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.

Comments are closed for this post.

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:


268 Comments

  • This is an easy choice for me. I fell in love with the Hidden Basket Block ever since I saw it on the Front Cover of the Book.

    —Sandy D on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose Stretched Stars for my quilt.

    Anita on April 29, 2013
  • I like the first block in the third row or the last two in the 4th row. I don’t know the names of the blocks.

    Karen on April 29, 2013
  • Fascination! Thanks for the chance!

    donna on April 29, 2013
  • I love the seventh block! I really love all these blocks it is very modern and I can imagine these blocks in lots of colors!

    Elizabeth Johnson on April 29, 2013
  • I like three steps forward!

    —Katie Cohagen on April 29, 2013
  • Who doesn’t love a quilt top that is quick to piece. I believe I would start with the third block from the left on the second row. It looks like one could have a lot of fun with colour using it.

    —Audrey on April 29, 2013
  • I love the Hidden Baskets block, it reminds me of an upside down heart. I find the hearts/valentines in everything, my maiden name is Valentine. As soon as my LQS gets Vickie’s book in, I’ll have it (if I don’t win). Thanks for another peek! ;-> Toni Anne

    —Toni Anne on April 29, 2013
  • I think that my first block would be the stretched stars block. I love the look of star blocks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Vicki’s book. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the different blocks on this blog tour.

    —Cecilia on April 29, 2013
  • Book looks like fun. The blocks are great. Thanks for the chance to win a free book!

    —Sue on April 29, 2013
  • I’d go with the block that is the fourth row – third in from right. Looks like it would be a great stash busting project! I love the book – I’d love to win a copy – thanks~

    —Christine Rival on April 29, 2013
  • I really like the # 8 block. It reminds me of baskets without all the fussy cutting of baskets.

    —kathy h on April 29, 2013
  • 2nd row, 3rd block from the left, or the 1st one on the 3rd row. Both look like they’d be fun.

    —Jill Ellis on April 29, 2013
  • They are all wonderful, but if I had to pick only one it would be the basket.

    —Linda on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the one in the third row second from the left.
    Thanks for the chance to win this cool book.

    —Shawn on April 29, 2013
  • I would so like to win this book. babscorbitt@gmail.com

    —barbara on April 29, 2013
  • Number 7 for sure! Love all of them.

    —Jenny Mahieu on April 29, 2013
  • Forgot to put choice for making a quilt. It would be fascination babscorbitt@gmail.com

    —barbara on April 29, 2013
  • I love the Hidden Baskets quilt. Can’t go wrong with hearts in a basket, even if they are upside down!

    —gab on April 29, 2013
  • I an intriqued with the Hidden Baskets pattern. The block is very modern and "edgy" and I would never have thought about choosing it until I saw the block finished. It looks like a "keeper pattern".
    Thanks for sharing~
    Anita on April 29,2013

    —Anita Bydlowski on April 29, 2013
  • THREE STEPS FORWARD!!! Love the pattern and the fabric used in the photo!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    —Barbara McDonald on April 29, 2013
  • Love the Hidden Baskets block!

    —Gail Christianer on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the Hidden Basket block first.

    —Nancy Harvey on April 29, 2013
  • Love the stretched stars block so that would be the first one I’d make. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    —Terry on April 29, 2013
  • I will make design #16. I would love to make one.

    Karee on April 29, 2013
  • I love the star block that Kate Spain did. Quaint is a selfdescribed name! It is my favorite 🙂

    Sandy Spence on April 29, 2013
  • I really like hidden baskets as well , all great blocks though! Thanks for the chance to win.

    sheila on April 29, 2013
  • From the set of block photos on the bottom, I would choose 2nd row third one from left. Looks like vines or even snakes for toddler quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Christina on April 29, 2013
  • Since I’m noted for my insanely brilliant ideas, I’d make the second row, third from the left quilt first. It looks like a hangover in the making. Did I say that?

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on April 29, 2013
  • Three Steps Forward

    Lorraine M on April 29, 2013
  • The first one I’d make is the cover quilt, love them all.
    Thanks

    —Pat Meyer on April 29, 2013
  • Hard to decide but I love stars, so stretched stars is a must but the 3rd row 2nd from left really interests me so I think I would do it first.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on April 29, 2013
  • My favorite is the hidden baskets. Thanks!

    —Debbie H on April 29, 2013
  • “Hidden Baskets” is the design I would choose to make first. So many cute patterns here – I’d have a hard time choosing my second quilt pattern!

    —Cheryl B on April 29, 2013
  • I’d start with the third block over in the second row. Love the movement in that one!

