Welcome!

Welcome to all of our blog tour guests! Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately (darn life getting in the way!) but things have calmed down and there will be many excellent and informative blog posts coming, so be sure to bookmark us. Also make sure to check out some of our previous posts for some great sewing tips.

Our company is a mother-daughter team, made up of Lisa (the mother) and Heather (the daughter). Lisa is pleased and excited to have a block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for the second time in a row, and this second block, like the first, is on the cover! The block is called Diamond Crossing, and can be found on page 28. And of course, you can visit all of the designers on Quiltmaker’s blog here.

It is amazing how the value of the fabrics can change the look of this block. Here is the block from the magazine:

The center cross and the orange diamond elements are pretty bold, with the two lighter fabrics standing out against the dark background. Here are a few test blocks:

This has a medium background and dark diamonds with a light teal center. In the original block, the center fabric makes a bold cross shape. With this light teal fabric, the center fabric forms a light square behind the bold pink diamond shapes.

Here’s another block with a dark background and diamonds, and the light center is once again forming a square behind the diamonds.

This is another test block with medium and dark fabrics on a light background. Notice that with these values, the “background square” has completely disappeared and has once again formed a center cross. Isn’t it amazing how the value can change the block?

Well, I think that about wraps it up. Hopefully this has inspired you to try this block out! It’s very fun and quite addicting, as evidenced by Lisa’s collection:

Try it in some different color ways and have fun!

And now, it’s giveaway time! We are offering lots of great stuff for our blog visitors. Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered in a random drawing to win one of two copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7. Additionally, visit our online store¬†and include which of our patterns is your favorite in your comment. We will randomly pick 5 people and send them a copy of the pattern they like the most. Remember to include a valid email address so we can contact you (don’t worry, email addresses will not be made public). Happy quilting!

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152 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I really like your block – it’s amazing how different colors and settings can change the look of it so much! My favorite pattern is Tilt-a-Whirl – very modern looking!

  2. Susan says:

    I love your pattern Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow white. Nice job!
    Congrats on having a block in a superb publication and for being a cover girl. The block is amazing. It does look very different with value changes. In the sampler quilt, the eye is constantly moving. Another great job!
    Thanks for your generosity in the giveaways.

  3. Jitka says:

    wow, pretty block. I love scrappy quilts! I should try next time your
    All Set quilt.

  4. Anita says:

    Great block, and yes, it is amazing how it changes appearance with different color settings!
    Chaos at the Courthouse is my favorite pattern.

  5. Julie A. says:

    I love the Every Which Way pattern. Thanks

  6. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    My favorite pattern is the Mini Twist! I think it will be fun with a large bright print!

  7. Lynn says:

    The pattern I like most is Every Which Way It would be a perfect way to use themed fabrics yet still have a strong design element.
    I love the way you have shown so many colourways and colour effects for your block.

  8. Gill says:

    Great block – I like all the different colourways!
    I like your ‘Chaos in the Courthouse’ pattern!

  9. Lisa Marie says:

    I love the look of this block. I’m excited to get the magazine and start making blocks. I checked out your patterns and I really like Chaos at the Courthouse. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Dorothy says:

    I love the way your block looks different with the different materials. It’s always amazing how the same square can be so different. And, I LOVE your mini-twist patter :)

  11. Tammy H says:

    What a great block. I like your Spectacularly Scrappy quilt pattern.

  12. Janice Padgett says:

    Simple, but very effective block – love the idea of using scraps to produce a stunning quilt. Congratulations on having it published! I really would love to own your Mini Twist pattern – already have material that would look great! Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Dee says:

    Love how this block changes with the colors – beautiful

  14. Theresa says:

    Love your block! I also fell in love with your Every Which Way pattern…actually it was a close contest between that pattern and Chaos At The Courthouse. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  15. KT says:

    Love seeing your block made up in different colorways–hard to pick a favorite! My favorite pattern is Chaos at the Courthouse. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Sheila says:

    My favorite pattern is Chaos at the Courthouse . Thanks for the chance to win :-)

  17. Angela I in KY says:

    Love the look of your TILT a WHIRL pattern. Really enjoying the blog hop. Thanks for being part if the book Nd the giveaways. :-)

  18. Sandi says:

    Love your block, especially with the cross in the center, I like Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White pattern the best. Thanks for the chance to win either the pattern or the magazine.

