1400 and counting…

If you think about it, the folks at Quiltmaker are just getting started.


For a girl who came-lately to the “I love sampler quilts” side of life, I have always liked a stack of “they’re all different” blocks.

When it comes to quilt blocks, there aren’t many I don’t like.  I collect block books and pictures of random blocks that catch my eye.  It is quite astonishing just how many different blocks there are.

Barbara Brackman’s epic, landmark Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns had over 4,000 blocks.  Maggie Malone came up with 5,500 for her Quilt Block Designs.  And there are dozens of other books filled with appliqué, paper-pieced and plain-old-pieced blocks.  There might be some overlap but one thing is still pretty clear – there are a whole lot of quilt blocks we could be making!

The nice folks at Quiltmaker magazine are helping – Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – the Winter 2016 issue – has been published.


Fourteen issues, each with one hundred blocks – and just look at some of the names on the cover – many wonderfully talented quilty-folks!

Of course I had to go through the issue and pick out a few of my favorites.


As you can see, there is a wonderful variety in the styles of fabric represented, the complexity of piecing-assembly, and the style of the block.  There is modern and traditional… and just plain fun.


After picking a dozen or so as “possible” blocks to make – that’s half the fun of these blog hops, getting to make something “just because”.

Blog hop?  Did I mention that?  The nice folks at Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures Blog are celebrating the publication of this issue with blog posts, pretty pictures of blocks, links to blogs of people who made blocks for the issue and there might be a giveaway or two included.

Back to making a block – I finally settled on Ribbon Cross by Allison Jensen of Woodberry Way.


As much as I like Allison’s colors, Gingiber’s Merrily comes to mind when I look at this block. Of course, that has nothing to do with my really liking that collection, or the abundance of Christmas decorations popping up everywhere.


The block is easily pieced – well-done Allison!  Most of the triangles are connector corners, but Open Gate’s Fit to be Quarter or the Folded Corner Clipper will make quick work of those.  What I liked best about this block is that it will work with any style of fabric – any color palette.  Wouldn’t this make a great Halloween quilt?  (And once you’ve read the instructions and made a block or 30… figuring out how to re-size it is easily done.)

Because someone asked, no, I didn’t make a block for the issue.  But I begged and pleaded with the nice ladies at Quiltmaker to let me hop-along with them anyway.

As this is a blog hop and we’re nearing the holiday season… just leave a comment telling us what your favorite block is.  All-time, go-to, never saw a quilt with <<name that block>> in it that you didn’t love!  That block.

Just leave a comment by Midnight on Friday – November 18th – to be entered to win a Moda designer Layer Cake and a Market goodie or two.

And don’t forget to check out all the fun on the Quilty Pleasures blog – blocks, pictures, giveaways!

Happy Wednesday!





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194 comments on “1400 and counting…

  1. Donna McCain says:

    Can’t wait to get this issue, already see a few I want to make

  2. Jan A says:

    I’m a pinwheel lover!

  3. Cathy B. says:

    Simple, but HSTs are my fav with all the many layout possibilities!

  4. Karen McMahon says:

    I love the simple hardworking and oh so versatile nine patch.

  5. Ann Marie says:

    Churn dash!

  6. Robin says:

    I’m looking forward to getting this issue. So far I haven’t met a block I didn’t like nor have I developed a taste for one in particular. I have tried a new technique or block in every quilt I make – so much fun!

  7. Dawn Voegeli says:

    I love Flying geese. Never, never get tired of them! Thanks! Love that Gingerber fabric. I just finished a baby quilt with her first line.

  8. Brita Pingry says:

    New York Beauty blocks always stop me in my tracks.

  9. Patricia says:

    I am still learning quilting and don’t have a favorite. I just love making blocks, not so much the finishing.

  10. Lynn D in NC says:

    I love pinwheels, so any variation of a pinwheel catches my eye. My favorite tends to be one I haven’t made yet.

  11. JennyM says:

    Star blocks are my favorites. They catch my eye every time.

  12. Janice says:

    Log cabin and new York beauty always favorites. Waiting for this issue.

  13. Karen Watkins says:

    Crossed kayaks is a block I’ve wanted to make for a long time.

