Friday, November 20, 2015

Blog Tour ~ Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 12

Welcome quilting friends! I'm so happy to have you visit my blog :o) Quiltmaker's blog tours are always a good time ~ you're sure to find lots of inspiration as you visit all the stops!

All Points North is the name I chose for my block, and you can find it in 100 Blocks Volume 12 as block No. 1186. About the time I was planning a new block to submit to Quiltmaker's I was admiring all the Nordic snowflake blocks that were cropping up around quilting social media sites, so I used that basic block design as my jumping off point. My block is a cross between the snowflake block and a Tulip Lady Finger block. I combined dimensions from the snowflake block with the piecing method of the Tulip Lady Finger.  Then, as has become my design method I evaluated the negative (background) areas to see what I could add to the block and ended up with the chevrons.

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All Points North ~ designed by Debbie Martin

My goal was a block that would create a secondary design, or a totally different look when repeated across a quilt top. In order to see what it would look like as a complete quilt top I inserted a photo of All Points North into Google Slides. Then I copied and pasted multiple times to create a mock-up of a top.

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All Points North ~ quilt top mock-up

I was delighted to see that when the block is repeated over the quilt top the background almost becomes the noticeable pattern and the Tulip Lady Fingers become the background! So fun!!

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My quilting sketch book ~ drafts of All Points North
My typical design process begins with my grid paper composition notebook and a package of colored pencils. I sketch out my idea and begin coloring. If you look at this page you can see I used half-square triangles the first time I added the chevrons. The second time I changed to flying geese.

I also experimented with the placement of the chevrons. I chose to keep them closer to the edge of the block (top drawing) since my goal was to create a secondary design. I thought this would be more evident if the chevrons matched points when multiple blocks are sewn together.



Once I have the design finalized I draw it again on 12" square Quilter's Rule paper so I can see what it looks like at full size. Doing this helps ensure I cut my fabric to the correct dimensions when I make a test block.

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Full size sketch of All Points North


Here's a picture of All Points North the first time I made it. If you look closely you can see I used the half-square triangles for the chevrons. It was after making this test block I decided to switch to the flying geese in order to reduce the number of seams.

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All Points North using traditional fabric


Maybe seeing how a piece of grid paper and colored pencils are all you need to design a quilt block has inspired you to try your hand at design. If so, I hope you'll let me know! 

Quiltmaker's is generously giving one of my blog readers a free issue of 100 Blocks, Volume 12. To be entered into the drawing just leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite quilt block - maybe I will use it as a jumping off point for a new design :o) If you suspect you may be a "no reply" blogger please make sure to include your email address in your comment. I'll draw a random winner on Sunday evening, November 22.

I hope you've enjoyed stopping by :o) Don't miss out on all the other blogs featured in the tour. They can be found on Quilty Pleasures blog.

107 comments:

  1. I love the churn dash block. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  2. You made a gorgeous block!
    My favorite is the pinwheel.

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  3. Nice block. I have 2 favorites, Granny Square and Hunter's Star. Makes me feel better when I see everyone else still using graph paper. That's me too.

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  4. I love the Sawtooth Star block. I usually design my own quilts, as I tend to see the possibilities in the fabric i own more often than I find fabric for a pattern.

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  5. I love pinwheels. funnylady93@nyc.rr.com

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  6. Your Block Caught My Eye As I Leafed Through The Magazine, Debbie. Congratulations, Once Again! (No Need To Include Me In The Drawing.)

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  7. I have always admired the Tulip Lady Fingers block, but your added chevrons give it a great zing. This block may be put at the top of the 2016 quilting adventures. As pretty as this block is, my favorite has always been the Churn Dash block.

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  8. I love anything log cabin and improv

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  9. Enjoyed your blog post, and your block. My favorite block is the Log cabin block.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your " behind the scene" process for designing your block. It was very insightful for me. Nice block.  - Marie

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  11. Lovely block! Thanks for sharing! My favourite block is the flying geese block!

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  12. What a beautiful block! Anxious to give it a try.

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  13. I like log cabin quilt blocks. Your block is wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  14. Nice! I enjoyed reading about your process here. Congrats on your block being in this issue!

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  15. I'm kind of partial to log cabin blocks, since those are the first ones I ever did. They can be rearranged to make different designs, so they're quite versatile. Thanks!!!

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  16. I'm really into nine patches right now. I love seeing the design process.

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  17. Congrats - that's so great to have your block published. I love the 100 blocks series and tend to collect them more than actually sew from them but that's OK too. The HST is the most versatile.

