Old Town Star: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

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Happy Monday morning! Thanks for joining me for the first day of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. I am excited to have a block in Volume 5 with my friends Lee, ElizabethFaith and Angela, among many other talented designers!  It is my first time seeing my name in print, at least in a quilting setting, but don’t you worry, I have my family to keep me humble.  As one example, my 5 year old and I looked through the magazine together–when I showed him my block he said, “That’s yours? Really? Uh, it’s nice. But I like the houses and the dragon better.” At least he is honest icon smile Old Town Star: Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour!
For the block in the magazine, I used a text print from Sweetwater’s Hometown, a DS Quilts print from Joann’s, and Kona coal.  For the block below, I used a Pure Elements solid and 3 prints from Heather Ross’ Mendocino collection.
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Test%2BBlock Old Town Star: Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour!My block is called Old Town Star (#448 on page 47). It is a pretty traditional block–half square triangles, rectangles, and squares.  When I make individual blocks, I try to think about value even more than color. If there isn’t enough contrast between the fabrics, the block gets kind of lost. One tip? Take a photo and then change it to black and white. It really helps to determine if the value differences are “right.”

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Be sure to check out Quiltmaker’s Blog, Quilty Pleasures, for more prizes and blog hop participants! The Blog Hop runs April 30-May 4.

In addition, Quiltmaker is giving away a copy of 100 Blocks to one of my readers–please leave a comment, and include the name of your favorite book (quilting or otherwise) if you would like. I’m looking for something new to read! [If your email address isn't linked to your profile, please leave a way to contact you if you are chosen by random.org.]

I will also send the winner a nice stack of scraps left over from one of my favorite quilts, Streetscape in Triangles (below).

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300 Comments

  1. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being in the 100 block Vol 5 edition – how cool!. My go to book is 1993 edition of Better Homes Block Encyclopedia.

  2. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I have no books to recommend, not sure the last time I had time to read a book! But I would love this one! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I just finished “The Birth House” which was very good in my opinion, and am now reading “Secret Daughter”, also very good!

  4. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    gosh, would I LOVE to have a bag of your scraps ! =]

    Just finished reading Sashiki and Beyond by Saikoh Takano

  5. Kristen Sanderson
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Most recently I finished reading The Forgotten Garden and Water For Elephants both of which I really enjoyed. I just got Fall of Giants by Ken Follett from my sister so I guess that is next on my reading list. Thank you for the great giveaway! ksanderson@hotmail.ca

  6. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Since I’m a little obsessed with quilting as of late, I haven’t read much. last book I read I really enjoyed was Andre Agassi’s Open. I’m a tennis player and always a fan of Andre.

  7. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    A favourite book is Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress. Not sure if you heard it. I haven’t finished a book in a long time – I have had Bossypants on the bedside table for a year or is that two?

  8. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    My daughter recommended “A Matter of Magic” by Patricia C. Wrede and since I’ve read books by her before I didn’t argue. I’m about halfway through and am enjoying it. It is more in a ‘young adult’ vein, but as I say, I am enjoying it. Before that the last book I read was the new one by Suzanne Brockmann who I LOVE. “Born to Darkness” is a futuristic drama/thriller/romance thingy. ;)

  9. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    How exciting you are in a book!!! What a cool thing to show and tell the grandkids (one day)! My sister gave me “Sarah’s Key” for Christmas and it is my next read. Apparently very good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I really like this block, I’ll have to put it on my very long to do list :) . I just finished the new Nora Roberts book “The Witness”, it was as expected of her, very good. Love me some Nora Roberts.

  11. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Would love to win this book! I read lots of different books, Harlen Coben, Patricia Cornwell and Nora Roberts and I love them all. Linda

  12. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    What a great giveaway! This mag isn’t available in Australia so what a treat it would be to have a copy! Have you read Kate Atkinson? Her protagonist Jackson Brodie is fabulous!

  13. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I received my copy of Quilting Modern today and it is awesome! Definitely a favorite already, packed with inspiration!

  14. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Really nice block! I’ve just started reading Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I’m hoping it’s a good one.

  15. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    As usual, lovely work. I don’t usually jump on contemporary book bandwagons, but if you like “sagas”, the “Hunger Games” trilogy is great. Fun “block hop” this week!

  16. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being in print! If you like nonfiction, here are some that I have read recently…Hole on the Bottom of the Sea by Joel Achenbach, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – the story of HeLa Cells by Rebecca Skloots and Street Gang: A complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Currently I am reading Moby Duck…don’t remember the author.

  17. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Love the fabric choices! My current favorite book is The Hand That First Held Mine.

  18. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being in the magazine – exciting! A book I read years ago and really enjoyed was Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About the Bike”.

  19. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    How wonderful to be in 100 Blocks #5!! I’m currently reading JD Robb’s New York to Dalls (Love the Dallas/Death series!).

  20. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being in the magazine !!!
    The Outlander Serie from Diana Gabaldon – it has to be one of my favorite book (serie) ever !

  21. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

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  22. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being published!

    I always have trouble picking a favorite anything, but with summer approaching and thinking of summer reading, I like Bill Bryson’s travel books. A Walk in the Woods about him hiking the Appalachian trail or Notes from a Small Island about living in England.

  23. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the Volume 5 issue! I love all the Country Living books, but my favorite is Seasons at Seven Gates Farm! FULL of seasonal ideas! I have a bunch of quilt books, too but cannot pick a favorite-I love them all!

  24. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the 100 blocks, I’m very much looking forward to purchasing this issue… if I don’t win one. ;) Currently re-reading the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (currently on Serpent in the Crown) while waiting for my next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire to come in at the library.

  25. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    So excited for Volume Five! I hadn’t ever thought of doing a black and white photo to think about contrast. That’s a fantastic idea! One of my favorite quilting books is a little out of the norm for quilters, Shadowfolds: Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Geometric Designs in Fabric. I like to add the 3D element to my quilts by adding fabric origami.

  26. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Congrats on having your block in volume 5. I love a nice simple block like this one.

  27. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your block in Vol. 5 !!! Love the honesty of kids. That’s a great tip to take a digital photo of the block to check for value. I have a quilt on my design wall that I plan to do just that with. Have a marvelous Monday! Book to read…. I love Marie Bostwick’s Cobblestone Quilts series. The first one is A Single Thread. Book 5 in the series goes on sale tomorrow. Again, congrats!

