Thursday, May 5, 2011

100 Blocks Giveaway and my block!

The lucky WINNERS of the brand new issue of 100 Blocks are.........
Sallie Quiltin' Sandy and YummYummz by Patticakes
(Sallie just emailed me and she already won an issue on another blog so we had to choose again.)
I will be contacting you both by email to get your addresses.  Thank you to everyone who participated!
PS: My kids choose the random numbers-- I tell them the range and they each choose a random number-- they never choose the same numbers as the time before either!  I figure it is the most random way to pick numbers because they don't even know why I ask!



This is my block that is in the 100 Blocks Volume 3 issue, it is on page 49.  It is made from my Tidbits line of fabric and is paper pieced.  I rarely paper piece anything, because it is not my favorite method of sew a quilt block.  This was different though.  It was fun to step out of my comfort zone and try something different.  That is one of my favorite things about submitting a block to the 100 Blocks magazine.  It allows me to do something I wouldn't normally do and still get to share it with everyone.

Though I did add that little yo-yo in the center, because it just looks so cute and that is something I would normally do!


This issue of 100 Blocks has some really wonderful and fun blocks in it.  I would love to giveaway TWO of these coveted magazines.  But I want to know something about you as a quilter.....

Leave me a comment answering this question and you will be entered in the drawing.  

"How do you step out of the box in your quilting art?"

For me it's paper piecing-- but it could be something else entirely for you and I would love to hear about it!
You can enter the giveaway through Saturday May 7th at 9 PM MST 

129 comments:

A.J. Dub. said...

That is cool! And the yoyo is the perfect little touch.
I have never paper pieced before. This looks doable. :)

Lee Ann said...

The one way I force myself to step outside the box is to participate in quiltalongs. I do love paper piecing as it's easy for me and I get accuracy.

Congrats on getting into the magazine.

Peach Rainbow said...

It's beautiful, I love the fabrics you chose!
I have never done paper piecing before but would like to try :D

debbie said...

When I go fabric shopping I buy a fabric...or two that is not in my normal comfort zone. I also like to take a class that stretches my abilities. I recently took a class, and before going told my friend I had read about the technique the teacher was teaching for one portion of the block and was not going to do it that way, I didn't like it. When I got there the teacher said we could do it either way, but suggested we try her prefered method if we had not used it before. I did as asked, and ended up loving it!

Patty said...

Crazy bright colors. Project must be able to speak.

Lyn said...

Wow, neat block! I can see that the secondary patterns would be cool with this block.

I am working on stepping out of the box with my quilting with different fabrics. I tend to prefer 30's and older repro prints, but am getting some more modern ones (Kate Spain's designs are a favorite).

Mary said...

Love this block. I love to paper piece, so this is up my alley. Very doable.To get out of my comfort zone is to use fabrics for patterns that are not 30's. There are some really cute fabrics. I am relooking at possibilities.

Sherrill said...

I LOVE paper piecing so this block is right up my alley. Stepping out of my box is when I get really brave and try a new method I've never tried (however, I'm usually a dismal failure! HA)

SubeeSews said...

All my colors!
Waving my hand here in Indiana! Pick me!
XOXOXO Subee

Amy R said...

To step out of my comfort zone I try totally different colors or "go big" since i'm normally working small blocks in reproduction fabrics. Following designers who are doing these "out of the box" type projects really helps too. They all inspire and it is great to see the similarities when compared to repro.

QBG said...

When I do an exchange in my Yahoo groups or The Quilt Show, it stretches me beyond my usual style.

Rosa said...

Beautiful!!participate in quilts along.
I love done paper piecing.

Anonymous said...

I love earth tones so stepping out of the box for me is using bold in your face color.

mhinders@myclearwave.net

Shelley Haines said...

Great block! And, I'm with you, paper piecing has opened a whole new world for me.

Celeste said...

I really like the block & the colors. I recently stepped out of my comfort zone by participating in a block challenge. A real test of my creative abilities!

