100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 48 + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! We are down to the final quilt block. Can you believe it? We are having a giveaway to celebrate, but first let’s take one more look at this wonderful sampler quilt and reveal the final 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 sold out, but you can grab the digital pattern from our online shop. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Paris Square, block #674 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7 and was designed by Jessie Kurtz. Jessie has been sewing along with us on the sampler, so be sure to visit her blog!

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Paris Square, block #674 designed by Jessie Kurtz

Paris Square unit:

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Paris Square unit

Paris Square assembly:

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Paris Square 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

Now for the giveaway!

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We are giving away a fun 100 Blocks prize pack that includes the following items:

  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.1
  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.2
  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.3
  • Quiltmaker’s Block Star Coffee Mug
  • Clothworks Fat Quarter Bundle: Summer Sunshine designed by Peg Conley
  • Sew Easy 45mm Rotary Cutter
  • Quilt Quotes from Quiltmaker – pin pack

To enter the giveaway, comment below and let us know which quilt block featured in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along has been your favorite.

The winner of the 100 Blocks Sampler Giveaway is Linda Seitz. The winner has been notified by email.

Be sure to comment by midnight MT on Wednesday, March 1 for your chance to win. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on this blog post.

Thank you for sewing along with us!

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Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist

Free quilting videos with Kelly Bowser

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Sometimes you find a quilt pattern that you want to reproduce to a T — same layout, some colors, maybe even the exact same fabric collections. But sometimes, you’d rather change a few things and make the design your own.

If you’ve never strayed too far from an original quilt pattern, doing so can be a bit intimidating. But, there is a new FREE quilting video series on our sister site, QNNtv.com, that is here to inspire you and offer guidance. Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist focuses on the many different ways you can make a quilt uniquely yours.

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Host Kelly Bowser

The premise of Quilt Remix is simple: the series takes a different vintage or traditional quilt pattern each month and makes it modern.

Host Kelly Bowser will present her modern twist on the original pattern, and her featured guest for that month will also present his or her modern twist. Through weekly episodes, both Kelly and her guest will demonstrate new techniques that helped them in making their quilt variations, and in the fourth segment of each month, longarm quilter Lynn Bell will demonstrate ways to complete your quilt with modern quilting (and sometimes traditional or contemporary quilting)!

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Saluting You: original version, Kelly’s version and Emily’s version

The focus quilt for January was Saluting You, a quilt designed by Candy Hargrove and featured in Scrap Quilts Fall 2016. Kelly saw arrows within the blocks and simplified them to make a modern rainbow of arrows in her quilt. She shows you how to make her simplified arrow blocks and discusses how they come together to form her variation.

Guest Emily Smith saw mountains within the blocks and added several of her own original blocks to create a landscape of mountains and houses. The construction of Emily’s version is easy because it’s all built on either 4″ square patches or 2″ square patches. Emily shows you how to make an improvisational house block and piece it into the quilt.

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Folk Dance: original version, Kelly’s version and Lori’s version

The focus quilt for February is Folk Dance designed by Diane Tomlinson and included in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting January/February 2017 issue. Kelly saw this traditional pickle dish quilt and loved the pattern. She updated the fabrics, decided not to do the last row of blocks so her quilt would be square, and used low volume prints in the background spaces. She shows you how to use Fons & Porter’s Pickle Dish Template Set in order to easily create the blocks. Curved piecing is made easier with the large size of the blocks and the accuracy of the quilt templates.

Guest Lori Baker, our Quiltmaker acquisitions editor, saw the pickle dish as an element to play with and used its shape with improvisational scrappy foundation strip piecing to make her new quilt, Lemon Pickles, patterned in Quiltmaker‘s March/April 2017 issue.

The first six episodes of Quilt Remix are available to watch now; click here to see all the episodes. New episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays. In the coming months, the series will remix more great quilt patterns from some of your favorite designers, including Kate Colleran, Nancy Mahoney and more. Check out the series preview here:

Log in to your QNNtv.com account to watch this free series. Not registered yet? Click here to set up your free account – a name and email address is all you need to register!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 47

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. Have you been keeping up with your blocks? It’s hard to believe we only have one more block to go after this week!

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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 now sold out, but the digital pattern is still available to purchase. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Tweet Street, block #258 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3 and was designed by Carolyn Beam.

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Tweet Street, block #258 designed by Carolyn Beam

Tweet Street units:

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Tweet Street units

Assembly:

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Tweet Street assembly

Three different color ways:

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Three different color ways

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!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 46

Hello, friends! Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. How are your blocks coming along? We have another fun one to share with you today.

