"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

100 Blocks Blog Tour

Welcome to the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I'm glad to have you visit my blog today. I love to design quilt blocks and quilts from those blocks. And have talked about trying to get my patterns published for years, so having a block published in Vol. 4 of the magazine has been exciting for me. When designing I still do a lot of my initial sketching by hand. But when I really get down to working on block patterns and layouts I move to the computer. I have been using Visio for most of what I do because it lets me play with it and I have to admit that it's been easier to work with it because of the years of experience with it. I love to play with blocks that go together quickly and simply but look a lot more complex than they really are or have secondary patterns that develop when the blocks are put together.





This block started with the idea of ribbon winding around a square. It came together fairly easily, and I liked the secondary patterns that developed when the blocks were put together. The block started off looking like the block at the right. And one of the many layouts that I came up with is shown to the left. In the end I decided to simplify it just a little and took out the blue flying geese shown in the pics above. I don't think that anything was lost. When I made the sample quilt, I used a section of the block to make a border for one side of the quilt.


Be sure to leave me a comment if you'd like to win one of two copies of the magazine! And if you leave a comment as "anonymous" please make sure to include a way to contact you if your is drawn.


Gratitudes -
1. A new, more efficient heater with the cold temps that are outside!
2. For the good day at South Newton High School today with the kids. =)

172 comments:

Quiltalicious said...

I love the block... it looks woven like a Celtic design!

Martina said...

This is another great block! Love it!

Mary said...

I like the secondary interlocking look of your Block. Thanks for a chance to Win this great Issue. You are in great Company!

Diane said...

Very interesting block. Isn't it fun to see how blocks can be changed. Winning would be fun too.

Lee said...

I adore your block - congratulations! I would love to win a copy of this magazine - thanks!
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marieinaugusta said...

Very interesting block, love to see the way it interlocks when put in a set. Congratulations

JoyceLM said...

Congratulations for being published in the new 100 Blocks magazine. Love your block. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie said...

What a fantastic block! I especially like that row of them with the ribbon strip above them. Great idea for a tablerunner.

Donna said...

Congratulations! Your block is great.

Jessica said...

Your sample quilt looks fantastic! Love your block!

GailM. said...

I may have left my comment on the wrong post. Lovely block. I also love your stitched snail in your blog header... So sweet.

Purl Buttons said...

Thank you for a chance to win.

kt said...

Great block! Love how you made it into a border! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this issue of 100 blocks!

Dana Gaffney said...

Love, love this block. When I get my hands on this magazine, your block will be one of the first I make. Wonderful! Thank you.

krislovesfabric said...

I like the interlock look to this block! Thanks for the chance to win!

Dee said...

So many possibilties for movement - love your block

Debby said...

Love the winding ribbon effect! Please enter me in the drawing so I can play with layouts!

Amy Laura said...

I love the weaving look of the block, so cool! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Your block is terrific. Congratulations on being included in this issue.

Madeline said...

I'd love to have the magazine, I'd like to try those winding ribbons.

Cathy said...

Moira, congratulations. Your block is fantastic. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Hugs

Anonymous said...

I love the colors of your block and the layout design. You make you block so inticing that I want to make one for myself. Thank you for the block design.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Kris said...

This is really a neat block. I don;t think I have seen anything like it before. Makes a very intricate look.

Patti said...

I really like your block and it is one that I have to make. Thanks for a chance to win.

valerie boudier said...

Interesting block - thanks for the chance to win

Lee Ann said...

I'm loving the look of this block. It does look like a ribbon is intertwined around a square. Congrats on getting into a magazine!!!

Kathy H said...

I like the way the ribbon seems to just wind its way around the other blocks. It looks complicated but I think it might not be since there are many blocks involved.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your block! I love the ribbon look. Thanks for sharing a copy of 100 Blocks. I have so enjoyed the previous issues.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on being featured in this issue. I would love to win a copy.

Debbie said...

Love this unique block a wonderful addition to a sampler quilt I hope to make from volume 4

WvHmmngbrd said...

Inspirational block!

QuiltyTina said...

Very interesting block. I will definitely have to get the book just to try this one! I have a specific colorway in mind.

Thank you for sharing.

Maria Kievit said...

Really like the way you wove the ribbon thru the quilt top also. Nice block!

Mary said...

Great block! Love how it changes when more are added. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of magazine.

Kathy in GA said...

