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Friday, November 11, 2011

Quiltmaker 100 blocks blog tour; My block

Well today is my day for participating in the blog tour. This is the last day of the tour but you can see previous day's posts by going to Quiltmaker blog tour. I feel honored to be in the company of some very well known designers!

My block is on the cover of the magazine. Can you see it? It's the most colorful one there. If you guessed the second from the left on the top row you are correct.

The block is called Stained Glass Star (#386) and is on page 60. The origination of this block came about by accident. I was making a quilt sample for Timeless Treasures with their Tonga Treats 10" squares using my Cutting Corners template set and I had all of these half-square triangles and small strips left. I started playing with the design in EQ7 and finally ended up with this one. I had made the quilt in two different colorways. Here is the original quilt that I designed for Timeless Treasures. The second quilt, as you can see from the block, was done with much brighter fabrics. It is made from different size strips from two sets of the 10" squares. Light prints and dark/medium prints.
 The magazine editors give an example of what the blocks would look like in a 3 x 3 grid. I'm not sure I would want to make that many blocks! Each one has 44 pieces! Here is what it would look like as a table runner. That way I wouldn't have to make extra triangles and I could still use what was left over.
Don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom to be eligible to win a copy of the magazine. I will draw two names. One that Quiltmaker will send and one that I will send. You will also be eligible to win some of the blocks that are all signed by the maker.

Well, got to get ready for my next group visiting for the first time at the St. Louis Star Inn. Lots of wonderful things to cook for the ladies while they are here for the weekend. Also be sure to check out my website Gateway Quilts & Stuff. Starting November 15 through December 15, I will be participating in the Holiday Shophop. I will have lots of fabrics for sale $6 and less. I've got to make room for the new collections that are coming out!

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Quiltmaker 100 blocks Volume 4

Time just seems to fly when I'm busy! I've been since April (my last blog) busy traveling, teaching, getting my retreat center ready, hosting groups at my retreat center and making quilts for market and magazine publications! I just don't see how some people can blog, twitter, facebook, and do all of the rest of the things, to let people know what is going on. I am lucky if I can keep up with my quilting, retreats, and the rest of the stuff that goes with my business. I guess I'm just not one of those really organized people. I get distracted very easily and seem to flitter from one thing to another, not getting much done at all!

But now to the reason for my current posting. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 4 Blog tour is going on this week. There are many designers participating in this blog tour and lots of give-a-ways. My date is November 11 when I will reveal my block and talk about how I went about designing it. Please be sure to come back to see it. You can see the image on the cover, see if you can figure out which one is mine! If you guess the right one you will get a prize!

That's all for now. See you back on Friday, November 11 for more information and more drawings for a free issue.

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