Tuesday

100 Blocks Inspiration & Competition





Well I have been very fortunate to have another of my blocks chosen for the latest Quiltmaker 100 blocks and through Quiltmaker's generosity you have the chance to win your own copy of the magazine. Details at the end of this post.


Lately many of my ideas have been a follow on from the Raconteur quilt and this block is no exception. Although all of the Raconteur blocks are hexagonal it doesn't take too many errors to change it to a square block and Patrise's gift is no different.


As for the name... well I had pulled out fabric from my stash and took it with me on a weekend's retreat. I thought I had more than enough fabric but found that I didn't have enough of the red to do the last triangle. No matter that it was a small triangle I didn't have it. I put a call out to one of my online quilting groups and Patrise sent it to me.

Initially I planned for the block to simply stretch out from the centre in four directions but wasn't too excited by the block that resulted.

Next I tried simply spinning the triangles around and still thought it could be improved.
I had been looking at some perspective drawing and then tried to encompass that idea into my design... Patrise's Gift was the result.

As you may guess red was not my first plan for the colour. 
Once I worked out my block design the next bit was to find a design that would work with it it.

The central medallion was easy as I thought it was perfect way to showcase the blocks and they were active enough to carry the middle
That left two considerations -  the corners and the area surrounding the medallion.

The first two pictures showed the two possible ways to slope the blocks and although I initially thought all going the same way was boring, the alternative was too disjointed.
I still however thought that the corners were too heavy and so to lighten it I took the outer strips from the block and simply made the centre block and framed it in plain fabric.
This was definitely the best choice.
Initially I had placed four of the triangle centres around the medallion to fill in the space as I am a piecer and not an appliquer. However when I added borders etc there was too much action and no where for the eyes to relax or focus so I removed them.

The plain areas would be perfect for detailed quilting - I'm only just beginning on my machine quilting experience:)


So why have I cut off the corners? So that the quilt can be turned around in all directions on the bed and so equalise or minimise fading due to the sun. Also it means that the corners don't hang lower that the rest of the quilt when on the bed.

Each month another free BOM is uploaded and also a new collection is on sale from the Raconteur Collection here.
For a chance to win your own copy of volume 8 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks simply leave your name and the colour of the block you like best from this collection which will be January's featured collection.
A name will be drawn next Saturday. Make sure that there is some way that I can contact you. I'm sorry but anonymous comments are just that anonymous and there is no way of tracking you down.
Good luck.

112 comments:

Vireya said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Your block is really cute, and I like the way you arranged them for a quilt.

I'm not sure I'm looking at the right ones, but your first link took me to Collection 10, where I like the block with the pastel rainbow colours. And in Collection 13 (your second link), I like the blue one with the combination circles and hexagons. You have an amazing variety of hexagons!

Vireya

Susan Arnold said...

Love the blue! Thanks for a chance to win

Dorothy Matheson said...

I really like your block. It is a pretty gift when made up into the one of the examples you showed. I would like to win a prize.
DorothyMatheson@gmail.com

TheStylishHome said...

I think the periwinkle stands out nicely :)

Paola said...

I love the blue one. Really lovely. mypaolat@gmail.com

GranChris said...

I like the Blue. Enjoyed learning the Hows of design.

Margaret Finnimore said...

I think I would make this up in yellows for my bedroom as it has a fresh modern feel. Congratulations on being included in the magazine and I am learning so much on the blog tour.

Gabi Boris said...

The withe with grey, next the blue with this incredible red.
Congrats for beeing with your block in the magazine, it really belongs to.
Hugs
Gabi

delaineelliott said...

Beautiful! Thanks.

Martina said...

Such a great block! Love it. And I love the multicoloured block in your collection 13. Looks so great with the stitcheries.

JoyceLM said...

Love your new block - I enjoy paper foundation piecing. My favorite in your new collection is the green block on the left. Thanks.

kt said...

I really like the gray and white snowflake block. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lee said...

I love the white background and greyish/blue hexie snowflake block! thank you! Congrats on your block!

Lisa Marie said...

In collection 13 I especially like the grey and white block. Love your block for the magazine as well, and thanks for sharing how you came up with the setting. Very interesting!

Dana Gaffney said...

I like the gray and white snowflake.

Marca said...

I like the pink stitchery block the best!

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

I like the bluish, grey hexie on the qhite background best. Nice block. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lee Ann L. said...