  14. slmrn1 says:

    Every issue has so much inspiration. Can’t wait for this one.

  15. Barbara says:

    I like any quilt with a star block. I’ve made quite a few, but have plans for lots more.

  16. Ashley says:

    I love pinwheels too!

  17. I love Winding Ways, great effect with only one block!

  18. Michele Breault says:

    Star blocks, basket blocks, log cabin blocks are all wonderful, but my all time favorite block is a mariner’s compass block.

  19. andrea says:

    I like churn dash blocks and any kind of star!

  20. Janey B says:

    Love snails trail in any fabric!

  21. Karen Sikes says:

    Love them all, but I have to say, that ribbon cross is pretty!

  22. LizAnn L. says:

    How exicting. Stars are my favorite. Now to find the time

  23. Michelle says:

    I love the star blocks. Log cabin is my second, then there are the flying geese………..

  24. Mary Kastner says:

    I love nine patches pieced. baskets any way I can make them! Thx for the chance to win!

  25. Shelor says:

    Looking forward to this latest issue! I love Log Cabin blocks!

  26. Susan says:

    The log cabin block is my favorite block of all time.

  27. Margaret Lippert says:

    My favorite block is a star block – Lemoyne star type always catches my eye. Log cabins are a close second, especially since they can be so varied.

  28. Debbie K says:

    I never tire of Sawtooth Star blocks.

  29. Heidi O says:

    I saw a really cute block with a pineapple on it on pinterest that I can’t wait to try! An actual pineapple, not the log cabins ish block, although I love that one too!

  30. HeatherK says:

    There are two that always steal my heart … Churn dash and hunter’s star. I love secondary patterns!

  31. Jody Randall says:

    I’m simple…love a Shoo Fly block.

  32. Brenda Wall says:

    I picked up my copy yesterday, but have not had time to look through it, but while reading your post the one block that caught my eye was #1342 Straits of Mackinac by Bonnie Hunter. Hers is always the first one I look for.

  33. Tina says:

    Star blocks make me stop and I have quite a few patterns. Thanks!

  34. Maureen Elsey says:

    I love anything on the diagonal such as Irish chain and then star blocks, so the combination is very appealing; also the pineapple block is great stash buster

  35. bkelly2424 says:

    I love the Arkansas Crossroads and the log cabin.

  36. 3leggedquilter says:

    my favorite go-to block has always been the sawtooth star.
    but i love that featured block too!

  37. Ronda says:

    It’s a toss up between star blocks and log cabin for my favorite, but I really do like them all!

  38. Barbara Yoder says:

    I think I need to push myself beyond my comfort zone and just try some blocks without a planned project, just to experiment with color and practice piecing. There are so many pretty blocks out there.

  39. Karen Seitz says:

    Star blocks are my favorites, but I don’t think I can pick one particular star pattern. Too many to choose from!

  40. Bonnie Harrell says:

    I have never purchased one of the books before but just seeing some of the blocks inside makes me want to run out and buy it!

  41. Ruth Plowman says:

    I am looking forward to buting this issue. It provides lots of entertainment!

  42. debbierhodes says:

    I have all the issues. Love how some designers have been in all and how I can find something every time I am looking for something new and different Drhodes9@cox.net

  43. Kathy Luehrs says:

    dresden – I love them

  44. Becky T says:

    Said it before will say it again…I love what you can do with a log cabin block

  45. Patty Archuleta says:

    For me nothing beats the Ohio Star.

  46. Cathy C says:

    I love log cabin blocks, large and small, with simple or complex centers, in so many settings.

  47. I haven’t seen a block with a diagonal bow! I need one for the corners of a border!

  48. Nancy Pascoe says:

    My favorite seems to be the one I happen to be making at any given time! But if a narrowed it down, I always go back to the sawtooth star.

  49. pam says:

    churn dash. absolutely any size, colour, fabric. if it’s a churn dash I am in

  50. jane winton says:

    All baskets……any kind, any size.

  51. Cave Creek Maggie says:

    I love the Ohio Star and any variation thereof! Love Star Blocks hands down!