    —Lisa Marie on April 29, 2013
  • like them all but the block on the cover of the book is my favorite just looking at it I can see it is many color ways and even for a Hero Quilt red,white and blue. Quick and easy . Thanks for the oppertunity
    to winn and e-book

    —Darlene Joyner on April 29, 2013
  • Love the fascination block

    —Jackie Shulsky on April 29, 2013
  • I think I would do Hidden Baskets. It’s an interesting design.

    —Wanda on April 29, 2013
  • I like the first one in the top left corner! I’ve enjoyed the blog tour.

    Deb on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose the Hidden Baskets. The layout of the design would work so well with so many different color and fabric combinations!

    —Linda Tillis on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose the hidden basket I love the basket design.
    Lena mae brasure

    —Lena Mae brasure on April 29, 2013
  • I like the Stretched Stars block. I really like all kinds of star blocks especially some that are a little wonky. Thanks for the chance to win Vicki’s book.

    Tami Chaulk on April 29, 2013
  • Love the second star shaped block on the last row. Really like the colors of this block too. I’ve been seeing a lot of gray and really like it!

    —Nancy D on April 29, 2013
  • Love the modern look to these patterns.

    —Louise Peeler on April 29, 2013
  • Stretched the Stars would be my first and I also lovded Hidden Baskets

    —Judi Reiss on April 29, 2013
  • I choose the hidden basket I Love that pattern love the baskets
    Lenamae

    Lena Mae brasure on April 29, 2013
  • 2nd row, third block from the left. Looks like it would be a great repeat pattern.

    Nita on April 29, 2013
  • There are so many questions as to which quilt would be done first.

    —Connie B on April 29, 2013
  • I think I’d make the Lantern Lights block first.

    —Christine Slaughter on April 29, 2013
  • Not sure of the name of the block but I really like the red, white, and blue block that looks like a wreath. Love it!!!

    Cindy L on April 29, 2013
  • I like the 2nd block in the 2nd row. I like the 2 color contrast.

    —Carol on April 29, 2013
  • I lithe last one, really like t pastels and the design!

    —Jo on April 29, 2013
  • three steps forward and streched stars would look great together…Three steps stretched…..large blocks are such fun to play with…..Have a great quilting day!!!

    —Darlene Krystal on April 29, 2013
  • Wow, they are all fabulous, but I think Three Steps Forward would be my first one from the book. Thank you for the chance to win it!!

    —Rosalee on April 29, 2013
  • Thanks for the inspiration!

    —Kathie Fosnaugh on April 29, 2013
  • Wow! Those Big Blocks are right up my alley-simple and quick. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great inspiration.

    —Rosemary on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose Three Steps Forward. Looks like a fun set of projects!

    Olivia O'Sullivan on April 29, 2013
  • I’d try the hidden baskets. looks like a challenge

    —Barbara on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose the last block featured. I make about one donated quilt per month, and this looks like the perfect pattern to use!

    Pam Hunt on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the first block in the second row for my first quilt.

    —SUE ANN MANLIEF on April 29, 2013
  • I like the third block in the second row but they are all interesting.

    —Sheryl Miller on April 29, 2013
  • I’m thinking about Fascination for my first quilt from this book–hard choice, though, since so many look good.

    —Beth T. on April 29, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets! Thanks!

    —Christa Dunn on April 29, 2013
  • I’d love to win your giveaway.thx

    —claire on April 29, 2013
  • I’ve been entrigued by the basket square (bottom row left) for a long time, but I would think something simple would be better fot a first quilt just so it wouldn’t be frustrating getting all the points to match.

    —Carole on April 29, 2013
  • The Stretched Stars has always intrigued me—-I need to try that for sure!!! Hidden Baskets is amazing also.

    —Diane Schwarz on April 29, 2013
  • Love all the quilts in the book. The first quilt that I would make would be "Hidden Baskets."

    —Rosi C on April 29, 2013
  • I’d like to try the one in the third row, 2nd from left. It’s kind of a zig zag facing each other. It’s in the placement of half square trianges so I think that would be a fun one to do.
    Thanks!

    —Marie Eddins on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose the 3 steps forward block first! It looks like it would be great for using up scraps or fat quarters!

    —Debbie Reber on April 29, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets is my choice, it is so clever. I can see it with so many bright large print floral fabrics…yummy!

    —Dee Daniel on April 29, 2013
  • I LOVE the 7th block but, don’t know its name 🙁

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on April 29, 2013
  • I’d make Hidden Baskets first, as well. It’s a pattern I haven’t seen before and would be a fun way to use up scraps.

    —Lori B on April 29, 2013
  • Would love to win this! I am almost finished with my very first quilt and am so excited to learn more techniques and beautiful patterns to use! Thanks!

