Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol 14 BLOG TOUR!

Hi everyone!

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!

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:


Straits 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!

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  1. Abundance for me is:
    fabrics to grab
    and 1400 blocks to make with them =^}
    .... and pleez: some coffee to go with all this
    thank you!

    love, Irene

  2. Love your block Straights of Machinac! One of my favorite places to go. Love how it looks in the layout for a quilt. Thanks for your mysteries...🎶it's the most wonderful time of the year🎶.

  3. Thank you!!! Will be looking tonight to see if this volume has made its way up to Canada yet ;-)

  4. Again such a great and beautiful block! Love it very much!

  5. Wow another great block. I will be adding it to my "collection" of 100 Block Bonnie Blocks. Someday I will put them all in a quilt. Right now I still have them on my wall to enjoy and think of you when you were here in Helena. Thanks for keeping me inspired and sane. Kerri

  6. Love the Mackinaw block and the colors. Try to visit the area at least every year.

  7. This is a gorgeous new block, Bonnie. Thank you for participating in the designing and the blog tour. It is always fun and inspiring!

  8. Another beautiful block to add to my list!

  9. WOW It is a beautiful block! I love the string areas, it give a lot of action. All the blocks will look unique. And your are promoting a great giveaway. Fingers crossed here. Thank you for all.

  10. Safe journey on your last "gig" of the year! Looking forward to this year's Mystery when you return. Thanks for all you do!!

  11. SOOOO need to make this block (: I like the setting that makes it look like stars at sea. And glad I saw the reminder about the mystery. Gotta get my paint chips today.

  12. Oh my gosh!!!! I liked your block when I spotted it in the magazine and again when it popped up here. But when you showed the possibilities and it came out looking like Storm at Sea, I was thrilled!! I've been wanting to make that quilt but haven't been brave enough. Now, I see that I can do it using Straits of Mackinac. THANK YOU!!!!!

  13. Love the Straights of Mackinac block and the possible quilt layout. Since I was lucky enough to be there with you in the spring I will have to add that to my long list of quilts. I just need to quit working so I have time to sew 😉 It was to great to see you having such a wonderful time with your family and glad you get to go home soon for well deserved home time. Excited to see the new mystery but I won't get to far as I will be away for 3 weeks 2 days after it starts but can play catch up over the holidays.
    Thanks again for all you do.

  14. I absolutely love your block. It will definitely make it onto my bucket list of quilts.

  15. Love that curve effect when you put the blocks together. So cool! And with the blue fabrics it looks kind of like gentle waves.

  16. Wow, I love the Straits of Mackinac set block to block, wonderfully wavy look!

  17. Talkin' Turkey and Scrap Crystals are my 2 all time favorite blocks by far.

  18. I just won a $100. gift certificate from my LQS so I am feeling lucky!

  19. I am thankful for YOU and your generosity in sharing your love of quilting, love of family, curiosity and enjoyment of new places and old things. Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. You've done it again Bonnie, this block is a beauty! I think a third of my stash is AQUA. Putting my foot on the gas with this one, and going for it!

  21. I appreciate all You do and all You give to us in the way of quilting and your love for it. Happy Thanksgiving

  22. I love all of your blocks! I am currently stitching a counted cross stitch that says, "Gratitude turns what we have into Enough". Nice coincidence:) Thanks for all you share with us. I'm not sure if you have been told this enough but: you are a blessing to us.

  23. LOVE The block and the layouts! You never disappoint!!!!! I too can see it in Christmas red and green color way!! Congrats Bonnie!!

  24. This is really a gorgeous block, Bonnie, one of my favourites! I'm trying to decide if you're dropping hints about En Provence, and imagining it in purple or yellow.

    Anyway, safe journey! Can't wait to start the first clue. My fabrics are all neatly lined up and champing at the bit!

  25. Beautiful block! Bonnie thank you for sharing!

  26. Hmmm, I was looking for your experience with the Quilt Guild in Orem, when they showed quilts they'd made with your patterns. Can't find anything about that meeting! Hope you will tell us what it was like!

  27. As always, your block is outstanding. On another issu -- we got back from our trip yesterday, and started going through our piles of mail. The first thing I opened was your newest book and the triangle. I love the book. But I was very disappointed to find that one of the points on the triangle is broken. Is there a way to exchange it for one that is not broken? Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  28. Wow! Love the Give away! And what a great effect you get when those blocks cone together! Gorgeous!!
    Enjoy your time of. Can 't wait for the mysterie to begin. 😍
    Love from Ommen, in the Netherlands.

  29. Susan Marley

  30. Love that you're home again...enjoy! Hopefully there'll be time to quilt...Thx Bonnie for lots of great stuff!

  31. I also love every block you have with Quiltmaker, so awesome, all of them. I am currently playing with fabric strings with your String Fling book, I love it! Thank you Bonnie for all your work and ideas, you make my day!
    I am a bit confused on the giveaway....with your statement... I no longer use the comment area for Give-Aways. But oh well, I am not a computer person, just give me a sewing machine, lol


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