  52. Georgeanna Couldry says:

    It has to be flying geese for me. I TRULY have never seen a flying geese block I didn’t love.

  53. Bonnie says:

    What a great publication! Star blocks are my favorite.

  54. Mary says:

    I love a nine-patch, alongside almost any other block.

  55. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    I like the Ohio Star block. Love the fabric and the block you made. 🙂

  56. Sydnie McConnell says:

    I love a hunter’s star block!

  57. Shirley Hayes says:

    My favorite blocks are stars but I’m like you there aren’t many that I don’t like.

  58. Mandy Laseter says:

    My all time favorite block has always been the log cabin. There are so many variations and they just speak to me.

  59. Vicki H says:

    I always like the flying geese.

  60. Suzy says:

    My favorite.. do I really have to pick one…. is churn dash.

  61. Polly Monica says:

    Churn Dash!! It’s always been my all time favorite block!!

  62. Sandy K says:

    I like star blocks.

  63. Deb G. in VA says:

    I love flying geese!

  64. Clara says:

    The Log Cabin block is a go-to block for me. With a change of colors or width of strips a block can be different. clara-chandler@att.net

  65. Linda Brennan says:

    I really enjoy making flying geese and any block with triangles.

  66. Ann in NC says:

    You can’t go wrong with a log cabin block! For a newer block, I have never seen a swoon block and quilt I didn’t like!

  67. Lisa G Boyer says:

    For me, the Nine Patch block is the quintessential quilt block; it’s so quilty! Never met a block I didn’t like, though.

  68. Libby says:

    half square triangles – so many options there.

  69. Nancy Watkins says:

    Basket blocks in any variation are my favorite!

  70. Gwynette in NW Arkansas says:

    I love the old fashioned churn dash block.

  71. Anne says:

    Triangle blocks! I love how just changing colors or directions can change the total look of a block. Pinwheels are my absolute favorite! Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. Ranch Wife says:

    I’m a half square triangle girl too. I love the endless variety that they offer.

  73. Helen Haslam says:

    Hunter’s Star – hands down!

  74. Terry Allen says:

    Without a doubt my favorite block would have to be the appliqué Trucking. My 5 year old grandson would love a quilt full of trucks!

  75. Phyllis says:

    Stars and more stars! And the classic log cabin, always a favorite.

  76. Loris Mills says:

    How fun that you joined in on the Quiltmaker tour! I love when these editions come out. A whole treasure of designers offering up new blocks. It amazes me! My favorite block seems to still be the Buckeye Beauty. Simple and so beautiful in different colorways. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! And I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving…which I can hardly believe is already at our doorstep!

  77. Karen P says:

    I prefer the classic pieced blocks such as stars, flying geese, log cabin and pinwheels.

  78. Diane G says:

    I like them all. It is fun to see how your fabric choice can really change the look of the block.

  79. Betsy S says:

    I love a square in square block.

  80. Brenda says:

    I am drawn to applique but I love pieced blocks, too. The more pieces, the merrier. Bring on the feathered stars. Thanks for the draw opportunity.

  81. Quilting Tangent says:

    I like Mariners compass, Stars and pinwheels. The ‘Straits of Mackinac’ caught my eye from what you shown.

  82. Sharon says:

    I like the quilts with triangles in them…the more the better.

  83. Terrie says:

    LOVE that magazine. My favorite is just about any variation of a star followed by log cabins and then there are so many, so so many. Love your variation of that block. Thanks so much for the chance !!

  84. Donna says:

    Quiltmaker 100 blocks is so full of inspiration from so many talented people. Blocks that create a secondary design are fun and I always like the winding way block.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  85. Marsha says:

    I like basket blocks. There are many variations to make, but have the basket In common to keep it interesting.

  86. Helen LeBrett says:

    me, I love star blocks. It started w/ Ohio Star, and has now morphed into the Martha Washington Star, but I’m loving the Straits of Mackinack and the Ribbon Candy star that you showed us: guess I’m going to have to get that magazine!! 🙂

  87. Pat K says:

    I love star blocks, especially ones that incorporate HST’s. I make a lot of patriotic quilts, and most of them feature star blocks in red, white and blue.