I was taken to collection number 13. The yellow/gold stands out but I'm liking the green that is to the left of the yellow in the picture.

Thank you for a chance to win.

madquilter65 said...

In collection 13 I liked the pink and teal one!

Gill said...

Great block - congratulations!
I like the centre (white/yellow) block

Joanna said...

I like the green and cream, although the deep red and grey look super, too. Your block is truly versatile.

Hanke said...

Love the red! Thanks for the chance!

JanineMarie said...

Thanks for sharing your designing process! I'm always a fan of green, but I like the gray and white snowflake block. I guess I have winter on my mind now that it has snowed.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very interesting block! I do like the blue best. Thanks!

Gwen Wehner said...

Fabulous block - enjoyed seeing how the quilt evolved. From collection 13 I like the pink and teal. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vivian said...

I like the grey, very pretty block I can see it in a darker color too. Thanks and congrats.

Heidi said...

I really like the block in the upper left corner.

Kathy L said...

Love the blue block. Beautiful designs. Thanks for the chance to win.

Vicki H said...

Congrats. I like the green in the far left block. Thanks for the chance.

Kathryn Knox said...

I love the blue. Congrats.

tdimi77 said...

I like the blue! Thank you for doing this giveaway!! tyned@hotmail.com

Kathryn said...

I like the red/blue block. You've designed a really unique block.

Tiffanee said...

Love the yellow block!! Very impressive block by the way!!

Marly said...

My favourite is the cream and light green hexagon. But the whole collection is beautiful, the colours complement one another so well.
I like your block in the magazine too. Thanks for sharing the process, and being on the blog hop.

Jackie said...

the grey snowflake made of teeny tiny hexis....that's my favorite.

Linda said...

Blue has always been my favorite color, and, sure enough, it's the blue block that I like the best.

Julie in WA said...

Your block looks like jewels in the quilt layouts! As for colors on the other page, I like the yellow and white one!

Barbe said...

the teal and pink is sweet, love the gentle movement.

banjo795 said...

I like the grey and white one. It reminds me of a snowflake, and it is snowing here.

Regina said...

Grey and white for me in Collection 13

Judy1522 said...

I like collection 39. Your block is very different from anything I have seen so far in this blog hop and there are lots of possiblities for fabric selection.

Sunnybec said...

I'm not sure what I am suppose to be looking at, when I follow the link it goes to patterns. Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

JANET said...

I like the gold and white one. Nice blocks!

Quilting Tangent said...

Love the yellow. Like the spinning effect the block has.
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The Village Queen said...

Love the blue one, and your 100 block one too! Thanks for the chance.

Laura McFall said...

In collection 13, Cinzia White, my favorite is the top right block made from blue and yellow with the circles/bubbles in it. Really cool!

darla disman said...

Love the way the block id put together, Makes it really pop. I love the black-brown and yellow. Thanks for the chance to win. CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Madeline said...

Seems like I agree with several others, I like the one with the blue from collection 13.

Ned's Place said...

I really like the hex with the pink floral background and the teal , it makes the teal stand out.

Congrats on the new block.

Carrie P. said...

wow, those are so interesting. I like the blue.

Julie said...

In collection 13, I liked the blue and white snowflake hexie.

B. J. Woodlee said...

I like the the grey and white snowflake. Your block is very unique. Congrats! b.j.day68@gmail dot com

Louise said...

On the link, I like the teal and pink swirly block. (I hope I found the right set of patterns!)
I like your Quiltmaker block, too. It reminds me of the Dear Jane quilt.

jrt14 said...

I like the snowflake style pattern that is on the white background and a grey color. Thank you for a chance to win.

SherryB said...

I am very partial to green, so I'd pick the green/cream as my favorite, although all fabrics speak to me...buy me, buy me! LOL Congrats on your block in this issue!

Mel said...

I like the fushia, teal and pink block. You have designed a very versatile block. Congratulations!

mellian at cfl dot rr dot com

Dawn Frisch said...

I like the gray and white snowflake! I really love the block that you designed too. Great job!
Happy quilting,
Dawn
array-dawn@cox.net

Paula Dalby said...

I really liked the blue one, which is different for me. I'm not usually into blues. Thanks for the giveaway!
utahoosier at yahoo dot com

Jeanette Smith said...

I love the blue color scheme. tapsydoodle at gmail dot com

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I like the blue too. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sharon Green said...

Very interesting block. In #13 I like the aqua best. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Maureen Williamson said...

