Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10

We’re happy to help Quiltmaker magazine celebrate the tenth(!) volume of their semi-annual 100 Blocks special issue by being part of their blog tour. Each issue includes 100 original quilt blocks — so with Volume 10 that means talented quilters have designed 1000 original quilt blocks.

As part of the celebration, we are happy to be able to give away a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment on this post before midnight on November 23 for a chance to win! If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure to leave your e-mail address so we can contact you if you’re the winner. We’ll select a winner on Monday, November 24.

We picked out three pieced blocks from this fabulous collection to feature in our blog post.

The first block, Forever by Sandi Blackwell, would be a great block to use when making a Quilt of Valor or simply if you love Americana colors and quilts. It’s also a great block for a beginning quilter because it uses simple squares and rectangles.


We were also partial to Carolyn Beam’s block, In the Middle. Like the Forever block, it uses only squares and rectangles, but has more pieces so would be the perfect block for the quilter who wants a bit more of a challenge. It won’t be difficult to make, but with 52 pieces it will require some care while assembling.


Last, but not least, we want to feature Churned Star by Handi Quilter employee Nancy Allen. With this block, Nancy merged a traditional churn dash block with her all-time favorite variable star block. Nancy’s block uses traditional fabrics, but it lends itself to all styles of fabrics. It’s essential, however, to make sure there is good contrast among the three fabrics being used in the block.


Be sure to visit Nancy’s blog, Bountiful Heirlooms, to see more about how she did this block.

And definitely leave a comment before midnight on November 23, 2014 to possibly be the lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10. Good luck!

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Heritage Quilts Made Modern

Run, don’t walk, to your local quilt shop to get the McCall’s Quilting special interest magazine Heritage Quilts Made Modern. It goes on sale on September 2, 2014.

This issue was the brainchild of both McCall’s Quilting magazine and Handi Quilter’s marketing director Brenda Groelz.

COVER FullBrenda began collecting vintage quilt tops more than 30 years ago, when as a new farm wife she attended estate auctions in Nebraska. Her intent then evolved into having these fabulous flimsies brought to life with innovative machine quilting.

Enter some of the Handi Quilter educators who selected tops from Brenda’s collection to quilt. Their mission — and they were up to the challenge — was to quilt them using modern themes and techniques. Yes, that also meant quilting them on a Handi Quilter machine — something that would amaze the nameless, creative quilters who lovingly made these long-forgotten quilt tops.

Are you ready for a quilt show? (Click any image to see the quilt full size.)

Be sure to get a copy of the magazine because not only does it have the patterns for each of these vintage quilts, each of the quilters describes how she approached the quilting to turn these into Heritage Quilts Made Modern.



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HQ Studio Educators’ Quilting Featured in American Patchwork and Quilting

Once again the fabulous quilting by the HQ studio educators was featured in the current (August 2104) issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.


They quilted the color  variation of the Chocolate and Cherries quilt designed by Tammy Vonderschmitt, featuring the Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series Circa 1852 fabric collection by Howard Marcus for Moda Fabrics.

Here’s the original color variation of Chocolate and Cherries:

chocolate and cherriesDesigned by Tammy Vonderschmitt. Used with permission
from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2014 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

And here’s the color variation, using neutral batiks and print. Click the image below if you’d like to download the pattern and make your own variation.

APQAugust quilt

Here are some close-up photos of the quilting:



We hope you enjoy seeing the work of the HQ studio educators and that it inspires you as you too finish quilts!

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