Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 Recap

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour was a great success!

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100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Thank you all for joining us over the past week to preview the new block and quilt designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11. We hope you found many potential designs that could be incorporated into new quilts, added to WIP’s or that inspire you to try something new.

We would also like to give a BIG thank you to all of the designers who participated in the Volume 11 blog tour for sharing their tips, tricks, design options and quilty inspirations.

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Just Go With the Flow, block #1056 designed by Mary McGuire for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.11.

We need to note a correction from Day 5 of blog tour. Mary McGuire’s name was linked to the wrong blog, therefor you may have missed out on viewing her post. Please stop by Mary’s blog to check out her great work!

Winners from the Monday–Friday giveaways have been notified by email and their names have been posted in the giveaway portions of last week’s blog posts. However we do have one final Blog Tour giveaway here today!

Final Volume 11 Giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s final giveaway!

This wonderful bundle includes a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10, pattern books, single patterns, fabrics and notions, all courtesy of the participating Volume 11 designers. The bundle of quilty goodies will come stashed in a fabulous Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 tote bag!

To enter today’s giveaway: Please leave a comment below describing your quilting lifestyle in a few sentences by Wednesday May 13th at noon MST. We just want to know how you’d describe yourself as a quilter! The winner will be chosen at random and announced here.

Lillian M. is the winner of the vol.11 Recap Giveaway. The winner has been notified by email.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

If you’ve missed out on any previous Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues, you can find print and digital versions in our online store! Check out the Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues for more inspiration on how to make beautiful quilts using the designs from the 100 Blocks series.

We enjoy and look forward to receiving your feedback. Please reach out to us at editor@quiltmaker.com with any comments or suggestions in regard to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Under the Northern Lights

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the fabrics you already own. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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Today’s featured quilt is Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan from Fremont, Nebraska. It’s one of three designs by male quilters in this issue. Scott’s quilt, below, is made with Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan, Quiltmaker May/June ’15. Fabric: Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

Today’s unique version of Chop Suey is by Keri Blankenship from Cornville, Arizona. We’re happy to have Keri as a member of QM’s 2015 Scrap Squad. Keri was recently featured on the Arizona Quilters Guild Hall of Fame page.

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Keri Blankenship

You’ll hear her quilt story in her own words below.

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It was love at first sight. I knew the perfect fabrics for Chop Suey were sitting in my stash. During my time working in Alaska, I collected at least one fat quarter from every quilt shop I found between there and Arizona, all with a sea-life theme. There were about 20 fat quarters in my stash along with one panel.

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My inspiration panel, “Under the Northern Lights”

My seven-year-old grandson asked me why the panel was on the design wall and what I was going to do with it. I explained that I was trying to decide what would go in my new quilt and this was my inspiration. We looked at the other fat quarters, scraps, and the pattern. He very seriously discussed design options. (His mom and older sisters are paper artists, and design discussions are not new to him.)

He then sat down with 50 colored pencils and some graph paper to show me how he thought it should be made. The next morning, he handed me a drawing with the caveat, “This is how you could do this one, Grandma. But, I really think you need to make a Spider-Man™ quilt next.”

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Conner’s design incorporated into the quilt label

I chose an I Spy quilt approach rather than his whole quilt design. I fussy cut the fat quarters into 5″ squares. The chop sticks were cut from the remaining fat quarter fabrics or the 2 ½” scrap bag. Some of them were also fussy cut.

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Alaska and sea-life fat quarter stash

In the original pattern, the blocks are reversed, with the sticks on the right and then on the left of the block. I liked the movement this gave the quilt, but it meant paying close attention to the directional prints during cutting and block construction. I constructed the blocks one at a time using the design wall to keep the correct orientation.

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The design wall was key to maintaining the correct orientation.

Once the blocks were complete, I realized that there were no Canadian geese in the quilt. Geese were daily visitors to the wildlife preserve near my apartment in Fairbanks. They needed to be a part of this quilt in order to reflect my Alaska experience. I found the perfect border idea in Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode (2002) and used one-seam Flying Geese pieced edge to edge to complete it.

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One-seam dimensional Flying Geese form the third border.

The Geese units are folded to create a dimensional finish. Instructions are widely available online; here are instructions from Piecemakers4life. I used a scant quarter-inch seam to construct the geese. I noticed that some tips were missed when I sewed the blocks end to end. I would suggest a full quarter-inch when piecing these blocks and also applying a line of stay-stitching along the outside edges of the border to prevent stretching during construction.

