Quiltmaker 100 Blocks

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

100 Blocks Blog Tour


Today is my day on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks volume 12 Blog Tour, and I am so excited to welcome you all to my blog!  

A little background, then on to the block!  Late last year, I submitted an application to be a member of the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad. I wasn't accepted (sad face), but I was offered a position on a new venture called the Scrap Addicts! (happy dance!)   Since then, I have designed and completed three quilts based on blocks in Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker Magazine. I made quilts from the Criss Cross block, the Rainbow Love block and the Pinwheel Fancy block. Each quilt has been featured in a blog post on Quilty Pleasures, and one was used as an example in Bonnie's online course "Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter".  I've discovered that I really like designing scrap quilts, and I will be doing a lot more of that in the future! Check back here regularly, as I will be posting scrap quilt ideas and maybe even some patterns!

During a break in my Scrap Addicts projects, I was playing around with what I call double triangle blocks.  I've been on a "Brights" fabric kick lately, so I was using brights and blacks, switching color placement and twisting and turning the units.  



One of the arrangements made a really cool graphic design.  I didn't recall seeing it anywhere before, so I thought it might be worth submitting for consideration for the 100 Blocks series.  To my utter amazement, it was accepted!  This is the first time I have had a block in the magazine, and I am really humbled to be featured alongside some of the best designers in the quilting world!



Overlapped, Block #1180

Speaking of best designers... When I received my advance copy of the magazine, I quickly scanned through it to find my block.  There it was on page 48, right next to Bonnie Hunter's block! What more could a Scrap Addict ask for? ;->

Here are a couple of setting ideas for my block.  The first one is three blocks by four blocks and uses three inch sashings and cornerstones.  I like the little Shoofly block that form at the intersections in this setting. 


Another idea is to set the blocks side by side, without any sashing.  Doing that make the secondary pattern look like Square-in-a-Square blocks, but without any of the complicated math involved with those blocks.  



If you are like me, and are always looking at the secondary patterns, you will see that this layout also has overlapping stars that form when the blocks meet. That isn't where the name of the block came from, but isn't it a nice coincidence?




If you want the stars to be completed on the edges, add a row of partial blocks all the way around.  A 2 by 2 layout, with the addition of the partial blocks would look like this:



So many ideas, so little time! 

Be sure to check out my Bitty Block, which is also posted today on Quilty Pleasures.  Being asked to design a Bitty Block was a pleasant surprise, and I had a great time coming up with ideas before deciding on a Snail's Trail variation. 


The nice people at Quilty Pleasures are giving away copies of the magazine and other goodies on their blog, so be sure to visit and leave a comment there. Also, make sure to visit the rest of the designers on the blog tour today and tomorrow for other chances to win. To win a copy from me, leave me a comment below, and I will use Mr. Random Number Generator to pick a lucky comment-er at the end of the day today (around 9 p.m. EST.)  Make sure that your email address is visible, so that I can contact you for your physical address.  Otherwise, Quiltmaker won't be able to mail you your copy! If you are concerned about spammers, use words instead of symbols when typing in your email address (e.g. yourname at domain dot com)

If you don't want to trust Mr. Random Number Generator to get a copy for you, you can always click the 100 Blocks Volume 12 link on the top right hand side of this page and buy an issue directly from the Quilt and Sew store.  Or, if you want it immediately, you can click the 100 Blocks Digital Download link and download it. 

Good luck to all of you, and thanks for visiting!  




















104 comments:

  1. Your block is brilliant, I love the different layouts.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  2. Love yout block! Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Love the block! Very pretty. Also enjoying the bitty blocks. Would love to find the time to put some of those together.

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  4. Love your block and all the variations!

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  5. What a great way to arrange the "Mary's Triangles" units! Congratulations on being published -- and for your Bitty Block. I love that series! And thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  6. Love your block. I love all the quilt maker 100 block books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Your block is beautiful! I'm always amazed at how, by turning a block different ways, a quilter can get so many different designs. aevrard(at)rcn(dot)com

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  8. Lovely block. I love the echo effect.

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  9. Great block--love seeing what it looks like made into a quilt! Now you need to scrapify it!!

