Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 Blog Tour

4 05 2016

Vol13-COVER-125pxHello and welcome to Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 blog tour! A special welcome if you’re a first time visitor.

My block, “Everlasting Chains,” is #1265 on page 42.


Granted, by itself, it doesn’t really look like chains. But set 9, or 16, or 25 blocks side by side, and both the horizontal and vertical chains are apparent.

Everlasting Chains

In fact, the quilt looks like a modern, simplified “Double Wedding Ring.” The plus side is no curved piecing!

image2For my test block, I used two shades of blue. The overall effect was “okay,” but my eyes were drawn to the darker blue. In other words, I could readily see the vertical chains but the horizontal chains were not as noticeable. To achieve equal visibility, my friend Karlene suggested that the two fabrics should be equal in value. She was right! The dark royal blue combined with deep magenta, shown in the drawing above, resulted in the effect I had imagined as I designed the block.

An alternate idea for using “Everlasting Chains” is creating four houses with rooftops touching in the center. You could customize each house to represent family members’ homes or the homes of quilting friends.

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Surround the houses with a border of green grass and a house print, and you’ll have a cheerful house-warming or hostess gift! (After quilting, I plan to add the black and white zigzag print as binding.)


Click on the button below to link with Quiltmaker’s blog. There you’ll find links to the other designers on today’s edition of the blog tour. Each of them offers a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13.


Leave a comment below to enter the drawing for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13. I’ll draw the lucky winners on May 10.

First time guests, I hope you’ll peruse several past blog posts and consider following along. A major activity of abyquilts.wordpress.com this year is the Fat Quarter Challenge. I’m challenging myself (and blog readers) to dig into the stash of fat quarters and sew projects with them, something each month. In addition to showing my own projects/quilts, I invite readers to send pictures of their projects for inspiration. You will find links to instructions for several fat quarter friendly projects on the Patterns page.

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 13 Blog Tour

2 05 2016

May 2-6, an exciting week! It’s the launch of the 13th volume of Quiltmaker’s biannual magazine, 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. My block, “Everlasting Chains,” is included in the magazine, and my day on the Blog Tour is Wednesday. Each day the Quiltmaker blog, Quilty Pleasures, features several of the blocks and provides links for about 10 of the designers; all offer drawings for free copies of the magazine or other prizes. So grab a cup of tea or coffee and surf and comment on the fabulous new blocks. Click the button below to link to Quiltmaker’s blog.


Blog Tour Next Week!

29 04 2016

myblockisin13_200_68131The blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 13 is next week, May 2 – 6.  I’m thrilled to say my block, “Everlasting Chains,” was selected for publication! My day on the tour is Wednesday, and I’ll be giving away several free copies of the magazine. So be sure to comment on the May 4th blog post.

But don’t only rely on  entering my drawing for a copy of the magazine. You can enter each day by commenting on the Quiltmaker’s blog. And you can enter in drawings sponsored by each of the 60 designers on the blog tour.

There are so many lovely blocks included in the magazine:  applique, pieced, paper-pieced, mixed-technique. You are going to want a copy for your quilting library!

Here’s to creativity and inspiration! Let the tour began!


“Summer Safari” Published

28 04 2016

_CoverFULLHave you picked up the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts? If you have, turn to page 18 for my “Summer Safari” baby quilt design.

If you need a fast and fun project, this is it!

Click here to link to the McCall’s blog to read about the origin of this design; I am the guest blogger today! Click here to find free instructions for making the block, called “Rail Fence” by McCall’s editors.

“Rail Fence” or “Simple Pinwheel” looks great in many colorways. Click here to see Krystin’s quilt in pink and purple. Click here to see Stacy’s patriotic quilt. Click here to see Marjorie’s scrappy version. Click here to see Rachel’s “Peachy” quilt on her blog stitchedincolor.com.

And now for the give-aways:  McCall’s graciously sent me several complimentary magazines. If you would like one, leave a comment below stating what colors you would use when making this quilt. The drawing will be May 6, 2016.



Civil War Repro. Sampler

27 04 2016

DSCN7802This is a “thank you” quilt for Jenn, our Protestant Women of the Chapel president. (Shhhh! It’s a surprise!) It began with 4 blocks that I made this past summer in the quilt design class for children:  Garden of Eden, Jacob’s Ladder, Star of Bethlehem, and Cross and Crowns. I added 8 more favorite block designs to bring the quilt up to “sofa quilt” size.

Most of the time, I use a dark fabric for sashing since it contrasts well with the light background of the blocks. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a medium value fabric for sashing and inner border. In this case, it’s a small print which I also used on the back of the quilt. I like the effect – the medium value contrasts well, in turn, with the dark outer border.

The quilting design is Keryn Emmerson’s “Double Plume,” a favorite for Civil War repro. quilts because of its feathery motif. The gold polyester quilting thread blends well with all the fabrics and is most visible in the outer border. A navy print fabric binds the quilt.

Can you name all 12 block designs? Which is your favorite?


Sneak Peak for “Summer Safari”

25 04 2016

_CoverFULLHave you seen the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts?

My baby quilt design “Summer Safari” is on page 18. I’m so excited to share this super fun and easy design with you! This Friday I’ll be the guest blogger on McCall’s blog, and I’ll have some magazines to give away here to celebrate.

SummerSafariFLAT600pxI have a special bonus opportunity for my blog followers . . . Print fabrics for the “Summer Safari” quilt. That’s 3 fat quarters (yellow, blue, and orange) as well as giraffe print for 4 Pinwheels and the border. You will have to buy only the white background and backing fabric. Here’s the deal, you must be a blog follower AND you must promise to make the quilt and send me a picture of it. A winner will be drawn on April 30 from those who leave comments below.

The winner is Maridee!

Blog Readers Share – April FQ Challenge

23 04 2016

Wait until you see the fun projects blog readers have shared so far in April!

Helga’s daughter is expecting a baby, so she is coaching her grandson, “the big brother,” in making a Sudoku quilt from fat eighths (9″ x 12″). Good for you, Jonathan, we can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

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Helga, herself, made a baby size quilt with hand-dyed fabrics. I love the bright orange and red with accents of black. Do you notice the red star in the center? The “Churndashes” combined with arrow-type blocks suggest movement in the quilt. It’s as if the central star is radiating or expanding past the boundaries of the quilt’s edges. The “orange peel” quilting design adds delightful curves to this angular design. Awesome!


Maridee has also been busy making baby quilts. She writes, “These Fall fabrics (were) sent to me by a friend in VA. Trying to get a Christmas and a fall quilt made each month in preparation for Project Linus’ push for those types of quilts later this year. So far I’m ahead of schedule with 16 Christmas quilts and 5 fall ones.  My odds and ends of both fabrics are dwindling!! Finally!” The link to instructions for “Buzz Saw” is on the Patterns page.

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Maridee also made “Organized Chaos” with 12″ x 40″ fabric pieces donated by a friend. The placement of the orange squares and rectangles keeps my eyes moving around the quilt! A link to instructions for this design in on the Patterns page as well.

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Chris sent a picture of a tote bag. She took apart an aging tote bag and re-used the lining for this new bag. Won’t she be the envy of all the Aldi and Liddl shoppers?

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Well, are you inspired to join the fun? Email me a picture of your project that uses fat quarters (or other pre-cuts): aby dot quilts at gmail dot  com.



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