    —Christa Dunn on April 29, 2013
  • I would love to make Hidden Baskets for my 1st. quilt. I love
    all of them.Thanks

    —Denise Kreider on April 29, 2013
  • I like the Stretched Stars block. Any of these blocks would make a fast quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. 🙂

    —Sheila on April 29, 2013
  • There are several I want to try, I think I’d begin with the Stretched Stars.

    —Pat V. on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the basket block – the top from a floral and the bottom all the same textured brown.

    —Lorraine Balogh on April 29, 2013
  • I like the Hidden Baskets. Maybe in modern fall prints with a brown mottled background…

    —Barbara Ostrander on April 29, 2013
  • My favorite is the second block in the fourth row. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    —Bonnie on April 29, 2013
  • I would really like to do the Three Steps Forward block but, they all look fun to do. Thanks for a chance!

    —Wendy P on April 29, 2013
  • I love the fifth one(first on the second row). I don’t know it’s name but I love doing half square triangles.

    —Maggie Radliff on April 29, 2013
  • i love the hidden baskets… I think the dark makes heart shapes…

    —Lawana Whaley on April 29, 2013
  • My very first quilt was Jacobs ladder and I just made a second one recently. I like the pattern although for me it does take time to sew it up. one of my favorites!

    —diane on April 29, 2013
  • I would love to make the hidden baskets quilt.

    —Janet Giberson on April 29, 2013
  • I just love "Three Steps Forward" because it looks like colored lace!!

    —Dottie on April 29, 2013
  • I would love to make the quilt design fascination using the first quilt block on the third row. The design "Fascination" looks very interesting.

    —Josefina Flores on April 29, 2013
  • my first quilt was Jacobs ladder and recently I sewed my second one in pastels. Love the pattern. I recently won a pattern very similar to the baskets and looking forward to putting that up too.l

    —diane on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose Hidden Basket from the cover! Fabric choices would make such a difference in finished quilt style. I love the Big Block quilts because I have some hope for actually finishing ; )

    —S on April 29, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets is a charmer!

    —Bergere on April 29, 2013
  • Looks like a great book with wonderful blocks. Thanks for the chance to win. Crossing my fingers.

    —Terry J. on April 29, 2013
  • I like "Hidden Baskets". I always like to search for the hidden design in a quilt. This basket was a little surprise.

    —Jeanne J. on April 29, 2013
  • I would first make the zigzag looking block because it just looks like fun!!

    —Ele W. on April 29, 2013
  • Hi!!! They are all very pretty!!! I think I would like to take the first two on the third row and use them together!!! I think you could arrange them very pretty together!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

    carla bynum on April 29, 2013
  • I would make #10 first followed by #16. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

    —Rina on April 29, 2013
  • hidden baskets!!!

    —judy on April 29, 2013
  • I would like to try the Hidden Baskets first!!

    —Lourdes Fay on April 29, 2013
  • I would do the 8th block. I think it is just beautiful.

    —Janine Batcheller on April 29, 2013
  • Love this block! I think it was a great choice for the cover quilt–makes me want to buy the book!

    —Janet on April 29, 2013
  • I think I would choose the Three Steps Forward block. I love the fabrics as well.

    —Karen on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose "Three Steps Forward" to make first I think.
    They are all really neat.

    —Janie L on April 29, 2013
  • would love to win thanks

    barbara woods on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the basket block!

    —Susan Gray on April 29, 2013
  • They’re all beautiufl block. It will be hard to decide which to try first.

    —Lourdes Fay on April 29, 2013
  • I would first make a quilt with the third block in the second row. They are all delightful.

    —Jill Hicks on April 29, 2013
  • Love those big blocks! Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Debbie in WA on April 29, 2013
  • I would like to make the quilt that is 3rd in the 2nd row pictured on the blog. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of the book.

    —Nancy Myers on April 29, 2013
  • I love the first block in the second row! I’d make a quilt using nautical colors! I think it looks a bit like a life preserver!

    —Lynette Root on April 29, 2013
  • I love your your big block patterns. Being an art quilter who would like to try a more traditional approach but still have color punch your book looks like the answer for me.

    —JoyQuilts on April 29, 2013
  • stretched star

    —Bea on April 29, 2013
  • I like the Hidden Baskets because the handle makes a heart shape. Fascination is interesting also. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie B on April 29, 2013
  • I like fast and easy for some projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie B on April 29, 2013
  • Stretched stars looks great. It has been on my to-do list for a while, but I have not made it yet. Thank you!

    Barb in MI on April 29, 2013
  • After seeing what beauty can be created with scraps, I would like to try the third block from the left in the last row making multiple blocks and using them in one of the designs from the Log Cabin books.

    —Ginnie on April 29, 2013
  • Wow – this books is truly a winner!! Thanks for the chance.

    —Jane on April 29, 2013
  • I have to confess. Glancing at the cover, I did not see the baskets until they were mentioned. Clever ideas I will definitely try.

