Look, my name is even listed as a block tester!
I joined the "tester team" late in the game when another block tester had to drop out. So I only test-sewed seven blocks:
I was a little aghast when the first block I was asked to test was a applique block using silk fabrics and embroidery. Block #503, "Bird of Happiness" was designed by Gretchen Gibbons of Celebration of Life Designs.
Isn't this one cute? Block #511,"Happy Puppy" was designed by Rob Stanphill of Willow Bay Designs.
Block #525, "Peaks and Valleys" is a gorgeous paper-pieced design by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick of CM Designs. Carolyn is the inventor of the "add-a-quarter" ruler so important to paper piecing.
I really like this block. Is it just because it's pieced in batiks? Block #570, "Shortcut" was designed by Jane Dudley, Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine.
The next block, #588, "Petit Fours" gave me fits. But it's worth the "y" seams and picky-picky cutting necessary. Designed by Marian Mapes, this one is sewn in batiks also.
Here is the block I'm most likely to make again and again, #590, "Little Rescued Scraps." It would lend itself beautifully to a Leaders and Enders project, don't you think? Designed by Arlene Neely of Rabbits Haven Quilt Designs.
The last block I tested is an excellent choice to show off a large-print fabric. Block #595, "Night Blooms" was designed by Joli Sayasane.
Quiltmaker magazine is hosting a 100 Blocks Blog Tour if you'd like to see the rest of the blocks in this issue. Go here to visit many of the blogs written by block designers.
Quiltmaker graciously sent me two copies of the 100 Blocks magazine. Would you like my extra copy? And one of my test blocks? Just make a comment on this post and tell me which block you would like to have for your own, along with the 100 Blocks vol. 6 magazine.
Giveaway will end Sunday, November 11 at noon. International entries welcome, but be sure your contact information is attached to your comment!
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