More Chances to Win! Visit Designers’ Today

We’re not the only ones who are excited about the appearance of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’12.

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The contributors are enthusiastic about this issue, too. Many of them have blog posts up today, and on each blog post another copy of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks will be given away to a lucky reader. Follow their instructions to be entered.

Please visit these folks who have a design included:

Nancy Mahoney

Ann Weber

Martha Walker

 

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Buttoned Up for Spring is Amanda Murphy's contribution to Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Amanda Murphy

Susan Marth

Nancy McNally

 

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Pinwheel Farm is by Peg Spradlin, who sews extensively for Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter. Find the pattern in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall '12.

Peg Spradlin

Barb Cherniwchan

Donna Benham

Sonja Callaghan

 

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Blocked In by Judi Madsen is made using block #481, Road Block, also by Judi. Find the pattern in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Judi Madsen

Gudrun Erla

Melissa Corry

In case you missed today’s main post, please leave a comment there, because we’re giving away 20 copies of this issue. You could be a lucky winner! Thanks for helping us celebrate as QM Rocks the Blocks.

In case you’re not a winner, please get this issue at your local quilt shop or newsstand, or from quiltandsewshop.com.

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QM Rocks the Blocks: 20 Giveaways!

Today QM Rocks the Blocks!

What does that mean?

We’ve taken beautiful blocks from the first five volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and used them in 19 quilt projects for Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, appearing at quilt shops and newsstands today!

QMMS 120023 cover 500 QM Rocks the Blocks: 20 Giveaways!To celebrate and to get this issue into as many hands as possible, we’re giving away 20 copies here on Quilty Pleasures! Find the details below.

Some issue highlights we think you’ll enjoy:

Nancy Mahoney took Cornflowers, block #347 from Volume 4

 

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Cornflowers by Nancy Mahoney, block #347 from Volume 4 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

…and created the stunning Mexican Sunflowers, a 93″ queen with a border to die for!

 

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Mexican Sunflowers, designed and made by Nancy Mahoney, appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '12 edition.

 

Ann Weber treats us to a project made with Buckle Up, block #319 from Volume 4.

 

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Buckle Up by Ann Weber, block #319 from Volume 4 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

 

She made All Buckled Up, below. I love how the buckles embellish the border!

 

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Ann Weber designed and made All Buckled Up, which appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '12 edition.

And how about Martha Walker’s use of Garden, block #363 from Volume 4?

 

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Martha Walker's Garden, block #363 from Volume 4 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

She created the exciting 36″ wall quilt Posy Path, below.

 

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Posy Path, designed and made by Martha Walker, appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '12 edition.

QM readers can’t get enough of Sonja Callaghan. She used Lil’ Matryoshka, block #415 from Volume 5

 

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Sonja Callaghan's block #415 from Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, called Lil' Matryoshka

…to make 13 Lil’ Matryoshki, below. The soft blue and yellow colors are very attractive.

 

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13 Lil' Matryoshki by Sonja Callaghan is patterned in the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

And one more. Melissa Corry used Gear Works, block #456 from Volume 5

 

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Gear Works, block #456 from Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

…to make Shifting Gears, below.

 

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Shifting Gears, designed by Melissa Corry and made by Melissa and Natalia Bonner, is patterned in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '12 edition.

Wouldn’t this be a great guy quilt?! The 68″ x 80″ throw size is perfect for football watching this winter.

 

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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This issue has all of these plus 14 more quilts!

See all the projects in this issue in the online Table of Contents.

At just $6.99, a magazine is by far the best value for quilting patterns. That comes out to about 37 cents per pattern. You can’t beat it.

If the issue isn’t locally available, please visit our shop site for a hard copy or a digital version. Easy peasy!

We promised a giveaway to celebrate QM’s Rock the Blocks, so here goes. Please leave a comment here by midnight Wednesday, Sept. 5 for a chance to win this issue. Answer this question: From what you’ve seen, what project in this issue has piqued your interest? We’ll choose 20 (that’s right, twenty!) winners and announce them here.

Please note: There are corrections to the pull-out pattern section in this issue. Please see this post for details. We regret the errors.

Quick Recap: Lots of chances to win! Please leave a comment. Please tell your friends. Please buy Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks because you’ll love it!

See this related designers’ blog post for many more chances to win a copy of this issue.

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Pillowcases for Presents: Free Pattern

This weekend is the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S. and like many people, I’m heading off to visit family. But before I packed, I took time to sew pillowcases for two of my little great-nieces and a great-nephew. I used QM’s free pillowcase pattern.

 

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Make your own special pillowcase with our free pattern.

