A Few of My Favorites: Best of 100 Blocks

I’m still paging through Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 on a nightly basis. There are so many wonderful blocks. I wanted to highlight a few of them today.

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Dainty Dresdens quilt block by Erin Russek for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12

I just love Erin Russek’s Dainty Dresdens. I’m a huge fan of Dresden Plate blocks in any form. They’re easier than you’d think! If you’d like to see how it’s done, watch my video for all the best tips and tricks.

I’m also a fan of this block:

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Tulip Patch quilt block by Carolyn Beam for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

It was designed by our Content Director, Carolyn Beam, and it’s called Tulip Patch. I can imagine putting rows of these blocks together with tulips in all different colors.

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Twiggy quilt block by Susan Geddes for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

Susan Geddes designed this block in batiks and named it Twiggy. I love it. It’s nothing like this:

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Twiggy

When I was looking for a photo, I learned that the 1960s British model Twiggy actually knew how to sew. Who would have guessed?!

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Love Chain quilt block by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

This is my own block for Volume 12, Love Chain. I was born on Valentine’s Day in 1960, so I have a thing for hearts. When you put these blocks together, the diagonal lines form a chain. I love using scrappy grays as my neutrals. I think they’re really interesting.

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East Side Rose quilt block by Greg Jones for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

This block caught my eye right off the bat. It’s by Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio. Can you just imagine a whole quilt of these? I’m going to have to play with it and see what I can come up with. If you’ve never checked out Electric Quilt’s EQ7 quilt design software, I highly recommend it. It’s like a rocket ship for quilters.

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Special Delivery quilt block by Jennifer Ofenstein for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

I really like Jennifer Ofenstein’s Special Delivery block. Wouldn’t this be cute for a Christmas wall hanging? We love getting Jennifer’s designs—always so original.

One of our testers made an entire quilt from a block by Jessie Kurtz called Electric Avenue.

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Electric Avenue quilt block by Jessie Kurtz for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

This is the original block that Jessie sent to Quiltmaker.

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Electric Avenue quilt by Lisa Dumais, one of Quiltmaker’s block testers for Volume 12

And this is a quilt made from the block by Lisa Dumais from Newington, Connecticut. Lisa was one of our block testers for this issue. I love how she reimagined the block in small prints and 30′s reproductions. Isn’t it wonderful?

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Detail of Lisa Dumais’s Electric Avenue quilt

I hope you’ll pick up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands. If you don’t find it locally, get it from our website where it’s available in print or digital format.

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Join Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt: Part 4

TH15 logo Join Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt: Part 4Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 2015 Treasure Hunt contest blog series! We’re giving away more than $17,000 in quilting prizes to 27 different winners during this year’s contest. To enter, you’ll need to find this Treasure Hunt button on the websites of contest sponsors. Start with a copy of Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’15 issue. The advertisements from our Treasure Hunt sponsors contain clues to help you find the buttons. Each button found will take you to a new entry form in the contest. You can enter a total of 17 times – once on each sponsor’s website and once here on Quiltmaker.com. You can learn more about the Treasure Hunt and the prizes up for grabs on our main Treasure Hunt page.

We’re featuring our Treasure Hunt sponsors and their products here on on blog throughout the contest – and offering you a few Treasure Hunt clues along the way. (Missed any of these posts so far? Catch up on them here.) Today we’ll spotlight Paintbrush Studio, Madeira Threads, The Warm Company and Guidelines 4 Quilting.

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Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints

First up, let’s stop by the Paintbrush Studio site and take a look at their new fabric collections. Their new line Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints 1880 – 1910 (located on the second-to-last row of Paintbrush Studio fabric collections) is absolutely beautiful! Designed by Barbara J. Eikmeier, the collection includes a variety of vintage-inspired florals, paisley prints and more. And, the page includes a free pattern download for Barbara’s quilt pattern, Vintage Stars, that you can make using these lovely fabrics.

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FREE Vintage Stars quilt pattern

Be sure to also check out their Free Patterns page to discover dozens more free quilt patterns! (Click the “Free Patterns” tab at the top of their main site to access this page.)


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Madeira Aeroquilt longarm thread

Our friends at Madeira offer a variety of great quilting threads, including their new Madeira Aeroquilt longarm thread. This 100% core-spun polyester thread is stronger than traditional quilting thread, but has a cotton-like finish. It is ideal for the speed of longarm machines and is available to purchase in 48 beautiful colors and 3,000 yard cones.