  19. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Great block! My favorite pattern in your store is Chaos at the Courthouse (love it). Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Cathy says:

    Great block. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the pattern “All Set”. Hugs

  21. Kori C says:

    I really like your block. It is very interesting how different the block looks depending on the colors you use. I also like several of your patterns. Mini Twist is my favorite. I have always wanted to try making one of the twist quilts but didn’t want to make a full size quilt so this would be perfect. Thank you!

  22. Vivian says:

    Great block and all the test blocks perfectly illustrate the old quilt maxim “Color gets all the credit but value does all the work”! Often we think we like a block because of the colors used but often it is the value placement that makes one block sing more than another.

    Love the Chaos at the Courthouse pattern (and the name!), thanks for the opportunity to try to win it or the magazine!

  23. rosa says:

    Your quilt is just wonderful and one of my fav pattern is Chaos at the courthouse.Thanks!

  24. Emily C says:

    Beautiful block, i love how the different values change the look. I love the Amish Pinwheels pattern.

  25. C Walker says:

    I love your Chaos. Quilt pattern.

  26. Isn’t it interesting how the value changes in the block components give each incarnation a different look? My favorite pattern is Rainbow White.

  27. Charlene S says:

    Value and placement did indeed change your blocks looks. I like Every Which Way in your patterns.

  28. Rose says:

    Nice block, also I liked Chaos at the Courthouse. Congrats and thanks for a chance to win.

  29. Becky Greene says:

    Love your block and all the color varieties you posted! It really does make such a difference in how your eyes focus. I love your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse – what a fun design! Thanks for the great giveaway chance and congrats on being published!

  30. Jocelyn says:

    Great block! I like your Braided Block pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Sandra Timmons says:

    You are so right – it is simply amazing how the value of the fabric can change the look of the block. Dark vs light. You just have to see it to believe it. I like “Chaos at the Courthouse” pattern. I used to be a typist for a Title and Escrow Company and was always making trips to the courthouse. Thank you for being a part of the QM 100 Blocks, Volume 7 and sharing this awesome block with us.

    Sandi Timmons

  32. Amy Lause says:

    Wow, just love Every Which Way! I seem to always be drawn to patterns that have diagonal movement, and this pattern would lend itself to the large scale prints I seem to collect. Thanks for your beautiful block in Quiltmaker! Can’t wait to get my copy!

  33. Denise says:

    So many great patterns! I like Chaos at the Courthouse best, but there are 2 others in close competition! Thank you for offering a chance to win, Denise.

  34. Cecilia says:

    Great block! It is amazing how it changes with color values. I really like your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse. Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations on being included in the magazine.

  35. Deborah says:

    Great block for the magazine! Lots of possibilities. I really like your double pattern called Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White.
    Many thanks-

  36. Cathy B says:

    Amish pinwheels and rainbow white patterns are great!! Love your block, congratulations in getting it in the magazine. thanks!

  37. shirley V D says:

    Love all the variations of color combinations of your block. It is nice to see how colors “work” in a design to bring different elements forward. Thanks for including it in your post. I checked out your website, and the pattern that is my favorite is Chaos at The Courthouse. It is a very interesting design. Thank you for this opportunity to win.

  38. Brenda Wall says:

    Very intriguing block. Can’t wait to see how it is put together.

  39. Lori Smanski says:

    Wow, I love your block. It can be so versatile and fun.
    You have lovely patterns. I would love to try “Tile-A-Whirl”
    This looks like a fun pattern.
    Thanks for a chance.