  28. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Great block–especially love your new one you made! My favorite quilting books are any of Bonnie Hunter’s books, my favorite non-quilting are any by Jane Austen–I have read all of them many times. Thanks for the chance to win, and congrats on having a block in the latest issue of 100 blocks!

  29. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Great tip to change to a black and white photo to determine value. One of my favorite authors is Jeffrey Archer. Just finished reading Kane and Abel, again…

  30. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Love the block, I can imagine how it would look in a quilt, wonderful. You’ve probably read it, but The Help was the best book I’ve read in a while.

  31. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Your block is beautiful! I love Gone With the Wind, such a great classic! My favourite quilting book is ‘Dare to be Square’ by Boo Davis :)

  32. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I love any quilt book or flipping through magazines for ideas..sorry no specifics:) I love it all!

    That is awesome that you are featured in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks MAGAZINE!!!!!

  33. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Love your quilt shown at bottom of blog. My favourite books at the moment are the Darkover novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  34. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    This block is wonderful!

    A lot of my quilting books are buried in boxes and have been for three years. We’re moving soon to our own house and I will have them out — it’ll be like getting new books! LOL. In the meantime, my current favorite magazines is Quiltmaker and the Food Network TV magazine. Thank you for a chance to win one of these special magazines! :-)

  35. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    All my current reads are on my iPod so I can listen to a book while I am sewing! Thanks for the opportunity to get the current 100 blocks magazine. I have all the others and think they are great!

  36. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Love your block! I enjoy any quilting book or magazine. Just can’t get enough of them.

  37. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Your block is cute. Am waiting for some books that I ordered from C&T publishing on their sale. Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Appliqué sounded really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Great tip on observing the value of a block, something that I will try in the future. Right now I am reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, a fascinating book on medical research from one woman’s cancer cells from the viewpoint of the family.

  39. Carol
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Old Town Star is certainly being added to my collection of star blocks! One day hopefully sooner than later, there shall be a star quilt. My summer reads this year, Jane Austen….who can go wrong with Mr. Darcy?

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

  40. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    My favorite books are the Mary Poppins series. I can still read them, even as an adult. Great quilt block!

    ambs101 [at] hotmail [dot] com

  41. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on publishing!! So great. I Love your Swimmer gal fabric! I have two sons (17/13). I had hoped they’d be just “a little” interested in quilting….my friend Ellen has 3 sons and they all quilt with her! Anyway…mine couldn’t be pulled away from the XBox or Gameboy! Oh well…as for books: Quilting book: “Tucked up in Bed” by Jennie Rayment But personal book: try – “Unbroken” an amazing true story of the power of the human spirit! :>)
    Terri – lynchmob6@juno.com

  42. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being in the magazine. What a great block, too!
    I love traditional blocks. If you’re looking for a good book, I’d recommend “Outlander” by Dianna Gabaldon. It’s a terrific mix of romance, historical novel and science fiction and very well written too.

  43. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I love quiltmaker 100 blocks, won’t want to miss an issue.congrats on your block.
    I like the author Nora Roberts, read all her books. Quilting books inspire me, they are full of fantastic colors, patterns and tps. Thanks for the give away, your left overs are fun.

  44. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Good Morning – I’m not sure what your likes and dislikes are but if you like steam punk and little bit of fantasy or sci-fi, try The Parasol Protectorate (sp). It doesn’t appeal to everyone but it IS different! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Donna – stargatefan54@comcast.net

  45. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    congratulations!
    I love your block more than the dragon ;)

    I just got Modern Blocks from the library and I may have to renew it because I’m dreaming of a quilt made of each of the 99 blocks—it may take me awhile–I may have to buy the book :)

  46. Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Love your block, thanks for a chance to win a copy of Vol 5

  47. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Ah the funny things kids say about our work! Fave book at the moment is The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Very well written and a captivating story. Hope the movie is good too.

  48. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on being in the magazine. That must be very exciting. I like how your block turned out with those bright colors. My favorite quilt book is “Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift”. I have made several of the quilts in that book and love them all. The Janet Evanovich series of books always makes me laugh. I liked the movie too, One for the Money. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine. I loved the other ones.

  49. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip….Always useful to a beginner. Sharon . sfsands@wiatel.net

  50. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your block! My favorite non-quilting book is Pride and Predujice. Thanks for the chance to win.

  51. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    My favorite resource for blocks is Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. I love, love, love! Quiltmaker’s Magazine!!!! For reading pleasure my favorite author is John Grisham. Thanks “sew much” for this chance to win!

  52. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being included in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – I’d love to browse all those blocks – so many ideas! My favorite quilting book is Modern Blocks. But wait! I also like Sunday Morning Quilts. And Joel Dewberry’s Sewn Spaces. As for a novel, haven’t had time to touch one of those in quite awhile. But one of my very favorites is Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd. An absolute essential read if you are either a mother or a daughter!

  53. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Congratuations on your way cool block. My favorite quilt books currently is anything Edyta Sitar. I also refer to Quiltmakers 100 Blocks alot. Thank you for being a part of the blog tour.

  54. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    What an honor to have one of your blocks featured in a book – pat yourself on the back! I’m having fun looking at Modern Blocks and deciding which one I want to start with first. My favorite author is Debbie MacComber – I love her books. Thanks for the chance.

  55. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    glad your block made it the magazine. I just got done reading hunger games and my favorite author is Beverly Lewis havent read a bad book of any of hers. anghappell@yahoo.com

  56. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    No book recommendations, but I love your block! Congratulations!

  57. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the opportunity! My only suggestion until
    The semester officially ends would be Jenny Lawson’s book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” which ought to be good for some laughs!

  58. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I am currently enjoying Sunday Morning Quilts for quilting and The Kennedy Detail as my non-fiction choice. Congratulations on your inclusion in this publication – I am sure it will not be the last time you see your name in print :-) And thanks, too, for the giveaway – I would love to own a copy of 100 Blocks and I love scraps more than anything in the quilting world!

