Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 8
As you have probably guessed by now, I love making random blocks just for the fun of trying out the block. Many of them find their way into some of the sampler quilts which are among my favorite quilts to make. I am very blessed to be a quilt-block tester for Quiltmaker magazine’s special issues of Quiltmaker 100Blocks. I love testing the blocks as it gives me something to look forward to doing.
This is one of the samplers I have made from test blocks for the Volume 8 magazine. These were made about a year ago and I was using fall fabrics as it was my intention to have the quilt ready to use for the fall season. I sketched out a setting plan, put the blocks up on the design wall to find how I wanted them arranged, and proceeded to cut the pieces to put it together. Then I realized that the idea I had for the setting was not the most ideal for the blocks so I was back to thinking about a new setting.
If you have read any of my previous posts, you know Jacob did a big clean-up in the studio. He took all started projects and put each ever so neatly into its own container and labeled the container with what was in it. He really did a nice job. This is one of the quilts that he moved. Once out of the studio and out of sight, it sure is hard to get back to them. So of course, this quilt came to a big stand-still. This summer while he was gone for a bit, I got this quilt out to finish and wouldn’t you know, I had forgotten why I stopped working on it. I looked in the container and there were all the blocks with nice little labels for their position and all those pieces already cut so I thought, why not whip this up and be done.
I had sewed quite a bit of it together when I realized the problem and remembered why I had stopped in the first place. I laid it out to look at it and mull over how I would like to change it. That was right about when Jacob came back. He looked at it and said, “Grandma, you have to take that apart and do something different.” I’ve been trying to teach him that everything doesn’t have to be perfect so I told him that it’s just a quilt and it really does not matter if it is a little strange. What I didn’t tell him was that I was thinking about changing it without his telling me that. I decided to quit thinking about it, follow my own advice to him, and just get it done.
It makes me smile to think that years from now when I’m gone and a stranger is using the quilt, they will be wondering what I was thinking. They will probably ponder and make guesses. I will be in heaven smiling and thinking it’s too bad they just don’t know the answer is that I am a bit quirky. In any case, at least the quilt makes a good conversation piece!
Anyway, at last the quilt is done and ready to use this fall. It’s filled with wonderful blocks and who cares about the setting when you can just enjoy all the creativity in the blocks.
Starting in the top left corner and going from left to right, these are the blocks in this sampler:
#720 Polaris by Sheri Diesburg
#783 Home Sweet Home by Lori Holt
#799 Which Way by Kathryn Wilson Tucker
#757 Martha’s Basket by Martha Walker
#773 Waffle by AnneMarie Chany
#764 Shrinking Squares by Pippa Eccles Armbrester
#704 Bouclier de la France by Susan Guzman
#761 Formation by Shayla Wolf
#792 Ruffled Feathers by Jennifer Oden
#711 Flower Power by Melissa Peda
#714 Shadow Play by Jennifer Schifano Thamas
#745 Lone Star Twist by Sara Khammash
#790 Watermark by Cindy Lammon
#747 Dutch Basket by Jo Morton
#702 Grandpa’s Gift by Karen Comstock
#788 Sailor’s Delight by Jo Kramer & Kelli Kramer
#708 Basket of Oranges by Kay Mackenzie
#721 Pin-whirl by June Dudley
#767 The Weaver Block by Sandi Blackwell
#725 Starbright by Kristy Lea
If you look in the magazine, you will notice that the blocks made by the designers look different. We do not get to see the actual blocks when we are testing and we use much different fabrics. The difference in the fabric choices can really change the look of the block. I never cease to be amazed at all the different blocks and the creativity of the designers.
In addition to the blocks I tested that are in this sampler quilt, I also tested a few other blocks for this volume which I will use at another time. Would you like to see those blocks too?
This is block #731 Circle of Life by Amy Rullkoetter.
731 Circle of Life
This is block #733 A Night Out by Carolyn Beam.
733 A Night Out
This is block #734 It Snowed! By Cheryl Brown.
734 It Snowed!
This is block #743 Posies by Lynda Howell.
This is block #754 Winter World by Paula Stoddard.
754 Winter World
This is block # 755 Fairy Floss by Helen Stubbings.
755 Fairy Floss
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the test blocks from Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 8. You can still purchase a copy of this magazine in the magazine’s online quilt shop. Be sure to look for Volume 10 which will be available in about mid-November. I am excited to show you the fun blocks I tested for Volume 10.