Welcome to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!
This is Day 1 and I’m so glad you’re here. We have totally freshened up the tour so I have a lot to share with you this week! I hope you’ll have fun and learn something and be especially inspired by all the creativity in Volume 12, which appears on newsstands and our website tomorrow, 11/17. Be sure to get your copy soon.
Each day of this week’s tour, I’ll be sharing one of my best tips from more than four decades of sewing experience. Here is today’s…
The optimum stitch length for piecing is 2.0 mm or about 12 to 13 stitches per inch. The default setting on most machines is much longer than this.
Shorten your stitch length and see if your piecing doesn’t improve significantly! (The reason? Feeding less fabric under the needle between stitches reduces the fabric’s chance to “wiggle.”)
The other surprise is that we are giving away special Blog Tour Bitty Blocks all week long! You may be familiar with the QM Bitty Blocks we’ve been posting for free all year. They are adorable!
We asked a few 100 Blocks designers to come up with special Blog Tour Bitties! Today’s Bitty Block is this 3″ Morning Star block by Anne Wiens of Sweetgrass Creative Designs and Seams Like a Plan. Get complete instructions for this free quilt block pattern.
We want to recognize today’s fabric sponsor, Hoffman California Fabrics. They have contributed wonderful prizes for giveaway: Me+You Bali Pops!
Hoffman has sent five of their new Me+You Bali Pops made with Indah Solids and Indah Batiks. Each Bali Pop has 40 different fabrics of Hoffman’s hand-dyed solids and coordinating accent batiks in color 636-Simple.
Details for how to enter at the end of this post. Who wouldn’t love to get Bali Pops in the mailbox?! Our sincere thanks to Hoffman California Fabrics for their partnership.
Visit Hoffman’s blog for lots of inspiration and another chance to win!
Let’s send you to some great blog posts by designers for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 12.
Follow the instructions on each post for your chance to win a copy of this issue. And leave a comment on this post for more chances to win!
Today’s Featured Designers
- Kelli Fannin
- Cheryl Brickey
- Melissa Corry
- Anne Wiens
- Jessie Kurtz
- Jennifer Schifano Thomas
- Belinda Karls-Nace
- Dodi Poulsen
Now it’s giveaway time!
Leave a comment here before midnight on Tuesday, 11/17/15 for your chance to win this issue and other quilty surprises including the Hoffman fabric mentioned above. In your comment, tell us what you enjoyed on today’s blog tour. We’ll choose five winners and announce them here.
The winner’s of the Day 1 Giveaway are: Mary, Lu Wilmot, Karyn, Nancy D. and Linda Webster. Winners have been notified by email.
Two Bonus winner’s have been chosen, they will receive a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.12 and a couple quilty books! The Day 1 Bonus Winners are: JoAnne T. and Loris Mills. The winner’s have been notified by email.
See you tomorrow for Day 2 and eight more talented block designers plus five more giveaways!