. And… she made them!  Resolution accomplished.

QM100 STARCK Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1441
Designed by: Denise Starck, Art Director, Quiltmaker
Tree Houses

Denise likes foundation piecing because it helps make some of those difficult angles easier to piece, and gives quilters more design possibilities.

Denise was inspired by QM’s Bitty Blocks and has always liked blocks that combine large and small sizes in the same units. She chose the fabric collection, Whale of a Time by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, because it’s a fresh color palette, whimsical and seemed fitting to the theme of her block.

Denise finds designing for a quilting magazine as much fun as you might think it could be. In case you were wondering, she wants to share, “No, we aren’t perfect quilters at Quiltmaker!” You should hear some of the after weekend confessions about quilting bloopers! We also have lots of activities we enjoy outside of our passion for quilting. Denise is the mom of a teenager (say no more), a runner and loves a good glass of wine!

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That’s it for Day 2 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 8 more blocks today.

Vol 15 Setting 2 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in 100 Blocks Volume 15!

Tip: 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!

Don’t get out yet; the motor is still running!  Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know the farthest you’ve traveled to visit a quilt shop. Tell us about the shop.

Leave your comment by midnight on Wednesday, May 3. Winners will be chosen and announced Thursday, May 4.

Today’s winners will receive  a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a ruler from today’s tour sponsor, Guidelines4Quilting, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.

Winner’s of the Vol.15 Day 2 Blog Tour Giveaways are: Wendy, Chelsea Anderson, Rachell Reilly, Loris Mills and Diane Paul. Winners have been notified by email.

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

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G4Q Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Join us tomorrow for Day 3 of the Block 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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155 Responses to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

  1. Debbie Holladay says:

    I love the colors and pattern of the quilt block from A Bright Corner!!

  2. Louise Young says:

    Just love all these blocks and the striking quilts that come from them!

  3. Margaret Andrews says:

    I live on an island with no quilt shop in Alaska, so anywhere I go is a long way to get to a quilt shop. Travel might take a float plane, or a ferry, or a jet to get to some place that has a shop. I have traveled to Italy, which is far away..or taken the ferry for 3 hours, one way to shop in Ketchikan. It is much easier not to travel, and let my fingers do the shopping anywhere in the world and let the Post Office do the traveling. Thank you so much for this fun hop and the 100 Blocks Magazine.

  4. Pam Reim says:

    I have traveled from one end of Oregon to the other on various quilt hops–always fun.

  5. Pam Jolly says:

    The furthest I have traveled to visit a quilt shop is about 3 hours. It was a small shop in Linden, WA, a Dutch community close to the Canadian border. It was a nice shop in a beautiful town.

  6. Judith Campo says:

    Since I don’t have a car, my Mom does the driving. We have two quilt shops that we go to, Candy’s in Reseda and Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills, California. There are a couple of others that we want to check out who are further away but have not gotten there yet. Candy’s has a real large selection of fabrics from licensed to just about anything you may think of. Quilt Emporium has primarily reproduction prints from the 1930′s and the years prior to, during and following the Civil War. They also have a small selection of some of the more recent fabrics such as sports, Peanuts, etc. Both stores are approximately 5 miles or so away from where we live.

  7. Julie in GA says:

    I think the furthest trip that was specifically for quilt fabric shopping was from Atlanta to Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC. It is about 230 miles one way, 3.5 hours driving.

  8. Sandi S says:

    My husband and I were traveling around the country and we went from NY to AZ and stopped at quilt shops in just about every state we went through. We’ve also traveled to SD, WY and down south to FL. My husband is very good about stopping at quilt shops. He naps while I shop.

  9. lee says:

    This rally has been so fun! I did a row by row weekend with my one quilting friend and we drove all over Michigan – the farthest was a 4 hr drive. A fabulous quilt shop in Traverse City!