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Have you ever wondered how your favorite threads get made? Check out Madeira’s virtual factory tour video for a fascinating look at how their thread is dyed, spooled and packaged!


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The Warm Company products

The Warm Company makes wonderfully soft and warm battings and fusibles, such as their Fusible Warm Fleece and Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 pictured above. They have a number of different types available so you can get just what you need for your next project.

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Warm Wishes Mini Quilt

While you’re on The Warm Company’s site, you’ll also want to stop by their Creative Corner section. They have a lot of free tutorials, patterns and techniques for quilting and sewing, including this cute and festive Warm Wishes Mini Quilt designed by Sherri Noel.


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Guidelines Ruler

Guidelines 4 Quilting makes a variety of rulers, ruler add-ons and more to take the math out of quilting. Their self-aligning Guidelines Ruler features built-in fabric guides and non-slip grip strips to help you perfectly line up your fabric for accurate cuts.

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Visit their website and watch this video to learn more about this helpful tool!

We gratefully acknowledge Paintbrush Studio, Madeira Threads, The Warm Company and Guidelines 4 Quilting for their generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

Visit our Treasure Hunt homepage to learn more about entering the contest. It closes on Dec. 1, so you still have a little over a week to find the buttons. I hope you’ll enjoy the process while you discover all the great products available on our sponsors’ websites.

Happy Treasure Hunting,
Natalie

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Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Doris Does Pumpkins

This is the final Blog Tour Bitty Block in celebration of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now. I hope you’ve enjoyed these little darlings. They sure are fun to make.

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I asked Doris Rice to design today’s block. She’s known as the Quilting Queen Online and she’s a member of our Addicted to Scraps team. This group makes quilts using Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps blocks, found in every issue of Quiltmaker.

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Doris Rice designed this 4″ self-sashing Bitty Pumpkin for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. Free quilt block pattern!

I was pretty excited when Doris sent me her idea, because these little pumpkins are what I call self-sashing: the space between the blocks is included in the block itself. Very clever!

Here’s how to make Doris’s Bitty Pumpkins. They finish at 4″ x 4″ (4-1/2″ unfinished).

Materials and Cutting
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Orange (pumpkin)

1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Green (stem)

1 square 1″ x 1″

Cream (background)

1 rectangle 1″ x 3-1/2″
2 rectangles 1″ x 1-3/4″
4 squares 1″ x 1″
1 rectangle 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

 Sewing

Make the stem:

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Join these patches to make the stem.

Use Stitch-and-Flip to make the pumpkin: Put a 1″ background square on all 4 corners.

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Background squares go on all four corners.

Sew across diagonally. Trim off, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open out and press.

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Stitch-and-Flip complete

Sew the stem and the pumpkin together.

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Sew the stem and the pumpkin together as shown.

Sew a 1″ strip to the top and a 1-1/2″ strip to the side as shown below.

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Sew a 1″ strip to the top of the block and a 1-1/2″ strip to the side as shown.

One Bitty Pumpkin complete!

You might like to try putting them on a dark background, as Doris did. These have the 1-1/2″ strip on the other side, but it doesn’t really matter.

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Try dark backgrounds for something different.

See how cute they are all lined up? Now you can see how that final strip creates space between the pumpkins.

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Bitty Pumpkins in a row.

Doris had some serious fun.

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Make yourself a whole pumpkin patch!

You can make the stems a little wider on some pumpkins. So very cute.

Send me photos of your Bitty Blocks and I’ll share them with Quiltmaker readers worldwide. Please use editor@quiltmaker.com.

Use #qmbittyblocks on social media to help us spread the word about these free quilt block patterns.

See all of the Bitty Blocks on one convenient page.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now, or from us in print and digital versions.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 5

Congratulations on making it to Friday! With all of this Blog Tour inspiration, it wasn’t as hard as usual, was it?! Welcome to Day 5 of celebrating Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

It’s also on our website in print and digital formats. Digital is great if you want it instantly or you don’t wish to pay shipping. What’s not to love?

Here is today’s…

Tour Tip

Fabrics with large motifs can be hard to use in small patches. But I discovered a way that it can be done.

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Large-scale motifs are about the size of my hand.

Go ahead and cut that fabric up into patches. In my example, I cut rectangles that were 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ so I could make Baby Windmills. Sort the patches into “families” as shown below.

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Sort the patches into “families,” putting similar patches into groups.

