Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Tour- Giveaway too!!

It’s that time of year again….time for Quiltmaker’s 100 block tour.  If you’re new to the blog or haven’t been here for awhile know that it’s been a busy year for Kelli and I.  Both of us moved to new houses.  Kalissa, Hubby and my, youngest daughter got married.  I started a new job and we have a new collaboration book out  75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts.  It’s been a very busy year!!  It was so busy we almost didn’t make it into the issue.

It’s always fun to be a part of the issue but the block for the issue almost wasn’t.  We needed to have the block in to Quiltmaker in late February/early March.  Well if you’re a long time blog reader you might remember that time in my life.  We had moved and I had started in home childcare.  My quilting room was in shambles.

I wasn’t really ready to design anything and even if I did, I really didn’t have my fabric unpacked.  We love 100 blocks and didn’t want to be left out of the fun so Kelli came home one day with the plan that she wouldn’t leave without a block to submit.   She went to the sewing room to see what she could unearth as far as fabric goes and I went to the computer to design something.

While on the computer I checked comment on the blog.  I sorted through them and happen to see an icon by the comment a blog reader left.  It looked like this….


I thought it looked kind of interesting and wondered if I could recreate that on the computer and use it as a quilt block.  I don’t design using EQ.  I designing using the regular Microsoft Word program.  (I’ve written a tutorial on it that you can see here)

Well this is the block that I came up with.  I thought it was interesting but wanted to see how it would look with other blocks.  What would those red flying geese on the corners do when butted together with other blocks.


I put four blocks together and loved the design.  The red flying geese created a pinwheel….AWESOME.

Now was time to put them together into a quilt…  On the outside blocks I took off the some of the flying geese.  In the end, I was very happy with the quilt.


Well as good as luck as I was having at the computer, Kelli wasn’t having luck in the sewing room.  She said all she could find was 100% cotton recycled shirts.

I said -I guess that’s what we’ll use then…and we did.

Kelli worked out the math and made the block.


..and that my friends is how the block came to be in the magazine.  Kelli and I both really want to make this quilt.  Wouldn’t it be a great guy quilt?

Anyway…As you probably know many of the quilt block designers sponsor a giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour.  We are doing just that.  Please leave a comment here on the post and we’ll pick two winners.

Winner #1 will win a copy of the 100 Blocks magazine that will come from Quiltmaker.
Winner #2 will win an autographed copy of the 100 Blocks magazine and copy of American Patchwork and Quilting’s new 2016 calendar featuring our quilt on the front cover.

APQ 2016 Calendar Small (2)

We have our own on line store where we sell autographed copies of our book Country Girl Modern, the new collaboration book 75 Fat Quarter Quilts and the calendar.  Right now we’re running some great deals.  Feel free to check them out here.

We’re so happy that we got a chance to be part of the tour and magazine.  It’s always fun.  Watch for some fun things happening here on the blog.  Wednesday we are featuring our UFO finish it up challenge.  Friday we have a new quilt to show you from our 75 Fat Quarter Quilts book….and on Saturday we’ll be adding a new free quilt pattern to add to our free patterns.  This pattern will be especially fun for 100 Block lovers as it’s a baby quilt and you can add any of your favorite 100 blocks to create your own design.

Don’t forget to check out Quiltmaker’s blog so you can see what other great blog there are to hop around to today.

We’ll pick a winner next week…leave a comment here telling us your favorite quilting project you’ve ever made for your chance to win.

256 thoughts on “Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Tour- Giveaway too!!”

  1. My favorite is still in the making! It is EPP hexagons, and what makes it so fabulous is the line of fabric I chose. It has been put aside for a while, as I have costumes in the making right now, then of course it is Christmas. Hope to be back at my project in the new year. I love your block and the way it works in the quilt!

  2. My favorite project was called “Chocolate Rabbits”. It took me many years of working on it now and then but it was worth the wait.

  3. You have had a busy year. But it was a really exciting year and we readers are happy to have been able to share it with you. The magazine would be great but your calendar would be awesome. Happy Thanksgiving. Dotti

  4. I usually make log cabin quilts – there is just something about the efficiency of doing strip piecing that I like. I occasionally deviate from that pattern and do some paper piecing. But one of the items that I am most proud of is a quilted cup and saucer that I made for my grandmother. She kept it displayed for many years, and then gave it back to me a few months before she passed away. I get to look at it every day and think of her.

  5. My favorite quilting project was a double wedding ring quilt made with my Mother…..I got all the fabric together….she pieced it and I came home for two weeks and we hand quilted it together.( I learned the hard way and didn’t even know how to use a thimble)…It was such a special time together….And she had made so many blocks that my Mother got a quilt too…….Nothing wrong with that…….