Mary said...

I do Swaps and don't care to Paper Piece unless I have too! Log Cabin blocks are my enemy, can't make them without my seam ripper...
Hoep I win the drawing for the Magazine.

Linda E in AZ said...

When I step out of my box, it's usually to try something that is hard for me, like dreaming up an art quilt original design. I can much more easily work with pieced geometric shapes, so it's much more of a stretch to plan out the whole design myself.
thanks!

lpnjam@aol.com said...

Every year I pick one or two things to work on that are new to me. Not too hard to do because I am pretty new to quilting....This year I picked PAPER PIECING and curved seems...Your block certainly fits my challange

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your block is wonder Kari! For me stepping out of the box is hand applique, something I know you are very good at. Congratulations on being included in this magazine again and for having your name on the front!

grandmarockton said...

using colors I'm not comfortable with! like Yellow, orange!!

mblittle5 said...

cool block. thanks for the chance to win.

Wendy said...

learning to hand applique is out of the box for me.....

Annie of Blue Gables said...

That little yoyo really adds the perfect touch to the quilt.
Congrats on making the "cut"
~a

Linda in PA said...

I love the fabric and the block. The yoyo addition is just too cute. Stepping out of the box is difficult for me to do, but I am trying to make quilts that have more pieces and more intricate designs.

Stephanie said...

I step out of my comfort zone with every quilt, since I'm a relatively new quilter. Each new project challenges me in a different way. Congratulations on a lovely block!

SewLindaAnn said...

I step out of the box by trying passing thoughts that I get. Like I was thinking about how fresh grass picked would smear green on something and go with it.

Lisa Marie said...

Anything that requires artistic drawing skills is out of my comfort zone. I still do it sometimes, but I'm not always happy with the results. Give me graph paper and rulers anytime!

Cory said...

I love your block. Thank you for sharing it with us. Stepping out of my box is also paper piecing for me. I just don't enjoy it. Take care and God bless,Cory

Jeanne said...

Stepping outside the box for me means trying something different I have not done before or using a new fabric type I would normal not chose. That is how you grow when you try new things.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I am working on an Indian Orange Peel quilt right now--it is way outside my box! I am loving the process though and I have learned lots doing this quilt.

Julie in WA said...

I won a copy of the volume one issue of the magazine, and I was determined to make a sampler quilt. I challenged myself to learn how to paper piece and how to machine applique! I did both, using pattern blocks from the magazine. It gave me courage to try other new things I see in online blogs, such as wonky piecing and scrappy piecing.

Dee said...

I love paper piecing, but my out of the box is when I make bags or something in quilting that isn't "flat" or quilty:)

Glenna said...

For me it is thread painting or embellishing

Erin said...

I'm about to step out of my box by doing some improvisational piecing. Makes me a little nervous, but I'm also excited to get started!

Carrie P. said...

congrats on your really neat block.
For me quilt art is adding embellishments to the quilt. Like rick rack ribbon, yo yos, etc.

donna said...

Thanks to you for sharing your talent! I like paper piecing and just started using the yo-yo s in my quilts.
I step out of the box by making "modern" style quilts when I am more old, traditional quilter.

donna said...

Thanks to you for sharing your talent! I like paper piecing and just started using the yo-yo s in my quilts.
I step out of the box by making "modern" style quilts when I am more old, traditional quilter.

Gwyneth said...

i like trying to design my own stuff.

teachpany said...

I am doing 2 BOMs right now. One is Underground Railroad, and the other is QIAD's First Ladies. Both require different piecing and fabric color choices than I usually use. It is interesting and helps my regular quilting be more creative.

TheStylishHome said...

LOVE your tidbits line. These are my kind of colors!

I try to stretch myself in different ways.

I've experimented with BRIGHT (need your sunglasses) fabrics (not sure anyone could sleep under it when it was done...but would make a great night light!)

