I Got the Blues: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore I Got the Blues: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore

Today we’re welcoming designer Heidi Pridemore from The Whimsical Workshop as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! She’s going to tell us about her I Got the Blues quilt she designed for our November/December 2016 issue:

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I Got the Blues – 63″ x 85″ – Designed by Heidi Pridemore

Hello fellow quilters, I am so happy to be a guest blogger for Quiltmaker. I am also excited to share my I Got The Blues quilt that is featured in the November/December ’16 issue #172.

Our design studio The Whimsical Workshop designs hundreds of quilts a year for many of the major fabric companies in the industry. This gives me the opportunity to see the newest lines that are coming out ahead of the release. There are so many beautiful groups out there that I have to say it is very difficult to choose a group for a magazine feature when they come across my desk.

The collection Flight from Moda Fabrics was unique and contemporary group that caught my eye. One look at the collection and I envisioned a quilt of a contemporary design with large background areas to show off the various cream prints that was how I Got The Blues was born. After the quilt was designed, I loved the way the background areas read as one neutral background from a distance but the closer you look, you can see all the different patterns in the fabrics.

Heidi Pridemore Block I Got the Blues: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

To offset all the different prints in the background, I kept the main part of the block simple with just two blue prints. This creates calm areas throughout the quilt. In a way, the use of fabrics in the quilt are playing opposite roles. Usually the background is one or two fabrics and meant to fade away and the main areas of the quilt have the busy prints to show off. But by switching these roles in the fabric in the design creates a contemporary look. This just goes to show, what happens when you play with the fabrics and the blocks and change the rules.

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I can see this quilt pattern working with different types of fabric not just these neutrals. I believe a quilt takes on the personality of the prints used. Though I Got the Blues has a very neutral and masculine feel to it, you could use bright whimsical prints to create a fun kids quilt. Consider using graphic black and white prints with a splash of color to create a very modern look. I hope you have as much fun with pattern as I did. I would love to see what you come up with, please email me the images if you play with this.

Please visit my blog heidipridemore.blogspot.com each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of a 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 I Got the Blues and don’t have a copy of our November/December ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for I Got the Blues.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 36

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We had such fun celebrating the release of our new edition of 100 Blocks during last week’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Diamond Jubilee, block #287 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3 and was designed by Pam McMahon.

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Diamond Jubilee, block #287 designed by Pam McMahon

Units in this block:

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Diamond Jubilee units

Assembly:

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Diamond Jubilee assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 5

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

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Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour! We have had so much fun this week celebrating this brand new edition of 100 Blocks. The issue now on sale at newsstands and you can also grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. Now, let’s enjoy one more day of quilt block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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The Village designed by Bev Getschel

The Village: Create your own little cityscape with this appliqué block designed by Bev Getschel. The colorful batiks she used on the design are from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Cabin Master designed by Paula Stoddard

Cabin Master: Our managing editor Paula Stoddard designed this scrappy block. The floral prints are from the Backyard Roses line by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs.

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Spring Morn designed by Jo Moury

Spring Morn: How gorgeous is this appliqué block designed by Jo Moury? Jo embellished her finished block with heart and flower-shaped buttons and small beads.

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Ribbon Cross designed by Allison Jensen

Ribbon Cross: Use the stitch-and-flip technique to create this block designed by Allison Jensen. Allison used fabric from both Moda Fabrics and Riley Blake Designs on the block.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and catch giveaways on many of their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on their blogs to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Cynthia Brunz
  2. Rachel M. Hayes
  3. Sarah Venderburgh
  4. Karen Bialik
  5. Jennifer Ofenstien
  6. Michelle Joyner
  7. Janice Averill
  8. Jennifer Shifano Thomas

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our sponsor for Day 5 of this blog tour are Hoffman Fabrics and Riley Blake. They have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s giveaway!

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Hexie precut pack, from Hoffman’s Me+You collection.

Visit the Hoffman website for a free downloadable quilt pattern featuring the hexie precut pack. Each pack has 40 different fabrics selected from the Me + You Indah Batiks line featuring motifs and colors appealing to modern and contemporary quilters.

