Monday, November 7, 2011

100 Blocks!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a new mag. was coming out with one of my blocks in it. It was so fun to come home from Market to a surprise waiting in the mail for me!

    Today is the first day of the blog tour that runs through the 11th! I am so excited to be a part of it and to tell you a bit about my block.

This block was inspired by a geometric tile pattern I saw in a magazine. I grabbed some graph paper and started sketching. It just wasn't working the way I wanted it to. I finally decided to form it into more of a flower shape and LOVED the results...on paper. I think a whole minute-and-a-half went by before I was scanning my stash and pulling fabrics for the block. It didn't take long to throw it together. Introducing the SUNFLOWER!

After I made the block I didn't know what to do with it. I figure if it sat around for a few days a new pattern would spark in my subconscious and it would have it's place. But the next day I got an email looking for entries for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol.4 and I knew at once that this block had found it's purpose.  :o)

I changed the colors to red and gold for the magazine submission because the issue was being released in the fall and I liked the idea of a poinsettia. The border needed to be added to fit the size requirements for the magazine. But I think the blocks would look just as nice with a simple sashing between.

Another idea I had as I've been looking at this is to make a checked border by strip piecing 1 1/2" strips in alternating colors and cutting the border strips from that. Here's my "dream" of what it will look like when I get all my fabric and machine un-packed.  :o)

Another border of the alternating strips would add even more cuteness.

So, how much do you LOVE these 100 block magazine's from Quiltmaker? I know I do.
If you would like to win one for yourself- leave a comment (don't forget to make sure you're a follower!). A winner will be picked at the end of the blog tour. Don't forget to click on the button to the left for the whole list of blogs in the tour. I'm sure they're going to be fun to check out. And who knows, maybe extra chances to win your own mag. too!  :o)

185 comments:

Martina said...

Love your sunflower block! looks so great as a tablerunner!

Judith said...

What a lovely block. I like it in both colour ways. Congratulations on having it published in the magazine. I am a follower so please enter me into your giveaway. Thanks Judith.

Ned's Place said...

I like your Sunflower block and would make 4 in different seasonal colors so that I could change it over for the different seasons. Follower.

Janet said...

I like that block. Gook idea to give it Christmas colors, but it works well in the original, too.

Lisa Marie said...

Your block is great! I always enjoy the new blocks in this QM magazine. Congrats on being a part of it!

Sequana said...

I love a block that can be all different things....and this one will change out by the season or the actual flower.

Good job! thx for the chance to win.

Rosa said...

Love yoour sunflower block,wonderful.congrats on being part of 100 blocks magazine.I`m a follower

JoyceLM said...

Love this flower block. It's so adaptable for different color variations. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I'm a new follower.

Alicia said...

I like the yellow version better! But it does look great in red for the holidays!

dwright33055 said...

I loved that sunflower block, loved the yellow one Thanks for the chance to win Love the 100 block books,

Kim Q said...

I just *love* your block! I follow your blog via my Windows Live feed list, though I know that doesn't count.

Donna said...

Great block. The color (flower) possibilities are endless.

Shelley said...

A poinsettia block! That would be so cool..I've always wanted to make a quilt using blocks like that. So now I need the magazine :)!

SewLindaAnn said...

Happy Monday! Love your block of course! I was super excited to see that Going Coastal was your fabric collection, I have several pieces and love, love it!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your block! I really enjoyed the previous issues of 100 blocks, and this one looks just as inspiring :-) I've been a reader of your blog for a while, but now am a follower.

Mary Beth said...

I love sunflowers! They are all over my house!! Perfect block for me!

Donna said...

I love your sunflower block. I made a table runner one time and my husband called the bullet hole table runner because I made the centers of the sunflowers dark brown. I never thought of making the runner in another color way. I'm thinkin' this mag would be a BIG inspiration to me.

Michele said...

cute block!

Madeline said...

I do love sunflowers and poinsettias, I need the pattern for that block!

