Once again I have been invited to participate in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour, this time to celebrate the release of Volume 8. As usual, I had lots of fun scanning the issue for blocks that used Northcott fabrics or were designed by quilters who publish patterns in partnership with Northcott. This time around I found 6 blocks – #721 Pin-whirl by editor-in-chief June Dudley (she used Serenity by Cheri Strole), #733 A Night Out by creative editor Carolyn Beam (she used assorted Northcott fabrics), #742 Walk About by Chris Hoover of Whirligig, #761 Formation by new Northcott pattern designer Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane, #794 Orion by Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods, & #800 On the Grid by Jocelyn Ueng of It’s Sew Emma. I chose 4 of the blocks to play with this time, redoing them in Northcott’s Stratford Park collection of tonal textures. Let’s take a look at the blocks!
Stratford Park is a collection of 6 tonal prints (pindot, ticking stripe, vine, floral, Jacobean, embroidered eyelet) in 6 color palettes: white, pearl, ivory, fawn, chocolate and ebony. My favorite fabric in the collection is the embroidered eyelet, and I have used it in 4 quilts that I have made so far with Stratford Park. It adds so much interest to the quilts, and quilts beautifully.
I tried combining some of the blocks in various quilt layouts, but not all of the blocks wanted to play nicely with the others – this happens sometimes. So I made some digital quilts showcasing each block on its own. What surprised me were the secondary patterns that were created in each quilt. Aren’t the quilts interesting?
I am giving away a copy of this fabulous issue of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks. For a chance to win, please post a comment by November 18th telling me which quilt you like the best. If you’ve participated in previous blog tours, you know that I also include a couple more giveaways, so I will also give away a couple of fabric packs of Stratford Park. And please visit the other blogs on this tour (http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/) to see what the other quilters are sharing with you. Next week I will post some pictures of my Stratford Park quilts, so please come back for a visit. Until then, enjoy the tour!