I'm open to trying different techniques....I'll say 70/30 success rate.

I love experimenting with fabrics....especially when you one that you are really not sure of is THE ONE that really makes your project snap!

swheatsue said...

I applique! (paper piecing is my favorite!)

JoyceM said...

Love your block - really enjoy foundation paper piecing. I step out of my box my mixing colors and fabrics that aren't my usual choices. Congrats on being included in the 3rd 100 Blocks mag. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sinta Renee said...

When I go to quilt conventions I take classes that are completely out of the norm for me. I take the opportunity to try something new and different, often artsy.

GailM. said...

Love it... Congratulations on getting your block selected!

Joanna said...

Just recently a blogger showed a crazy patch block, and at first I didn't think I like them. But after making a few blocks, I really love making those blocks and the way they look together.

Carla said...

Congrats!!
Good question! I love to follow patterns. I feel lost without one. So improvising is a large step for me to take. But always surprised when I do.

Vivian said...

Pretty much every project I've ever made is a chance to try something new - either a technique or quilt style or process I haven't done before or use a tool I haven't used before.

So I've learned a wealth of techniques and haven't made the same quilt twice.

JayTee said...

Applique by hand would be way out of the box for me, but I have seen patterns that I might like to do

p1aceboeffect said...

I am a new quilter and therefore have a pretty small box so far :) Hopefully the next task I can try to stretch my skills is to try free motion quilting. This will be hard to attempt because I'm positive that it take a while to get the hang of it and I don't want to just give up on it right away because it looks horrible when I do it. Just got to get up the nerve. :) Thanks for the chance to win this awesome magazine.

jennhgray at gmail.com

VickiT said...

What a great looking block. Very pretty and that adorable yo-yo in the center is perfect. I'm still very new to quilting so for sure any applique would be out of my comfort zone as I've been afraid to try that yet. I do have all the necessary tools to do so and am hoping to find the nerve soon.
Congratulations on being included in Issue 3.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

That block looks gorgeous, I have just got a tutorial on dvd for paper piecing a lone star quilt. I have only done English paper piecing which is quite different ( to make hexagon flowers) . Belonging to a craft forum and joining in on the swaps has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone, as I have had to make items I have never sewn before.
Just finished a table topper and framed hexagonal coasters recently, now it's back to quilting! :)

Kris said...

I love to paper piece however I have wanted to make a Mariner's Compass or complicated star block for some time and seem to have Quilter's Block when it comes to these blocks. I need to step out of the box and Just Do It!

lynnquiltsalot said...

I'd have to agree that paper piecing is stepping out of the box in quilting for me. I don't do a lot of paper piecing, but I have to say that it stretches me.

Love the little yo-yo in the middle of your block. Too cute!

Sallie said...

I step out of the box by doing some machine quilting on my sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carol Sc said...

Adding beads and other embellishments to my quilts is out of my comfort level --- and I don't do it very often. I really like the music that is playing on your blog, while I am reading and typing.

Louster said...

Love the yoyo in the middle!!! I am always trying new things and learning new things:) Sometimes I have to relearn certaint hings....the iron does burn you:) hahaha!!!

Carol C. said...

I have just purchased some fabrics that are way different from what I usually use for quilting, and I am having fun thinking of a more modern design for sewing them. I tend to be more traditional. Love the yo-yo, it adds such a perfect finishing touch to a great block!

Duff said...

I learned how to use Angelina--it's fabulous! And easy! It was the first time I tried something new and it was a real breakthrough for my creativity.

Kathy H said...

Love the little yoyo in the center. When I want to do something out of the box, I try colors that I would not usually use or try to work with fabric that I don't like very much. To see if I can make something wonderful out of it.

mtnhomequilter said...

The way I step out is by using different color combinations than I like. I make ALOT of baby quilts for neighbors, friends, and family. I let them choose the colors or theme and sometimes it kills me to put something together that to me is horrid, but am thrilled when I see them using it all the time and loving it. Dana nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

mageez said...

