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“Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 4” Blog Tour

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | Announcements, Contests & Giveaways, Fabrics & Patterns

UPDATE: The deadline for entering the Quiltmaker giveaway has passed and the winner will be announced soon. Thanks to all who participated!

I'm pleased to announce that one of my original quilt block designs, Gettysburg, will be included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 4, which will be available November 15.

The Gettysburg block is featured in the Loyal Union Sampler, a quilt that plays a significant role in my novel, The Union Quilters (Dutton, Feb 2011). I used fabrics from my Red Rooster Fabrics line, "Elm Creek Quilts: Anneke's Collection," for this version of my block.

Just for fun, I experimented with some different fabric possibilities for Gettysburg. The autumnal hues of my fabric line, "Elm Creek Quilts: The Cross-Country Quilters Collection" suits the season well.

This soft, romantic version uses my newest fabric line, "Elm Creek Quilts: Caroline's Collection," which is inspired by a lovely bride in my most recent novel, The Wedding Quilt (Dutton, November 2011).

A block using my "Elm Creek Quilts: The Christmas Quilt Collection" fabric line would deck the halls beautifully!

Appealing secondary patterns appear when you arrange the blocks into a quilt top. These Gettysburg blocks are arranged in straight sets with sashing and cornerstones:

The patriotic colors of this version suit the quilt block's name well:

The blocks are set on point in this rendition:

I think this version, with the blocks set on point with sashing, is my favorite:

Wouldn't you like to to try your hand at this fun block, and the 99 other patterns in this special issue? The creative folks at Quiltmaker have graciously offered to give away a free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 4 to one lucky person who visits my blog today. All you have to do is comment on this post, describing how you would select colors or fabrics to make a Gettysburg block that has special meaning to you or to an important person in your life. A winner will be selected at random from those who comment on this post before 11:59 PM Central Time tonight. The deadline for entries has passed. Thanks to all who participated!

Don't forget to follow the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour November 7-11 for inspiration, conversations with some of your favorite quilt designers, and lots of great giveaways. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 4 will be available in your local quilt shop by November 15th, or you can order it directly from Quiltmaker.

Thanks, and Happy Quilting!


PS: In addition to this virtual blog tour, I'm also traveling on a "real life" book tour to promote my new novel, The Wedding Quilt. Please see the "Events" link above to see where I'll be. If I'm coming to a town near you, I hope you'll come see me!

Reader Comments

Krista Y. Krista Y. said on November 09, 2011 at 12:31am

I would get out my wedding album to influence my fabric color choices.

sharon phillips sharon phillips said on November 09, 2011 at 12:41am

for quilts for graduates I Usually pick colors that cordinate with graduates school colors but if it is a male or female, make it more personal with masculine or feminine

I like doing tee shirt quilts if the person has alot of activity’s they were involved in at school.

Jen Houck Jen Houck said on November 09, 2011 at 12:41am

Luckily,  I had a wonderful Grandmother that made beautiful quilts.  Each of my brothers and sister received a quilt for graduation and for any other milestones in our life like college or marriage.  I had a daughter recently graduate from college and it took her 7 long years as she is a single parent and also worked a full-time job while putting herself through school.  One nice thing about making a quilt for her as an adult is I know so well her decorating tastes and color choices.  When I made her high school graduation quilt it was a scrap quilt and I used fabrics from my personal stash and those of my grandmothers and my mother-in-laws!  It was a special quilt that holds great meaning for both of us.  Choosing a pattern for her quilt will be special for me as I always like to incorporate some of my grandmothers fabric or ideas into my quilts.  I was given all of my grandmothers fabric and patterns and I plan on using something that she had planned but was not able to complete due to losing her central vision.  I love the 100 block pattern books because they lend themselves well to scrap quilts - which I love.

Christine Schoon Christine Schoon said on November 09, 2011 at 4:53am

Dear Jennifer,

I love your quiltblock and all the different colours and settings you offer us. I’m watching my mailbox everyday now, because I can’t wait to get started in your new book ‘the Wedding quilt’.
love from the Netherlands,
Christine S.

Michele Breault Michele Breault said on November 09, 2011 at 5:39am

Probably change the colors to our school colors, purple and white (and maybe an accent of gold) to make a graduation quilt.

