Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3


It's that time again, when many of the designers in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks get to talk about their block.
To visit all of the designers participating in this blog you can go to:  Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3

This is my block: Stretched Star. I made it while I was playing around with my Cutting Corners template set and trying to figure out different ways of using it on precut squares. I like working with stars and wanted to make something a little different. It does contain 32 pieces in it! I don't think I would want to make a whole quilt with this block, but it does make an interesting table runner. You only need to make 3 blocks!

During the blog tour all of the designers are having prize drawings. I will be giving away 2 free issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3. All you have to do is leave a comment after this blog about my block and how much you would like the current issue and you will be eligible! I will also have a drawing for a charm square packet for anyone that visits my website Gateway Quilts & Stuff to see my new kits and tells me which is their favorite kit (no you do not have to purchase it!)

I am participating in the May Shophop and will have some specials all this month so be sure to visit my website often.

Stay tuned for a long awaited narration of my first large group to visit St. Louis Star Inn for an extended stay! I plan to post photos and tell everyone all about it. It was a wonderful experience for not only the quilters who stayed, but also for me. I will also share my trip to the AQS show in Paducah. It always gets my creative juices flowing!

Remember, always do what you love and love what you do. Toby



136 comments:

The Village Queen said...

Love your block Toby and really excited to have you at ACQ Guild next week and take your class. See you soon in Colorado!

Sheila said...

What an interesting variation, I really like the table runner idea. I'd love to win a current copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 3. Happy Quilting!

Ariane said...

Love your block!!! It's great!!!

Pat V. said...

Very unique star! I love it when I see something totally different from the rest! Hope to win a copy of the book so I can try this pattern!

Pat V. said...

Your Liberty Square pattern looks challenging and wonderful! It's definitely my favorite.

Marie said...

I love star blocks and this is really unique! I can't wait to see all the blocks in the magazine.

Karen said...

Love the block and all your work, Toby. Thanks for a great give-away!

Sharon said...

Wonderful block...would lov eit a sa wallhanging...

Lisa Marie said...

What an original block. I think that's what I like best about these 100 blocks magazines -- all the new ideas. After seeing glimpses on the blog tour I'm always anxious to get my hands on the magazine!

Lisa Marie said...

I looked at the kits on your website and I especially like the one called Curve Appeal. Beautiful!

Judy said...

That is a great block, Toby! I can't wait to see this book.

Barbara Campbell said...

Interesting twist on a traditional block!

Peach Rainbow said...

Your block is beautiful!
It's so amazing to see 100 lovely blocks in one magazine!
I love the Curve Appeal :D

JCnNC said...

I really love your Curve Appeal kit. It just speaks to me. This is a wonderful giveaway and opportunity to win this book. Wonderful Liberty Square block and beautiful fabrics. Judy C

Lee said...

I love the block - the table runner is great. Congrats!
Hard to Choose, but I love the Civil War Sampler Kit.
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Teresa in Music City said...

Very nice block - so many possibilities!!!! Would definitely love to win a copy of QM's 100 Blocks #3! There are so many blocks to love in there.

Darlene B said...

I have never purchased this magazine before, but I am really loving the blocks I'm seeing on this blog tour.

Di2Quilt said...

What a star! I love how you pieced the center of the block. The earth tone fabrics that you used for the table runner is perfect. Do I see a secondary pattern on the table runner? How interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kris said...

I would love to win the magazine. I am so impressed by all the talent and the fun blocks. Your block is really different. I don;t think I have seen anything like it before. Very clever.

Lori said...

Your block is very unique. i would love to see all the rest of the blocks in the magazine too. Thanks for the chance to win!

Maryjo said...

I really like your stretched star...I am so anxious to get the magazine and try it. The blog tour is such a great idea. Love your motto...I do what I love daily. Happy Wednesday!

Dee said...

I'm seeing my civil war fabric stash being put to good use in this block. Thank you!

kt said...

I love stars, and this is a neat variation! Love it!

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

I love the stretched star. I prefer traditional patterns ... with a hint of an update/twist. The stretched star is right up my alley! I would love, love, love a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Block Vol 3! ;-)

Jennifer said...

Your block is so in my pallet and style. I'd love to see the other blocks in the magazine too so please pick me!

koberg said...

I, too, love your block and the tablerunner you made. Hope to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Teri said...

