Last Day! Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt ends tonight at midnight MST. I hope you’ll enter if you haven’t already!

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

Today we’re recognizing more generous industry sponsors who make the contest possible.

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Sixty-two gorgeous colors; 100% US grown premium upland cotton; high thread count 78 x 74 fabric construction; finished to a soft yet firm hand.

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Who hasn’t heard of AccuQuilt? Their unique die-cutting systems for quilters save time and shoulders.

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We’re grateful to all of our industry sponsors. Please support them at your local quilt shop.

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

Time to finish up your Treasure Hunt entries. Remember, you don’t have to find all of the sponsor buttons, but each one you do find gives you another opportunity to win some of the $24,000 in quilt prizes. Thanks for coming along on the Treasure Hunt.

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Still Time: Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt and Giveaway!

We’re winding to the close of Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt. By finding buttons on sponsor websites, you have a chance to win a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sitdown longarm or a PFAFF quilt expression 2.0 sewing machine. There are also 25 combo prize packages with fabric, books, patterns, magazines and more.

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest features a Handi Quilter longarm, a new PFAFF sewing machine and prize packages of fabric, thread, books and more. Twenty-seven winners in all!

The contest ends tomorrow at midnight MST, Tuesday 12/2/14.

Today we’re recognizing more of the generous industry sponsors who make the contest so much fun, and we have a giveaway of fabulous new quilt books from Martingale.

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 I have a beautiful stack of books from Martingale sitting here, and they’ll go to five different giveaway winners—two each.

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These Martingale books are up for giveaway today.

They include:

  1. Nap and Nod by Myra Harder
  2. Remarkable Rectangles by Robert DeCarli
  3. Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden
  4. Country Elegance by Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel
  5. Fabric Play by Deanne Moore
  6. Quiltmaking Essentials 1 by Donna Lynn Thomas
  7. Fun-Size Quilts compiled by Karen M. Burns
  8. Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard (a favorite of mine!)
  9. Here Comes Winter by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks
  10. Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

If you want easy baby quilts, check out Nap and Nod. For modern quilt ideas, try Sew a Modern Home and Imagine Quilts. Something different? Remarkable Rectangles is terrific. Read to the end for your chance to win two of these!

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If you’re a longarm user, you’ll want to investigate Madeira Aeroquilt Premium Longarm Thread. It’s ideal for the speed of longarms, is 100% core-spun polyester and as a cotton-like finish. Comes in 24 beautiful colors on 3000-yard cones.

hoffmanlogo Still Time: Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt and Giveaway! If you’ve been quilting for long, you’ve no doubt heard of Hoffman Fabrics and the famous Hoffman Challenge.

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Watch a short video to learn about Guidelines4Quilting. They have rulers, ruler add-ons and many more products to take the math out of quiltmaking!

northcottnew Still Time: Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt and Giveaway! Our final sponsor today is Northcott, maker of all things Stonehenge. Who doesn’t love this series?! Have a look at Stonehenge Kids Prehistoric by Linda Ludovico with its realistic dinosaurs.

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We’re grateful for the partnership of all these sponsors. Please support them at your local quilt shop!

Take a moment to enter Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt. You don’t have to find all of the buttons but each one you do find gives you another chance to win.

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

Let’s have a giveaway. We’ll choose five winners to each receive two books from Martingale. Please leave a comment below before midnight Tuesday, Dec. 9. We’ll select random winners and announce them here.

The winners are: Diane, Heather, Wanda, NancySue and Susan. Winners have been notified by email!

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Cyber Monday Deals for Quilters!

There are some great deals going on at QuiltandSewShop during our CyberMonday sale.

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Hoo Patch quilt kit is 40% off during our CyberMonday sale.

One of the best deals around is the quilt kit for Hoo Patch, a favorite design from the Patch Pals Collection by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker. Isn’t he adorable? He’s marked down 40% to just $41.99 (originally $69.99).