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    1. That's a great idea! Now why didn't I think of that? ;->

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  10. Wonderful block! Thanks for a chance to win. sandi1100@yahoo.com

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  11. What a great looking block. It's so interesting to see the variations all lined up. I think that's the toughest part when putting the blocks together...to choose a favorite! duchick at gmail dot com

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  12. Love your block and the color choice. Thanks for a chance to win. pedill at yahoo do tcom

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  13. What a neat block. I love the different variations. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. This block is very unique. Kind of reminds me of a square dance. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  15. Nice! Congrats and thank you for a chance to win. dlk3265 @ gmail.com

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  16. I know exactly what you mean about sharing a page with Bonnie Hunter--once my block landed next to hers too, and that was really cool! Thanks for joining us on the blog tour this week, and for the wonderful Bitty Block too. You're a keeper! Have a great week.

    Diane at Quiltmaker

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  17. So great design.Love your fabric choice and all the layout!
    moramargaritaster at gmail dot com

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win a magazine.
    maureeneh52@hotmail.com

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  19. You have my "dream" job of scrapping BH blocks! Congrats!
    ale3002000at yahoo dot com

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS your block is wonderful I love how fun it looks thanks for sharing and inspiring love your bitty block too. thanks
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  21. I love the block and the colors are great!

    quiltingloon10 at gmail.com

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  23. Great block - congratulations! I agree with you - I'd love to be anywhere near Bonnie Hunter! Your mini block is great also!
    dsb448@att.net

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  24. Congrats on becoming a Scrap Addict! Bonnie's patterns are always fun to play with....As is your new block here!
    Thank you for sharing a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I love seeing all the new blocks. lorismills at charter dot net

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  25. Congrats on being included in the magazine and your Scrap Addict status. I really like your block.

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  26. Wow great block and hilarious that you are next to Bonnie Hunter's - so much fun!! Thanks for sharing! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  27. What a creative and unusual block! I am blown away.

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  28. Very nice block. Great ideas for settings.

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  29. Thank you for sharing your block and the different layouts, it looks quite interesting.
    deborah dot k dot browning at gmail dot com

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  30. What a great block - so versatile!
    It would look great in rainbow colours!

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  31. I really like your block. I might use it to make my next quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  32. Love your block and I've been saving all the Bitty Blocks too. They are so darn cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  33. Your block is lovely, congratulations on being part of the magazine! I always enjoy the wide variety of blocks it contains and I look forward to this latest issue.

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  34. this block would make a great single block quilt, if scaled up to say 50 inches or a great baby quilt at 36

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  35. I love your Bitty Block! Snail's Trail may be the best so far! elizabeth(dot)mcdonald49(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  36. wonderful block and it makes a great looking quilt.

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  37. Congratulations on your first 100 Blocks and your Bitty Block! I love your Overlapped block!

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  38. This is a wonderful block and your quilt design is fantastic. Congratulations!

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  39. Lovely block. Thanks for the chance to win! utahoosier at gmail dot com

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  40. Cute block. Love your various options. Congrats. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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  41. Amazing block! Love it!

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Great block. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. Love the movement of this block!

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  44. opps, jessibir@hickorytech.net

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  45. Love the versatility of your units and the block they make! shirlsu@gmail(donut-hole)com

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  46. How creative! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  47. Blocks with any kind of illusion to them always catch my eye. I like yours very much!

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  48. The pinwheels caught my eye. Always like blocks that yield interesting secondary patterns. And I want to give your bitty block, Snail's Trails, a try.

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  49. Congrats about all of that! Scrappy happy!
    Oh my, your block really grabs me--I love it! And secondary patterns are even more awesome!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Congratulations on being included in the magazine! Your story is very inspiring--I may give it a try sometime. :) I'm sure it helped that you designed such a great block. Thanks for sharing with us. wordygirl (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  51. I LOVE your block! Congrats! And Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  52. That is a very interesting and beautiful block. I'm not surprised it made it in the magazine, Congratulations! And thanks for the mini too, Snail's trail is a favorite of mine.

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  53. I've never tried a double triangle block, but have been wanting to for quite a while. I would love to win this and give it a shot :)

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  54. I'm not sure if my email comes through here, so I'll leave it in nonrobot style here. memoose55atyahoodotcom
    I'm a scrapaholic and have made a couple of quilts from Bonnie Hunter's stuff, too.

