Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 2: May 2, 2017

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WELCOME TO DAY 2 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!

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We’re pleased to see that you’ve returned for another day to help us celebrate the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 15. If you are joining us for the first time, check out what happened on Day 1 of the rally. The issue is now on the newsstands and you can also get a print or digital copy issue from the Quilt and Sew Shop.

We have several block stops planned for today. You’ll see some of the blocks from the latest issue of 100 Blocks and meet their designers. We’ve also included a couple of the Quiltmaker staff blocks from the issue. I asked each of the staff designers a few questions so you’ll get to know more about them, too!

Don’t forget about our giveaways! We have lots of goodies for some lucky readers in our  daily giveaways. Your comments or questions about the daily blog posts give you a chance to win one of these. Winners will be chosen for each day and announced on the blog. We’re also giving away 3 grand prizes at the end of the rally.

Join the Souvenir Hunt each day as you take a block stop at each of the day’s designer blog sites for a chance at a grand prize. Winners will be announced on May 8th. Go to Day 1 of the Rally to get the details about participating.

Let’s get on the road!

You Are in the Driver’s Seat

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Check out the following blocks from Volume 15. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for souvenirs. Make a note, some of the designers are sponsoring their own giveaways during the rally!

QM100 ALEXANDER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1411
Designed by: Paige Alexander
quiltedblooms.com

 Diamond Twist. Crossing angles offers a different point of view for these diamond shapes. Paige foundation pieced sections to create this quick block made with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids.


Block #1457
Designed by: Abigail Dolinger
abyquilts.wordpress.com

Cameo Appearance. Aby’s heart-warming block would make the perfect setting for a bed quilt. She pieced it using the Stitch-and-Flip technique. Cameo Appearance is made with American Beauty by Gerri Robinson for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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


Block #1460
Designed by: Cindy Foster
sewmanyroads.blogspot.com

Desert Eyes. Another quick-piecing block, using Triangle-Squares and Stitch-and-Flip techniques.

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


QM100 FUNDORA Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1403
Designed by: Yolanda Fundora
urbanamishfabrics.com

BartholoMEW. What’s this sweet little cat up to? This iconic bookshop kitty is all applique with a pieced border to create the frame.


Block #1473
Designed by: Andy Knowlton
abrightcorner.com

Aquamarine. The center patches of Andy’s block design is perfect for some of those wayward fabric scraps you might have stashed away. Cut these 2″ finished squares scrappy!

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


QM100 THOMAS Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1492
Designed by: Jennifer Thomas
curlicuecreations.blogspot.com

Cherry Bon Bon. Color this block traditional or modern. Jennifer used Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts from Moda Fabrics to create this block of chocolates.

Last Stop: Our House

Over the years many of our readers have asked about our staff, and if they are quilters. We are proud to say, “Yes we are!”  Each day we’ll add a couple of blocks to the tour Road Rally that were designed by our staff. We’d like you to get to know us so I asked each of them to describe the inspiration behind their block design for Volume 15 and to respond to a couple of questions for our meet-and-greet.

Block #1451
Designed by: Carolyn Beam, Content Director, Quiltmaker
Sunlight Meteor

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

Carolyn likes small blocks, (not necessarily the minis she used to make in the 80s with 1″– 1-1/2″ blocks), but blocks between 3″-6″ are her favorites. Carolyn likes star blocks. She was doodling on graph paper trying to come up with a design that incorporated these two design elements, and this block evolved. She made this block with Lulu Lane by Carey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.

Currently, Carolyn’s favorite fabrics are bright pastels, so the collection she used for her block fits the bill.

A tip for you: Carolyn finds that an accurate seam allowance is especially important when make blocks that contain small pieces.

Besides quilting, Carolyn’s favorite things to do are spending time with family, photography and traveling. Unless she’s making quilts for our magazines, she likes using her stash to make quilts for charity. In fact, in 2016 she made a resolution to make a quilt each month to donate to the fire station where her son works, quilts made and given from the heart to comfort victims of fires and other traumatic events. And… she made them!  Resolution accomplished.

QM100 STARCK Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

Block #1441
Designed by: Denise Starck, Art Director, Quiltmaker
Tree Houses

Denise likes foundation piecing because it helps make some of those difficult angles easier to piece, and gives quilters more design possibilities.