  40. Mary W says:

    Amish pinwheels! Love your block. Great one for using solid fabrics.

  41. Patricia Hersl says:

    Loved your Rainbow White and Amish Pinwheels. And I like the challenge your block has–something beyond the ordinary.

  42. Donna Phelps says:

    Congrats on your inclusion to 100 Blocks AND Front page.I really like this block and was fascinated at the different looks that different fabrics project. My favorite pattern of yours would be Amish Pinwheels and Relatively White.

  43. Judy S says:

    I would love a copy of Spectacular Scarppy Squares. I also love you block. It has a lot of possbilities.

  44. Becky Turner says:

    Chaos in the courhouse is sorta a reflection of my sewing space lately… love how it is off set

  45. Chris P says:

    Congratulations on being in the issue. I loved Chaos in the Courthouse. What fun.

  46. Darlene says:

    Your block is beautiful. I like how color seems to change it. Spectacular scrappy squares is my favorite. Thanks!

  47. Lee Ann L. says:

    I love the variety of color inspiration you showcased! Congrats!

    PS love Chaos at the Courthouse!

  48. Tamsyn says:

    Great Block! My favorite pattern is Tilt-a-Whirl.

  49. Patricia S says:

    I love all of the color combinations in your blocks! My favorite from your pattern collection is Amish Pinwheels & Rainbow White. Congratulations on being included in the magazine and thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

  50. Lucy says:

    Your block is great. Love how he cross pops depending on the colors selected. I love Chaos at the Courthouse. You have several patterns that I would love to make so it isn’t easy making a choice.

  51. vandy says:

    Chaos at the Courthouse would look great with the brights i just got. Your block is very strong, would be good for a guy quilt

  52. Jill Hicks says:

    I love your cool block. I also like the pattern Chaos at the Courthouse.

  53. claire says:

    Your block is bold and beautiful. I love your “Every which way” pattern

  54. Lynn Kilgard says:

    I love your pattern Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White.

  55. Karen Watkins says:

    Neat block. My favorite pattern is Super Simple Geese. Congratulations!

  56. Dana Gaffney says:

    I like Chaos in the Courthouse, it looks so fun. Thanks.

  57. Margaret Schindler says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love the block you have designed. Congrats on being in the magazine. I like your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse

  58. Celeste says:

    My pattern choice would be All Set. I can picture it on my bed in lavendar and greens! Thanks for the chance to win.

  59. It’s so helpful to see all the color variations of your block. It’s really interesting how different colors change the look of the block.

    My favorite of your patterns is Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White. Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Lou says:

    Great block! The combinations are endless!!!!
    I love the Tilt a Whirl pattern….looks like a fun quilt to make!
    Thanks!

  61. Barb Johnson says:

    Thanks for the quick tutorial on color placement and how it affects the look of the block. It’s one thing to say it, but so much more effective to actually SEE the results. On your patterns page, my eyes immediately jumped to Chaos at the Courthouse. I love it! And the description says that it is easier than it looks, which is good because it really looks complicated! Adding that one to my “wanna-do” list!

  62. Laura Riley says:

    I like your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse.

  63. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    Congrats on being a 2X cover-girl! Thanks for showing all the different values…LOVE seeing that!

  64. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    Chaos at the Courthouse is so cool! And if you’ve ever had the dis-pleasure of attending court…..well, it’s fitting on so many levels LOL!

  65. Diana says:

    Congratulations on being in the magazine! I like the Tilt-a-whirl pattern. I am making something simular to this right now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  66. Annie K says:

    Congrats on being included in Vol. 7, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! All your patterns are lovely, though, if I have to choose a favorite, I’d pick Chaos at the Courthouse. ;-)

  67. Sandra Visser says:

    Grats on being in the magazine. I would pick Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White as my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

  68. Eva says:

    I like Every Which Way, a most unusual setting. Awesome block as well.

  69. Karen says:

    I love scrappy and applique patterns but “Every Which Way” would be a great one to do.

