Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Recap & Grand Prize Winners Volume 16
Last week, we celebrated the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 16 with block previews, designer inspiration, giveaways and more fun. We want to thank all of you who helped to make the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Rally (see Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5 here) so successful! Of course, we also want to extend a special thank you to all of the block designers and industry sponsors who participated in the blog tour — your creativity and your tips were wonderful!
We hope everyone enjoyed our Road Rally Blog Tour, with its chances to win daily prizes and one of 3 grand prizes in the Souvenir Hunt. We asked two designers each day to hide answers to specific questions on their blog posts and then we asked you, our readers, to find those answers and submit them at the end of the week for a chance to win one of the three GRAND prize packages.
The grand prize packages include lots of great things; a copy of volume 16, the sponsor prizes featured on the daily giveaways during the tour, goodies from our designers and more.
And here are the winners!!
- Judy R. of Beaverton, OR
- Cindy L. of Oakland, ME
- Sandra F. of Bakersfield, CA
Congratulations to each of the lucky winners!
And, we haven’t had a chance to tell you about the blocks created by our staff members so we want to share those with you today.
Designed by: Carolyn Beam, Content Director
When asked about Cheery Chain, Carolyn said, “I’ve been on a kick lately looking for different ways to use charm squares (5″ squares) or shapes that can be cut from them. I was doodling on graph paper with 2″ (finished, 2½” cut) squares and came up with this interlocking idea. The first block I made had all colors in both links, but the design ended up getting lost. I made a second version with one green link and one red link and the design shows up much better.”
Bear Shade – Tricia explained, “The Bear Paw is one of my most favorite traditional block patterns. Lately, I seem to be using it in a lot of the quilt designs I’m making for our home; I suppose because my husband’s nickname is Bear. We recently moved to a house in the mountains with lots of pine trees around us. I’m assuming there could be a real bear sighting in my future. My bear in the block is sleeping under the shade of a pine tree with the summer blue Colorado sky and sun shining above.”
Erin said, “Several years ago I made my daughter a whole quilt of brightly colored applique fish. I love to use bright fabrics and this was the perfect place to use as many as possible. We still have that quilt and it has been much loved over the years. The Rainbow Fish block was my chance to share one of my favorite fish appliques with you. I especially like the flappy fin.”
One Fish, Two Fish – Gigi told us, “When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for a block design, I sketched several different designs that had gentle ‘curves’ created by combining straight lines and 45-degree angles, and that continued a pattern when multiple blocks are placed next to one another. I really liked the smooth wavy lines that this block has, though I was concerned that it might already be an existing block since it’s so simple. I added the fish so that when the blocks are placed next to each other, there will be little pairs of fishies swimming across the quilt, which would be so cute! But really, those fish units could be added, subtracted or moved around the sides of the block to create different compositions or even entire schools of fish!”
Designed by: Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor
Is It Butter Yet? has a really funny story. Lori said she wanted to make a tiny traditional block nested inside a medium and a large-size of the same block and she thought it would be fun to use butter colors and a Churn Dash block. From that idea came the name of the block. But when it came time to make the block with ColorWorks Premium Solids by Deborah Edwards from Northcott Studios, Lori had what she calls a “major brain cramp” and made a Shoo Fly block instead. But somehow the original name stuck.
We also asked the staff “What is it about your job that gives you inspiration, education or equips you?”
Gigi said it best, “Everything about my job inspires me! The people I work with, the quilts I get to see and write patterns for, the beautiful new fabrics that help me to develop quilt ideas, everything! Just being in an environment where I have to think about quilts every day, how they’re designed and put together, getting to seriously consider questions about color, design and composition makes me feel like I’ve won the job lottery. The only thing is I don’t have enough time to make all the quilts I can think up!”
You can find the pattern instructions to make all the blocks we’ve previewed today in Volume 16 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Purchase your copy here.
Special thanks to the following participating designers and sponsors who contributed products for our daily and grand prize giveaways. Click on their name to go to their website to learn more about each of them!
- Kathie Beltz
- Aby Dolinger
- Marilyn Foreman
- Moira McSpadden
- Sarah Maxwell
- Elaine Theriault
- Jenny Kae Parks
- Meg Hawkey
- Tina Dillard
- Jen Shaffer
- JoAnn Hoffman
- Cheryl Brickey
- Denise Russell
- Melissa Corry
- Kate Colleran
- Patty Dudek
- Leila Gardunia
- Jennifer Thomas
- Amy Friend
- Cindy Staub
- Mary Hertel
- Debby Kratovil
- Nancy Allen
- Melva Nolan