Use the groups of patches together as you make blocks, like this:

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You’d never guess that they came from the same fabric, would you? Give it a try. It’s great fun to see where this takes you! Read more and see detailed photos.

Now on to today’s new Bitty Block. It’s another little darling.

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Today’s design is by Doris Rice, the Quilting Queen Online, who also has a block in Volume 12. She’s on the blog tour today so be sure to visit her.

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Bitty Pumpkins by Doris Rice for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Are these not the cutest little pumpkins ever? I love how some of the stems are different! Find complete instructions for this free quilt block pattern.

I wonder if they’d look like apples if you skinnied up the stems and made them pink, yellow, red and green? I’m going to try it.

We’re pleased as punch to have a generous fabric sponsor today!

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Today’s Featured Designers

Visit each designer blog for a wide variety of quilt entertainment. Follow their instructions for your chance to win a copy of Volume 12.

  1. Doris Rice
  2. Sandi Colwell
  3. Susan Marth
  4. Cynthia Staub
  5. Debbie Martin
  6. Janice Averill
  7. Karyn Ashley-Smith

So many ideas. Inspiration galore. Creativity oozing everywhere. Isn’t this FUN?!

Giveaway time! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, fabric from Timeless Treasures and other quilt-related fun, leave a comment before midnight Sunday, Nov. 22 and tell us what your favorite part of the blog tour was. We’ll choose five winners and announce them here next week.

The winners of the Day 5 giveaway are: Liana, Karen in Brezzy Point, Terri, Carol Kussart and Tina.

Winners of the bonus giveaway are Amy L. and Verna. Winners have been notified by email.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

Thank you for joining me on this week’s blog tour. It was fun, wasn’t it? Please get your copy of Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands. Or it’s available from us in print and digital.

While you’re at it, dig out your past issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Page through and see what treasures you can find! Here are a few of my favorites from over the years.

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All past volumes are available in digital format.

 

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Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Barb’s Snail’s Trail

Today’s new Bitty Block to celebrate Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 is adorable. Barb Johnson designed a 12″ block for this great new issue:

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

And I invited her to design a new Bitty Block for today as well. She wrote me:

I was looking through the other Bitty Blocks, and noticed that there was a house and a tree, which kinda go together, so I decided that the boat block needed something that looks like waves to go with it!

I think you’ll agree that her Snail’s Trail is precious. These blocks do such cool things when you put them together.

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Snail’s Trail by Barb Johnson for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, a #qmbittyblock

Cutting and Sewing

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4″ Snail’s Trail by Barb Johnson

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1 square,
2-7/8 x 2-7/8″,
cut diagonally once

1 square,
2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″,
cut diagonally once

2 squares,
1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

It’s easy to mix up the triangles, so be sure you use the smaller ones first as you make the block.

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Sew the squares into a Four Patch.

Sew the 4 squares into a Four Patch as shown.

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Add the smaller light squares to 2 sides of the Four Patch.

Next you’ll add the smaller light triangles to 2 sides of the Four Patch as shown. Center a triangle on the Four Patch by placing the tip on the seamline as shown below. Sew it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Center the triangle by placing the tip on the Four Patch seamline as shown.

Open the patches and press. I usually trim off the tips even with the Four Patch.

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Open the light triangle patches and press.

Next you’ll add the small green triangles to the block in the same way.

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Add the small green triangles to the block in the same way.

Next, add the larger light triangles to 2 sides of the block as shown.

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Add the larger light triangles to 2 sides of the block as shown.

Open them out and press. Trim off the tips if you like.

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Add the larger green triangles to the block as shown.

Add the larger green triangles to the last 2 sides of the block as shown. Flip them open and press.

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You’ve just made a Snail’s Trail quilt block!

And just like that, you’ve completed a Snail’s Trail quilt block! Barb made quite a number of them.

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Barb’s Snail’s Trail #qmbittyblocks

And she had some fun seeing how they’d look set together in various ways.

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The blocks form an interesting design when set side-by-side.

Thanks to Barb Johnson for a great job on this design. I hope you’ll give Bitty Blocks a try soon. Friendly warning: They are addictive.

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Bitty Blocks, Bitty Blocks, Bitty Blocks Everywhere!

And be sure to pick up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks when you see it on newsstands. It’s a good one!

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

If you don’t find it locally, we have it on our website in print and digital formats.

See all of Quiltmaker’s Bitty Blocks on our Bitty Blocks homepage. We have quite a collection!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 4

Thanks for coming back to

Day 4 of

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

More great stuff today, please read on.

