Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Tour-AND GIVEAWAY!!

Are you new here or an old friend?  Welcome no matter what category you fit into…trust me, if you stick around even for a little while, you’ll soon be an old friend.

If you don’t know us we’re a mother daughter team who design some quilts and like to blog too.  We’re very regular bloggers sometimes blog once, sometimes twice a day so there is always something new and different going on from our house projects (we both moved this winter-Kelli into a house that was bought without her seeing the inside-and me into a foreclosure home we remodeled)  We are always up to something..cooking, gardening, repurposing, reading or simply just living life.

We’ve been in several of the 100 Blocks magazines.  We currently have two quilts featured in magazines on you news stand.  American Patchwork and Quilting has our “Stars and Scraps Forever” quilt.

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Quiltmaker has our Strawberry Sundae quilt.


We also released our first book in February, Country Girl Modern.  To learn more about it check out this link.

Now we have our block featured in 100 blocks…it’s been a fun year for us!

So wondering what our block looks like???  Here it is- Paddle Wheel.

100 blocks

We came up with a couple simple designs using it…here’s a simple baby quilt.  Only four blog are needed to make it.  It would make a fast baby quilt.


The next is just a simple quilt made only with the blocks side by side.  I drew it up so you could see what it would look like.

We thought they both were fun and actually made up the baby quilt thinking it would be featured in the gallery of the magazine but they didn’t do that this year so you’ll have to wait to see our quilt once we get it back.  We made ours in the same colors as the block in the magazine.  It’s really cute!!

I hope you had fun stopping by and meeting me and Kelli….before you go, take time to leave a comment and let us know if you’re a new friend or an old friend.   We’ll pick a winner and send out an autographed copy of our book- (If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book or learn more about it you can do that here) along with a copy of 100 blocks.  To the second name we’ll send a current copy of 100 blocks along with a copy of any previous issues we have….Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to check out Quilty Pleasures and see where else you can hop to today.

244 thoughts on “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Tour-AND GIVEAWAY!!”

  1. I would be a new friend and very inspired by your work with color on the same patter.. LOVE “Stars and Scraps Forever” and that is now on my list of charity quilts!

  2. I’ve never looked you up online before, but I have several of your magazine patterns in my “future projects” file.

  3. Definitely a new friend! Love the quilts seen on this blog. I am coming back to explore more! Love your block.

  4. Hi Jo & Kelli,
    Wonderful block you made! I’m an old friend and have been following your Blog since you did the crumb block quilt along (I still haven’t finished mine yet). Thanks for a chance to win.

  5. I’ve been following you for quite sometime now. I’m also from Iowa so enjoy reading about your adventures in Iowa and at Thrift Stores. I love shopping them as well. I never find nice fabrics like you do though. I like your block. Thanks for the inspiration. And your house is gorgeous. I have enjoyed following you on that journey.

  6. I am an on-n-off visitor…I would LOVE to have your book, want to make the rainbow square one!

    thanks and take care

  7. Kathy Hopkins

    I guess I am an old friend, have been reading your blog for about a year now. And I check your blog at least twice a day, for I certainly don’t ever want to miss a post! Love hearing about all your real life experiences. This block looks great and I think scrappy would be the way to go !!

  8. i guess I’m a new friend. This is a very versatile block. Color choices will be fun to experiment with, as well as placement. Congratulations on your publishing successes this past year!

  9. I’m a brand-spankin-new friend! And I LOVE your block for the magazine! It’s so fun and a modern twist to it. I’m signing up to follow your blog. Have fun at Market!

  10. Let’s just say I’m an older friend because I’m definitely never going to be old no matter what age I get to be. Your blocks are both lovely.

  11. I’ve been following your blog for several years. I’m a native Iowan, (Danville) now living in NE Oklahoma. I really enjoy reading your posts each day and especially the references to daily life in Iowa. Thanks for the inspiration you provide!

  12. I’m a fairly new friend who’s been following your blog regularly for a few months now. Reading your posts is like listening to a friend talk about their day-to-day life over a cup of coffee. Congratulations on the quilting success that Kelli and you are enjoying.

  13. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. It was Bonnie Hunter that got me interested in tarted reading blogs, and I heard about you while reading her blog. I REALLY enjoyed watching your house grow into a beautiful home. Thanks for a great giveaway! Love your blog and your quilts!

  14. I am an old friend. I am glad to see your quilt, very helpful to picture how the block will work in a quilt.

  15. Marcia Hoekstra

    New friend….I didn’t think there was a town in Iowa I wouldn’t recognize as many times as we’ve gone back and forth across Iowa. (My family SE Iowa, husbands family NW Iowa) Before I looked up Waucoma, I guessed it would be in NE Iowa – got that part right. :)

  16. I’m a regular visitor to ur blog! I love reading about all ur adventures! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I’ve been stopping by for the past few years now. I found you through a link on Patchwork Times.

  18. Lori Smanski

    congrats your block is cute I agree this is perfect for a baby quilt. I am a new follower on bloglovin

  19. I’ve been reading your blog quite a while now. I love your quilts, the scrappiness of them. I am getting your book as soon as I see it on the stand. Debbie in WV

  20. Love your new spin on a pinwheel block. I’ll have to try it in patriotic colors. I’m an old friend via Bloglovin’. Thanks.

  21. Linda hodges

    Old friend here. I check you blog every day at least once but more often twice! I have so enjoyed your journey through to moving into your new home. Trying to pluck up the courage to have a go at your Stars and Scraps quilt. I love it. Thanks for all you do.

  22. I am an old friend love reading your blog. I never thought your house would turn out so cute when finished. It no longer looks like what you bought.