  70. Super Simple Geese looks like a fun one–I love strippy quilts! I love the different settings of you 100 Blocks block too.

  71. Joan H. says:

    Congrats on your block in this issue. Checked out your other patterns and my favorite is Spectacular Scrappy Squares

  72. pat sprengel says:

    Square is fair is an awesome block , looks great when you put it in a quilt like you did

  73. Jennifer says:

    I really like the Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow pattern, and this block is great! Thanks for the chance.

  74. karen says:

    Well done!

  75. Martina says:

    Really amazing how colors make a differnece! Love your block! And Rainbow White is my favourite!

  76. marta says:

    thank you for giveaway, I like Tilt-a-Whirl…

  77. Cindy Wienstroer says:

    How nice to work with your family! I have been looking for something for large/novelty prints and All Set would do the trick so that is the pattern I would choose. Thanks for the colorful block ideas.

  78. Kris S says:

    I really like your block. I was thinking it would look really nice on a church banner. Thanks for sharing.

  79. Evelyn H says:

    Nice block! I don’t do many “cross” blocks, but I like this one. Thanks for offering a freebie.

  80. Debbie Rhodes says:

    tilt a whirl is really cute..

    and Love this block too.. thanks for the chances to win

  81. Margaret Andrews says:

    I like all of the different color combinations you shared with your block! Chaos at the Courthouse is my favorite pattern as I just got finished with jury duty! Looks much more relaxing that that was! Thanks for sharing with us.

  82. Jane Hauger says:

    Chaos at the Courthouse! I love fresh takes on old patterns. Thank you.

  83. Maryellen says:

    Fun block! I like Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White, too. Great designs.

  84. Sallie says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! I like Chaos at the Courthouse.

  85. Mary Porath says:

    I love your block, color choices really does make a difference!

    Amish Pinwheels & Rainbow White and Mini Twist are my 2 favorites.

  86. Stephanie A says:

    Wow, What a fabulous block! All your patterns are fabulous as well! I’m loving Chaos in the courthouse! Thanks for the chance!

  87. Mary C in WA says:

    Little Twist or rainbow white. I’m seeing all the new blocks on the Blog Tour and hoping to WIN so I can make them. Thanks for a chance.

  88. Beth T. says:

    I’d like to try your Chaos in the Courthouse block.

  89. Annie says:

    Thanks for giving the various color variations and pointing out how they change the look of you block. Playing with colors is so much fun!
    I like your pattern Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow White – so clever to use the scraps of one to make the other!

  90. Marilyn Tucker says:

    I love the Every Which Way pattern!

  91. Laura G says:

    My favorite pattern is “Every Which Way.” It has a ton of color possibilities and I love the diagonal patterns it makes.

  92. Linda Nemec says:

    I like how the change in color, shade emphasizes either the foreground or back ground. I like you pattern Chaos in the courthouse – wonderful layering effect.

  93. Cindi C says:

    Love your block. The pattern that I like in the store is Mini Twist. So many options.

  94. linda newman says:

    I like “Chaos at the Courthouse” Very appropriate for me since I’m a lawyer in my day job.

  95. Angelia L says:

    Your block is wonderful! As a new quilter I am amazed at how little changes such as color can change the whole look of a block or quilt. All of your patterns are beautiful and my favorite is Chaos at the Courthouse. Thank you and Congratulations!

  96. Lisa McGriff says:

    Amish Pinwheels is pretty sweet! Congrats on having a block in the magazine! It is great!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot)com

  97. Barb Colvin says:

    I love Chaos at the Courthouse! I think it would look great in just about any color scheme. It is so interesting how just a change in values can change the focus in a pattern.

  98. Karla says:

    Loved the Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow Whites. Congratulations on your block in the magazine. What an honor. Thanks for your generousity in the give away also. Happy Quilting!

  99. Joanna says:

    Mini Twist is the pattern I like best, but I love Diamond Crossing. It looks like it would be fun to compose.