To get out of my quiling box I participate in challenges from my little quilt group. Forces me out of my comfort zone.
maggie

Patty D from NC said...

congrats on being published. please enter me in giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Applique is completely out of my box so your block is VERY appealing to me. You have great colors to bring life to your block

gill said...

I try to use colours that I normally avoid!

SherryB said...

For me to step out of the box, it would be to do something with applique...I've done it very little but tend to stick to good old faithful piecing. And working with batiks would be another step, so I guess appliqueing with batiks would be a 2-step program for me! Congratulations on getting your block in the magazine; can't wait to try it...I DO like paper piecing and your block looks very fun!

The Village Queen said...

My box has big walls for designing. I dont think Im any good at it and I have the hardent time picking fabrics when I like a pattern but not the colors its orginally done in.
Love the tiny yo yo in the center!

Jen said...

I jump in with both feet! If I want to learn FMQ, I join a challenge and choose a big quilt to practice on. If I want to learn applique, I sign up for an outrageously hard (but beautiful!) applique BOM. Love your block, congrats for making it in the magazine!

WoolenSails said...

I find challenges help me to try new things and have fun with quilting friends, at the same time.

Debbie

quilt cookie said...

I try to experiment with colors I would not normally use. I wish I knew how to paper piece.

Christie said...

Congrats on getting your block in Vol. 3! Any kind of applique is out of the box for me! HUGS... and stitches

Shirley said...

The only way I can step out of the box is by following someone else! Great block!

GerryART said...

Recently some of us formed a sub group in our Quilt Guild. We, as individuals, wanted to make Art Quilts and needed an jump start to do it. We figured that if a group of like-minded quilters could get together we'd motivate ourselves to get moving. And that we are. We've had four or five meetings and are accomplishing quilts that we' had only dreamed about before.
We all have the desire to do the traditional as well.
I've love to win a copy of this great book!!!
hugs,
Gerry

Aggiequilter said...

Congrats on the 100 BLOCKS !!
Paper piecing was also a BIG step out of the box for me ... but machine quilting has been my BIGGEST step so far, and I'm loving it ! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

Cathy said...

Love your block. My step out of the box quilting is to make fabric by sewing scraps together and then making a block out of it. Congrats for being in the magazine. Thanks for the giveaway. Hugs

Wendy said...

Congratulations on being included in this 3rd Volume of 100 Blocks ... yay you! As for stepping out of the box, I would have to say using a print or color in a set that I would never use without the suggestion of someone I trust.

LisaT said...

Honestly, I havent stepped out much as I generally follow patterns. However, I do sometimes change up the design and incorporate embroidery.

Becky said...

I stepped out of my box on a project using Marti Mitchell plastic templates. I learned alot doing the quilt, but I don't plan to use that method again.

Marcia W. said...

I like this block with the little whimsy of a yo-yo! That would be out of my teeney quilting box too. Congratulations on landing in v3 of QM 100 Blocks! Thanks for the giveaway.

scottylover said...

I am stepping out of my comfort zone for a guild challenge by using bright batiks, something I don't normally use. Of course, I didn't stray too far out of the box since I am using my favorite colors, blue and pink! :P

Sandy A

Jo said...

Steping out of the box for me is trying something new that I am already convinced I will not be able to do. Last week I tried curved piecing, OMG, it took me 4 days (ok I don,t have alot of sewing time in a day so stop rolling you eyes)and trying a few different methods, but I finally think I have it down.

Pat V. said...

Anything with curves is WAY out of my comfort zone, so I'm trying Judy Niemeyer (not shy about stepping out of my box, that's for sure.)

I LOVE paper piecing, and will certainly be trying your block!

jrt14 said...

This is a hard question. I do not get out of my comfort zone too much because I do not have much free time to quilt. I recently did purchase a group of shop hop kits in brown colors and look forward to the playing with a color that I do not normally use. Blue is my favorite color to work and I also plan to do the pattern in that colorway as well.

