Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blocks I Tested for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4

Here are the blocks that I tested for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4.  Enjoy!

Olde St. Nick

Block #313, by Susan Marth, Suzn Quilts  This block is so perfect to begin the holiday season with.  I loved the black outlines Susan used for this fusible applique Santa block.  I used a tiny zig-zag stitch on my block and also machine satin stitched the eyes.

Winter Blooms

Block #309, Cheryl Haynes, Prarie Grove Peddler  I did this block in similar colors to Cheryl's original.  I love the dark background.  It really makes the white flowers pop out.  It was fun to place the petals just to to for the flower centers, which look like small stars.  I also enjoyed making the chain stitched stems.

Sunday Rose

Block #325, by Chris Hoover, Whirligig Designs  This block is paper pieced.  The shapes were unusual and it was interesting to watch this block take shape.  

The Balancing Act

Block #316, by Denise Russart,  This block is so cute!  Denise does a lot of these doggie designs.  The directions are for needle turn applique, but I did mine as a fusible applique.  I forgot to reverse the pieces, so my puppy is facing the opposite way!

Posie Pathway

Block #317, by Erin Russek, One Piece at a Time Quilts  Another really pretty floral applique block!  I just love doing these.  The pairs of leaves were just darling.  


Block #348, by Moira McSpadden, The Quilted Snail  I had a hard time getting the pieces of this block to fit together properly, but it was worth it in the end.  I used quite a different color scheme.  It was fun to put the chicken fabric as a background for this block.


Block #345, by Becca LoGuidice, Willow Hill Quilts  Becca's block is much more elegant than mine, but I tried to stay in my color/fabric scheme and made this fun block with the farm animals looking on in the background, and using the chicken fabric again on the vase.  Cute?

Patchwork Bouquet

Block #349, by Amanda Murphy, Amanda Murphy Design  Here's yet another great floral applique block.  I tested this one when I had a bad cold, so I was really unsure of my color selections until I finished the block.  I guess they look okay together.  I really like the red stripe fabric and used it in quite a few of my tester blocks.

Brer Bunny

Block #353, by Marjorie Rhine, Quilt Design NW  Quite an original looking bunny, I must say!  The more I look at it, the more I like it.  It was fun to match the red stripe going around the bunny in this block.  The eyes and nose are fusible applique, but I think this would also be cute with button eyes.

Ozark Cactus

Block #384, by Judy Laquidara, Patchwork Times  This block was fast and fun to put together.  My block looks more like some kind of fanciful Easter flower than a cactus!  I really used different colors than Judy!

Patchwork Pansies

Block #360, by Terry Clothier Thompson, Peace Creek Pattern and Book Company  I really love the colors in Terry's version of this block.  Mine came out a little faded.  It was fun to accent the flowers with a little bit of embroidery.  With both piecing and applique, there is a lot going on in this block!


Block #354, by Laura Stone Roberts, Assistant Editor, McCall's Quilting  This has got to be the most unusual block I have ever made.   Each little square has a french knot in the center.  What an original design!

Until next time, please visit the shop at Curlicue Creations.  Have a super day!



  1. Your blocks are really nice. I really like the dog with the butterfly and of course Santa, he always bring me a smile... Hope your Turkey day was a great one? Betty, from Maryland

  2. Jennifer, I saw that you were a tester but didn't realize you had so many to test. You were assigned some terrific blocks. My favorite has to be The Balancing Act. Did you get to keep the test blocks? Do you plan to do anything with them if so? Hope you had a supper Thanksgiving. Sandi