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Prizes contributed by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Sunday, November 20th — telling us which Vol. 14 block you’ve seen today has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Six winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and a Sponsor Prize
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Monday, November 21.

The winners of the Day 5 giveaway are: Beth LaMotte, Angelia Lanouettte, Diantha Howard, Chris K., Terry, Lynette Gross, Sandy K and Auntie Clark. Winners have been notified by email.

BONUS Grand Prize Bundle Giveaway!

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Grand bundle of items contributed by the sponsors and designers.

This wonderful bundle of fabrics, notions, patterns and quilty goodies will be given away to one lucky winner! To enter this giveaway, please comment below telling us about the type of content you would like to see in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

The lucky winner will be chosen and notified Monday, November 21.

The winner of the Grand bundle giveaway is Summer. The winner has been notified by email!

Thank you for joining us during 

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

P.S. Did you know you can also enter to win some of the designer-made blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 14? Visit this link on our main website to enter for your chance to win!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 4

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

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Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour! We’re having a blast this week celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top designers. The issue is on newsstands now, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. Now, let’s enjoy another fun day of quilt block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways.

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Pinwheel Whirl designed by Sarah Maxwell

Pinwheel Whirl: Sarah Maxwell designed this gorgeous pinwheel block. The fabrics used are from her Revved Up Retro line she designed for Marcus Fabrics.

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Giving Hearts designed by Margaret Willingham

Giving Hearts: We just adore this gorgeous appliqué block designed by Margaret Willingham. Many of Margaret’s designs are inspired by the craftsman’s work of the Victorian Era, and the lovely stencil-like scroll design on this block is just stunning.

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Starry Pines designed by Jennifer Oden

Starry Pines: ’Tis the season to make a holiday quilt, and Jennifer Oden’s fun block featuring Christmas trees and stars is such a perfectly festive design. The fabrics used on the block are from the Basically Patrick line designed by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.

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Flies in Disguise designed by Diane Harris

Flies in Disguise: Longtime QM associate editor Diane Harris never disappoints with her darling designs. Her block for this issue is named Flies in Disguise. Isn’t it fun?

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and catch giveaways on most of their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Sandi Colwell
  2. Nancy Mahoney
  3. Margie Ullery
  4. Kate Colleran
  5. Lynn Roddy Brown
  6. Shelley Cavanna
  7. Connie Sue Haidle
  8. Bonnie Hunter

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our Day 4 sponsors are: Marcus Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop. They have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s giveaway!

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Prizes provided by Marcus Fabrics.

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Prize provided by Fat Quarter Shop

Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Friday, November 18th — telling us which Vol. 14 block you’ve seen today has been your favorite — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Six winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and a Sponsor Prize
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Monday, November 21.

The winners of the Day 4 giveaway are: Tac, Valerie B, Nancy Currier, Lisa, Agneta Ekholm, Janie and michelle overbeek. Winners have been notified by email.

See You Tomorrow for Day 5!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can sign up to have all of Quiltmaker’s 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’re released. Learn more here.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 3

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

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Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour! We are celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 this entire week with all kinds of fun. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from 100 of today’s top designers. The issue is on newsstands now and you can also grab a print or digital issue from our online shop. Now, let’s enjoy more block previews, designer inspiration and awesome giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Colour Swatch designed by Janina Van Harberden

Colour Swatch: This bright foundation-pieced block was designed by Janina Van Harberden. Janina arranged her batiks so the colors flow into each other like a rainbow. Isn’t it fantastic? The fabrics used on the block are Aurora Batiks from Moda Fabrics.

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Ditch Daisies designed by Gail Pan

Ditch Daisies: Gail Pan designed this lovely pieced block. She used variegated floss for the flower petals (yellow for the centers and green for the stems and leaves). The fabrics are from her own line, Among the Flowers, which she designed by Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Truckin’ designed by Kelly Eisinger

Truckin’: This applique block designed by our editorial assistant Kelly Eisinger is just adorable. It would be so sweet on a quilt for the special little boy in your life!