Barbara said...

absolutely stuniing in its eleganr simplicity and versatility !

Mommarock said...

Oh I love both the sunflower look, and the poinsetta look! Fantastic!

Sandra said...

I want to make your sunflower block for myself. I like your color idea in the red, maybe even include brown. Yes, I just love 100 Blocks and would love the chance to win 100 Blocks Volume 4. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

Robyn said...

What a lovely block.

carrie said...

I love anything with a star in it, even if it's the center of a flower!

Karen said...

This block would make a great Christmas quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

kt said...

Great block--I love it both as a sunflower and as a poinsettia! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this 100 blocks issue!

Ariane said...

I love your block!! It's amazing!!!

Staci said...

I love your block, and the runner idea is a real winner. This is a publication I love! Such a treasure chest for those of us sewing for bees and swaps. Thanks for a chance to win it!
and yes, I'm following.

Carrie P. said...

Your block is great in red. Congrats. I am a new follower.

sandrascraftcorner said...

New to blog hopping. Been interesting so far. Like your design and grats on having it selected.

Lee said...

I love anything sunflowers! I am a follower of course now and thanks - the block is beautiful

Kristen said...

Looks great! I've been a follower for quite some time - saw your post before I even got over to the official 100 blocks website. I can't wait to get my hands on the latest issue, so thanks for the chance to win!

Mom2four said...

I love both colorways! It gives me ideas to try.

LJ said...

Amazing that you could just change the colors and have it look so Christmasy.

Scarlett said...

What a pretty block! Good ideas on the sashing, too.

Kathy H said...

I thought the flower looked like such a pretty fall decoration and then when you mentioned pointsettia, I loved it even more.

Blue Bird said...

I love sunflowers, but the red is beautiful.

KaHolly said...

I just love your sunflower block!! I think I have to make it!

Maria Kievit said...

Really neat idea to come up with the poinsettia. we sell lots of them (plants that is) in the month of Nov and dec.

annmarie said...

I'm a new follower. I could see a queen quilt with your block in pink & green with a little brown in it. Can't wait to se all the other bolicks in Vol 4.

Lori said...

A great block! Changing the colours makes it perfect for any season. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

Your block is awesome! I am a new follower. Love the poinsettia idea.

Cory said...

I love your block in both color ways. I can see it in jewel colors or in pastels for a quilt. Thank you for sharing with us. Take care and God bless, Cory

Ruth Ann said...

Living in Texas, we have a lot of wild sunflowers growing. Love your block...reminds me of summer!

Linda E in AZ said...

I think I'd like to use your Sunflower for a table runner.
thanks!

Glenna said...

Love your block!

mamahen02 said...

Oh, I just love this sunflower block land especially the idea of poinsettias!

Janet said...

A beautiful block-no matter what color it's made in. I like the Christmas option for now. Sunflowers are one of my favorites tho. I can't wait to see the new issue of 100 blocks.

Mary said...

I have loved every issue of 100 Blocks! This is my 4th Blog tour. Hope I win a copy of the magazine, maybe even a block again- made by one of the designers.

Joan Mathews said...

I can see myself sewing the sunflower block - soon, I hope!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful block. Isn't this fun! :-)
Happy quilting!

Mom2RyandSis said...

Great block :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

Cotton Blossom said...

Oh, I love that in red!

Beth Camp said...

I really like how your design uses simple straight lines to create a sense of curves in the flowers! Nicely designed!

grannyanne said...

I too love sunflowers! Wouldn't it be great to put all sunflower patterns into one quilt? Just to give sunshine to someone feeling poorly...

ewespecial said...

Oh my gosh! missed you at Quilt Festival--but love your blog & happenings in your quilt world. Congrats on being in 100 mag.

swheatsue said...

You have chosen my favorite flower & I will have to add it to my collection of "sunflower" blocks. I recently completely a row robin where the challenge to the people in my group was to create a stylized sunflower block.

