Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday - It’s my 100 Blocks Volume 11 blog tour day!

 
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Hello everyone! I have been negligent about keeping up with my blog, but today I want to share a special giveaway and block with you. I have a block in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 11. It has been a while since I submitted a block to them (I have ones in Volumes 4, 5, and 6). They are having a wonderful blog tour with many of the talented quilters in the magazine and I get to be one of them!








Most quilters know that I love working with curves so I wanted to design something different with a curve. Pat Sloan had sent me her new fabric collection called The Sweet Life. Working on Electric Quilt 7 I came up with this block. As you can see it is simply made up of rectangles, squares, triangles and a simple curve. After you take my work shop on curved piecing you will see how simple it is!


Now it doesn't look like much as a single block. But when you put four blocks together you get this:



This is what it will look like in a quilt.
 

Now, I am never satisfied with my first version of a block so I had to play with it a little more. I decided to add a simple triangle in the corner.


Here is what it looks like, rotating the blocks in a group of four. 


If you combine the first and second blocks in a quilt you get this:


Now doesn't that look much more interesting!

The great thing about this blog is that I am giving away three prizes. I will pick two names to win a magazine. One that Quiltmaker will send you and one that I will send. I will pick a third name to win four fat quarters of Pat Sloan's, The Sweet Life batik collection. All you have to do is leave a comment on why you would like the magazine and if you think you would attempt to make my block at the end of this blog. What would you add to the block to create a secondary design?

To be in more drawings you should visit Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasure Blog. You can go back to the beginning of the blog tour and check out the other blogs from the designers. If you are lucky enough to win a copy of the magazine, congratulations! If not you can purchase one here: Quiltmaker Quilt and Sew Shop.

Now to be in the drawing you have to leave a comment at the end of this blog. Tell me why you would like the magazine and if you think you would make my block. DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WON. I can't tell you how many times I have drawn a name only to find out I can't contact them. So don't lose out. I do not share your email address with anyone.

Thanks for reading, good luck and as always: Do what you love and love what you do. Toby

139 comments:

GranChris said...

I really like your block. It's different and has potential for all my scraps. Yes I'll make it.

Anita said...

This is a very interesting block,and if I had the instructions I would make it!

Samantha Glorioso said...

Your block would be a challenge for me, but I am game to try it!

Michele said...

Amazing how different the block looks when it is set together!

I have put your block on (in?) my bucket list.

Gill said...

What a stunning block - I wouldn't add anything, I love it as it is!!

Nancy Nehez said...

Wow, what a pretty block! Nice design when put all together. I've never worked with curves but would love to try this one. nancynehez@gmail.com

Marcia Hoekstra said...

I love the transformation of putting blocks together - This is a block that would make a great quilt of any size. hoekstram@att.net

Kathy Heiser said...

I love your block and your colors--I would snowball the upper righthand corner then when four blocks are placed together there should be a secondary design inside the arcs and other great spin on the block, another thing I may try is to put the block on point. Thanks for this oppertunity and congratulations on getting your block placed in the book.

Martina said...

Great possibilities with your block. I would love to try it.
The magazine is such a great source for brainstorming over new projects and I just love to flip through and dream about new possibilities,lol!

Julie in GA said...

Great looking block! I would love to try making it.

Dana Gaffney said...

I have some of the previous 100 blocks and like to look through them for ideas. I would make your block, my first thought was "what a great border" and I wouldn't change a thing.

Allison said...

I do love Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazines. I always find something to try. I've sewn garments for years and that's how I learned to sew curves. So, yes, I'd like to try your block.

Marly said...

I've seen many beautiful blocks on this hop and this is one of them. I'd love to win the magazine to have all at my fingertips. I'm not confident with curved piecing, so it would be a challenge! I accept the challenge: I'll make a mini quilt with your block, if I win a copy, of course!

kt said...

Love the block with the triangles in the corners! I would make it just like you did!!!

Dody said...

Very cleaver design. Lovin it!

QuilterLaura said...

Love your block, so many possibilities! I think I would try adding a triangle to the corner (like a snowball). Then, when 4 blocks come together if 2 blocks had a larger triangle and 2 had a smaller triangle, you would get a spool when they intersect...cool!

sandi said...

I love your quilt using the 2 blocks and I can see myself trying to make it. I have every issue of this magazine as I love looking at all the great designs. Thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

What an unbelievable different block. Love it.
Mary Burn
mburn@comporium.net

Lisa68 said...

I was quite surprised by the different additions to this block. You are right by itself its kinda plane but as you added to it it made it very interesting. I would love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisa

Beth in TN said...

