Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 3: May 3, 2017

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WELCOME TO DAY 3 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!

Vol15 COVER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Today is the day of piece-ful celebration! You’ll find all the blocks we are sharing today in the Pieced section of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15. If you don’t have your copy of Volume 15 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks stop by your newsstand today for a copy or get a print or digital copy issue now from the Quilt and Sew Shop.

We have more giveaways today! Your comments or questions about the daily blog posts give you a chance to win one of these. We’ll post the winner of each day’s giveaway here on the blog.

And don’t forget the 3 grand prizes we will award 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.

Our Blocks are waiting. Let’s Go!

You Are in the Driver’s Seat

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We’re going to look at 8 more designers and blocks today. You’ll also meet two more staff members, Gigi Khalsa and Deb McDonald, who contributed pieced block designs for Volume 15. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for souvenirs. Be sure to check it out; many of the designers are sponsoring their own giveaways during the rally!

QM100 FANNIN Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Block #1459
Designed by: Kelly Fannin

Quilty Quotes. This is Kelly’s fourth contribution of blocks designed with punctuation and symbols. All pieced. Quilty Questions was published in Volume 14 of 100 Blocks, You’ve Got Mail in Volume 12, …and so on… in Volume 10. You can buy back issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks here.

Block #1465
Designed by: Diane Harris

Triple Threat. A past Associate Editor of Quiltmaker, Diane is undertaking new adventures as a designer and still making incredible stash-busting patterns.

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

Block #1469
Designed by: Debby Johnson

Coronation. Even the Queen of England would fall in love with the elegance of this block made of Stitch-and-Flip units joined by patches.

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

Block #1478
Designed by: Sarah Maxwell

Summer Spin. Sarah created her whimsical block design using her fabric line Dandy Days along with Centennial Solids, both from Marcus Fabrics. The block pattern is made easy by sewing units and sections before joining the connecting patches.

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

Block #1498
Designed by: Anne Wiens

Showcase. Oh, the places you can go with this block design! It would be the perfect pattern to showcase a theme print, fussy-cut patch and more in the center.

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

QM100 VANDERBURGH Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Block #1496
Designed by: Sarah Vanderburgh

Hope Blossom. Sarah’s block design is extra flirty with the tone-on-tones she chose for the fabric. It has the appeal of a freshly picked flower in early springtime.

Last Stop: Our House

Along the tour this week, we are featuring our staff that designed blocks for Volume 15 of 100 Blocks. Get to know us. I asked each of the staff designers to describe the inspiration behind their block design for Volume 15 and to respond to a couple of questions for our meet-and-greet.

QM100 KHALSA Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Block #1472
Designed by: Gigi Khalsa, Associate Editor, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
Labyrinth Cabin

Gigi’s block design is based upon a Log Cabin Block, but with additional design elements and slightly different construction. It ends up resembling a labyrinth or maze. The small-scale Robert Kaufman prints were perfect for this design, since the print is small enough that it can disguise seams, but it doesn’t read as a solid or tone-on-tone. She likes the little flowery motifs and the metallic accents of the fabric too. The solid black is a strong contrast to the prints and gives the design a lot of impact. Gigi suggests avoiding the use of large prints to make this block, since it would make the seams more visible and that could dilute the flow of the design.

Working at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker has changed the way Gigi approaches design. As she comes up with a design, she now also thinks about how to write a pattern for it. She’s a big fan of mixing fabric, prints and colors that don’t necessarily ‘match.’ Gigi has stumbled upon really cool designs and effect by mixing disparate elements, and it truly makes her designs unique. She doesn’t feel it’s always successful but it doesn’t stop her from trying. Besides, how would she know if she doesn’t try it??

Gigi feels she has become much better at free-motion quilting on her home sewing machine over the past several years, just by not giving up. Her only advice to others who want to improve is PRACTICE! Her lines aren’t perfect and motifs are often wonky, but when an entire quilt is done, the imperfections aren’t as noticeable as the allover quilting. She acknowledges it can be frustrating during the process but she’s always glad she made the effort when she sees the finished product.

QM100 MCDONALD Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Block #1480
Designed by: Deb McDonald, Administrative Editor, McCall’s Quilting
Citrus Blender

Deb’s inspiration validates the notion design inspirations for quilt patterns can be found everywhere. Deb’s inspiration for her Volume 15 block design came from a trip to the grocery store, and seeing a container of lemon/lime/orange sherbet. (Note: She says the container did not come home with her.) She made the block during the winter while picturing herself sipping a citrus smoothie while enjoying a bright, warm sunshine.