I had so much fun picking out fabrics I thought each of them would enjoy. For the boy I chose monkeys and awesome orange stripes, both from Dear Stella, and threw in a green trim from my stash.

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Little pigs in pink and green will please one of the girls. They are part of Get Together by David Walker for FreeSpirit in Chartreuse.

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Elephants on pink will amuse the other great-niece. They’re also from Dear Stella’s Play Date.

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Next time you need a quick, easy, personalized gift for someone you love, head on over to our free pillowcase pattern and whip one up.

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Back to School Party Preparations

Quiltmaker is having a Back to School Party and you’re invited! Come sew with us!

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Each weekday from Sept. 10 to 14, please join us here on Quilty Pleasures for a free quilt pattern in bite-size morsels, tips and techniques and giveaways galore!

The idea is to celebrate fall with a fun, easy new project. You’ll find camaraderie, guidance and inspiration each day as we work on the quilt together. The quilt is called Frame by Frame; it was designed by Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts.

We knew you’d need some time to gather sewing supplies so today we’re sharing a diagram and photos of Frame by Frame along with the yardage requirements. The grayscale quilt diagram below is keyed to the fabrics in the yardage further down.

Frame by Frame

Frame by Frame is a 54″ x 72″ throw. Each block’s finished size is 9″ x 9″. Be sure that Fabric #8 contrasts adequately from the rest of the fabrics (in other words, there needs to be some difference in the lightness or darkness of #8 relative to the other fabrics so that it shows up).

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Frame by Frame

 

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Eventually you’ll also need:

Backing 3  3/4 yards (3.75 yards)
Batting 62″x 80″

Below you’ll find partial photos of seven different versions of Frame by Frame. Each photo is linked to the fabric line at that company’s website.

 

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Handspray from RJR Fabrics

 

 

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La Dee Da from FreeSpirit

 

 

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Knick Knack from Troy Riverwoods Collection

 

 

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Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures

 

 

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A Year to Crow About from Red Rooster Fabrics

 

 

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School Days from Quilting Treasures

 

 

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Mother's Melodies from Robert Kaufman

 

 

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Stonehenge Woodland from Northcott

 

Use the chart below to identify the fabrics in the quilts above and to plan your own quilt.

 

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Download QM FramebyFrame-chart
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Download QM FramebyFrame-chart.

We’ll give you the first step of construction on Monday, Sept. 10. During the party you’ll also get to meet our team of reader-sewers, and we’ll have daily doses of learning. Plan to take photos of your quilt along the way so that we can share them with everyone and multiply the fun. I’ll see you at the party!

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Hexagons and a Giveaway!

It seems like many quilters have a go with hexagons at some point. I have an ongoing hexagon project based on an antique quilt I saw in a book.

 

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My years-long ongoing hexagon project

It’s been years and the end is nowhere in sight, but I’m sticking with it because I love the fabrics and I am going to love the quilt someday.

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If you like hexagons, Ali at the blog a²(w) (read as “a squared w”) recently hosted a Festival of Hexagons that was two weeks worth of tutorials and hexie projects from a variety of bloggers.

 

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This is just a screen shot of the link party, but it's linked to the real party. Please click through to see all the hexagon projects.

Now there’s a link party going on, which means that various readers have posted links to hexagon projects they are working on. So much inspiration!

And if all of that isn’t enough, you can visit Ali’s Pinterest board of hexagon projects to get your creative juices flowing.

10814 Hexagons and a Giveaway!The friendly folks at C&T’s Stash Books recently sent me a review copy of Hexa-Go-Go, the new title by Tacha Bruecher featuring 16 English paper piecing projects. It’s a wonderful book for anyone interested in hexagons and the myriad projects in which they can be used.

See a Google Preview of Hexa-Go-Go. My favorite projects are the Union Jack Quilt  shown below and the Treehouse Hideaway Quilt.

 

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The Union Jack Quilt from Hexa-Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher

Let’s give this copy of Hexa-Go-Go to a Quilty Pleasures reader who wants to try some hexagons. Please leave a comment below by midnight Friday, August 31 to be entered in the giveaway. Answer this question: Have you ever tried hexagons or English paper piecing? We’ll announce winners after the U.S. Labor Day holiday next week.

The winner is Cindy Prince, comment #24. Thank you for playing along with Quiltmaker.

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Why Quilts Matter

Last week I reviewed the documentary “Why Quilts Matter” and asked readers to tell us why quilts matter to them. The responses were heartwarming and inspirational!

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If you missed the review, you’ll find it here: Why Quilts Matter review

Now to some of the wonderful thoughts you shared with Quilty Pleasures readers:

Deanna said: Quilts matter to me as a permanent creative expression. So much in my life has to be done again and again, even multiple times a day, but once that seam is stitched, it’s never going to need stitching again.