  88. caroline rohrer says:

    My favorite block depends on mood I am in & fabric

  89. Peggy says:

    I just visited Michigan and it was too cold to go to Mackinaw island so I want to make that block and the ribbon cross block. Saw it in Melissa Cory’s newsletter. Gotta have the magazine though❣️❣️

  90. Hildy says:

    I love, love, love star blocks simple or complicated they are my favorites!

  91. Lou says:

    I love the inspiration I get from every issue of this great magazine.

  92. Patty Cottingham says:

    Ohio Star is my favorite. And then…. any star pattern!

  93. Deb B says:

    My favorite and my go to block is still the first block I made when I was a new quilter – the log cabin.

  94. Connie Cain says:

    My favorite block is the churn dash. Don’t know why, but I just love all shapes and sizes of it. 🙂

  95. tarnia says:

    Wonky log cabin, my go to scrap quilt block. Love not having to measure anything!

  96. Dorothy E Paulk says:

    I am drawn to Star blocks, pinwheels and simple blocks that remind me of long ago.

  97. Judy D in WA says:

    Churn Dash is my favorite!

  98. Mary Ann W says:

    Love log cabin blocks, so many variations and settings.

  99. Wendy T says:

    Log cabin pieced all and any ways.

  100. Allison Church Bird says:

    Love those blocks – Bettie’s Bikini though had me just rolling on the floor – will have to make one for my Betty!!! Thanks for the grins!

  101. Jen B says:

    I love log cabin blocks.

  102. buntyw says:

    I like Karen’s Mountain Range block!
    Churn Dash is my favourite

  103. chanzy01 says:

    I love this issue, they just seem to get better each time. My favorite block is one that I named Melvin’s Mystery as it was in a friends antique quilt and I’ve never been able to find the name for it. It makes a beautiful two color quilt.

  104. Carolina W says:

    I like log cabin and courthouse steps

  105. Shannon McL says:

    I love star blocks or irish chain blocks

  106. Susan says:

    My all time favorite block is a feathered star. The blocks in your post have interesting names- Betty’s Bikini? I certainly don’t want a whole quilt of those!

  107. Carol C says:

    My favourite block is the new york beauty but I have so many other almost favourite blocks. Log cabins are right near the top and so are nine patches. And I could go on and on – and frequently do.

  108. Janet T says:

    LOVE the Ribbon Cross block and the colors used. My favorite block is the Double Wedding Ring. ndfromsd at gmail. com

  109. Margie F. says:

    Definitely — Churn Dash!

  110. Pat says:

    The timeless nine patch is my favorite.

  111. Birgit Knuth says:

    Yeah this would be fun to play with, I really like working with four patch..

  112. SIRVEN says:

    Star blocks are my favorite!

  113. Karen Addleman says:

    Any kind of star block!

  114. Mara says:

    Log Cabin’s always look so amazing!

  115. Barbara harvey says:

    My favorite block is the Dresden. Best in 30’s granny colors. Reminds me of my Grandmom who taught me to sew!

  116. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love the Log Cabin Block – Courthouse – or whichever you want to change and design it – Log Cabin is definitely my favorite.

  117. Jan Horn says:

    I like half square triangle blocks as you can do so much with them.

  118. JudyJ says:

    Churn dash is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

  119. Linda Webster says:

    My most favourite block is Feathered Star. I never get tired of it.

  120. tac says:

    My favorite block is friendship star.

  121. Jan davis says:

    I know it’s boring, but I love 9 patch!

  122. EllenB says:

    A pinwheel is my go to block. Fast to make in several different techniques and can look different depending on fabric placement. That Ribbon Cross is a neat block!

  123. kshackabq says:

    Stars, and pinwheels, and 9 patches, Oh My . . . Took me awhile to warm up to stars, but I like them now . . a lot. I also like the block you chose to make in Christmas colors. So much to choose from!

  124. stephanie woodward says:

    I love a challenge so New York Beauty is my favorite. But it is really hard to pick. I try not to do the same one often in my quilts. I also love baskets. oh heck, I just love them all.

