100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 4

Perspective on my Simple Celebration block
Its center square is suitable for a photo transfer; the side triangles are paper pieced. They are foreshortened to make the block appear curved. It can be made with a few as two fabrics. It's my "go to" block when I need one that will look well in a sampler quilt

It's #148 on p45. In the quilt Gallery, p74, it's in Peggy Jorgensen's curvaceous "Ribbon Riot"  and in Donna Benham's "Citrus Spice" Sampler

One reason Quiltmaker is exemplary is the Quilting Motifs included in every issue; this issue's designs are sized for the 12" blocks
I'm giving this pair away* which includes my signature vellum
I live in Manhattan; I took the subway downtown last spring to Timeless Treasures Fabrics on Broadway and chose Botanica fabric by Lourdes Sanchez. I cut it up and saved some for two of you. I'll never forget visiting 'TT' with my friend the late Denise Bradley to select 'brights' for a group quilt.  She gazed at mountains of fabric and then pronounced herself verklempt.
Using the Electric Quilt, I designed and made the above block in the early '90s, a paper piecing pattern. One of my long term quilting obsessions is the Square on Point block. I added "short" triangles to the perimeter.

I've adored this block from the moment I made it. I made it again for the 2000 "Spirit of a Milltown" Block Challenge using a photo transfer of an image of a 19th century Mill girl for the center. Seen below, the block was auctioned online among a group to benefit the New England Quilt Museum.
Still loving the block, in 2003 I designed an all-in-one piece paper piecing pattern of it for my second book, Perfect Blocks. Extraordinary colorist that she is, my friend Jeri Riggs pieced it.
Quiltmaker will give away one copy of 100 Blocks on my behalf. Comment by telling how many years you've had quilting on your mind. To do so you may have to open this as a separate post. I'll use Random.org to select the winner late Sunday evening November 14th. On the other hand, you can always buy me
* I sent a pair of giveaways of TT fabric and Simple Foundations Vellum to Quiltmaker; follow their Quilty Pleasures blog to enter.

Today is Veteran's Day. I have a rule about Federal Holidays. I make it a point to always sew on Federal Holidays.

104 comments:

sophie said...

I loved reading about your history with the block. I like squares on-point, too, and the curvy illusions in your block. Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks.

I'd say that quilting has been on my mind about a dozen years, except that I randomly bought some Provencal fabrics with the intentions of using them in a quilt when I lived in France more than 20 years ago ... perhaps it was really in my subconscious back then ;-)

Di said...

Congrats on such a versatile block and making 100 Blocks V2!

Peach Rainbow said...

WOW! it's an amazing block - Thanks for sharing your story & Congratulations on being featured!

I am New to quilting and I am so inspired by the lovely quilters online - Thanks for the chance!

gill said...

I love reading the background to your block - thank you - the curved effect is so cool!
I've been quilting for about 20 years
Gill

Laurie in Maine said...

Here's to the memory of friends that gets verklempt over something you've shared. Loved the story and the circle effect of the block!

Stacey said...

i have had quilting on my mind for a good many years, but have only been doing it for about 3 1/2. i love it, and am so glad i learned. it's my passion
thanks
stacey
luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

Kim said...

I've had quilting on my mind for as long as I've known how to sew...since I was a kid...but didn't get started until 2001. What on earth was I waiting for???

Kris said...

I think your block can now be called a classic. I love all the variations you showed. Congratulations.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a fun block Anita. Great story. I've been quilting on and off for 20 years. Thanks for sharing 100 Blocks! Can't wait to see it.

Lisa Marie said...

I love your block and how it looks curvy. I agree, very versatile. I've been doing some quilting for probably twelve years, and obsessed for about seven! But it's a good addiction, right?

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Very neat block! I would love to win the book!

Melissa said...

I have been quilting for about 6 years now and I love it!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Quilting on my mind? Since the beginning as from a long line of quilters - but only just started quilting 3 yrs. ago. I enjoyed reading all the posts.

Connie said...

Really love your block in the Batiks! I've had quilting on my mind for......oh my gosh....over 40 years! My first quilt was cordory squares with a blanket for batting and tied. I have gotten into other hobbies along the way but always come back to quilting.

quilting queen said...

My Grandmother taught me to quilt when I was in my early teens and I've loved doing it ever since. That was about 40 years ago

Marjorie said...

I've been piecing and quilting for 24 years and appliqueing for 11.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I've been quilting for less than two years, so I have lots to learn! I didn't about foreshortening until today:) Thanks for the chance to win!

epban said...

Quilting's been on my mind for almost 15 years...unfortunately my job and children's activities hasn't left alot of time for it! Hoping to find more now that I've got a little more weekend time for me.

Carrie P. said...

very cool block. I have not ever used the simple foundations before.
I have been quilting 11 years.

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on having your block in the magazine! I had such a great time with last year's issue...can't wait to see what I can make this year!

jybquilter said...

Looks like a fun block. I just ordered your book after making a bunch of Arrowhead blocks. Terrific technique.

Monica said...

I've been quilting for roughly 14 years now. I started when I was 26. I was given my grandmother's old Kenmore and immediately started thinking about all the things I could make...which included QUILTS!

Thanks for the chance to win.

G. said...

I am a beginner quilter and have enjoyed viewing the new blocks... so many ideas... so many quilts to make... ha ha! Congrats on your block which I like because of the many options it gives me... one being the use of photos. Gail

Lee Ann said...

I've had quilting on my mind for about 10 or 11 years. I haven't been able to make quilts consistently over the years; but, when I do, I'm a peace. Or should that be "piece"? Ha!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your block. I also sew on all federal holidays (an extra day off of work yea!). I have been sewing for 9 years now and I hope that scientists discover that quilting slows the aging process :) Best wishes to you and thanks for the giveaway!

Cory said...

I first learned how to quilt in high school on an old fashioned quilting frame at an old fashioned quilting bee with ladies around the quilt. That would be 20 some years ago.I have been hooked ever since. Thank you for the chance to win 100 Blocks. Take care and God bless, Cory

Karen said...

I made my first scrap quilt while still living in my parents home, so... It must be over 30 years that I've had quilting on my mind.

Lauren H said...

I've had quilting on my mind since I was a little girl (won't tell you how long ago that was!) when I watched a cousin work on a cathedral window quilt. Made my first flimsy back in 1992, but didn't really get involved in quilting until a few years ago. I adore your block! Thanks for the giveaway.

Lee said...

Love the point on block and I am sewing on the Federal Holiday too!
Congrats on your block andthanks for sharing the story!
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Kathy said...

I enjoyed scrolling through your blog. I will be visiting again

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful block and enjoyed looking through your blog.

Debbie

Jill said...

I have had quilting on my mind for 30 years and very seriously for the past 10. Great block.

Laura said...

I've had quilting on the mind since I was little and found out that my great-grandmother had hand-made the "blanket" I was cuddled under. I've been quilting for over 20 years.
Great block, by the way!!!

grendelskin said...

Great block, love the curves! I come from non-quilting stock but have been actively thinking about quilting for ten years or so. I recently found some junior high notebooks where my doodles looked a lot like McTavishing, so perhaps it goes back much further!

suz said...

This is a really interesting block. I've had quilting on my mind since the mid-70s when all we had were basic patterns and calico - lots of red, yellow and orange are what come to my memory.

Thankful~Threads said...

I really like your block and appreciate your giveaway. I have had quilting on my mind now for at least 35 years. Wow, can it be that long? Of course there have been other distractions during that time, but sewing has always interested me. Thanks!

Marianne said...

I love your block. I am only a beginner and have been quilting for about a year. I love the inspiration in the blocks people are designing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kim West said...

I love your block! I especially love it in the green and blue batiks! I might just have to make a quilt with that using hand-dyes!

SewLindaAnn said...

I love those L. Sanchez fabrics! I cannot wait to try your block, I love paper piecing. Quilting has been on my mind for over 5 years now and keeps creeping into more and more of it! I already won a magazine, so I just wanted to say thanks for the great block choice.

anne said...

Oooh I love your block and the fabrics.....I am off to look around your blog...Thank you for sharing

Linda in PA said...

I really like your block and would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks for the chance.
lraetaylor@gmail.com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great block....I've been thinking quilting for 9 years....grin.

Thanks for the chance to win

Michelle MMMM4 said...

Great block. I love the color change examples, it shows the wonderful possibilities with your block. Thank you.

Kay said...

I've been thinking about quilting for about 37 years & actually quilting for 20 years. Love your block & all of the possibilities.

SheilaC said...

Love your block!!

Thank you for the give away!

I have had quilting on my mind most of my life as my grandmother was a quilter. I have been quilting about 8 years.e

SheilaC

Donna Joy said...

love your block in the batiks, the yellow is eye catching. Love the story of your block and I'd like to try paper piecing your block.
I have been thinking of quilting for over thirty years, must be time to try paper piecing.

trudys_person said...

I love your unique block! I can see a whole quilt made from it ... Thank you for the giveaway!

Linda said...

Just as soon as my kids outgrew the idea of mom making their clothes, I took up quilting. It's been on my mind since 1976, the year of the bicentennial and the resurgence of quilting. I wish I knew then what I know now... I'd be a rich quilter!

Thanks for this chance to win your giveaway.

darlene said...

I've been quilting for 25 years and enjoying every minute of it.

DutchQuilter said...

I have been quilting for about 8 years now. I like a mixture of traditional style and more modern style blocks. Thanks for your giveaways.

baukje said...

Maybe for about one or two years. the more I saw fabulous quilts on the web I wanted to start.....

Becky said...

I have been attracted to quilts for over 35 years. I have actually been quilting about 9 years. Love your block!!! Love seeing your Arrowhead Block all over blogland! It's been a hot topic and many are making their own blocks.

mary said...

Love the block I can think of uses right away Its been 3 years since I retired and became obsessed with quilts..mary madambonnet@aol.com

Erzebat said...

love this block, love the arrowhead block even more! both have great classic style. keep up the great work! (mauh) Liz

Chris said...

Beautiful blocks to cherish. I've been quilting since 1968 and never lose the love of the craft.

Janet said...

I love how your block looks curved--so cool. I have been quilting for 30 years. I'm addicted to fabric, magazines and notions. I retired last year and I am so enjoying having more time for my obsessions.

Pat S. said...

Hi Janet, congratulations on making the 100 blocks issue of Quiltmaker's magazine! Your block is really cute and I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy so that I can make one, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jaylene said...

I love your block. I've been quilting about 20 years but have been around quilts all my life.

aztel2000 said...

I'm excited to find the magazine. I've been quilting since the 70's but only seriously for the last 10 years. I need to start using up my stash now before I'm too old to see what I am doing!
Karen in Breezy Point

Janet said...

Interesting block! I've had quilting on my mind for about thirty years but only really started quilting about six years ago. Thanks for the chance to win a magazine.

MoeWest said...

I've had quilting on my mind for about four years. I didn't make much the first year. Now I would be happy to retire and quilt all day long! I would like to try your block.

deserae said...

I have been quilting for about a year now! :)

Pam said...

Quilting has been on my mind actively for 27 years.

spinquilt said...

What a neat block, congratulations on having it published in !00 Blocks.
I have had quilting on my mind for, let me think...... 40 years..... am I really that olde?????
Hopefully it will be on my mind for a few more years.

Julie said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win.

Cat said...

I have been quilting for at least 25+ years and enjoy it more each year. Love your block - can hardly wait to make it.

Cat

kwiltnkats said...

I'd love a chance to win. I've enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more posts in the day's ahead.

Petit Design Co. said...

I love the way your block has a subtle curve. The last version was my favorite. I've been quilting for about 6 years now

marilyn said...

I've been quilting for about 3 years, but if you multiply that by 24 hours a day since I started quilting, I'd say 25 years :)

Barb in Mi said...

I am still in awe of your arowhead block and are constantly changing my lay-out & adding blocks... Love your Qm block and will try it, too. I have been quilting for about 5 years - and am probably hooked for life. Thanks so much for the giveaway - and your innovative approach to simplify quilt blocks!

Linda E in AZ said...

Got hooked almost 20 years ago!

Quilt Monkey said...

My mom had me sewing and quilting since I was a little girl, but I think I've been quilting seriously since the late 80's!

Marcia said...

Quilting has been on my mind since I was a little girl and my mother let me stitch some on the corner of her quilt. Now, with her guidance, I am making quilts and love it. Congratulations on your 100 Blocks entry, and it is a beauty! Please enter me into your giveaway. Thanks for the background on your design process.

crickets said...

Congratualtionson your block - it is wonderful! Really like how it can be used in so many ways.

I've been sewing since I was young, thx to my mom. Quilting came into my life in 1994 when my mom-in-law bought me my first quilt book.I haven't stopped since!

RenegadeQuilter said...

I love your block!!!

I have been quilting/sewing since I was a little girl so that was about 30 years ago.

Terri said...

I took my first quilting class 32 years ago, when I was just 18 and long before rotary cutters were invented! Your block is beautiful and I can't wait to try it.

Petey said...

The first project I made by piecing little squares was a 'doggy' pillow.
Cut with scissors and points didn't match well, but I was hooked about 35 years ago. Thank goodness for all the notions and nice patterns that make it all easier.

Jeanne said...

Really like your block. Been thinking about quilting for years but didn't start until 5 yrs ago. My mom and grandma quilted and I figured I wait until I was older. Boy, I sure was wrong and regret not starting sooner. Thanks for the chance to win.
Jeanne
goldie5373@yahoo.com

Regina said...