  100. Nancy Smith says:

    My favorite pattern is “Chaos at the Courthouse”. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 7 or one of your patterns.

  101. Elaine says:

    It’s amazing how a block can change by the fabric that is used. Love the Amish Pinwheels and Rainbow white. Thanks for the chance to win. Congratulations on having your block in this issue.

  102. Carol Crisp says:

    I’m loving your Spectacular Scrappy Squares quilt pattern! I love to machine embroidery, and as you mentioned, this pattern would really showcase that well! Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern or mag. Loving your block and its bold colors!

  103. PJB says:

    I love the way your block changes with the colors! My favorite in your store is Chaos at the Courthouse.

  104. Lou Brewer says:

    Love all the variations that can be done with your block from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks tour. I love the idea of putting many different colors together and then making an entire quilt made of all the different blocks. I also love your Tilt-a-Whirl pattern on your site and would love to win the pattern.

  105. Marca Fritzemeier says:

    I like Chaos at the Courthouse best. Thanks for a chance to win!

  106. Alice M says:

    Love all your quilt patterns, but my favorite would be spectacular scrappy squares. Love your block and thanks for the chance to win.

  107. Karen says:

    I LOVE the Chaos at the courthouse quilt. I love everything about it. Thanks fo rthe chance to win

  108. Liz Engman says:

    I’d love to make “Tilt-a-Whirl”. Your featured block is surprisingly versatile for such an apparently simple block. I’m glad you showed some of the color variations and the quilt.

    LizE

  109. Gale says:

    I love your block and how the different fabric choices make the different aspects of it come forward. I checked out your website. You have some great patterns. I especially love Chaos at the Courthouse.

  110. Pat V. says:

    Love seeing all the different color schemes and the differences they make. I really like your pattern, “All Set.”

  111. Cherie says:

    Love your block. Chaos at the Courthouse is my favorite pattern.

  112. Donna Joy says:

    Tilt a Whirl or Chaos in the court house are my favorites, Thanks for sharing, love the QM 100 blocks.

  113. Valorie Spanogle says:

    I really enjoyed seeing how much your block changed with the different color values. It is truly inspiring. I think my favorite pattern from your store is the super simple Geese pattern, my eye kept being drawn back to it.

  114. Barbara Pricola says:

    You are right; so many possibilities for your block. I really like your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse. Thank you for the chance to win.

  115. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I like the mini twist quilt pattern. It’s really print!

  116. Mary Jo says:

    It’s ALL about the colors you use, and your block surely demonstrates this!! I will be making this one for sure and making a large dent in the ol’ stash pile to boot!! I can’t wait to get my hands on Volume 7! Looks to be the best one yet!! I love the Chaos at the Courthouse and the Super Simple Geese patterns!

  117. Simone says:

    It is amazing how much the material color changes the appearance of the block.

  118. Simone says:

    The Mini Twist is really lovely.

  119. I really liked Chaos at the Courthouse. You see I’ve worked for attorneys for 6yrs. and at the courthouse every day doing filings for them. Plus I like the colors and movement in the quilt.

  120. Debbie H says:

    My favorite pattern is Chaos at the Courthouse. Thanks, I would love to win the pattern or the magazine!

  121. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    Love your fun block and congrats. I like the pattern: Braided Blocks

  122. Donna Magee says:

    I love the Chaos At The Courthouse pattern!
    Your block for the magazine is amazing. I love how it changes with the color and value.

  123. Madeline says:

    Thanks for showing the different color combos, it helps to get the juices flowing. I like the spectacular scrappy squares pattern the best.

  124. Mary Frakes says:

    Such a pretty block. Love the different color combinations that show how color can change the look. I loved the Chaos at the Courthouse pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  125. Leslie says:

    I really like your block. Will definitely have to find time to try it! I like your Amish pinwheels and rainbow white pattern!