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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 sold out, but the digital pattern is still available. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Puzzle Star, block #697 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7 and was designed by Deanne Eisenman.

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Puzzle Star, block #697 designed by Deanne Eisenman

Puzzle Star unit:

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Puzzle Star unit

Assembly:

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Puzzle Star 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.

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4 Block of the Month Quilts to Make in 2017

Don’t you just love block of the month quilts? It’s nice to have a larger quilt project in the works that you can create a little bit at a time. We’ve had a ton of fun with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler block of the month over the past year, so we thought we’d share some new BOM quilt projects you can work on in the new year. For each of these projects you will receive a monthly shipment that includes fabric and instructions to make a section of the quilt. Plus – you’ll get access to free video tutorials on QNNtv.com that will help lead you step-by-step to completion! Check out these great block of the month quilt designs:

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Ribbon Floral

Ribbon Floral: Designed by Jean Nolte, this eight-month BOM medallion quilt features a center compass block with a kaleidoscope center and unique ribbon borders. Isn’t it beautiful? The queen/king sized design finishes size at 97” x 97”, and kits include fabric from the Ribbon Floral collection by Benartex, the program sponsor. Enjoy free video lessons as host Jenny Kae Parks provides step-by-step instruction on foundation paper piecing, the diagonal seams method, unique patch cutting method and much more!

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Over the Meadow

Over the Meadow: Designed by Jan Patek, this seasonal appliqué sampler is whimsical and so much fun. The 12-month BOM takes you on a year-long journey through the seasons, from appliquéd bunnies to sailboats to snowmen. The finished size of the quilt is 82” x 98”, and kits include fabric from Moda, the program sponsor. The free video lessons are taught by Jan Patek and provide step-by-step guidance as you learn techniques for hand applique and hand quilting, including working with freezer paper, needle-turn applique, inside curves, outside curves, inside points, outside points, narrow applique pieces and more! You’ll also learn how to finish your quilt with sashing and borders.

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Ruby’s Garden

Ruby’s Garden: String piecing, fusible appliqué, 3-D flowers, yo-yos, a scalloped border and bias binding are all featured on this gorgeous 10-month BOM quilt designed by Jean Nolte. The finished size of this queen/king sized quilt is 99” x 99”, and the kits include fabric from the Ruby’s Garden collection by Paintbrush Studio, the program sponsor. The free video lessons are hosted by Jenny Kae Parks and will provide step-by-step guidance as you learn techniques such as: flip-and stitch quick-piecing, improvisational string piecing, fusible raw-edge applique, folded fabric flowers, bias stems, y-seams and more.

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Essex *Coming Soon!*

Essex: Here’s a sneak peek at Essex, an eight-month BOM that will be available soon on quiltandsewshop.com. This queen-size quilt features a center medallion block and a variety of star blocks. Kits will include fabric from the Essex collection by Quilting Treasures, the program sponsor. The finished size is 80” x 96”. Techniques include four-at-a-time Flying Geese units, quick triangle-squares and the diagonal seams method for patchwork. Free video tutorials with Jenny Kae Parks will be available on QNNtv.com.

Which block of the month quilt is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 45

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We have another fun quilt block to share with you today. There are only a few more blocks left to go after this one!

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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 sold out, but the digital pattern is still available. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Trendster, block #697 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7 and was designed by Jocelyn Ueng.

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Trendster, block #697 designed by Jocelyn Ueng

Block units:

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Trendster units

Assembly:

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Trendster 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.

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New Issue: Quiltmaker March/April ’17

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On the cover: Scott Flanagan’s Sand and Sea quilt pattern

The March/April 2017 issue of Quiltmaker is hot off the press, and we’ve got a couple changes beginning with this edition. The main thing? It’s bigger! We’ve added more pages of quilt patterns as well as helpful tutorials for techniques like how to resize quilt blocks and more. We’re also putting a greater focus on quilting with more quilting options and diagrams to help you plan your own quilting. A total of 16 quilts are included in this issue, including patterns for English paper piecing, appliqué, foundation paper piecing, scrap quilts, pre-cut strips and more. Take a peek below at a few of the new patterns:

Sand and Sea: The striking cover quilt is Sand and Seadesigned by Scott Flanagan. Unlike traditional chevron designs that are made with Flying Geese or Triangle-Squares, this easy design is made from simple strips and squares. It’s perfect for using up pre-cut strips from your stash, and there’s even a couple surprises in store — you can use the leftover units to create a bonus throw quilt! Plus, Scott also adapted the original quilt into an adorable little mini quilt pattern for you, too.