You've really made something new and interesting with this block. I would definitely try it!

whimsical mama said...

Hi! Thank you for the opportunity to win :). I would use this magazine for inspiration to tame my scraps!
jennymaria2@hotmail.com

Julie said...

Very unique block. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

ledamewood said...

Oh, yes, I'll be making your block, and multiples of it. I want it in a quilt. I loved the first layout, then scrolled down and saw the second and liked it even more. I'll probably be playing around with it to see if I can come up with a secondary block I like better, but it's hard to beat pinwheels.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love 100 Blocks magazine because it is such a great source of creativity. I love seeing how designers add their own personal touch. Your block is amazing! It's so different and would be a great way to use scraps. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the magazine! So many blocks and great inspiration. I like curves so would love to try your block.
Thanks for the chance to win.
jebonf@yahoo.com

Debbie P said...

Your block is so creative and fun!! I love curves because they are interesting to work with and the pattern flows easily across the completed piece. Another possible idea that would feature the original curved design, would be to replace the pinwheel with an applique motif in the center.

Margaret said...

I love the block and I would love to try it. I wouldnt know what to add until I really put it together I have to see to learn. I love how it changed the pattern as you changed something really small.

Cynthia Knapp said...

I would really like to win a magazine because it offers so much inspiration. I love your block! I have not done much curved piecing but I will definitely try this ine. I don't know how I would place it or modify it to make a secondary design. I'd just have to play around with it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Debbie Rhodes said...

Love this block and will honestly make it.. I have everyone of these magazines and use them all the time.. I have won 3 of them hope I do again this year!!!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Drhodes9@cox.net

Dee said...

I love this magazine, and love to try the blocks - yes I would make this block after seeing your beautiful quilt. So far I have collected every block magazine:)

Tspoon said...

It reminds me of the friendship star block which I have been wanting to do someday so maybe. But since pinwheels are my favorite block I would stay like this or maybe even applique.

Barbara Rogers said...

How beautiful! Thank you, Barbara Rogers

Chris said...

Your block is great! I would definitely make it, so I need to get the magazine! ch.atwell@sbcglobal.net

Chris said...

Your block is great! I would definitely make it, so I need to get the magazine! ch.atwell@sbcglobal.net

Madeline said...

I have several of the magazines from previous years, and would like to win one from this series. Dont know if I would make your block, I dont like to do curves, but it sure is pretty in the second grouping.

Judy Barr said...

I haven't done much curved piecing yet. This would be a challenge for me but it would be interesting to try it. I would love to see the other blocks in the book too.
judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

Cathy said...

Wow! I never would have imagined how creative this block could be. Great layouts.

Lee said...

I really like your block - I think with clear directions I would try it out! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love the block! Thanks for the chance to enter.

MaryK said...

Curves and pinwheels :) Two things I kind of need help with. the pinwheels more then the curves though. What fun ;)

JoyceLM said...

Love your block. I enjoy the 100 Blocks magazines mainly because they inspire creativity but also for all the eye candy. I haven't quilted with curves yet, but your block is so great, I may have to woman up & do it. Thanks.

Sandra said...

I love your block. I like the way you have shown us how you created this block as well as the layouts. I would love to make this block but I think this is more advanced than my skills will allow for me. I would like to win a copy of this magazine because it is full of so many talented designers with their own creative block. This is also a very priceless magazine. Thank you for being a part of the QM's 100 Blocks, Volume 11 Blog Tour and the chance to win.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Cathy B said...

I would totally make your block. Maybe add some applique? Would have to audition it with some fabric from my stash or the fat quarter bundle ;) Love your block! Congratulations on having your block in the magazine!

Mary said...

I would love to have a copy of the magazine to make blocks for pillows and small quilts. I've seen several blocks in the tour I would like to try.
I think your block would be a fun challenge. I'm a little squeamish about piecing together curves, but I would love to try this block.

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

I'm new to the quilting world and addicted, a second 100 block magazine would be a great addition to my growing library! I love the final look and not too afraid to dive into curves so yes I will try it!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Congratulations on having blocks in the magazine. I love this block, so versatile and with the added pin wheel, wow what a gorgeous quilt it makes.

Barbara Bailey said...

I might add a tiny quarter of a pin wheel behind the curve so when 4 blocks are sewn together you have a complete little pin wheel.
bgbailey81@gmail.com

Barbara Bailey said...

Yes I would definitely make your block! It's a keeper!

bgbailey81@gmail.com

Barbara Bailey said...

I want this copy of the magazine so I can make a quilt with several of the awesome blocks I fell in love with.

bgbailey81@gmail.co

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love the block when it's set together-would use the triangle to make the pinwheel, for sure! I love collecting this magazine and use it for inspiration.

