Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Hello Fellow Bloggers. We are happy to be participating in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block’s Blog Tour. Several months ago I (Laura) was asked to submit a block for the most recent issue of this inspiring publication. The magazine is scheduled to be on the newsstands November 13th. This is a must have for all you quilt block lovers.

Here’s the block I made.

The inspiration came from a room divider I spotted at my favorite Zen Restaurant. I was enjoying a casual lunch with some of my friends after we attended one of our local quilt shows. I purchased a stack of lovely Asian prints, not knowing how I might use them until I saw this design. I’m a sucker for grid work of all sorts.

The rest was easy. Just drafting the design and inserting the fabrics into the spaces. I love it when inspiration comes easily.

Be sure to  follow the blog tour the rest of this week, Nov. 5-9 at The Quiltmaker Blog Quilty Pleasure.  There you will find inspiration, ideas and lots of giveaways. To be entered in a drawing to receive a copy of the magazine, please leave us a comment telling us one of your favorite sources of inspiration. Three lucky winners will be announced with my next post on December 4th.

I have jumped in a little early this week so want to make sure you don’t miss visiting the new exhibit in our Gallery. It features photos from our recent show at Alden Lane Nursery.

Enjoy and Happy Blog Touring Everyone!

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265 thoughts on “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

  1. Great block; it’s on my list of blocks to make from this issue! I find inspiration from web surfing, blog reading, books, and the outdoors.

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  2. Blog hops like this provide a lot of inspiration to me! Though it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the marvelous creativity! Beautiful block you’ve featured — congratulations! :)

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  3. Sometimes the best tile designs are found in bathrooms – and I always enjoy the floor tiles. Just inspiring and thanks for this opportunity. I really like your block. Judy C

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  4. Your block looks just like your inspiration screen. The fabric selection is perfect. I too get inspiration by the geometric objects and nature around us. I have a solving the “math problem” streak in me that drives me to figure out the structure of things.

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  5. What a fun block!! Inspiration for me comes from many sources – other bloggers; nature is a big inspiration for colors; surroundings are an inspiration for various designs; the fabric ultimately dictates to me the flow of a design.

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  6. Most of my inspiration is from books and magazines.
    I was also greatly inspired by some of the floors I saw in Rome, specifically the Sistene Chapel

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  7. Beautiful Block I love your choice of fabrics. I get my inspiration from the blogs that i read. There are so many amazingly talented people that are happy to share so much information it is truly inspiring.

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  8. The most inspiration used to be from books, when the internet wasn’t so readily available. Now it’s blogs, books, pictures, anything really that just tells you that will become a quilt one day. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This year My inspiration has come from visiting blogs and seeing amazing talented creative quilters yourself included. the possibitilties are endless.

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  10. I seem to keep getting color combinations from nature, particularly from flowers, plants, and trees, and then I get design ideas from a very strange place: the floor or wall tiles in bathrooms!

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  11. One of my favorite inspirations for color choices in my quilts is nature. I live in the county in MN and we have beautiful colors in each of the 4 seasons to inspire me.

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  12. I get a lot of inspiration from architecture, tile, stone flooring. When we go on vacation I am always taking pictures of the floors or walls. :)

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  13. My insperation comes from gardens; nature walks & art work/paintings. I love bold vibrant colors that swirl or meld together. I find it hard if i’m asked to do a mellow pastel quilt; it takes me forever to mix the colors to my liking; but ask for bold and i’m your gal.

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  14. My source of inspiration is the fabric itself I let it talk to me, But have some Japanese prints I now know have an idea how to use.Hope I win a copy so I can see all the other great blocks. Thanks

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  15. Your block is great! I find some of my inspiration by looking at the fabric and thinking about what type of pattern would best show the fabric off. Thanks for entering me into your drawing!

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  16. I love your block, I can totally see where it fits right in with the room divider. It also calls to mind tile work, which I always checkout for inspiration.

