100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1, Giveaways!

Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! We’re glad you’re here! This week you’ll visit many of the blogs written by 100 Blocks designers, and you’ll get a taste of what’s inside Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6. We have issues to give away and great prize bundles, too, including the traditional Great Big Bundles on Friday (one for U.S. visitors and one for International visitors). Learn more about what a blog tour is.

QMMS 120024 COVER 500 shadow2 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1, Giveaways!Inspiration will pour from this page every day this week, leading up to the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 13. You’ll have many chances to win a copy, or to win one of many other great prizes!

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A sampling of the blog tour prizes

And if you don’t happen to win, ask for 100 Blocks Volume 6 at your local quilt shop or newsstand, or get it from quiltandsewshop.com. (Quilt store owners: it’s not too late to carry this popular issue in your store. Contact Claudia at 800-815-3538 ext. 8366.)

Today’s industry sponsors are RJR Fabrics and Red Rooster Fabrics. They have each graciously contributed bundles of fabric  to the blog tour prizes! Please support them when you visit your local quilt shop.

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Assorted fabric prizes from Red Rooster include Postcard Garden, Simply Imagine and Mango Tango

 

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It's Thimbleberries Quilt Club 2013 fabric from RJR for some lucky quiltmakers!

Now here’s a look at what’s in store in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6.

 

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This foundation pieced beauty is Peaks and Valleys by Carolyn McCormick.

If you’re a foundation piecer, you’ll enjoy Peaks and Valleys by Carolyn McCormick. Carolyn taught at our recent Block Party in Williamsburg and she invented the Add-A-Quarter ruler. We highly recommend it.

 

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Sawtooth Log Cabin by Kay Gentry

If you adore tradition, Sawtooth Log Cabin by Kay Gentry has many possibilities.

 

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Acorns Away! by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Mixed techniques come together in Acorns Away! by Sandy Fitzpatrick.

 

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Florida Rose by Nancy Mahoney

For applique lovers, Nancy Mahoney’s Florida Rose will be delightful. Nancy is also a veteran quilt teacher from Block Party in Williamsburg and we love working with her.

 

Today we’re highlighting 13 designer blogs below. Visiting their websites will reveal more giveaways plus a great deal of inspiration for your own quilt projects. Don’t forget our giveaway at the end of this post.

Today’s Featured Designers

  1. Erin Cox whynotsew.blogspot.com
  2. Elizabeth Dackson dontcallmebetsy.com
  3. Pat Harrison oceanwavesquilting.blogspot.com
  4. Kimberly Jolly & Jocelyn Ueng fatquartershop.blogspot.com
  5. Judy Laquidara patchworktimes.com
  6. Kay Mackenzie allaboutapplique.net
  7. Nancy Mahoney nancymahoney.com/blog/
  8. Jennifer Ofenstein sewhooked.com
  9. Denise Russart justquiltin.wordpress.com
  10. Pam Vieira-McGinnis pamkittymorning.blogspot.com
  11. Susan Geddes quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn
  12. Susan Marth suznquilts.wordpress.com/
  13. Laura Nownes seehowwesew.wordpress.com/

 

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By now you’re inspired and motivated and you’re dying to start sewing! Let’s give away copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6 inside three prize bundles filled with quilty goodness.

Leave a comment below by midnight Tuesday, Nov. 6 telling about one of the blogs or websites you visited from the list above and what you enjoyed there. We’ll choose three winners on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and post them here. The winners on this post are quilters who left comments #312 (Valerie), #371 (Carol)  and #42 (Kelly). Congratulations!

Thanks for joining us. See you tomorrow!

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Remember to come back on Friday, Nov. 9 for a chance to win one of the Great Big Bundles of prizes from industry sponsors and Quiltmaker.

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Next Week: 100 Blocks Blog Tour

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Please join us next week, Nov. 5–9, for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. This is a semi-annual event and we always have a great time!

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The blog tour leads up to the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6. This issue appears at quilt shops and newsstands by Nov. 13. We encourage you to buy it locally. If that’s not possible it will be available at quiltandsewshop.com.

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How does it work? Each day we’ll share a list of block designers so you can visit their blogs for ideas and inspiration. There will be plenty of giveaways both here and at the designers’ blogs.

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You may win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 6, a 100 Blocks coffee mug, or a big box of fabric, books and patterns. Every single prize is absolutely stellar!

“REMEMBER TO SCROLL DOWN”

Be sure to always scroll past the top post, too—that’s where surprises, bonuses and extras reside!

We’ll have subscription specials and store specials. We’ll introduce you to many of the things we do and invite you to come along for learning and fun. All in all we’ll have a grande time!

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At the end of the week, we’ll have one final Great Big Bundle Giveaway. There will be one version for US readers and another for readers outside the US. Be sure to come back on Friday for your chance to win a Great Big Bundle!