    —Carol on April 29, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets, the cover quilt block, is the first I want to make. All of these are great looking blocks and I want to win a copy of this book (autographed?). Thanks for the chance.

    —MarciaW on April 29, 2013
  • Bottom row, second from the left is my favourite.

    Rachelle on April 29, 2013
  • Hello there… first of all… I would like to say how much I enjoy your emails and the creative journeys they take me on in the world wide web…

    with these big blocks… I have a few favorites for sure and eventually I will probably try my hand at each of them… our small town fair has a class for a sampler quilt… each block different … so what I would like to do is make one block of each pattern and put them together for a sampler quilt and then enter the finished quilt in the fair… not only will I have a finished quilt that will be entered in the fair but I can also try each block and then decide which block to go with for a quilt of all the same kind… I’m kinda like that when I just can’t make up my mind… It’s not that I’m undecided… it’s just that when it comes to quilts and fabric… I want it all… do it all… buy it all… lol

    Hello, Beth! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoy our little corner of the Web! Thanks so much for your kind words. And what a great idea to do a Sampler Quilt. Send us a photo when it’s done please?

    Cheers,
    ~Cornelia

    —Beth Finn on April 29, 2013
  • I would go straight for Fascination. But they are all lovely and tempting.

    —Teresa on April 29, 2013
  • Hello! I’d like to make "Hidden Baskets"!
    Thanks for sharing!

    —Linda on April 29, 2013
  • I am really having to think about which large blocks pattern I would make first. Since I have been making quilts for my new granddaughter, the blocks that would expose larger pieces of the cute fabrics are enticing. However, I keep coming back to the 3rd block in the 1st row, the one that reminds me of the poles that used to stand guard over our country roads. I think that this block would work into a modern quilt. I am anxious to try this pattern.

    —Mary on April 29, 2013
  • I like the third design in on the first row, or the hidden baskets, either look a bit different and interesting to try 🙂

    —Sue Harrington on April 29, 2013
  • I think I would first make the block from the second row, third block from the left. It will be a great quilt. Thanks for the chance.

    —Vicki H on April 29, 2013
  • this looks like a great quilt book… I would like to make the lantern quilt… looks like fun and quick and easy… great way to crash my stash of scraps…. thanks for the opportunity to win your book… happy quilting

    —Beth Finn on April 29, 2013
  • I like #15 in the book…it gives a nice balance and various colour combinations will make each quilt unique. With the large blocks a quilt can be created quickly with satisfying results.

    —Ann Reid on April 29, 2013
  • I like the Hidden Baskets blocks–turn it around and I see hearts!!

    —Nancy on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the block called Quaint….looooove it in the old fashioned prints…..lives up to the name! Awesome block!! (& Book!!!)

    —Lori Morton on April 29, 2013
  • I’d go with the last row, second block (don’t know the name of it!). Would love to have this book!

    —Maeve on April 29, 2013
  • 2nd block, 2nd row. Love the positive/negative look, and what a good stash buster!

    Nancy on April 29, 2013
  • Love –love–love it all! Great book–delicious fabric!!! Just for me.

    —Diane Schwarz on April 29, 2013
  • Went to Stitch This for my chance to win. Made me think of Victorian crazy quilting.

    —Lynne on April 29, 2013
  • I love the stretched stars block. It’s perfect for a baby quilt!

    —Terri E on April 29, 2013
  • I would use the block in the second row fourth from the left – I call it Block #8. That would make a great quilt. I really love all the blocks and they would make a really great scrappy quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Bonnie Thiem on April 29, 2013
  • I wish I had seen this before the last day, but hope there is a chance for me to win the free book! Love the ideas I have seen…

    —Gail H Henry on April 29, 2013
  • Love this variation on stretched stars!!!

    Regina on April 29, 2013
  • That is such a hard choice! I love the Hidden Basket, but I also love Three Steps Forward, and the lantern block, and Stretched Stars… Oh my!I think I’d make all of them, but start with 3 steps! 😉 Thanks for the chance!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on April 29, 2013
  • Thanks for the blog tour and the multiple chances to win a copy of this book! I loved seeing all the blocks.

    —Cassie Gribble on April 29, 2013
  • Great block, would love to win a copy of this book.

    —Sandy K on April 29, 2013
  • I really like Hidden Baskets….but it is hard to chose…they are all so pretty and look easy to make. I love this giveaway and hope that I will win a book.

    —Cindy K on April 29, 2013
  • My favorite is Quaint, although I also love several others. It’s a great book!

    —Florence on April 29, 2013
  • I would make fascination first. I could just see using a different fat quarter for each block out of a new MODA print. I love the design.

    —Fran on April 29, 2013
  • I really like the Hidden Baskets…this books looks really great to have.