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  17. Loved your block. It’s always interesting seeing where others get their inspiration from. I often get mine from the quilts from the 1800’s through to the 1940’s.

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  18. Thank you for the story behind your Great Block Laura, love it and the block.
    Other quilters inspire me, retreats are a wonderful source of inspiration.

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  19. Really cool block! It was interesting to see where the inspiration came from. I probably get my inspiration from other quilters, nature and different graphic designs especially in tiles and the like.

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  20. The Alden Lane event was missed this year due to a hospital stay. I was so disappointed to miss it. Inspiration abounds at this nursery during the quilt show and other times of the year. Thanks, Laura for your blog.

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  21. I have to say that my inspiration often comes from nature. I like the way colors are combined and the light catches plants and flowers at different times of the day. I love a cut up bowl of colorful fruit, or a beautifully mixed salad. I am inspired to take photos that I share of things like that, and who know what will come of it?

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  22. Great block!! I love that–and I really enjoyed seeing what inspired it!! I get inspiration from jewelry and tilework….plus Pinterest…oi!!! :) Also, nature, of course…I live out in the country a bit and commute into a nearby city for work….through the seasons I find different inspiration. It never fails.

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  23. What a neat block and love that you shared what inspired the block. I’m still a beginner at quilting so I’m not yet creating blocks. For inspiration I love to look at my quilt stores, online and magazines for quilts I like and hopefully one day I will be designing my own. Thank you for your giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. This blog is the first 100 block blog, I have participated in. It is fantastic seeing all of the participating sites that are taking part in this blog tour. I love seeing all of the new blocks you have created they are awesome. This block looks like a fun block to make and I have ideas floating in my head on how I would like to use it in a quilt.

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  25. And I never thought of looking at the dividers in restaurants! I’ve looked at floor patterns, rug patterns, but not dividers. Whole new concept for me.

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  26. You never know where your inspiration can come from. I see free motion quilt designs in my garden ferns and toad lillies! Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on your block!

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  27. I have noticed lately that I find a lot of inspiration in restaurants. Check out the carpeting, chair/bench covers, walls etc. It’s every where!

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  28. I really LOVE your block! I think it’s amazing how you can find inspiration in everyday type of places! This block would be fun and versatile for anyone!

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  29. There is so much inspiration out there, but I love the things from the past, vintage china patterns, prints, fabrics, even the housewares my gran has in her house. Thanks for the chance!

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  30. Your blog is great and I love what inspired you. I get inspired looking at antique quilts, both in patterns and color/fabric choices.

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  31. I am inspired by me garden. I am also surprised by unusual sources of inspiration, like children’s art or flooring, etc. You block is lovely. Great fabric choices!

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  32. I love your block. I am inspired by antique quilts. I marvel at the ingenuity of our fore-mothers who used up what they had and gave beauty to utility.

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  33. Interesting block that you made. I like the way the fabric fussy cut plays into the pattern! Great job! I find a lot of interest in tiled floors. Interesting where you can find some amazing designs!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  34. Cute block. I get my inspiration from things around me and from magazines such as this. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this magazine.

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  35. Quilters see the world around differently! Very nice block design…that black really adds zip to the other fabrics (Amish secret)

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  36. Isn’t it amazing, where quilters’ find their inspiration?! I started using your book so many years ago and am happy that you are still part of the quilting world — love the block!

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  37. Design ideas are all around us. We respond to lines and the shapes they make. If I could curate an exhibit, I’d pick a design, like your lattice work, and ask artists to render it in different media — pottery, fabric, wood, polymer clay, paper, basketry. (And I’d love to win a copy of the block compilation. )

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  38. I find inspiration in nature, people, almost everywhere. I love your block and will make it. Thanks for a chance to win a copy to add to my other 5.

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  39. I LOVE QUILTING! Especially the creating part. I get my inspiration from pouring over dozens and dozens of quilts. Eventually, I find one that sparks my imagination and . . . . . away I create!