  59. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    thanks for a chance to win #5 – I love the block books – so much inspiration packed into each one!
    I always recommend Alex Anderson’s “Start Quilting with Alex Anderson: Six Projects for First-Time Quilters” as a great beginner book that can grow with you. Lots of easy 6″ blocks that work well together. Clear instructions, too!

    My other fave: The Quilter’s Reference Book, of course! I’d rather quilt than do math!

  60. Amy
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Good morning! The books that I am currently enjoying are Marie Bostwick’s Cobbled Court Quilts series. The fifth one just came out last week. They are ALL fantastic (though I’m only partway through Ties That Bind right now!. Love the block you submitted!! Amy jaejhiggins@comcast.net

  61. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

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  62. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    A quilting book I am most currently interested in is called Quilting the Quilt, by Lee Cleland. Every quilt featured in the book is made 5 times with the same fabrics, but each is quilted in a different way. It’s fascinating to see how the various quilting designs affect the way the quilts look.

    Thanks for having this giveaway.

  63. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Some of my favorite books are the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Not about quilts, but quite comforting in themselves. Thank you for the chance to win!

    katie at dekabyte dot com

  64. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    My favorite fiction writer is Phillipa Gregary. Anything she writes is awesome!I like historical fiction. Hope I win the mag!

  65. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I can’t suggest a book, sorry. However, I do like your block and congrats! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  66. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    one of my favorite reference books has been Harriet Hargrave’s “Heirloom Machine Quilting” Her Machine Applique book is really good too

  67. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    My favorite book of all time is Frankenstein. I like the classics. Thanks for the chance. I’m a new reader and I love your blog so far.

  68. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Because all I do is think ‘sewing’, my favorite book right now is an out-of-print Ondori called Lovable Mini Dolls. I can look thru it over and over again.

    Dona
    http://sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

  69. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I love all types of books, two of my favorites are Clive Cussler books and the series written by Michael Gear and his wife. Wonderful block, lots of possibilities.

    Debbie

  70. Posted April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Katie, congrats on your beautiful block! I do love the honest truth from children. They are just sweet! At the moment I do not have a book to name. I would love the time to sit out on my back porch with a good book and a tall glass of tea enjoying the view. Makes for a great Mom’s day……Thanks you for sharing and congrats again on being on BIG Print….Judith, Texas

  71. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations for being in the newest issue and the block is great. My favorite books isn’t quilt related, but one of the best books I’ve ever read, with one of the best titles: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

  72. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I like the quilt called daughters loyalty. And I think it would a blast to win anything, since I have never won anything I have several authors , like danielle steels, Debbie macomber, Nora Roberts and then there is bertrice small . Thank u for a chance to win

  73. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Very nice block. I wish I had a suggestion for a good read, but I’m having trouble remembering the last time I had enough spare time to finish a good book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  74. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I loved The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her Amish fiction books are tremendous reading! Thanks for a great giveaway. :)

  75. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    What a “plum” to be in the newest book! Congrats! My go to quilt book is Judy Martin / The Block Book….an oldie but a goodie! Thanks for the chance….love the blog hop!

  76. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I love all of Earlene Fowler’s books. Great light mysteries. Love your block. Congratulations for being in the newest addition.

  77. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your block published. I have one of those honest son’s too. I just made my first pattern and he said it was nice, but I should of chose better fabric!!!!
    I really love your block. Too many times we ignore the traditional blocks. They are traditional for a reason. As for the reading question, I do not read much, but I tend to get my Carol Doak quilting books out often for inspiration. I just like to look at her stars!! Thanks for the chance to win And I am your newest follower!!

  78. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    love the block..the possibilities are endless. I like that in a block. =)

    Book for you… A People and Their Quilts. Great quilts along with great history and some chuckles along the way. I like that in a book. =)

  79. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I like your block. It’s traditional but, with the “right” fabric (as shown with your swimmers), can become more modern, too.

  80. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Great Block! I recently read the Hunger Games Trilogy and enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  81. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    My favorite author is Bill Bryson, especially, A Walk in the Woods.

  82. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I really like your block. I enjoyed Marie Bostwick’s Cobblestone series. She has a new one out. For not quilt-related, please read “Heaven is for Real.”

  83. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    What a great blog you have! I am enjoying this 100 Block blog tour. I love my Dear Jane book! :) Thank you!

  84. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    What a pretty block…I love the swimmers!

  85. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m reading 1Q84, very interesting the further you get into it! Love your blog!

  86. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Great block! Congrats on making it into the mag! Ok so the books I read are purely to escape reality and are usually fairly full of smut, right now I am reading “Eat, Pray, Love”

  87. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Quilting has taken over my book-reading time. I read patterns, quilting magazines and quilting blogs. Your blog is a great read! Love your block. Great tip about value. Thanks.

  88. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    There are so many really good authors out there it is hard to pick just one. If you like mystery/suspense, Lisa Gardner’s books are a good read. Congrats on your block!

  89. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Love your block, congrats on getting published!! I love reading and recently just finished reading Hunger Games which was pretty good. If you like YA literature you should read The Giver.

  90. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    What a great tip and a great block. I don’t have a go to quilt book…..just the Bible…smile.

  91. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve recently enjoyed the Confession by John Grisham and the Lincoln conspiracy by Bill O”Reilly

  92. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice block – congratulations on having it included in 100 Blocks! I’d have to agree with BillieBee and say my favorite book is the Bible. :)

  93. Laraine
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Granddaughter will love this block. I like any book that helps me learn free motion quilting.

  94. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I love anything that Janet Evanovich writes. Her books are a hoot.

  95. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the photo tip – I’ll give it a try. As for a book – I have two suggestions, a novel: The Good American, about a German immigrant. There is a story in the book about seasickness, it reminded me of a family story. One of my ancestors became so sick she prayed the ship would sink….
    The other book is: My First Ladies, written by Nancy Clarke. She was the head florist at the White House for many terms. The photos of the White House are spectacular. Sandy

  96. Janice
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I love the Elm Creek Quilts series and the Cobbled Court Series. And any quilting book I find.

