It is Tuesday today, and that means that it is my day to blog as part of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 13 blog tour. The tour lasts all week, with 7 pattern designer bloggers each day. I am wearing 2 hats today – I am blogging as a sponsor of the tour (Northcott provides some prizes for you to win) AND I have a block in this issue – woop, woop! The issue is just hitting newsstands, and the blog tour is a great sneak peek at what’s inside. I have an advance copy, and let me tell you, it’s good!
My block is #1319, Going to Class. It has a school of fish, and the fish are swimming in opposite directions. It reminds me of when I was in high school and there was a 5 minute window to get from one class to the next – everyone was racing in opposite directions! Hence the name Going to Class.
Normally in my blog posts for 100 Blocks, I recolor my and a few other blocks and combine them to see what happens. However, this time my block did not play nicely with the other blocks. I scanned the issue looking for designers that I know, and spotted Chris Hoover’s #1341 Morning Glory block. I recolored it in the Eagle Pass collection that Northcott is showing in this issue. I came up with 2 color options – I think I prefer the green one.
Scanning the issue, I saw Deborah Johnson’s #1380 Piper’s Puzzle. Recoloring it gave me this.
Next, I combined the two. I’m not really liking it.
What if I change the background to make it the same in both blocks? Still not liking it.
Okay, what if I designed a quilt around the panel from the collection? This collection is digitally printed, so the detail in the designs is so realistic. Northcott featured this collection in our booth at Quilt Festival last week, and the attendees loved it! They came right up close to examine the detail in the fabric. For my next attempt, I put the panel in the center and put blocks in the border. Here are 2 options. I’m liking it more, but I think I can do better.
My final version has some additional inner borders to separate the panel and the blocks so that both stand out. It is double/queen size now, 86” x 96”, and I’m liking it a lot. It’s a real guy quilt. With 2 sons, guy quilts are popular at my house.
Now, with these posts, there are always giveaways. I will give a prize pack of the Eagle Pass fabrics to 3 lucky people who comment on my post by midnight tonight. Quiltmakers has also given me a copy of Volume 14 to give away. For your chance to win, please post a comment today telling me who you would make a guy quilt for and why. And don’t forget to visit the other bloggers for a chance to win prizes at their blogs too.
I am blogging again tomorrow as part of Quiltmaker’s Mini sew-along, so please visit again – more prizes!!