  6. My Favorite Quilt: hard to choose….. I think, after much deliberation that it would be the QOV I did for my brother. It was Fons and Porters design with the eagle in the center and surrounded by many stars. I made the whole thing from what was on hand and I used an old black button from one of our dad”s shirts for the eagles eye.

  7. My favorite quilting project was a pumpkins wallhanging which I found in a Debbie Mumm book. Love when fall arrives so I can hang it up in my dining room. Love your quilt on the cover of the calendar.

  8. I also love this magazine, so glad you made it! I am terrible at picking favorites — often my favorite project is my most recent one. So I’ll say it’s the paper pieced eagle wall hanging I recently finished to give to my Dad for Christmas. I got a spectacular pattern from Quilt Art Designs and the quilt came out great.

  9. I really like the looks of this block, especially the whole quilt look. I may have to try this one out! Thanks for sharing

  10. I love your block, thank you for sharing.
    I have four quilts that are at the top of my list. But, my favorite is the one I made for my oldest granddaughter. because after completing all the blocks I was so neurotic about the placement of the blocks and troubled by how to sew a mitered border that it sat for a couple of years. Finally, family and friends said “just do it”. It turned out great and my granddaughter put it right on her bed. With that encouragement I have moved on to finish several more small quilts and they have been received

  11. I love your Windmill Farm block and the quilt design….inspiration comes from the funniest places! My favorite is the first wall hanging I made for the fall.

  12. Congratulations on your winning quilt block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and being on the cover of AP&Q Quilting Calendar! I love the great secondary pattern created by your Windmill Farm block.

  13. Elizabeth McDonald

    Congrats on the calendar cover! My favorite project is always the one I am working on now – and now I am making the Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker’s quilty pleasures’ blog.

  14. Each quilt seems to be my favorite. It is just so wonderful to seem somethings I made loved by someone else. And I love your block, especially the way a secondary pattern appears! Great job. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  15. Your block is a great one for a guy. It makes me want to dig into my plaids right now. My favorite quilt is one that I made for my daughter when she went to college. It’s a Courthouse Steps block in watery batiks, with a large dolphin appliqued on the side. (A Karen Brow design.)

  16. Sue in Scottsdale, AZ

    My favorite quilt projects is usually, but not always, the one I am currently working on. I have made too many to narrow it down to just one!

  17. I’ve been quilting for many, many years and it’s hard to chose a favorite. Do I select my favorite pattern, favorite combination of scrappy colors… how do I select? I’ll choose a quilt I pieced many moons ago that my beloved grandmother helped quilt. At the time, she was losing her sight to cataracts so her stitches are real ‘toe hangers’ but I’d NEVER re-do any of them. The quit is not a favorite but those stitches mean the world to me.

  18. My favorite quilt project is several actually. I made each of my 4 grandkids a cross stitched teddy bear alphabet wall quilt when they were born. Each letter was a separate block with a teddy bear and an object with that letter. Several blocks in each quilt were of my own design, so no two quilts are the same. I spent all the pregnancy making blocks and sewed them together except of the last 4 blocks. I saved the last 4 for the the four corners, and that’s were I stitched and added in the baby’s info after they were born. Name, birthdate, weight and length, and a teddy bear poem in the last one. After all were stitched, I sewed them into a quilt.

  19. It’s really hard to pick a favourite quilt but I think I’d have to pick the house quilt I made fro the mother of one of my son’s best friend who was diagnosed with cancer. I felt she needed some hugs so I made a bright quilt for her. I’ve always intended to make another one just for our family, but it’s still in the planning stage. Good intentions and all that!

  20. My favorite quilting project is the quilt I made for my son. He lives on the east coast and we live on the west coast so I don’t see it (or him) very often. It was the first quilt that I completely finished and every time I see it I am very proud of the way it turned out.

  21. Love your block and enjoyed the story of how it became to be.

    Congratulations on being in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 12.


  22. I so enjoy reading your blog daily…no matter the subject :) Thanks for the opportunity to win. I really like the block and the secondary pattern created when making a quilt. Another winner block!

  23. My favorite quilts have been ones I have made for my siblings when they have been confined to bed. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. My favorite project was a wall quilt of a black cat in a wreath. I made it for my daughter’s piano teacher whose cat had just passed away. I used fabric that had sheet music on it and a border that was red and had music notes on it. I am glad your bloc made it. I love seeing how the block looks when used in a whole quilt!

  25. My favorite quilts are the ones I’ve made for my family. A wedding quilt for my daughter and son-in-law and a comfy, flannel backed one for my husband. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Your block looks great in recycled shirts. Defenitely great for a man’s quilt.
    My favourite quilt of the moment is the one I’m about to start: a disappearing 4patch. Simple, but in my favourite colours: blue and white, with a hint of red.
    Thanks for the chance.