Cool block and I am a lover of little pieces. Looks like there are lots of possibilities

Kathy H said...

I like how the table runner turned out. My favorite kit is the curve appeal.

Mary said...

Love your block. I REALLY WANT TO WIN this magazine -keeping my fingers crossed!
Mary

Cathy said...

Love your block. Congrats on being in the magazine. And thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Martina said...

Lovely block! I like it very much! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Your kits are great, my favourite is Curve Appeal. Just love those colours and curves!

kaylace said...

Good morning...
A rich, warm, wrap around you kind of block... it could use up a stash or drive you to buy more :)
Kay
Metro Atlanta

Marge in Louisiana said...

Congratulations on having your block picked for the magazine

Sandi P said...

Nice block. Congrats on being chosen for the book.

Vida said...

I can hardly wait to get my hands on this magazine. I love your block and can't wait to try it out.

Carol Sc said...

I'm liking the "stretch" part of this block --- it does change some of the usual proportions --- hmmm --- wonder how it would look on point or with groupings and lattices --- sets the mind to wondering.

Penny said...

I am amazed that designers can still find new star blocks to design. This one looks especially versatile.

Sandra said...

Nice variation on the star block. I just love stars, they make great quilts.

Deb said...

I love star blocks Nice one Thank You

Mary said...

This is a great block to use for a table runner. I can see lots of possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

What a unique star. Beautiful! ~ I'm really looking forward to trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

robin said...

What a neat block! Clever! I've got Volume 2 of 100 Blocks, and it's a great resource - it would be wonderful to win Volume 3! I love your Curve Appeal kit - great colors. :)

Linda E in AZ said...

I do like your table runner - it would look great on my table.
thanks for the chance to win!

Linda E in AZ said...

Visited your website and decided I really like Yin Yang!

Mary said...

I really like your block and the tablerunner idea. I can see it made in cheery summer colors, too. I would love to win a copy of the magazine!

Mary said...

I visited your lovely website, and found many great things to choose from. My favorite kit is for the Holiday Placemat and Table topper.

Cory said...

This is a very interesting block. I can see the possiblities in it. I can't wait to get my hands on the new issue. It looks great. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

LizA. said...

Neat star... Thnanx for sharing.

marieinaugusta said...

so imaginative! lots of possibilities for fun I think...I love to make star blocks.

SherryB said...

This is a great block...I love star blocks, and I can see this done in a variety of colorways...plus scrappy, my favorite. I would love to see this magazine with your block, and others...congratulations!

gill said...

great block! it looks really good in a table runner!
I've never managed to find any of the previous issues of this magazine here in the UK so I'd really like to win one!

gill said...

I love the ying yang kit on your website! It would look great in red and white!

Stephanie said...

Love the stretched star. Can't wait to see it in the book. Congratulations!

Shannon said...

That is so cool! I love that block. Wow that is a lot of pieces!

tamidug said...

What a cool block you have....Stretched Star. I went to your your website, Gateway Quilts & Stuff and I really really like the Pointing the Way quilt kit!
tamiquilts@att.net

Shannon said...

I love your Curve Appeal kit. It makes such a pretty quilt!!

paulette said...

Wow!! I love it!! Well done!
paulette

Mary said...

32 pieces? I've done blocks with 44 pieces that were 6.5". Thanks for sharing your variation of a Star. I like stars too. Hope I'm a Winner!

Linda in PA said...

I like your block. I saw the magazine in the grocery store yesterday, but didn't buy it because I was hoping to win one. Thanks for the chance.

TheStylishHome said...

Interesting new spin on the star. Have to agree that at 32 pieces, a table runner or wall hanging would be the way to go. REALLY hoping I win a copy of this issue! Thank you for the opportunity

TheStylishHome said...

love the colors and the pattern of Natasha.

Catskill Quilter said...

What an interesting block! It does work really well as a table runner -- and I love to make table runners!

Catskill Quilter said...

I could not find a spot to comment on your kits at your website. Hpe here is skay! I liked Ara Bella best, but Yin Yang came in a very close second!

Beverly said...

First, great block! Second, I love the Curve Appeal Kit. Third, I got a bonus bunny from your site. Thanks for a chance to win!

Lindy said...

I love the 'wood look' version of your block. Cool! I NEED this magazine to ooh and ahh over!

Julie in WA said...