    —Cindy K on April 29, 2013
  • A difficult choice – will go for ‘Hidden Baskets’

    —Anne on April 29, 2013
  • I like the lantern block, and the 2nd block on the 3rd row (in the Tula Pink fabrics) best; I would do one of those!

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on April 29, 2013
  • Love the book, the quilts are so fun and pretty

    —Corinne on April 29, 2013
  • I like the second block in the top row. Looks like a nice pattern would develop! This looks like a great book.

    —Paula on April 29, 2013
  • I would pick the block in the upper corner, the star

    —Corinne on April 29, 2013
  • I like all of the blocks, but my first choice would be Hidden Baskets

    —Peg Rowlee on April 29, 2013
  • I like the lantern lights block and the hidden baskets too.

    —Diane on April 29, 2013
  • My first choice is Hidden Basket

    —Peg Rowlee on April 29, 2013
  • I love those old 4 big block quilts with their applique.
    I always wanted to make one.
    Vickie’s book has translated them into Modern Quilts.

    I think I’d make the power pole one first. Top Row number 3.
    Just think of all the fun with settings – turning the block on its side – alternating backgrounds so it looks as though the quilt is woven …. ahhhhhh

    —Helen from Hobart on April 29, 2013
  • What a great book to add to someone’s quilt library. I am thinking one could make a fairly quick quilt using one of these patterns.

    —Karen L. on April 29, 2013
  • I can’t wait to do Stretched Stars.

    —Susan Edwards on April 29, 2013
  • I choose Hidden Baskets. And I will begin my quilt as soon as possible.

    —Maria Serto on April 29, 2013
  • I would choose three steps forward. The repetition appeals to me.

    —Laura G. on April 29, 2013
  • I am really liking 3 steps forward!

    —Loretta Gjeltema on April 29, 2013
  • It’s so hard to choose just one! I would in up with a couple that compliment each with the colors of choice. Some times its harder to decide on the block patterns as it to cut and assemble. But I love it when it all comes together.

    —DeEtta Burney on April 29, 2013
  • Love the hidden baskets block, so, that’s the one I would make first

    —Terry on April 29, 2013
  • I love number nine! Would love to make it
    Candi H

    —Candi Harris on April 29, 2013
  • I’d make hidden baskets, I like that quilt block.

    —Susan on April 29, 2013
  • I love the checkerboard block. So cute and reminds of the games I played as a child.

    —Emily C on April 29, 2013
  • I like "three steps forward". Would love to have your book to try new large designs!

    —Paula on April 29, 2013
  • The first choice would be "HIDDEN BASKETS". This would be a great scrappy quilt as I have lots of left over fabric to put to good use.
    Thank you for letting us comment on projects like this. It make things very interesting.

    —Marion Barclay on April 29, 2013
  • Great patterns. Looking forward to trying some of them. Thanks for the opprotunity.

    —Barbara on April 29, 2013
  • I also like the "Hidden Baskets" design. Maybe because it’s simple yet looks complex. I think it would also be great to experiment with color combinations, textures, etc.

    —Beverly Maul on April 29, 2013
  • I love ’em all. I’d just have to shut my eyes and pitch a coin onto one at a time.

    —Eileene aka Noiseynana on April 29, 2013
  • This is a beautiful book – the blocks look like they are very easy to make and would make some nice, quick gifts. I would like to make some small quilts to donate to our Quilt Show boutique this September. All proceeds will be donated to a local women’s shelter here in upstate New York. What a wonderful group of quilt blocks! The hidden baskets block is my favorite but they are all great!

    —Michele Ricci on April 29, 2013
  • Great ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Bernice on April 29, 2013
  • I would definitely choose 3 steps forward to make a baby quilt to honor baby’s first steps. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Karon on April 29, 2013
  • I’ve always been attracted to the stretched star block, and I haven’t actually made a quilt with it yet. So I would start there!

    —Barb Johnson on April 29, 2013
  • I think I would make the stretched star block.
    this looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy; If I don’t win I will for sure be ordering this book soon.
    pam

    —Pam in Illinois on April 29, 2013
  • I love the Hidden Baskets block, i looks hard until you brake it down and then it doesn’t look to bad

    —carol on April 29, 2013
  • I too, love the Hidden Baskets block.

    —Dean Marcho on April 29, 2013
  • I think I would start with Stretched Stars.

    —Bridget on April 29, 2013
  • I think I’d like to try the 2nd from right on the top row. That one looks interesting.

    —Marguerite Namdar on April 29, 2013
  • Love the stretched stars pattern! I made a few of these blocks for a swap one time and enjoyed putting them together!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on April 29, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts and the second block in the second row is the one I can’t wait to get my hands on!!!!! But I think they are all yummy. It would be fun to work your way through the book!