  27. Not sure I can pick just one favorite project. I guess I would say the Cobweb quilt from the book “More quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. I’ve made two of them for two of my grandsons.

  28. So far, I have liked them all. However, my favorite is still a WIP. It is my Farmer’s Wife Quilt done in Sweetwater’s “Feed Company” fabric. It is fun to pull out and work on. Someday I will finish it.

  29. My favorite quilt is one I made for my Aunt Betty. It was very traditional, a bow tie pattern in Civil War prints. I called it “Family Ties”. It’s the only quilt my partner has ever wished we kept instead of giving away as a gift, when that was its intention from the get-go.

  30. My favorite quilt project was a black and white and lime quilt. I have really enjoyed this block blog tour and visiting all the blog sites. Love the inspiration I’ve gotten from each one. Congrats on your block!

  31. Thanks for the giveaway! It’s so hard to pick just one project as my favorite. Each one I work on is my favorite of the moment! I did love making baby quilts for my grandchildren when they were babies.

  32. I love the recycled shirts idea. It could even be a memory quilt. I guess my favorite project would be the Spicy Spiral table runner. A friend gave me the pattern many years ago. I has so much fun making it that I ended up making 5 of them. I see it in lots of my local quits shops and I’m itching to make another.

  33. I’ve always hear “necessity is the mother of invention” – you certainly proved it!! Great block and the quilt is awesome – I love that it makes the little pinwheels when put together! I must say that I’ve always wondered about those little icons too! Thanks for the chance to win
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  34. This block turns into such a great quilt pattern, hope you make it and post soon. I’m currently working on a reversible Christmas and Fall table runner. I think it is the project I have enjoyed making the most because I couldn’t find a pattern for the block I had in mind so I created my own. It is quickly becoming my favorite quilt project. Now if I can just get it done. :)

  35. Janelle Merillat

    I LOVE pinwheels! Your block is Awesome! I am presently hand quilting a king-sized pinwheel quilt. Almost done (but it’s been a 17 year task!)

  36. Favourite project ever, that’s tough! I finally made a quilt just for myself this year, as part of a mystery quilt along, so I’ll go with that one.

  37. Congratulations on the block and the calendar. Such a beautiful quilt.my favorite quilt project was a paper pieced cornocopia.

  38. Embaressingly, my favorite project is always the one I’m working on. I just need to finish quilting a scrap quilt called Grandma Mary’s 5 patch. It’s 1 1/2 inch strips, lots of them, I just love scrappy quilts!

  39. Kristy Wilkinson

    Love your block and your quilt from it. My favorite quilt is The Tree of Life quilt from Edyita Sitar’s friendship triangles book. I loved exchanging half-square triangles with people from a local quilt shop. It hangs in my bedroom and I see it everyday. It is made from batiks. Thanks so much for all you do. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

  40. What a great block. Amazing what creativity arises when you need it. I suppose now you are looking at all the other icons now to see if they are potential blocks. haha
    I have been reading your blog for about 6 months now and I get tired just reading about all that you and your daughters do. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  41. My favorite quilt that I ever made is worn and torn. It’s a flannel friendship star quilt I made for my youngest son. It’s got a western theme – we’re from Texas. I took many naps under it while sewing the binding on. He and his dog have taken many naps and slept under it many nights. He and the quilt live in Iowa and he asked me if I’d repair it. It’s beyond repair so I made him a denim and home decor quilt that will withstand the abuse. It’s hard to find flannel here in Texas but I’m still on the lookout for another cowboy themed flannel bundle to make another.

  42. My favorite quilt is the wall hanging I made for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway. Love your two-fer block! vickise at gmail dot com

  43. oh my, hard to choose a favorite; many many; probably one of the 5 I have done as each grandchild has been born; last one had appliquéd baby carriages across the top.

  44. My favorite is a low volume log cabin I made before I knew anything about low volume!!!

    Love your block… love your stories….

  45. I’m totally & absolutely CONVINCED that you have a true Quiltmaker Gene that you were born with after looking at this Windmill Farm design !!! The block is a thing of amazement on its own, the quilt design is gorgeous and unique. I love it.

  46. Congratulations on your block! It is so pretty and I love the pinwheels that appear by them selves! I’d love to win a copy of volume 12!

  47. I haven’t been quilting long enough to finish, but so far my favorite thing I am working on is my cathedal window quilt for a queen sized bed – mine!

  48. My favorite is the one I am working on, and the thousand on my bucket list. I have too many favorites and not enough time. I finish taking care of a little boy in January. He heads into regular daycare after I have been with him for over a year. I will miss him, but will be able to concentrate on quilts. Can’t wait. Love the block, as well as all of your and Kelli’s works. Congratulations on your block and I wish you continued success in all your endeavors.

