I’m super excited to have you join me today for my stop on the Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks by 100 Designers, vol 14 BLOG TOUR!
With volume 14 at our fingertips, do you realize that is 1400 blocks in 14 volumes since this block party first started?
I have loved every single block that I have submitted to these wonderful issues.
Some have been made into my mystery quilts and it has been fun to find them in other colorways.
Birthday Girl appeared in volume 2!
It was resized and found its way into our Celtic Solstice mystery quilt!
Talkin’ Turkey is found in Volume 5, and eventually wound up as a full sized quilt in my book String Fling.
Big Bang from vol 6!
Big Bang found its way into our Grand Illusion Mystery!
Designing these blocks stretches my imagination and pushes my boundaries, and I have loved each of these blocks so much that I can’t wait to turn each of them into REAL QUILTS.
The same goes for my block in volume 14:
Straights of Mackinac!
I designed this block after returning home from another fabulous week of teaching at the Needle Art Seminar held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The color of the water, the coulds floating by in a blue Northern Michigan sky on cool fresh breezes….these are the things I wanted to capture in this block.
You know how I love string piecing ---you’ll find plenty of places to add all of those wonderful random width strips for the background areas behind the tall star points, and more fun half square triangles to fill in the corners. Let your blues and aquas come out to play, but also dig into those fabulous neutrals you’ve been wanting to use.
This block would work WONDERFULLY in Christmas Colors as well. I have so many ideas for this block that I can’t wait for my holiday break to really begin so I can sew my brains out.
I played with some layouts before heading out to Utah last Friday so you could see what it looks like when blocks are placed together:
Set block to block!
Remember that those background diamond areas are string pieced triangles behind the star points. I didn’t have time to draw all the lines and color each piece individually, but look at the effect of the curves! Put your thinking caps on and IMAGINE strings in those triangles.
This is what happens when you turn things on point:
Wow! Kinda cool!
My block is in this issue!
A word from the folks at Quiltmaker:
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!
You won’t want to miss the giveaways that are happening on the Quiltmaker Blog, Quilty Pleasures. Stop by each day and see what is up for grabs. You’ll also find out who else is on the blog tour each day by visiting their page, so head on over.
As for MY goodies up for grabs?
It’s a Quiltapalooza Giveaway!
We’ve got two ways to win. I will be drawing a winner for my bundle consisting of the following:
- Quiltmaker May/June 2016 issue with my quilt Razzle Dazzle inside!
- 100 blocks, vol 13!
- 100 blocks, vol 14!
- 2017 100 blocks CALENDAR!
- Hexometry pre-cut hexagon pack and pattern!
- Fabric Fondler Fridge Magnet!
- The Ultimate Power Tool fun button!
I will also be drawing a second winner who will receive a copy of 100 blocks vol 14 directly from Quiltmaker Magazine.
Who’s ready to enter and win?
Drawing will be held the evening of Monday, November 21st.
Good luck, everyone!
While I’ve got you here – if you are new to Quiltville, our yearly reader appreciation mystery quilt starts the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25th! You can catch up and join in by clicking the En Provence Mystery tab at the top of the blog. You’ll find our introductory post there and you’ll be able to pull your fabric and be ready for when the first clue is released here on the blog. I hope you’ll join in. It’s my FAVORITE time of year!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
This is my niece Taylor's quilt made in 2008. It's been loved and washed and loved and washed some more, and after 8 years of hard use, it still makes me smile. I'm so GRATEFUL to have been here visiting family in Utah over the past week.
I find this quote to be so very true. I have ABUNDANCE beyond my wildest dreams. There is enough fabric in the stash to make beautiful quilts. There is love of family and of friends to keep my heart smiling. And there is you. Thank you for being a part of my world!
Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone. This morning I’m off to catch a flight to Idaho Falls, Idaho to teach my last venue of the year.
Bring on the holidays and TIME AT HOME!