    —Mary Ann Laux on April 29, 2013
  • Wow Wow Wow…..I like them all, and what a great sampler quilt they would be. BUT if I have to pick, I really do like the hidden basket . It just may be the colors that draw me in, Im a sucker for blues greens and purples! Maureen

    —Maureen on April 29, 2013
  • WoW! What a great variety of blocks! I do love the quilt on the cover so the Hidden Basket is a favorite. I’m also liking the 7th block, second row, third block. I’d love to add this book to my library.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    —usairdoll on April 29, 2013
  • I love the ‘Three Steps Forward’ pattern….very dimensional! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Marie P on April 29, 2013
  • I would love to make the "Hidden Baskets.As somebody commented it looks like a heart is hidden in there
    Hearts and pigs are my favorite Having fun visiting all the blogs.
    Happy Quilting
    Thanks
    Lyletta Groves

    Lyletta Groves on April 29, 2013
  • I think Quaint may be one of my favorites!

    —Karyn Ashley-Smith on April 29, 2013
  • I totally want to make the hidden basket block. Thanks for the giveaway

    Marilyn Lewis on April 29, 2013
  • I’d like to start with the basket block (2nd one down in the last column). I think big blocks are a wonderful way to get a quilt made quickly!

    —Judy Forkner on April 29, 2013
  • I really enjoy Stitch This. I have learned so much from this site. I think the book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cathie on April 29, 2013
  • Hi, I would love to win a copy of this book. I think if I did it would be the stretched star block. I really love all the blocks in the book. And maybe just maybe they would come out the right size for me. I struggle with that a lot. Have fun with the new book.
    Peggy S

    —Peggy Snyder on April 29, 2013
  • The second row third from the left looks like a very mundane block until you put them all together and then it is stunning. I love scrappy blocks that are easy and quick to make and that have pizzaz when put together in a quilt.

    —Pat Garcia on April 29, 2013
  • I like Fascination but there are several that look like fun.

    —Chris on April 29, 2013
  • All the blocks are great, but I am drawn to the Stretched Stars block. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Carol in E TN on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the first block. Love it…

    —Kathy on April 29, 2013
  • I would make the Stretched Stars. I really like the looks of the quilt!!!

    —Linda Yannikos on April 29, 2013
  • I select the Stretched Stars pattern becauseI love stars and star pattern quilts. I miss stars in the summer here in Alaska because of the 24-hour daylight, but I wouldn’t trade the summer light show. Soon enough I know the dark will return with stars and northern lights to comfort us through the long winter nights.

    —Mary Beth on April 29, 2013
  • Three steps forward would be my first! And then quaint … and then …
    This is a really beautiful book I hope to win a copy!

    —Hildy on April 30, 2013
  • I received your mail today (april 30). I choose quilt 7. This block can be put together in more than one way. Challenging ! I already made a couple of big blovk quilts. It’s fun and fast.

    —Agnes Crispyn on April 30, 2013
  • I love the third one in the fourth row. IT looks like just what I need to use up some of those scraps I just can’t discard.

    —Deb C on April 30, 2013
  • I love the third block in the fourth row. It looks like just what I need to use up some of those scraps I just can’t seem to part with.

    —Deb C on April 30, 2013
  • I don’t know the name of any of the blocks because I generally appliqué and this book would give me a chance to piece. I love the last block in the last row.

    Betsy on April 30, 2013
  • I would like to see what I could do with #7. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Debby on April 30, 2013
  • Three steps forward is on my to do list! What a stash buster!!

    —JuileNM on April 30, 2013
  • I would make the "fascination" block into a quilt first. I really like how symmetrical it looks and the variety of colors that can used for each block.

    —Debbie Leschisin on April 30, 2013
  • I love stars and pinwheels so to have the 2 combined is perfect for me as shown in the 2nd block, bottom row.

    —Melody A on April 30, 2013
  • I love the idea of this book and I think that I would start with Hidden Baskets as I love how it looks like a heart.
    Thanks for a chance to win but also such a great review.

    —Mhairi on April 30, 2013
  • Thanks for a chance to win this book!

    Marlene on April 30, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets is my favorite. I love the way it lends itself to modern with solids yet can be very traditional with a print.

    Peg

    —Peggy Forbes on April 30, 2013
  • Three Steps Forward catches my eye first! Lots of great blocks…

    Deb@asimplelifequilts on April 30, 2013
  • Stretched Stars for sure!

    —Ellee on April 30, 2013
  • My favorite is your book cover block, Hidden Baskets. Thanks sew much for this chance to win 😀

    —Patricia S on April 30, 2013
  • I think I would start with the stretched stars. I can see myself making several quilts from this fabulous book.

    —Auntie Clark on April 30, 2013
  • I like the three steps forward!

