Quilting Video Tutorials: What’s New @ QNNtv

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What inspires you in your quilting? It’s a simple question with an infinite number of answers. We can find inspiration for a new quilt design in nature or from a beautiful piece of art. We can get inspired to make a new project while flipping through a magazine or book. But if you’re looking for inspiration to take your quilting skills to the next level or learn new techniques, where do you go? There are so many wonderful resources out there, between in-person classes, online courses, video tutorials, books, articles and more.

qnntv Quilting Video Tutorials: Whats New @ QNNtv

One of our favorite go-to learning sources is our sister site, QNNtv.com. QNNtv videos are streamed and available to watch from any computer or hand-held viewing device with a high-speed internet connection. The mobility makes it easy to watch the online quilting videos from the comfort of your home – or on-the-go from your mobile device. There are two levels of membership available on the site: a FREE version and a premium version.

There are dozens of shows available on the site, with new content going up weekly. When you’re logged in, you can keep track of what videos you’ve watched and see those “in progress” so you can pick up where you left off and continue watching. It’s an easy, hassle-free experience, whether at home or on-the-go. Here’s a taste of what we’re watching:

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Longarm Quilting Demystified

*FREE* Longarm Quilting Demystified:  In this series accompanying a new column in Quiltmaker, professional longarm quilter ZJ Humbach takes the intimidation out of longarm quilting. The Grace Company has graciously set up both an electronic machine and a computerized one at the Quiltmaker office, and because these Q’nique 14+ machines are so intuitive and fun to use, we’re using them in video demos to reinforce the concepts you’ll learn in the column. Learn the benefits of a longarm machine, how to thread it, how to load a quilt sandwich onto it, how to quilt basic patterns, and much, much more.

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My First Quilt — Sailboat Block

*FREE* My First Quilt: Sara Gallegos’ popular free show is back for season two, and it’s just as fun and inspiring as ever! These videos are great for anyone new to quilting, or anyone just wanting to get out of their comfort zone and try out some new techniques.

The sailboat quilt block is the focus of one of the latest episodes, and Sara walks you through making this easy block. The first thing to piece together involves sewing the bottom of the boat to the water triangles, which are made using a stitch-and-flip method. Then you add the ocean piece to the bottom of the boat. From there, you can play with how you’d like the sails arranged, and Sara shares different ideas for that arrangement.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery — Creating Personalized Pillowcases

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: This premium show is also hosted by Sara Gallegos, and also recently back for season two. If you’re interested in using machine embroidery on your quilting projects, or if you’ve done a bit of machine embroidery but need inspiration or tips to take your skills to the next level, this show is for you.

One of the newest episodes focuses on how to personalize pillowcases with embroidery — a quick and easy beginner-level project. Sara demonstrates how to find the center of the cuff (or band) of the pillowcase in the hoop before showing how to embroider a name on it.

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Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist — Remixing Botanica

*FREE* Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist: The premise for this show hosted by Kelly Bowser is pretty cool — each month, the series takes a different vintage or traditional quilt pattern each month and makes it with a fun and modern twist. Kelly first presents her modern twist on the original pattern, then welcomes a featured guest who present his or her modern twist. Through the weekly episodes, both Kelly and her guest demonstrate the techniques that helped them in making their quilt variations, and in the last segment of each month, longarm quilter Lynn Bell demonstrates ways to complete your quilt with modern quilting (and sometimes traditional or contemporary quilting)!

This month, Kelly and special guest Jenny Kae Parks are sharing their remixed versions of Krisanne Watkin’s Botanica. Kelly felt a bit intimidated by the complex blocks in the design and made her modern version using only one block, but enlarged to the size of a full picnic-blanket quilt. Jenny decided to deconstruct the block in a Fibonacci spiral.

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Block of the Month Sew-Alongs — Aviary

*FREE* Block of the Month Sew-Alongs: There are also free video tutorials available for all of our current block of the month quilts, including Aviary with Nancy Mahoney.

Want to join the fun? Sign up for QNNtv with a membership option that’s right for you:

FREE membership: Simply register with your name and email. NO credit card required.

Premium membership: Premium members get access to all the free content, plus a variety of shows available only to premium members. You can subscribe monthly or yearly.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Thanks to the sponsors of the shows mentioned above:

Longarm Quilting Demystified — The Grace Company

My First Quilt — Baby Lock, Omnigrid, Koala Studios

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery – Baby Lock, Madeira Threads, Hatch by Wilcom and Koala Studios

Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist – Baby Lock, Tin Lizzie, Ink & Arrow Fabrics, Madeira Threads, Oliso, Quilters Select and Koala Studios

Aviary Block of the Month — Hoffman California Fabrics and Quilt Fusion

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Course Preview: Essential Math for Quilters

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Math is an essential part of the quiltmaking process. However, for those who are a bit math-challenged (present company included), it’s can often be the least fun part of that process. That’s why I was excited when I heard about Essential Math for Quilters, a new online course taught by Donna Mae Norris that covers all the “quilt math” basics.