The ribbon in this block is really cool, and love how it looks together! congratulations on being published, I'll be watching for you in the issue next year as well!

Frewgal said...

love the ribbon; novel idea.

Mom2four said...

I love your block!

bairdmtn said...

Congratulations to you for having your block published!! Looks like a good one and I can't wait to try it!!

Deb Martens said...

I really like woven designs - your new block is great!

Fran Cleary said...

Very nice. I could see this as a child's quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Fran Cleary said...

I can see this block as a child's quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy C. said...

I see lots of design possibilities with this block - it is very refreshing to look at - and would still look great in a traditional quilt. Thanks for your creativity.

Beth said...

Love the ribbon concept. Great secondary look too!

Blue Bird said...

I love the woven look!

Anonymous said...

Interesting block
mhinders@myclearwave.net

Kristen said...

That's really pretty! I like that one a lot. Can't wait to get a copy of this issue ... thanks for the chance to win it!

shortseam said...

NICE block!! Can't wait to get started on this block. Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice block.I like the black and yellow one .Janie

katiejayinpa said...

Moira, this is really a very cool block! the interwoven ribbon is great. I like the second version a lot and can see me playing with it quite a bit in different sets.
kaethejean

TheStylishHome said...

Congrats on being in the 100! Love the "ribbon" effect.

sdgodfrey said...

Your block will definitely be put on my to-do list once I get the magazine. Love it!

gill said...

What an interesting block! I love it!

aztel2000 said...

Cool block!
Karen in Breezy Point

BeachQuilter said...

Great block, I enjoy hearing how blocks evolve and change and become special!

Linda in PA said...

I love your block. It is an interesting design. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this magazine.

Jo said...

Now that is a great block! This one is going on my bucket list for sure!

Robyn said...

That blocks looks very intricate but lovely.

Joanna said...

Your design is very creative. I love the overlap look of the strips.

LizA. said...

I love this block!this is going on my "must do" list.

banjo795 said...

I like it better without the extra flying geese, too.

desertskyquilts said...

Love the block, love the process!

Linda said...

Your block is awesome! I love it. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your entry in Volume 4. You must be excited!

ljdutcher@yahoo.com

Lori said...

What a unique block. I love it. I can imagine the fabrics I would like to try it with. thanks for the chance to win!

Linda said...

I love the ribbon effect of your block. Thanks for showing several different ways to set it. I sometimes have difficulty envisioning how blocks will look when made up. You've shown a couple of very nice settings.
Linda in Southern Illinois

Jennifer said...

It's been a lot of fun looking at all the new blogs! Your block is great, can't wait to get my hands on the issue so I can make one. Thanks for the chance!

Karen said...

This block is so pretty. Your sample looks like a great table runner.

Amanda said...

I really like this block! There are so many possibilities for this block!

Debbie said...

What a great block ~ can't wait to try it.
Thanks for the chance to win extras.

WoolenSails said...

Your block is wonderful and I can imagine all the possibilities with fabric and color changes.

Debbie

Linda E in AZ said...

I like your winding ribbon block, and congrats on having it chosen for this collection!
thanks

scarlette said...

Interesting, i had never though of using Visio for quilt blocks - i was gonna say i'd try but i have enough trouble mastering the quilt programS i already have. thanks shobbs@vcu.edu

Marianne said...

Love the block. Thanks for the chance to win.

Quilt Hollow said...

NOW THIS is a cool block! Congrats!

bunbear said...

great block! love the lines in it.

swheatsue said...

I love the way this block comes together as a quilt! Awesome! Well done! Can't wait to receive the directions!

Carla G said...

Love your block! And it looks fabulous in those colors! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Catia from Italy said...

I love the way the two ribbons cross. The border is socute!

LJ said...

Fascinating to read about your design process. Neat block! Great how you used part of it to make a border - which I LOVED!! Congratulations.

Debora W. said...

This block looks so complicated, but you've made it so easy. I really like the look of the block and can see it in so many color combos.

Carrie P. said...

OOO! the black and yellow block looks so neat. Congrats!

Julie in WA said...

Whoa! I love the illusion created in your block! It does look difficult to me!

Marcia W. said...

The woven block is really pretty. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway and Congratulations are in order for being selected and published.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I would love to win and that's a wonderful block.

annmarie said...

Very unique block! Thanks for the chance to win Vol 4!

