Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour and Souvenir Hunt…

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour and Souvenir Hunt…

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Welcome! I’m so excited that today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour. If you are new to my blog, my name is Stephanie and you can read about me here.

myblockisin15_200_69600I am so happy that my block, Mountains and Plains is included in this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. There are so many designers in this issue that I admire.

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IMG_4689I took inspiration for my block from the Rocky Mountains and all the wonderful scenery that I can take advantage of here in Colorado.

IMG_4644The fabrics I used in my block are Succulence by Bonnie Christine, the purples, greens and golds are a perfect palette to represent the mountains and the plains that lead up to them. Mountains and Plains is mostly made of half square triangles.

IMG_4931My favorite method for making half square triangles allows you to get 2 units from 2 squares. You want to cut 2 squares equal to the finished size of the half square triangle plus an additional 7/8″. So if you want a 5″ finished half square triangle, cut 2 squares at 5 7/8″.

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Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the fabrics using your favorite marking tool.

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Sew 1/4″ from the diagonal line on both sides.

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Cut on the diagonal line to separate the half square triangles.

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Press to one side. Just like that you have 2 half square triangles. Make sure to trim off those extra ends so you don’t have any bulk in your quilt block. While this is a wonderful skill to have, I also have a useless talent of being a whiz at Classic Country trivia.

When I am working on blocks like this I also like to starch my fabrics prior to cutting. Generally, I get my fabrics soaked with starch and let them air dry. Once they are dry I press them and then I begin cutting. Starch helps to keep fabrics from shifting and stretching. There’s an article on the Quiltmaker’s site about starching and some additional pointers. There are some wonderful starches on the market but if you want to make your own you can do a google search to find some great recipes.

Mountains and Plains is a really versatile block. I came up with 3 variations for different layouts that I think would be fun to play with. I really love the center version.

Please be sure to visit all the other designers that are participating in today’s Blog Tour and to check out the giveaways. I have 4 copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 that I would like to giveaway.  If you’re interested in winning a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks Vol. 15 be sure to sign up below. Entries will be open through May 7.

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81 thoughts on “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour and Souvenir Hunt…

  1. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

    I follow your blog by email. kthurn@bektel.com

  2. Chris

    I follow on FB and E-mail. Nice block maybe Red and white would be my color choice.

  3. Betsy

    I love the different quilt options given with the block. I already follow you on bloglovin

  4. patriziadesigns

    Hi, Stephanie!
    Congratulations!… Great block! (I really like the center layout variation, too!)
    I’ve been following your work on your blog and on Instagram… Thank you for sharing!
    (A question, though, Stephanie… Do you make your own starch, or use a commercial product?? I like to pre-wash, so sometimes a little starch might be helpful…)
    Pat T.

  5. Sandi

    Your block is lovely! I have traveled through the mountains in CO and they sure are beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  6. Verna A.

    I follow by email.

  7. Julie Bailey

    I follow on FB

  8. Liz Horgan

    I’m following by email and instagram!

  9. Amy L

    I follow you via Bloglovin.

  10. Monica

    Congratualtions… Love your block. I follow you on instagram and email

  11. Becky Rab

    I follow through email.

  12. Sherry Hickey

    Congrats on your block in the magazine. Trying to follow on FB and your blog! Also emails when you post!

  13. Darlene B

    I am not a follower 🙁

  14. sandratimmons

    I follow thru emails. Love your block. Very easy to make and love your different layouts. They do help us a lot when you see for yourself what you can do with this block. Thank you for being a part of t QM’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour and the chance to become a winner of this fantastic magazine.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  15. Patricia

    I follow by email. Like the different layouts, great block.

  16. Lori Smanski

    Congratulations. this is a wonderful block. I love the idea of mountains and plains. and the colors you used to represent each. thanks for the tips about starching our fabric. I too love the center version of your block.
    I follow you by email and FB

  17. Suzette Harris

    Live your block. I am drawn to blocks that have that ladder look to them

  18. Joellyn K Partyka

    I love your block Mountains and Plains. It would be awesome to live so close that you could be inspired to make a block of them.

  19. moosebaymusings

    I follow on IG!

  20. Karen Jautaikis

    I like blocks with lots of pieces.

  21. Beth LaMotte

    What a great block!

  22. Rosalind Gutierrez

    I follow on Facebook, Bloglovin, & Instagram. Very clever block & made into a quilt.

  23. Lee Ann L.

    I follow on facebook and use feedly! 🙂

  24. Tina

    I follow by Instagram.

  25. Loris Mills

    I love the mountains too! Your photos of them are beautiful and your quilt block is a fun way to celebrate them.

  26. CindyD

    Very nice block – I’m just learning how to do HST’s.

  27. Barb K.

    I am from Nebraska and like your scenery–very nice block! I signed up for your blog with e-mail.

  28. Annie R

    I’m also a big fan of starch. My favorite is Faultless Spray Starch (with the blue lid). It is inexpensive, which is good since I use a lot! My process is
    1. press the fabric on one side to get the worse of the wrinkles and creases out and to warm it up, and then immediately spray with starch (starch soaks into warm fabric a little easier than into room temperature fabric)
    2. let air dry (or not, if I’m impatient)
    3. flip the fabric over and press (on the non-sprayed side) and then spray this side
    4. let air dry (or not)
    5. flip and press again
    I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that pressing with the sprayed side down helps the starch soak into the fabric instead of just lying on top.

    I really like the feel and smell of starched fabric, and I think it improves my cutting and sewing!

  29. JoyceLM

    I’m a follower of your blog via Feedly. Great block. Thanks.

  30. Mimi Patrick

    versatile – I love that about this block! I make my hst the same way you do too,, I think I need to starch more, though.

  31. Rochelle Summers

    Thank you for the tip on 1/2 square triangles. I like the block and can see the inspiration from the Rocky mountains.

  32. Kris S

    I like that your block is traditional, but you used fabrics that are reflective of who you are. Very nice.

  33. Teri

    I follow by email and on IG

  34. debbierhodes

    I follow by email.. love the block….drhodes9@cox.net

  35. Melody Lutz

    I follow by email and InstagramM

  36. Kathy E.

    Such gorgeous scenery photos! Love the block too! I am a Bloglovin’ and IG follower of yours and happy to be one!

  37. mary nett

    I really like this block. It seems really versatile.

  38. marta

    I would like to visit Colorado…nice scenery…marta

  39. Allison in Alabama

    Following on Facebook, wordpress and instagram!!! 🙂

  40. wannajava

    I follow you on FB and Instragram
    Great block, I like the idea of starching. What kind do you use?

  41. spierssusan

    I love the fabrics you chose for your block-perfect! I follow you on bloglovin, Facebook & Instagram. Thank you, Susan

  42. Gill

    Following your blog and on instagram

  43. Laura

    Lovely block. I follow by email and IG @lolly2430

  44. Suzy K

    great block.. love mountains and plains

  45. nancyangerer

    I follow your blog by email

  46. Brenda E.

    I just signed up to receive your emails!

  47. Jayne P

    Today is the first time I’ve visited your site but I’ll be sure to pop in again

  48. Rommy

    I follow you now by Blog Instagram and Facebook

  49. Bonnie

    What a great block! I love the variations in different layouts. Thanks for sharing. I follow your blog online.

  50. Wendy

    Love your block and the variations in the quilt designs. this is my first visit to your site, so, I have not been following. I will have to check it out!

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