Denise was inspired by QM’s Bitty Blocks and has always liked blocks that combine large and small sizes in the same units. She chose the fabric collection, Whale of a Time by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, because it’s a fresh color palette, whimsical and seemed fitting to the theme of her block.

Denise finds designing for a quilting magazine as much fun as you might think it could be. In case you were wondering, she wants to share, “No, we aren’t perfect quilters at Quiltmaker!” You should hear some of the after weekend confessions about quilting bloopers! We also have lots of activities we enjoy outside of our passion for quilting. Denise is the mom of a teenager (say no more), a runner and loves a good glass of wine!

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That’s it for Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Volume 15 Blog Tour Road Rally. You can make a quilt sampler with the blocks we are showcasing in the 5-day tour. We picked up 8 more blocks today.

Vol 15 Setting 2 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 2

You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in 100 Blocks Volume 15!

Tip: Sign up to have all of the Quiltmaker special issues, including 100 Blocks, delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they are released. Learn more here.

Enter the Daily Giveaway!

Don’t get out yet; the motor is still running!  Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know the farthest you’ve traveled to visit a quilt shop. Tell us about the shop.

Leave your comment by midnight on Wednesday, May 3. Winners will be chosen and announced Thursday, May 4.

Today’s winners will receive  a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a ruler from today’s tour sponsor, Guidelines4Quilting, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.

Winner’s of the Vol.15 Day 2 Blog Tour Giveaways are: Wendy, Chelsea Anderson, Rachell Reilly, Loris Mills and Diane Paul. Winners have been notified by email.

  • 2 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15, a ruler and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.
  • 3 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15 and other quilty goodies from QM.

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Join us tomorrow for Day 3 of the Block Tour Road Rally!

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

Designers:

Industry Partners:

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally

DAY 1: May 1, 2017

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Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15 celebration! We are excited to share the latest issue with you, a collection of traditional and modern block designs and techniques from your favorite designers, as well as an introduction to the creative efforts of some new ones.

Vol15 COVER Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Travel to your local newsstand to pick up a copy; it’s available beginning May 1st. Or, purchase your copy at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

To celebrate the release of this issue we’ve planned a 5-day Blog Tour Road Rally where you’ll see some of the blocks up close. You can take a side-road for a quick block stop to visit with the designers to learn more about them and the blocks they’ve created. Pick up some advice, a tip or two and see some of the other designs they’ve been working on. We hope you’ll join us every day!

You’ll have the opportunity to win prizes during your travels. In addition to some of the designers offering giveaways from their blog sites, we will award daily giveaways. Your comments or questions about the daily blog posts give you a chance to win one of these. Winners will be chosen for each day and announced on the blog.

We’re also giving away 3 grand prizes at the end of the rally. Join the adventure each day for a chance at a grand prize. Here is how it will work:

  • It’s something like a treasure hunt, but we’re calling it a Souvenir Hunt.
  • I’ll post two questions somewhere in the Quilty Pleasures blog post each day of the Road Rally.
  • The souvenirs you are looking for is a word or phrase to answer each of the questions.
    • Sample question: What is my favorite piecing technique?
    • Answer: Foundation
  • To search for answers, click on the links to the designer sites presented on that day.
  • Jot down the answers you find to the questions. We’ll post a link to a questionnaire on Friday, May 5th to submit your answers to enter the drawing for a grand prize.
  • You will have until 12:00 midnight Sunday, May 7th to submit your entry. We will announce the winners in the Quilty Pleasures blog post on Monday, May 8th!

Let’s Get on the Road!

First Stop: Our House

So many readers ask us about our work and what we do to put together Quiltmaker’s magazines. We’ve decided to give you a tour of the steps involved to create an issue of QM’s 100 Blocks. Just a note here, EVERY member of the team is a quilter too! Click on the image below to see our staff in action.

