Hi There, and welcome to Day 4 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 blog tour! I hope you’ve had a chance to visit the other bloggers on the tour this week. There have been some great posts. I really enjoyed Nancy Mahoney’s on Day 1, as she explained how she arrived at her Twirling Rose block #1052. Or how about Karyn Ashley-Smith’s post yesterday, where she showed a quilt made from her Crocus and Daffodil block, and done in Stonehenge?
My block is Every Which Way #1040, containing 9 arrows that get shorter as they get closer to the center of the block.
Using 1 fabric for each arrow seemed a natural choice, and Northcott’s Artisan Spirit – Shimmer has a range of 9 gradated fabrics in each delicious color palette. I chose the sunglow palette for my block. My quick scan through 100 Blocks Volume 11 revealed another block done in Shimmer sunglow – Jennifer Shifano Thomas’ Aloha Flower #1014.
While perusing the issue, I noticed blocks done by several Northcott pattern designers: #1028 Moon Star by Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods, #1029 Basket Star by Marjorie Rhine of Quilt Design NW, #1042 Swirly Whirly Floral by Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream, and #1066 Fruit Smoothie by Karen Bialik of The Fabric Addict (done in Northcott’s ColorWorks solids). I put them into Electric Quilt along with my block, downloaded Northcott’s Celebration 2 collection, featured in our advertisement, and began to play!
Here are the blocks done in Celebration 2. I used the pieced background block of Kate’s block, leaving the appliqués off.
Once the blocks were done, it was time to put them into quilts. My block did not seem to want to play well with the other blocks, so it was my least favorite combination. I would like to explore other options with it, such as having alternate blocks where the arrows go from the center out toward the edge (reverse the direction of them). I think it would also make a great single-block quilt when enlarged to 36”. However, most of the other blocks played nicely, although the Karen/Marje block doesn’t line up quite as well as the other 3 combinations. What do you think?
It’s giveaway time! I will draw 3 names: one for a copy of the magazine, one for a bundle of Celebration fabrics, and one for a bundle of Shimmer fabrics. For a chance to win, please post a comment on my blog by this Friday at noon, telling me which quilt is your favorite. For more chances to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11, don’t forget to visit the other bloggers on the tour this week at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/
Thanks for dropping by, and please visit again soon.