  49. My favorite quilt is the Dear Jane I made while we were remodeling our house. I named her “Keep Me Sane, Jane” because that project did keep me sane. Surprisingly, it was probably only the third quilt I ever made. She took me two years and much of it was done by hand while we were on the road or at my in laws. Your block is wonderful and I can’t wait to make a quilt with it.

  50. My favorite is a twin sized quilt I made for my daughter last year. It used fabrics from Amy Butler and modern solids. It was not my “type” of fabric , but I love how it turned out. I also did quite a bit of free motion quilting on it using my domestic machine.

  51. My favorite quilt is one (actually two) that I made years ago. The blocks are all half square triangles. So, I had 2 squares that were the same colors. I ended up with 2 quilts as I didn’t want any fabrics duplicated. One is put together which ever square was pulled out of the sack. The second one is done with the blue colors together, etc. Both are hand quilted. Both are mine…..so far.

  52. So far my favorite quilting project that I’ve done is the purple Iris wall hanging displayed in my “woman Cave”. Windmill Farm has been added to my bucket list.

  53. Love the block and definitely want to make a quilt. My favorite project is one that is not yet finished. It is a pink/brown sampler quilt, and I am close to having enough blocks to start sewing it together. Actually, it started with a quilt-a-long that you had a couple of years ago. They were mini quilts that I left as blocks to sew into a queen sized quilt. I bought some of the other patterns by the same designer for more variety and made duplicates of some blocks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  54. My favorite quilt. That is hard one. My husband Christmas quilt. It was a kit, but the fabric and pattern made the quilt never to be like anyone else. I even made another quilt using the pattern and hope to make another. Now that is a good pattern.

  55. I love the secondary pattern that is formed with your block I think a quilt from this pattern would be my next favorite quilt. My favorite quilt that I have made is the double wedding ring on my bed.

  56. I love your block — it’s just my style. Thanks! My favorite projects were the scrappy lap-size memory quilts I made for my sisters, nieces and myself using fabric remnants left from my late mother’s sewing projects. She wasn’t a quilter, so her “stash” was a mix of cotton, cotton blends, and some unknown combinations.

  57. Great block. My favorites are the hexagon ISPY quilts I made for my two grandchildren because I put pictures of family members in amongst the frogs, birds, trucks and other novelty prints. Liked them so much I made one for myself…

  58. I love the windmill blocks & your block creating it is awesome. Will be giving it a try.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I have just recently found your blog.

  59. My favorite project always seems to be the one I am currently working on. Right now I have been making hexagon table toppers for the holidays. So fun.

  60. My favorite quilt project was Lover’s Links, a Robert Callahan design in McCall’s magazine that used lots of 30s repros with reds. I made it queen sized and use it on our bed in the summer months. Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. I love your Windmill Farm block. It is very cute. My favorite quilt project was my Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. Her mysteries are always so much fun! Have a great day!

  62. Victory Quilt with 30s fabrics and black background from patterns by Eleanor Burns at Quilt in a Day. Made this at my first “Block Party” with Eleanor Burns so got to meet and get to know her, quilt made it into her book (!!!) and I got hooked on going down every month to take the class and sew with her–only a 6 hour drive, one-way–yikes!

    Love your block!

  63. Great block! Love that it was made with recycled shirts. One of my favorites was a cute quilt for a new grand baby with little dresses on it. Thanks!

  64. I Love your block. My favorite quilt has yet to be made. Out of all the quilts I’ve done I still want to use a variation on the Carpenter’s Wheel in a bed quilt for myself. Somehow, there’s always a gift, request or some other reason that I’m making something for someone else! Maybe this time….

  65. My favorite quilt is a heart shaped wall hanging I had to make after 9-11. It has the millennium fabric with the sky lines of NYC and Washington DC. I made a third representation of PA the keystone state. It’s titled “My Healing Heart”. When I put it in a quilt show I add a tag that says “It’s OK to touch my quilt.”

  66. I love your block and I love it in the men’s shirt fabric. I just finished a quilt using men’s shirts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  67. Sandy A in St. Louis

    I love how your block makes pinwheels when they are put next to each other! And using the recycled shirts makes your sample look so cool!

  68. I always look for your post. They are a highlight of my day. If I am blue you tickle me pink. Thanks for all you do.
    Thanks for sharing.

  69. My favorite quilted project is a Fall/Thanksgiving table runner I made, with appliqued leaves. It’s on my table now!

  70. I just finished making 2 baby quilts for my niece who’s is having twins. I’ve never made a baby quilt so this was fun times two:)

  71. I just finished making 2 baby quilts for my niece who’s is having twins. I’ve never made a baby quilt so this was fun times two:)

  72. My favorite quilt project is probably a stained glass paper pieced quilt. It came as a kit from a LQS, no worries about what fabric to use. Love your block! The options…

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