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Nested Nicks from Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts & Gifts 2011

Many jam-packed issues are half off, including Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts & Gifts digital version, in which you’ll find Nested Nicks, above. At just 18″ x 26″, it features fusible applique so you can finish in a snap!

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Quiltmaker Small Quilts & Gifts 2011 digital is just $3.50 for 13 terrific patterns.

There are a dozen additional projects by Jo Morton, Jennifer Chiaverini and more. Grab it at just $3.50 and start sewing instantly because it’s a download!

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Are you a lover of quilting and machine embroidery? Do you have Quiltmaker’s Quilting & Embroidery issues? Now is your chance to have them at a steep discount! Three print issues are 75% off: just $1.50 and free US shipping! The rest are all 50% off: just $3 for digital issues. This title was extremely popular with machine embroiderers. I hope you enjoy it!

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The Pink Tulip quilt kit is 40% off during our Cyber Monday sale.

Is there a ‘tween in your life who might love a quilt in hot pinks and purples? (A ‘tween is someone between a kid and a teenager. They tend to love these colors!) The Pink Tulip quilt kit is a whopping 40% off right now. It’s marked down to $53.99 from $89.99 for big savings. That’s a great deal for a 64″ x 76″ quilt!

These are just a few highlights, but you’ll also find some issues in these categories marked way down:

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

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Best Christmas Quilts

Happy CyberMonday Shopping from Quiltmaker!

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Black Friday Giveaway for Quilters!

Use code promo code BLACK30 this weekend to save 30% and get free shipping at QuiltandSewShop.com, no minimum order!

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Are you out shopping this weekend? I’m shopping a little, but only from the comfort of home. If that’s your style too, here are some things that might be of interest. You can’t beat the bargain of 30% off and free shipping with no minimum!

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Another great small gift (perfect for quilting friends or bee buddies) is Havel’s EZ Grip Ripper at just $1.49, which features a unique thumb-grip design for a secure hold and a long-lasting stainless steel blade. This tool’s ergonomics are restful for your hand and wrist.

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You’ll wonder how you lived without the Olfa 12″ rotating cutting mat!

Here’s another idea: Olfa’s 12″ rotating cutting mat. If you’ve ever found yourself reaching awkwardly up and around to cut your patches, this one’s for you. It makes cutting so-o-o much easier, and safer too! At $46.49, it’s an investment in your sewing space, but with our BLACK30 sale this weekend, you’ll save 30% and get free shipping! That takes the price down to less than $33—a real steal for this item.

perfectscissors Black Friday Giveaway for Quilters! Have you heard about The Perfect Scissors? I was skeptical until I tried them—now they’re a favorite! Karen Kay Buckley’s serrated edge scissors pull the fabric in rather than pushing it away like traditional scissors. They are lightweight and comfortable and sharp as anything! Usable in either hand, the handles are large enough to grab quickly at the machine for fast snipping when you need it.

These are just a few highlights from QuiltandSewShop, our online retail store, but there are many more great items for quilters and creative people so I hope you’ll have a look around. I wish you lots of happy shopping!

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Each of six winners today gets a fat quarter bundle from P&B Textiles, a P&B zip pouch and a 100 Blocks mug.

Let’s have a Thanksgiving weekend/Black Friday/all-out-shopping giveaway! We have amazing fabric bundles from preferred partners P&B Textiles plus cute little zipper pouches, and we’ll throw in a 100 Blocks mug for each winner today. We’ll draw for four lucky names from those who leave a comment before midnight Sunday, Nov. 30. Tell us what you’re shopping for!

The winners of the Thanksgiving weekend/Black Friday/all-out-shopping giveaway, are: Auntie Clark, Barbara Fox, Shirley Campbell and Nancy! All of the winners have been notified by email.

 

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Thanksgiving Thoughts from a Quilter

In the U.S. this week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time to reflect on the things for which we’re grateful. I started thinking about all of that, and I realized that when you’re a quilter, you have some special blessings.