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Donna Mae Norris

Donna Mae has been quilting for more than 30 years — and teaching quilting for more than 27 of those years. “Quilting is my passion and I am happy to show you how to do some math that will make your quiltmaking faster and easier,” Donna Mae says in the course’s first of five video lessons. “None of the math is complicated or hard. It’s all straight-forward.” Perfect!

In the first lesson, Donna Mae discusses the difference between cut sizes and finished sizes. She goes over using a calculator as a tool in your sewing area and “rounding off” your calculations.

In the next lesson, she moves in to common quilting geometric shapes and reviews their angles: squares, rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, circles and more. She also goes over all types of basic rulers and specialty rulers that are used in quilting.

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Lesson 3 covers “everything you need to know about triangles” – Donna Mae defines half square and quarter square triangles and shares the four fractions you should memorize. She also goes over on-point setting triangles, corner triangles and side triangles.

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So what about calculating fabric needs for a quilt? Donna Mae has you covered in the fourth lesson as she shows you how to calculate fabric needs for squares, rectangles, sashing and corner stones; triangles; borders; backing; and binding. You’ll be able to easily answer the question “How much fabric do I need?” after Donna Mae shares her tips.

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We’ve all fallen in love with a quilt pattern, but wanted to make it in a different size than the original pattern. The last lesson will guide you through the process of figuring out how to make size changes to your quilt and using spacer borders with pieced borders.

There are also helpful handouts you can download during the course that will help guide you through the learning process, as well as optional quizzes so you can test your skills.

Visit CraftU to learn more and to register for your seat in Essential Math for Quilters.

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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Two New Block of the Month Quilts!

There’s so much to love about Block of the Month quilts. First there’s the anticipation of receiving a fun monthly shipment in the mail; then there’s the excitement when your “quilt mail” arrives! And of course, there’s the pleasure of having a larger quilt project in the works that you can create a little at a time while you carry on with your other projects.

We have two new Block of the Month quilts available, and we’re so excited to show them to you. One is a bright and happy modern design featuring star blocks. The other is a lovely batik quilt featuring appliqué. For each of these great BOM projects you will receive a monthly shipment that includes fabric and instructions to make a section of the quilt. Plus – you’ll get access to free video tutorials on QNNtv.com to help guide you to completion!

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Urban Basix

Urban Basix: First up we have Urban Basix — a new 6-month BOM starting in June! This queen-size quilt finishes at  81″ x 96″ and features a variety of star blocks in two sizes. Techniques you’ll use while making this quilt include: four-at-a-time Flying Geese Units, quick triangle-squares and the diagonal seams method for patchwork.

Kits will include fabric from the Urban Elementz Basix collection by Northcott Fabrics, the program sponsor. The free video lessons will be taught by Jenny Kae Parks.

Backing fabric for Urban Basix is also available separately.

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Aviary

Aviary: Next up, check out Aviary – a new 9-month BOM that just started this month! This batik quilt was designed by Keith Phillips of QuiltFusion and features beautiful bird and nature appliques of various sizes and shapes. All appliqué pieces will come pre-cut and fused, so all you will have to do is cut the backgrounds and assemble the quilt. You’ll learn some great techniques while making this one, like how to use an applique pressing sheet to make applique assemblies to speed up the construction of the quilt top. The quilt also features a unique filigree border. The finished size is 72 1/2″ x 87 1/2″.

Kits will include batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics, the program sponsor. The free video lessons are taught by Nancy Mahoney and the first couple are available now!

Backing fabric for Aviary is also available separately.

Want more BOMs to choose from? Here are some other current selections:

What’s your favorite BOM? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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New Issue: Quiltmaker July/August ’17

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Quiltmaker July/August 2017 | On the cover: Sweet Twisters designed by Denise Russart

Quiltmaker’s July/August 2017 issue hits newsstands soon, and this issue is sizzling! Seriously, just look at that red-hot cover. Isn’t it a beauty? This edition is chock-full of 14 fun new quilt patterns to keep you busy all summer long (and then some). Sew a darling little summer camper, or get a jump start on winter sewing with two different holiday designs. Combine a flowering vine with pieced stars, or try your hand at foundation piecing miniature Flying Geese. We also have coloring pages so you can design your own color palettes and a new Bonnie Hunter block. Plus, continue with managing editor Tricia Patterson’s journey into learning to machine quilt on a domestic sewing machine, and learn different methods for loading a quilt on a longarm machine with ZJ Humbach.

