Blog Tour: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 9

28 04 2014

Today is the first day of the Blog Tour for Volume 9 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. Welcome to both regular followers of my blog and to special blog tour visitors! Clicking the button below links you to Quiltmaker’s blog that contains links to other stops on the blog tour today. Be sure to click the button (after reading my blog); Quiltmaker is offering prizes. Don’t miss the opportunity to win!

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“March to Spring,” found on page 56, is my contribution to the bi-annually published collection of quilt blocks.

March to Spring block

In designing the block, I wanted to enhance the popular “Plus Sign” block with elements that would form a secondary design when the blocks were set together side by side. To do this, I added narrow strips of black and white prints to the corners of the block. In this way, skinny “Plus Signs” emerge as the secondary design and the tiny squares in the corners of the blocks form “Four Patches.”

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The magazine’s instructions include a quilt diagram of 16 blocks, all with green squares. I wanted to make a quilt using a variety of bright tone-on-tone fabrics. Here are the fabrics I pulled from my stash.

March to Spring fabrics

The quilt was quick and fun to make; I am totally happy with it! You will find a professional photo of the quilt in the Designer’s Gallery on page 14 of Volume 9. I snapped the photo below prior to shipping it to Quiltmaker.

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As you can see from the photo above, snow was still on the ground in late February. March was mostly windy and cold. And we also experienced some chilly, rainy days in late April. Spring was a long time in coming to Fayetteville, NC this year. When was the season change in your neighborhood? Were you” marching into spring” in February, March, or April? Answering the question in a comment below enters you into the drawing for a free Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 9! You must comment by midnight tonight in order to be eligible for the drawing.

Besides using “March to Spring” for a bold, modern quilt, you could make a soft and sweet baby quilt. These fabrics are from the “Modern Roses” line by Moda.

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I’ve arranged to sign your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and to demonstrate the construction of “March to Spring” at my local quilt shop, Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC, on Thursday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please stop by if you live locally!

Now. . . leave a comment below for my drawing, and then click the button to link up to Quilty Pleasures, the Quiltmaker’s magazine blog, to register for prizes and to discover the other blog stops on today’s blog tour.

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1 01 2015
Happy New Year! — Celebrate! | abyquilts

[…] began with an “orphan” block of “March to Spring,” my block design that was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, Vol. 9. Finding coordinating […]

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