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!