Sweet Twisters:  The sparkling cover quilt designed by Denise Russart is a great project for batiks or any scraps you’ve been saving! The wall quilt pattern finishes at 36″ x 36″, and we’ve also included an alternate size chart to make a throw, twin or king-size quilt.

Let’s take a look inside at a few more of the quilt patterns:

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Garden Path Daisies quilt

Garden Path Daisies: An appliqued flowering vine is the perfect addition to the collection of stars featured on this quilt designed by the team at Bound to Be Quilting. The enchanting and easy-to-make design finishes at 61″ x 78″. Kits are available.

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Back Track quilt pattern

Back Track: Dig into your stash to make this quick and easy throw quilt designed by Scott Flanagan. The finished size is 70″ x 94″. For some extra fun, we’ve also included a pattern for Mini Tracks, a wall-sized version that finishes at 28 1/2″ x 37 1/2″.

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Happy Camper quilt pattern

Happy Camper: Terri Vanden Bosch brings the magic of camping to this special appliquéd wall quilt. Isn’t it sweet? It finishes at 16″ x 16″ and a kit is available.

QM1708 SANTA 450flat New Issue: Quiltmaker July/August 17

Santa Crossing quilt pattern

Santa Crossing: Get a head start on your holiday quilting with this creative quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard. The finished size is 69″ x 83″. Kits are available! Bonus: Get to know Wendy in our designer spotlight featured with the pattern in this issue.

QM1708 BERRY 450style New Issue: Quiltmaker July/August 17

Berry Mint Starburst quilt pattern

Berry Mint Starburst: This quilt designed by Pam Boswell is bursting with texture! From florals to plaids, Pam’s fabric choices work perfectly with the design. It’s based on a single block design using only two patch sizes; the blocks are placed in different orientations to create a unique overall arrangement. The quilt finishes at 80″ x 80″.

Browse our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue.

Keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands! Print and digital copies are also available now in our online shop. You can also subscribe to Quiltmaker and never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Win Some of the Designer Quilt Blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 15!

Ten lucky quilters will win the original blocks

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Did you think the 100 Blocks Vol. 15 giveaways were all over at the end of last week’s Blog Tour Road Rally celebration? They’re not! We have one more chance for you to win some quilty goodies, and this prize is pretty amazing. We’re giving away the actual designer-made blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 15 to 10 lucky quilters like you!

That’s right, these are the original quilt blocks made by your favorite designers: from Kate Colleran to Bonnie Hunter to Wendy Sheppard and many more. Don’t delay: we’ll choose 10 random winners on June 26, 2017. Each winner will receive 10 blocks each.

NOTE: This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (exluding Quebec) only.

Click here to visit the contest page and enter.

Good luck!
The Quiltmaker Team

P.S. Don’t have your copy of Vol. 15 yet? Print and digital copies are available here!

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Skip to My Lou: A Visit with Sharon Parcel

Sharon Parcel Skip to My Lou: A Visit with Sharon ParcelToday we’re excited to welcome designer Sharon Parcel as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Sharon is going to tell us about her beautiful Skip to My Lou quilt patterned in our May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. This lovely design combines a traditional block with modern playful fabric. The quilt finishes at 57″ x 63″, and we’ve also included ideas for alternate sizes and color options in the magazine!
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100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour Recap & Grand Prize Winners

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Our 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour Rally was a great success last week! Thank you so much to everyone who joined us as we celebrated the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 with block previews, designer inspiration, giveaways and more fun. Of course, we also want to extend a special thank you to all of the block designers and industry sponsors who participated in the blog tour — your tips and overall creativity were SO inspiring!

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We hope everyone enjoyed all the new additions to the tour, too, like seeing the blocks in different colorways and learning more about the Quiltmaker team members who put this new issue together. Of course, one of our favorite new aspects of this issue’s blog tour was the Grand Prize Souvenir Hunt. We asked participating designers to hide “answers” to certain questions on their blog posts; then we asked YOU to find those answers and submit them at the end of the week for a chance at winning one of three big grand prize bundles.

These bundles have the best of everything — a copy of Vol. 15, all of our sponsor prizes featured on the daily giveaways during the tour, loads of goodies from our designers and more!

