My “Aunt Grace Simple Sampler” is finished. This was a fun quilt to make.
This past year the friends in the online sampler group have been working on the Quilty Fun sampler by Lori Holt. Each of us purchased the book entitled “Quilty Fun” and then we chose our fabrics and worked on it slowly throughout the year. We had a lot of fun seeing each other’s blocks and what each person chose for the framed block as each of us decided on something different. I went with the bonnet that Lori had designed as a label for the quilt. Here is my finished quilt.
These blocks are from the Bloom quilt that Lori Holt is presenting each week on her blog, Bee in My Bonnet. The blocks are very fun to make and it’s easy to keep up each week. It might take me awhile longer to get the actual quilt made though. There are 20 blocks so only 4 more to go.
A few days ago I showed you the surprise box I received from my friend Emily who subscribed to the box of the month at the Fat Quarter Shop. Included in the box is a card for making a block each month and even though I did not want any more to do, it was hard to resist grabbing some fabric and making the block just for fun. I am looking forward to the May box and will just have to see if I end up making that block too.
My friend Aby designed a block that was accepted into Volume 13. Her block on page 42 is #1265 “Everlasting Chains”.
Today is her day on the blog hop taking place at Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures. You can click here to “hop” on over to her blog and see what she has made with her block and also have a chance of winning on her giveaway.
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.
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.
The block in this wall-hanging is Block #1229 Compass Rose by Karen Bialik.
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.