  125. Lorraine says:

    Stars…I love all star quilts.

  126. Amy L says:

    That block, the one that calls to me in my sleep, is churndash. I might need to make another one next year…

  127. Carol Kuse says:

    My favorite is the log cabin. I’ve said for years I could make log cabin quilts forever and never make the same one twice.

  128. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love the classic fan block. Have only made one in my life so far, but whenever I see quilts made with them they make me happy.

  129. Lori Morton says:

    Love Love Looooove the Churn Dash!! Swoon every time I see them! 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! 😀

  130. Marcia K says:

    My favorites are star blocks.

  131. MARY D says:

    Hmm…. I love HST blocks. I just love them. I do. Big ones, small ones and the in between sized ones too. They can change directions; they can change values; they can create a maze; they can be a star or they can even be a fish if you wish. I love this quite versatile block and the many beautiful quilts it creates.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  132. Mary says:

    My favorite block is the Churn Dash. There’s so many ways to vary it and make it fun!

  133. Joy P says:

    Lately I’ve been addicted to wild goose chase blocks…hopefully there will be an intervention soon. ;o)

  134. Carolyn Sands says:

    I just love the log cabin block!

  135. Pam Peterson says:

    I like the good ole Ohio Star. Maybe it’s because my guild’s logo is a variation of it.

  136. Sandy G says:

    I love the simplicity of a nine patch, the finished blocks can be pieced so many ways, hmm..I love bears paw, oh and…

  137. Arlette says:

    Star blocks are my favorites, always!. They catch my eye every time

  138. goonyburd says:

    My very favorite is the Flying Geese!

  139. Katherine Schaffer says:

    Log Cabin – so many ways to set them!

  140. Pam Jolly says:

    I love star blocks and Ohio Star is a favorite of mine.

  141. I’m really liking the Log Cabin variations!

  142. Andrea S says:

    I’m currently looking for a good star block and found one today so I’m going to say it’s my fave since now I can move forward and make an American flag quilt I have envisioned for the wall in my husbands office.

    I really need to get more books and use real block patterns, I have been making quilts without patterns for awhile now.

  143. Wendy says:

    Log cabin – so many different variations and layouts . Loving the Christimas Log Cabin pineapple blocks that are popping up on Pinterest right now.

  144. Nancy D says:

    I love the log cabin block.

  145. Glenda Britten says:

    The nine patch and HST are very versatile.

  146. Mary Bidney says:

    Star blocks are my favorites.

  147. Pam says:

    Never saw a churn dash I didn’t like.

  148. Renee A says:

    My top 3 are log cabin, stars and churn dash. Sooooo hard to choose just one!

  149. My favorites are the Log Cabin and the pineapple blocks. I love both equally.

  150. SarahZ says:

    I just love these magazines! I especially love aything with HSTs…so anything “flying” like geese, or flocks of birds, etc always catch my attention, and sewing time 🙂

  151. Jean Ross says:

    Never met a nine-patch I didn’t absolutely love.

  152. Mona says:

    Sawtooth stars–love them, love them, love them.

  153. I like the dresden plate blocks and star blocks. The Straits of Mackinac caught my eye in the blocks you shown in this post.

  154. Teri Hackett says:

    I like both sewing and seeing churn dash and Ohio star blocks. They are both so efficient and versatile, pair up with so many other blocks for a showstopper quilt. Plus they are both great stash busters!

  155. The simple and basic 9-patch block is a fav. Pair it with a snowball block for great quilt designs.

  156. Diane says:

    Love the friendship block. So cute and so easy especially if you are in a hurry to finish up a project!

  157. Teri H says:

    Ohio star and Churn dash are still favorites of mine. So Verdi tile and great stash busters!

  158. Sally Christiansen says:

    Dresden plate is my all time favorite.

  159. Tricia says:

    I’m a sucker for any sort of star block. I also love log cabins and churn dashes.

  160. Becky S says:

    I love star blocks! I can’t wait to get a copy of the magazine.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  161. Christine S. says:

    I like all of Bonnie Hunter’s blocks!!

