Having not previously purchased a '100 Blocks' edition of Quiltmaker magazine, I was curious to know what was inside, so I bought a copy at my local B&N. What a pleasant surprise it was! This is the beginning of something big, so plans are in the works to obtain the first four volumes.
Besides one hundred beautiful quilt blocks in four variations, this special issue, released annually, also includes Sewing and Yardages for crib-sized, twin, queen and king-sized quilts in framed hourglass settings. (I also thought this would work fabulously for including a few machine-embroidered 12" blocks, too.) There are many ideas for 12" blocks including an octagonal-shaped table topper using five 12" blocks and four triangles; a table runner using twelve 12" blocks laid out six by six; a wall hanging using the following configuration: A B A
B A B
A B A
or one block on point surrounded by triangles and borders.
The four sections include something for every quilter:
1. applique (14)
2. foundation-pieced (8)
3. mixed technique (22)
4. pieced (56)
The back of the magazine includes not only the paper piecing foundation papers, but also techniques, stitch diagrams, beading diagrams, finishing techniques, tester's gallery in full color, quilting design recommendations for both blocks and all-over quilting, plus 40 Tips for Tip Top Quilts. (I love the tip for using and re-using clear Contact Paper to transfer quilt designs for machine quilting!)
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and last, but not least....
quiltmaker.com/corrections - just in case!
Plus, if you're a pattern designer interested in submitting a block for consideration in a future issue, please email Carolyn Beam firstname.lastname@example.org for submission guidelines and deadlines.
There will be a block party August 2-4th in Williamsburg, VA for classes and sessions from the magazine's staff and the quilt block designers - see details at quiltmaker.com and details for the 2013 block party!
and there's a magazine featuring blocks from volumes 1-4 beautifully placed into eighteen gorgeous quilts:
Back issues available from QuiltandSewShop.com or by calling 877-269-8024
Volumes 4 and 3 are available either digital or paper, but volumes 2 and 1 are available in digital format only.
More from the Quiltmaker's Blog: http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2012/05/100-blocks-all-sorts-of-options/
Do you have plans to create a quilt using these blocks? Please let us know here at RocknQuilts!
It'd be great to make a 12" block to quilt for the SewCalGal 2012 FMQ Challenge!
All the Best,