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Pretty Petals designed by Celine Perkins

Pretty Petals: Don’t you just love a pretty flower block? This block was designed by Celine Perkins. Fabrics are from Moda’s Paris Flea market line by Three Sisters.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Doris Rice
  2. Paige Alexander
  3. Irene Grimes
  4. Sandra Starley
  5. Jenifer Dick
  6. Cheryl Brown
  7. Karen Ackva
  8. Mary Hertel
  9. Debbie Martin

Now For Our Giveaway!

The Day 2 blog tour sponsors are Moda and Red Rooster Fabrics. They have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s giveaway!

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Prizes provided by Moda.

 

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Prizes provided by Red Rooster Fabrics.

Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Thursday, November 17th — telling us which Vol. 14 block you’ve seen today has been your favorite — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Six winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and a Sponsor Prize
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Friday, November 18.

Winners of the Day 3 Giveaway are: Karen Keeler, Sheryl, Diane Paul, Florence Burton, Lisa England, Kaye M. and Judy Rianprakaisang. Winners have been notified by email.

See You Tomorrow for Day 4!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Are you sewing along on our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along? The 100 Blocks Sampler is a fun design comprised of blocks from past issues of 100 Blocks reduced to just 6″. New sew along blogs are posted every Wednesday here on Quilty Pleasures.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 35

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

We have another great quilt block from our 100 Blocks Sampler quilt to share with you today, and we hope you will also check out our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour happening this week here on Quilty Pleasures. This blog tour is celebrating our brand new issue of 100 Blocks, on newsstands now, with block previews, designer inspiration and giveaways.

But first — let’s talk about our sampler quilt and this week’s featured block!

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available for the different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Miss Ruby, block #391 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 4 and was designed by Camille Roskelley.

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Miss Ruby, block #391 designed by Camille Roskelley

This block is made with the following unit:

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Miss Ruby, unit.

Assembly:

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Miss Ruby assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways:

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Patti Carey, Northcott Fabrics
  2. Lynn Roddy Brown
  3. Jessie Kurtz
  4. Toby Lischko

Click here to check out the 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 2

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

Vol14 COVER 500px Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 2Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour! We are celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 this week with all kinds of fun. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from 100 of today’s top designers. The issue will be on sale at newsstands TODAY or you can grab a print or digital issue from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, November 14-18, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of great giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Flywheel designed by Tricia Patterson

Flywheel: QM associate editor Tricia Patterson created this fun foundation-pieced block. She used a variety of tone-on-tones from Toscana by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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GO! Ring of Feathers designed by Kay Gentry

GO! Ring of Feathers: This block designed by Kay Gentry is calm and mesmerizing! Kay used AccuQuilt GO! dies 55008 Feathers and 55378 Ring of Oak to make it.

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Sparklefly designed by Peg Spradlin

Sparklefly: Create a pretty pieced butterfly with this block designed by Peg Spradlin. The fun fabric print used on the edges of the butterfly wings really makes this block dazzle.

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Lickity Splits designed by Margaret Kennedy

Lickity Splits: This bold block in contrasting colors was designed by Margaret Kennedy. Margaret cut her patches with the AccuQuilt 12″ Qube and the Value Die 55018.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Cindy Staub
  2. Melva Nolan
  3. Kelli Fannin
  4. Tricia Maloney
  5. Emily Bailey
  6. Kay Mackenzie
  7. Stephanie Bertics
  8. Cheryl Brickey

Now For Our Giveaway!

The Day 2 blog tour sponsors are Northcott FabricsClothworks and AccuQuilt. They have provided some wonderful prizes for our giveaway today! They are also all having giveaways and sharing inspiration on their own blogs too, so be sure to check those out.

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Prizes provided by Northcott Fabrics.

 

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Prizes provided by Clothworks.

 

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Prizes provided by AccuQuilt.

Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Wednesday, November 16th — telling us which Vol. 14 block you’ve seen today has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Nine winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and a Sponsor Prize
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Thursday, November 17th.