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One seam flying geese units give added dimension to the border.

I finished the top with the blue tone-on-tone print. I mitered the corners.

I quilted this one on my own and used invisible thread to grid the quilt and stabilize it for quilting. I then used Atlantis Glitter Hologram Thread from Superior Threads for the quilting. The manufacturer recommends setting the tension at 1.0 with a size 90/14 topstitch needle. I found my machine stitched well with the upper tension at 1.8 and a size 100/16 topstitch needle.

I originally planned a more intricate quilting pattern to reflect the Northern Lights. However, before I could start the detail quilting, Life got in the way. I had an outbreak of shingles which made using the fluff and stuff method of quilting on my home machine a real challenge. I compromised with free-style straight stitching with a walking foot. It still gives the look and glitter of the Lights.

The quilt is finished with a self-turned binding, bringing the backing to the front of the quilt.

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Measure twice the desired binding width and trim backing and batting to size. Two rulers here help keep it straight.

I trimmed the back and batting to 3″ around the quilt top and then stitched the corners at a 45 degree angle, trimmed and turned. Voilà! A perfect miter.

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Measure half the width and draw a stitch line at a 45 degree angle.

 

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Trim seam and turn.

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Fold in binding and stitch around the quilt.

I love the way this frames the quilt with the red and gold swirl fabric.

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Glitter thread quilting with self binding finishes the quilt.

This quilt is 88″ x 96″, which is technically full size, but it fits nicely on top of a queen size bed.

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Under the Northern Lights on a queen-size bed

I definitely see Chop Suey becoming a go-to pattern. It’s quick and easy to construct with so many easy ways to personalize it. I can’t wait to get going on a baby quilt using this pattern.

My thanks to Conner Blankenship for the design advice…and yes, there is a Spider-Man™ quilt on my to-do list.

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100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 5

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 5

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Welcome Quilters!

Today is the last day of our Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. We’re going out with a bang and showing you some of our favorite blocks. Remember, read down to the end of the post for a list of blogs with giveaways today!

Of course we had to show you Bonnie Hunter’s quilt block! The first thing I noticed? She used “I Love Carbs” fabric! That is my kind of quilt block. Dancing Dashes uses multiple churn dash units and a unique frame to make an eye catching quilt block. And in true Bonnie style, it’s scrap-tastic!

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Dancing Dashes, Block #1082 by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Reflection is a quilt block by Denise Starck. Triangle-squares and the stitch-and-flip method comprise this teal and brown quilt block. With its clean lines, this quilt block would be an excellent candidate for intricate quilting.

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Reflection, Block #1095 by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

This final quilt block by Debbie Taylor may be my personal favorite from all 100 blocks. I don’t know if it’s the fabric or the name, Pin-terest Wheels. I am on Pinterest quite a lot for Quiltmaker, and this reminds me of something I would see re-pinned over and over again. Hence, the name!

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Pin-terest Wheels, Block #1096 by Debbie Taylor for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by a few Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Denniele Bohannon.

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Designed by Lynne Schwarz.

  Let’s Have DOUBLE Giveaway!

Today’s industry partners are P&B Textiles and the Electric Quilt Company. We could not do this blog tour without them!

P&B Textiles is providing fabric bundles for today’s giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

The Electric Quilt Company has also provided their Quilting Designs vol.8 CD for today’s giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Saturday, May 9th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday May 11th.

Winner’s of the Blog Tour Day 5 Giveaway are:  Valerie Jenkins, Karen Thurn, Lori Smanski, Wanda and Sue. Winner’s have been notified by email!

Today’s Featured Designers:

To ease your pain over the blog tour ending, be sure to click each designer name to read about their individual quilt blocks and enter each giveaway. This is your last chance to win this new issue plus other quilting goodness. Never fear, the blog tour for Volume 12 will be here before you know it! Until then, happy quilting!

  1. Keiko Clark
  2. Kay Mackenzie
  3. Toby Lischko
  4. Margie Ullery
  5. Sandi Blackwell
  6. Sue Marsh
  7. Cheryl Brown
  8. Mary McGuire
  9. Bonnie Hunter
  10. Pam Vieira-McGinnis

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

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100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4

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I can’t believe we are already on day four of our Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. If you’ve been following along, you know we have been having an excellent time with quilt block previews and many giveaways. Let’s get started today!

