Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally
DAY 4: May 4, 2017
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WELCOME TO DAY 4 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!
Today is a great day to continue the tour of a sampling of the designer blocks from Volume 15 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! We are going to see 5 blocks from contributing designers and 2 designed by our staff. I’m finding it a lot of fun to locate the blocks we’ve presented during the daily tours in my copy of Volume 15 as we tour. I’m discovering way too many designs to add to my make-it bucket list!
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Here’s what’s on our tour itinerary for today…
- DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Your comments or questions about the daily blog posts give you a chance to win one of daily prize awards. Check the end of each day’s blogs to find out the winners of the daily giveaways.
- THE HUNT CONTINUES. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for souvenirs. 3 grand prizes will be awarded 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 more details about participating. It’s not too late to join us.
- DESIGNERS ARE ALSO OFFERING GIVEAWAYS. Be sure to check it out; many of the designers are sponsoring their own giveaways during the rally!
Let’s join today’s 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!
You Are in the Driver’s Seat
Designed by: Janice Averill
Mock Maltese Cross. There are so many options for Janice’s block, with different fabrics and colors, and you could even place the foundation sections in different directions to create a new design. The foundation piecing is a great guide for making perfect points!
Click on Janice’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Patti Carey
Diamond Cut. Patti created this striking block design with Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer by Deborah Edwards. She created the sections by starting with Triangle-Squares and finishing them with Stich-and-Flip patches.
Click on Patti’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken
Nine Patch Palette. Try this block for some real color fun! Take a close look at the triangle shapes. They are made by strip piecing patches of fabric. STASH BUSTER: Dig deep to find some fun fabrics in your stash bag, box or closet!
Click on Jo and Kelli’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Debbie Martin
Boxed Star. Debbie’s block was designed to join others of the same pattern in a bed-size quilt. Make many blocks, each from a different colorway, or make them all the same. You can’t go wrong to create a stunning quilt.
Click on Debbie’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Melva Nolan
Damselfly. Have you heard of a Damselfly? It’s similar to a dragonfly, but a little smaller with a slimmer body. When I Googled it I found that some species of damselfly have elaborate courtship behaviors. I’ll let you take it from here. Melva’s pretty block design could become the “new” butterfly, one quilters will incorporate into their quilts.
Click on Melva’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Last Stop: Our House
We’ve scheduled several meet-and-greets with the members of our staff this week, those who contributed block designs to Volume 15 of 100 Blocks. To give you an opportunity to know more about them I’ve asked our staff to tell us about the inspiration for their block design and a few things they would like you to know about them. Today we’re stopping to talk to Lori Baker and Erin Russek.
Designed by: Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
Mom’s Apple Pie
Lori often decides on the color scheme of her next quilt based on which of the tubs of fabric in her sewing room is overflowing. Her tub of green fabrics is running over! She was thinking of a way she could use lots of the little pieces when she came up with appliqued leaves for her block design. One might think the stems in her block are from hand stitching, but they aren’t. She created them with her sewing machine’s triple stitch, which most machines have available.
Lori doesn’t know if she’ll ever make a show quilt. She prefers to make utility quilts that the recipients can use and enjoy. If there are any irregularities or mistakes, it’s okay since the quilt is only meant for them. She assures us it doesn’t mean she is sloppy, but it does take away some of the pressure. Lori waffles on her preference between traditional and modern quilts. She really loves to make intricate pieced backs. (We’ve come to expect to see a stunning back as well top to the quilts Lori brings to the office.) In fact, she generally makes pieced backs in order to use more of her fabric inventory. (I think that interprets to “her stash.”)
When Lori isn’t considering or working on the next project she likes to read, do jigsaw puzzles and garden. She also spends a lot of time exploring with her 5-year-old granddaughter. Oh, and did I mention? She wears some extraordinary embellished jackets, which she has created from everyday plain ones; not just embroidering something on the front, she adds embellishments to the sleeves, the pockets, and anywhere else she chooses. The garment is her tabula rasa, a blank slate just waiting for creativity.
Designed by: Erin Russek, Associate Editor, Quiltmaker
Click on Erin’s block to see color options made by our testers.
I’ve learned that so many of our readers already know Erin by her exquisite hand applique, so much so that you can see a block or a quilt and say, “That’s Erin’s!” every time. Her Volume 15 block design continues to validate her reputation. So, it’s not surprising that Erin loves traditional applique blocks and is always trying to find new flower designs to try. And, she loves fabrics that are bright and cheerful.
Erin’s a big fan of starch-and-press applique and her secret applique weapon is a good audiobook to stitch by. Her advice to applique quilters is to have all the patches ready to stitch before you begin: turn under all the edges and use glue to baste shapes in place.
A few more Erinisms: She can’t start sewing or cooking unless things are tidy and her dog must like the steady rhythm of her sewing machine because he likes to sleep under her desk while she sews.
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Our quilt layout is almost complete from using some of the blocks we’ve seen from our tour this week! You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in 100 Blocks Volume 15.
Enter the Daily Giveaway!
Hold on there, pardner! Hold your horses!! Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know which of the 100 Blocks you would use in the layout above. Use only those we’ve shown you during the last 4 tour days.
Leave your comment by midnight on Friday, May 5. Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, May 8.
The winners of the Vol.15 Blog Tour: Day 4 are: Beth T., Summer, Wanda, Mary D. and Judi Duncan. Winners have been notified by email.
Today’s winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from today’s tour sponsor, Northcott Fabrics, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies. (Click on the Northcott link to see Patti Carey’s second post for the tour, this one on behalf of the company! There’s a giveaway there, too!) Our giveaway prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 2 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.
Join us tomorrow for Day 5, the last day 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.
- Janice Averill, janiceaverill.com
- Stephanie Bertics, quiltnparty.com
- Cheryl Brickey, meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com
- Cheryl Brown, quilterchic.com
- Sandi Colwell, quiltcabanapatterns.com
- Diane Harris, stashbandit.net
- Andy Knowlton, abrightcorner.com
- Sarah Maxwell, designsbysarahj.com
- Marcus Brothers, marcusbrothers.com
- Debbie Martin, shadowsoftheblueridge.blogspot.com
- Laura Piland, sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com
- Jen Shaffer, patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
- Terri Vanden Bosch, meanderingsalonglizardcreek.blogspot.com
- Sarah Vanderburgh, sewjoycreations.com
- Melissa Corry, happyquiltingmelissa.com
- Yolanda Fundora, urbanamishfabrics.com