  10. Katherine Gourley says:

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  11. Katherine Gourley says:

    I always try to find a quilt shop to visit where ever I travel. I live in Northern Illinois and the furthest shop I visited was in Katy, Texas. I still have not started the kit I bought there in 2012. LOL. I tried to find a quilt shop in Stockholm, Sweden, but never did. The shopkeepers I asked about local quilt shops looked at me like I was crazy. I have no idea where quilters buy fabric in Sweden.

  12. Amelia Ledford says:

    I have a good Amish quilt shop about 15 mikes from me and love it not far but thank you

  13. Linda Enneking says:

    I really like block 1492 designed by Jennifer Thomas. I think it would make a beautiful quilt.

  14. Susan Spiers says:

    Since I only started quilting a year ago, the furthest I’ve traveled is an hour to the French Quarter in New Orleans. There is a wonderful quilt shop with beautiful Mardi Gras fabric. I collect a little at a time for a quilt I will make one day with this collection! Thank you, Susan

  15. Pat D says:

    The farthest I traveled was from Minnesota to Atlantic Beach, NC. When I returned the following year the shop had closed which was a disappointment.

  16. Paula says:

    We went to Maui for our 30th anniversary and Kauai for our 35th. We made sure to visit a quilt store on both islands!

  17. Kathleen says:

    I have had the fortune to travel to Japan three times. Most specifically to Shikaoi, Hokkaido, Japan. My host family has been most accommodating in taking me to fabric shops in Obihiro(45 minutes away). Visiting the a fabric shop designated to Kimono making was the best experience yet.

  18. Rina says:

    I traveled 1500 miles one way to visit Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. I loved it then but haven’t been back since they were sold so don’t know if it’s any different.

  19. Robby H. says:

    For that specific purpose, probably about 75 minutes to get to the far side of the Denver metro area from my suburb on the opposite side. But I do make it a point to visit a quilt shop for a ‘souvenir’ when we travel. I didn’t get a chance to do that when we visited Germany, but I have some lovely fabric from Hawaii!

  20. The farthest I’ve travelled is from Ontario to Marietta Georgia to the “Little Quilts” store.
    It was 1,420 kilometres one way! and so worth the journey!

  21. Angela Short says:

    I travel with my husband for his work for a few months now so I have been fortunate enough to visit a few quilt shops. My favorite that I visited is in Washington NC. It’s such a peaceful place in the country and the lady there is so very awesome!

  22. Monica R. says:

    I have traveled about 60 miles only during a shop hop. However, every time I travel I stop in to visit a quilt shop.

  23. KateT says:

    I traveled 30 minutes to walk through a quilt shop in Garrett County , MD. I spent about an hour talking to the owner to get tips on quilting. I purchased a few items to make a breast cancer quilt.

  24. GloryB says:

    The furthest I have ever travelled and visited a quilt shop was from UK to New Zealand. The shop was Annie’s Country Quilt Store and I bought some New Zealand fabric and some hand dyed wool squares. The wool was made of English woolen fabric, dyed in the US!!

    But, every time we travel to Washindton DC from our home in the UK, I make a point of visiting WebFabrics in Purcelleville VA. Absolutely the best shop in the world for basics and blenders. Plus absolutely wonderful customer service whether in person or online.

  25. Lynn Walker says:

    I have travelled over 5,000 miles to buy fabric at Jo-Ann’s in Salt Lake City from my home in the U.K. (I also visited my lovely daughter who lives in Salt Lake!) oh yes, I came home too , so that’s over 10,000 miles!

  26. Cindy says:

    I drove from mid Ohio to Keepsake Quilting shop in New Hampshire to attend their annual July 4th sale. That was 20 years ago.

  27. Nicole Sender says:

    My mom and I traveled on a quilt tour for a day and bought lots of fabric. I think we traveled about 100 miles total.

  28. Barbara Young says:

    One of my favorite shops is 35 miles away. I try and get there at least twice a year, sometimes its 4 times a year.

  29. Laura Gullickson says:

    The furthest I’ve gone to a quilt shop is 3 hours one way.