Jeanne said...

Really like your block and the layout with it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol in Rock Hill, SC said...

Great block!

kwiltnkats said...

Great that you can say that now you are published. An achievement to be proud of most certainly. Indeed your design looks like a ribbon weaving around the block. Someone mentioned Celtic design and it certainly fits. Your table runner border idea sets the block off just right. Thanks for an opportunity to win. Sandi

Jackie Warren said...

Very nice block. Hope that I win the Vol. 4. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I like your "ribbon-wrapped" block! Thanks for the chance to win volume 4!
joan(dot)mathews(at)comcast(dot)net

Tamsyn said...

Beautiful block!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting with many possibilities. How would you rate the difficulty of the block? Intermediate?

Celine said...

It is a lovely design, well done. You can really see the ribbon twisted around the square so your idea worked well!

natioradison said...

That is a quite unique idea and it makes a fabulous block, something that intrigues me and I'd like to use it. Congratulations!

Nancy Sue said...

Love the wrapping effect. This is going to be on the top of my list of blocks to make for 2012 :) Thank you for sharing and congrats on your feature in the issue!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Sallie said...

I love it when blocks form a secondary pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

wendy said...

This is a very interesting block. Like ths Celtic look of it. Thanks!

Judy W said...

I love the block! I will definitely give this one a try! Thanks for a chance to win! Judy W

ritainalaska said...

like the interlocking design! good block! nice to have it included in this edition.

Quilter In Paradise said...

I like how this twists - very cool!

Grandma Shell said...

First off, I love your blog name. I have a mental picture of a patchwork snail crawling around in my flower garden! Your block is so interesting as one sits and looks at it, I agree with Quiltalicious that it looks like a Celtic knot pattern.

Beth said...

I love woven designs, and yours is so pretty.

My gratitudes for today: autumn color and golden light; a healthy, happy family (5 dogs and my sweetheart) napping while I read quilt blogs.

Deborah said...

How people come up with their designs is interesting. Another great block!

Deborah said...

How people come up with their designs is interesting. Another great block!

Dona said...

Love the black and yellow!

Nancy said...

That's a neat block! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Very proud of you. I love this because I think it is simple enough that even I can make it. I could use the border pattern on a quilt I'm going to make for DS#2.
Jean Ingham....waiting for my copy.

Janet said...

So intriguing...your block looks so complex....I love the winding ribbon effect.

Glenna said...

Wow - interesting block - love it!

Fran said...

Love the way this block works into the secondary pattern - love the woven effect. Congratulations!

Becky said...

Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 4.

Karen in Tucson said...

Fantastic block with so many color possibilities. Some fussy cutting would really add to it.

Anonymous said...

Like the look of your block in the runner-the border on the top is unique. Thankd for sharing.

Bev (kwiltpharm@aol.com)

Robyn said...

Visio! Who knew!

Dix said...

how did you choose snail for your name? like your block

jillquilts said...

Great block! And congrats on being included in the issue!

Julie said...

I like the winding ribbon effect, and loved it in the border of the quilt sample you showed in your blog. I really, really like this block!

sao said...

I really love your block - and congratulations on being published.

Shirley Albertson Owens
drsaowens@gmail.com

Candace said...

Moira, First I want to say how cool your verse is in the header. This is my personal "strength" verse and I was delighted to pop onto your blog and see it there! Also, thanks for the great block design :o)

mblittle5 said...

I love the way the second color weaves in and around the block.

SewLindaAnn said...

Your block is so cool, I love the design! More ironic was the quote you had today. I had a long conversation with a younger man (40) today at the car repair shop who believes the world is coming to an end soon. I ended our conversation with a statement that in order to breathe, we need to wake up with hope and possibility. Now I'm proven!

Lori L said...

What a neat block. I love it when you get a 2ndary design that happens. How was the border row done on the turquois/white/yellow top shown? Thanks for the chance to win.

Dianne Giles said...

Your right! The block looks complicated and does produce secondary designs - love it!! Thanks for the chance, Dianne

Nancy said...

I like the woven look of your block and congratulate you on being one of the chosen 100.

arlette said...

Hmmmmmm, your block's so yummy!!!!!, looks like the ones I adore to make ;)!!!

Sandra said...

Love the ribbon effect of the block. Congratulations on being chosen. Thanks for the giveaway.

VickiT said...