Patty C. said...

I REALLY want one sooooo bad - This looks to be an awesome magazine - So many beautiful blocks !!!!

Jennifer said...

I love this block! Can't wait to get my hands on the mag and make one!

Judy said...

I see a Christmas tablerunner in my future. Thank you.

Kira said...

That is cute in either color set.

Jenny & Scott said...

I don't know how you have time to do as much as you do. I wish I could sew more :)

bnh123 said...

What a great block!

Lori said...

Love the sunflower block. Would make a great table runner for my kitchen!

Jennie said...

What a beautiful sunflower! I would love to win this book!

Julie said...

Love the sunflower block turned pointsettia!! Just wonderful! I am a follower and would love to win 100 Blocks 4--more fun blocks to piece!!

Kathy in GA said...

Love the block, and want to try designing from tiles I took tons of pictures of while on vacation overseas, thanks for the great inspiration!

Kathy said...

I like how your block looks in both colour ways! Very nice.

Mary said...

Love the sunflower block. Would love to win a copy of magazine!

Diana Napier said...

Congratulations on being in the magazine. I have enjoyed the last issue and know I will love the new one.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Love your sunflower! I'm a happy follower~ thank you for the chance!

gill said...

I love your block in the red colourway!!
Congratulations on making it into 100 Blocks!
I'm a follower!

Lee Ann said...

Oh, this looks like a wonderful block. Love your alternate color choice turning it into Poinsettias!

Tamsyn said...

The sunflower block is great!

Veta said...

I really liked this block and will probably use it myself. Thank you

Laura said...

this is a beautiful block!

Sandy said...

pick me!! Would love to have volume 4 to add to my collection!

Jill said...

Very nice design.

Donna Joy said...

I follow you, and really like how you designed your sunflower block. Yes I love quiltmaker magazine, and can't part with any of them. So many creative people. Thanks for the giveaway

Sherena said...

Love the sunflower block and really like the layout with the checkerboard border. Looking forward to Vol. 4 so I can make a tablerunner.

Beth said...

Thanks for showing us different ways to set it and your different color possibilities. I like Ned's Place's idea of making the flowers in seasonal colors.

I'm a follower, and happy to be one.

Yvonne said...

What a great block Emily. You really are a busy Bee with all your designs. Of course I would love to win the magazine. Don't think I can buy it here in Holland. I would love to show it to the girls in our Bee and brag about you.....:)

Jan said...

Sunflower is too cute. Could even be a poinsettia in winter. follower

The Village Queen said...

Im following and love the cute block. A great one for the holidays. Thanks fo the chance!

Joanna said...

I'm a new follower, and yes, I do love the Quiltmaker block issues. I like the runner using your block.

Marge in Louisiana said...

Isn't it strange and wonderful how something we see can lead to a quilt or a block so easily?

ShariK said...

I love your block. I am a fan of sunflowers and this is just lovely. I'm a follower of your blog.

Debbie said...

Love your block! I am following. Thanks for counting me in.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm following and love this blog....flower and star combined!

millipuppy said...

love it, would be perfect for a Christmas project, such a bold graphic... I have been looking for some projects to help decorate our new house for the holidays :)

krislovesfabric said...

I'm a follower, love your block, thanks for the chance!

Charlotte said...

I would love to win this book. Your block is very nice.

Dee said...

Beautiful block, for table runner or spring bed runner:)

Nancy Sue said...

I love the versatility of the block, from fall sunflower to holiday poinsettia colors! Am now officially a follower :)
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Julie in WA said...

Sorry, I am not a follower, but I sure do love your block!

Shannon said...

Great block. I love to hear where designers get there inspiration. It would make a great Christmas quilt!

roseann said...

I like your sunflower block and am visualizing it in batiks.

smileynann said...

Oooh, I would love a copy!

Linda in PA said...

Your block is great! Congratulations on having your block in this issue. I'd love to win a copy of this magazine.