Joyce Mitchell Joyce Mitchell said on November 09, 2011 at 5:45am

I’d probably use the school colors in choosing fabrics for making Commencement blocks, especially if the graduate is a die-hard sports fan.  Love your block & thanks for the different setting possibilities.  Thanks for the chance to win.

Donna Donna said on November 09, 2011 at 5:46am

I love the Gettysburg block. Congratulations!

How I would choose fabric for the special quilt? I tend to fall in love with “the” fabric on site. Once that happens “the” fabric becomes the focus and I build from the colors in it. I

lee lee said on November 09, 2011 at 5:54am

I love your block and congratulations on being in the 100 quilt blocks magazine! I am a new quilter and selecting fabrics is not easy for me. I always am asking for help at my LQS smile  At least picking for a graduate you can do their college colors or high school colors and add to it from there ~ at least there is a starting point. thanks for the giveaway.

Donna Russ Donna Russ said on November 09, 2011 at 5:54am

If putting that I would use the Brown and blues(light) I love those colors together for a suttle look.

Martina Martina said on November 09, 2011 at 6:23am

Lovely block! Makes a very nice quilt!
I would choose the favourite colours of the recipient and think about the livingstyle for choosing the fabrics.

LouAnn LouAnn said on November 09, 2011 at 6:24am

I would try to use the school colors as the main colors and then add a few coordinating colors.  Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie Young Katie Young said on November 09, 2011 at 6:44am

Great block!  Love the last quilt design with it set on point with sashing!  Our high school colors are red and black, so I would make a red and black quilt (perhaps a t-shirt quilt), using a variety of reds and blacks.  Got a few years to plan this, though, since my oldest just started high school this year.  Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this 100 blocks issue!

Lisa Marie Lisa Marie said on November 09, 2011 at 6:44am

I love that you showed so many different colorations and layouts for your block.  Gets the creative juices flowing!  I have given quilts as high school graduation gifts several times.  I make them in the colors of the college that the student is going to attend.  I often piece letters for the border with the name of the college on one side and the student’s first name on the other.  Makes it personal and (hopefully) a keepsake. said on November 09, 2011 at 6:50am

Love your block options. and love your books,and appreciate the quilt options you show.

Linda Long Linda Long said on November 09, 2011 at 6:57am

I would make the block in red, white, and blue as red and blue are the school colors of the school from which my children were graduated plus where I taught for 44 years.  I would include white so that the block would also represent the colors of our American flag.

Cathy B. Cathy B. said on November 09, 2011 at 7:00am

I love your block.  Thank you for showing all the different settings.  And thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.  Hugs

ckwood50 ckwood50 said on November 09, 2011 at 7:04am

I absolutely love this block set on point. I will be making it in fall colors.
Connie W.

Kris S Kris S said on November 09, 2011 at 7:23am

Since it is Civil War, I would probably choose blue and brown.  These are one of my favorite combinations said on November 09, 2011 at 7:36am

Hi Jennifer!

Love these different variations! If I ever get all my other projects completed, I would love to make a quilt similar to the last one (set on point) you showed using material from Red Rooster. I think I would actually make it for myself (to honor you and your Elm Creek novels!). Laurie

Catia Catia said on November 09, 2011 at 7:41am

Really love your block and all the quilts, but the last one is my favourite

Lauri L Lauri L said on November 09, 2011 at 7:44am

I think I would use Civil War reproduction prints in shades of blue and gray.
Lauri L.

Linda Egge Linda Egge said on November 09, 2011 at 7:46am

Whenever I make a quilt for someone special, I try to use colors that the recipient particularly likes.  Sometimes that problematic for me, since I don’t always enjoy working with some of their favorite colors.  But, it is always worth it when I present the quilts and they immediately remark on how beautiful the colors are.
I enjoyed looking at your block in the different colors and settings on your blog.  It definitely gives me ideas!
Linda in Southern Illinois

kathy h kathy h said on November 09, 2011 at 7:48am

Wonderful block. I like the on point settings the best too.  I select fabrics usually because of the colorway that I want to use but sometimes I will find a fabric that has been named after a family member or something important that I want to state about the quilt or the recipient.

SewLindaAnn SewLindaAnn said on November 09, 2011 at 7:50am

I like to use the colors of the mood I’m in to make any kind of block, especially a traditional type. Sewing is for me and my time so I just go with what I’m in the mood for. Just got your Union book and can’t wait to begin.

roseann roseann said on November 09, 2011 at 7:53am

I would select reds, whites, and blues.

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