>> Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Welcome! Today is my day on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour.
If this is your first time visiting, please take a look around to see my current projects, tutorials and current patterns.
Quiltmaker is hosting giveaways every day this week on their blog - Quilty Pleasures - so be sure to hop over there too! You will also find the list of other designers who are featured today.
I have been blogging since 2009 and this is the third time I've participated in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. It's a joy to be doing it again:)
Here is my block - Joyful Brellies. I was inspired by the season to create a block full of umbrellas for April showers - even though we probably had more snow here than rain in April!
The block is really 4 smaller blocks repeated - which means you could easily make one quarter of the block to get a cute 6 inch brellie block:)
I loved using Pat Sloan's The Sweet Life line to make this block. I am a big fan of Pat Sloan and the enthusiasm for quilting that she shares for quilting online. I was happy to be able to showcase her fun fabric in this block.
For the blog tour I made my block into a pillow and changed up the color placement. This time I made all of the umbrellas the same color - and the backgrounds too! The fun polka dot print contains all of the colors of the fabrics I used.
This could be a fun bridal shower or baby shower gift. You could also make several of these blocks into signature blocks by having guests sign the umbrellas then put the blocks together into a quilt.
To make the block into a pillow I added 2 1/2 inch strips in the polka dot fabric to each side of the block. Then I quilted the pillow top to make it firmer so it would keep its shape better.
I used the envelop method to make the back, cutting one 16 1/2 x 13 inch panel and one 16 1/2 x 9 panel. I added hems and then sewed the three layers together with the pillow front on the bottom right side up, followed by the longer panel with the hemmed edge towards the middle of the block right side down, then the shorter panel right side down with the hemmed edge overlapping the other panel.
I sewed all the way around the outside edge, back stitching where the panels overlap and then clipping the corners. Turn right side out and put your pillow inside. Then enjoy!
There is a little bit of embroidery on the block to make the umbrella handles. It's pretty easy and really helps to define the umbrella. You could always add the stitches with your sewing machine;)
On to the giveaway!
Giveaway is now closed - winner has been contacted by email and will be announced soon!
I invite you to read the comments for inspiration on how others use the blocks in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines:)
My giveaway will be open until Friday, May 6
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