Make plans to spend some time browsing all the inspirational posts the designers will share. Get ready to Block On!

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: FreeSpirit

Today marks the end of the Treasure Hunt sponsor list, but not the end of the contest! There’s still plenty of time for you to enter by finding sponsor buttons—get the details here.

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You don’t need to find every single button, but each one you find increases your chances of winning one of 27 amazing prizes, worth a combined total of more than $21,000. You can’t win if you don’t play. I hope you will!

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Today’s featured Treasure Hunt sponsor is FreeSpirit, home to great designers like Tula Pink, Valori Wells, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, David Butler, Jane Sassaman, Jennifer Paganelli, Erin McMorris, Verna Mosquera and so many more.

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The swatches above are from Tula Pink’s line, The Birds and the Bees. Kind of makes you want to go sew, doesn’t it?!

If you need something other than quilting weight cotton, some prints from The Birds and the Bees also come in voile and laminate. And have you touched today’s laminates? They’re not your grandma’s oilcloth! They are soft and supple.

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Into each of the 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, FreeSpirit will put a copy of the book Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. We saw the quilts from this book at International Quilt Market, and they are spectacular.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges FreeSpirit and their sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Next Week: 100 Blocks Blog Tour

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Just a little teaser of next week’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. All week on Quilty Pleasures from Nov. 5 to 9, we’ll prepare for the debut of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6 on sale Nov. 13.

QMMS 120024 COVER 500 shadow1 Next Week: 100 Blocks Blog TourEach day we’ll feature a linked list of about twelve 100 Blocks designers. You’re invited to visit their blogs for ideas, inspiration, and chances to win a copy of Volume 6. We’ll give away copies and additional prizes on Quilty Pleasures, too. There’s going to be quilty fun all over the place!

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You'll get previews of the blocks like this one by Eileen Fowler from Volume 3!

 

If you’ve never been on a blog tour, we’d be happy to have you join us next week. Learn what a blog tour is.

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Bonnie Hunter will have another great block. This is her block from Volume 3.

 

There will be lots to see on Quilty Pleasures and on the designers’ blogs, too. Follow the instructions each day for a chance to win a complimentary copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6.

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This fabric was part of a prize package during a past blog tour. More fabric this time around!

 

Many designers have sent other prizes too! Think fabric, books, patterns and more—all will be won by lucky readers like you.

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Notions given away in the past. More prizes this time around!

 

Get a taste: see a past Blog Tour post here. Here’s another one.

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We’ll look forward to enjoying next week with you and many designers from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6!

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Troy Corporation

Today’s featured Treasure Hunt sponsor is Troy Corporation, home to great designers like Marcia Derse, Pearl Krush and Karen Combs.

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Please visit the Troy website, where you can browse Knick Knack, a recent release designed by Karen Combs.

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Aren’t these wonderful?! There are others, too—don’t miss Nouveau Chic by Marcia Derse and My Secret Garden by Pearl Krush.

Into each of the 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Troy Corporation will put a fat quarter bundle. What quilter couldn’t get excited about that?

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Troy’s sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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QM Scrap Squad: Donna’s Bella Amore

The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and create their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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Today we begin showing the Scrap Squad’s quilts made using the Bella Amore pattern from the Nov/Dec issue.

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Below is the original Bella Amore, designed by Marianne Elizabeth, sewn by Pat Welch and quilted by Janet Lee Santeusanio. The fabric is Arabella Rose by Marianne Elizabeth for RJR Fabrics.

QMMP 121200 BELLA 450 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Bella AmoreToday’s featured Scrap Squad quilt is by Donna Hanley from Cincinnatus, New York. You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

 

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Donna Hanley

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I love star blocks and diagonal settings so I was eager to get started on this Ohio Star variation quilt. Like most people, finding enough time to do everything I want to do is always an issue, so the smaller size option was perfect for me.

I loved a black and white quilt that a friend of mine once made. She also added splashes of hot pink and turquoise with stunning results. That was my inspiration for the colors I chose for this quilt.

I wanted to use different fabrics for each block and after shopping in my stash, I was able to achieve that goal. The only new fabric I needed to buy was the purple in the border and binding. Here’s the collection of fabrics I used.

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In my last post about Country Morning, I mentioned some of Deb Tucker’s rulers. Deb’s rulers involve making units bigger than needed, then trimming them down to the exact size. I love that technique since the units are perfect every time.

 

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The Tucker Trimmer is great for making the half-square and quarter-square units that are used in this quilt.

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Deb’s directions are easy to understand—even a novice quilter can achieve  success. She has videos on her website that demonstrate how to use all of her tools.

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Once these units were made, I completed the star blocks.

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I was surprised to see the grid design that was developing with my light black and whites.  It seemed to me that placing a plain setting triangle around the outside of the blocks would interrupt this secondary design. Thus I decided to piece the setting triangles to continue this design.