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  18. loved reading your process to your finished block. I've only been quilting 2 years so still have many more blocks to try. Not sure if I have a favorite yet.

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  19. I have always love the log cabin and churn dash blocks. Yours is fabulous.

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  20. I love star blocks and yours is winner. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. My favourite block is the churn dash. Yours is a very nice block. Makes a beautiful secondary pattern in the quilt.

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  22. I love the log cabin. Your block is great! Thanks for the chance!

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS what a fun block. my favorite go to blocks are the log cabin and the pineapple
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  24. Really liked the all points north block. Bleonard02@tampabay.rr.com

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  25. I like many quilt blocks -- it all depends what I'm working on at the moment! (Prairie Queen is a go-to.) Nordic snowflake patterns really appeal to me -- I made a whole bunch in counted cross stitch some years ago (for Christmas ornaments and package trims). It's fun to see that the motif translates to piecing as well. I'm curious -- do you purposefully designing blocks using EQ (or any other computer program)?
    I read your previous post about your log cabin (the dwelling, not the quilt pattern )-- I highly recommend the book "Cabin Lessons" by Spike Carlson. (Subtitle: "a nail-by-nail tale, building our dream cottage from 2x4s, blisters, and love.") Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  26. Great block - I love it!
    My favouriteblock is the churn dash!

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  27. One of my favorite blocks is the Churn Dash. I would love to see how you use it as a jumping off spot. I enjoyed reading your process and like your block and its' secondary pattern.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  28. My favorite traditional block is the Dresden Plate. Thanks SO much for sharing your design process with us. Your block is one I will definitely make -- maybe as a table runner.

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  29. My favorite block is Churn Dash. Your block is really cute. Thanks Diane O

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  30. I have a few favorites so sometimes I choose "Ohio Star". Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  31. loved seeing your design process... log cabin is my favorite because it was my first!!!!
    drhodes9@cox.net

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  32. I really like your block. I love to do flying geese and I would love to try this block because you used them. Otherwise I don't really have a favorite block.

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  33. Effective block--amazing what a slight variation can do.

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  34. You've already used my favorite block in this one---the humble nine patch. I love it for its versatility!

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  35. I love friendship star blocks!

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  36. The Dutchman's puzzle is really fun!

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  37. Ooooh I like this block! My favorite traditional block...this week :-)...is the buckeye.
    Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

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  38. Love your block - thanks for sharing your design process. My favorite traditional block is the log cabin - so many wonderful variations. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. It's too hard to pick just one favorite. I really like your block and how it makes a secondary pattern. Thank you for the chance to win! ckrutjo@gmail.com

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  40. One of ny favorite blocks is the Ohio Star. Your block is great and I really like the secondary pattern in your layout. Congratulations on being published and thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. Log Cabin block has always been my favorite, but lately I'm loving Dresden's.

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  42. I like Log Cabins and all their many variations!

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  43. My favorite traditional block is a log cabin but I also love looking for blocks with secondary design elements as your block does. Congratulations!

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  44. I love your All Points North block! Both color versions are gorgeous! I have always liked the log cabin block. Congratulations!

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  45. I am fascinated with blocks that give a secondary design. Thanks so much.
    I just want to make the winding Ways quilt, would love to see what you did with that block.

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  46. Hard to pick a favorite quilt design.... I love so many! I like pinwheels, log cabin, stars of all sorts, tumbling blocks (and the list goes on and on).

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  47. I really like log cabin blocks. I use graph paper to design too.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  48. I love the log cabin and churn dash blocks. Congrats and Thank you for a chance to win!

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  49. I love courthouse steps. Thank you for showing us so much of your creative process! Congrats on a super block!!

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  50. Your block is absolutely gorgeous! My favorite blocks are stars of any kind.

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  51. Wow! I love your block and the way it looks completely different with several of them together.Congratulations on getting it in the magazine.
    My favorite block is the Dresden Plate. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  52. Beautiful block! My favorite block is the pinwheel. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  53. Congrats - love your block! Can't wait to sit down and look through the entire magazine. I am in love with log cabin blocks. kathleen(dot)lutz(at)comcast(dot)net

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  54. What an interesting block! Thanks for sharing your design process. My favorite block is the Hunter's Star.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  55. Flying geese seem to be my favorite at the moment!! Love your block...it would be fun to play with color and placement...oh the places it could go!!

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  56. So many blocks, so little time! Actually I love star blocks of all types. Yours is cool.

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  57. I really like your block. Thank you for showing your design process.

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  58. I love the pineapple block. I like your design. The chevrons are a nice added touch.

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  59. I love a good bears paw block..happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  60. Love your block design - I think 13 of them, set on point, would be wonderful!