Judy W said...

For me stepping out of the box is attempting hand applique or working on a scrap style quilt. Neither come naturally to me!
Judy W

Kaye M said...

Love your block and the fabrics are great! The out of the box thing that I did lately was to make the mystery quilt at our guild. I usually like to know "up-front" what I'm making so this was something new for me.

James-Linda said...

So Neat! Thanks for sharing!
I've been using RedWork blocks on cream solids+piecing around them for either quilts or using one for a wall hanging!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Anonymous said...

Love the block. For me stepping out of the box is working will yardage instead of scraps and making it all matchy-matchy. I have a really hard time cutting into yardage!

Melissa G
garcia@reydelasnaciones.com

~Kathleen said...

I'd like to step out of the box in my quilting art by making an art quilt and entering it in a local quilt show this year. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Sheri said...

Fantastic block! I keep trying to do more freehand quilting like the "wonky" blocks.

Deb said...

Love the yo-yo in the center! Paper piecing would definitely be stepping out of the box for me, too. I've never done it. I'd love to win the 100 Blocks book.

Lee said...

I like to have someone else pick out the fabric and then decide on the design for it! thanks and congrats on the block!

Patty said...

Recently it has been sewing circular quilts, but I will try just about anything at least once.

Candace said...

Thank you for the chance to win an issue! I am currently working on applique...this is something I've always avoided because I'd heard it was way hard!

Gloria said...

your block is very inticing, I would like to try paper piecing, I could try your block.

Ned's Place said...

I really like your block it's calling my name as I like to paper piece.
I am stepping out of the box at the moment regarding color, making an applique quilt by Kim McLean which is everything goes where as I'm used to coordinating my colors and fabrics.

Laura said...

Great block! I like to improvise to create a whimsey or a "wow" in my work.

Quilter Kathy said...

I love to sew mystery quilts in unusual colours combinations and have fun! I make quilts for no reason, other than fun!

KatheG said...

Love your block. Thinking of gifts for my friends and family and what would fit their personality is what gets me out of my comfort zone.

Cecilia said...

I participate in the Challenge quilts that my guild has each year as a way to step out of my comfort zone. I even won 2nd place the second time. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol said...

I try to incorporate new methods in each project. I recently made yo-yo's for the first time to embellish a project. It was fun.

Cat said...

Cute block and I think that I have some fabric that would be perfect. Thanks for the design. I am working on 2 projects that I never thought I would do - one an English paper pieced hexagon quilt and the other a Hawaiian applique wallhanging. Both out of my normal confort zone. I don't know when they will get finished - but it has been fun working on them.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

About the most stepping out I do is to pick my own fabrics. I have normally used kits.

Sandra said...

My "stepping out of the box" is doing applique. I just can't seem to do it well enough for others to see it. Congratulations on being selected. I love the block, it has so many possibilities.

Beth said...

Your block is sooo cool. I love the shapes. Paper piecing is greeat for those tricky shapes.
I am trying to step out of the box by being very scrappy. IK sometimes tend to be a bit matchy.

Busy As Can Be said...

I love the block Keri! And your booth looked so cute at the quilt show! I step out and I alway seem to fall back in....its a struggle to step out! LOL but I will keep on trying!

manybooks said...

Wow - I just love that block! It has so much movement! I am so new to quilting that I don't know if I step out at all... I'm pretty much a pattern follower and a rule follower! I did 'create my own pattern' i guess when I needed to use some fussy cuts for a quilt, so I guess that was stepping out LOL.

shortseam said...

I do not have a comfort zone it is all danger zone for me. he he

Janet said...

I love to play with tiny scraps of fabric. I only make post cards or very small quilts because they are a lot of work, but so much fun.

Nancy said...

For me, it would have to be curved piecing, and no, I've never stepped out of the box for that! LOL!

