QMMS-130037-cover_200_56636 Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 blog tour! This is my third time participating and it is so much fun. My block Spring Snowflake appeared in the very first issue of 100 Blocks and the quilt Snow Blossoms was featured on the cover of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Earlier this year, Volume 7 included my block Capstone and the quilt Roundabout was raffled at the IQA Celebrity Silent Auction.

It is my very great pleasure to present my block for Volume 8: Fiddleheads. It is block #718 on page 30.


Fiddleheads was inspired by the center motif in the violin block from the award-winning quilt Instruments of Praise.

Violin block resampled

Four Fiddleheads blocks placed closely together create an interesting secondary pattern, especially if placed on a different background.

Four Fiddleheads

They also look nice set on point with a thin sashing and an alternating four-patch block.

Baroque 1

Repeating the center motif in the four-patch blocks adds interest…

Baroque 2

… and repeating the swirls in the borders adds even more!

Baroque 3

Now for the fun part – the prizes! To enter your name in the draw to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8, leave a comment below by midnight Friday, November 15th with your favorite instrument in the quilt Instruments of Praise. (Hint: click on each instrument in the text on the Quilt Gallery page to see a detail photo.)

Instruments CoverComplete instructions for the violin block and all the other instruments in the quilt are available in the Instruments of Praise Pattern Pack. Inside the glossy cardboard envelope, you will find a 16-page color instruction booklet along with all the full-size drawings needed to complete each section of the quilt.


As part of the celebration for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 blog tour, I will be offering $3 off the purchase price if you order on-line during the blog tour. Just enter blogtour as the coupon code to reduce the price to only $14.95. Offer expires at midnight on Sunday, November 17th, 2013.

Win a free pattern! I will draw one name from every 5 orders, refund the purchase price, and send you the pattern for free. All you’ll pay is the shipping. That’s a one in five chance of winning!

Please note that each comment submitted below must be approved before it will appear on the blog, so it might be a few minutes before your comment shows up. But don’t worry – I’ll get it! Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. gotta be the trumpet!

  2. Your Violin block is great- another quilt to add to the wish list-not enough time to do all that I would like to do. Congrats on being selected.

  3. JanineMarie says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I like the block inspired by it, too. I think my favorite block is the trumpet, but they are all lovely.

  4. What a lovely block – lots of movement – could use many different fabric and block placement.. What a wonderful design you have come up with.. My instrument would be the flute..
    Thanks for the chance.

  5. Wow what a great quilt. My favorite instrument is the strings. Very graceful looking.

  6. Congratulations-your block is beautiful! My favorite block in Instrument of Praise (which is absolutely magnificent and is surely Praise to God) is the Lyre. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  7. I LOVE the Lyre! BEAUTIFUL block! Beautiful site! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and faith.

  8. I like the saxaphone as Jazz music is my favorite.

  9. Alberta Price says:

    I do like the flute.. your work is amazing. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  10. My favorite would be the flute. Congrats on getting your block in Quiltmaker 100 Issue #8 ! And
    thanks for chance to win an issue of it.

  11. Kathy Garringer says:

    Flute. Very versatile!

  12. Rachel Wright says:

    I like very simple flutes 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  13. My favorite is “Strings” but they are all beautiful. I think my son and dil would appreciate this quilt due to it’s story. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent.

  14. Janet Frank says:

    These blocks are spectacular!! Just lovely! I like the flute, I think. Boy, the patience you have to do such intricate work.

  15. Flute… Great Block, congratulations on having it in the magazine.

  16. I would have to go with the flute as my daughter use to play it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  17. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    My favorite would have to be the flute block, as I played that instrument in high school. Thanks for the give away!

  18. Marca Fritzemeier says:

    I like the harp, with violins a close second. Beautiful, elegant work.

  19. I love all the blocks but The flute is my favorite one.

  20. My favorite instrument would be cymbals…they are so dramatic! Nice job simplifiying the original block.

  21. I like the flute, very pretty designs, so ornate.

  22. Do so love your intricate work – Love the tambourine, must be my gypsy soul:)

  23. I love the cymbals motif. I especially love the purple and beige/gold color scheme.

  24. What an amazing design. My favorite instrument is the violin. Thanks!

  25. Your block is awesome! The instrument I like best in your Instruments of Praise quilt is the violin. It’s a lovely quilt!

  26. Lisa Marie says:

    Your block is lovely and I like seeing the different setting ideas. The Instruments quilt is amazing! My favorite is the trumpet block.

  27. Dana Gaffney says:

    Your block is gorgeous! I like the strings instrument.

  28. Wow, what a stunning block. My favorite instrument is the flute.

  29. I love your block very much! Such a great quilt. My favourite are the cymbals.

  30. I like the violin best (maybe because I tried to play it as a kid!). Love the graceful curve of your fiddleheads! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. I like the violin block best. Both of my children played the violin at one time.

  32. My favorite is the flute.

  33. Great block

  34. I think my favorite is the trumpet. My son played the trumpet and this would be a neat tribute to him.

  35. Love the FLUTE, which I played years ago! Congrats on making Volume 8!

  36. Mary Hayes says:

    This is truly amazing work. My favorite instrument is the lyre.

  37. I would have to say a flute is my favorite , beautiful work , happy sewing

  38. Fabulous block – I love the sweeping curves!
    I like the trumpet!

  39. Helen Finnimore says:

    I love the clash of symbols – the colours seem to set off the design beautifully. Congratulations on being included in the magazine and really enjoyed reading your blog – I will be back again on tuesdays.

  40. Loretta Aymond says:

    My favorite instrument would be the flute. All of the instruments are beautiful as is the entire quilt, but I am partial to the flute as that is the instrument I played in high school. I wish I could afford to buy a pattern at this time, but it just isn’t in the budget, need to save every extra penny for Christmas for my Grandchildren.

  41. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    My favorite is the lyre

  42. Trina St Michael says:

    Forgot to mention that your block with the trumpet instrument is my favorite.

  43. Trina St Michael says:

    You do the most amazing and intricate work. I really enjoyed your visit at The Common Thread quilt guild in October.

  44. Barbara Arnelien says:

    Again you have shown your talent.!Love all you do, and I’ll have this on my list..Thanks

  45. My favorite instrument would be the flute. Your blocks are so lovely and I really like all of the instruments. They are just beautiful!

  46. Jeanie Moore says:

    My favourite instrument would be the harp or lyre. I love the flowing lines. You gave a trunk show at our guild in October. I really enjoyed your presentation. I love that a number of your quilts are inspired by the scriptures.

  47. Very pretty block! I love seeing the block used in a quilt and the various possibilities.

  48. Deborah Rhodes says:

    Love this block. The lines are amazing. Wish my budget allowed purchasing a pattern maybe after Christmas

  49. Chris Reid says:

    It is so hard to choose, but I will say the tambourine is my favourite. I love that this quilt is inspired by scripture. I chose the tambourine because basically anyone can play it and praise God!

  50. I really like the flowing lines of your block there is definite movement, I believe it can be dressed up or down depending on the fabrics and block placement. Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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