Shortly after Deb McDonald receives designer blocks we send them off to Denise Starck to begin crafting the artwork. Denise passes the blocks to Erin Russek and Tricia Patterson, who write the patterns. Tricia coordinates testing and sends the patterns to at least 3 testers. The testers send a photo of their test block and an evaluation to Tricia that lets us know how we can correct or improve the pattern directions, and then Erin and Tricia make necessary changes to the pattern. When a pattern is finished it goes to Carolyn Beam for final proofing. During the process, each pattern is proofed 5 times! Mellisa Mahoney photographs all the blocks for the publication. Kelly Eisinger joins the team to communicate with designers and sponsors, coordinates designer and tester thank-you gifts. She also organizes the block giveaways for our readers, and more. And, last but surely not least, Natalie Nettles, our Quilty Pleasures blog site guru, helps pull together and present the blog tour and supports it throughout blog week.

One very important element of our team is our testers. As you can see in the map below our testers live all over the United States, and we have a few from Canada and The Nederlands. Each tester is assigned at least 13 blocks to test in a 3-4 month timeframe. Their participation is invaluable!!

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Now, You Are in the Driver’s Seat!

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Check out the following blocks from Volume 15. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for souvenirs!

Block #1448
Designed by: Nancy Allen
bountifulheirlooms.blogspot.com

 Pinwheels All Around takes off with the quilters’ favorite Pinwheel block. It’s an easy-to-piece pattern with the Triangle-Squares and Stitch-and-Flip techniques.

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


QM100 BRICKEY Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Block #1415
Designed by: Cheryl Brickey
meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com

Sizzle Star. What a fun modern variation of a star pattern! Cheryl made this block with fabric from Yuwa Fabrics and Robert Kaufman. It’s easy to match up all the points with foundation-pieced sections. If you haven’t tried foundation piecing, or just need a refresher, click here for a free download of the Foundation Piecing Primer.


Block #1401
Designed by: Sandi Colwell
quiltcabanapatterns.com

Bunny Love. And, who wouldn’t love this cheerful applique bunny? You can use fabrics from your scrap stash to make this little critter for a special child. Sandi used fabric paint to highlight the bunny’s face. Embroidery floss works too!

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


Block #1456
Designed by: Melissa Corry
happyquiltingmelissa.com

Celtic Tricks. Some of the beauty behind Melissa’s block pattern is that it would be very easy to re-size into a larger wall hanging, crib quilt or make multiples for a bed-size quilt, just by making the patches longer. Melissa chose Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics to make her block.

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


Block #1461
Designed by: Yvonne Fuchs
quiltingjetgirl.com

 Four Way Blocks. Oh, the places you could go with this block pattern. Make it scrappy, use batiks or change up the colors. Do all three! Yvonne created her block with Cirrus Solids from Cloud 9 Fabrics.

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


QM100 PILAND Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Block #1484
Designed by: Laura Piland
sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com

Split Mountain. Laura’s block verges on the trendy improvisational piecing. For this block, you simply make it, cut it apart, arrange the pieces and sew it back together again. Check the pattern in QM 100 Blocks Volume 15 to see how it’s made!

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We’ve made it through the first day of the 100 Blocks Volume 15 Blog Tour Road Rally. You can make a quilt sampler with the blocks we are showcasing in the 5-day tour. We picked up 6 blocks today.

Vol 15 Setting 1 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in— you know it100 Blocks Volume 15!

Tip: You can sign up to have all of the Quiltmaker special issues, including 100 Blocks, delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they are released. Learn more here.

Enter the Daily Giveaway!

Wait! Before you leave, comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. Let us know which of the blocks we looked at today inspired you the most. Tell us why.

Leave your comment by midnight on Tuesday, May 2. Winners will be chosen and announced Wednesday, May 3.

Today’s winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from one of today’s two tour sponsors, Hoffman Fabrics and Robert Kaufman, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies. (Be sure to visit Hoffman’s blog for a free pattern and more!)

  • 4 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15, a fabric bundle and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.
  • 3 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15 and other quilty goodies from QM.

Winner’s of the Vol.15 Day 1 Blog Tour Giveaways are: Elizabeth Russell, Sandy A in St. Louis, Lori Smanski, Kathleen Scargle, Kristine Clay, Martina and NancyB from Many LA. Winners have been notified by email.

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Hoffman Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

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Robert Kaufman Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour: Day 1

Join us tomorrow for Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally!

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

Designers:

Industry Partners:

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Coming Next Week: 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour

Join us here on Quilty Pleasures May 1-5 for all the fun

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The newest volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands next week, and print and digital copies are available to purchase early in our online shop!