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  55. Your block is really outstanding and I especially like your second setting. hillheartsongs@gmail.com

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  56. I absolutely love this block! It's my favorite so far!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  57. Love your block. Have been a Bonnie fan and follower for a long time... how awesome to be on the page next to her!! Great layouts too!! Thanks.

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  58. Love your block... can't wait to get ahold of the magazine... Debbie drhodes9@cox.net

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  59. Awesome block! SEW many possibilities. rhondasledger@yahoo.com

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  60. It is very neat to see the block change. First I see a fish block and Wow! you really show us how to really make the block into a quilt.The pink, black and grey even more exciting. lkcquilts at hotmail period com

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  61. I always love blocks with lots of HSTs. Your colourway is so pretty lynnmcindoe@gmail.com

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  62. Congratulations on having your block chosen for the magazine. What a nice honor. Your block is really nice. It's great to see the different options for settings. I really liked the demo of the snail trail block, too. I never knew it was so simple. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  63. Very pretty block and interesting layouts.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  64. Very nice block. Appreciate seeing all the layouts. Glad you were accepted to be a Scrap Addict...

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  65. Love your block and all the layout variations. It is so nice to be able to visualize the different ways it can be done. Thanks! sewgood414@hotmaildotcom

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  66. Congrats Barb!

    Excited to see a member of QCE featured!

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    1. And I'm excited to see another QCE member here!

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  67. hst heaven! love cutting fabric, chain piecing ... have been looking for a block challenge for a big block for a wheelchair throw. love 100 blocks for the inspiration.

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  68. Love the design! Makes me want to get busy. Thanks!

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  69. What a fun block design and I love your colors too.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  70. Nice block. Congratulations on having it in this issue.

    diantha dot howard at gmail dot com

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  71. I love your block, it fools the eye and looks as though it has alot of depth. Congrats on being in the magazine! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  72. What a pretty block...looks like there are lots of options for the setting. Love it!

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  73. Great block. Lots of variations in setting and lots of secondary patterns.

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  74. Wonderful block with many lovely variations. We always need ideas for scrap quilts.

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  75. I love your block. I like scrappy quilts too & have enjoyed your posts on quilt you pleasures blog.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  76. Great settings for your block. Love your mini too!

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  77. Great block. Thanks for sharing alternate settings. And thanks for the mini block.

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  78. I like the modern vibes of your block!
    prjule at gmail dot com

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  79. Congratulations! I really like the look of your block as well as the secondary design that appears in your layout. Thanks for the giveaway.
    ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  80. I really like your block and some of the layouts!!

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  81. Congratulations on your block being in the magazine!! I love it and the secondary designs created...wow!!!

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  82. Congrats Barb. It is always exciting to be accepted not matter it it's your first time or your 4th time. I love your block, both the 100 blocks and the Bitty Block. It has been great fun on the Addicted to Scraps team. I hate to see it come to an end.

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    1. I agree, Doris. It has been a blast! Let's stay in touch!

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  83. Wow! I love the different looks this gives with different layouts.Cyndy Knapp cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal.net

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  84. Isn't it fun to see what ideas come from changing lines? I look forward to seeing more of your scrap quilt ideas.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  85. I really love the versatility of this block. Wow!
    minter.donna@gmail.com

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  86. It's like doodling with fabric with a great result--a fun looking block.

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  87. Great block, so easy and so many possibilities.

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  88. I love the block. I'm dreaming up the quilt in my head now.

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  89. what a beautiful block, and creativeness. I really enjoyed seeing how it can look different by just changing it up a bit. Congrats on having your block accepted, you did an awesome job

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  90. Congratulations getting your block in the mag! It's wonderful - very clever!

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  91. Great block. I think it would great in black, red and gray. (Pink isn't one of my favorite colors.)

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    1. Bright Pink has been my favorite color as long as I can remember, LOL! But everyone has their own preferences, and that is what makes each person and their projects unique. I do agree that using red would also be striking.

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  92. I love this block! The pink and black is so cute!

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  93. I love this block! The pink and black is so cute!

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