Cindi said...

Great block! Love it! Thanks for sharing the variation ideas with us. I always look forward to the 100 block issue, it’s so much fun!

Nancy D. said...

Love your sunflower! It'd be great for a pillow.

TheStylishHome said...

Wow. How cool it can be a sunflower or a poinsettia depending on the season! Love the offset borders...definitely cute!

BeachQuilter said...

I love your block and look forward to Vol 4!

Louster said...

Sweet block....would be great in Sunflower colors:)

Sallie said...

Love your block! I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara said...

I love, love, LOVE your block! Especially the original brown and yellow version! Congratulations on having it published!

kwiltnkats said...

So like your idea of a checkerboard border for your cute Sunflower Block. I've got the first three volumes and there is no way I'll not have this new one! Sandi

judys said...

Beautiful sunflowerer, and my daughter says she needs a tablerunner!

Purl Buttons said...

I like the colorway of the first block and the color change for the table runner style option is very effective also

bairdmtn said...

I have the other 3 books and can't wait to see this one! I look at them over and over agian and always see blocks I hadn't noticed before!!

Debbie said...

Ideas from floor tiles are wonderful and your block is delightful!
I would love to do it as a summer table runner.
Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

VickiT said...

What a great looking block. And then you added that checkerboard around it and I LOVED it more. I can't wait to get this magazine to see more about yours.

Grandma Shell said...

I love the sunflower changed to a poinsettia, and the checkerboard sashing really makes it festive! I'm picturing it as a Holiday table runner. I enjoy the 100 Blocks series very much. I'm so happy they are doing #4!

Jo said...

Great block and useful in so many ways! I will be making this one for sure.

Quilt Monkey said...

What a great sunflower block! It makes me want to start pulling fabric for it already and I don't even have the pattern yet!

Laurie B. said...

You are a woman after my own heart--I love using tiles as inspiration to create blocks. Congrats on being chosen for the magazine.

Cecilia said...

Great block! I like both colorways. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine. I'm a new follower.

Sandi P said...

I do love it as a sunflower or a poinsettia - so versatile. I like your idea for the stripey borders too. Congratulations on being chosen for Vol. 4

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on being published in QM 100 Blocks - Sunflower is a pretty block. I already follow your blog. Please enter me into your giveaway too.

Nancy said...

Love your block and will definitely want to make a couple runners with it. One representing sunflowers and the other poinsettia as you mentioned. Great job!!!
Hope I win a copy.

Connie said...

Would love to win! Your block is so neat, thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

Love your block because I can see it would great in so many color combos! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the mag!!

Brenda said...

I love this block. I would make it into a table runner using the sunflower colors for my daughter.

LizzieHelen said...

The poinsettia version looks good, too.

jillquilts said...

Love this block! Congrats on being in the issue!

Carol R said...

Love the sunflower look, but like that changing the color the block becomes entirely different

Patty said...

Nice versatile block like it as a sunflower, but love the poinsettia the best.

Marianne said...

Love your block. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great magazine.

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Denise :) said...

Your block is quite striking. I'd love my own copy, please! :)

Quilter In Paradise said...

love the blocks! not only good as a quilt block, but also would be great in my kitchen as a hot pad! thanks for sharing

Dona said...

Really beautiful block!

Lori L said...

That would make a great Christmas table runner. Love it, love it, love it. Would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks

LizA. said...

Love, love, love your block!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love your block and how versatile it is!!

blacklabcrafts said...

Love the sunflower, but the poinsettia is even better. I can think of so many flowers to do with this design!

Nancy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books - I'd love to win this!

scarlette said...

Love the Block - border - table runner or i was thinking trivit on my table. thanks shobbs@vcu.edu
scarlette

scarlette said...

i think this is fun. shobbs@vcu.edu

Carol C. said...

Your block is beautiful!! I especially love the poinsetta with the checkerboard border -- great idea! Thanks!!

arlette said...