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  61. Loving the secondary design favorite block is a church dash

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  62. My favorite block is the friendship star - can be used in sew many ways.

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  63. Cute block - I like the secondary pattern showing up.
    My favorite blocks are variations of 8 pointed stars.

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  64. Your block is great, especially as I like to see secondary patterns. My favorite blocks are star blocks.

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  65. Pinwheels have always been a favorite. I'd love to win that Block book!

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  66. Well I do like so many types of blocks but stars are what I am drawn to-they go so well with my snowmen! I collect snowmen so winter, stars and anything blue.
    ale3002000 at yahoo dot com

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  67. I think stars are my favorites right now, but I do like the log cabin too. Your block is cool--love the secondary pattern.

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  68. I love using half square triangles to create all kinds of blocks - stars, pinwheels, etc. ( sue at asdfwordpro dot com )

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  69. I like the weathervane block. I really like your block, too. Thanks for sharing.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  70. I have loved all the blocks highlighted on this tour....too hard to choose a favorite!

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  71. My favorite quilt block is the bear paw. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal.net

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  72. my favorite block is usually on the quilt i just started, if I am almost done it probably has become my least favorite. I am thinking about modern log cabins for my next quilt so that my favorite now

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  73. My favorite block is Jacob's Ladder. It has so may possibilities.

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  74. I like any star block. My favorite is Sister's Choice. Love your block. Congratulations for being included in the magazine!

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  75. Elaine M.
    I love the Drunkard's Path..some difficulty, but so effective.
    remills (at) amtelecom (dot) net

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  76. Like the disappearing nine patch, I love quiltmaker 100 block issues thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. I like star blocks. I really like your block, thank you for sharing your process for designing it.
    deborah dot k dot browning at gmail dot com

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  78. I love churn dash and monkey wrench! Also secondary patterns.....

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  79. My favorite block is the simple nine patch. I've made it so many times I think I can do it with my eyes closed. However, I also draw my own blocks, using good old graph paper and pencil. I should get some colored pencils, not sure why I've not done that. email is jamct (at) earthlink.net

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  80. log cabin is my favorite ...thank you....martamanole@yahoo.com.....marta

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  81. I like using flying geese in many variations. pjrquilter (at) msn (dot) com

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  82. I love stars and more star. Love this block too.thanks for sharing how you came up with the block. It does help to use a grid. lkcquilts at hotmail period com

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  83. I like nine patches. They aren't fancy but so much can be done with them.

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  84. My favorite block is a log cabin. I always return to it.

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  85. Congratulations to you for having your block published! That's an honor. And your design process is interesting... old-fashioned (in a sense, compared to using EQ) and effective. It's nice to see what you can do with a pencil and paper! I don't have a favorite quilt block except perhaps Flying Geese. But, I sure know the ones I don't like! Log Cabin... yuk.

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  86. I like the churn dash block. Thanks for showing your design process.
    patd at yahoo dot com

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  87. I don't think I've ever seen a star block I didn't love.

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  88. I've always been attracted to the Weathervane block.

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  89. Your block is great! I like the secondary designs it makes. Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  90. I like to make dresdan plate blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  91. Your block is very attractive and makes a great secondary design! I like log cabin blocks, for one.

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  92. Secondary designs are like a prize for all the work. Lovely block


    Ladyheylady@gmail.com

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  93. I love the Ohio star and many others. Love your block, just got added to my to do list. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine. I have not been able to find it yet. bettyharden at charter dot net.

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  94. I love stars! Any stars! And yes, I adore how your block looks a bit like a snowflake too--snowflakes remind me of stars.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  95. My favorite seems to change by the day.. being a new quilter I am loving the challenge of making all different block and so far I'm enjoying them all

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  96. Being a rather new quilter, my favorite so far is the log cabin simply because of its versatility.
    bella.harriger at yahoo dot com

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  97. My favorite block is the nosegay, and Iam sure you can tweak it! Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnet

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  98. My favorite block varies from day to day. I love the classic lob cabin or apple core. kthurn@bektel.com

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  99. My favorite block is the Kaleidoscope block!
    bjkaupathunteldotnet

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  100. Traditional log cabin or sawtooth star are a couple of my favorites among many.

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  101. Hi, Debbie,
    Late in responding here, but wanted to tell you how much I love this block! I especially like it when a block creates a secondary design as it's repeated across the quilt. This one's a beauty, and I can envision playing with colors (maybe adding a fourth). My favorite block is the floating star...I love star blocks in general, but floating it on the background eliminates the need for matching points.

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