Vol15 COVER Coming Next Week: 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour

This edition includes 100 brand new quilt blocks from your favorite designers. We’ll be celebrating the issue’s release all week long on Quilty Pleasures, and we’re totally revamping the blog tour this time around to bring you even more fun and excitement.

As always, there will be lots of designer inspiration and fun giveaways. We’ll also have a grand prize souvenir hunt, color option ideas, an inside look at how our team put the issue together and much more.

See you there!

~ The Quiltmaker team

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Monday’s Washday: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

Today we’re excited to welcome designer Heidi Pridemore as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Heidi is going to tell us about her whimsical new quilt, Monday’s Washday:

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Monday’s Washday

43″ x 52″

Designed by Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore Mondays Washday: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreHello fellow quilters, I am so happy to be a guest blogger for Quiltmaker. I am also excited to share my Monday’s Washday quilt that is featured in the May/June ’17 issue #175.

I used the beautiful line of fabric called Frou Frou, distributed by Clothworks. The fabrics are from France and have a lovely lightweight silky feel to them. The Frou Frou collection is so cool because the line is never discontinued and they also offer a full line of matching spaghetti straps, bias tapes and buttons to go with the different prints mostly for garment construction.

When I was approached to design a quilt for this group. I thought, why not create a quilt that represents what the collection was designed for by creating little dresses? I thought of paper doll dresses from my youth and used this as additional inspiration for the design. I also knew I wanted to incorporate the trims and buttons from the collection into the design. So I decided to use the spaghetti straps for the straps and belts for the appliqued dresses. I used the matching buttons for the flowers on the quilt. Here are some photos of how I assembled the quilt top.

heidi pridemore 1 Mondays Washday: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

First I assembled all the tools I would need. I had the dresses, cut and ready to go. I also used a piece of wax paper and glue stick, along with sharp scissors for this part.

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First I cut the belts from the spaghetti strap for the dresses about 1/4″ longer on each side of the dress. Then I used the glue stick to attach the spaghetti strap strips to the dresses. I centered the belt onto the dress and then folded the excess to the back of the dress and glued them in place. This created a finished edge on each side of the belt.

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Then I started an assembly line to finish all the dresses.

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Next I added the straps to each dress, again using the glue stick to attach them to the wrong side of the dresses.

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Now it was time to hang the dresses on the clothesline. First I positioned the clothesline onto the background and used the glue stick to hold it in place.

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I started with the dress in the middle of each curve and positioned the rest of the dresses in place. I tucked the dress straps under the clothesline by carefully peeling up the clothesline and then pressed the dresses in place.

Once all the dresses were in place I used a blanket stitch to stitch the dresses, clothesline, belts and straps in place. I used a lime green thread from Aurifil to finish all the edges.

Next I used the glue stitch method to position and place each stem in between the dresses. I finished the edges of each with a blanket stitch.

For the buttons, I use the Button Foot for my BERNINA to machine stitch each button in place. To keep them from sliding around as I stitched, I used my old standby, the glue stick to hold them in place. This made quick work of attaching the buttons.

I hope you have enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how this sweet quilt was made.

Please visit my blog http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the free project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop.

Happy Quilting,

Heidi Pridemore

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Thank you for joining us today, Heidi!

If you’d like to make Monday’s Washday and don’t have a copy of our May/June ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Monday’s Washday.

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Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

diane harris Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane HarrisPlease join us as we welcome our dear friend Diane Harris of Stash Bandit (stashbandit.net) back to Quilty Pleasures today!

Diane is here to tell us about her fun Can You Find It? quilt — aka the cover star for our current issue of Quiltmaker:

I was pleased to spot my most recent I Spy quilt on the cover of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue.

My idea was a simple one: I wondered if anyone had ever put novelty fabrics in the middle of Churn Dash blocks. I don’t know that I was the first, but I can say that I love how this quilt turned out. I made it completely from my stash.

QM1706 FIND 450flat Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

The great thing about Churn Dash is that you can change up the proportions endlessly.

Churn Dash 1 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

I played around with the fabrics I wanted to feature until I was satisfied that the size of the center patch was sufficient.