Deb suggests “growing” this block by cutting patches for the three vertical columns wider than 4-1/2″ and adding orange and yellow patches to the columns in half-inch increasingly larger increments until you’ve created a quilt. It’s also terrific starter pattern for newby quilters; kids and adults to practice sewing and piecing skills.

Deb’s favorite place to quilt is at the picnic table alongside her 5th wheel RV. During the camping season you might find her in one of Colorado’s Front Range parks—Chatfield, Cherry Creek, St. Vrain or Boyd Lake. In addition to quilting, she enjoys reading fiction, mostly mysteries. She also enjoys road bicycling. Deb and her husband live about a mile from the Platte River Trails, so it’s often the destination for a ride. While she loves the mountains of Colorado she is a displaced water person at heart.

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Vol 15 Setting 3 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

We’ve added a few more blocks to our quilt layout. You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in 100 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!

Red light! Stop!  Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know the craziest place you’ve taken your hand quilting or your sewing machine to quilt.

Leave your comment by midnight on Thursday, May 4. Winners will be chosen and announced Friday, May 5.

Today’s winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from one of today’s tour sponsors, Timeless Treasures and Windham Fabrics, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies. (Timeless Treasures is also having a giveaway on their blog, and Windham has a terrific blog post in support of the tour too — so be sure to check those out!) For our giveaway, prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 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.

The winners of the Vol.15 Blog Tour Day 3 Giveaway are: Patricia Lines, Stacy Mitchell, Pat K, Jamie, KT, Vicki H and Karen Thurn. Winners have been notified by email.


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Timles Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

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Windham Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

Join us tomorrow for Day 4 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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140 Responses to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

  1. Barb K. says:

    I took some hand sewing when I went with my husband to a bull sale!

  2. Monica R. says:

    Hmmm not anywhere crazy…. but I tried to take my sewing machine on a cruise with me. (my husband wouldn’t let me)……

  3. Jitka says:

    I like to travel with my hand project. I have on skiing holidays, evening party or by the sea.

  4. Jamie says:

    I really do not take hand sewing with me. I have cross stitched, knitted, or crocheted on planes, boats, and in cars. After getting locked in my daughter’s high school during a class Christmas concert, I make sure to have some handy work with me just about always as a stress relief. I think the craziest place might be on a cub scout camping trip. Thank you for a chance to win.

  5. Liz Engman says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever done sewing or hand piecing in a strange or crazy location.

  6. Tina says:

    I thought about bringing my machine on a business meeting so I could sew in my hotel room but thought it might be too noisy.

  7. karen s says:

    Nothing yet–but I’m going to quilt out in my new screen room this summer :)

  8. Brenda E. says:

    Its not crazy but unusual that I take my machine to our cabin that doesn’t have electric hook up. We have a generator and so we have to start it up anytime I would want to sew.

  9. Judith Campo says:

    I am part of my local Project Linus chapter. The craziest place I have taken my sewing machine is to a towing impound place in Van Nuys who lets us use their upstairs classroom once a month.

  10. Pamela Gray says:

    Well not really the craziest place, but about the only place I have is a Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, AL. Spent many of long days and nights at the PICU with my little one. Nothing much I could do, so I quilted or bound quilts, among other things. Helped me to cope.

  11. Kathie L says:

    When I had a 6 month stay in the Netherlands, I took hand work along.

  12. Cornelia Masur says:

    I have taken my hand stitching onto the beach. I need to keep myself and hands busy. Not much of a swimmer but give me a place to sit and some shade, I can be busy and still watch what the grandchildren are doing in the water. Amazing how many stop and ask what I am doing.

  13. I take my hand sewing projects along on my camping trips, too. I have not taken my sewing machine with me yet, because I thought there was not enough room. However, I am going to purchase a small one for future trips.

  14. Angie says:

    I took embroidery quilt blocks with me on an airplane. Stitched the time away.

  15. Lori Wood says:

    I often tag along with my hubby who works in Data Centers. I sit in a corner with my hexi’s. I am learning to do them.

  16. Loris Mills says:

    Not very crazy here but I’ve taken hand work on airline flights and camping trips. The machine for sewing has only made to quilt classes, churches and guild meetings.

  17. Nancy Green says:

    Nothing to crazy here, it I do take my machine out onto the bedroom deck in nice weather. Can’t be beat!