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Tilt n’ Whirl quilt pattern

Tilt n’ Whirl: Kate Colleran wanted to try a design using curves, and she delivered with this whimsical medallion style quilt. It’s bright and happy and sure to add electric charm to any room. And if you’re new to curved piecing, don’t worry — we’ve included a helpful step-by-step photo tutorial in the magazine for you. A time-saving kit is available.

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Scottish Highland Stars quilt pattern

Scottish Highland Stars: Bold stars and the colors of a clan tartan come together on this gorgeous design from Emily Bailey. The scrappy pieced sashings make this design unique, and Flying Geese make it quick to put together the blocks. A time-saving kit is available.

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Flaming Star quilt pattern

Flaming Star: Careful color placement in this two-block quilt designed by Lynn Kline creates this interesting design. The pieced border continues the star motif to the edge of the quilt and to the illusion of an infinite sky. “We recently moved to the country and I am just amazed at the number of stars in the sky,” Lynn told us of her inspiration for the design.

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Pixel Plaid quilt pattern

Pixel Plaid: Kristin Lawson combined two similar blocks to create this pixelating design. If you’re looking for a bright and colorful scrap quilt, this one is just the ticket! Gather together assorted light fabrics, dark gray fabrics and bright fabrics to recreate the look of bright colors popping against the scrappy background.

This issue also includes part 2 of our Dreaming of Spring wool and flannel series quilt, a new Bonnie Hunter Addicted to Scraps quilt block and more. 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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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 44

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! Today’s featured quilt block is one of the great designs featured in the very first volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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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 now sold out, but we do have the digital pattern available. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Around the Rosie, block #89 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 1 and was designed by Monica Solorio-Snow.

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Around the Rosie, block #89 designed by Solorio-Snow

Around the Rosie units:

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Around the Rosie units

Assembly:

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Around the Rosie assembly

Three different color ways:

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Three different color ways

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.

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Vote on our May/June 2017 Cover!

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Which one should be our May/June cover? Follow the link to place your vote!

It’s that time again! We’d like you to help us choose the cover for our May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. Pictured here are the two covers we are considering. Please place your vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this new issue when it goes on sale at newsstands on April 4, 2017. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting!

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The Top Heart Quilts for Valentine’s Day

The 2016 holiday season is behind us and 2017 is in full swing. So what are we going to quilt now? Some lovely projects for Valentine’s Day of course!

Gather up your favorite red and pink fabrics and find inspiration in the heart-themed quilts, table runners and pillows we’ve gathered below. These designs are perfect for decorating your home or making something special for someone you love:

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Thimbleberries Love Triangle table runner

Love Triangle table runner: Dress up your table for the season with this runner designed by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I just adore how Lynette used three-dimensional scallops to create the unique heart border around the outside edge. The runner finishes at 18″ x 42″. Kits are available and include a small bonus pattern!

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Here’s My Heart table runner

Here’s My Heart table runner: Medium and dark pink batiks shine on this romantic pieced runner designed by Debra Finan. Made using 2 1/2-inch pre-cut strips, this is another perfect option for adorning your table this Valentine’s Day. Finished size is 44″ x 12″ and kits are available.

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Love Letters quilt

Love Letters quilt: Diane Harris combined three quilt blocks from past issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks to create this lovely foundation-pieced throw. The three original blocks were Julie Comstack’s Love Squared (#567) from 100 Blocks Vol. 6, and Diane’s blocks Surrounded by Love (#1031) from Vol. 11 and Love Chain (#1177) from Vol. 12. 

This design is great for scraps – don’t be afraid to use many different reds and pinks together as long as they contrast with the pale gray background. Stitch-and-flip makes it easy to create the little hearts in these surprisingly forgiving blocks. A wide border adds to the design, and allover quilting adds a final flourish.The finished size of the quilt is 50″ x 50″.

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Making Valentines quilt

Making Valentines quilt: When creating this charming quilt, Wendy Sheppard says she “set out to design a pieced heart block that would be super easy to construct so that the REALLY fun part would be picking out the fabrics for the different sections of the block.” She definitely succeeded! The blocks are basically made up of flying geese units and rectangles, and the rusty red and gray fabrics used on Wendy’s version give the design a Scandinavian twist. Finished size is 62 1/2″ x 73 1/2″.

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Hugs and Kisses pillow

Hugs and Kisses pillow: Add a fast touch of Valentine spirit to your home with this whimsical pillow designed by Patrick Lose. Made here in cute and contemporary prints, this would also make a great gift! The pillow project finishes at 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.

Want even more Valentine quilting ideas? Click here for more, including some fun freebies!

For more inspiration for your 2017 projects, be sure to visit our online shop. New patterns, kits and more are arriving all the time, and great sales are happening, too!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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