  97. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    My favourite book is always the one I am reading at the moment but “the graveyard book” by neil gaiman is probably the one I would choose of all the books I have read this year…and you really don’t want to know how many books that is! :D

  98. Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Congratulation on this being your first time seeing your name (and block) in print. How exciting for you.
    I absolutely LOVE the quilt at the bottom of your post, “Streetscape in Triangles” and those colors are just gorgeous.

    I am one of those strange ones who really doesn’t read books much unless you want to count cookbooks. LOL I read cookbooks like a novel when I get a new one because my first passion was cooking/baking and still is. Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook about 2 yrs ago is an awesome book because there are some great recipes in there as well as just beautiful pictures from their ranch and great stories about her and their family on the ranch. Here is a link to that cookbook on Amazon. She just released her 2nd cookbook as well but I haven’t bought that yet. http://www.amazon.com/The-Pioneer-Woman-Cooks-Accidental/dp/0061658197

  99. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I love your Old Town Star Block! I am quite partial to stars and the fabric you used is adorable. Congrats on getting it published!

    Vickie
    vlhd6@hotmail.com

  100. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    That’s a really cute quilt; thanks for chance to win a copy of this great issue. EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net (As far as books, I’m waiting for the Hunger Games books to rotate through my family so I can read them; my brother and niece currently have my sister’s copies, so they seem to be very popular!)

  101. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure if I would like the Hunger Games but they were great and a fast read:) Love your block and love any fabric by Heather Ross!
    LauraT

  102. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Love your block and the tip about taking a photo…I always forget to try that, great reminder…
    Books, usually whatever I am into at the time, but if you like mysteries, try P D James’ books
    For quilt novels, Elm Creek Series
    Hope you find a great new read!
    Kathy O in GA

  103. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    My favorite book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. And I only just learned it’s part of a trilogy!

  104. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    if you like mysteries and forensics, KATHY REICHS is the best author i have ever read. they get quite graphic n the details, but it explains so much. she knows what she is writing about. she IS BONE that the tv show is based on!!!!! just pick any of her books and you won’t be disappointed.

  105. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    My favorite author is Anne Rule. I like true crime. Thanks for the chance go win.

  106. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Neat block–I really like the dark background–it makes the pink really pop. As for books, I’m currently listening to “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. I listen to audio books while I quilt.

  107. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Great blocks! I love Jasper Fforde.

  108. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Love your block in the pink and white version too

  109. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite books, one I reread regularly, is Sandra Dallas’s The Persian Pickle Club, which is going to be a movie soon!

  110. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m currently reading The Path Between The Seas about building the Panama Canal. Not very quilty at all. I was born in the Canal Zone and left when I was barely three months old. I soak up any and all thing Panama, especially the Molas.

  111. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I think my favorite book of all time was Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer. It’s an oldie now, but it was wonderful!

  112. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    My favourite bok at the moment is, “sunday morning quilts”. It is really great. I love your block too!

  113. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    CDongrats to you on your Old Town Star block. Great looking block. I want to personally thank you for a chance to win Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5. I have enjoyed previous Volumes before and can’t wait to get my hands on this Volume. Any of us would be honored to claim your scraps. What a generous quilter you are. I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel’s novels. You just get so involved that it’s hard to book the book down.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  114. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    So fun!! You should have brought it by at Saturdays DC Modern’s meeting. Love it!

  115. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I have just picked up Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen but haven’t started it yet…just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. I am hoping that it will have some magical answer to help me get through my mental blocks running. Congrats on your block being published!!

  116. Sheryl Hedervare
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I am currently reading the Lancaster Quilt series.

  117. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    My favorite book is generally the one I’m currently reading. Currently it is The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo.

  118. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Books? I just finished Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini. It was wonderful!

  119. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I wondered how one might use that newsprint fabric. Your block does it justice. Not much of a reader unless you are talking Quilting Books…that is the ones with patterns included (wink)! Love the chance to win. Have a nice week. Sandi

  120. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I just finished a Farmer’s Wife in traditional colors and loved how the letters go hand in hand with the blocks.

  121. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I really like the Benny Harper Mysteries by Earlene Fowler. Each book is based on a quilt!
    Benny is always getting into some sort of trouble. A very easy/fast read.

  122. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!My favorite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  123. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I’m all over someone else’s scraps. If you are looking for reading material try The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and then read the prequel Half Broke Horses. Thanks for the giveaway.

  124. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, can’t wait to see the mag! My fav book I read in the last 6 months was the Night Circus my Erin Morgenstern.

  125. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I just got the Sunday Morning Quilt Book and I like it a lot.
    For non quilty book – To Kill a Mockingbird

  126. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    My most recent favorite read is “War Horse” – much better than the movie! For quilting – Jinny Beyer’s “Quiltmaking by Hand” is my Bible for qulting!! Love all the blocks in the other 100 block mags – so know I will love these, too.

  127. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win. My favourite book is not a quilting book. It’s a novel by Connie Willis about doctors researching near death experiences. I just couldn’t stop thinking about this book after I finished it. It was haunting.

    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

  128. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I do not have a favorite book, but I do have favorite authors. What I just finished reading was some Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie.

  129. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! I love traditional style blocks. And, if it is a star, all the better! The best book I read last year was Water for Elephants. My latest quilt book love is anything that has jelly pattern quilts.

  130. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I love traditional blocks, but your fabric is really the star :-) I’ve just finished reading Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. I watched the movie a couple of years ago, but the book has so much more. I love period books like this one and all of Jane Austen’s works.

  131. Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Congrats!! Well deserved. I like your block, it is more traditional. I do not have a favorite book, but I love science fiction/fantasy. I just finished reading one of my favorite authors Terry Brooks. Thank you for the giveaway.

  132. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Big congrats to you! I love traditional blocks and my favorite is a log cabin.
    Great read – Alan Bradley’s – Sweetness at the bottom of the pie. thanks!

  133. Donna Rowe
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful block – congratulations on being included in the magazine. I love to read – Marie Bostwick is one of my favorite authors – the Cobbled Court Series is all about quilters and the quilt family quilters become. I love traditional quilts – I am not an appliquer – love your block.
    nanadjr@centurytel.net

  134. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Great Block! I love traditional blocks worked up with modern fabrics, they look so bright and cheery! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately (I got a Kindle for Christmas), but to narrow it down, too hard. Right now I’m catching up on the J.D. Robb.

