I didn't design a block for Vol. 7, but I did test a passel of the blocks, and design and piece a sample quilt. Below are the blocks I tested.
#609, Summer's End by Jenniver Schifano Thomas, Curlicue Creations:
#613 Diamond Crossing by Lisa Bassett, Relatively Creative Patterns:
#622, Barn Swallows, by Nancy McNally:
#629, Anni's Flower Jug by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched:
#642, Basket of Blooms by Erin Russet, of McCall's Quilting:
#654, Double Crossed, by AnneMarie Chany, of Gen X Quilters:
#657, Plaid Squares, by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting:
#658, A Divided Flock, by Elizabeth Dackson of don't call me betsy:
#660, Apple Tree, by June Dudley of Quiltmaker magazine:
#661, Prairie Sunburst, by Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts:
#678, Beach Cabanas by Cheryl Lynch of Oy Vey! Quilt Designs:
# 679, Rick Rack Row, by Marian Mapes:
#682, Stairway to Heaven, by Scott Murkin or Patchwork Possibilities:
#688, Hearts Around, by Marjorie Rhine, of Quilt Design NW:
I enjoyed test-sewing the blocks. It's amazing how creative block designers can be!
My favorite part of the process was designing a quilt using one of the blocks I tested. I particularly wanted to sew a "modern" quilt. At the time my quilt was due, I had only tested one block that I considered truly a "modern quilt" block, "A Divided Flock," by Elizabeth Dackson.
Testers were urged to used three or more blocks that they had sewn, but I couldn't find another block that went well with Elizabeth's block. So I used just the one, repeated twelve times! Since I wasn't "following the rules," I called my quilt "Flying My Own Way." It was a thrill for me to use a fabric line that had not yet been released, Denyse Schmidt's "Shelburne Falls" collection.
Quiltmaker magazine presents each block tester with two copies of the new magazine, and I'd love to give you one of my copies. If you'd like one of the test blocks sewn by Your Aunt Marti, as well as the magazine, just leave a comment on this post before next Monday, May 6 at noon MDT. I'll let the Random Number Generator choose a winner -- yes, international entries welcome!
Tomorrow is the last day to send me the photo of your April UFO -- I got mine done, wheeee! Come back Wednesday to see the Parade.
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