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Nature’s Bounty by Beth Ferrier, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’13

These might not make sense to outsiders, but I bet most quilters will understand this list.

Creativity

I am driven to create. It’s like breathing—my life depends on it. If I don’t make time and space for it, I become unhappy about everything. The pursuit of ideas fuels me daily. I am so thankful that I discovered quilting as my primary creative outlet. My life has been immeasurably enriched because of it.

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Creativity is an amazing gift!

Time

Many of us feel we don’t have as much time as we’d like, but I’ve come to realize that we all have 24 hours in every day. I’m thankful that I can choose how I invest my time. Almost daily, I make the choice to be creative in some way.

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We all have 24 hours in every day.

Supplies

When I started quilting 30 years ago, fabric choices were very limited. Now there are so many options—my head spins! And the tools to use it well abound. These are gifts for which I’m grateful!

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We can choose any fabrics we want today, because the choices are endless.

People

The people I have met because of quilting are many and varied. From some I have learned. Some I have taught. Some are good buddies I would call in a crisis.

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Diane (far left) and some of her quilting friends on National Quilting Day at International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska

Most are just regular people like me who totally “get it.” Like-minded quilters are welcome friends, in person or online. I could barely get along without them.

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As a business, Quiltmaker is grateful for you—our readers, customers and friends. We value your trust, your opinions and your loyalty. We’re glad you’re a part of the Quiltmaker family, and we wish you a season full of all good things!

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Follow Quiltmaker on Facebook for beautiful quilts, sewing opportunities and the chance to sound off on all things quilting.

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Quiltmaker’s Pinterest boards are beautifully curated sources of inspiration. Browse all you want, and it’s absolutely free.

See Quiltmaker’s Pinterest boards for gorgeous images of quilts and more including gardens, cooking and crafts.

 

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Gift and Holiday Ideas from Quiltmaker

It’s hard not to feel good about the time of year when people celebrate faith, family and friends. Quilters acknowledge the holidays by creating handmade gifts and by making their homes warm and inviting.

To that end, I’ve gathered some of Quiltmaker’s best-loved treasures for this post. I hope you’ll enjoy them, and perhaps they’ll make your holidays a little brighter.

Free Placemat Patterns

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Free placemat pattern from Quiltmaker features bells, mittens or stars.

Our Fabric Fiesta placemats are always popular. Help yourself to the free patterns which include bells, mittens or stars as options.

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Mitten placemats would be great for the kids’ table!

 

Christmas Tweet is an adorable little 21″ x 21″ wall quilt, perfect for trying your hand at wool applique. Our digital pattern for Christmas Tweet gets you sewing in an instant!

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Christmas Tweet by Paula Stoddard for Quiltmaker

The little Churn Dash blocks are just 3″ square but are not difficult. Dig into your leftovers bin for the fabrics in reds, creams and taupe. This one is on my must-make list!

One of the most perfect gifts (for yourself or someone else!) is more than 500 ideas for quilting in our book, 501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting.

501 Gift and Holiday Ideas from Quiltmaker

501 Quilting Motifs: A great resource for anyone who wants to finish quilts in style.

This is a treasure trove of original quilting designs that Quiltmaker has published over the years. They are timeless! Get it in hardcover, softcover or digital and put the motifs to work on your UFOs in the new year. There’s a reason this is a best seller!

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If machine embroidery is your thing, we have adorable holiday designs from our friends at Creative Machine Embroidery. I love the border above with its cocoa cup and gingerbread man.

Free Library of Ebooks

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In our extensive library of free ebooks, we have three that are especially good for the season:
• Free Christmas Quilt Patterns
• Free Christmas Quilt Blocks
• Free Easy, Quick Quilt Patterns

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Christmas Snack Pack fabrics

And what Christmas post would be complete without quilting fabric? The Christmas Basics Snack Pack sounds good enough to eat, don’t you think? Think of the fun you’d have playing with 42 strips at 2.5″ x 44″. Bliss!

