Friday, November 6, 2009

Welcome to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Visitors

Thank you for visiting our blog today to celebrate the release of the new edition of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. Several months ago we were inspired to create new blocks to submit for inclusion in this publication. To our delight, both of our designs were accepted. The design source for the blocks came from Japanese circular crest designs. For several years we have enjoyed working with both Asian themes as well as Asian fabrics, although we feel that these designs would work up nicely in a variety of fabrics and color schemes. We simplified the designs so they can easily be appliquéd, either by hand or machine. [At top right, Diana's design; at bottom right, Laura's design]

Our goal is to make several more blocks in this same style to make a larger quilt. We used a blue/green plaid fabric, which was cut on the bias for the outer circle of Laura’s block. (To watch a video demonstration on cutting bias strips, go to our website at www.dianaandlaura.com and click on Instructional Videos.) To provide unity to the blocks, we intend to use this fabric in each of the blocks.

Our color palette was a soft blue/purple for the berries and flowers with several shades of green leaves to represent all the colors in the garden. The inspiration for the color scheme came from a gift bag, which we purchased because we liked the soft colors and designs on it. We started pulling fabrics from our stash and then went to our local quilt shop to fill in the needed colors and textures to complete the designs.

Be sure to post a comment for your chance to receive a free copy of the magazine!

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to follow the Blog Tour until Nov. 13th. Simply go to www.quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures to receive more inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore. Look for 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers in your local quilt shop, or purchase it at www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks.


75 comments:

  1. I really like the color pallet that you chose. And would love to win a copy of the magazine.

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  2. Your color choices are so sweet. The designs are right up my alley. I hope there is a pattern coming soon.I enjoyed your site with the videos also. BarbR on Oahu

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  3. can't wait to see all 100, will check back on friday.

    Di

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  4. hi
    i really love the gentle lines of your designs
    gill

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  5. Lovely colours in the flowers. Please enter me to win a copy of the magazine.

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  6. I like japanese quilts and these two blocks are so beautiful and the colours are perfect.fleurette

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  7. I just love your blocks and colour choices so fresh and cool :-)

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  8. Just beautiful ladies! Thank you for sharing! Quiltmakers would sure be fun to win:)

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  9. Congratulations on being featured in te 100 block issue. Your colors are very beautiful together and your designs are very soothing!

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  10. Congrats on having your block featured. I love the colors.

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  11. Congrats on getting 2 blocks in the magazine. Your larger quilt and it's colour scheme sound wonderful.I like the tip of unifying diverse blocks by using a common fabric in them. Thanks for the chance.

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  12. I would love a chance to win, thank you.

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  13. Your blocks are beautiful! Congrats on being included.

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  14. I love the colors and designs in your blocks. I'm curious about the first designs you said you "simplified." Can we see them?

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  15. Love your blocks and the fabric, too! My favorite colors. Please include me in the drawing for the magazine. Thanks.

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  16. oh now ... both of those blocks are lovely!

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  17. Such pretty blocks! I would love to see other blocks to match!

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  18. Congratulations! I love both of the blocks (love applique) and would love to see these in a quilt.

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  19. Love your blocks. But I am even more a fan of your Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! books which are a staple in my quilting library. Thanks for the inspiration... Sally

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  20. The blocks are gorgeous. I love the colors.

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  21. I love the colors, and the block is really pretty, please enter me, I'd love a chance to win!

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  22. Love your block!

    Kristen

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  23. Love your color, and love the block.

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  24. So gorgeous!!! Congratulations...and what a wonderful magazine this is!

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  25. I like both of your blocks - they seem very flowing and the colors fit perfect!
    Thank you!

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  26. YOur colors are so soothing, love the blocks.

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  27. Those are both beautiful blocks and fabrics.

    Debbie

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  28. your blocks are so graceful and delicate
    thanks for blogging

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  29. Your blocks are fabulous. Plaid is so much fun to use in applique.

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  30. Beautiful blocks! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. I love your block and that you got selected to be in the issue. Congratulations.

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  32. Your blocks are beautiful, the color combination is lovely.

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  33. Laura, that block was fantastic! Both were beautifully done and the colors were great.

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  34. Wow, congratulations ladies! Soft and soothing colorway, looking forward to seeing the other designs for your quilt.

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  35. Your block is so pretty. Love the fabrics. Can't wait to get the book

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  36. congratulations on being featured in this great new book! Love the block!

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  37. What an honor for you to be included in this. And what a priviledge it is for me to be able to see your work

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  38. thsoe blocks look tough, but so worth trying! wonderful job, I am really imspired by everyone on this tour!

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  39. What a beautiful block. Congratulations on being featured in the new issue.

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  40. Beautiful block. Congratulations on being included.

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  41. This is so pretty...I love asian fabrics as well, and can't wait to see the other blocks.

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  42. Those are beautiful blocks! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the blocks you create for that quilt.

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  43. Congratulations on being included in the book. hope I win one.

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  44. Your blocks are so elegant!
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  45. Beautiful blocks! I'm eager for the magazine now!

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  46. I would love to win a copy of the magazine! I love both of your blocks! I will be viewing the bias video also! Thank you so much!

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  47. Congrats on being featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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  48. Beautiful blocks, beautiful colors!

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  49. what a beautiful and unexpected design!

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  50. I really like your block and I think it would look great in dark colors with a little embroidery...sort of Jacobean style! I really like your designs.

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  51. Please enter me in the give-away. Your blocks are lovely.
    Barbara

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  52. I love your designs, and would really love to win the book, please enter my name in the drawing

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  53. I would love to win the book, I need all the help I can get. Please enter my name

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  54. lovely blocks. Please include me in the giveaway

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  55. Absolutely beautiful. As a new quilter your blocks give me something to aspire to

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  56. Love the colors of your blocks!

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  57. I love your block and fabrics that were used! I would love to be entered into your give-a-way! I especially love the colors that are used.
    Laura T

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  58. Your block is beautiful. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

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  59. Have been a fan a long time and have at least three of your books. This is a lovely block.

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  60. Love the applique block and your color choices. Congrats on being chosen for this special issue.

    Would love to win a copy of this book.

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  61. Love the softness of these 2 blocks

    Di

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  62. Love the color pallette and designs - incredible. You show us that quilt designs are everywhere.

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