  135. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Anything by Karen Kingsbury is great for fun reading. I really like Kim Diehl’s quilting books.

  136. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Here I go trying to win a copy of the magazine and other items. It’s so fun to read these blogs.

    thanks, Anita

  137. Judy
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Love your block, congratulations. A good read is The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

  138. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    New to quilting…. hoping to win some inspiring goodies!

  139. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    My favourite book is The Timetravelker’s Wife.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  140. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your inclusion in QM 100 blocks V5. The Old Town Star is perfect for text fabrics. Other than the Bible, I haven’t read a book in a while – The Shack is the last one. I really like your triangles quilt – the deep jewel tone colors work well as contrast.

  141. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    My mom just got me a book called “Like Mother, Like Daughter”. I haven’t started it yet, but like the fact that it has a mother and daughter that quilt. My mom has quilted for many years, but I have just recently gotten into it myself. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  142. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    My favorite book at the moment is The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. You do beautiful work!

  143. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deavereaux or anything else by her or the FBI series by Catherine Colter

  144. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I love the book Quick Watercolor Quilts: The Fuse, Fold, and Stitch Method by Dina Pappas. It was one of my first quilting books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Cute block and thanks for the photo tip for color values. Im reading Kate Mortons books, just finished the Forgotten Garden, was really good and now reading the House at Riverton.

  146. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Love your block and I like the Elm Creek books

  147. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I am enjoying ‘A Single Thread’ by Marie Bostwick.

  148. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Check out the book named “Into The Free” by Judy Cantrell. Also Marie Bostwick’s books are great.

  149. Carla
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the versatility of your Old Town Star block – how you showed it in 2 different colorways. I too add my vote to Marie Bostwick’s books. I am reading the 5th in the Cobbled Court Series “Ties that Bind.” I highly recommmend her writing. The characters and plots will quickly engage you. Each one focuses on a couple of central characters, but all are involved in the community, with a central theme of relationships built around a love for quilting.

  150. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    That is seriously hilarious what your son said to you. I just finished TrueSight and I thought it was really good. It’s a trilogy, but I’ve only read the first book so far.

  151. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! So much fun! Great block to make it look modern. I don’t have one favorite book but I do love the quilting book by Blackbird Designs.

  152. Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    The tip about using black and white for contrast is a very good one. Saved many a block for me.

  153. Anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I love the movement your fabric choice gives to the block. My name is Mimi – and email is mimicol7@yahoo.com
    thank you

  154. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Terry H.
    terryken@verizon.net

    Love your block, and thanks for explaining about
    ‘values’.
    Any books by Anne Rivers Siddens is great summer reading, also Alice Hoffman has a new one out.

  155. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book, love the block, and love the fabric choice, I have just got some sweetwater. One of the books I’m reading is by Jodi Picoult, The Pact. I also have lots of gardening and sewing related books on the go too, i tend to dip in and out of lots of non-fiction books.

  156. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    You have a great block. The idea of a black & white photo is a good tip. I mostly love reading all the quilt magazines. My last quilting book was by Bonnie Hunter. Good. Thanks for the giveaways

  157. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I found out the hard way when first learning to quilt that value was the most important thing. I used colors I like, but had the values wrong sometimes. I like Jennifer Chiavarini’s Elm Creek series, and as a scrapaholic, Bonnie Hunter and Cut the Scraps by Joan Ford.

  158. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Love the block with the swimmers! Just finished “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen and loved it!
    kpucci@communicomm.com

  159. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m enjoying reading The Sister Circle by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser right now.
    I’ll have to try your idea of turning a block black and white to check value- there sure are alot of “mediums” in my stash.

  160. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Very cute block! I get so involved in books that i don’t do anything else, so right now I am trying not to get a good book in my hands. My favorite book is Solomon’s Puzzle. Thanks for the fun!

  161. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Absolute favorite book has to be Pride and Prejudice.

  162. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Cute block and Streetscape is just my colors.

  163. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    My current fave quilt book is Camille Roskelley’s “Simplify”. I’m currently trying to quilt my way through the book…..

  164. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    love your hint to photo graph and turn the photo black & white to be able to see contrast better, thx always enjoy the Elm Creek books, need to read the newest two

  165. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Very nice block! I have a lot of favorite books so can never pick just one. I am currently reading the Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman.

  166. Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Cute quilt! I’ve enjoyed reading all of these book recommendations. I always recommend These is My Words by Nancy Turner – a fictional diary of a frontier girl… Adventure, romance, the West.

  167. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Cool on be printed!!! Right now, I’m excited about learning Hawaiian Quilting. The Pillows to Patch Quilt Collection…the Hawaiian Way by Elizabeth Root.

  168. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    All time favorite fiction – Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodweis.

  169. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I love your block!! Gorgeous!!

  170. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Great block and congratulations on being published. I just finished My French Whore by Gene Wilder. Don’t be put off by the title, it is a charming, poignant story.

  171. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I have so many books and now I’m trying to downsize. I’ve been going through them and I can’t seem to dispose of any! I mostly have quilty books.

  172. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    This is so great – I know this is volume 5, but I’m new to quilting, so I really appreciate the volume of ideas in the book!

    One of my all time favorite books is not new at all: John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    Thanks for the chance! lwghosts at yahoo dot com

  173. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for offering the giveaway. I’m currently reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It’s a true story and very fascinating to find out how cells were taken from Henrietta and are still living today.

  174. Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your block in Volume 5! My favorite books to read is anything written by James Patterson, especially with the detective Alex Cross.

  175. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I found my name in a book at Big Lots and ran screaming through the store to find the hubbs. It is fun, isn’t it? My favorite book right now is Marsha McCloskey’s “Blended Quilts.” I have several favorites, but this one has been talking to me for about 3 years now.

  176. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Really like your block. I enjoy the Elm Creek
    books to read.

  177. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I just finished reading “The Help” and really enjoyed it. Congratulations, your block is lovely.

  178. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the tip on choosing fabric for value. I like Debbie McComber books.

  179. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Your block is pretty! I am currently fascinated with making 3D cubes from the book ABC 3D Tumbling Blocks and More by Marci Baker. I would love to win a magazine!