Meg in Tennessee said...

I like to do curves. I would like the mag because it inspires me. I have the other 10 issues and I look through them quite a lot.

vwlady said...

Congrats on being a multi time contributor! Like you block ....very versatile! I think it would one that's going on my "to do" list.

Sandy Curtis said...

Would like to try your block and use up my scrap stash.

Anonymous said...

I will most definitely make your block and go on to make a wall hanging, table runner or lap quilt. I love this block. Sandy R at gatodenm at comcast dot net.

EmileeHope said...

Great block! I haven't tried sewing curves yet, but want to try it! There are some great blocks in this edition!

Lee Ann L. said...

I love all the volumes I have gotten and even managed to get my hands on the first two volumes. So, volume 11 will complete the collection and besides, there are blocks I want to make from this one!

claire said...

Oh I love your block! It would be a great scrap-buster and it's on my bucket list to try!!

Renata A Little Bit County said...

I like the secondary design the block forms.

Deborah DeBerry said...

I really would like to try your block. Not too good with curves, but one needs to practice these things. What to add? Can't think of a thing. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Congrats on being published again! I love this block and would love to win a copy of the book so I can make it! I don't do curves but this looks like I could handle it! And I love it with extra triangle - that's exactly how I'd do it - I wouldn't change a thing!! :) Thanks for the chance to win
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

Lu said...

Your block design is fabulous. It sure makes a beautiful quilt. I would love to make a quilt or Wall hanging with this block. I would like the book of 100 blocks to use for ideas for years to come. Thank you for the chance to win.

Tinliz said...

I like your secondary design and the one with the pinwheel. I like Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks because it is great eye candy and stimulates my creative juices. Will be fun to try your block.
jitney41 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Davis said...

I love the 100 Blocks magazine for all the inspiration they contain! Your block is terrific especially after adding the triangle...will have to give it a go.

Jane Sanders said...

cool block

Midge said...

This is a stunning block. I love the look of it with the low volume print background fabrics and multiple colors. It's versatile and a challenge for a new quilter (me) but I have to do what I love. I would love to get the 100 Blocks book, because as a new quilter, I've never bought one of these and I'm building my resources.

Wanda said...

Love your second version and plan on making it. I enjoy the 100 Blocks magazines because it inspires me to try different things. Thanks for the chance to win.

Liaquilt said...

Hi Toby,

What a lovely block! I am certainly thinking of making a quilt with this block and maybe adding in the opposite corner the same three pieces you put at both ends of the curved piece, so that when putting four blocks together you will have a little star in the middle.
I would love to win, but there are a lot of contestants:-)!

Kind regards,
Lia
Liaquilt@yahoo.com

Midge said...

Oh dear, forgot to leave my email address just in case you draw my name in my comment above. It has been a pleasure discovering your blog and patterns. midge863@gmail.com

scrappy; said...

A great block, with lots of potential. Looks like you could use lots of scraps in various ways with this one. I am anxious o try it.

Melody Lutz said...

I Certainly will make it - I am NOT afraid of curves. Since I'm FMQing now, I get a TON of inspiration of the QUILTING designs laid over each quilt - QM is my NUMBER ONE!

Cindy Maki said...

Wow. I am impressed with the final design. I am always so amazed at what adding a single element can do. I would like to try your version of this block on a quilt in batiks. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats.

Jitka said...

Your block is good to improve curves.

~Kris~ said...

I always get inspired by this magazine. I think I have all the previous ones and have used them a lot. I think I would use your block as a border.

Loris said...

I love seeing all these new blocks! Yours is quite creative and I love it in the two styles you showed. I need to learn to do some curved piecing and this would be a great place to start! thank you for joining in again with a designer block!

Becki @ the beach said...

I have a love hate relationship with curves. But this looks doable and very striking. I'm going to give it a go!!

Emily C said...

I would like this magazine, because I love trying out the various blocks. I have not tried curves, yet, so I am not sure when I would get to yours, but I would try it.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love Eye Candy and the magazine is full of it. I've never seen a block like this at all, but would be willing to try to make it. Very nice design.

Deb B. said...

I would like to win the magazine because I am always inspired by the ideas from the designers. I often see a new color combination I like...but I would not have thought of it on my own. I definitely will try to make your block, it looks quite interesting.

Terri said...

I just LOVE both the pattern design and the colors used in the last quilt in your post. Since I've never done curves I'm sure it would be a challenge - but what a pretty one!

Quilting Tangent said...