Great block! In the "collection" I really like the middle block of white & what appears as the mustard colour. Thanks for a chance at the give-away!
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

AnnieBikes said...

I like the gray and white "snowflake block". It is great! Very wintry looking!! Thanks for sharing.

pasqueflower said...

Love the blue with the smaller diamond border.

Linda Laing said...

I think I like the blue version best. Thanks for the chance to win.
Linda, in Alberta, Canada

annmarie said...

I'm partial to blue so that's my favorite... Nice block - thanks.

Lisa E said...

I like the yellow version the best.

virgdale said...

I really like the blue and white snowflake block, but they are all pretty nice.

Catherine Remus said...

I like the soft green best. Thank you!

MoeWest said...

I like the grey and white snowflake in your collection 13. Congratulations on being in the magazine.

Sylvie said...

Love the pink and turquoise. Congratulations on being published.

Ruth Wohlgemuth said...

I like the grey and also the blue

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

I love the yellow!

The Gad-A-Bout Gal said...

I like the gray and white snowflake.1595

ritainalaska said...

love all the hexies in the collection, but the white with the gray hexie snowflake is my favorite! Patrice's gift is eye catching and would be a challange for me to make. looking forward to reading and working the pattern.

Pat said...

I love paper piecing. I like your grey and white snowflake block.

Kerrie said...

In collection 13, I like the aqua and pink block.

Deb said...

Blue for me! I'd love to win a copy of the book.

Janet said...

I love the gold one in the center!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Such a striking block! Looks great! I have not done very much paper piecing but it is something I'd love to try more of. Looking at your collection I like the center white and yellow/gold block and the white and gray snowflake looking block. Congratulations on being included in Vol.8, Quiltmaker's 100.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Quilter In Paradise said...

I like the block, seeing your ideas come to shape is very interesting.

Texana said...

What a dramatic block you have desinged...from collection 13 I liked the dark red the best. Thanks for a chance to win!

Linda Christianson said...

I like the blue snow flake.

Rachell said...

I like the little rainbow minis, and adore the hexie snowflake.
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Susan said...

Love the Pink and Teal one the best, but it was a hard decision! Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth said...

I like the green and white block--it's a really delicate shade of green, very Spring-y.

MissPat said...

I like the green diamonds on cream (?) background.

Sheila Ivany said...

My favourite colour is blue this block. There are so many shades each will be unique like snowflakes. Hope
I win. Happy Quilting:)

Linda Sanford said...

Your block looks great in red, even if it was not your first color choice.
Lindasquilting@yahoo.com

Donna Joy said...

The blue grey block with the dark red zig zags is very nice. Thanks for showing how you designed your block. It really has so many possibilities. Thanks for the giveaway.

Emily C said...

Emily C
I love the Pink and blue swirls.

Rose92 said...

I like the blue from your collection the best. Very interesting block you made.

Kathy Pfaltzgraff said...

The brown and gold was my favorite coloring. Interesting process to give us something pretty! Thanks, Kathy

Trish B said...

I like the grey and white one, and the one with the little pastel circles.

Skrazo said...

The white and yellow/gold

Marcia said...

I like blue and white. Thanks for the give away:)

Cecilia said...

Pretty block! I like the pink and turquoise block. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

Stephanie said...

Love the pastels in the upper left corner.

Lynn Markley said...

I liked the first blue one the best. Congrats on your block.
Thanks. Markley dot Lynn at yahoo dot com.

Beth said...

Of the collection at the top of the page, I like the pink block with the pastels; it reminds me of millefiori.

Thanks for showing us the design process.

Judy @ CQC Library said...

I'm partial to blue...

Purl Buttons said...

I like the green and white one best.

Along the Perkiomen said...

Love all the colors. Congrats on your block!

Quilter Kathy said...

I love the gold block the best!
ANd I love your QUiltmaker block... can't wait to see the magazine!

Grandma Helen said...

Blue is my choice. Great block - congratulations on being included in the magazine.

allierae said...

Great blocks! I like the orange one best.

Nancy Sue said...

Congrats on your block in VOL 8!!!! In your collection, I love the gray snowflake :)

BizyStitches said...

Love the blue and thanks .

Lisa said...

I like the gold center block!

Carla G said...

I love your block!!! And my favorite is the grey & white snowflake block! :)

Andee said...

I like the red one!

Walter said...

Liked the grey one. thks