Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 5

Hello.  Welcome to Day 5 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown.  Volume 5 was a busy one for me.  I sewed 16 blocks and 3 quilts from Volume 5.  This was the last issue that I had the pleasure of testing blocks for.  What an enriching experience that was.  I came out of it feeling like I can quilt just about anything.  Here's what I made from Volume 5.

Abloom, Block #401, designed by Barbara Cherniwchan.  This is the first block that appears in Volume 5.  I made mine using the fusible applique method.  Lovely curves in this block.

Fresh Flowers, Block #406, designed by Cheryl Haynes.  Her original block has a light background.  I changed it up by using this night sky fabric with bright colors.  The butterfly button and french knot detail really make this block fun.

I liked it so much that I designed this little wall hanging featuring the Fresh Flowers block.  This is currently hanging in my quilting studio hallway.

Ray of Sunshine, Block #407, designed by Mary Andra Holmes.  This was fun to sew also.  I adore fusible applique!  Once again, I changed the background from a light, white fabric, to this dark brown for a dramatic result.

Sitting Pretty, Block #410, designed by Kay Mackenzie.  Oh kitty!  You know I love my kitties, and my boys do too.  Trent selected this block for his 100 Blocks quilt.

Icicle Star, Block #416, designed by Sheri Diesburg.  A fantastic foundation pieced block.  Sorry my photo is a little fuzzy.

Circle of Friends, Block #420, designed by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick.  This is a great block for scrap busting!  Look at all the fun fabrics I was able to use in this block.

May Showers, Block #421, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein.  This paper piecing block has a ton of seams!  I had a little trouble getting them all lined up correctly, and my rain drops are still falling up!  Oooops!  But it's cute. Jennifer is awesome.  She's a paper piecing diva.

Polka Party, Block #429, designed by Me!  This was my block for Volume 5, my first try for a "modern" style design.  I love the combination of squares, circles, and the tiny flower in the center.  I have sewn this block in a few different color combinations for great results, too.

I made a quilt, Fresh 'N Fancy, for the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring 2013 issue featuring my Polka Party block combined with Fresh Cut, Block #343, by Sara Tuttle Khammash.  The on-point setting really works for these two blocks.

Old Town Star, Block #448, designed by Katie Blakesley.  I adore this block.  It was fun to use the bat novelty print in combination with the red check and green tone on tone.  

Framework, Block #454, designed by Emily Cier.  This was a challenging block for me to sew.  There are a lot of long, skinny pieces.

Window Panes, Block #458, designed by Jennifer Dick.  Another block by a Jennifer!  Yeah!  Go Jens!  This block is simple, but fun.  It would be interesting to play with a lot of these up on a design wall.

Diamond Eyes, Block #459, by Monique Dillard.  Very nice classic looking block.  The cornerstone diamonds almost make it look like a quilt in itself.

Crossroads in Life, Block #466, designed by Carolyn Goins.  Another block that features great movement.  Simply by playing with color and block placement, you could create a quilt that really makes your eyes move.

Diamond Mine, Block #474, designed by Faith Jones.  Faith used all solids in her block for an ultra-modern look.  My block features the Mosaic collection by Timeless Treasures.  

Flower Burst, Block # 476, designed by Debby Kratovil.  Debbie's block features a large fussy-cut flower in the center.  I loved using the fun bat print fabric again for this block.  It almost looks like you are viewing the bats through a round window at night.

Star Light, Star Bright, Block #487, designed by Scott Murkin.  I used the bat fabric again for the edges of this fantastic hexagon star block.

I sewed nine of the test blocks together into this quilt, Wedding Chapel Windows.

Thanks so much for reading today!  Please join me for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour on November 18th for a fun giveaway of issue 10!  1000 Blocks!  Wow!

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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