The thought of trying to cut and piece the trapezoid shape that I’d need for this was daunting—something I really didn’t want to do. After some thought, I realized I could easily piece the unit using the same size half-square triangles and squares used in the blocks. The square and half-square units were trimmed to
3 1/2″ and pieced as shown.

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I completed the quilt center and left the tails on these units until I was ready to add the border.

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A plain border didn’t seem right for this quilt.  On the other hand, I didn’t want to create a border that would draw attention away from the center design. I chose to piece a subtle border with purple squares and black triangles.  The border units were pieced like this:

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The purple squares were cut at 2⅝” and the black triangles were cut from 4¼” squares, cut twice diagonally in order to keep a straight grain edge on the outside of the quilt.

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Once the border was on I was ready to layer and quilt Bella Amore.

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We all need a little help sometime and as you can see, Izzy  was eager to lend a helping paw with the quilting.

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Another nice job by this Scrap Squad member! The subtle border is just right, and the secondary grid design adds so much interest. Great work!

 

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Timeless Treasures

TH2012 200 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Timeless TreasuresWe’re near the end of the sponsor list in Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt, but there’s still plenty of time for you to enter by finding the sponsor buttons. You need not find all of the buttons, but each one you do find gives you another chance to win.

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Today’s featured Treasure Hunt sponsor is Timeless Treasures, makers of beautiful Tonga Batiks and home to designers including Karen Snyder, Hoodie, Monica Lee, Toni Kay Steere and Jenny Foltz.

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Check out the Timeless website to see their 100% cotton Soho Solids.

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This is just a small sampling—the range of colors is divine.

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A current favorite of mine is the Timeless Treasures print above from Kitchen Couture.

While you’re on the website, check out the free quilt patterns and the section called “More Quilts” for treasures like this:

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Into each of 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Timeless Treasues will put a bundle of fat quarters. Wouldn’t that perk up a winter day?!

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Timeless Treasures during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

 

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Coming Soon: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6! Giveaway!

That’s right, Volume 6 of Quiltmaker’s best-selling newsstand specials will be available November 13! We just got our advance copies and can’t wait for you to see what’s inside.

For now, a sneak peek at the cover:

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Leave a comment for a chance to win Volume 6 and this mug!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment about the Volume 6 cover by midnight Tuesday, 10/30/12. One lucky person will win an early copy AND a Volume 6 mug. The winner is #232, Evelynne H. She has been notified. Lots more winners all next week! Thanks for your comments—we really appreciate your enthusiasm.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Sulky of America

Still lots of time in Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest.

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Twenty-seven winners will receive everything from a Handi Quilter longarm to a PFAFF sewing machine to fabric bundles, books and thread. Twenty-seven people will win a little slice of heaven. You could be one of them.

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Today’s featured Treasure Hunt sponsor is Sulky of America. Sulky is celebrating 25 years in business—a quarter-century of creating with confidence.

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When you visit Sulky’s website, you’ll find threads of all kinds, embroidery tools and information, stabilizers and books on quilting, applique and embroidery. Sulky is well-equipped to help you get the most from your machine using some of the most beautiful threads in the industry.

Into each of 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Sulky will put a six-spool pack of PolyLite 60 weight polyester thread. Quilters love new Sulky PolyLite because it flows like butter through a longarm or domestic machine.

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It’s perfect for micro-stippling or fine detail quilting and for more accurate piecing. The predictable one-inch color changes in the multicolors add interest and “forgiveness” to your quilting. PolyLite can be used top and bobbin for less frequent bobbin changes. It is nearly invisible on bindings and stitching in the ditch. It comes in 36 solid colors and 24 multicolors.

 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Sulky of America

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Sulky’s sponsorship of the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

Please note: Sulky is having a separate sweepstakes for their 25th anniversary. Win a trip for two, all expenses paid, to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Details here. The trip will be hosted by Sulky c0-founders Fred and Joyce Drexler and the Sulky executive management team.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Robert Kaufman

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I hope you’re enjoying visiting the various sponsors of Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt. It’s not a race so you can take your time. You have until Dec. 4. You need not find every last button, but each one you do find gives you another chance to win. Details here.

 

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Today’s featured sponsor is fabric company Robert Kaufman, home of Kona cotton solids and Artisan Batiks.

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On Robert Kaufman’s website you’ll find bundles, precuts and kits.

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There’s Dr. Seuss, Darlene Zimmerman and Sue Spargo. Do visit their website.

Into each of 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Robert Kaufman will put a roll-up featuring the Elementals Collection-Geos by Lunn Studios. Each roll-up is 40 2.5″ strips totaling 2.8 yards of fabric. Could you have some fun with that?!

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You’ll want to check out the new line Texture Study by Lunn Studios. Seventeen new fabrics are a study of textural patterns found in woven textiles. They come in three palettes, from electric brights to grounded earth tones.

 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Robert Kaufman

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Robert Kaufman’s sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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