Inspiration of the 100 blocks. I like the flexibility of your block. I would add a simple Irish chain behind it to give a lattice effect. Not sure if I would make it. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Vivian said...

I'd love to win the issue to add to my collection of them. I'd give this block a try since I like blocks that create secondary designs and need to practice working with curves.

Laurie Parrack said...

I love your block. I would love the issue to add to my collection of them, I use them often when looking for inspiration for a new quilt. I love how your block makes a wonderful quilt. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine.

Anonymous said...

Toby, you are so very talented to have designed this block. I'd love to try it. Batiks have always been my favorite!
Your design variations get better with each addition!
The 100 magazine is always a great library of inspiration for me. I think I may have all the previous editions.
Thank you for the chance to win!
jaalex@charter.net

tac73 said...

Love your block with the pinwheel center. I would try it. Always enjoy seeing the Quiltmaker 100 blocks issues for inspiration.

Andee said...

I love the magazine and have all the issues so far...I like your block too..very unique. I do believe I would try it!

MissPat said...

I think I would be tempted to make the second quilt version. It looks so different from the original block. I think this issue of the 100 blocks is the best ever. I found so many that I want to try. I might just have to do some as a sampler quilt.

Glenda Sanford said...

I love how you changed that original block just a little and totally changed it's look. Amazing!

Lori said...

congrats this is a fabulous block I love the two different designs it makes there are so many wonderful blocks in this magazine so many ideas I can use for Christmas I would love to use your block in blues/greens and browns for a quilt for my dad. he gets a little cooler now a days
quilting lady 2 at Comcast dot net

Sandy Garrett said...

I have always been a big fan of your designs and think this is a very unique and versatile block. I love the circular design even more with the added HST.

Donna Cutting said...

Quiltmaker has been part of my life since their beginning so I just can't be without. They have inspired and taught me so much. Yes I want to make your block because I enjoy all the different elements to it. Love secondary designs and you have given me ideas to change a block, so how about a square instead of the triangle.

Naoma Horney said...

I love the block. So glad you showed the other ways to add to it. I am going to make this one. Can't wait to get the block book or Win it.

kris said...

I think I would have fun making your block! It is so cool!

Auntie Clark said...

I would like to try making your block. I would like to win the magazine so that I can try some new designs.
auntie.clark@gmail.com

Blue.Ridge.Girl {ShadowsoftheBlueRidge} said...

Your simple curve really does look simple...and not scary at all! I really love when a secondary design is created so the addition of a triangle entices me even more! I'd like a copy of this magazine because I'd like to give your block a try! Thank you so much for hosting an opportunity to win a Volume 11 issue!

Cecilia said...

I love the second version of your block! The pinwheels really do make the quilt.

Vicki H said...

Once I got over the fear of curves, I would love to make your block.

Dawn Frisch said...

I love Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine because it brings together designers like yourself who share their many talents with us and who show us different techniques and ideas.

I would really be interested in making your blocks..both versions. I can see pillows made out of the designs for the living room or bedroom. I appreciate you sharing tips and tricks on sewing the blocks too. Thank you!

Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

Barb Johnson said...

I love the way your block creates a design when it is set next to another block. Will I make it? To be honest, I don't know! The fun thing about the magazine is that there are so many ideas! I can't possibly make all the blocks, but I sure would like to try.
baj555 at yahoo dot com

SoccerMom said...

Fun design. I would love to try the curve, so far I've stuck to straight lines.

Jill Hicks said...

Cute, cute block. I would love to try out your block.

darlene said...

Lots of beautiful blocks of many different styles. I would like a quilt of your original block.

Elizabeth said...

I have really liked all the blocks on the tour so far and would be inspired to actually try some of them if I had a copy of this edition. If I used your block, I might applique a flower in a block or section within 4 blocks or fussy cut a square of a contrasting floral fabric or...

Kathy H said...

I love the pinwheels in your quilt. I have done a few curved blocks before. I would love the magazine as it is great to have the resource of so many wonderful blocks.

Crickets Corner said...

I don't miss a single issue of Quiltmaker or their 100 blocks. I haven't bought my copy yet in case I win one. I normally don't like curves but I love the last version of your block so much that I've already pinned it and put it on my to do list.

Brenda E. said...

I would add flying geese block instead of the triangle! This block has me intrigued. I just may have to do one soon but with my geese. ale3002000@yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

What an interesting block! Love how the design looks in your quilt. I will definitely try making this block. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is a great source of inspiration for quilting. I love the variety of blocks in one convenient reference source.
bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Your quilt designs have sold me on your block. I love the possibilities!

Amy said...

