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Blocks that don’t want to be in big quilts.

On the one hand, I love bed-sized quilts.
On the other hand, I think that a lot of blocks look better in small quilts, where there aren’t so many blocks that busyness takes over.

For example, I   L-O-V-E  this mini quilt by Amanda (msmcporkchop).  But I also think it is perfect as just this one block. Any more, and it would be too much. 

Oregon Star
(block and photo by msmcporkchop, seen on flickr)

I’ve also noticed that I sometimes make blocks that look good in multiples, but only in one long strip.  Or in a small 2×2 square.

What do I do with these?  I put them in a dresser drawer to hobnob with other temporarily-set-aside friends.

Last fall, when Interweave Press asked me if I could could write a table-runner and placemat pattern for them, my first reaction was to be flattered they had asked, followed quickly by confusion as to why they would ask me for patchwork that wasn’t blanket-oriented.  I am so blanket-oriented. Lately, only big blankets.

Then I remembered my orphaned blocks, some of which looked good in long strips, but not in anything larger, and I realized I already had a table runner design waiting for me in my dresser.

So I pulled out the blocks, which were too small and too short, but quite interesting.  And I made another set of blocks–bigger and longer and better.  And I wrote down how to do it.  And I made a few placemats to go with the tablerunner.  And I sent the explanation and runner and placemats off to Interweave.  I had no idea if they’d like what I had to offer, since the pattern is (a) improvisational, (b) stack-and-whack, and (c) stark. 

But they did like it.  And so I’m pleased to announce its in 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts.

I’ve just received my own copies in the mail and am rather impressed with this magazine.  It is jam-packed with cool projects, not to mention quite a few names I recognize: Esch House Quilts (Debbie), A Stitch in Dye (Malka), Summersville (Lucie), The Quilt Engineer (Latifah), Film in the Fridge (Ashley) and I Heart Linen (Rashida).  Also, really nice paper; this magazine will hold up under use!

 Keep your eyes open for the magazine at the shops and give it a look when you see it!  It should be for sale next week.

In the meantime, I’ve got an extra copy that I will give away to one lucky person. 

They sent me three copies, so I figure one for me, one for you, and one for my Grandma (a granddaughter in a quilting magazine is bragging GOLD in her nursing home. )

To enter,  leave a comment on this post and I will pull a winner on Monday morning.

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. Congratulations. The magazine looks pretty great. I've never seen in before around here. Thanks for giving away one of your copies.

  2. congratulations! my fingers are crossed but I'll keep my eyes out for the magazine at Barnes & Noble next week just in case.

  3. Congrats! This magazine looks very useful and filled with great gift ideas. I have been wanting to make placemat sets for ready gifts and would love to get some fresh ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. That is wonderful news! I have been waiting for this magazine to come out. Unfortunately, all my bookstores have closed in town and our local ones don't carry these magazines. Looks like I may be traveling to find one!

  5. How amazing for you! I can't wait to see it, you do such interesting work. I will definitely have to buy it if I don't win.

  6. Congratulations! Thanks for the give away. I may just buy this magazine if I don't win, as I'm just learning quilting.

  7. Oohh exciting! I'll just BET your grandma is proud! Isn't it every quilter's dream to have a pattern published?! I can't wait to see the full reveal.

  8. Ooh, now I'm so curious just to see what it would look like! I also have a bunch of "singleton" blocks, just waiting for some kind of home, or finish, or something, so I'd love to see how you put yours together.

  9. Oh this is so nice. And the magazine cover looks very interesting. Congratulations. We have very few interesting Quilt Magazines here in Germany, so I would love to win this!!!

  10. That magazine looks like so much fun! I've seen some sneak peeks here and there, and would love to get my hands on it. Congrats on getting in!

  11. I look forward to seeing the magazine. Would love to win a copy! Congratulations on having your projects chosen for publication.

  12. I was out and about this weekend and came across the magazine; but didn't have any cash on hand to pick it up. It was a great one though filled with LOTS of great ideas, congrats!!

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