You’ll find more Christmas and holiday gift ideas in my Ho-Ho-Holiday post. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

~Diane

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt; Giveaway!

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt is ongoing, with more than $24,000 in quilt-related prizes to be awarded to 27 lucky winners.

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest features a Handi Quilter longarm, a new PFAFF sewing machine and prize packages of fabric, thread, books and more. Twenty-seven winners in all!

Today we’re featuring several Treasure Hunt sponsors and having a giveaway, too.

 Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt; Giveaway! C&T Publishing creates exceptional books and products for quilting, paper craft, and fiber art markets.

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One of my favorite C&T products is the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool from Joen Wolfrom. I wrote about how I use it in Color Tools for Quilters. We have one of these for giveaway today, along with two books, a Magic Design-Ratio tool and a Quilted Masterpieces Datekeeper.

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Today’s giveaway features these items from C&T Publishing, a Treasure Hunt sponsor.

We’re also pleased to have Connecting Threads as a Treasure Hunt sponsor. You may have gotten their mail order catalogs or visited their webstore for fabric, thread (one of my favorites) tools and more.

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The Warm Company is known by quilters everywhere as the maker of wonderful batting products and Steam a Seam and Steam a Seam Lite.

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Quiltmaker uses Warm Company batting in many of our quilts. There are many types available so you can get exactly the kind you want for your next project!

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And who doesn’t love all things Moda Fabrics? We used their Grunge in pinks and purple for Blushing Geese in the latest issue.

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Blushing Geese in Moda Fabrics from QM’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue

All of these sponsors have provided amazing prizes for Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt. You can easily enter by finding sponsor buttons on their websites. You don’t have to find all of the buttons, but each one you find gives you another chance to win!

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Handi Quilt Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm quilting machine

The grand prizes are fabulous! There’s a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sitdown longarm quilting machine.

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PFAFF quilt ambition 2.0 sewing machine

And there’s a PFAFF quilt ambition 2.0 sewing machine.

Twenty-five more prize packages contain all manner of fabric, thread, books, tools and more.

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Please enter Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt today!

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Today’s giveaway features these items from C&T Publishing, a Treasure Hunt sponsor.

Giveaway! We’re giving away great prizes from C&T Publishing today, including the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool from Joen Wolfrom, two books, a Magic Design-Ratio tool and a Quilted Masterpieces Datekeeper. Leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 26 and we’ll choose a random winner. The announcement will come after the holiday weekend is over.

Cathryn H. is the winner of Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt Giveaway, on Quilty Pleasures!

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 5: Issue Sets and Mugs Galore!

Welcome to Day 5 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Welcome back to the blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. It’s been a good week of quilty fun, hasn’t it? The designers always have lots to share.

We have more giveaways today so please read to the end and leave a comment as instructed.

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Are you seeing Volume 10 in your area? We’d love to know where you’ve found it. If you don’t see it locally, you can order print or digital issues from QuiltandSewShop.com.

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Three complete sets of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are up for giveaway today.

SURPRISE! We have three complete sets of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for giveaway today!

That’s 10 issues and 1000 block patterns to browse and enjoy and make!

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Three complete sets of 100 Blocks mugs are up for giveaway today!

SHAZAM! We have three complete sets of 100 Blocks mugs for giveaway today!

That’s enough to share with all your quilting friends. Wouldn’t that be fun during the holidays?

Six lucky winners will be chosen. Please read to the very end of this post and leave a comment here to be entered in today’s giveaway!

We’re pleased to welcome AccuQuilt today as a valued industry partner.

 

 Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 5: Issue Sets and Mugs Galore! AccuQuilt has an issue to giveaway on their blog!

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Mix & Match Quilts with the AccuQuilt GO! 12 Fresh Designs Using Traditional Shapes

AccuQuilt has provided books for today’s giveaways. We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop. And if you’ve never tried cutting with AccuQuilt, we recommend that you give it a go. Major time savings for quilters, plus other advantages.

