Today is the day you get to see the new sampler made from some of the test blocks for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12. In addition, Quiltmaker has a whole week of fun planned on their blog, Quilty Pleasures, to launch this newest edition of the magazine. Be sure to check out their blog each day this week and see more of the new blocks, learn about the designers, check out the various blogs of the designers, and of course have chances to win lots of prizes on the Quilty Pleasures blog and the designer’s blogs.
I love being able to test the instructions and diagrams along with the group of other testers. We are on teams of four people each which allows every block to get at least four different tests (and sometimes even more) prior to publication. As testers, we do not see the actual designer block which means we have to carefully read all the words and carefully look at the diagrams in making the block. We write up an evaluation on each block and also submit a picture of our block. By looking at our pictures, the editors are able to see how the instructions were interpreted and how that compares to original block. We never know what block or what assembly method we will get so we must be able to do perfect ¼” seams for the regular piecing along with being able to do paper-piecing, various types of applique, sometimes embroidery or other hand-stitching (like hexies, etc.), in addition to having the confidence to perhaps try our hand at a new technique. I enjoy the anticipation of waiting to see what new block we get to test each week and then the challenge of making it. Many times I get blocks that I may not have chosen if I were to thumb through the magazine and pick out a few for a sampler, but I find that to be part of the fun and I am always glad to have made the block afterall. Testing the variety of blocks does make for a bit of a challenge in how to put them together into one sampler, which again I might do things that one wouldn’t think of otherwise, such as putting a snowman together with a flower block,
Quiltmaker 100Blocks Vol 12
Starting in the top left corner, and going from left to right, these are the blocks in this sampler:
#1122 Through My Window by Carol LeMaitre
#1165 Gathering Basket by Donna Benham
#1119 Ruminated Rhythm by Kelly Eisinger
#1150 Frosty by Susan Marth
#1200 Rising Sun by Anne Wiens
#1189 Fly Away Home by Lee Chappell Monroe
#1173 Inside Out by Abigail Dolinger
#1130 Townhouses by Karen Bialik
#1131 Cake Pops by Denniele Bohannon
#1140 Spotlight by Kay Gentry
#1107 Layer Cake by Ally Nicoll
#1124 Cosmic Double Star by Jenny Novinsky
Other blocks found in Volume 12:
#1138 Candy Color Wheel by Cynthia Frenette
I was playing with a bunch of my scraps to make this one and I think I was paying more attention to the fabric itself rather than getting my seams in the right place. The instructions for the block work, but I messed mine up and thought about making another. I decided to wait though and see what other blocks I ended up testing and found I actually had enough others without remaking this one. I still might make it over just for fun as I have many bits of scraps left.
#1192 Rain Chain by Melissa Peda
The day I got assigned this block, I was in the middle of a couple other projects (imagine that!) and so I grabbed some pieces of fabric that were on my table and made a partial block to make sure everything was working according to the directions. Again, I had planned to make it in my fabrics chosen for the sampler, but I have to confess—in this case, I simply forgot to make it and then when I had the other blocks done is when I realized that block was still waiting to be made. It is a fun block to assemble and I am sure I will make one to use in a different sampler.
#1188 Santa’s Reindeer by Lorna McMahon
This block was a special request from Quiltmaker editor Diane Harris. She is putting together a special quilt for a special purpose, which you will hear more about at a later time. I for one, am anxious to see her quilt.
I hope you have enjoyed this little preview sampling of some blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12. Be sure to get a copy of the magazine as there are 85 more wonderful blocks you will want to see (and make).