Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Block tips

Open Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 to page 40 and 81 to see the instructions and pattern for the Swirling Plovers block.

Now, an alternate piecing method (that's faster, fewer pieces).


 For one 12" finished block, cut (18" long strips)

Background:    2 X 1 3/4" for #1 & 10                   
                        4 X 1 3/8" for #9 & 11
                        6 X 1 1/8" for the rest
Dark:  (also 18" long strips)
                       1 X 1 1/4" for #8
                       9 X  7/8" for rest

Sew: (with 1/4" seams):       4 X 1 3/8" + 4 X 7/8" (for # 9 & 11)
                                            5 X 1 1/8" + 5 X 7/8" (for rest)
                                            1 X 1 1/8" + 1 X 1 1/4" (for #8)
Sewn strips

Press: Seams to darker strips (not background)
Use strips to make the log cabin. Place the dark strips where indicated on your foundation paper. Don't skip the step of marking where these darker strips go, you'll get confused while sewing!

Revised Pattern with Eleven Pieces



Sew on Drawn Lines


Trim Quarter block to 6 1/2"


The blocks won't each turn out the exact same as you don't need to worry about placing the strips exactly, just as long as they cover the seam lines. Just treat the pieced strip as one piece of fabric. 
Complete the block as instructed in the magazine. For multiple blocks, cut and sew more strips!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I've contacted the winner from my blog contest last week. Kris won the copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 6. You can see her work on her blog, .

The magazine is scheduled to be available in shops today (13th). Ask if you don't find it.

In the next day or so I will post another bit about my block, some tips to make it faster to finish.

Another version in primary colors

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Tour Stop

Business first, if you didn’t come from Quiltmaker’s blog, please visit them at You’ll find a lot of good information/inspiration and links to other quilting bloggers (with even more inspiration).

Second, I’m running a little contest for a free copy of the newest, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 which will be out in a few days. The publisher will mail a copy to my winner. My contest is super simple, just leave a comment at the end of this blog (whatever you want to say, ‘hey it’s raining’ will do). I’ll put the names of the commenters in a hat and draw one (promise I’ll close my eyes). I’ll ask the winner for her/his address when I notify.

Now on to the real information:

The block I did for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 is a log cabin variation. My inspiration came from a Japanese sashiko design that uses the cute little plover birds and swirls. I arranged four log cabin blocks to look swirly and appliqued simple plover shapes. A little easy embroidery finishes the block off. My log cabins were constructed with pre-pieced logs, so it’s not as complicated as it looks.

The Block in the Book

I did a few more blocks in other colors and used other applique designs. Of course the more I did the more I thought of to do. If you make any, please send me a picture!
Halloween Version, 12"

Fall Version, 12"
Christmas Version, 8"
Spring Version, 12"
Close up, Spring Version

That’s it for now. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the give-away contest!