Very exciting for you being published in Vol 4. Yay! Congratulations. I really love the ribbon look in your block and the runner with that border is amazing. I really love this one. Great job. The black and gold block is beautiful. That's my favorite I think.

Sandra said...

Love the ribbon effect of your block. Congratulations on being chosen. Thanks for the giveaway.

LizzieHelen said...

Intriguing design. Sort of Celtic.

Shawna said...

I love your block. It really does look like ribbon weaving in and out. Would make a great holiday runner as well. I like hearing how blocks come to be so thanks or sharing. Congrats on being in Quiltmaker's 100. Thanks for the giveaway.

missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

LizzieHelen said...

Intriguing design. Sort of Celtic.

Susan said...

Moira, you do such great work! Congratulations on being published and we'll look forward to seeing more of your work in V.6!

Donna Joy said...

Great ribbon design threading through your block. Sure would love to win the block to add to my collection.

Stephanie said...

I love the woven look of this block--modern, yet speaks to a variety of traditions. Congratulations!

Michele said...

Great block!

Cindy said...

wonder block and design. almost a celtic look

Judy said...

I love your block and will take your word that it is simple!

Cindi said...

Your block is great! I love it. Congrats on being in the 100 Block issue.

Kim said...

What a neat looking block, thank you for the giveaway.

Jill said...

Wow, the possibilities are endless with your block design.

Debbie said...

Congrats on being included in the 100, Moira. Great effects with that block!

Sara said...

oh, like your block...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Cindy said...

Great block...I love Celtic looking stuff!
congrats for being included in the magazine.

Rachell said...

I agree with Quiltalicious....Celtic ribbons! It's great! And it's great to see you published! I found your website about two years or so ago while "searching" for holiday-themed blocks. I think I've even made a few. Congrats and thank you!

Jodyrose said...

Another wonderful design Moira! Such a talented lady!

Rachell said...

Now I remember exactly how I've seen your site before.....as a link from quilterscache.com, one of my favorite websites! I guess I haven't made any of your blocks, but I've admired them. What I DO use over and over again is your enlarging/shrinking chart, and I share it with fellow quilters a lot. Thanks so much for a great tool!

Anonymous said...

The block is so great. Love it.

whistlebet57 said...

What a unique block Thanks for the opportunity to win

The Village Queen said...

What a great block, love the 3D effect of it. Congrats and thanks for the chance.

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Add me into the drawing.

Jennifer said...

The design process is so interesting to me for so many of these block designers. Thanks for letting us into your mind for a minute. Great block with wonderful mixing and twisting possibility.

Linda in Calif. said...

Congrats on your block being selected for the 100 blocks! Love the block!! Verty cool and intriquing.

Anonymous said...

Very nice block. Thank you the chance to win.
Brenda L
bdlopez@yahoo.com

pat s calicocat said...

nice block moira, very intricate and interesting

Sandi said...

I love this block! I like how you've modified it make the border, too. Very cool!

Karen said...

I love the layered look of your block

Kathy T. said...

I'm so glad you could finally unveil your block for all to see. I love how you show the adaptation as a border - both the block and the border are very cool. Congratulations on being published!

Jennifer J said...

I can see how you could have fun with that block. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

quiltmom said...

It really looks like a cool woven design. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice magazine.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

blacklabcrafts said...

I love intertwined designs! Beautiful.

Peach Rainbow said...

Beautiful block :D
Thanks for the chance!

Shannon said...

Love it!! So cool the look of the ribbon. Very clever!

Kate said...

love love it! You go girl. Thanks for the giveaway.

Diana said...

Wow the block is fantastic, congratulations on getting it published, very deserved.

Ela said...

Congratulations for being published in the new 100 Blocks magazine.Love your block. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kim Q said...

Nice block! It reminds me of Celtic knots, one of my favorites.

Sue Daurio said...

Wow, that's a great block! Congrats!

MamaGlass said...

Wow - what a great block! Thank you for offering a chance to win the magazine.

Unknown said...

Wow - what a great block! Thank you for offering a chance to win the magazine. :-)

c said...

how wonderful for you. i adore the technique, have always wanted to know how to do that. It would be wonderful to win a "book", but instead I would want just that block, beautiful. Inspirational!!!!!!!!!!
aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

Shebandowan said...

Love your block. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janet

jean said...

I love your block. I am a tester for QM and was lucky enough to get to test your block. Good job