Today’s Tour Tip

Have you heard about the John Flynn method of a diagonal seam on a quilt backing? It’s the coolest trick ever! Here are several links that show you how it’s done. It’s ingenious!

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I think it’s easiest to understand the concept if you look at the Multi-Patch page first. Then you can go to John Flynn’s instructions and print them if you like.

 

 

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Of course we have another new Bitty Block for you today. This design is by Barb Johnson, one of our designers, who is also on today’s tour. Be sure to visit her Quilty Musings blog, linked below.

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Snail’s Trail by Barb Johnson for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, a #qmbittyblock

Barb designed a 4″ finished Snail’s Trail-type block. Don’t be intimidated—its construction is easy. Find the complete free quilt block pattern for this #qmbittyblock.

Now to…

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Margie Ullery
  2. Nancy Mahoney
  3. Bonnie Hunter
  4. Beth Helfter
  5. Barb Johnson
  6. Sandra Starley
  7. Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken
  8. Barbara Cain
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Layer Cake by Ally Nicoll for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now.

One of the great things about 100 Blocks issues is that they feature many techniques. So no matter what you enjoy, there’s something inside for you!

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Tulip Patch by Carolyn Beam for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now.

Let’s have a giveaway! Today we have five issues plus books and other miscellaneous quilt-related items that winners will love to find in their mailboxes. Trust me!

For your chance to win, leave a comment before midnight on Friday, Nov. 20 just letting us know you were here. We’ll choose winners and announce them here next week.

The winners of the Day 4 giveaway are: Shirley Jobson, Sue in Scottsdale AZ, Elizabeth McDonald, Kathy L. and Georgia. Winners have been notified by email.

The two bonus winners from today’s post are Patsy Fidelak and Claire, they have been notified by email.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

Thanks for joining us. One more day of giveaways tomorrow—I hope you win!

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Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Jacob’s Ladder by Greg Jones

The Blog Tour Bitty Blocks just keep getting better. Today I’m happy to introduce Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio. Greg has sent some amazing block designs to Quiltmaker, so I knew he’d be perfect to contribute a new #qmbittyblock.

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Greg drafted and made 4″ Jacob’s Ladder blocks which are utterly adorable.

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Mini Jacob’s Ladder by Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio, #qmbittyblocks

And while they’re totally cute just as shown above, just wait until you see what they do when you twist and turn them, and set them together!

Greg wrote me:

I’m always drawn to classic quilt blocks; I love their structure and repetition. Remaking this vintage block in miniature is a modern way to freshen it up. And what could be a more perfect seasonal color combination than red and green?! I’ve used Fig Tree’s Farmhouse fabric, along with a few pieces of older Fig Tree fabrics.

I overcut my squares which allows me PLENTY of fabric to trim. This does waste a tiny amount of fabric but guarantees that my blocks are always exactly the correct size. To make them, I round up by 1″ – so in this case, I used 3.5″ squares of fabric to create 2.5″ half-square triangles. I square them up using an Omnigrid ruler.

So please make note: Greg cut his half-square triangles oversized and then trimmed them down for perfect accuracy on these small patches. If you prefer to make them to the exact size, use your preferred method to make HSTs that will finish at 2″ x 2″ (2-1/2″ unfinished).

Our instructions guide you to use the oversized patches and then trim them down.

Materials and Cutting

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For one 4″ finished block:

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These are the patches needed for one Jacob’s Ladder block.

 

Print (shown red):
1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

4 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

Background (shown white):

1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

4 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

 

Layer the 3-1/2″ red and white squares with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square. Sew 1/4″ out on both sides of the drawn line as indicated by the blue lines below.

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Cut between the two lines of stitching, open the patches and press toward the red fabric. You’ll get 2 half-square triangles.

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Trim the half-square triangles to 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Trim to 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ as shown above.

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Two half-square triangles are needed for each Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

Next you’ll join the smaller squares into Four Patches. Greg believes in pinning generously and as a result his patchwork is very accurate.

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Pin generously for accuracy.

Sew the white and red small squares together into 4 pairs. Press toward the red fabric.

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Pin the intersections carefully.

Sew the pairs together into Four Patches as shown below. Lay out the half-square triangles and the Four Patches as shown.

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Lay out the half-square triangles and the Four Patches as shown.

Sew the top units together and the bottom units together in rows, and then sew the top and bottom rows together.

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One Jacob’s Ladder quilt block complete

It’s as easy as that. Darling, aren’t they? At this point they should measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ for a 4″ finish.