I "attempted" quilting about 17years ago with no instruction, and then was put on the right path by my sister about 14 years ago - have not looked back since... I see quilting patterns in rugs, windows, tiles, necktie patterns... it's an addiction! :-)

Lisa said...

I have your book Perfect Blocks in Minutes and love it. This post just inspired me to get the book out again and play with different combinations of blocks. Happy Veterans Day!

Georgette said...

Over 35 years ago my mom and I took a hand quilting class together. I was just a teen. Of course as life passed by I became busy with career, family, etc. My mom has been long gone and I found the pieces that we hand pieced years ago and it brough back such sweet memories that I decided to undertake quilting with a fervor. I know mom is watching me from above as I learn this wonderful obsession. Congratulations on your fantastic block.

Laura said...

Love your block and love you blog.
Thank you for the opportunity.

Nancy said...

I had quilting on my mind and looked at quilt magazines for many years before I actually made a quilt. Thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

What a great block. I love the arrowhead block.

VickiT said...

What an awesome block! I LOVE how it appears to be curved. VERY cool. I have only done two small quitls and one wall hanging but none really followed true quilting rules. I have been studying quilting for the past year seriously to learn as much as I coudl because I am very interested in making some of my own. I am sure after seeing your block, it may be one of the first ones from this magazine I will definitely try to do. I'm excited to get this magazine.

scottylover said...

Oooh, I love how it looks curved! I have to have this magazine now! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy A

Lyn said...

Wow, love the block! (And it doesn't take a zillion pieces to make it either, even cooler!) I've been quilting very intermittently for about 10 years, but trying to spend more time on it lately.

Debbie said...

Great curved look in your block ~ fun history too! Thanks

I started watching a great aunt hand piece in the 1940's but didn't get to my own quilts until the 1970's. ~so many years of missed delights with fabric!

Cecilia said...

I enjoyed reading about the history of your block. Congratulations on being included in the magazine. I really like paper piecing. I have been quilting for about 3 years now and my husband says that I am "obsessed" with it. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

Dianne said...

There is nothing more relaxing ...and challenging...than quilting. Looking forward to seeing the new book!

Deb said...

I made my first quilt almost 30 years ago, but I really didn't know what I was doing! That was it with quilting until about 4 years ago, and now I love it! Thanks for the giveaway.

BeachQuilter said...

What an interesting block, I look forward to making it. I've been interested in quilting for about 4 years and love it!

robin said...

I've been interested in quilting ever since my mom started a quilt for my sister about 30 years ago.

robin said...

I already follow Quilty Pleasures through Google Reader.

Teaquilts said...

Anita I love your block and the story of its use over the years. The appearance of the curves really appeal to me. The greatest thing is that I have the Perfect Blocks book. I need to pull it back out as it's been a while since I used it. I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on the new block mag. Congratulations on being included. You are really a great inspiration in the quilt industry with your creative techniques. Thanks so much.

Nancy Sue said...

I've had quilting on my mind longer than on my hands. I think about it when I'm running around with my 3 yr old son, and I think about it when I go to bed. I'm a newbie quilter and have been quilting a year with a large learning curve, and a quilting obsession (start of one!)
Thank you for participating in the blog tour!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Cynthia said...

LOVE your block....I've been quilting "awhile" & just love the industry (from a consumer point of view). Thanks for sharing all you do!

Lina said...

Love the story behind your block. I've been attempting to become proficient as a quilter since the mid '70s. I may get there yet. lol Thank you for the giveaway.
snuginmyden@yahoo.com

jackiero said...

I've been sewing since I was a child and I've been quilting 'in' my mind since the 1980's ;) I even bought myself a Georgia Bonesteels' Lap Quilting book, I think in 1985. I'd read it cover to cover many times, always to scared to actually try. About 8 years ago I finally began & haven't paused since!

Katie said...

Great block! I'm going to have to try some paper piecing. I'm a new quilter--really only started a year ago. Thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy said...

I've been interested for about 17 years, although took long breaks due to nowhere to sew...

webmailaddress2 said...

Yay for federal holidays!

Donna said...

I loved reading about the history of your block. I enjoy doing paper piecing along with applique and traditional piecing.

I first thought about quilting when I designed an applique block in a college art class. This was over 40 years ago! I had no idea what I was doing, but it whetted my interest in quilting!

Márcia Mattos said...

I loce your blog!
I am quilting for about only 2 years now!
thanks for the chance!"