Blog tour: big quilt-block patterns galore (+ giveaway)

Large-Block Quilts

When author Vickie Eapen invited Stitch This! to be a part of the blog tour for her new book, Large-Block Quilts—and asked that someone in the office make a block from the book and talk about her experience—news about the challenge started a buzz. Before we could send out a call for volunteers, the news made it to the women’s restroom, where author liaison Cathy volunteered for the post right then and there. Funny how news about an excuse to make a quilt travels sometimes!

As Martingale’s author liaison, Cathy helps authors with whatever, whenever. From proposal submissions and manuscript check-in to printed books on quilt-shop shelves, she’s the person our authors email, phone, write, and drop in on with questions. One of the best parts of Cathy’s job? Unpacking projects shipped by authors. She says it’s like having Christmas every month! Cathy’s been sewing since she was 12, and quilting—with what she calls the “real” techniques, not the “get-it-done” techniques she’s used in the past—since 1999.

Each blogger on Vickie’s tour is giving away a copy of Large-Block Quilts, and winners won’t be chosen until after today. That means you can stop by all 10 blogs today and comment for your chance to win! Get links to each blogger on the tour at the bottom of this post.

Now, please welcome author liaison extraordinaire and first-time blogger Cathy to the Stitch This! stage.

A new adventure for big quilt-block patterns and solid fabrics

Large-Block Quilts is a wonderful resource for people just starting out in quilting. The big-block patterns look complicated but are simple to cut and assemble. If you are a more experienced quilter, you’ll find the book a perfect resource when you’re looking for big quilt-block patterns for bed-sized quilts to make in a hurry.

I’ve loved Vickie’s quilts since her manuscript arrived at Martingale. As I unpacked the quilts from her shipment, my mind raced. Which pattern should I make first? “Three Steps Forward,” “Stretched Stars,” “Fascination,” or “Hidden Baskets”? Which design would you choose?

Cathy's favorites from Large-Block Quilts
Clockwise from top left: “Three Steps Forward,” “Stretched Stars,” “Fascination,” and “Hidden Baskets.”

I decided: “Hidden Baskets” it is! I thought this simple block would be great for practicing with solid fabrics, a new fascination of mine. All of Vickie’s designs in Large-Block Quilts are great for experimenting with fabrics outside your comfort zone. Maybe you’ve been hesitant about a more modern style of quilting; give one of these patterns a try and join the modern movement. These are also wonderful big-block quilt patterns for beginners; you will glow from praise after your friends see what you’ve made.

Cathy's Hidden Baskets blockWith a gray background fabric and a variety of solid fat quarters, I was on my way to dabbling with the modern look. The best part is that I made two blocks, from cutting to finishing, in just under an hour! Here’s my finished basket block (right).

Vickie’s big quilt-block patterns are perfect for retreat projects. Simple oversized blocks mean you’ll have a finished quilt top or two before you leave for home! I’ll be finishing the rest of my blocks at an upcoming June retreat—and all my friends will be jealous.

Check out more blocks from the Large-Block Quilts blog tour at the links below.

Thanks for sharing your take on Vickie’s new book, Cathy! Bring your finished quilt back and share it with us, you hear?

Here’s a peek at all of the big-block designs from the book:

Block designs from Large-Block Quilts

Which block would you choose to make into a quilt first? Share your choice in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the Large-Block Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Julia, who writes:

“Three steps forward!  Love the simplicity and graphic design!"

Julia, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!

Visit all the stops on the Large-Block Quilts blog tour for even more chances to win:


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