Now watch as Greg shares the blocks he made:

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Lots o’ Jacob’s Ladder blocks by Greg Jones

And plays around with how to set them. Maybe this:

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Layout #1

Or how about this?

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Layout #2

You might like this one:

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Layout #3

Getting excited yet? Here’s another option:

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Layout #4

I’m sure you’re beginning to see why Bitty Blocks are so addictive! I hope you’ll make some very soon. I know Greg has been busy making more and I can’t wait to see the results.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it, or get it from our website in print or digital formats.

See all of the blog tour posts so far.

Visit Greg Jones’s Grey Dogwood Studio blog.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

Already we’re on Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. Welcome back! We have much more for you today and many more giveaways. So much fun!

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First things first, here is today’s…

Tour Tip

I hope this explanation of our fabric naming system will make Quiltmaker patterns that much easier to understand and use with success.

1. Tone-on-Tone: This is a fabric that is all one color but has variations of that color. It usually reads as a solid. Here are examples:

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2. Print, usually listed with a color such Yellow Print (left, below) or Purple Print (right, below): Predominantly one color with other colors mixed in.

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3. Multiprint: So many colors that no particular color is dominant, like in this example:

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Example of what we’d called a “Multiprint” in Quiltmaker patterns

What we name a certain fabric often depends on what other fabrics are in the quilt. The main thing is that a reader must be able to distinguish which fabric we are referring to when she uses the pattern.

Sometimes we differentiate with terms like Plaid, Dot, or Stripe. If you have questions about Quiltmaker patterns, we’re always happy to assist you via email: editor@quiltmaker.com.

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Bali Bloom by Marian Mapes for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

 

We have a new free #qmbittyblock today!

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I’m happy to introduce designer Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio. His designs are very fresh and they have a certain cottage charm. Be sure to visit his blog today—he’s on the tour below.

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Mini Jacob’s Ladder by Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio, #qmbittyblocks

Greg offers a mini Jacob’s Ladder block, and wait until you see what these do when they’re set together. SMASHING! Get the complete free pattern for this #qmbittyblock.

 

We’re happy to have a fabric sponsor today! Northcott has partnered with Quiltmaker to bring you, quite literally, bundles of joy. Be sure to visit “Patti’s Patchwork” blog for more chances to win.

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Lucky winners on this post will have beautiful Northcott fabrics delivered to their door in the coming days. Read to the end for your chance to win.

Today’s Featured Designers

Visit each designer blog for a wide variety of quilt entertainment. Follow their instructions for your chance to win a copy of Volume 12.

  1. Kate Colleran
  2. Greg Jones
  3. Cheryl Brown
  4. Peg Spradlin
  5. Carol Steely
  6. Sue Marsh
  7. Cynthia Frenette
  8. Abigail Dolinger
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The Pleiades by Emily Breclaw for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

Now it’s giveaway time. You’ll have a chance to win one of five issues we’re giving away, one of the Northcott fabric bundles, a quilting book and other quilt-related fun.

Leave a comment before midnight Friday, Nov. 20 and tell us what your favorite quilting techniques are, such as piecing by hand or machine, applique by hand or machine, English paper piecing, embroidery by hand or machine, quilting by hand or machine, etc.

We’d love to know! We’ll announce the winners here next week.

The winners of the Day 3 Giveaway are: Annie, Ruth Johnson, Tamara Williams, Pam and Rasalind Gutierrez. Winners have been notified by email!

Day 3 Bonus giveaway winners are Madeline and Lariann Fish. Winners have been notified by email!

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

Be sure to get your copy of Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands, or from our website in print or digital format.

Have you entered Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest? Check it out!

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Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Diane’s Bitty Spools

I’m happy to share Bitty Spools with you today as part of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, fall 2015. This issue is on newsstands now, and available on our website in print and digital versions.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

I had so much fun designing this diminutive #qmbittyblock just for this occasion. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

 

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I made my backgrounds dark and my spools light but of course you could reverse the values if you like. Here’s how to make a 3″ Bitty Spool quilt block.

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Cutting for Bitty Spools

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These are the patches needed for one 3″ Bitty Spool quilt block.

(Printer-friendly instructions here)

Background (shown dark)

4 squares, 2″ x 2″

 

 

 

 

Spool (shown light/orange)

2 squares, 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

2 squares 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″

 

 

 

 

We’ll use Stitch-and-Flip to create all of the triangles. (Helpful tips for Stitch-and-Flip.)