  180. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Katie, Thanks for the opportunity to win :D Your block is super and I can’t wait to try it!! My favorite book? Anything by J.A. Jance…I’m a who-dunit type of gal!

  181. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured in the magazine. Thanks for sharing the tip on using the camera to identify the value of the fabrics. Twilight by Stepheni Meyer is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for the giveaway!

  182. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I like your block and the cute fabric you used in it. I am just starting to read Ties that Bind by Marie Bostwick. She writes really good stories.

  183. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being a featured designer in the new magazine. I’d like to enter the giveaway, please. I recommend a book I just finished–True Sisters by Sandra Dallas. It’s great historical fiction.

  184. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Love your block. I need the simpler ones because I am just a beginner. And what better way to begin than with the 100 blocks book and scraps from you?

  185. Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    How exciting for you to have your name in print! And I love the mendocino fabrics you used in the recent iteration; looks lovely!

  186. Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Cool block. I love the honesty of 5 year old’s! I am a huge fan of JD Robb’s In Death series of books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this magazine.

  187. Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Congrats on getting your block publishedL
    I enjoyed reading Edyta Sitar’s book Friendship Strips and Scraps, maybe you will too.

  188. Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Congrats on getting your block publishedL
    I enjoyed reading Edyta Sitar’s book Friendship Strips and Scraps, maybe you will too.

  189. Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    The fabrics in your block are so cute, I’ll bet they were fun to work with. I enjoy reading the Elm Creek Quilters books. I appreciated your comments about value. Every now and then I need to be reminded about that! tkmattson@hotmail.com

  190. Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Lucky you to have created such a beautiful block.

  191. Donna (dnalsc@att.net)
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I loved The Litagator by John Grisham. Love your block too!

  192. Cathryn
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Nice to know that everyone is letting me preview a portion of the magazine so I can drool before I get it for my own.

  193. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Nice block and congrats on being included in the issue! :)

    I like the colors in your quilt.

    I’m currently rereading Quilmaking by Hand by Jinny Beyer.

  194. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Congrats on getting your block in this wonderful magazine. I bought the last one and loved it. I don’t have a lot of time to read but I like seeing what everyone is reading.
    Again Congrats
    thim3@hotmail.com

  195. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    love your block! please enter me in the contest for the copy of 100 blocks. one of my favorite books, although it might be considered a young persons book, is ‘where the red fern grows’. i consider it a classic and just love reading it about once every couple of years.

  196. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    This block has lots of possibilities! I would love to win a copy of this magazine!!

    nancy.holt@verizon.net

  197. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Love the block. Congratulations on having your block included in such a wonderful magazine

  198. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Congrats to you on your now famous block :) Thank you for the tip about the black and white photo to show value!! I definately will be using that tip alot! Currently, I am reading Quiltmaking by Hand by Jinny Beyer. I have a 4 yr old son, so my intent is to make more of my quilting portable hand work as I chase after him and his schedule. Jinny’s book is great! I just need more time to read it!! :) Thank you for participating in the blog hop and congrats again!

  199. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being included in Volume 5! If you haven’t read “Heaven is For Real”, I suggest it. It is amazing.

  200. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip about changing the photo to black and white. I wouldn’t not have thought to do that. Congrats on being in the book.

  201. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Great block! One of my favorite books is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. It’s the first in a great mystery series that takes place in England after WWI. Thanks for the chance to win.

  202. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a favorite book as there never seems to be enough time to read but I do love any quilting magazine, especially McCall’s Quilting and Fons and Porter

  203. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Your block is so modern and fun! My favorite books are by an odd soul named Terry Pratchett, i love that they always make me laugh out loud.

  204. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    If you haven’t read Jane Eyre, you need to. Everyone should. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  205. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I LOVE your block in the new magazine! Congrats on a fine choice, and I sure hope I can get a copy! I’m not a big reader of books, altho I do love magazines like crazy, and I like to read cookbooks :) Paula Deen is one of my faves, and I love her southern wit! :)

  206. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Seeing your own name in print is such a thrill; it’s amazing! Congrats! Thanks for a chance to win; I really want to get my hands on Vol 1 and 2, too!
    I’m a voracious reader and I love to prowl around the library for whatever grabs my attention. Can’t wait to read other quilt-themed books, because I love Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini.
    Some of my favorites: Jane Eyre, Jane Austen’s books,, Game of Thrones and Brandon sanderson’s books: Elantris, Mistborn Trilogy. My favorite quilting how-to book is Peggy Martin’s Quick-strip Paper Piecing– it’s an amazing method and I share it with everyone I can. Because of it, I enjoy paper-piecing!

  207. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Seeing your own name in print is such a thrill; it’s amazing! Congrats! Thanks for a chance to win; I really want to get my hands on Vol 1 and 2, too!
    I’m a voracious reader and I love to prowl around the library for whatever grabs my attention. Can’t wait to read other quilt-themed books, because I love Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini.
    Some of my favorites: Jane Eyre, Jane Austen’s books,, Game of Thrones and Brandon sanderson’s books: Elantris, Mistborn Trilogy. My favorite quilting how-to book is Peggy Martin’s Quick-strip Paper Piecing– it’s an amazing method and I share it with everyone I can. Because of it, I enjoy paper-piecing!

  208. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on publication! My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. It brings out the romantic in me.

  209. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your block being in Volume 5!! Exciting! Over the years I have had various favorite quilting books. Can’t remember their names–sorry. Thank you for the giveaways too!!

  210. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Can’t go without reading “The Hunger Games.” great block! I’m sure we’ll be seeing your name more and more

  211. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Great block. My daughter and I are currently reading the Hunger Games series.

  212. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I’m enjoying Tilda’s Studio right now!

  213. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I really like the simplicity of your block.

  214. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    I just finished The Help. I REALLY like it. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  215. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your block in print! I love blocks with stars! What a great tip about using black and white photos for value.Kids tell it like it is. hehe. When I was working for the airlines, my folks lived in Hawaii and we would fly over twice a year for vacation. One year my daughter, about 8 yrs old said ” Mom, do we HAVE to go to Hawaii…AGAIN ?.. They make you smile!