  126. Donna Amos says:

    I love your Diamond Crossing block and all the lovely color combinations you have shown us. There many patterns I like in your store, but my favorite is Chaos at the Courthouse. Thank you for the giveaways.

  127. Lisa Miller says:

    I really like your block. Thanks for showing all the different color ways. I really like Chaos at the Courthouse pattern.

  128. Cindy K says:

    I really love your block…very cute. My favorite pattern would be Tilt-a-Whirl. I have a teenage grandaughter that would like this pattern for a quilt. Thank you for the chance to win.
    thim3@hotmail.com

  129. Karrie Smith says:

    Congrats on your block! I love how it looks in a quilt ;)

  130. Karrie Smith says:

    I love your Tilt a Whirl pattern! Thanks for a chance to win !

  131. Bonnie Thiem says:

    I thought the Chaos at the Courthouse was great. Your block is so simple but with different fabrics it changes the whole block. Love it. Thanks.

  132. Janice Craig says:

    The wonderful thing about quilting is how many different patterns you can create from 1 basic pattern, depending on fabric, color, etc. Thanks for an opportunity to win vol 7.

  133. Peggy Savage says:

    I like your block and how it changes it’s look with the values of the colors picked. I also like your pattern chaos at the courthouse.

  134. Vicki H says:

    Congrats on being in the magazine. My favorite pattern is Chaos at the Courthouse.

  135. Hueisei says:

    Great block!! I like tilt a whirl pattern..Thanks for the chance to win.

  136. Janet H. says:

    Congrats on your block being in this exclusive collection. I just love the Mini Twist pattern from your ‘store’.

  137. Nancy Sue says:

    I really like the organized chaos of Tilt -a-Whirl :) Congrats on your block and being included in the vol 7 edition. Wow! It seems like vol. 1 was just last year! Kudos again to you!

  138. Kathy L says:

    Great color play. Like the mini twist pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

  139. Karla S. says:

    This block looks like so much fun to make. It is amazing how different each block looks depending on the fabrics you used. I want to make this block for sure! It is hard to pick just one pattern from your website – you have a bunch of fun ones. I like the Braided Blocks but I also like the Amish pinwheels and Rainbow White – it is hard to choose between the two. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  140. kathy h says:

    Pretty block and my favorite pattern is the Mini Twist.

  141. Robin says:

    Thank you for sharing your block and offering a give away. I like your pattern Chaos at the Courthouse.

  142. Martha says:

    Loved Chaos at the Courthouse! Love your square too!

  143. Kate says:

    Nice block, very versatile. Thanks for the chance.

  144. MarciaW says:

    I like the way that your block changes according to the fabric values selected. Very Kool!
    My favorite pattern is Mini Twist.

  145. Janine Huisjen says:

    I like Spectacular Scrappy Squares, but I think your new pattern Square is Fair is really my favorite.

  146. Nancy M says:

    Your color choice show just how important value can be in making blocks. This will be a fun block to try with many colors and make a sampler from them. Thank you.

  147. Laura N says:

    I like your Chaos at the Courthouse pattern. If I don’t win a copy of the pattern, I guess I’ll have to buy it.

  148. Darrell says:

    Love your block and the colorful way you made a simple quilt. I can see it as a child’s throw..

    My favorite pattern from you site is Chaos at the Courthouse.

    Congrats on your being included in this issue of 100 Blocks. Hope there is more to come!!

  149. Kathleen Wood-Kaiser says:

    Chaos at the Courthouse is my favorite. I love the different color combos in Lisa’s block. It is always amazing to see how different colors react with each other.

  150. Miss Pat says:

    Thanks for showing the variations in color/value selection with your block. It really shows how value can totally change the appearance of a block.
    My favorite pattern is Mini Twist. I have lots of florals which would work perfectly in that pattern.

  151. Susie says:

    My favorite pattern is All Set. I also love your block from the magazine. I am always amazed at how different color choices can change the whole look of the block.