Mark a diagonal line across the center of all the orange patches. Layer each one right sides together on a dark background 2″ square.

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Mark a diagonal line on each orange patch and then layer each one right sides together on a dark square.

Sew on the diagonal lines. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and discard the tiny trimmings. Note: If you want to just eyeball the small ones without marking, that seems to work fine.

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Sew on all of the diagonal lines and trim all of the seam allowances to 1/4″. Discard the trimmings.

Flip the orange patches open and press.

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Arrange the patches as shown.

Arrange the patches as shown above. Sew the pairs together as shown below.

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Sew the pairs together in rows. Sew the rows together.

Sew the little rows together to complete the block. It should measure 3-1/2″ x 3 1/2″ for a 3″ x 3″ finish.

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Tone-on-tone fabrics work the best for Bitty Spools.

These patches are small but they’re not hard to work with. I did find that they’re more successful made from tone-on-tones. Even very small prints get lost and look a little weird:

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Even small prints can look a little weird in these tiny patches.

I will still use these blocks, but as I make more I will choose fabrics that read as solids, which we call tone-on-tones.

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Another one where the print looks odd. I’ll stick to solid-reading tone-on-tones.

Help us spread the word by using #qmbittyblocks on social media. And if you want to send me your photos, I’d be happy to share them with thousands of QM readers online! Please use editor@quiltmaker.com to the attention of Diane.

Find all of the QM Bitty Blocks free quilt block patterns.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

And remember to get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands! It’s also available on our website in print and digital versions.

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 2

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. This is Day 2 to celebrate the release of Volume 12, the dark green issue.

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Find it on newsstands, at quilt shops or on our website today in print and digital versions. Be sure to get your copy before they run out.

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Love You by Janet Maurer for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12

Lots more exciting content today, beginning with the…

Tour Tip

You may have noticed that thread comes loaded onto spools in two different fashions. Viewed from the side, if the threads run horizontally and lie right next to each other, the thread is stacked.

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Stacked on the left, cross-wound on the right

If the thread runs diagonally and crosses itself, the spool is crosswound. In the photo above, the thread on the right is crosswound. You can see that it’s different from the stacked spool on the left.

Why does this matter? Because you want the thread to feed differently from the spool depending on how it is wound. Stacked thread is intended to feed off the side of the spool. For the best results, use a vertical spoolpin (points upward) for stacked threads. The spool should rotate freely on the spoolpin. The small piece of wool or flannel that slips over the spoolpin and sits beneath the thread helps to accomplish this.

Crosswound thread is intended to feed off the top of the spool. A horizontal spoolpin (spool on its side) works well for crosswound threads. The thread slips off the top of the spool; there is generally no “pull” involved and the spool is stationary (it does not rotate). Learn more and see photos!

 

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We have another new free QM Bitty Block today. I designed this 3″ block especially for the blog tour. I love giving away free quilt block patterns!

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Bitty Spools, a 3″ #qmbittyblock designed especially for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour

I’m enamored with this one. It’s so small and so cute. And really, it’s no harder to sew across a 1-1/4″ square than it is to sew across a larger 4″ square. You’ll see! Get the complete free quilt pattern for Bitty Spools.

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Mobile Apts. by Kathryn Wagar Wright for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12

Let’s get you rolling on to the designer blogs, where there are many chances to win yourself a copy of Volume 12. Be sure to follow their instructions, and read to the bottom for a chance to win here, too.

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Lorna McMahon
  2. Sherri Noel
  3. Pam Vieira-McGinnis
  4. Robin Koehler
  5. Jacquelynne Steves
  6. Wendy Kruskie
  7. Jennifer Ofenstein
  8. Sandi Irish

So many wonderful ideas. So much inspiration. I hope you’re enjoying the blog tour.

Giveaway time! Leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 18 and tell us about your level of quilting experience. Beginner? Expert? Somewhere in the middle? We’d love to know! Don’t be shy about giving yourself credit for your skills. We’ll choose five lucky winners for copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12.

Winner’s of the Day 2 Giveaway are: Carol, Beth T., Ritainalaska, Diane S., and Kathy E. Winner’s 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 2 Bonus Winners are: Jamie and Renata. The winner’s have been notified by email.

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Snow Dance by Vicki Hansen for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12

Be sure to pick up your copy of this issue when you see it on newsstands, or get it from our website. Free shipping on US orders over $50.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands Tuesday, 11/17

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