    —Kris Jacobson on April 30, 2013
  • I am loving the bigger pieces these days as my life is so hectic. I would make the 3 block in the top row. Love the simplicity of that block

    Teri on April 30, 2013
  • I admire the 4th block in the first row.

    DONNA BEATTIE on April 30, 2013
  • I like the "star" in the third row, second block! As I’ve looked at the other blocks, all have great possibilities for making a sampler quilt. Thanks for the blog hop to introduce the book and the chance to win a book!!

    —Clara on April 30, 2013
  • Your blocks are very inviting. However, the last block with the pattern pinwheel and bird in air looks particularly appealed to me. I enjoyed seeing it as a finished quilttop in the slideshow.

    —mary ann on April 30, 2013
  • My favorite is the one pictured on the cover. Beautifully colorful!

    —joyce on April 30, 2013
  • Mmm I love all of them but I think the first quilt I make I will use the last block. I think it would make an interesting secondary design!

    Carolyn on April 30, 2013
  • Thanks for the chance to win – What a great book to have on hand for making a quick quilt! Wonderful way to use stash.

    —Terri on April 30, 2013
  • Three Steps Forward was the first to catch my eye…

    —Margaret Lawrence on April 30, 2013
  • I have to pick Hidden Baskets – it just intrigues me…

    —Carol Gearey on April 30, 2013
  • I would make the basket block. These are a nice change.

    wendy on April 30, 2013
  • Would love a copy of this book. Very excited to see it in person. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Mary Jo on April 30, 2013
  • I LOVE YOUR SITE AND EMAILS. THEY ARE SO INFORMATIVE. I HAVE MADE TWO LAP QUILTS AND AM NEEDING TO BIND THEM. BUT FROM YOUR EMAILS I GET SO MANY IDEAS AND VERY HELPFUL INSTRUCTIONS. I HAVE MADE A "QUILTING" FOLDER TO SAVE ALL THIS VALUABLE INFORMATION TO REVIEW OVER AND OVER FOR WHEN I DO GET THE COURAGE TO DO THAT FULL-SIZED QUILT.

    Thanks for the LOVE, Brenda! If you’ve made a couple of lap quilts, then you’ll have no problem with a larger one. Go for it! And if you need help binding those lap quilts, just click here: http://www.shopmartingale.com/how-to-quilt.html and then on "Binding a Quilt".
    ~Cornelia

    —BRENDA A. JORDAN on April 30, 2013
  • Wow, such a great blog you have here! I’ve never won anything so a book would be a first! Thanks for a chance to win.

    Carli on April 30, 2013
  • I would start with the nine-patch with "legs" (2nd block 1st row). Like the open space surrounding lots of color.

    —Sara on April 30, 2013
  • I love Stretched Stars and Hidden Baskets. But then there are a couple of others in the block of pictures that caught my eye as well – but I don’t know the names. So I’ll say #7 and #10. Great book – thanks for a chance to win a copy.

    —Kathy on April 30, 2013
  • I’d say #8 or #14. the first looks like it could use up a lot of the smaller scraps in my scrap pile, but the second looks like hearts and could be made for charity or to send to one of my elderly relatives to let them know I am thinking about them with every stitch.

    —chris smith on April 30, 2013
  • i love all star blocks thanks

    barbara woods on April 30, 2013
  • Wow! Really like the look of the blocks together, like a sampler. Hope I’m a lucky commenter!

    —marybeth on April 30, 2013
  • I would like to make the fascination block. Thanks for the chance to win a great book

    —Anne D on April 30, 2013
  • I like of the blocks. I prefer big blocks to sew instead of small blocks. It would be fun to try making a quilt using one of each kind of block and see what it would look like. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Jeanenne Nielsen on April 30, 2013
  • Beautiful blocks! I think my first would be the second block in the third row. Thanks for the opportunity. I love ebooks!

    —Diane on April 30, 2013
  • Three steps forward! Love the simplicity and graphic design!

    Julia on April 30, 2013
  • I think i would try fasination first. It is a pattern that is like nothing i’ve done before.

    —linda Dixon on April 30, 2013
  • I like the very last block the best. I can see so many possibilities of using it different ways.

    —Mary F on April 30, 2013
  • The one I would do first would be the one on the bottom right hand corner. There would be so many things that could be done with a spool design like that one! Actually, there are so many great designs there!

    —Joanne E on April 30, 2013
  • I love stars–so "stretched stars" is my choice. Thx.

    —Barb Peters on April 30, 2013
  • I really think I would make the hidden baskets…I am intrigued by the big block idea with a modern edge….

    Carolyn McMath on April 30, 2013
  • LOVE big block quilts! They are definitely a friend of the time-challenged quilter. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love Three Steps Forward and would try that pattern out first.

    —Teresa P on April 30, 2013
  • Hidden baskets is my favorite, it looks like upside down Hearts. I love hearts!