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So without further ado, HERE are the Grand Prize Souvenir Hunt winners:

  • Patricia Moyles
  • Glenda White
  • Mimi Patrick

Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

(If you are curious who won our daily giveaways featured during the blog tour last week, check back on each day’s posts to see the updated list of winners.)

And, just because we’re still drooling over all these amazing new blocks, take a peek at a few more from Vol. 15 that weren’t featured during the blog tour last week:

QM100 PICKERING 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour Recap & Grand Prize Winners

Block #1435
Designed by: Kristen Pickering

Paper Doll Dress. Kristen used happy prints from Moda’s Brighten Up! line by Me & My Sister to bring this darling paper doll block to life.


Block #1404
Designed by: Dawn Heese

 Americana. Dawn created a design to showcase her homespun spirit with a variety of wool patches, hand applique and a warm cotton background.

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


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Block #1445
Designed by: Jackie White

Summer’s Blooms. My goodness! How cute is this block? We just love how Jackie used rickrack and buttons to create this bouquet of folded fabric flowers.

We hope you all had a blast on the 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour and you got lots of ideas and inspiration for your own quilt projects. Oh! And if you don’t have your copy of Vol. 15 yet, be sure to look for it on newsstands or grab your copy in our online shop.

You can also sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program to have all of Quiltmaker’s special issues (including 100 Blocks) mailed to you as they are released.

Happy Quilting!

~ The Quiltmaker Team

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 5

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 5: May 5, 2017

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 WELCOME TO DAY 5 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!

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Whew! We’ve had quite the journey this week. We’ve visited 30 of the blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15 and we still have 7 more to see today! Here at the Quiltmaker office we gave away our daily prizes and we’ve been gearing up for the grand prize giveaways.

The patterns for all of the blocks you’ve seen the last five days are available in Volume 15 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. If you haven’t picked up your copy don’t forget to stop by your newsstand today or get a print or digital copy issue now from the Quilt and Sew Shop.

TIP: Don’t miss any of Quiltmaker’s special issues, including 100 Blocks. You can get issues 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.

Today is the DAY! Join the last day of the Souvenir Hunt 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. If you haven’t toured each day this week, you can still join us by going back to the Monday through Thursday blog posts! We’ll give you the details to tell us about the souvenirs you’ve collected and submit your entry for a grand prize after we’ve toured the rest of the blocks today.

Let’s begin the last of the blog tour!

You Are in the Driver’s Seat

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We’re going to look at 7 more Volume 15 blocks, visit the designers and meet one more Quiltmaker staff member, Tricia Patterson. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for the last souvenirs. You should have collected 10 souvenirs by the end of the tour. Be sure to visit the designer sites as some of them are sponsoring their own giveaways!

QM100 BERTICS Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 5

Block #1452
Designed by: Stephanie Bertics
quiltnparty.com

Mountains & Plains. Stephanie’s block design is filled with quick-to-piece Triangle-Squares. She made her block with Art Gallery Fabrics’ Succulence by Bonnie Christine. See 100 Blocks Volume 15 for a sample quilt layout using Stephanie’s block.


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Block #1427
Designed by: Cheryl Brown
quilterchic.com

One More Round. Circles make the wreath in Cheryl’s colorful block. She even continued the circular theme in her choice of background fabric! Cheryl selected wool for some of the circle flowers to add visual texture to her block.


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Block #1431
Designed by: Mary Hertel
madebymarney.com

Goin’ Fishin’. Do you know a fisherman that would appreciate this block design? Mary created her design with foundation sections and background patches, adding an embroidery fish line and button eye to lure you in. Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics, Batik by Mirah collection, were used for this block.


Block #1468
Designed by: Bonnie Hunter
quiltville.com

Sawtooth Flutter. Think scrappy. Think piecing techniques. Think Bonnie Hunter. The elements of her block come together quickly with units made from the Stitch-and-Flip technique.

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


Block #1407
Designed by: Pam Lincoln
mamaspark.blogspot.com

Flutters of the Heart. Pam’s block is so romantic with these lovebirds sending messages to the heart. Pam’s design is made with machine applique and embroidery.

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


Block #1485
Designed by: Jen Shaffer
patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

Jubilee. You just can’t beat blocks made with Triangle-Squares. Jen’s cut-and-sew design is a treat to make, as well as the possibilities if a bunch of these squares were placed together in a quilt. Think of how all the triangles would meet up. There are so many ways you can place fabrics and color with this design!