I had to take a good hard llok at your block to see that yes, it really is square! Your use of larger and smaller triangles makes it look like a rectangle! I lvoe blocks that create illusions! Great job!

Sallie said...

nice block! I would love to win a copy of the magazine!

Me and My Stitches said...

I love your block and can't wait to see the magazine. I think my favorite kit is Civil War Sampler.

Sallie said...

I would choose Civil War Sampler from your kits. Thanks for the chance!

WoolenSails said...

I do love your star and the bar pieces, a nice new take on an old favorite.

Debbie

Joanna said...

I like stars, too, and also like the fabric you used in your sample. The table runner is neat.

WoolenSails said...

I like the Ying and the Yang quilt kit.
My daughter loves things like that, would be perfect for her.

Debbie

Joanna said...

I visieted Gateway Quilts & Stuff and very much liked the Civil War Sampler quilt kit. Just beautiful.

Ivani said...

Great star block, it really makes an amazing table runner.
Congrats for beeing featured in the magazine.
Thanks for the chance to win.

SubeeSews said...

I have made many of your quilts from magazines. They are all so beautiful and I can usually pick yours out by the style.
Pick me!
Subee XOXOXOXO
p.s. I also signed up to follow you! WHOOHOO!

Erin said...

Congrats on a great block!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I've really enjoyed Vol 1 and 2 and can't wait to get Vol 3. Winning would be a fun way to get it...grin.

Love your block

Carrie P. said...

Great block. Congrats!
Some great stuff on your web site. I think I like Curve appeal the most but I do like the civil war sampler too.

Cecilia said...

I love Star blocks too and your block is very pretty. It would make a lovely 4th of July table runner in red, white and blue. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Cecilia said...

I love your Arabella kit. I love black and white quilts. Thanks for the chance to win fabric.

Julia said...

Love your block, hard to believe that it has so many pieces to it! Hands down I absolutely love your Yin Yang kit. Congrats on being in Vol 3 and thanks for the giveaway.

Madeline said...

I'd like to make a tablerunner like yours, and in those colors, too. Tell you what, if I dont win the book, why not just send me yours?

DianneB said...

What a great block. I love how it makes a runner.
As for kits - its the Civil War sampler for me! Gorgeous. Thanks for a chance to win fabric and the magazine. I love, love, love the creative ideas the magazine provides.

mblittle5 said...

Love your block. I think it would be a great one to use up some scraps!

mblittle5 said...

Not sure where to leave this one, so I'll leave it here -- I really like the Liberty Square kit on your store website.

Sharon said...

Love your block. Stars are my favorite. I would love to win 100 Blocks Vol3.

Jeanne said...

Love your block. Thanks for the giveaway.

mlcquilts said...

Your block is great. I wish I had your talent. I also would rather just make a wall hanging or maybe a table runner but don't think a whole quilt.

dwright33055 said...

toby, i just love your block, it will work real well for the men i make quilts for. thanks

Barbara said...

I really love star blocks, and yours is so unique!

Christie said...

Congrats on your Stretched Star in vol. 3! The table runner is really neat! HUGS... and stitches

teachpany said...

Interesting block. The table runner is perfect for it. I like Pointing the Way, too! You have some great designs. Can't wait to get the magazine! Thanks.

Stormy Days said...

I like your block. I want to make it up in bright colors. I bet it really pops. I would love to win the new copy of 100 Blocks, I have the 2nd one and liked all of the ideas that jump out of it. Thanks.

QBG said...

Great block. Thanks for sharing.

SewLindaAnn said...

I love especially the middle of the block. I've never seen it done that way and it's really cool!

SewLindaAnn said...

I love the Curve Appeal quilt. After seeing so many blocks on this tour that have to do with illusions I'm really into it.

Becky said...

Wow! Your retreat center looks grand. Thanks!

Marcia W. said...

I would love to win a copy of QM 100 Blocks Volume 3. Your block is awesome - like the unique stretched star.

manybooks said...

Great block. I really like the table runner it created!

Kaye M said...

What a unique stretched star design! it makes a great table runner. I'd be thrilled to win the Quiltmaker's 100 magazine!

Carol said...

I love star blocks. Yours is very creative. I'd love to win the book so I can be inspired.

Marcia W. said...

My favorite kit from your shop is the New Liberty Square kit as well as the Liberty Square pattern. The colors are wonderful.

Judy W said...