    —Toni Anne on May 1, 2013
  • I love the three steps forward

    —Nancy on May 1, 2013
  • I like the gray and yellow piwheel star block – but they are all wonderful!

    —Becky Greene on May 1, 2013
  • I love the 3rd from the left in the top row. This book looks fantastic…thanks for a great giveaway.

    —Yvonne on May 1, 2013
  • Really like the "Hidden Basket" pattern. All of the patterns would be fun to share with my niece. We make quilts and share quilt patterns with each other. THANKS

    —LINDA on May 1, 2013
  • I like the first three in the third row,I like allt he colors and patterns.

    —Sunnie on May 1, 2013
  • It’s Hidden Baskets for me too, and I even found the baskets, sometimes it takes a squint; love the pictures.
    Cheers
    Carol

    —Carol on May 1, 2013
  • Ree steps forward has to be my choice. Always love designs based on four patch

    —Cinzia on May 2, 2013
  • I like the wonky Stretched Stars blocks. Thanks for the give away!

    Jacklynn Grimm on May 2, 2013
  • That looks like a great book! I would pick the Three Steps Forward quilt to make first.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Becky S on May 2, 2013
  • I would like to do the hidden baskets, it still looks easy enough for me as a beginner, but I’m ready for more variety to learn quilting.

    Thanks for the chance to win. Always looking for something I can do at my level.

    —Dana C. on May 2, 2013
  • 1st row, 4th block. I like the star design.

    —Alta Mallory on May 2, 2013
  • I’d pick #3 in the photo above, which is #4 on the book site block slideshow. It looks very modern with the three skinny strips across one skinny strip, and easy for me, a beginner, to make.

    trillium on May 3, 2013
  • I love the "Hidden Baskets" pattern. I can see it in solids and bold patterns. I am beginning to experiment with bold prints and think this block will be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Kathy Biciocchi on May 3, 2013
  • Hard to choose, but I think the hidden basket is fascinating – would love to try that.

    —Susan Meredith on May 3, 2013
  • My oh my, I love the blog, Cathy and Vickie did an awesome job on putting these guild all in one book! My favorite is the hearts in the Hidden Baskets. I would love to use it in batiks and tropical prints for charity for this fall for the Isle of Iowa Parrot heads Phlocking where we raise money for charities in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area each year. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book,Cindy B.

    —Cindy B. on May 3, 2013
  • my comment should read "these quilts". Sorry, Cindy B.

    —Cindy B. on May 3, 2013
  • Yes, I’d say hidden baskets is the most equal among equals of projects.

    —MaryRose on May 3, 2013
  • I like the 25 patch in the top left. I know that sounds like I’m contradicting myself, but i have not been successful at curing multiple shapes and piecing them together correctly. More practice and a great book would be nice!

    —Carly R. on May 3, 2013
  • I would love to make a "three-steps forward" quilt. I think it would be beautiful in batic neutrals. I also would love to win the book. Thank you.

    —Doris W on May 3, 2013
  • I’m a lover of stars! I’d pick the 2nd block in 4th row.

    —Mary Power-Burke on May 3, 2013
  • Hidden Baskets … That’s the one I liked the best

    —Darrell Hardenburg on May 3, 2013
  • I love hidden baskets…I think it is one I would like to try.. Would love the book…No shops around here to buy it…guess I can get it online from you…thanks for the chance to win it!

    —Susan Paxton on May 3, 2013
  • All of the above. thank you for this opportunity!

    —Suz C. on May 3, 2013
  • I like the one in the 3rd row, 2nd from the left. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Lisa E on May 4, 2013
  • The Hidden Baskets. I’ve been looking for a block that really shows of big pieces of some lovely fabric I have.

    —Melissa Degenhart on May 4, 2013
  • I like the modern look of block #3 at the top of picture.

    —Helen S. on May 5, 2013
  • I like Three Steps Forward. Love the pattern, love the concept! Thanks for the chance to take…three steps forward!

    —Linda aka sbrbrat on May 5, 2013
  • I am a beginner in quilting and sewing .Have never done either until a year ago ( I am 53 yrs. old) I have always been drawn to quilts & decided to try. So far I have hand pieced a floating star with lot’s of mistakes but the finished top looks really good, at least to me, and I have always looked at mistakes are good as long as you learn by them! I would choose a star pattern, I seem to be drawn to them.

    Janice Albrecht on May 5, 2013
  • The first one I would most like make would be the block in the last row, first on the left. It just looks totally awsome when made into a quilt. There are so many others that would follow closely behind. Sewing machine, here I come.

    —Cindy R. on May 6, 2013
  • I love the concept of this book. I would love to win one so I can get started using it!

    —Jacque Dunn on May 6, 2013

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