Let’s preview a few more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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Spring by Deonn Stott for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Deonn used the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter while making her block.

Deonn Stott’s happy little block is called Spring, for which she used an AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. If this block feels familiar, it may be that you remember Deonn’s cover quilt from our May/June issue, called Sheep Shape.

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Sheep Shape adorned the cover of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue.

This quilt has been very popular with QM readers, as I’m sure the Spring block will be. I imagine a baby quilt with lots of springing sheep!

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Scream for Ice Cream by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10

Denise Starck, QM Graphic Designer, continues her transportation series with Scream for Ice Cream, above. Here are some of her blocks from past volumes.

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Denise is an amazing designer. She’s come up with all of Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals, too. (See kits at the bottom of this post.)

Ready for a final day of blog hopping?

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Margie Ullery
  2. Mary Elizabeth Kinch
  3. Evonne Cook
  4. Kelli Fannin
  5. Gudrun Erla
  6. Kate Colleran
  7. Keiko Clark
  8. Jennifer Dick
  9. Sandi Colwell
  10. Sindy Rodenmayer
  11. Melissa Corry

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the AccuQuilt blog for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of the royal blue Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Sunday, November 23. Tell us your favorite thing about the blog tour this week. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 5 giveaway are: Sandi W., Elizabeth Bolton, Renate, Kathy Heiser, Janet Frank and Diane. The winners have been notified by email!

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Thanks for being with us. Please visit Quilty Pleasures often. I think you’ll enjoy the how-tos, the Scrap Squad, the product reviews and the good quilty fun we have!

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Brand new! Scrappy starter pack to make Bonnie Hunter-style quilts!

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Enhance your stash with our Bonnie Hunter scrap packs and her best-selling book!

Get nine total yards of fabric in fat eights sorted by lights, mediums and darks, plus Bonnie’s best-selling More Adventures with Leaders and Enders, all for less than 100 dollars! See the Addicted to Scraps Starter Pack with Bonnie Hunter.

Bonnie writes a column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps featuring a scrappy block and quilt ideas in every regular issue.

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the week so far. We have many more giveaways today—not only here, but on all of the designer blogs listed below as well.

We’re grateful for our industry partners and sponsors who have sent things for giveaway. It’s always great fun to send boxes to lucky winners, who we sometimes hear squeal with delight from several states away.

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Today we’re pleased to welcome Timeless Treasures as a valued industry partner.

 

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Timeless Treasures has an issue giveaway on their blog post today.

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Fat Quarter Bundles from Timeless Treasures Fabrics for giveaway!

Timeless Treasures provided fabrics for today’s giveaways on Quilty Pleasures. We appreciate their partnership. Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop!

Let’s preview a few more designs in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

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In the Middle, block #959 by Carolyn Beam for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Timeless Treasures.

I love Carolyn Beam’s block, In the Middle. Carolyn steers the QM ship as Director of Content. She’s an experienced designer who ran a successful pattern business for many years before joining the Quiltmaker team more than nine years ago. She used Timeless Treasures fabrics for her block, and they definitely add movement!

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Rainbow Houndstooth, block #959 by Theresa Eisinger for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Fabric: Timeless Treasures.

Rainbow Houndstooth also features fabrics from Timeless. It was designed by Theresa Eisinger, who worked as QM’s Graphic Designer for many years. Now Theresa has a second career as a nurse. We’re very proud of her.

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Sandy George was one of our block testers for Volume 10. She created Butterfly Kisses for the Block Tester Gallery. It uses three blocks from this issue and fabrics from Timeless Treasures.

Ready for some Blog Touring?

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Jenny Novinsky
  2. Belinda Karls-Nace
  3. Cheryl Brown
  4. Sisters Quilting Trunk
  5. Jennifer Ofenstein
  6. Kristy Lea
  7. Bonnie Hunter
  8. Fat Quarter Shop
  9. Cindy Weins
  10. Sandi Blackwell
  11. Shannon Owndy
  12. Lauri Linder

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

Be sure to visit the Timeless Treasures blog for more chances to win!