Jenn said: Quilts I make represent a bit of me, a bit of the recipient, and some of the prayers I pray for that person.

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Hoo Patch, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct '12

Rachell said: I feel like more of a member of (the quilting) community because I have been following blogs and asking questions…I don’t feel so lonely as a mom now.

Joanna said: …I feel that when I ventured into quilting I joined in an incredibly artistic activity that actually makes me a better person, which may sound like a ridiculous statement. (No Joanna, it doesn’t sound ridiculous at all!!)

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Oak Leaf Cluster, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct '12

Monica said: Quilts matter to me because they will be an enduring piece of me well after I’m gone.

Cynthia said: Quilting is a way for me to reach out and love other people, both those I know and those I don’t know.

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Jo's Stars, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct '12

Sherri said: It seems that quilting is more than a hobby or a passion for me…it’s literally a part of who I am and who my grandmother and her grandmothers were before me.

And Lisa sums it up for many of us: …an evening in my sewing room restores my sanity at the end of a long day!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share why quilts matter to you. The Why Quilts Matter DVD set goes to Diane S. who left comment #53 (chosen randomly).

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Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party 2012

Friday afternoon seems like a good time to talk about something really fun!

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You are invited to join us for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party Sept. 10–14. We’ll post a free quilt pattern in bite-size morsels (one step a day) and there will be lots of giveaways.

Our fabric partners and our Back to School Sewing Team are very excited to show you what they’ve put together for this event. You won’t want to miss it.

Sept. 10–14

Next week we’ll show you the quilt so that you can gather the supplies you need before all the fun begins on Sept. 10. During the party, we’ll have:
• Giveaways (fabric, fabric, fabric plus more quilty stuff!)
• Tips
• Techniques
• The Free Pattern and More!

Please mark your calendar for Sept. 10 to 14, and visit Quilty Pleasures next week for a peek at the quilt. You’ll have enough time to gather up supplies, okay?!

Get ready for some fun!

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Announcing QM Rocks the Blocks: Fall ’12

Please join us Tuesday, September 4 for a special one-day event as QM Rocks the Blocks!

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Help us celebrate the release of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’12. We’ll have many ways to win and we’ll give away 20 copies of the issue. We know you’ll love this collection of 19 smashing projects, all using beautiful blocks from the first five volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Remember: Stop by Quilty Pleasures for chances to win a copy of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks on Tuesday, September 4. We’ll see you then!

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Why Quilts Matter: A Documentary; Giveaway!

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I spent time over the weekend watching all nine episodes of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. Presented by The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. and Executive Producer and host Shelly Zegart, Why Quilts Matter presents a wonderful overview of quilt culture.

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I love the title chosen for the series. Why Quilts Matter says it all. I can think of many other possibilities for naming such a series—”Everything About Quilts”, or “Quilts Then and Now”, or just “Quilts and Quilters”. But they all pale in comparison to Why Quilts Matter, which sums it up perfectly.

So why do quilts matter? Some of the ideas explored that I found most interesting were these:

• How quilts have elevated women’s place in the world

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• Why quilts are universally loved as a symbol of warmth and home

• What events brought quilt culture to its present-day status as a $3.6 billion industry (yes, that’s billion with a b)

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• How and why quilts are studied; their place in the larger context of American life

• Controversy in the quilt culture: honest examinations of hot topics like Gee’s Bend quilts and the Underground Railroad theory

I came away knowing that absolutely, quilts DO matter!

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I’ve been in love with quilting for 30 years and have worked in the industry for the past decade, but realized as I watched that I still didn’t really have a firm grasp on the “big picture”—an understanding of everything that makes up the quilt world.

You and I are often busy being creative in our sewing spaces, but there’s so much more going on. Have you thought about these areas?

• Quilt collectors and dealers; the buying and selling of antique and contemporary quilts by folks whose living is made on quilts

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• Quilts and their place in the art world

• Quilt-related businesses producing or selling goods or services: fabric, thread, books, magazines, patterns, notions, sewing machines, quilting machines, software, web design/management, events and many more

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• Quilt competition
: there are people who make quilts exclusively for exhibition and competition; money and prestige are the prizes

And the list goes on and on. It was so interesting to watch this documentary and realize how large the quilt culture has become.

Many wonderful quilts are seen in the documentary and image resource guides are available on the Why Quilts Matter website. The guides give additional information about every image in the series so you can do further research if you like.

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Zegart herself is a woman who gets things done in the quilt world. It was fascinating to learn about her 30-year influence and all that she has touched. Read more here.

Why did Zegart create the series? Hear the answer in her own words here: