Tuesday, June 27, 2017

never ending time

Hello everyone! Thanks for dropping by again! Just like I said, I am writing another blog post supersonically after the one from last week. Boy, am I fast. <<wink>>

Today, I would like to share with you the latest block I designed for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. It is called "Never Ending Time" and is published in Volume 15."

http://www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks.html 

As you may know, I do not like to sew HST's (Half-Square-Triangles). I find it tedious to match up all those points. Instead, I have a little infatuation with Quarter-Square-Triangles (if you didn't already know). I love to sew hourglass blocks and get tickled when I match up the centers. I love how they nest together and make the easiest sharp point in the middle!


Here is a little mini tutorial of how I made this block.

Most of us have a color scheme or preference when we make/design quilts. My first choice is usually the color scheme of my website - turquoise/orange/yellow/gray. Another favorite of mine is black/gray/white and a touch of yellow. I have been stockpiling a lot of these fabrics and decided to break them out just to make this block.


After deciding on just three fabrics, I cut them out with a reference on measurements from my handy-dandy EQ7 program. Here are all of the pieces laid out for quick reference. Please refer to the magazine for exact dimensions and templates. This is my test block, and the directions in the magazine may differ.


After I sewed the two hourglass sides together in strips, I squared them up with a 90° angle. Yes, there was a little bit of waste on my original block, but the squaring was more important.


Those curves are so gentle to sew together too. Take a look at the reference picture. I don't think you even need to pin them. I did mark the center and pin though. Working on test blocks, you just want everything to fall into place.


After it was sewn together, I was quite happy with the block. As with all the blocks designed for QM, they are sent in for review. If they don't make the cut, they get returned. If they do make it, they get published in the magazine and raffled off during the blog hop when the magazine comes out. So, whenever a new magazine comes out, be sure to join in on the fun.



Quilt Designs

Here are a few quilts designed with the block. This one is a simple 2 x 2 grid of 12" blocks. I personally like how the design creates a second design when placed against another block. You could also break this block down and make a simple strip block and a half orange peel and set them on-point.



Here is a more traditional color scheme. Red, white and blue, being a little patriotic for July 4th, or just think maritime. In this design, each alternate row is rotated once 90°. I like this one very much. Once again, a second design appears. I love to rediscover shapes and movement in quilts. Do you too?


So, please grab your copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 15 to check out this cool block as well as many, many one-of-a-kind and "original quilt blocks designed by today's hottest designers."

And one more thing, because I am just totally happy that I have been published not once, twice or three times, but five times, I have a lovely little giveaway. I am giving away one copy of the the last FIVE ISSUEs of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY TOO. My motto here is to make blogging interesting again. Please share in the comments section below, what brings you to read and comment on blogs (other than giveaways). The giveaway will be open until Friday evening German time. Void where prohibited. One entry per person.


 Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

30 comments:

  1. I've been following you on Instagram all winter because I like your sense of color and fresh pattern ideas so came over to the blog today to see what's up!! Your New York Beauty is gorgeous -- but I'm not a paper-piecing fan so probably won't give it a try. I've been blogging for a few years, have a small loyal groups of followers. You are right about being bummed when there aren't any comments! I try to include "helpful information" when I'm writing about my quilting adventures but most of my comments seem to come when I write about my outdoor adventures -- birding, hiking, gardening?!?! Maybe I'm blogging about the wrong stuff?? I notice I've gotten less "wordy" and more "imagery" to get my point across -- seems to be working!! Keep up the design work and best wishes with the new pattern direction!!

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  2. Liebe Karen,
    ich lese leidenschatlich gerne (Näh-)Blogs. Da gibt es einfach so viel zum Anschauen, Nachmachen und Inspirationen holen. Am allerliebsten lese ich die Blogs, deren Schreiberin ich kenne bzw. wo sich ein reger Austausch entwickelt. Wenn mich ein Blogpost anspricht, kommentiere ich gerne (und wen es auch nur ein "ist das schön" ist. Wenn ich allerdings ein paar Mal auf einem Blog kommentiet habe und es kommt nichts zurück (also weder eine Antwort auf meinen Kommentar noch ein Kommentar auf meinem Blog), kommentiere ich dort nicht mehr. Daher lese ich lieber die etwas "kleineren" Blogs wie die ganz "Großen".
    Auf meinem Blog bekomme ich die meisten Kommentare, wenn ich etwas genauer vorstelle, einen Kniff zeige oder etwas ausprobiere.
    Liebe Grüße (und weiter viel Spaß beimn Bloggen, ich lese sehr gern bei Dir!)
    Ines

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  3. I gain inspiration from other quilters' blogs. I enjoy seeing what colors they use, which is usually different from my own traditional palette. I like to see what is trending.

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    1. Hi Abigail! Unfortunately you are showing up as a "no reply blogger," and I can't find your email address to write you personally. Maybe you will check back here, especially if you win the giveaways. : ) I think visiting blogs can be very inspirational too. I am curious to see/know what your color palette is. Thanks for dropping by and good luck! - Karen

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  4. Congratulations on your block being published; your block is very unique and I love it and the colors you chose. I like to see what other bloggers are making. Love seeing the creations and a tutorial here or there is nice. Pictures are also a must in a blog post.

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  5. That again is a great block. I like it a lot. Thank you for showing the mock up of the quilts. That makes it so much more understandable how the block "works".
    See you soon,
    Martina

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    1. And this is exactly why I love to read blogs. You learn a lot and you find great ideas.

