Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally
DAY 5: May 5, 2017
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WELCOME TO DAY 5 of Our 100 Blocks Tour Road Rally!
Whew! We’ve had quite the journey this week. We’ve visited 30 of the blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15 and we still have 7 more to see today! Here at the Quiltmaker office we gave away our daily prizes and we’ve been gearing up for the grand prize giveaways.
The patterns for all of the blocks you’ve seen the last five days are available in Volume 15 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. If you haven’t picked up your copy don’t forget to stop by your newsstand today or get a print or digital copy issue now from the Quilt and Sew Shop.
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Today is the DAY! Join the last day of the Souvenir Hunt as you take a block stop at each of the day’s designer blog sites for a chance at a grand prize. Winners will be announced on May 8th. Go to Day 1 of the Rally to get the details about participating. If you haven’t toured each day this week, you can still join us by going back to the Monday through Thursday blog posts! We’ll give you the details to tell us about the souvenirs you’ve collected and submit your entry for a grand prize after we’ve toured the rest of the blocks today.
Let’s begin the last of the blog tour!
You Are in the Driver’s Seat
We’re going to look at 7 more Volume 15 blocks, visit the designers and meet one more Quiltmaker staff member, Tricia Patterson. Don’t forget to take a Block Stop to visit with the designers, and look for the last souvenirs. You should have collected 10 souvenirs by the end of the tour. Be sure to visit the designer sites as some of them are sponsoring their own giveaways!
Designed by: Stephanie Bertics
Mountains & Plains. Stephanie’s block design is filled with quick-to-piece Triangle-Squares. She made her block with Art Gallery Fabrics’ Succulence by Bonnie Christine. See 100 Blocks Volume 15 for a sample quilt layout using Stephanie’s block.
Designed by: Cheryl Brown
One More Round. Circles make the wreath in Cheryl’s colorful block. She even continued the circular theme in her choice of background fabric! Cheryl selected wool for some of the circle flowers to add visual texture to her block.
Designed by: Mary Hertel
Goin’ Fishin’. Do you know a fisherman that would appreciate this block design? Mary created her design with foundation sections and background patches, adding an embroidery fish line and button eye to lure you in. Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics, Batik by Mirah collection, were used for this block.
Designed by: Bonnie Hunter
Sawtooth Flutter. Think scrappy. Think piecing techniques. Think Bonnie Hunter. The elements of her block come together quickly with units made from the Stitch-and-Flip technique.
Click on Bonnie’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Pam Lincoln
Flutters of the Heart. Pam’s block is so romantic with these lovebirds sending messages to the heart. Pam’s design is made with machine applique and embroidery.
Click on Pam’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Jen Shaffer
Jubilee. You just can’t beat blocks made with Triangle-Squares. Jen’s cut-and-sew design is a treat to make, as well as the possibilities if a bunch of these squares were placed together in a quilt. Think of how all the triangles would meet up. There are so many ways you can place fabrics and color with this design!
Click on Jen’s block to see color options made by our testers.
Designed by: Terri Vanden Bosch
Adventure Seeker. Flying Geese is the foremost technique to make Terri’s block design. Careful placement of the orientation of the fabric for the center triangle would create a striking effect when many blocks are joined in a quilt.
Last Stop: Our House
Along the tour this week, we have featured the staff that designed blocks for Volume 15 of 100 Blocks. If you didn’t visit the blog each day, take a peak back through the week’s blogs to learn more about our in-house designers and their block inspirations. Now, it’s time for you to meet me, Tricia Patterson.
Designed by: Tricia Patterson, Managing Editor, Quiltmaker
Fabric, texture and technique inspired me when it came time to design my block for Volume 15. I love the richness of hand-dyed fabrics and creating designs with visual texture. For extracurricular fun and relaxation, I typically dye my own fabrics. I love experimenting with the effects of dye and color in fabric. I’ve also wanted to try incorporating Osnaburg fabric in a quilt design. I feel it’s the forgotten fabric with a very interesting history. Google it for some fun facts. And, to be honest, I do dread some of the time it takes to create a quilt using foundation piecing, however… I truly appreciate how foundations can expand design options for geometric quilts, plus making it much easier to achieve nice-looking angles and points.
I made my block in sections, separately sewing the outside sections together and the sections to make center star points. To finish the block, I joined each of the outer sections to the center.
I’ve been quilting for many years, moving from making crib to bed-size quilts as my two sons grew up. I’m repeating the cycle with four grandchildren. About 10 years ago I started experimenting with embellishments—buttons, ribbons, fabric strips, dyed silk cocoons, metal scraps, stone and wood chips, feathers—adding all kinds of stuff to quilted surfaces to create mixed media art quilts. Like many quilters, I’m in the midst of a journey to discover my own aesthetic and footprint. Whether I’m quilting a traditional design or taking a modern spin I just love to see how the next quilt is going to finish.
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Our quilt layout is complete! You can find the patterns for incorporating any of the blocks and this quilt layout, plus more, in 100 Blocks Volume 15!
Enter the Daily Giveaway!
Comment on this blog post to enter your name for the daily giveaway. We’ve traveled to so many places this week to check out block inspirations and to get to know more about the designers. What were your favorite parts of our 100 Blocks Blog Road Rally?
Leave your comment by midnight on Sunday, May 7. Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, May 8.
Vol.15 Blog Tour Day 5 winners are: Audrey Ney, Karen S, Julie Miller, Jolie, Allison Evrard, Diantha Howard and JoyceLM. Winners have been notified by email.
Today’s winner will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a fabric bundle from one of today’s two tour sponsors, P&B Textiles and Riley Blake Designs, and/or a collection of other surprise quilty goodies.
- 4 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15, a fabric bundle and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.
- 3 winners will receive a copy of Vol.15 and other quilty goodies from QM.
And, Enter the GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!
The moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s finally time to enter your name for one of the end-of-the-rally grand prizes!!
- Click here to launch the entry form.
- Enter the word or phrase you found from the designers’ website or blog post to answer the daily questions.
- Click the submit button to send your entry form.
You have all weekend to submit an entry to the contest, so lots of time to visit, or re-visit, the designers. Winners will be announced on the Quilty Pleasures blog on May 8th and notified by email.
Vol.15 Blog Tour Grand Prize winners are: Patricia Moyles, Glenda White and Mimi Patrick. Winners have been notified by email.
Grand prize winners will receive a fantastic bundle including a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15, items from this week’s tour sponsors and other quilty goodies from the designers and QM.
Thank You for Joining Us This Week!
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Special thanks to the following participating designers and sponsors who contributed products for our daily and grand prize giveaways.
- Janice Averill, janiceaverill.com
- Stephanie Bertics, quiltnparty.com
- Cheryl Brickey, meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com
- Cheryl Brown, quilterchic.com
- Sandi Colwell, quiltcabanapatterns.com
- Diane Harris, stashbandit.net
- Andy Knowlton, abrightcorner.com
- Sarah Maxwell, designsbysarahj.com
- Marcus Brothers, marcusbrothers.com
- Debbie Martin, shadowsoftheblueridge.blogspot.com
- Laura Piland, sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com
- Jen Shaffer, patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
- Terri Vanden Bosch, meanderingsalonglizardcreek.blogspot.com
- Sarah Vanderburgh, sewjoycreations.com
- Melissa Corry, happyquiltingmelissa.com
- Yolanda Fundora, urbanamishfabrics.com