Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome to the Quiltmaker 100 Block Blog Tour.  Although we had a block in the magazine we almost missed out on the tour. For those of you who don’t know I was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  Sometime in the last couple months an email must have come telling us about the tour and I must not have seen it…so didn’t sign up for it.  Then earlier this week I started wondering why I hadn’t heard anything about it only to find out it was starting.  Luckily the gals at Quiltmaker squeezed us in.

Here’s our block:


This was designed by me on one of those days I was in a hurry racing a deadline…loosely translated I forgot all about submitting something and the deadline was the next day.  Well coming up with an “original block” isn’t always easy.  Before we’ve thought we had something only to page through a quilt block book and see what we thought was an “original block” as something that was “original” 100 years ago!  Then we’d be back at he drawing board.

I told Kelli we didn’t have time to mess around and whatever we came up with had to “be original” the first time…no second tries this time around.  I told her our best bet was to string piece at least part of the block.

Although the directions in Quiltmaker’s 100 Block issue tell you to paper piece the star points, we actually didn’t.  We did it like this….

I started out with 4 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ squares.


I put the 3 1/2″ square onto the fabric and sewed on the diagonal  Then sewed 3/8″ for that line.  I like having bonus triangles…Then I trimmed the corner off between the two sewn lines.


I pressed to get one bonus triangle and the start of my star points.


I did the same for the next side.


I pressed and my blocks now look like this.  I ended up with bonus pieces again…but forgot them in the photo.


Next I graduated down a size.  I put 2 1/2″ squares on the corners and sewed twice along the diagonal as shown.


I did it to both sides and pressed.  I ended up with this and the bonus triangles.


Next I graduated down a size.  I put 1 1/2″ squares on the corners and sewed ONCE along the diagonal as shown.  Then I trimmed.

That’s how I got my star points.  To create my star blocks.  How cool is that??  It looks like paper piecing but doesn’t have to be.

Right now I am working on a baby quilt.  This is how far I currently am…three stars in on the 16 stars I am going to make.  Right now, plans are that the bonus triangles I get from sewing the 2 1/2″ blocks on will be pressed and sewn together.  They will make a “sashing” between the blocks.


The half square triangles I get from sewing the 3 1/2″ block on will be pressed and they will make a border around the whole quilt….that’s the plan.  But plans can change.  I did mix things up a bit by using a scrappy inside to the block and but using all different “whites” for the background.

I’ll be working on this over the next month as time allows.  I’m hoping to get it finished by the end of the month…we’ll see.  A blog reader gifted me a HUGE bag of 2 1/2″ squares and they’ve been going into these blocks.  It’s fun working scrappy….my favorite mode.

If you’d rather make the block paper pieced style, the magazine has the template for that.

They have lots of great giveaways going on in conjunction with the blog hop over at Quiltmaker’s blog.  Find them all here.  There is also a complete listing of other blogs who are showing off their block with many hosting their own giveaways.

We are hosting one here…actually two.

The first name drawn will get a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Volume #13.
The second name drawn will get a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Volume #13 AND a copy of our quilt book Country Girl Modern….Haven’t seen out book??  We’re pretty proud of it….


You can read more about it here.

To enter to win simply leave a comment telling us how you found out blog.  We’ll pick a winner next week on Tuesday.


Monday I took an extra day off of childcare.  I am so glad I did.  I felt really good …I think I just needed a mental health day along with a little more time to recuperate.

I spent part of the day in the sewing room doing a little tidying and simple piecing.  I just needed something simple and relaxing.

While I was cleaning I came across the leftovers from my Jingle Bell Square quilt top.


Hmmm…I know I don’t have another Christmas quilt in me for awhile so why not package this all up and send it on.  I asked Kelli if she wanted it and she wasn’t interested.  I told her I was going to hold a giveaway for it on the blog then.  She said go for it.

Would you like to win the box of goodies? …

75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts Blog Tour: HERE TODAY!!

It is blog tour day.  Actually it’s been blog tour week (or so).  Kelli and I are your last stop.

We had so much fun with this project and will happily jump on board and do another if the chance arises.  The people at C&T Publishing were great to work with.

If you’re new to the blog, I’ll say welcome.  I’m glad you could stop by.  My daughter Kelli and I are the creative forces around here.  We blog typically twice a day so there is always something fun and fresh to check out.  We have lots of free patterns that you check out.  You can find them along the right side bar of the blog.  We’ve had a really big year.  In January our book Country Girl Modern came out.  We had quilts featured in several national magazines year and we have a quilt featured in American Patchwork and Quilting 2016 calendar…PLUS, we were involved in 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts.  It’s been busy….but a fun kind of busy that we enjoy.

Last fall we were contacted by Roxane at C&T and were asked if we wanted to take part in the book.  Although we were busy, we jumped at the chance.  We were asked to design a quilt and then provide variations.  It was a fun design concept.

Our first project was Kim’s Deal. That’s our beagle Ruby is showing off.


Here’s a flat out layout.

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