Quiltmaker 100 Blocks

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks
My block is in the November 2015 issue!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Oops, I did it again!

The Scrap Addicts got an email the other day, telling us that Bonnie Hunter is going to be in Golden, Colorado in August to shoot a couple of online video workshops for Quiltmaker.  The videos will be based on the blocks in Bonnie's Addicted to Scraps column from the first three issues this year. 

The January/February block is called Pinwheel Fancy, the March/April block is Twirl Around and the May/June block, which is in the issue that just showed up in my mailbox yesterday, is called Idaho Square Dance.  Aren't they cute? If I did things right, clicking on the name of the block below pictures will take you to the Quiltmaker website that has a quilt pattern with a suggested setting for each block.
Pinwheel Fancy   Twirl Around   Idaho Square Dance
Pinwheel Fancy              Twirl Around                Idaho Square Dance

If you are interested, you can find pictures of all the Addicted to Scraps blocks at the Quiltmaker site - here.  The blocks go all the way back to January/February 2010, so there is quite a treasury of blocks built up by now!  

OK, back to the videos - the best part is that they want to use the quilts that are being made by the Scrap Addicts in the videos! I don't know a lot of details, but our editor said that we would get credit for our work.  I don't know if that means that she will just show our quilts and or that our names will scroll up the screen at the end, like the names of the gaffer and the key grip and all those other people who work behind the scenes in the movies ;->.  

So the people who are making quilts from the first three issues are supposed to send the quilts to Quiltmaker in July so that they can use them for filming in August.  The only hitch is that Scrap Addicts weren't formed until after the January/February issue was published, so there is only one person making a quilt from that first block.  For each of the other blocks, there are two or three quilts being made. However (sad face), neither of my assignments are from the first three issues, so my quilts weren't going to be in the video.  (Note that I used the past tense - more about that in a minute). I was disappointed, but the more I thought about it, I realized that I have three projects due in the same July-August time frame as the video shoot.  So in that way, I was a bit relieved. And I rationalized that maybe they would do another video shoot later for the other three blocks. Still disappointed, but trying to be realistic. Then I read the end of the email... our editor casually mentioned that if anyone else wants to make a quilt from the Pinwheel Fancy block,  they would include it in the video.

Talk about conflicted emotions!  On one hand, I have those three big projects due.  On the other hand, I REALLY wanted to be included!  I decided to sleep on it.  Well, THAT was a bad idea.  All night long, I had setting ideas and colors and fabric choices running through my head, so sleep wasn't happening.  In the morning, I opened up my copy of Quilt Design Wizard (mentioned in my last post) and started playing around with the block.  I came up with a really cute (if I may say so myself) idea!  And if I only make a small one, I'd have time, right? Did I ever mention that I am really good as justifying things that I shouldn't do? Anyway, I took a deep breath, and sent an email to the editor volunteering to make a baby quilt from the block.  I was half hoping that she would say that they could only use big quilts, and had myself talked into not being disappointed.  She replied almost immediately that a small one would be great! 
Woohoo!  I only have 10 more blocks to do from my first Scrap Addicts project, then I am going to whip up that baby quilt!  This is going to be fun!  

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