  23. Yvonne Myers

    I am an “old” friend who thoroughly enjoys your blog! I look forward each day to see what you and your daughter, Kelli, have designed. I am always amazed at how much you both work together to produce so many quilts. I’m so glad you are in your “newly revised” home. Congratulations on your success with the “block” in the new 100 Blocks issue, as well as your new quilt in APnQ, and your new book. Both are now on my “acquire” list!
    Many blessings wished for your whole family.

  24. Debbie {Blue.Ridge.Girl}

    I’m a new friend and I love how cozy and inviting your blog is :o) Thanks so much for hosting an opportunity to win a copy of the Volume 11 issue, and your book – the cover looks great with fun projects to choose from.

  25. Oh, I’m an “old” friend, but I did find your blog through Quiltmaker’s hop a few years back! I sure am glad.

  26. OLD FRIEND! 5 years now! YAHOOOOOOO! Can’t wait to see you this summer! Haven’t found a copy of 100 Blocks in my neck of the woods, either, so I would LOVE to win!

  27. Hi again!
    I’m an old friend through following the 100 Blocks tours and through Bloglovin.
    Congrats with all the fun craziness and publications this year!

  28. Semi old semi new! I’ve been reading your blog for almost a new now. Does that mean the honeymoon is over? LOL I love your blog and your designs. I loved following your remodel of your home too. Keep it coming.

  29. I’m a long-time old friend! I love reading your blog and keeping up with your and your family’s happenings, especially your journey to your new home. Thanks!

  30. Well, I’ve been here before so I’m not new, but I also pop in and pop out occasionally. Maybe I should be a better friend. :) Congrats on being in the book.

  31. Guess I am a medium old friend here…have followed you for awhile now! lol Have loved hanging out while you guys worked soooo hard on new house…and hearing about the Day Care now…and you & Kelly doing Quilts, and the book, and alll the Adventures! Always feels like I spent time with Dear Friends…thanks!

  32. Cindy Wienstroer

    I have been enjoying your blog for a while and have your book which is fun!! Thanks for sharing your lives, Cindy

  33. I am an old friend, so enjoy being a part of the happenings in your family. Have eagerly followed your house project from the beginning. I admire and respect your family and their values.

  34. I have been following your blog for awhile now. I’ve enjoyed reading about your move and all it entailed, and all your quilts. Would love to win a copy,

  35. New visitor here, fun block, good luck in your new homes. We just moved into a new one also, so much work and new design possibilities.

  36. New friend, about a month. Visit you every day and wish I had as much energy as you obviously do.

  37. I’ve been following you for a few months and look forward to seeing what’s going on in your world every day. You and Kelli are very talented and I wish you continued success and happiness.

  38. Martha Samuels

    Hi Jo & Kelli, I am an old friend. Love your blog and everything you put on it. I really like your family and your quilts, wish I had your energy. Thanks for all you do.

  39. oh i am an old friend, in both ways, i’m old and I’ve been reading your blog for a long time! i remember one of the first posts was about your new house before it was officially yours if i remember right. I bought a signed copy of your book already but i have an elderly friend (you know the kind of quilter–she has everything!) and i would love to be able to give her your book! she is always sending me strips,scraps,books and helps me figure out patterns that i insist are too hard and she insists that they aren’t……lol. she has been quilting for 50 years compared to my 5. i don’t have my copy of 100 blocks yet and that is always a have to buy so a free one would be wonderful. thanks for the chance jo and please feel better soon! how sweet of hubby to write your names in the concrete! such a sweetheart


  40. First time visiting your blog, but I have seen some of your designs in the quilt mags that I buy. Nice block.

  41. I’m a relatively new friend…I subscribed to your blog when Bonnie Hunter talked about your book. I’m tickled with the pictures of your childcare little ones looking out the window at the workmen. It’s a good education for them.

  42. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    I’m an old friend. I followed you through the remodel and move. Love your quilt patterns!

  43. You have had a busy and productive year! Congratulations in being in the newest 100 Blocks issue. I always look forward to each new issue. Congratulations on the other quilt being published, too.

  44. I guess I’m an old friend. Been visiting your blog for over a year. Love it! Always fun! Thanks for the chance to win! Helen G.

  45. I am an “old” friend — have been following your blog for years and have enjoyed and learned from your many adventures — both in quilting and cooking and remodeling and and, and! Using your block for a baby quilt is just the answer I needed for an upcoming shower.

  46. Congrats on your book and your many magazine features! You girls sure have been busy this year. I’m an old friend who’s been following you on Bloglovin for awhile.

  47. i recently got the new issue of Quiltmaker, and was happy to see your quilt in there. I am a relatively new follower of your blog (about a year), and thoroughly enjoy it.

  48. I’m an oldie but a goodie!! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you remodel your new-to-you home and both of you move in! What a process, but the results are fabulous! Love your new block as well as your book and would love to win them – thank you!!!

  49. I just discovered you today so I’m a new friend. Love your block and enjoyed browsing your site. Congratulations on your latest book and being selected for 100 Blocks!

  50. An old friend, I have been following you since the Crumb-A-long days. And I seek out and purchase every magazine you are published it. Love the new block, can’t wait to try it. I’m always looking for new kids quilts there seems to be a constant demand for them. ( one of my friends has her 7th and 8th grand kids coming this year )

  51. Been following you for a while. Love the quilt in American Patchwork and your new block! Your book is on my wish list.

  52. Congrats on your new book and on being published. Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjmimi at yahoo dot com

  53. I’m an old friend, and your quilt may not have made it into the magazine, but it is on the quilt maker blog today.

  54. I have been following you for awhile. I really like the block you designed it looks great in the solids you chose for the magazine.

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