Welcome 100 Blocks, Vol. 11 Blog Tourist

I’m delighted to kick off the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 11 blog tour and to share my Twirling Rose block with all of you!

Twirling Rose

Twirling Rose

For volume 11, I wanted to create a block that was fun, different, and … well … original. After some thought, I decided to create an on-point appliqué motif for the center of the block and then fill the corners with patchwork. My first block design had squares in the corners.

Twirling Rose with squares

Twirling Rose with squares

The block design was OK, but when I set the blocks side-by-side the quilt design was … well … a bit ho-hum.

Twirling Rose with squares

Twirling Rose with squares quilt

For me, designing blocks and quilts is a little trial and error. And, a lot of … What if? Or, in this case, what if I change the squares to rectangles? This time the quilt design was one of those wonderful “Aha!” moments.

Twirling Rose quilt

Twirling Rose quilt

I love the secondary pinwheel-in-a-square design. But wait. What if I … change the colors … try a different settings. Yowsers! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Twirling Rose on point

Twirling Rose on point

Setting the blocks on point creates a stunning, new design! I hope you have fun playing with my Twirling Rose block, as well as the other 99 blocks in this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Pick up a copy wherever magazines are sold or order a digital copy from Quiltmaker.

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The 100 Blocks Blog Tour continues through May 8. Stop by all the blogs for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore!

Be sure to leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Quiltmakers 100 block, volume 11.

Visit my website to see more of my quilts, my complete teaching schedule, information about my webinars and online classes, and to download free patterns.

Happy Quilting! ~Nancy

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The Merry Month of May

A new month is upon us! May is the month of flowers and rebirth. It’s also filled with important celebrations … including Spring Quilt Market!

May Day on May 1, is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations.

May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in Maryland, 1907.

May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in Maryland, 1907.

Mother’s day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May.

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is the last Monday in May. This is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

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May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year and is considered by many to be the flower month.

May blossom, flower of the May tree.

May blossom, flower of the May tree.

Since 1992, I have enjoyed attending Spring Quilt Market which is held the 3rd weekend in May. If you’re not familiar with Quilt Market it’s a wholesale trade show for retailers to find quilting supplies, fabrics, decorative crafts, textile art, and needlecraft materials. It’s always fun seeing all the new things and visiting with friends.

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However, this year I’m breaking with tradition and will not be attending market. Although I’ll miss seeing everyone, I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and quilters at two teaching events. First, I’ll be visiting the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild in Arlington Heights, Illinois on May 21-23. I’ll be talking about Two-Block quilts at the evening meeting on May 21. Then I’m teaching my Dot to Dot class on May 22 and Wild Waves on May 23. For more information or to sign up for a class, contact the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild.

Dot to Dot quilts

Dot to Dot quilts

This year I’m also teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Flat Rock, North Carolina on May 28-31. I’ll be talking about Two-Block quilts on Friday morning and teaching a Wild Waves class on Friday afternoon.

Wild Waves quilts

Wild Waves quilts

On Saturday, May 30, I’m teaching a Feathered Star Wall Quilt class. This little quilt sparkles with traditional charm. In this fun class, I’ll take the mystery out of making this tricky looking block.

Feathered Star Wall quilts

Feathered Star Wall quilts

And, last but certainly not least, I’m teaching Blooming Propellers on Sunday, May 31. This 3 hour class is full of tips for using your sewing machine to achieve finished appliques that truly look hand-stitched. For more information or to sign up for any of my classes, click on North Carolina Quilt Symposium.

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Needless to say, May will be a busy month. Please visit my website for my complete teaching schedule, information about my webinars and online classes, and to download free patterns. I hope to see you at the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild or the North Carolina Quilt Symposium.

Happy Quilting! ~Nancy

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