Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 4 - Vol. 6 Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks

Welcome to my blog, this 8th day of November and the fourth day of the 100 Quilt Blocks blog tour!  
My block, "Black-Eyed Blooms" was inspired by the artwork of Kathy Schmitz featured in her “Towne Square Quilts” line of fabric.  I also wanted to design a block that would work well with my block from vol. 5 of 100 Quilt Blocks which also features Kathy's fabrics.

These blocks were combined together to build the quilt  "Abloomin' Garden" which is included in the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.
I have done up my block in 2 more color ways featuring fabrics by Urban Chiks ("Boho") and Kate Spain ("Honey Honey") to show you how easy it would be to incorporate this block into a variety of projects --- table runners, placemats, the feature block on a tote bag…..

The extra blocks were made using fusible web and the original block was made using hand applique. Please see my blog entry for March 31 which shows my favorite hand applique method. 

I just got back from Quilt Market in Houston where I introduced some new patterns featuring the two fabric lines used in my extra blocks and a new fabric line by Kathy Schmitz.  These fabrics will be coming to your local quilt shops in the next few months and the patterns will be available on my website shortly.

Lazy Summer ("Boho" by Urban Chiks")

Maids in a Row ("Boho" by Urban Chiks)
Meadow ("Honey Honey" by Kate Spain)
Abundance ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

Beginnings ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

Sunflowers ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

If you would like to win a copy of 100 Quilt Blocks vol.6, please send me an email at with your name and address and I will select 4 lucky winners.   If you are not one of the lucky winners, vols. 5 and 6 and the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from 100 Quilt Blocks are available for purchase on my web site.

Have a great blog tour and thanks for stopping by. Visit my website at


  1. Hi Barb, this is Diane from Quiltmaker. Great post, love the spare blocks you made. Nice work!

  2. Hi Barb!

    Elegant and lovely creations.

    Way to go!


  3. My gosh you are one busy quilter. You have done a wonderful job in creating the Black-eyed Blooms for us and giving us so many options. Thank you for sharing and giving all of us a wonderful opportunity to win this priceless magazine.

    Sandi T.

  4. Great job -- I love both of your two blocks!!! :)

  5. Fun blocks--love the black and red versions!

  6. I really like the quilt where you mixed the two blocks.

  7. the next quilt on my agenda is make your Abloomin Garden.. I fell in love with it when I saw it in the Quilt magazine.... I finally collected all the fabrics and am ready to begin... Yipee!!! Did I say I love your blocks..

  8. Thank you every one for your kinds words. I love my job! Barb

  9. I really love ryour blocks - and thanks for showing us different wants to use them too!!!!!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

  10. Wow. You have a beautiful quilt block Barb. And all your new patterns are so pretty. You are one very busy woman.

  11. Beautiful block and your quilt using both of your blocks is gorgeous! Congratulations on having your block published. Off now to email you, hehe.

  12. I am trying to find a copy of the Red Door pattern. Is it available? - Lori