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  40. Your block is very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. I get a lot of inspiration from flowers and plants. I enjoy machine quilting and use ideas from nature quite often.

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  41. I enjoyed the story behind your design inspiration. While I usually use other’s patterns, I get color inspiration from photos or flower gardens.

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  42. Congratulations on getting your block published! It’s really lovely – I love the fabrics and colors. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  43. I’m new to quilting, but I’ve designed a few of my own projects. Lately I’ve been drawn to sketching cartoon-ish animals to applique on child quilts. I like to look at clip art and coloring books for some guidance, and then just go for, drawing my own version(s) of the animals.

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  44. I am a follow the pattern kind of gal. I do try and choose colors for the individual but the pattern is the most important part. Fun to read how you were inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Most of my inspiration comes from patterns and magazines. I’m not quite to the “design my own stage”, but I almost never make the pattern exactly as shown either

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  46. I love your block! I get my main inspiration from other blogs. I’m a newbie quilter and as of right now I am still learning how to quilt. And I love to see what all these wonderful quilters make. :)

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  47. I am a follow the pattern type of person and do not do much free designing. I usually use quilt books and magazines to find projects and pick colors to match who the quilt is for.

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  48. Ceramic tiles in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, as well as pictures of more exotic locales like Turkey really speak to me for design inspiration.

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  49. I get inspiration from sidewalk/floor tiles, brick walls, and the tiles in bathrooms. I’m always getting curious looks when everyone else is focusing on ‘famous stuff’ and I’m clicking shots of what we’re walking on (:

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  50. I love when inspiration just clobbers you over the head! Besides quilting magazines, books & websites, I find tile to be my greatest inspiration. No matter where I am, I see tile designs and think “that would make a great quilt block!”

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  51. What a great block and the inspiration was very interesting. I love to sit and watch nature outside my window. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the rain clouds are gone for a day or two. It is so beautiful in Washington state, that the love for that is my inspiration.

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  52. Congratulations on having a block in my favorite magazine publication. What a well-deserved honor. Where do I get inspiration? Recently it has come from the drawings of my grandsons. They are really creative and I am loving their color choices as well as their design elements. A bit of pondering and my own creative juices start flowing.

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  53. Your block design is lovely. I’ll bet it would look make a great pattern in a quilt top with the blocks turned different directions. Just stopping by to say “hello”. Don’t enter me in the giveaway. I’m on the tour, too. Have a super day!

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  54. Wonderful block. And just goes to show you can get inspiration anywhere. I find myself whipping out my camera phone to shoot wallpaper in a dentist’s office, flooring, and all sorts of things. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  55. Nice block and I love how you tell how you were inspired by something you saw while eating lunch. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  56. nature and architecture are my biggest inspirations when drafting a block . your block is lovely and cant wait to see a quilt out of it for the secondary pattern should be very nice

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  57. Love your block. I have just discovered how beautiful Asian prints are and have been looking for a pattern. My inspiration comes from many of the blogs I visit. I also think Quitlmaker’s 100 Blocks is a “have to have” magazine. Thanks!

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  58. I find inspiration in all sorts of strange places. Like you, I take photos of interesting designs, and see if I can translate them into patterns. I have lots of pictures of hotel carpets on my cell phone……

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  59. One of my favorite sources for inspiration is Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – I have all 5 currently and am looking forward to Volume 6!

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  60. I get most of my inspiration from quilting magazines. I’m learning to draw and this will open up my eyes to so much more inspirations available if I only take the time to observe.

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  61. Love the block, and the inspiration behind it. I often find myself sitting on a toilet (not at home) staring at the tile floor …thinking….I better take a picture of that!!! ROFLOL I hope that isn’t TMI hahahaha and I hope I win :)
    Thanks

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  62. Sometimes inspiration hits you when you least expect it! Just look around, & there it is! I also get lots of inspiration from blogs. What a wonderful “computer” world we have access to! Thanks so much for a chance at the give-away!