This quilt block looks like a quilt. Its layout is that of a quilt, but it’s only a quilt block! I call this quilt magic. Corey Yoder nailed it with her quilt block, Friendship Circle. Simple patchwork piecing makes this white and pastel quilt block come too life. Make half square triangles, piece and ta-da! You have a 12″ quilt block.

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Friendship Circle, Block #1100 by Corey Yoder for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Sandy Fitzpatrick designed Tea for Tulips using appliqué and folded flange to add colorful interest to the quilt block. I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I can imagine the tea-drinking quilters out there will be making this quilt block ASAP.

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Tea for Tulips by Sandy Fitzpatrick, Block #1047 in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Our third quilt block comes from Jennifer Ofenstein. Sandbox Sisters uses foundation piecing to make this quaint little beach scene. I want this 12″ quilt block on a quilted wall hanging.

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Sandbox Sisters, Block #1027 by Jennifer Ofenstein for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by two of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Jo Kramer & Kelli Hanken

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Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Handiquilter is our industry sponsor for today. Handiquilter is  hosting a giveaway on their blog. So many freebies up for grabs!

Handiquilter has also provided batting scissors for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodiesleave a comment on our blog before midnight Friday, May 8th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday May 11th.

Winner’s of the Blog Tour Day 4 Giveaway are: Barb K., Kathy Hopkins, Barb Johnson, Linda and Michele. Winner’s have been notified by email!

HQ 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4It’s time for the best part of your day: the blog tour and giveaways! We have ten designers today who are eager to giveaway copies of this new issue plus other quilting supplies. Be sure to click on each name and read more about their individual quilt blocks. As a reward, enter each giveaway! See you tomorrow for the final day of the blog tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured inQuiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 1 1  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol.11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Sarah Bisel
  2. Sandy Fitzpatrick
  3. Corey Yoder
  4. Sandy Irish
  5. Jo Kramer & Kelli Hanken
  6. Desiree Habicht
  7. Meagan Taylor & Kristi Jones
  8. Susan Marth
  9. Celine Perkins
  10. Jennifer Ofenstein
  11. Patti Carey

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

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

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Welcome Quilters!

We’re moving right along to day three of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. We kick off today with a sweet little quilt block from Beth Helfter. Sun Shower uses a smidgen of fusible appliqué to make this modern quilt block. I personally love the fabrics. The block design complements them so well!

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Sun Shower, Block #1006 designed by Beth Helfter for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

I’m a sucker for newspaper or text print. When I saw AnnMarie Chany’s quilt block, it moved to the top of my list! Dutch Chain uses flying geese and square units to make a cute 12″ quilt block. You can’t get more summer-y than this color combination.

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Dutch Chain, Block #1070 designed by AnneMarie Chany for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

If you think I got excited about the text print in the previous quilt block, I nearly died when I saw My Favorite Colors by Kimberly Jolly from the Fat Quarter Shop. It’s quilted crayons! I imagine coloring with these and beautiful quilt designs and motifs magically appear on the colored page.

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My Favorite Colors, Block #1084 designed by Kimberly Jolly for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by four of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Jennifer Shifano Thomas

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Designed by Emily Breclaw.

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Designed by Beth Helfter.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Today we welcome Timeless Treasures as our industry partner. They have graciously donated fat quarters for our giveaway today. Even better, they are hosting an issue giveaway on their blog!

Vol. 11 Designs Featuring Timeless Treasures Fabrics

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Fancy Bricks, block #1083 designed by Sandi Irish. Fabric: Studio from Timeless Treasures.

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Hang Ten, block #1015, designed by Margie Ullery. Fabric: Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

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Autumn Arrival, designed by Theresa MacLean for the Vol.11 Tester Gallery. Blocks: Cotton Candy, block #1075, designed by Deanne Eisenman; Scout’s Star, block #1026, designed by Jenny Novinsky; Telestar, block #1098, designed by Anne Wiens. Fabric: Tonga Fig Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Timeless Treasures has also provided fabric for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Thursday, May 7th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified, Friday May 8th!

Winner’s from Day 3 of the 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour are: RobinRiley, Andresa, Marta, Cyndy Knapp and Vivian. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

We’re still going strong with our blog tour. Cure your Wednesday slump by visiting each designer’s blog and entering their giveaway for a chance to win this new issue plus other quilting goodies. There are 11 chances, so don’t delay! See you again Thursday and Friday!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol. 11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Karyn-Ashley Smith
  2. Emily Breclaw
  3. Deb Johnson
  4. Kimberly, Jocelyn, Codi and Nova from the Fat Quarter Shop
  5. Melissa Peda
  6. Jennifer S. Thomas
  7. Kathy Wylie
  8. AnnMarie Chany
  9. Cheryl Brickey
  10. Beth Helfter
  11. Karen Ackva

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

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 2

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 2

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Welcome Quilters!

