Hello there! Thank you for joining me again today for Day 3 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks countdown. Today we're revisiting Volume 3. This is when I first got involved with the 100 Blocks series of magazines. I became a block tester.
Party Frock, Block #206, by Kay Mackenzie. This is the very first block I tested. How adorable! I was instantly smitten. To date, this is still one of my favorite blocks ever.
Night Lights, Block #211, by Gina Reddin. Her original block has a black background, so the colors really pop. Since I used a sunshine background, my block is more like "Day Lights".
Spring's Best, Block #214, by Ann Weber. This is not the best picture, but what a cutie pie block. Each petal of the flower is an individual piece of fabric, and the vein detail in the leaves really make this block interesting.
Cactus Flower, Block #215, by Sue Beevers. It was a bit difficult to get the points to match in this foundation pieced block, but worth it! It reminds me of the cactus I have growing in my front yard.
Stepping Stone, Block #228, by Janice Averill. This would make an interesting quilt. It would be fun to sew a lot of these and play with them on a design wall. The background stripes could lead your eye all over a quilt. Fun!
Spring Beauties, Block #240, by Rochelle Martin. Sew sweet! I love blocks like this one. Again, the yo-yo's were a little bit challenging for me, but they came out okay. I red, white, and blued this block and a few of the others that I sewed from this issue.
Fantasy Flutterby, Block #241, by Jo Moury. Can you say teeny-tiny bias stems? That's one of the many special features of this block. I followed Quiltmaker's directions for "Tiny Bias Stems", and they came out just lovely. I also enjoyed adding the embroidered details to this block. Beautiful.
Rubber Duckie, Block #246, by Heidi Pridemore. I made this block recently. Trent chose it for his quilt. He has a whole rubber duckie family for the bathtub. "Rubber duckie, you're the one..."
Desert Lily, Block #248, by Caroline Reardon. This was another one of my favorites. I am not a huge fan of foundation piecing, but I just love the way this block turned out. The colors look so happy together, and the little flowers accenting the corners of the block - I just love it!
Going in Circles, Block #252, by Paula Stoddard. This block had a really neat technique. It took a while to sew it all together, but well worth the work.
Horizon, Block #255, by Vanessa Vargas Wilson, a.k.a. The Crafty Gemini. What a modern looking block. I would love to see a whole quilt sewn from this block.
Winston Ways, Block #279, by Bonnie Hunter. If I'm counting correctly, this block has 100 pieces! That's a lot of pieces! Scrap diva-licious.
Twister, Block #286, by Christina McCourt. I could have done a little better job choosing the fabric values for this block.
Filmstrip, Block #289, by Scott Murkin. This was my first introduction to Scott Murkin, a fellow North Carolina quilter. I really like his unique approach to quilt design. He looks at quilts in such a different way than I do.
Khanam's Surprise, Block #299, by Cinzia White. This block was like a puzzle to put together. It really was a surprise to me that it all fit together! A great block to piece with fun results. I'm also amazed that I got all the American flags waving in the same direction.
I made the Lollipops quilt using nine of the blocks that I tested for Volume 3. I used scraps from all the fabrics to make the nine patch cornerstones and the four patch border. I designed the floral vine blocks for the outer border myself.
Wshew! That was a lot of blocks! I suppose somewhere out there is someone who has sewn all the blocks. Now that would be an undertaking.
Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!
Jennifer Schifano Thomas