The winners of the Day 2 Giveaway are: Kimberly Smith, Nancy Roraback, Donna, Sherry VF, Diane Paul, Sandi S, Ramona, Char McMillan, Susan Conner, Barbara Young and Jennessa Randall. Winners have been notified by email.

See You Tomorrow for Day 3!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can also enter to win some of the designer-made blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 14? Visit this link on our main website to enter for your chance to win!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour: Day 1

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol.14 Blog Tour!

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We’re so excited to kick off our 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour! We have five full days of quilting fun planned for you, all celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14. This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top designers. The issue will be on newsstands November 14th, and will also be available in our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, November 14-18, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of great giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Sweet Cupcake designed by Kristy Lea

Sweet Cupcake: How adorable is this foundation-pieced block designed by Kristy Lea? A heart serves as the “cherry on top” of the cupcake, making this block as sweet as can be.

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Cottage Blossoms designed by Rebecca LoGiudice

Cottage Blossoms: We just adore this unique block designed by Rebecca LoGiudice. Notice the little button “doorknobs” stitched on the cottages? It’s just too cute!

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Layered Lanterns designed by Gigi Khalsa

Layered Lanterns: QM associate editor Gigi Khalsa designed this vibrant and intriguing block. Aren’t those watercolor-like fabrics she used gorgeous? They are from the Vincent Van Gogh 2 fabric collection by the Van Gough Museum for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Laser Beam designed by Lori Baker

Laser Beam: This foundation-pieced block was designed by QM acquisitions editor Lori Baker. It’s a fun take on the traditional pinwheel block and is sure to brighten any quilt.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

  1. Kathy Patterson
  2. Melissa Corry
  3. Yvonne Fuchs
  4. Abigail Dolinger
  5. Laura Piland
  6. Susan Marth
  7. Anne Wiens
  8. Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our sponsor for Day 1 of this blog tour is Robert Kaufman Fabrics. They have donated some wonderful fat quarter fabric bundles for today’s giveaway!

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Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Tuesday, November 15th — telling us which Vol. 14 block you’ve seen so far has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Three winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 and a fat quarter bundle from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Wednesday, November 16.

The winner’s of the vol.14 Blog Tour Day 1 Giveaway are: Paula Cullen Baumann, Judy W, SusanB, Ioleen and Vicki Kirkeeng. Winner’s have been notified by email.

See You Tomorrow for Day 2!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can sign up to have all of Quiltmaker’s 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’re released. Learn more here.

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Lessons in Creativity Season 5: Shadow Boxes

shadow boxes quilt Lessons in Creativity Season 5: Shadow BoxesSeason 5 of our free video series, Quiltmaker’s Lessons in Creativity, has arrived! Our inspiration quilt for this new season, Shadow Boxes, was designed by Jennifer Thomas and the pattern is featured in our November/December 2016 issue of Quiltmaker. 

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Simple piecing and creative color placement make this fun, modern Shadow Boxes quilt a delight to make. A dynamic zig-zag design emerges when you piece the blocks together. The quilt finishes at 86″ x 98″.

The quilt is picture-perfect here in bold navy, bright teal and salmon pink fabrics from the Cherry Mint collection by Reika Hunt for Clothworks, though the pattern is easily adaptable to a variety of other fabric styles as well.

Throughout the course of this 8-lesson season, host Jenny Kae Parks will inspire you to take this quilt design to a whole new level as you learn how to play with different color recipes, use a variety of quilting designs, create many interesting quilt options, enhance your sewing and quilting skills and more.

The first two episodes of the new season are available to watch now:

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Episode 501: Four Patch Blocks Three Ways
Shadow Boxes has a four patch quilt block within many of its blocks, and in the premiere episode, Jenny will show you how to make them three different ways. These techniques provide for both quicker piecing and scrappy piecing, depending on how you’d like your finished four patch blocks to look.