Churn Dash 2 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

Churn Dash 3 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

Since most of the fabrics were bright, clear colors, I wondered if black and white prints would be good as neutrals. It only took a few blocks to decide I loved it. I balanced out the backgrounds and the Churn Dash patches in diagonal rows, which you only notice if you look closely. If nothing else, it made me feel like there was some order in the chaos.

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The biggest surprise of all was when I went to audition fabrics for borders. I always feel like blue is the universal neutral that ties everything together, but it didn’t seem to do much for this quilt. Neither did red, green or orange. In frustration I threw up the wild idea of a black and white chevron, and voila, it was like an exclamation point!

QM100517 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

It takes a perfect storm for a quilt to land on the cover of a magazine. It’s only happened to me a few times, and it’s always exciting. When you see it in the grocery store, you want to grab the nearest shopper and babble away in excitement.

I hope you’ll corral some novelty prints and give this quilt a go. It’s easy and it’s really fun!

Come visit my new website at StashBandit.net. You might enjoy Become a Color-Savvy Quilter or Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Patchwork. Quilt on!

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Thank you for joining us today, Diane!

If you’d like to make Can You Find It? and don’t have a copy of our May/June ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Can You Find It?

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Design Inspiration: Mountain Lil’s and Lily’s Dreams

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By Tricia Patterson
Designer and Associate Editor, Quiltmaker

As a quilter I have so many things in my life that inspire my quilt designs. I’m inspired by the world around me, such as drawing from the elements of nature or the aesthetic I want to create in my home. I’m also greatly influenced by the people I make quilts for, the things my family and friends enjoy or favor, like their extracurricular activities, their work or favorite colors, and their personality. When I decide to make a quilt for someone, I generally consider these things and incorporate them in the design. The Mountain Lil’s quilt design in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker is a perfect example of my approach to the creative journey I take with each of my quilts.

Mountain Lils Block Alternate Design Inspiration: Mountain Lil’s and Lilys Dreams

As I mention in the sidebar of the pattern in the magazine, the Mountain Lil’s quilt design was inspired by my granddaughter Lily, (who has always been attracted to the variety of color), colorful Colorado where I live and the visual memories I have from hiking the high country of the Rocky Mountain range. All of these things came together in my mind as I created the design for fabrics Lily chose for a quilt on a fabric expedition during one of her visits to Colorado.

The quilt using Lily’s design that I submitted to consider for a Quiltmaker issue was made with a floral fabric from Moda Fabrics that I’ve had in my stash for a while. I purchased yardage on a whim, nothing planned for it other that I just fell in love with it (Oh my, what a surprise a quilter would ever do that!). I was attracted to the colors and the vivid flowers; I thought it would be perfect for the focus fabric in Lily’s pattern. The fabric was just waiting for this quilt and I continued the vibrancy of the color by pairing it with tone-on-tone fabrics from Northcott’s Toscana line.

I know so many quilters that don’t feel they have the inner creativity to design a quilt. I had the same mindset for so long; it kept me from exploring new ideas. My breakthrough moments came when I wanted to make graduation quilts for my sons. I stretched my quilting imagination because I wanted to include elements of their past lives and future aspirations in their quilts. I searched for specific block patterns and fabrics to represent my theme and quilted shapes of significant objects into the finished quilt top to hold the layers together. It was a simple first start to exploring my own creativity. Since then the ideas and creations have become endless.

To show you an alternate version of the pattern in Quiltmaker, here are a few photos of Lily’s finished quilt. I created the lettering for the quilt backing during a staff challenge, leveraging the Best Day Ever pattern in December/January 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. (If you are so inclined, patterns for letters can be found at Best Day Ever Free Alphabet Characters Block Patterns.)

Mountain Lilys quilt 1 Design Inspiration: Mountain Lil’s and Lilys Dreams

Mountain Lilys quilt 2 Design Inspiration: Mountain Lil’s and Lilys Dreams

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If you’d like to make Mountain Lil’s and don’t have a copy of our May/June ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Mountain Lil’s.

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Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

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Please join us in welcoming designer Kate Colleran from Seams Like a Dream as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures today! Kate is going to tell us all about the design process for her beautiful Pixie Pathways quilt from our spring ’17 issue of Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

 

When I was thinking about created my original block that was in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine, vol 14, Pixie Hearts, I wanted to create a heart that was made from squares. I also knew I wanted a chain element. I love blocks with chains in them. They draw the eye and help it move around the quilt. I designed my block with those two ideas in mind.

