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Friday, April 8, 2016


First I want to thank all of those people who took the time to check out the Electric Quilt blog and leave a comment about my new book Kaleiodstars. All of the comments were so nice both on my blog and Electric Quilt's blog.

I have three winners to announce today. The first winner is from Electric Quilt's blog. Congratulations to Mary Furber! She wins a signed copy of my book. I will email Mary to give her the good news!

I also had a drawing for a fat quarter bundle of Paula Nadelstern's newest fabric collection called Chromazone. The response was overwhelming on my blog, and I hope that even if you didn't win, you will take a look at the wonderful fabrics on my website and consider purchasing my book. Congratulations to PJB (she didn't leave name). She said, "My favorite is Northern Lights. Congratulations on your birthday. It seems young to me as I have passed 75. I didn't start quilting until I was almost your age! I love star patterns and made a King sized quilt with a huge 8 pointed star." She won 7 fat quarters from the collection! I hope she has fun playing with these fabrics. I certainly do!

 Also on Wednesday I posted a blog about Quiltmaker's 100 Block Sampler Sew along. They posted my Ladder's Up block as the fifth, in a series of 100 blocks, that they will be sharing to make a sampler quilt. 

Congratulations to Stephanie Woodward. She won my Jacob's Ladder quilt pattern that uses that block.

Now for some wonderfully exciting news! Some of you may know that I recently filmed a class with iQuilt

In it I demonstrate how to make a quilt based on my Kaleidostars block, featured in my new book. Well, the opening date is fast approaching and I have 3 videos on Youtube that describe my class and some wonderful tips you will get from taking it.

Here is the opening introduction just to whet your whistle.

That is my teaser! I will show you other Youtube videos giving you tips on what you will learn in my class in the next blog. Please send this introduction of my iQuilt class to all of your quilting friends. This link will take you to the website, but my class is not available quite yet so be patient, and I will let you know when it is available.

As always, do what you love and love what you do. Thanks for reading, Toby Lischko

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

100 Block Sampler Sew Along

I have been lucky enough to be published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks for quite a few issues. One of my earlier blocks is called Ladder Up from Volume 6. They are having a sew along so you will find lots of other blocks to make.

It is a variation of the Jacob's Ladder block. It is made up of half-square triangles and squares. Not a difficult block to make. The only difference is, I added triangles to the corners of the block. It is made with a traditional fabric collection by RJR, but can easily be made with batiks or more modern fabrics.

With the triangles on the corners, when you put the blocks together they create a star where they connect.

Those visiting my blog today can be in the drawing for this pattern. Just leave a comment on the bottom of the blog telling me what kinds of fabrics you would use in this block.

Continue to follow the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks to enter the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

As always: Do what you love and love what you do. Thanks for reading. Toby