Love both of your blocks, the brownish and christmasy ones, your block's gorgeous, congrats for being there :)

Karen said...

Great block! I'd love to win a copy of the magazine.

Penny Barnes said...

Love the block...really love it with the sort of checkered border!

Janet said...

Wonderful design! Thanks for a chance to win.

Cathryn said...

What a marvelous little table runner you made with your block! I can see this will be a fantastic issue.

ritainalaska said...

love the way this block will make another flower by changing the colors! i am one of your new followers who who already knows and loves your patterns.

Jeanne said...

Sunflowers = Kansas in my memories. Thanks for sharing your beautiful block.

Amanda said...

I like your block. It's simple-looking, uncluttered, fresh. Both color ways are appealing.
Amanda

Wendy B said...

how fantastic....a multi-seasonal block! I love it! LOve both colourways and can imagine it in spring and winter too!!!!
thanks for the chance to win a copy! :O)

Renate said...

Oh my what a lovely block. And I love sunflowers too!

Peach Rainbow said...

Lovely block :D

Jane said...

Love your sunflower and poinsettia! Congrats on inclusion in the magazine.

jofridsquilt said...

I like that block. Would work well in many different colours. Hugs Jofrid

Linda said...

That's a great block. Lots of possibilities.

Dana Gaffney said...

I know it's a sunflower, but that red and green is so perfect for the holidays. Thanks.

Colleen said...

Great block...great story!

Teresa in Music City said...

Sunflower is really cute and I love the checkerboard sashing!

Debbie said...

I am from Kansas that block would be perfect.....

Cathy said...

I love how you can make your block to go with all the seasons. Sunflowers are my favorite. Hugs

kynomi said...

Beautiful block and great magazine.
Thanks for the chance to win.

alissa said...

love the sunflower block, congras on having it published in the magazine.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've been a long time lurker and I guess have come out so to speak as now I've made myself an official follower....so I can have a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy please. Congrats!!

Lauren H said...

Love your block and think that your pieced border for it is a fantastic idea!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

A versatile block! (no pun intended ;-))

Jodi said...

I love your sunflower and that it can also be something different just by changing fabrics. How clever and creative you are!! I'm a new follower and just found you through this blog hop.

Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy1522 said...

Great Block! It would be nice to make in fall colors as a table runner for Thanksgiving.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

I absolutely love your block. It has so many possibilities. Congrats.

marieinaugusta said...

Love Love Love this block! I love that it can be a sunflower or a pointsettia, bet it would be adorable in pink as well. I love flowers

Nancy said...

I love the tablerunner idea. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gretchen said...

Great block! I would love to make this in a variety of purples:)

Heather A said...

I'm kind of new to this quilting thing so a book of 100 blocks would be extra super dooper fabulous for me! How I would love to win a copy!

sdgodfrey said...

I can just picture that flower block in many different colors!

natioradison said...

Your block has a lovely generous feel to it..I have to try it! Thank-you for the opportunity to do just that.

Celine said...

I love your sunflower block, my favorite one so far. I am a follower of your blog.

Dix said...

Like your sunflower. Very retro. Maybe I can find some vintage fabric.

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Your block is smashing. Sounds so British, doesn't it. But I'm not!

Darlene said...

I see a lot of posibilities with this block. Love the original sunflower version.

Kris said...

I love how the sunflower points extend into the white border. Very clever.

Kim said...

Very pretty block. Thank you for the giveaway.

Jeanne said...

Love your sunflower block. Would love to win this magazine so I could make it. Thanks for the chance.

bunbear said...

love your block. very fresh.

Karen said...

Love the little block... very nice when paired with the other two.. nice table runner.. thanks for sharing !

Karen

Cheryl Willis said...

very nice job, it has been fun reading the stories behind the block in this issue. cw

Mary said...

I love your block in the Christmas colors. Wouldn't that make a great tablerunner! Thanks for a chance to win.

scarlette said...

i follow well : - )