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  63. I love your block! Had been saving fabric from a trip to Japan and had not been inspired to cut it until now. I like the way the prints are featured but toned down by the white blocks and black sashing-so pretty. Thanks for your inspiring block.

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  64. I’m inspired by the quilting/sewing blogs I follow! So amazing to see what others’ can do, and then try to do that myself. :)

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  65. LOL – and here I thought I was strange for sticking my camera under the table at a conference to take a picture of the rug pattern as a quilt idea. Inspiration truly is everywhere. Love your interpretation!

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  66. I do get inspiration from magazines, quilt shop samples and the amazing world of blog land! So many creative and generous people out there. Thanks for sharing a copy of the latest 100 Blocks! Can’t wait to see it.

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  67. Laura, I love your block. Seeing other’s works tends to inspire me. I get to see how others use color and designs to create their works of arts. It is what I need to create my own quilts.
    Fondly,
    Jenn

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  68. What a beautiful block! I love looking at different blogs, Pinterest and even old quilts.

    Thank you and Quiltmaker for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. My greatest inspiration is probably things I see on the internet – Flickr, blogs, etc. But I have to say that I pay more attention now to architecture and such because everything seems to have some quilty possibility too.

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  70. I like how you used the lattice work as inspiration and would love to see it made into a quilt, it would be stunning. I tend to go with primitive designs in my quilts, so I love to look at antique quilts and folk art.

    Debbie

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  71. Architecture certainly does lend inspiration for a fabulous block. I like the way the black outline is not applique–I can do it! I’d love to see your block in a multiple setting–I’m betting the secondary design is as amazing as the one block on its own.

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  72. I love that your inspiration came from that room divider. I love going to antique stores and browsing through quilters blogs. Congratulations for getting your block in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks #6. You’ve got a lovely block there!

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  73. That ironwork from the restaurant is very cool. I love that type of design myself. Your block is wonderful. I have to say that most of my inspiration comes from blogs currently as I’m still somewhat new to quilting. Every once in awhile I do see something somehwere my husband and I might be that makes me think it would make a great quilt block, although I’ve never created one myself yet.

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  74. Flickr may be my biggest source of inspiration – thanks for the chance to win and congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!

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  75. I love to look at quilt blocks for inspiration. I love to look at tiles on floors and think how I could make a block out of them.

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  76. I love your block. Looks like it would be very interesting when you put a bunch together in different settings. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  77. My favorite place to go for inspiration is other quilting blogs. Quilters are the best at sharing!!
    Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  78. I like the simplicity of your block..especially with the gridwork. I am going to have to study my surroundings better. Thanks and congratulations! I am looking forward to see the pattern and trying it!

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  79. I have to admit, my source of inspiration is quilt shops, blogs, and magazines. Not that I copy them, just get inspired. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  80. One of my favorite sources of inspiration is nature. I especially love leaves and the play of light & shadow. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  81. I love wandering in beautiful gardens, visiting the seaside or mountains for inspiration. And I love checking blogs, so much creativity to inspire can be found at my on kitchen table.

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  82. Color is a major inspiration for me, I’ll see a couple of colors together that I haven’t tried yet and I’m off and sewing. Thanks.

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  83. I think the 100 blocks magazines and blog tours are my favorite sources of inspiration–so fun to meet lots of talented quilters and designers through their work on the 100 blocks!

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  84. Isn’t it amazing where quilters get inspiration? Love your block. congrats.
    I get inspiration from nature. I like using the colors I see.
    thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  85. I find inspiration in weird places- farmer’s market, mall, gas stations, see packets, children’s toys…
    thank you for the chance to win copy!

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  86. Fantastic story behind your great block! I’m so glad I found your blog through this tour, but I think my mom has talked about your work too. I get my inspiration from travel, and from letting my eyes and distance viewing relax, so I see different parts of what I’m looking/not looking at. And music is inspirational too!

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