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  6. Liebe Karen,
    ich lese sehr gerne auf (Patchwork-)Blogs, da hole ich mir Inspirationen und Tips und Kniffe, wie es noch besser geht. Kommentieren tue ich nicht so oft, außer es gefällt mir etwas ganz besonders gut. Deinen Blog finde ich besonders toll und von deiner Stoffauswahl bin ich immer wieder begeistert.
    Liebe Grüße
    Beate

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    1. Vielen lieben Dank, Beate. Es fiel mir auch manchmal schwer irgendwas zu kommentier auf Blogs. Ich glaube das ist nur meine Deutsch-Hemmung. : ) Vielen Dank für das Vorbeischauen. Wenn Du die Verlösung gewinnst, wie kann ich Dich erreichen? Du bist ein "no reply blogger."

      Viele Grüße, Karen

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    2. Hallo Karen,
      das ist überhaupt kein Problem. Ich habe nämlich deinen Kurs gebucht am 22.7. in München. Da sehen wir uns sowieso! Also bis dann.
      Liebe Grüße
      Beate

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  7. Liebe Karen,
    ich gratuliere Dir dazu dass es wieder einer Deiner Blöcke in die Zeitschrift geschafft hat. Ich bin gespannt was da so alles entstehen wird, die Möglichkeiten scheinen mir endlos.
    LG
    KATRIN W.

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  8. To be completely honest, I only read further if the subject or picture truly captures my heart. The subject line or intro picture has just a flicker of a moment to catch me and reel me in....there is so much out there on the internet and so many hours in the day I tend to make snap judgements of what to read or investigate further...(good job, I read your post lol)

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    1. Hi Judi, thanks for stopping by. You are yet another "no reply blogger." What's up with that? Thank you for reading my post to an end. I totally understand what you mean. Too much text and not enough pictures. Oh, my. Our attention span has ceast to exist! LOL. Good luck on the drawing! -Karen

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  9. First, I'm happy you're blogging again. Though I really like IG, I prefer blogposts, because they are kind of permanent and easier to find. I think I often miss something on IG.
    Second , I try to comment on blog posts of people I know and additionally if I find something very interesting or beautiful
    Bis bald :-)

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  10. You learn some interesting things on blogs. Congratulations on your success.

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    1. Hi Geri, thanks for stopping by. Apparently I don't understand this whole "no reply blogger" thing. Whenever someone comments, there is no return email address where I usually write with a personal note that is not public at all. I learn really interesting things too on blogs. I even take some of that knowledge and put it into my designs.
      Good Luck, Karen

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  11. I enjoy reading blogs for the slice of life they present. I also love tutorials and blog hops for new fabrics or books or patterns.

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  12. Ich lese gerne Blogs, weil es mit Spaß macht, etwas über die Idee und die Gedanken hinter dem Foto/Entwurf/Quilt/... zu erfahren.
    Aber auch mir geht es so: wenn es ein "langer Roman" ist, überfliege ich den Blogbeitrag nur ;-)

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  13. Love Instagram where I can gather a group of interesting "friends". But those images are so quickly consumed that I'm thrilled to see there is a blog post from one of my interesting friends. It is very evident how much time and work goes into even a short tutorial, so I am shamed that I don't leave comments more frequently. Congratulations on making five issues of 100 Blocks.

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  14. Congrats! What a fun block! Curves still scare me, but I'm getting there slowly. I enjoy blogs to get to know the author better. Fresh ideas and love the twist when someone does something a little different with the same old pattern.

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  15. I have learned so many tips and tricks about quilting through reading blogs. I love reading about the back stories and really appreciate the talents of others that are shared through blogs.

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  16. Usually tutorials and patterns and recipes. I get so much inspiration from seeing other's work or learning how to do something through a tutorial. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  17. I read blogs because they are full of great information and ideas for creating new things. I love the personal perspective they share. Thanks for the chance to win those magazines!

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  18. Liebe Karen,
    nachdem ich deine Paperpiecing Mädels aus der 10 Ausgabe gesehen habe musste ich mir die Ausgabe sofort kaufen. Die ist wirklich klasse und sieht so unscheinbar aus. Dank deiner Nähbeispiele füllt sie sich mit Leben. Danke dafür. Liebe Grüße Ulla

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    1. Du hast gewonnen! Herzlichen Gluckwünsch! Bitte schreib mir eine Email mit Deine Adresse und ich schicke Dir Dein Gewinn.
      Schöne Grüsse, Karen

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    2. Congratulations Ulla! You are the winner! Please email me your address and I will send you your five issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Thanks everyone for playing along.

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    3. Vielen lieben Dank Karen. Ich freue mich so sehr darüber. Meine Adresse habe ich dir schon geschickt. Und das alles vom Näheochenende aus. Ihr habt tolle Sachen genäht und es sah sehr entspannt aus auf euren Bildern. Liebe Grüße Ulla

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  19. Ich lese gerne Blogs und Instagram mit Patchwork um Inspiration zu holen. Immer gibt es was neues und tolles zu sehen oder zum nach nähen.
    Ganz toll dass du ein Block in das Magazin hast.
    LG Anne-Mette

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  20. I haven't seen that issue, but I sure l-o-v-e your block!

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  21. Liebe Karen,
    gestern lag ein wunderbares Päckchen in meinem Briefkasten. Es macht so viel Spaß darin zu stöbern. Herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüße
    Ulla

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Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving comments! You make my day! - Karen

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