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1400 and counting...

1400 and counting...

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If you think about it, the folks at Quiltmaker are just getting started.

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For a girl who came-lately to the "I love sampler quilts" side of life, I have always liked a stack of "they're all different" blocks.

When it comes to quilt blocks, there aren't many I don't like.  I collect block books and pictures of random blocks that catch my eye.  It is quite astonishing just how many different blocks there are.

Barbara Brackman's epic, landmark Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns had over 4,000 blocks.  Maggie Malone came up with 5,500 for her Quilt Block Designs.  And there are dozens of other books filled with appliqué, paper-pieced and plain-old-pieced blocks.  There might be some overlap but one thing is still pretty clear - there are a whole lot of quilt blocks we could be making!

The nice folks at Quiltmaker magazine are helping - Volume 14 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - the Winter 2016 issue - has been published.

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Fourteen issues, each with one hundred blocks - and just look at some of the names on the cover - many wonderfully talented quilty-folks!

Of course I had to go through the issue and pick out a few of my favorites.

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As you can see, there is a wonderful variety in the styles of fabric represented, the complexity of piecing-assembly, and the style of the block.  There is modern and traditional... and just plain fun.

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After picking a dozen or so as "possible" blocks to make - that's half the fun of these blog hops, getting to make something "just because".

Blog hop?  Did I mention that?  The nice folks at Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog are celebrating the publication of this issue with blog posts, pretty pictures of blocks, links to blogs of people who made blocks for the issue and there might be a giveaway or two included.

Back to making a block - I finally settled on Ribbon Cross by Allison Jensen of Woodberry Way.

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As much as I like Allison's colors, Gingiber's Merrily comes to mind when I look at this block. Of course, that has nothing to do with my really liking that collection, or the abundance of Christmas decorations popping up everywhere.

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The block is easily pieced - well-done Allison!  Most of the triangles are connector corners, but Open Gate's Fit to be Quarter or the Folded Corner Clipper will make quick work of those.  What I liked best about this block is that it will work with any style of fabric - any color palette.  Wouldn't this make a great Halloween quilt?  (And once you've read the instructions and made a block or 30... figuring out how to re-size it is easily done.)

Because someone asked, no, I didn't make a block for the issue.  But I begged and pleaded with the nice ladies at Quiltmaker to let me hop-along with them anyway.

As this is a blog hop and we're nearing the holiday season... just leave a comment telling us what your favorite block is.  All-time, go-to, never saw a quilt with <<name that block>> in it that you didn't love!  That block.

Just leave a comment by Midnight on Friday - November 18th - to be entered to win a Moda designer Layer Cake and a Market goodie or two.

And don't forget to check out all the fun on the Quilty Pleasures blog - blocks, pictures, giveaways!

Happy Wednesday!

 

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