  162. Robin says:

    Would love to make the Ribbon Cross block in the Christmas Fabrics also…love, love, love.
    And I also love Star blocks, see some of those. Must purchase this issue.

  163. Delaine says:

    My all time favorite block is the Hunters Star. Just something about it that fascinates me. Thanks!

  164. Tawna Caddy says:

    I love any star, churn dash, or bear paw block. I couldn’t chose just one. ;0)

  165. arden says:

    I agree with Tawna….I love all the ones you mention, especially the churn dash. What is it about that block which makes it so appealing! thanks…

  166. Pinwheels! The Louisiana quilt block with a pinwheel is the first block I ever made. I guess now that I’m back in the “other LA” I need make another quilt using the Louisiana block.

  167. Nance says:

    I never get tired of seeing 100 Block Magazines!! SO much inspiration! I love a pinwheel block. They are just so fun to me. Reminds me of a summer day as a child!

  168. Jan B. says:

    My favorites are simply star blocks — Ohio Star, Friendship Star, etc.

  169. Judy says:

    I love anything with stars in it.

  170. Amy Walter says:

    My favorite block of all is log cabin.

  171. Cindy M says:

    I am so in love with STARS!!!!

  172. Dutchman’s puzzle is my favourite.

  173. Barbara Forde says:

    Flying Geese is absolute favourite in any combination…but a close second is the good old Log Cabin.

  174. Pat T. says:

    Thank you!… This is fun!
    There are several blocks I especially like… log cabins, stars (Lemoyne Stars, yes!!), flying geese, orange peel… All my favorites!
    Pat T.

  175. Sue H says:

    Never saw a quilt with Churn Dash in it that I didn’t like!

  176. Four dogs and one quilter says:

    Love Dresden plates.

  177. Sharrie says:

    I like your Ribbon Star. I’ve always admired stars and crosses mixed together I really like the “Mexican Star” block design.

  178. Becky says:

    I live any star but especially the friendship and ohio star.

  179. Susan K says:

    I like the ribbon star. It looks festive. Star blocks are some of my favorites. I especially like ones with lots of pieces.

  180. Julie says:

    That is one of my favorite blocks from the issue. I really like the fabrics you chose to make it with.

  181. Bridget says:

    Ohio Star and I am not from Ohio! LOL I have never seen an Ohio Star quilt I didn’t love! Love lots of other blocks and make other quilts but still…hahaha have never MADE an Ohio Star quilt. Cabin Master is catching my eye too. How did you know?

  182. Linda K says:

    Love the simple but wonderful Buckeye Beauty block. Hard to pick just one. Love house blocks, too!

  183. Kathie L says:

    Log cabin blocks can make a quilt distinctive.

  184. Sharon W. says:

    I like the “old” blocks like log cabins, stars, and churn dash.

  185. Eileen Maher says:

    I like stars, all kinds of star blocks!

  186. Mom C says:

    I’ve got a fabric collection in mind for Melissa’s (Happy Quilting) block. She just has to enlarge the pattern for me! Which she is always willing to do, cause she loves me and I let her use the longarm whenever she wants it. Thanks.

  187. Judyk says:

    Stars, stars, and stars. Never saw a star block/quilt that I haven’t loved.

  188. Cathy Calloway says:

    I love churn dash and any and all star blocks!

  189. Joni says:

    I love any quilt block that makes a secondary design. Bonnie Hunter’s Strait of Mackinac is a great example. Jetgirl’s block is also winning my heart.

  190. Barb says:

    Log Cabin was my first love, but I am always flirting with star blocks

  191. Sue singer says:

    My favorites are any type of log cabin or its variations. I first learned how to piece it by hand in the ozark mountains of Arkansas.

  192. melanie c says:

    I love the Ribbon Cross block especially in Merrily (that is a must have fabric collection!!!)

  193. Pat T. says:

    **Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!**
    Oh, Carrie!!… Thank you for the box full of Moda *Delights!!*
    The *Wonderful* Moda fabrics, and the *Awesome* book, Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels!!!!…
    Wow!!… Christmas really came early!!!
    (I can’t wait to create with these… And Yes!, show you what I do!!)
    **Thank you!!!**
    Pat T.

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