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


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Block #1495
Designed by: Terri Vanden Bosch
lizardcreekquilting.com

Adventure Seeker. Flying Geese is the foremost technique to make Terri’s block design. Careful placement of the orientation of the fabric for the center triangle would create a striking effect when many blocks are joined in a quilt. 

Last Stop: Our House

Along the tour this week, we have featured the staff that designed blocks for Volume 15 of 100 Blocks. If you didn’t visit the blog each day, take a peak back through the week’s blogs to learn more about our in-house designers and their block inspirations. Now, it’s time for you to meet me, Tricia Patterson.

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Block #1422
Designed by: Tricia Patterson, Managing Editor, Quiltmaker
Refractions

Fabric, texture and technique inspired me when it came time to design my block for Volume 15. I love the richness of hand-dyed fabrics and creating designs with visual texture. For extracurricular fun and relaxation, I typically dye my own fabrics. I love experimenting with the effects of dye and color in fabric. I’ve also wanted to try incorporating Osnaburg fabric in a quilt design. I feel it’s the forgotten fabric with a very interesting history. Google it for some fun facts. And, to be honest, I do dread some of the time it takes to create a quilt using foundation piecing, however… I truly appreciate how foundations can expand design options for geometric quilts, plus making it much easier to achieve nice-looking angles and points.

I made my block in sections, separately sewing the outside sections together and the sections to make center star points. To finish the block, I joined each of the outer sections to the center.

I’ve been quilting for many years, moving from making crib to bed-size quilts as my two sons grew up. I’m repeating the cycle with four grandchildren. About 10 years ago I started experimenting with embellishments—buttons, ribbons, fabric strips, dyed silk cocoons, metal scraps, stone and wood chips, feathers—adding all kinds of stuff to quilted surfaces to create mixed media art quilts. Like many quilters, I’m in the midst of a journey to discover my own aesthetic and footprint. Whether I’m quilting a traditional design or taking a modern spin I just love to see how the next quilt is going to finish.

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Our quilt layout is complete! 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!

Comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. We’ve traveled to so many places this week to check out block inspirations and to get to know more about the designers. What were your favorite parts of our 100 Blocks Blog Road Rally?

Leave your comment by midnight on Sunday, May 7. Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, May 8.

Vol.15 Blog Tour Day 5 winners are: Audrey Ney, Karen S, Julie Miller, Jolie, Allison Evrard, Diantha Howard and JoyceLM. Winners have been notified by email.

Today’s winner will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from one of today’s two tour sponsors, P&B Textiles and Riley Blake Designs, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.

  • 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.

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And, Enter the GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!

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The moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s finally time to enter your name for one of the end-of-the-rally grand prizes!!

  1. Click here to launch the entry form.
  2. Enter the word or phrase you found from the designers’ website or blog post to answer the daily questions.
  3. Click the submit button to send your entry form.

You have all weekend to submit an entry to the contest, so lots of time to visit, or re-visit, the designers. 

Winners will be announced on the Quilty Pleasures blog on May 8th and notified by email.

Vol.15 Blog Tour Grand Prize winners are: Patricia Moyles, Glenda White and Mimi Patrick. Winners have been notified by email.

Grand prize winners will receive a fantastic bundle including a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15, items from this week’s tour sponsors and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.

Grand Prize bundle Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 5

Thank You for Joining Us This Week!

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

Designers:

Industry Partners:

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

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!

Vol15 COVER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

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!

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.

TIP: Would you like 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.

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

Join the Souvenir Hunt Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

Block #1412
Designed by: Janice Averill
janiceaverill.com

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.


Block #1454
Designed by: Patti Carey
pattispatchwork.com

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.


Block #1474
Designed by: Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken
joscountryjunction.com

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.


Block #1477
Designed by: Debbie Martin
shadowsoftheblueridge.blogspot.com

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.


Block #1434
Designed by: Melva Nolan
melvalovesscraps.blogspot.com

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.

QM100 BAKER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

Block #1425
Designed by: Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
Mom’s Apple Pie
mccallsquilting.com

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.

Block #1410
Designed by: Erin Russek, Associate Editor, Quiltmaker
Dizzy Daisies

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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Vol 15 Setting 4 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

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.

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Northcott Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 4

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.

Designers:

Industry Partners:

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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

100Blocks SouvenirHunt Day3 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 3

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
thatlookslikeitneedsstitches.blgspot.com

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
stashbandit.net

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
inthedoghousedesigns.com

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
designsbysarahj.com

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
sweetgrassdesigns.com

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
sewjoycreations.com

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
mccallsquilting.com

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
mccallsquilting.com

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.

 

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

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

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

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.

Designers:

Industry Partners:

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