QM100 COLL Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Pixie Hearts block

When I decided to make the block into a quilt, I chose to make the block a little smaller and move some elements around. The basics of the block are still there; the red heart shape formed with a square and a rectangle. But I moved the secondary hearts around. And, instead of one of them being pink, another a traditional heart color, I made the two secondary hearts blue and green. Those little changes, along with the stronger navy color in the chain section, really made the red hearts stand out.

Pixie Pathways block Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

EQ image of the new block

The stronger chain color also helps the chain become a more visible secondary element. And using white sashing with small sashing squares in red, well, now there is a third element to see! I really love how this quilt came out!

QF16 PIXIE 450flat Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Pixie Pathways quilt

The fabrics are from Bonnie and Camille’s Basic line for Moda and they compliment the pattern beautifully. My original block also used their fabrics from a line called Ruby. I guess I like their style!

Of course, you don’t have to copy my style with the fabrics. You could go more sophisticated with the a black, grey and white version with just a pop of red.

Black and red quilt 2 Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Or, if you like the fall colors, how about greens and browns with a pop of orange?

Fall quilt Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Or you could pick from the colors of summer, yellow, blues, greens and maybe a pop of hot pink.

Summer quilt Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Another favorite design element are blocks that can make the quilt look different just by turing them different ways.

You could make the chain squares form a horizontal zig zag.

zig zag horizontal Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Or a vertical zigzag.

zig zag vertical Pixie Pathways: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Or make them into straight lines on the diagonal.

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There are lots of possibilities.

I would love to hear what colors and what setting you will choose for your Pixie Pathways quilt!

happy quilting,

Kate

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Thank you for joining us today, Kate!

If you’d like to make Pixie Pathways and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Pixie Pathways.

For more quilting fun with Kate, check out her online course: Creative Quilting for Home Decor. Kate will show you how to make quilted pillows, table runners, table toppers and placemats during this fun online learning experience!

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Follow Your Arrow: A Visit with Rachel M. Hayes

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We’re so happy to welcome designer Rachel M. Hayes today as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Rachel is going to tell us all about the design process for her bright and fun Follow Your Arrow quilt.

Hello!  Rachel M. Hayes here to talk a bit about my quilt, Follow Your Arrow, published in Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks magazine, Spring ’17. First a little about myself.

I am basically a self-taught quilter, and because I’m self-taught, I’ve made every mistake imaginable! So, mistakes don’t scare me. Read on, and you’ll see an example.  :) I started quilting in 2007 and have made over 170 quilts to date, most as gifts or charity quilts, but I must admit, our home is decorated heavily with my quilts.  I am now semi-retired, working about 25 hours a week, and in addition to quilting, I also run, paddleboad, read (researching is “my thing”), cook, and I get a kick out of learning new things.  I had my first quilt design published in 2015 and have been blessed enough to have nine more published in 2016 and 2017 so far.

A while back I was playing around trying to create an image to be representative of my website called Around the Blocks (found at www.rachelmhayes.com).  I came up with this simple design. I decided to submit a 12” block using this bright design, to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

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Quiltmaker had suggested that we submit a quilt design from the block in addition to the block itself.  I came up with several possibilities using my EQ7 software. Not this one, too busy.

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Nope, not this one either.  I liked it OK, but wanted something a little simpler.

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I wanted something that would go together really quick, and shout “HAPPY!” This is the design I settled on.

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I like to chain piece and this design allowed for lots and lots of chain piecing.

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I think I got my money’s worth from my Gypsy Quilter Cutting Gizmo thread cutter, which by the way, can be found on Amazon.

I made the big center square, then the 12″ squares.  It went together very fast.

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I had a little trouble, as I underestimated my black yardage (umm, one of those mistakes I alluded to).  I ended up piecing lots of tiny sections together to have enough.  Have you done that before?  Surely I am not the only one!

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I am happy to report, with the fabric being a black background, the piecing is practically invisible.

A few more pictures of this vibrant, happy quilt.