Let’s have a giveaway right here! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10, a 100 Blocks mug and prizes from today’s sponsors, leave a comment before midnight Friday, November 21. Tell us about your favorite quilting technique, such as piecing, applique, English paper piecing, foundation piecing, machine quilting and so on. We’ll choose six random winners and announce them here.

The winner’s for the 100 Blocks vol.10 Blog Tour Day 4 giveaway are: Sandra Timmons, Karen, Sheri D., Debbie, Pat D. and Beverly Hernandez. The winners have been notified by email!

 

 

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Block Testing for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

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From the early days of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, we’ve used a system of testing each pattern before it is published. A real quilter makes each and every block months before we go to press. QM Creative Editor Paula Stoddard manages the testing process. I asked her to explain how it works.

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Paula Stoddard, QM’s Creative Editor

First of all, I’d like to say that there is no way we could publish our 100 Blocks issues without our amazing testers. They are such good sports and a little bit crazy, and we are grateful for every single one of them.

The proofing, writing, testing, proofing, tweaking, testing and proofing process starts months before each issue goes on sale. For every issue we recruit 32 testers who are willing to test every technique we ask of them. Our contributing editor, Amy Rullkoetter, writes the instructions and draws the diagrams. Then Quiltmaker editors proof them.

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After proofing, I send them out to the testers, one block at a time, who follow the instructions to make the block. They send us a photo of their finished block and fill out a short evaluation stating any problems or mistakes they encountered. They are often working way outside of their comfort zone, trying techniques they’ve never done before.

Each block is tested by four testers, and each tester makes about 12 blocks.

As you can see, this isn’t a quick process. We try our hardest to present completely accurate block patterns, and it takes a team to do it.

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It takes a team to publish one hundred patterns at a time.

We love our testers – their funny emails, their “ugly” blocks (as they say), their willingness to foundation piece yet another block when they are ready to scream—and then offer to do more if we need them.

We are lucky to have such loyal and awesome readers, ready to step up and help us when we need them!

Today we’re recognizing our block testers as a valuable part of the team that brings you Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Rachel Dreher and some of her quilts

There’s Rachel…

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Maryln Fleming

and Maryln…

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Janet Nieuwenhoff and one of her prize-winning quilts

and Janet.

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Vicki Holloway

We have Vicki…

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Sandy George

and Sandy…

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Mary Ellen Futch

and Mary Ellen.

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Mary Jane Cardwell

Not to be confused with Mary Jane,

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Marie Atkinson with one of her prize-winning quilts

or Marie.

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A sampler quilt made Karlene Larson using the blocks she tested for Quiltmaker

Karlene sent a quilt photo!

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Joanne Harris

And Joanne made a Baby Windmills quilt!

Not pictured but equally as important are the remaining testers:

Jennifer Ball, Carol Berge, Joan Brandt, Megan Ferris, Patty Happel, Jennifer Harlan, Anita Jones, Kathy Lague, Lauri Linder, Cynthia Marshall, Joyce McCollum, Sue Monsey, Nan Newell, Shannon Ownby, Debi Pennington, Deb Praus, Tammie Schaffer, Cindy Sliker, Beverly Thomas, Wendy Wallace, Anne Welker and Sue Wolfe.

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Sometimes testers have moved on to our Back to School sewing team, or to applying for the QM Scrap Squad. It’s a great opportunity to learn some new things, try out techniques you wouldn’t do otherwise and meet some new people.

 Block Testing for Quiltmakers 100 BlocksIf you’re interested in becoming a Quiltmaker block tester, please follow us on Facebook, where we post the announcements twice a year. The Back to School announcement and the Scrap Squad call also happen on Facebook.

Once again, Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges our amazing team of block testers. We couldn’t publish Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks without them!

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Complete your set of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. All volumes remain available.

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