    Thank you for your generous giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  216. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on having a block in volume 5…looking forward to seeing it in the magazine.
    Clever use of newsprint fabric! My favorite quilt books are those by Bonnie Hunter; right now I’m reading and enjoying a series of mysteries by Louise Penny.

  217. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your publication!!! My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Such a classic. Thank you for the chance!

  218. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Ahhh!! I love your Mendocino block. So cute and it really shows how the block can be made more modern and still look fabulous.
    My favorite book is ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakuer. Otherwise I find reading (or reading) a classic is always best.

  219. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    It is refreshing to see the background in a dark solid as opposed to white! Great block!

    If you are a Jane Eyre fan or Wuthering Heights fan, “Dark Quartet” and its sequel “Path to the Silent Country” (Lynne Reid Banks) are intiguing reads about the life of the Bronte sisters. I just finished them and now want to reread more of the books by Bronte(s).

  220. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    I recommend any book by Nora Roberts. Hope you enjoy!

  221. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Congrats! It’s such a thrill to see your own name in print!
    Love traditional blocks, and I love playing with color in the design and patterns (love my Quilt-Pro!).
    I’m a voracious reader and prowl the library for anything that looks interesting. Thank you for more quilt-themed book recommendations everyone, and I can’t wait to find them–I love Elm Creek Quilts already, and These is My Words. My favorite resources for quilting are http://www.quilterscache.com and Peggy Martin’s book “Quick-Strip Paper Piecing”. Peggy’s method is amazing and because of it, I really enjoy and get addicted to paper-piecing.
    Other books I love: Brandon Sanderson’s books: Elantris, and Mistborn Trilogy. Game of Thrones. Jane Austen. Jane Eyre. Maria V. Snyder’s “Poison Study” trilogy and subsequent trilogies. Rick Rjorden. And my cousin, a new author: Michelle Davidson Argyle: “Monarch”, “Cinders”, and new one coming soon: Breakaway.

  222. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Congratulations and thanks for the chance :)

  223. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Love your Color Combo. I’m new to twitter and have a lot to learn and follow. I’m reading “Transparency Quilts” by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Super book.

  224. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Congrats on having your block chosen. It is a lovely block. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer is one of the most interesting books I have read.

  225. Posted May 1, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the block. It’s lovely. I am reading The Hunger Games at the mo, but you have probably read that! Loved The Help and Sarah’s Key was a good read too.

  226. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I just finished The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverinni and it was by far one of my favorites in her collection! I love your traditional block!

  227. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    How about trying the 5 shades of grey!

  228. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on having your block in volume 5, beautiful! Last book I read was The Silent Girl, a mystery. Would love to win your scraps!

  229. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the tip. The book is inspiring. For reading try “A single Thread” it is about a woman who starts a quilt shop.

  230. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful block! I don’t know about a favorite book, but I am rereading the Eragon series again.

  231. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    That is a beautiful block! Have you read the Hunger Games trilogy?

  232. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Love the block and congrats to being in the 100Blocks volumen5.

  233. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Loved the Hunger Games series

  234. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    First, congratulations on having a block in the new edition! As for a good read, oh my goodness….I read anything and everything (almost…there are limits lol), especially since getting a Kindle! As for quilt books, I love them all and have a large collection. But I especially enjoyed Joen Wolfrom’s “Color Play”. And the 3-in-1 Color Tool that accompanies it is a good ‘take-along’ guide since it has the red and green value finders.

  235. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Great tip about determining color value. My favorite book at the moment is “A Year of Cozy Comforts: Quilts and Projects for Every Season” by Dawn Heese. The author also included yummy recipes.

  236. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    The mermaid block is awesome. I really want to do it for my daughter. Where did you get your fabric?

  237. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    congrats on having a block in the new book!

  238. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I truly enjoyed Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and I am just finishing up the sequel. It is hard to tear myself away to quilt but I am glad I found your site. It is a good break and very inspirational.

  239. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!!
    I love Malka’s ‘Fresh Quilting’

  240. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I want to see the block with the dragon!!!

  241. Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I love your stuff. As for books, hmmm… I’m rereading some Ellen Gilchrist and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolins right now. I’m a born and bred Yankee, but I do love my Southern writers.

  242. giwehner@aol.com
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to read 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar.

  243. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is great… anything by James Patterson is my favorite reading…

  244. D
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Your comment about value versus color really hits home for this block. Would love to win a copy of 100 Blocks. Recently read great book- “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan.

  245. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being in the book. For suspense try the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.
    Happy Reading and thanks for the chance to win.
    mhinders@myclearwave.net

  246. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Love the simplicity of your block. And, your tip for changing to black & white scale is great.

    sewwhat41@yahoo.com

  247. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart is one of my all-time favorite. I love your block because you took something traditional and made it modern. Thank you for the giveaway. Would love to get your scraps any day. You can find me at http://www.intheboondocks.blogspot.com

  248. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I love your Streetscape in Triangles quilt! I am currently obsessed with HSTs and love randomness and want to try making a quilt similar to yours. As far as books go, I love mysteries, horses, and England, so everything by Dick Francis is in my library and well worn from repeated reading. I can’t wait to lay my hands on a copy of Volume 5 so I can check out your block and all the other 99 fantastic ones!

  249. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    What fun. I have all the books. I’ll have to get this one.

  250. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I also appreciated your article on color values. I’ve taught art classes to adults and color value is always an issue with some students. For those of us who may be tech-challenged there is a method that doesn’t involve a camera or computer. A simple piece of red acetate. Just hold it up to your eyes and view your block through it. You’ll see your darks, lights, and mid-range. It works!

  251. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

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  252. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I recommend any book by Richard Paul Evans.

    Congratulations on being featured in the magazine.

    senstrings@yahoo.com

  253. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I Love Your Block! My favorite Book that is Quilt related is called,
    “Redfield Farm”. It tells the story of the Underground Railroad. That was my
    First Quilt (Underground Railroad) by Eleanor Burns.

  254. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    The book I return to again and again for basic quilting information is Fons & Porter’s Quilter’s Complete Guide.

  255. Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I like your block. It dis hard to list just one favorite book, but right now I am enjoying “The Hunger Games” stories.

  256. Posted May 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your block. I really like your tip about the black and white values!