Mama Said Sew said...

I'm a planner and I like things symmetrical. For me, stepping out of the box is doing improv quilting or anything assymetrical.

Anonymous said...

Paper piecing would be stepping out of my box. Thanks for a chance to win.
Cindy W.
cwcavy@hotmail.com

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

This week I pushed my envelope by trying a new quilting technique on my long-arm machine. As I see new concepts, I try them...keeps me learning!

amy dame said...

oh, i love your block! it must be amazing sewn up into a quilt.

i tend to try different techniques fairly regularly, because i always have a million ideas that i'm jumping between, but recently i started making bias binding, and bias piping, and now i'm working on a project with bias tape applique.. it's definitely out of my comfort zone (and beyond my patience level some days!), but i love how the hand of the fabric changes and the neat effects you can get by cutting a print on the bias.

Beth said...

I step out of my rigid box when I use vibrant colors or colors I would normally avoid (like orange). Since my sweetheart loves those energetic hues, I have a good reason to stretch.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Barb said...

Stepping out of the box involves paper piecing or foundation piecing. I'm not comfortable with either technique. Might have to give your block a try though, because perfect points are needed to get the right look ;)

Evelene S said...

Your fabrics and the block is so pretty. I have never appliqued a square for a block so I am going to make the Baltimore Christmas quilt and really take a big leap-wish me luck. Congratulations on being in the magazine and thanks for the giveaway.

JIL said...

Learning to hand embroider is my latest stretch. I didn't think it would be possible but after some encouragement found it even had side benefits of feeling calmer and more relaxed. (It's a battle to hand stitch when you are tense.)
Thanks for reminding us of the benefits of going beyond ourselves, something good is usually behind that door as you have found in your own work, which is lovely.

mascanlon said...

You hit the nail on the head, I rarely paper piece or do fusible applique but sometimes when I am looking for a quick pop or strong l element I go for one or both!

Darlene B said...

I do try different techniques - english paper piecing, foundation piecing, applique....if I try it and don't like it, I don't have to do it again! (But I like all of it!)

jybquilter said...

It's outside my box to do a mystery quilt, and I've never done one yet that I liked at the end. I will keep trying, though.

deserae said...

I get ideas from other quilters' blogs to get new ideas of things I haven't tried before.

Stormy Days said...

I've never tried paper piecing but it's in my future. Recently I stepped out of my box with a difficult pattern of stars with inset pieces. I called it my slap down quilt because for days I said "I'm not a quilter".

kwiltnkats said...

I'm out of my box anytime I tackle an applique project. I have been trying a few new things this year; most recently its been with the product Texture Magic. Who knows what's next? Glad you designed out of your box as I love paper piecing. Sandi

stichnRN said...

i try to do different things.....hand dying. making priority quilt for AAQI, joining challenges and round robins, design my own quilts with blocks, resizing or redesigning from patterns......
i can't wait to get this magazine.

Gretchen said...

I step out of the box by using different fabrics or trying new techniques. My most recent was using Kaffe Fasset fabrics for the first time.

Debbie said...

Using embellishments on my wall hangings ~presently my 'out of the box' area ~ such fun.
Thanks for sharing a great block.

annmarie said...

I always make sure I am working on either a quilt-a-long or a round robin or something where there are "rules" I must follow. This gives me the opportunity (makes me!!) step out of my box & try things I wouldn't normally do.

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

I was recently awestruck by the Art Quilts at the HMQS show in Sandy, Utah - I am going to leap, not step, out of my comfort zone and try one of those - YIKES!

Quiltjane said...

I step out of my artistic comfort zone by using bold fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Hillary said...

Hey Kari this is Hillary I'm from Designing Happy and the Missouri Star Quilt Co. Just wanted to let you know that I'm loving your blog and excited to play with your fabric that I came home with from Market! I think I got tidbits :) It was great to talk with you at Market I hope things continue to go amazing for you!