Wow, what a cool block. I love both versions, but I could really see making it without the pinwheel and adding lots of quilting in the white space. Thanks for such a pretty design!

JANET said...

I want to win a copy as I don't have one yet. It was so much fun doing this tour and if I don't win, I will have to buy one! lol I will definitely be making your block. Love the curves.

Anonymous said...

I love curves! They make for such interesting blocks and your block is a beauty!
Lavonna Campbell
kyquiltr@outlook.com

Walter said...

It would be fun to make with a leaf/petal in each corner instead of your HST. that would create a lovely secondary design I think. pjrquilter at msn dot com. I love every issues of 100 blocks!

Joyful Quilter said...

Great Block. Yes, I would give up may fear of curves to make your block - cause I LOVE the quilt layout.

VA said...

The curves scare me, so it would be a challenge. But I'll never learn if I don't try, so I would like to try this one.

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful block and design for a full sized quilt. I was thinking it would be nice to do the background with a print and solids for the design. I love the magazine and having so many blocks that i can mix and match to make new quilts.

Debbie

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I hope to either win a copy or I will buy it because of all the creative blocks inside. I have enjoyed all the past issues and am sure I will enjoy this one, too. I really like your final quilt and could very well make it.

Anonymous said...

Nice to a block with a unique design. Interesting how just turning it creates an entirely different quilt pattern. Am anxious to give it a try.

rhondal_johnson@excite.com

scottylover said...

I love these magazines for inspiration and for the creativity in all the blocks. I love the secondary design that comes when your block is put together, too! I would love to try it!

Sandy A
scotty4me39 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Barb said...
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Farm Quilter said...

Oh my goodness!! I NEED this book just to make your block!!! Love it, especially with the secondary design! I also like working with gentle curves, so this is definitely up my alley!!

Julie in WA said...

Right away I would add a set of eyes, for a cheerful smiley face in a Ronald MacDonald charity quilt!

Barb said...

I like the great variety of patterns in the magazine--and, yes, I believe I would try your block if I had the pattern!
bjkaup@abbnebraska.com

nan_c said...

I love the way your block comes together in the last quilt! Wow! I would definitely try to make this one. I love the quilt maker magazines...it's so fun to have so many different choices in blocks!

catheyself@gmail.com said...

The magazine would give so many options and new ideas. I think I'd like to start with your curved block, especially with the pinwheel variation.

Pat V. said...

What a fun block! I'd love to win a copy of this magazine so I could try your block and so many of the others I've seen on this blog hop!

Rachell said...

A snowball or a flying goose, so that another star shows up! I love secondary designs.
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

It always amazes me as I study a new block pattern how simple adjustments make such a big difference to the eye. I like the addition of the pinwheels to add more interest to the quilt. I'll have to add this one to my growing list of "must do's"

bella.harriger@yahoo.com

Judy1522 said...

I would like the magazine because of all the beautiful blocks. I think your block is so interesting and I would love to try to make it. I really don't know what I would add to it to make a secondary design. I think I would have to play around with it to see what I could come up with. I really like what you did with it.

StanleyBeagle said...

I'd like the magazine for some block inspiration. I'd try your block despite my fear of curves! And I might contrast it with more angular motifs - like the pinwheels you did or maybe some simple stars

minibea12 said...

I like the magazine; it is helpful and filled with great ideas!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

minibea12 said...

I don't think I'm skilled enough to do all the curves in your block!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Ellee said...

I would like this magazine because I appreciate the tons of inspiration offered in all of the 100 Blocks magazines. I would try your block because it offers the challenge of sewing curves. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Christel Janz said...

I would love to see all the different blocks in the magazine. The curve on yours scares me but I would give it a try.

Lisa Marie said...

This magazine has lots of original content which I love! And mixing and matching blocks from the various issues is fun. I would try this block with the corner triangle turned like a stitch and flip, so the triangles would form diamonds when 4 come together.

Kathy Sue said...

I so love the amazing variety of block ideas and techniques. And it is always so fun to read the back stories of some of the designers in this blog tour. I look forward to it each time. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Patricia said...

Yes I would make your block! I need inspiration from the book and need fabric.

AnnieBikes said...

Love this block. I think it would be a challenge but I would like to try it!

Diantha said...

I like your block, particularly with the addition of the triangle.
I would love to get an issue of this magazine as there are so many blocks I'd like to try (including yours)!

Johanna Lovering said...

I think adding the extra HST to your block made it so much more interesting. Curves are a challenge for me. I love quilt makers 100 blocks and I collect them.

Prima Donna said...

Your block would be great in a Rainbow scrap challenge.

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