Monday, May 8, 2017

Blog Hop Wrap-up and Winners

Wow! As always Quiltmaker's blog hop was so much fun! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful new blocks. If you end up making Boxed Star please tag me on Instagram, or flickr so I'll be sure to see it!

Boxed Star, Block No. 1477, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 15

What an honor it is to participate in the blog hop. It's always so great to get to hear from so many readers and interact with you. I especially enjoyed reading all about your "silly" fears. Although, I'll be the first to admit that "silly" in no way means they aren't to be taken seriously, rather it means not something you'd immediately identify as causing someone anxiety. If you read through all the comments you discovered that many of us share the same fears. I found that to be both interesting, and comforting. We have much more in common with each other than meets the eye.

I promised to draw names for two winners using and I've already heard back from them both:

  • Winner of an issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Block, Vol. 15 (to be sent directly from the magazine editors) is Commentor No. 55, Beth! Congratulations!
  • Winner of a mini fat quarter bundle and Vol. 15 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks (to be sent by me) is Commentor No. 13, Quilting Tangent! Congratulations!

Both prizes should already be on the way. Thanks again for stopping by Shadows of the Blue Ridge, and I hope to see you again next time!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour

Welcome quilters! Thank you for stopping by Shadows of the Blue Ridge as you travel Quiltmaker's Road Rally! I hope you're having a great time this week visiting all the stops and soaking in the quilty goodness.

Today I get to share with you my newest block, Boxed Star. Boxed Star came about as I was experimenting with creating secondary design using the background space on a quilt block. The first few blocks I designed had plain backgrounds, but I've enjoyed learning how to add secondary patterns to my newest blocks. Here is what Boxed Star looks like as a single block:

Boxed Star

Not bad, and it can certainly be used as a stand alone block as it is here it is in my Random Sampler quilt (center of left edge-made using caramel and tan fabrics)

Random Sampler - completed quilt top
This is a sampler quilt top that I've recently finished

However, the magic really happens when Boxed Star is used across a quilt top either with or without sashing added. I created these two mock-ups by copying a picture of my block into Google Drawing and then copy/pasting it several times.

Boxed Star quilt top without sashing

When the Boxed Star block is used without sashing the background elements become the focus and the stars becomes the secondary design element. It's always so interesting to see this happen in a quilt. When sashing is used between the blocks (see picture below) the star remains as the focal point and the various boxes are the secondary design element.

Boxed Star quilt top with sashing

Boxed Star is my sixth block to appear in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. When I first thought to design a block I was a bit afraid to actually submit something. After all I'm not someone schooled in design. However, once I pulled out my colored pencils and graph paper and just started sketching ideas I had fun with it - and surprised myself! We all have things we're afraid of, or that make us nervous. Of course, the silliest fear I have is parking in a parking garage. Can you believe it?!? I'm so afraid I'll get my car parked in there and not be able to get back out again. I mean, what if it's an unmanned garage that only takes cash and I don't have correct change? Do you see where I'm going with this? I could be stuck in there with no way to get out! It makes my hands sweat just thinking about it...but, I digress.

Fat quarter giveaway!

I think it's time for a couple of giveaways! I'm holding a drawing for a copy of 100 Blocks, Volume 15 plus this little spring-time inspired fat quarter bundle (shown above).

In addition, the editors of Quiltmaker's are generously giving one of my blog readers a free issue of 100 Blocks, Volume 15.

For a chance to win just leave a comment telling me about your silliest fear :o) I'll draw random winners on Sunday morning, May 7. Note: If you suspect you may be a "no reply" blogger please make sure to include your email address in your comment.

Well friends, thanks so much for stopping by and letting me tell you all about Boxed Star.  I'd love to see you back here again. If you'd like regular updates from Shadows of the Blue Ridge consider signing up for an email subscription (top right of your screen), or you can follow me on Bloglovin'. You can also find me on Instagram

I hope you soak in a lot of inspiration as you visit all the blogs on the tour. You can read about the tour and find links to the featured blogs on Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures