Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally: Volume 16, Day 1


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally: Volume 16, Day 1

100-blocks-day-1-cadillac-convertibleJoin us every day this week.
Enter to WIN one of the daily prize giveaways.
Join the SOUVENIR HUNT to enter 1 of 3 Grand Prize Giveaways.

Once again, the Quiltmaker staff is excited to bring you the 100 blocks we selected to inspire the quilt designer in you. In volume 16, as with the ones that came before it, you’ll find blocks from your favorite designers and from new ones we’ve discovered. The instructions in the issue are complete, ready for you to decide the perfect setting, whether you chose to make a 1-block pillow, select several for a wall hanging or some for a crib-size quilt or just replicate a bunch for a throw or larger bed quilt.

Are you ready for a block preview? We’re back on the road again!

We’re going to take a look at the blocks from 51 designers over the next 5 days. We’ll present the blocks with a bit of description. Don’t drive by the block stops! With each of the blocks we’re giving you a link to the designers’ blog posts so you can learn more about the inspiration behind their block design, examples of quilt designs using the blocks and a lot more. Some designers will give you a chance to win prizes from their blog site; some are giving you an answer to one of the Souvenir Hunt daily questions so you can enter the drawing for one of the grand prize giveaways at the end of the week.

100-blocks-day-1-vol-16-cover-200pxNeed a guide book to give you more details about the blocks?

Travel with your copy of Volume 16 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It’s available on the newsstand now, or you can download a copy from QuiltandSewShop by clicking here.

Before we join the rally, let me tell about the Rally Souvenir Hunt. You know how quilters like to pick up treasures and bring home souvenirs when they travel? Join the adventure of the Souvenir Hunt each day for a chance at a grand prize. We’re also giving away 3 grand prizes at the end of the rally.

You will have until 12:00 midnight Sunday, November 19th to submit your entry. We will announce the winners on our blog post Monday, November 20th! Read more details about the Souvenir Hunt below.

Just one more thing before we go. We need to take a look at the big map. Notice all the blocks sprinkled all over the map? They mark the locations of our 26 block testers. They committed to making at least 1 block a week over 3½ months. Don’t forget to check out who they are in Volume 16. These incredible ladies have diligently made blocks, completed evaluations and sent us feedback to make sure our instructions are complete and accurate. They are an essential part of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks team. Thank you testers!


ARE YOU READY? Let’s get on the road for our 1st day of travel. There’s so much to see! Here are the souvenirs you should look for today.

100-blocks-day-1-sg-day-1On the road again!

100-blocks-day-1-block-sheridan-swanBlock #1507
Designed by: Swan Amity Sheridan, Swan Amity Studios

Living Flame is a vibrant flower applique created with Watercolor Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics. Swan’s layers of petals and leaves have a striking effect set against a black solid background don’t they?

100-blocks-day-1-block-foremanBlock #1565
Designed by: Marilyn Foreman, Quilt Moments

Can you guess the technique Marilyn used to make Flying ‘Round? Look at it closely. Did she use Triangle-Squares or Stitch & Flip units? Will either one of the techniques give you the same block design?

100-blocks-day-1-block-haidleBlock #1504
Designed by: Connie Sue Haidle, Apple Blossom Quilts

Make a gift of Fall Delight. This block could be your contribution to Thanksgiving dinner with family or friends. Make it as a pillow or a set of placemats would be awesome!

100-blocks-day-1-block-hentschBlock #1517
Designed by: Carl Hentsch, 3 Dog Design Company

The Saffy’s Star block is a foundation-pieced pattern made with Seventy Six and Insignia, both by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. I’m curious… what would the block look like if you inverted the sections?100-blocks-day-1-block-hoffman

Block #1506
Designed by: JoAnn Hoffman, Paha Sapa Traders

Dragonfly Dance is made more fanciful with Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Each set of the fusible appliqued dragonfly wings is made with the same fabric. The print in the fabric gives a subtle difference to each of the wings to suggest movement.

100-blocks-day-1-block-mcspaddenBlock #1542
Designed by: Moira McSpadden, Sewn to Own Creations

Feel the beat! Not your everyday heart-themed block, Moira took the center of a Pinwheel in Heartbeat to spin it out to show the rhythm of a heart’s beat with fabric.

100-blocks-day-1-block-pridemoreBlock #1546
Designed by: Heidi Priedmore, The Whimsical Workshop

Let the Reindeer Games begin with Heidi’s bright-eyed reindeer. She made the block with Modern Melody Basics by Henry Glass. Heidi’s fusible applique reindeer is perfect for a quilt block, or make it extra sweet quilted on a holiday sweatshirt or a nightshirt.

100-blocks-day-1-block-russellBlock #1548
Designed by: Denise Russell, Pieced Brain Quilt Designs

More whimsy created by Denise with BFFs and fusible applique. She used googly eyes to give her best friends more love. This is another pattern that could fun on sweatshirt, nightshirt or special child’s pillow. Make one for your child and his or her friend, too!100-blocks-day-1-block-staub

Block #1508
Designed by: Cindy Staub, Quilt Doodle Designs

Tis the season to think cooler weather and holiday joy—and Cindy’s Frosty’s Sweater definitely speaks of snow. This delightful snowman is put together with Christmas-colored fabrics, embroidery and a snowflake button to top off the tree.

100-blocks-day-1-block-thomasBlock #1509
Designed by: Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

Grow a Little Love with Jennifer’s applique flower. She shaped her block of love with Peony Passion by Lynnea Washburn for Northcott Fabics. The colors are bright and happy; the block design made with, you know it, a love of quilting.

100-blocks-day-1-block-maloneyBlock #1540
Designed by: Tricia Maloney, Orphan Quilt Designs

And, here’s more love in a block named Tortoise Love. Be sure to make a block stop to read the backstory about this little fella’s block. He’s a quick and fun fusible applique.

Whew! We’ve made it to the end of our first travel day.
Lots more travel fun the rest of the week so be sure to…

Join us tomorrow for Day 2 of the Block Tour Road Rally!

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.

Before you leave, be sure to enter your name for the daily giveaways by answering the question “Which of the blocks we looked at today inspires you the most? Why?” at our Day 1 entry form.


Click on the image to enter today’s giveaway!

Respond by midnight on Tuesday, November 14th. Winners will be chosen and announced on the blog Wednesday, November 15th.

  • 2 winners will receive a copy of Vol.16, and fabric bundle from Northcott Fabrics.
  • 3 winners will receive a copy of Vol.16 and quilty goodies from QM and the participating 100 Blocks Vol.16 designers.



Winners of the Volume 16 Day 1 Blog Tour Giveaways are:

  • Melissa T. of Loveland, CO
  • Dawn C. of Afton, NY
  • Mary-Carol S. of Las Vegas, NV
  • Jamie T. of Watertown, NY
  • Sabrina V. of Auburn, AL

Winners of the Volume 16 Day 2 Blog Tour Giveaways are:

  • Joyce M. of Selma, NC
  • Sylia S. of St. Louis, MO
  • Danette S. of Moneesen, PA
  • Penny B. of Cottonwood, CA
  • Mary C. of Walla Walla, WI

Winners of the Volume 16 Day 3 Blog Tour Giveaways are:

  • Kathy P. of Haxtun, CO
  • Diantha H. of Grand Isle, VT
  • Sharon B. of Lexington, KY
  • Deirdre O. of Arlington Heights, IL
  • Jamie T. of Watertown, NY

Winners of the Volume 16 Day 4 Blog Tour Giveaways are:

  • Kris S of Green Bay, WI
  • Gwen R. of Benton, AR
  • Christi S. of Shelby, NC
  • Pam of Ettrick, WI
  • A reader in Mill Spring, NC
  • A reader in Beaverton, OR
  • Debbie R. of Wichita, KS

Winners of the Volume 16 Day 5 Blog Tour Giveaways are:

  • Allison E. of Coopersburg, PA
  • Bobbie C. of Santee, CA
  • KJ in Langley, BC
  • A reader in Carson City, NV
  • Susan S. of Carriere, MS
  • Dana G. of Key Largo, FL
  • Diantha H. of Grand Isle, VT

Winners of the Volume 16 Blog Tour Giveaway Grand Prize are:

  • Judy R. of Beaverton, OR
  • Cindy L. of Oakland, ME
  • Sandra F. of Bakersfield, CA

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!


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