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I am hooked on using a stripe binding, especially for children/baby quilts.  In this one, I used a simple black and white stripe.  It gives the quilt a bit more whimsy.

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I thought this would be a great toddler quilt for a little boy.  Can’t you just see a little one running his toy cars along the arrows?  I actually had my first grandson in mind, when I created this quilt.

Head on over to the website at rachelmhayes.com and see my other projects.  If you make a quilt using this block, I’d love you to send me a picture!

Rachel

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Thank you for joining us today, Rachel!

If you’d like to make Follow Your Arrow and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Follow Your Arrow.

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Pieces of Flora: A Visit with Kay Mackenzie

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Today we’re excited to welcome designer Kay Mackenzie as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Kay is going to tell us about the inspiration for her Pieces of Flora appliqué quilt that is patterned in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 special issue.

Hi everyone! I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. I also have a site dedicated to appliqué, all kinds. You’ll find a wealth of information at All About Appliqué, so take your time clicking around the categories, and use the keyword search as well.

For awhile now I’ve been making pieced fabric compositions and then cutting appliqués out of them. It gives appliqué an extra twinkle, and uses up scraps… win/win!

Pieces of Flora came from my block Make Beleaf in Volume 13 of 100 Blocks.

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Make Beleaf block

The design was inspired by the famous and beloved quilt by Susan McCord, Trailing Vines, which is in The Henry Ford Museum. Here’s a closeup of her fantastical leaves (photo courtesy of the museum). I have passionately loved and admired the inclusion of red and blue.

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Trailing Vines | The Henry Ford

I sewed together strip sets and then cut the leaves out of them. Of course you can use all sorts of different colors, solids or prints, and the leaves can be used in a million different ways.

For the wall hanging design in Quilts From 100 Blocks, I filled in the negative space with additional gently curving branches, and added simple borders to make the flora the star. Tricia Patterson did a fabulous job making the quilt! And how did she know… I love scrappy bindings!

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Pieces of Flora quilt

I hope you enjoy making our own version of Pieces of Flora. It will look great on your wall and remind you of the many colors of nature all year long.

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Thank you for joining us today, Kay!

If you’d like to make Pieces of Flora and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Pieces of Flora.

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New Issue: Quiltmaker May/June ’17

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On the cover: Can You Find It? designed by Diane Harris

The May/June ’17 issue of Quiltmaker hits newsstands next week, and there is so much to love inside this edition! There is, as always, a great selection of quilt patterns — including scrap quilts, a fun I Spy quilt and more. There’s also a fabulous Bonnie Hunter block and more great quilting motifs. And, we also have a few “extra” things in this issue we’re so excited to share with you! We are kicking off two new series that will introduce you to quilting on a domestic or longarm quilting machine. We have helpful hints for designing with pre-cuts. Plus, we have another all-new feature to help you design quilts YOUR way: coloring pages for some designs so you can plan your own color palettes!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the great quilts inside this new issue:

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Skip to My Lou quilt pattern

Skip to My Lou: Sharon Parcel combined a traditional block with playful modern fabric prints to create this happy throw quilt. The design is made up of easy-to-piece 6″ blocks and the finished size is 57″ x 63″. (We’ve also included several alternate size options with the pattern if you’d prefer to make it another size.) A kit is available for a limited time.

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Highland Roses quilt pattern

Highland Roses: Create an elegant and timeless quilt with this new pattern from Wendy Sheppard. Large 14″ blocks and an on-point setting make this quilt easy to create. The finished size is 80″ x 80″ and a time-saving kit is available for a limited time.

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Forest Floor quilt pattern

Forest Floor: The colors of nature come to life on this striking quilt designed by QM editorial assistant Kelly Eisinger. Kelly used batiks in a variety of colors to create her quilt — easily plan your own color palette with the coloring page included in the magazine. The finished size of the quilt is 62″ x 80″. A kit is also available for a limited time.

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Pinwheel Giggles quilt pattern

Pinwheel Giggles: If you’re looking for a sweet baby quilt, don’t miss this adorable pattern from Eileen Fowler. The design features simple pieced blocks in a medallion setting. Whip it up quickly to create a special gift. Finished size is 46 1/2″ x 46 1/2″.

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

Be sure to keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands, or grab a print or digital edition in our online store. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker and never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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