Nice block -- easy to use scraps or coordinating fabrics. Thanks for sharing!
Judy

pojeda said...

I would love to win a current copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volumne 3! And I love your Table runner!

pojeda@embarqmail.com

shortseam said...

I agree with you about the table runner. Very interesting block and does look nice. Good job on it!

jillquilts said...

That is a very cool block. I really like the secondary design when you put 2 blocks together.

And you have some great kits, but my favorite is the Curve Appeal. Great color combo there!

VickiT said...

This is an awesome block because of that center area. It would be awesome to create, as you said, a table runner and already I can picture it using holiday fabrics. And in that center area that's got so much area it would be perfect for something from my machine embroidery designs. Great work.

I cannot wait for this issue to go on sale. I missed Issue 1 but did manage to get Issue 2 although not without A LOT of driving. None of the stores around our area carried the magazine. I was SO disappointed. Luckily my husband is a wonderful guy and drives an hour away from our area to work daily so he went to a bookstore near his job and got Issue 2 for me. I am scared we'll be doing the same thing with Issue 3 but that won't be necessary if I'm lucky enough to win this issue.

Dee M said...

I like your stretched star block, Toby! And enjoy your quilt patterns in magazines.

Sheri said...

Love the block. Great variation. Hoping to win.

Janet said...

Novel block idea. It looks awesome in a table runner!

jybquilter said...

From what I'm seeing on this blog hop, this issue is a "must buy." I really like your block!

JoyceM said...

Love the stretched star block. Really really want to win a copy of the new 100 Quilt Blocks mag. And congrats on being included in the 3rd issue.

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

Your block is wonderful and I love the table runner. I hope to win the copy.

~Kathleen said...

I like your block and the colors you used to make it. I really would like to own the #3 of the trilogy so far. Thanks!

Annie of Blue Gables said...

very fun block. I can see this in a red/white/blue theme, with the center being red and white stripes.
~a
Of course I am entering because I would like to complete my set. I have 1 & 2
congrats on making the "cut"

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I like the holiday placemat table topper kit.

mtnhomequilter said...

what a pretty block! Thanks for sharing! Dana.
nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

mtnhomequilter said...

I loved the curve appeal kit, looks like it would be alot of fun to do! Dana.
nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

Nancy said...

Love your block; would really love to win the book! And the charm pack also - love the Civil War Sampler!

Deb said...

I've always liked stars in quilts. Love your block. Congrats on being in the book!

Barb said...

I really like the cool colors you chose for the Curve Appeal kit--great for summer. As for your block, I want to try some different color schemes-maybe brights with white or black.

Deb said...

I visited your website and would pick Marching home!

Cat said...

This looks like a perfect scrappy block. Got to try it.

Evelene S said...

I love your block and would love to win a copy of the magazine so that I can make the table runner. Your Pointing the Way quilt kit is my favorite.

kwiltnkats said...

Toby, can you believe that one of the quilters had a challenge NOT to make a star quilt in 2011? I love stars... Sounds like you have lots goint on. Sandi

jrt14 said...

I love stars and your block is a great new take on it, 32 pieces sounds like a lot, but your table runner is a cute project.

So far I have seen lots of great blocks on the blog hop and I hope that I can win one of the magazines.

QuiltSue said...

Your block is great, I'd love to win the magazine so I could make it.

QuiltSue said...

I also meant to say that I love your Yin and Yang quilt design.

debbie said...
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debbie said...

Your block would be a great way to highlight a packet of charm squares. I can see the inside of each star being different. Oh, yes I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

debbie said...

I visited your website and really like the Civil War Sampler quilt kit using the Ladies 1 collection. Maybe it's the yellow combined with the piecing variety.

Jen said...

Super cute block! Congrats on making it into the magazine! I can't wait to get this new magazine. I loved the last one to pieces!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

This is a great variation of a star to add to a quilt that is doing all sorts of star blocks!

I'd love a copy of Vol. 3!!

Thanks.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

The outside border in the block really dominates once it is put with other blocks. Interesting. Fun to see a 'modern' block!

amy dame said...

i love your block - it's really pretty in the reproduction style fabrics, but i can picture it being just as stunning in bright, modern, designer fabrics.

i can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this issue, so i'd love to win one!

amy dame said...

oops! i posted without telling you my favourite kit! honestly, i can't decide - i love AraBella, but i love Curve Appeal too!

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