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Episode 502: Adding Triangles to Square Quilt Units
After you’ve made the four-patch units for the Shadow Boxes quilt, the next step is to add a triangle to each side of the four patch. But how do you match it up to make sure it’s centered properly? In the second episode, Jenny demonstrates two ways to center the triangle patch for accurate piecing.

In the coming episodes Jenny will explore many fun design options. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

Coming soon! Episode 503: Snail’s Trail Color Design Options
The quilt block used in Shadow Boxes can be made into a snail’s trail quilt block by picking different color choices. Jenny shows a more patriotic version of a a snail’s trail quilt block and demonstrates how to cut the quarter square triangles used in the block. She also demonstrates how to sew on the outer triangles to the block. See two different variations of the block with striped fabrics in the center square patches oriented in different directions, and a version with more traditional snail’s trail coloring. Plus, see what each of those variations would look like in a full quilt.

Coming soon! Episode 504: Center Patch Options
Jenny thought the quilt might be fun if the center four-patch and first row of surrounding triangles were replaced with one fussy cut or large print patch. See what this variation would look like both as blocks and full quilts, and learn how to create this version by first making a test sample and measuring for accurate patch sizes. Jenny also gives tips and tricks for piecing and pressing.

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Coming soon! Episode 505: Fussy Cut Center Patches
Learn how to create a template for fussy cutting, things to watch out for before fussy cutting a patch, and how to cut one out. Jenny shows what a fussy cut coffee cup would look like in the block both in the original staggered block layout and in an on-point layout. Plus, learn how to match up the points when joining the blocks to not loose the tips of the points in the piecing.

Coming soon! Episode 506: Block X Half Blocks, Bias Edges and Borders
In order to create the staggered effect with the quilt blocks in Shadow Boxes, you need to not only create the full quilt blocks but also the block X half quilt blocks. Jenny shows what the blocks would look like in more boyish primary colors as well as the full quilt. She gives tips and tricks for the bias edges and how to join the first border to the blocks.

Coming soon! Episode 507: How to Make a Piano Key Quilt Border
One of the fastest and easiest ways to make a piano key quilt border is to first create a strip-set and subcut that strip set into sections of the required length. Jenny shows what a piano key border will look like on a small quilt, then demonstrates piecing fabric strips together. She gives tips for avoiding wavy or curved strip sets and talks about how to cut and join them for the full border.

LIC pincushion Lessons in Creativity Season 5: Shadow Boxes

Coming soon! Episode 508: Four Patch Pincushion with Rickrack and Buttons
The four patch center of the main block in Shadow Boxes doesn’t have to only be used for the blocks. It can also be used for an adorable pincushion! Jenny demonstrates an easy method for sewing on the decorative buttons she added and shows how to add the bottom part of the pincushion to the top on the Pfaff sewing machine. Once the two layers are almost all the way sewn together, the next step is to turn the pincushion right side out. The rickrack trim Jenny had previously basted onto the four-patch now pokes out the sides of the pincushion, and Jenny shows how to fill it with a ground walnut shell stuffing and hand-sew the opening closed.

Grab your Nov/Dec issue, or the Shadow Boxes kit or digital pattern, and sew along!

This video series is free to watch with a free subscription to QNNtv.com, and new episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Click here to see all episodes of Lessons in Creativity.

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This season of Lessons in Creativity is sponsored by Pfaff and Clothworks.

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Coming Next Week: 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

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Our 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Tour is happening next week right here on Quilty Pleasures! Join us Nov. 14-18 for designer inspiration, giveaways and lots of quilty fun.

This newest volume of 100 Blocks features a wonderful collection of creative quilt blocks — ranging from appliqué to foundation piecing to traditional piecing — from 100 of your favorite designers including Bonnie Hunter, Melissa Corry, Nancy Mahoney and more.

The issue hits newsstands Nov. 14, and will also be available in our online shop.

Here’s a peek at a couple of the quilt blocks:

QM100 BEAM Coming Next Week: 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

Gadabout designed by Carolyn Beam

QM100 GARC Coming Next Week: 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

Tango designed by Joseph Garcia

 See you next week for the blog tour!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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