  257. Posted May 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    You’ve probably read it, but in case not, and if you’re into a little tongue-in-cheek King Arthur legend, “The Once and Future King,” by T.H. White, is my favorite. :-)

  258. Posted May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    My favorite book right now is Cut the Scraps by Joan Ford, I hope you enjoy it.
    Congrats on being in the book.

  259. Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I love the cobbled court books my Maris Bostwick. Take a peak, I think you’ll like them.

  260. Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Love your block! My favorite book is The Help!

  261. Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I love the block! And I just finished reading a 3 book series titled “American Dreams” by Michael Phillips. It’s a historical novel with lots of actual history that takes place before during and after the civil war. Great reading! Thanks for the giveaway!

  262. Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    great block!! and i love the quilt too!
    marcella

  263. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I am thankful for the tip about checking the values of the fabrics in you block by changing the photo to black and white, also!! Thanks a million.

  264. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations for being included in the book. I like the design of this block very much. Wishing you continued success.

  265. Carol Sc
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I appreciate the traditional piecing in your block. I can see the color positioning can make a big change in the way it looks, depending on the set. I like all of Edyta Sitar’s books — she uses both traditional piecing and applique very effectively.
    quiltschon@att.net

  266. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I have a copy of “The Practical Guide to Patchwork” by Elizabeth Hartmann and I love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  267. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    If you like fantasy (even if you don’t) the Game of Thrones books are amazing. I’ve been reading them for years…way before the HBO tv series came out. I love that each book is long….so it lasts awhile! Also, the Outlander series is extremely good and addicting. I am not reading a quilting book right now….I need one…a magazine will work too :)

    jaimemccallum@gmail.com

  268. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your block!! Thanks for sharing!

  269. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Love Dee Henderson books, and even some of Karen Kingsbury, if you like Christian fiction. Thanks for the tip to make a picture in black and white. Never really seen in that intense for shade! Thanks for the book you’re giving away.

  270. Posted May 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Your block is great. I like how you show it in different fabrics. I am terrible at remembering the name of books I’ve read, but one I’ve read recently that I can remember is “The Help”. Great book and fun movie.
    Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

  271. Posted May 2, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    I would venture to guess that you have many of the the quilting books already out there. As a change of venue try “Ready Player One” by Wil Weaton. It’s a story that takes place in the future, but is tied to our recent past and current culture. It’s a page turner.

  272. Posted May 2, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    My favorite book is Swan Song but I am currently reading Stephen King 11-22-63 . Congrats on being in the book!

  273. Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Love your colors in Streetscape! Not reading right now. Gardening & catching up on some ufo’s taking all free time. Thanks for a chance to win.

  274. Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being in the book. I am going to have to try your block. I have not read much lately, but when I read I love anything by Debbie Macomber.

  275. Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Nice block – can’t wait for the mag to come out – I’ve bought every one so far (I never win one – boo hoo) I just finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton & really liked it. One of my top 10 all time favorites is Stephanie Meyer’s (of Twilight fame)The Host. Very different but excellent.

  276. Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. Happy to see you made it into the book. I am currently listening to The Hunger Games on tape. I was not sure I would like it because I am not a fan of syfy in book form but so far I am hooked. Can’t wait to buy the second book.

  277. Anonymous
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    I love the fabrics in this block. I will have to search them out, especially the gal swimming.Looking for some great books? Try Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House and Swimming Lessons.
    Thanks! Sharon

  278. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    I like Quilt’s Made Modern, but a non-quilting book, anything by Louise Penny would be at the top of my list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  279. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being in the book! I LOVE this series so much. As for book recommendations, I don’t have a favorite, but I just finished a book on my Kindle about the lost colonists of Roanoke – called White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Paul Clayton. It was really good!

  280. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    I love your block! Congratulations on your achievement! When I saw that you asked favorite books, my thoughts went to quilting books, and though mine change from time to time, right now I’m loving Judy Martin’s books. I have several.

  281. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Great block, so exciting for you and thanks for the giveaway.

  282. Posted May 2, 2012 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Parabéns,seu trabalho ficou lindo.Livros só estórias infantis nesse momento,tenho um neto que já gosta que leem para ele,então…Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@GMAIL.COM

  283. Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    how exciting, congratulations! one of my favorite books (non-quilty) is animal dreams by barbara kingsolver.

  284. Posted May 2, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I love all of Karen Kingsbury’s books! Thanks for the giveawau.

  285. Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    So many favorite books! My local library is my favorite. I can order on-line and get audio stories. Listening while I quilt or do other hand work is special.
    Thanks for your block and hints/tips.

  286. Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win. How exciting for you to be included in the book. I like to read anything by Harlan Coban.

  287. Posted May 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Lots of suggestions from me!
    1. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
    2. Argeneau Series by Lyndsay Sands
    3. Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    4. MacKayla Lane Series by Karen Marie MOning

  288. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your quilt block in the book! My favorite most recent read is The Tender Texan by Jodi Thomas. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  289. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Nice block! I really like the Streetscapes quilt. Color really is the key to a nice quilt. My favorite book is any one of Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Earl Grey series. Love those cats!

  290. Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being included in this issue of 100 Blocks.. Please count me in for the giveaway… It’s impossible to choose only one fav book, but one of my favs from the last year is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Great read!

  291. Posted May 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite books – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Quirky title but wonderful book!!!

  292. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I want the modern blocks book for quilting and anything by bill Bryson for non quilting.

  293. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on having your block in the volume. It’s beautiful.

  294. Posted May 3, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Congrats on getting your block in Volume 5. I really like the Quiltmaker 100 Block and their regular magazines. Enjoyed your Blog.

  295. Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    If you like some science fiction – “Inside Out” by Maria V. Snyder is awesome, and the sequel “Outside In” is just as good.

  296. Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I love to read Nicholas Sparks books… congratulations for having your block published in the magazine!!

  297. Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I just purchased “Modern Blocks” and I’m hoping to get a chance to look through it today.

  298. Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Love your block and your other designs

  299. Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Just joining the blog hop. Well, lovely block! Congrats!

  300. Posted May 7, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Comments closed and a winner posted! thanks, everyone.

    http://www.swimbikequilt.com/2012/05/100-blocks-blog-tour-winner-new-books.html

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