Happy Tuesday! It’s the second day of our blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.  11and we have even more quilt block previews and giveaways to share. This is only the second day! Stick around for the next three days to join in on more quilt fun. Let’s dig into some more quilt blocks:

It’s all about color today, and I found a perfect example with Heather Kojan’s quilt block. Scrappy Strippy Kisses is such a great quilt block to use those tiny scraps that you’ve been hoarding for years. Use foundation piecing with this scrappy 12″ quilt block. Design some “O” quilt blocks and you have a hugs and kisses quilt!

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Scrappy Strippy, block #1086 designed by Heather Kojan for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

What makes bright colors pop? Pairing it with black and white fabric. The always fantastic Cindy Wiens did just that with her quilt block, Off The Rails. Use the simple stitch-n-flip method and before you know it, you’ll have this quilt block completed. I can see it in a sampler quilt!

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Off the Rails, block #1099 designed by Cindy Wiens for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Our third quilt block of the day is from Deanne Eisenman. Cotton Candy uses the Stitch-and-Flip method to make a vibrant quilt block. Easy units comprise this quilt block. With a little bit of patchwork, you could have yourself a quick quilt!

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Cotton Candy, block #1075 designed by Deanne Eisenman for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by two of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Anne Wiens.

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Designed by Sandi Colwell.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Today’s industry sponsor is Hoffman. We could not do this blog tour without them and their beautiful fabric. They are hosting an issue giveaway on their blog today that you don’t want to miss!

Vol.11 Designs Featuring Hoffman California Fabrics

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Geese Go Round, block #1065 designed by Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director. Fabric: Bellissima from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Surrounded by Love, block #1081 designed by Diane Harris, Quiltmaker Associate Editor. Fabric: Bali batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Island Breeze, designed by Gail March for the Vol.11 Block Tester Gallery. Blocks: Debbie’s Favorite Star, block #1039, designed by Debbie Caffrey; Off the Rails, block #1099, designed by Cindy Wiens. Fabric: Assorted Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

 

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Hoffman has also provided fabric for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Wednesday, May 6th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Thursday May 7th.

The winner’s from Day 2 of Vol.11 Blog Tour are: Nancysue, Rochelle,Wendy, LaVerne Mullane, Kathleen Dalecio and Margaret Andrews. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol.11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Cindy Wiens
  2. Peg Spradlin
  3. Deanne Eisenman
  4. Barbara Cain
  5. Cinzia White
  6. Heather Kojan
  7. Anne Wiens
  8. Melissa Corry
  9. Anita Grossman Solomon
  10. Sandi Colwell
  11. Mary Ellen Von Holt and Muriel

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

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 1

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 1

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End the countdown. Clear you schedule. This is the week of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. What does that mean? Five solid days of quilt block previews, giveaways and blogging fun from countless quilt designers. It’s our favorite time of year! Please join us this week, during May 4th-May 8th to partake in all the fun!

Each day we will be sharing a few quilt blocks and designer quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11. Today, we start with a block from Nancy Mahoney. Twirling Rose is a bold red and black beauty, which uses fusible appliqué with a machine blanket stitch for the center flowers. I can imagine this quilt block paired with a simple and geometric quilt block to make a quilted wall hanging.

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Twirling Rose, block #1052 designed by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11.

From Jessie Kurtz we have Hopscotch. Pair large triangle-squares with a fun and flashy fabric to make a simple quilt block. The possibilities are endless with Hopscotch. I picture the quilt block alternated between on point and this setting.

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Hopscotch, block #1087 designed by Jessie Kurtz for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

I saved my favorite for last. This is I Heart Sewing by Cynthia Frenette. She used foundation piecing and a fun novelty sewing print for the border. Of course any quilter needs a little wall hanging with the block in the center!

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I Heart Sewing, block #1048 designed by Cynthia Frenette for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by three of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Abigail Dolinger.

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Designed by Kelli Fannin.

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Designed by Irene Grimes.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

We couldn’t do this blog tour, or make these beautiful quilt blocks without our valued industry partners. Today, we welcome Northcott as our industry partner. They have donated prizes for today’s giveaway and they also have an issue giveaway on their blog today! 

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Want to win these Stonehenge pre-cuts from Northcott, a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 and other quilting goodies? Leave a comment on our blog before midnight Tuesday, May 5th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified, Wednesday May 6th.

The winner’s from Day 1 of Vol.11 Blog Tour are: Barbara Goodwin, Linda Newman,Wendy, Denise and Sharon P. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol. 11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Cynthia Frenette
  2. Gina Gempesaw
  3. Nancy Mahoney
  4. Irene Grimes
  5. Kelli Fannin
  6. Abigail Dolinger
  7. Kate Colleran
  8. Kristy & Shayla Wolf
  9. Jessie Kurtz
  10. Belinda Karls-Nace
  11. Jenny Novinsky

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

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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QM Bitty Blocks: Bear Paw

By Kelly Eisinger, Quiltmaker Editorial Assistant

In case you’re new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks are freebies presented the first Monday of each month on Quilty Pleasures. See earlier QM Bitty Blocks here in case you missed them. The May Bitty Block is an exception because this coming Monday, May 4th starts the 5 days of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour!

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May is here and Spring has sprung! Which means animals are coming out of hibernation, flowers are blooming and the days are getting longer. In honor of all the little critters and birds reemerging to grace us with their presence, the May Bitty Block is the classic Bear Paw block. This is a 3″ x 3″ finished Bitty Block.

Get the printer friendly version here.

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Bear Paw Bitty Block.

I love the simplicity of this block design, and couldn’t help but get carried away with making these vibrant little paws.

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Pile O’ Bear Paws!

I have enjoyed all of the Bitty Block patterns thus far, however the Bitty Baskets got the best of me! Cutting and sewing individual tiny half-square-triangle units is not my strong suit. Even only making four to use in the Bitty Bear Paw block was tricky. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you a little practice…it took me a lot.

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Trying to fudge wonky half-square triangle units is not a good idea.

With that being said, I will show you two ways to construct this block. The first will demonstrate the process of making a single Bear Paw using individual half-square triangle units, like the one above.

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I made these blocks using Diane’s helpful half-square triangle trick, which yields 8 half-square triangles. This is a perfect amount for making two Bear Paw blocks at at once.

The second will demonstrate how to make two Bear Paw blocks at once using Diane’s helpful half-square triangle trick! By using this trick, I was able to rally through these Bitty Bear Paws quicker than I could have ever imagined!

Let’s get started! You will need two contrasting fabrics, one for the paw and one for the background.

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Fabrics paired up and ready to cut.

Single Bear Paw Block

Background: Red
2 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″
1 square 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

Paw: Yellow Polka Dot
2 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″
1 square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Background and paw pieces cut and laid out.

To make the claws of the paw, match the 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ background squares to the 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ paw squares, right sides together.

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Each pair will yield two half-square triangles.

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.

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Sew a 1/4″ out from the center line.

Sew 1/4″ out from each side of the line. Then cut on the marked line and press the seam toward the darker fabric.

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Cut on the center line, to yield 2 half-square triangles from each pair of squares.

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Press the seams and trim the dog ears.

You now have four claws.

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Four claws.

Arrange the block pieces as shown below:

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Assembly lay out.

Assembling the Block:

1) Sew two claws and 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ background square in a row. Press the seams towards the background square.

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Sew the top claws and 1-1/2″ square together and the right two claws together.

2) Sew the remaining two claws together and press the seam toward the 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ background square.

3) Attach the two right claws to the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ paw square and press the seam towards the 2-1/2″  square.

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Attach the right paws first.

4) Lastly sew the two sections together and press the seam towards the larger section.

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Press the seams toward the 2-1/2″ block.

You now have now completed the Bitty Bear Paw! Woohoo!!

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Finished block.

Double Blocks

Now back to this itty bitty half square triangle business. If  you’re not the biggest fan of sewing individual half-square triangle units, this second method may be more appealing because it will yield 8 half square triangles at once!

The cutting list below notes to cut one of each piece, however if you layer your two fabrics together when cutting, you will have enough pieces to make two contrasting blocks at once.

These are my fabric choices:

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Two fabrics for blocks.

Background:
1 square 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – used for making the half-square triangles
1 square 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

Paw
1 square 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″- used for making the half-square triangles
1 square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

1.) Lay the two fabrics right sides up on top of each other, and cut out the listed pieces.

