This is the week the newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is out on the newsstands. It is also the week that Quiltmaker’s blog “Quilty Pleasures” has their blog hop. Each day there is a list of various designers who have a block in this volume. The list links you to those designers’ blogs where they will show their blocks, variations of the blocks, quilts made from the blocks, etc. It is always fun to visit the different blogs, plus almost all of them will be giving away copies of the magazine along with other prizes. Quilty Pleasures will also have lots of give-aways going on the whole week so be sure to check it out.
Here is the quilt I made from the blocks I tested for Volume 13.
Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 13 Sampler
Block #1266 Vintage Star by Sherri Bain Driver
Block #1289 Corner Block by Celine Perkins
Block #1269 California Twirl by Deanne Eisenman
Block #1214 Evening Bloom by Jennifer Thomas
Block #1258 Posies All Around by Cynthia Brunz
Block #1295 Starlight by Jacquelynne Steves
Block #1251 Fly By by Ann Weber
Block #1296 Z-Z-Z by Kathryn Wilson Tucker
Block #1279 Streamers by Gigi Khalsa
Block #1288 Leaf in Glorious Color by Lerlene Nevaril
Block #1264 Tufted by Mickey Depre
Block #1247 Smithfield by Maho Schwartz
In addition to the blocks in the quilt, I also tested another block which I made into a little wall-hanging.
Compass Rose wall-quilt
The block in this wall-hanging is Block #1229 Compass Rose by Karen Bialik.
I am going to be giving away one copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 13. If you would like a chance to win it, leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing which will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8.
My preview issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 13 came in the mail. That means they will soon be out on the stands available for purchase. As always, it is great fun to see all the new blocks and clever ideas. Jacob loves to look at them too and he was quite taken back that there is a block with a skunk on it. It seems wildlife has become very popular with quilters so it does seem as though a skunk should work too but for some reason, Jacob thought that was just plain horrible. (Really, it is a very cute skunk!)
In addition to the skunk block, there are also blocks with a lion, bear, fox, ducks, ladybug, butterfly, turtle, turkey, bunny, lots of flowers, cupcakes, and angel, a rocket, a strawberry, and oh so many others. You will just have to get a copy and see for yourself. You might even like to win a copy which is quite possible as the first week of May is Quiltmaker’s blog tour. Each day they post a few blogs of the various designers that you can click and visit. Almost all the designers give away copies of the magazine, as does Quiltmaker themselves. During that week, lots and lots of copies of this Volume 13 will be given away. In fact, guess what—I will be giving away one too.
Be sure to check back the first week of May for a chance to win the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 13 that I am going to give one lucky person. You may or may not even see my sampler quilt made from the Volume 13 test blocks.
You may have noticed from recent posts that I am doing several Block-of-Month samplers (some are weekly!). My friend Emily knows how much I love making samplers and since we can no longer be together in person, she thinks making them together helps keep us connected. Plus, she says I have to work on mine so she will work on hers. The last couple years, she sent me several and as it turns out, we did not get them all done. One of the things I always say is “It is easier to keep up rather than try to catch up.” Eventually we will get them done but it sure is hard to get back to them once we got behind. We even have more planned for this year including Lori Holt’s new Cozy Christmas which starts soon after the Bloom is finished. In order for us to get back to the ones we need to finish, I told Emily—“No more Blocks-of-Months!—and No Jelly of the Month either!” ( Did you ever watch the movie “Christmas Vacation” where Sparky gets a jelly of the month subscription instead of the year-end bonus he expected and he gets so angry. Emily and I have watched that movie several times and we have a long standing joke about how much better it is to have Blocks-of-Month instead of jelly.)
So anyway, for my birthday, Emily told me she found something that wasn’t a jelly-of-the-month or even a block-of-month, but was in fact a Box-of-the-Month. The first box just arrived and what fun it is. It comes from The Fat Quarter Shop and they are going to have a different theme each month and several goodies to go along with the theme.
Sew Sampler Box 1
The theme of this first box is “Welcome”. Included in the box was a pattern called Strawberry Picking. It is so cute and perfect for this time of year. We have lots of big strawberry farms around us and a person can go pick as many strawberries as they want. If it weren’t raining today, I would be over there picking strawberries. I think I’ll wait for a little nicer day though as I like to pick plenty in order to put a bunch in the freezer (and eat a bunch too!)
There is a charm pack of 42 squares in bright colors called Grow (moda fabric, designed by Me & My Sister Designs). Also, a set of 2 Screw-B-Do tiny little screwdrivers (2 sizes)—I can see how handy these will be. Then a little embroidery scissors with super sharp point and a cover to protect the point. There is a 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” ruler which has the grids on the back. I know I will make good use of this. Another fun little item is a magnet with a quilt block on it. And a pattern for a (I bet you already guessed it)—a Block-of-the-Month! In addition to all this, there is also a coupon for 10% off a future purchase at The Fat Quarter Shop. Wow, I have to say, this is a very fun little surprise box of goodies (and also much better than jelly). Now I am already looking forward to the Box next month.
From the Pat Sloan Mystery–Secret Garden. This block represents Pat’s visits to the Keukenhof Garden in Holland. The blocks in this quilt are 16″ square and the fabrics are from Pat’s fabric called Hometown Girl. (Of course, I love the reds!)
Do you think I have more quilts to show you? The answer to that would be yes. However, first I think I will get back to showing some more of the recent blocks I’ve made.
The Fat Quarter Shop is once again having a quilt-along featuring a free pattern along with collecting donations to give to a charity that benefits kids. This year’s donations will go to the March of Dimes. When you download the free pattern, be sure to make a donation.
This month’s blocks are called Diamonds. I am using the fabrics that The Fat Quarter Shop put together for this quilt–Strawberry Fields Revisited. I love this sampler and am looking forward to the blocks each month.