Welcome to the Quiltmaker Blog Tour for the Winter 2013 – Volume 8 issue of 100 Blocks. Visit the Quilty Pleasures blog for the list of blogs to visit each day, giveaways and other information.
First I’d like to thank Quiltmaker for including another one of my blocks in an issue of 100 Blocks. I am very honored and thrilled to see it there and be a part of such a great collection of blocks.
So on to my block – which is called SPLASH.
It’s applique – and mine is done with hand applique (of course it is, my friends who personally know me are saying! – they know I love hand applique) 🙂 I use the freezer paper on the bottom method of hand applique. I love that method because I can achieve smooth curves, circles and good points more easily than with any of the other applique methods I’ve tried.
The fabric used for the applique is all from one fabric piece – a ombre fabric designed by McKenna Ryan for her Sand in my Shoes fabric collection. It’s one that I’ve had in my stash for a few years, courtesy of Hoffman California Fabrics. But any ombre fabric is perfect to get all the different shades used out of one piece of fabric and there are many styles of them on the market. It could also be done in all one color and still look great or graduated shades of hand dyed fabric would be equally lovely. Or rounds of rainbow colors – wouldn’t that make a bright and happy quilt.
How did I come up with the block design? I was working on a block collection for EQ Boutique, Miss Daisy’s Garden, and it was initially a block drawing that was going to be included in that collection. But I decided to leave it out of the collection since the rest were all clearly flowers and this one, not. However, I think it looks great as an alternate block set with some of the Miss Daisy’s blocks as shown in the quilt image below.
You may notice that the Splash block shown in the quilt layout does not have the little circles on the outer edges. Well, let me share a secret just between you and me — the original block did not have those little “drops” around the outside initially. But as I was picking up my little scissors, which was on top of the block, the tip of the scissors closed and slipped my background fabric. Oh yes, you can image that many bad words were being said right about then. I didn’t have time to remake the block before the deadline so nearly tossed it aside and wasn’t going to send it in. But then I came up with the little circle drips idea and quickly added those – one is covering the snip – so that’s how the circles came to be added. Now remember, you have been sworn to secrecy.
Quiltmaker has graciously offered one free issue of this volume of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks to be given away through my blog and I personally have an extra copy to give away. So in order to be eligible for the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post. Simple as that!
Leave your comment on this blog post before 12:00
p.m. midnight – got my time messed up — central time on November 12, 2013, to be included in the drawing. One entry per person only. If you have never commented on my blog before, your post will be held in moderation until I get a chance to approve it. Never fear – I will approve all comments that have come in timely before doing the random drawings. Winners will be announced tomorrow, Nov. 13, here on the blog and and I will email the winners. I must receive a response from the winners to my email with their mailing address by November 15 or a new winner(s) will be chosen.
Good luck! Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!
If you enjoy applique, be sure to check out the new project to be presented on my blog in 2014 – the Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society.
You can find information on that project by clicking the button in the right sidebar for that project that looks like this. 🙂