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Top Left: 2-1/2″ square, used for paw. Right: 3-3/4″ square, used for half-square triangles. Bottom left: 1-1/2″ square, used for the background corner.

Making the half-square triangles:

Note: the fabrics used in this demonstration are different from my choices, since these images are referenced from Diane’s previous blog post.

Place the background and paw 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ squares right sides together. On the wrong side of either square, mark 1/4″ out from the diagonal center in both directions. Diane suggests using a Quarter-Inch Seam Marker, but you can use any quilting ruler that’s long enough to cover the diagonal.

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Place the squares right sides together and mark.

Sew on all four of the marked lines:

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Sew on all of the marked lines.

Cut on the vertical and horizontal centers of the squares (in other words, cut down the middle, both ways) by lining up the ruler as shown. On 3-3/4″ squares (for 1″ finished triangle-squares), halfway across is 1-7/8″.

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Make a second set of cuts between the lines of stitching as shown.

Make a second set of cuts between the lines of stitching as shown.

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This method yields 8 half-square triangles.

You’ll get 8 half-square triangles using this method. This is enough to make two Bear Paw blocks at once, woo hoo!!

From this point continue to assemble the units as noted in part one to complete the blocks. You will have two contrasting blocks!

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You now have two contrasting blocks!

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More contrasting blocks.

We hope you enjoy this months Bitty Block pattern as much as we do! When you’re finished making your blocks, please share them with us at editor@quiltmaker.com!

Get the printer friendly version here.

Reminder: Bitty Block patterns are posted on the 1st Monday of the month. May is an exception due to Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Vol.11 Blog Tour starting on Monday May 4th. The June Bitty Block will be posted on Monday, June 1st!

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Electric Quilt Creative Spark

Each issue of our magazine contains a fantastic column from our friends at Electric Quilt. This features tells you about all the nifty functions of their quilt design software. So many of our quilt designers use Electric Quilt to design their quilt creations. If you’re aspiring to take your quilt creativity to the next level, be sure to pay attention to this column!

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EQ7 Software

We also have a section on our website titled Creative Spark. In this column, we expand on the feature from the magazine. You’ll find images outlining how to maneuver around Electric Quilt software and great step-by-step directions so you know exactly how to use EQ.

Our current issue, Quiltmaker May/June, talked about using EQ7 to merge quilt blocks and create new and exciting designs for a quilt.

The issue before that, March/April, discussed how to play with quilt block size and proportion. A few simple steps can completely change the look and size of your quilt! It’s quilting magic!

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Check out the column for yourself, explore Electric Quilt and put on your design hat!

Happy Designing!

Rachel

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Enter the Be Creative Quilt Contest!

We are so pleased to present a new quilt contest in conjunction with Quilter’s Newsletter and McCall’s Quilting. The Be Creative Quilt contest will challenge you to become a quilt designer-and you could reap the rewards!

How it works:

Be Creative Fabrics Enter the Be Creative Quilt Contest!

  • Design an original quilt from pre-selected fabric. Our fabric bundle is a gorgeous collection  of prints designed by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.
  • Make a quilt using your original design that measures 56”-60” x 68”-72” when finished.
  • Submit a photo of the finished quilt along with some other pieces of information to be entered into the contest. More information can be found on our website along with the official rules.
  • The entry deadline is November 1st. That gives you plenty of time to get creative!

The prizes:

  • The winning quilt along with the finalist quilt will be displayed for thousands to see at Original Sewing & Quilt Expos in 2016.
  • The grand prize recipient prize pack includes tickets to a 2016 Original Quilting & Sewing Expo event, one-year subscriptions to Quilters NewsletterQuiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting, quilt books and gift certificates to shop for even more quilting goodies!

Why should you enter?

  • Did you see that fabric? Even the simplest of quilts will look gorgeous in those prints.
  • Push you boundaries and try something new!
  • The winning quilt will be displayed to countless people. This could be the start of your quilt design career.
  • We love seeing our audience’s talent. We enjoy going through each photo and getting inspiration from your genius ideas.
  • I feel the need to repeat this-That. Fabric. I want to get my hands on that fabric bundle right now!

Be sure to check out all the guidelines for submission on our Quiltmaker page. That page also includes a tab for your entry form where you have the option to electronically submit your quilt photo.

The fabric bundle for the Be Creative contest is available at quiltandsewshop.com.

Happy Creating!

Rachel

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