  18. Rebecca says:

    I must learn how to navigate the quilt blog universe! I love this! Thank you Bonnie Hunter for providing such fun links! I need to buy this new edition too!

  19. Sue says:

    I’ve taken hand-work on camping trips but usually it’s too sandy or dirty and I end up not making much progress. (Plus there’s so much else to do!!)

  20. Denise S. says:

    I sometimes go to a food pantry by my house and while I’m in line, I hand quilt.

  21. Linda Webster says:

    The craziest place I’ve taken my hand quilting is to a family picnic. Everyone thought it was so funny that I wanted to quilt rather than run around playing badminton. Only another quilter would understand that!

  22. Diana says:

    Hand quilting on the autobahn in Germany — didn’t work.
    On another vacation, I took my sewing machine to a cabin in the woods to finish our first grand child’s baby quilt. That was more successful.

  23. Kerri Jack says:

    On a trip across Canada with my family, I made wall hanging sized quilts for the people we stayed with along the way. So, many hours were spent hand sewing binding in the car as we drove across the Prairies.

  24. Anita says:

    I have been hand quilting watching my son’s ice hockey practice.

  25. lee says:

    I have traveled on train to Chicago with my featherweight so I could have some sewing time on a trip! thank you!

  26. Pam says:

    I haven’t quilted in any truly crazy places, but I have done hand quilting at my childrens’ swim meets and basketball games. Thanks for this inspiring tour!

  27. Margaret Andrews says:

    I shipped my sewing machine to Florida when we first got married while he was in the Coast Guard and sewed there. But that isn’t what has us still discussing it after 47 years of marriage…it was the quilting magazines that I stuck in the box along with my wedding veil that I had made, that made him really wonder who he had married……..you see the box weighed a ton (the magazines) and I mailed it before I was wed, and had to borrow a friend’s veil at the wedding.

  28. Laura Gullickson says:

    Or very crazy. I’ve taken my machine to the library ro sew.

  29. I like to take hand-work with me whenever I’m going to be waiting. Mostly embroidery like cross-stitch, small quilt as you go, and Hawaiian appliqué. I’ve taken projects on airplanes, doctor’s waiting rooms, in my hospital room while admitted on bedrest waiting for my first baby to grow to full-term, and in my church evening scripture-study classes. I can’t do handwork while riding in the car, because I get really motion-sick (airplanes are better).

  30. Pam Reim says:

    Not necessarily crazy but I used to cart my sewing machine with me every time we went to our mountain cabin–a perfect place to quilt!

  31. Karen Thurn says:

    Every fall for the last 20 years, I drag my sewing machine and drive 250 miles to attend a craft/sewing retreat with my sisters and mom. Now I’ve started to teach classes there.

  32. June says:

    I was lucky a few years ago and went to Ventura for a workshop by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran. It was an organized event, so not a very crazy location, but it was crazy beautiful to see all the quilts and to be able to look out the window and see the ocean. Thanks for the chance.

  33. Barbara Young says:

    I guess that the craziest place I’ve taking my quilting was when I was doing a historical re-enactment at the historical military site outside of Yuma, Arizona. I was dressed in the clothes worn on the American frontier at the time of the fort and was hand quilting a whole cloth wall hanging as I explained what I was doing to the visitors to the site..

  34. Loriann Fish says:

    I can’t think of anywhere crazy that I have hand quilted, but last summer I took a newly hand quilted table runner camping with me. For our family reunion, we have an auction to raise money for expenses, so it was an entry for that.

  35. Beth T. says:

    I don’t think it’s very crazy to quilt outside, although here in Oregon that stretched to include quilting outside in the rain–a gentle shower, that passed quickly. We Oregonians don’t waste time going inside for those things.

  36. Cindy D says:

    Sorry, I haven’t taken quilting anyplace crazy – yet.

  37. Chris P says:

    I stretched a very long extension cord across the yard to sew outside at the picnic table while my husband was repairing our fence that had blown down in a wind storm. He liked the company and I still was able to quilt. It was a win/win situation.

  38. Charl says:

    I have taken hand quilting on our family beach trip. With a house full of people (15-20), there’s always someone to chat with while I stitch.

  39. Pam Jolly says:

    My husband and I went on our first vacation in years to the Oregon Coast. Yes, I took my sewing machine along. I spent a few afternoons sewing on my machine. I could look up from sewing and see the waves crashing on the beach just a short distance from me.

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