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.
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.