  30. Jamie says:

    Last summer, when my niece graduated from high school, I stayed in Virginia an extra three days so that I could visit Row by Row shops on the 500 mile trip back home. Does that count? Thank you for a chance to win.

  31. Karen Thurn says:

    Last summer, my husband and I spent 9 days and traveled 3,368 miles to shop at 72 quilt shops during the 2016 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop and we came home with a car full of fabric. It was a glorious trip. I blogged about it each day and we had fun exploring local restaurants and even got a sailboat ride. Now I just have to sew up all that fabric!!!

  32. Pam says:

    I travel about 60 miles to visit Rather Bee Quilting in Lake City, MN. It’s a delightful shop with all the latest fabric lines.

  33. Joy P says:

    I live in central California. I’ve driven up central Oregon on Hwy 5 and hit every quilt shop I could find between Sacramento, California and Portland Oregon.

  34. Amber Volk says:

    I drove 4.5 hours to a shop in Bedford, PA once. Technically it was on my way while I was on vacation. I visited Mary’s Quilt Shop which specializes in antique quilts and reproduction fabrics.

  35. JoyceLM says:

    I live in North Carolina, but I’ve shopped at a quilt shop in Colorado Springs, CO. We were visiting my sister, and I always like to shop at local quilt shops when I visit. (Done the same in TN & PA when visiting my other 2 sisters). Thanks.

  36. Liz Engman says:

    Though I’ve never traveled on purpose to visit a quilt shop, on my last two trips–to Fayetteville, Georgia, and to Tucson, Arizona–I did make a point of visiting a local shop in each place. When I return to those locations, I plan to revisit those stores. The Tucson one was the farthest from Chicago, c. 1745 miles.

  37. Susie Schoen says:

    Last fall my husband took me to Hamilton Mo to MSQC. It was a two day trip as we live in California. Worth every mile!!!

  38. Kathy h says:

    I traveled about 3 hours to Jinny Beyer’s store.

  39. Diana says:

    I traveled from Pennsylvania to Kentucky to visit Angela Huffman’s shop and take a long arm class from her. While in Kentucky, my husband drove me even further to Paducah to visit the quilt museum and Hancock Fabrics. It was a great trip!

    • Diana says:

      I almost forgot to mention an even farther quilt shop that I frequented and took classes in from a great teacher (Ira Jacobs) called Quilts ‘n Calicoes. It was in Singapore!

  40. Darlene B says:

    I live in Indiana…I went to a quilt shop in Montana, but only because my daughter lives there! Other than that, I’ve gone about 2 hours from home to visit a quilt shop.

  41. Joye says:

    When I travel and see a quilt shop I try to visit, but I don’t recall traveling specifically for a shopping trip. Although I have attended quilt shows some distance away and there are lots of opportunities to visit with vendors and shop there.

  42. Virginia W says:

    A couple years ago, I traveled from West Palm Beach, FL to Hamilton, Missouri to visit the MSQC It was a great trip.

  43. Cindy B says:

    I use to travel across country so I stopped at every quilt shop I could find. One of my favorites is Quilts and Quilts at Branson Missouri. The staff is friendly and the shop is beautiful with motivation and inspiration at every turn.

  44. I drove 90 minutes each way to visit The Doormouse in Ohio. It’s an awesome quilt shop!

  45. 60 miles for material basting glue stick, Ready Set Sew in Chattanooga, TN. Then bought my Janine sewing machine from their shop. Love it.

  46. Sue says:

    A bunch of us traveled from Michigan to Amish Country in Pennsylvania for a wedding. The quilt shop we found was just fantastic!

  47. Annie R says:

    For Quiltmaker’s Block Party in 2012, I visited quilt shops all along the way from the mid-Michigan to Williamsburg, VA.

  48. Cecilia says:

    I traveled about 80 miles to A Scarlet Thread, which is a great shop that has a wonderful classes and a large selection of fabrics.

  49. Vicki H says:

    On a shop hop several years ago, the furthest shop was about 80 miles away.

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