Quiltmaker Blocks #971 #57 #281


“It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is wiling to be what he is.” Desiderius Erasmus

Fast Track

Gudrun Erla

I used the lightest value with the darkest for the pinwheel.  I think this makes it seem to float on top.  My block came out a little crooked. I decided that just made it a little more floaty.  LOL



Ups & Downs

Camille Roskelley

I loved playing with this block.  The 3D effect in the old tumbling block quilts was created by using light, medium and dark values. I think a quilt made with these blocks could be very dramatic.



Vintage Spools

Kimberly Jolly

If I made this block again I would choose a wider range of colors.  The dark pink and purple spools appear much closer in color than I expected.  I am telling myself the ripples in this block will “quilt out”.  LOL



Texas Two-Step Quilts of Valor


Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life”  Grenville Kleiser

Ramona Johnson started this quilt in a class I was teaching on a cruise for Stitchin’ Heaven.   She brought a wide variety of reds and blues along with a white background fabric.  I had never tried to make a three color Texas Two-Step.  Ramona figured out how to arrange the units in the blocks so she would get red and blue pinwheels where the blocks meet.  I am delighted when I learn things from my students.

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All of the blocks have the red and blue fabrics in the positions shown below.

Texas Two-Step Red & Blue

Quiltmaker Block #656


“…when we long for life without … difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”  Peter Marshall


Karen Combs


I used the Quilt in a Day 2″ finished size mini geese ruler to make the 4 flying geese units. I was pleased with the results.

This block has four corner units that Sally Schneider called Mary’s Triangles. She has a wonderful method for making two of these units at a time.

Creative Grids calls this unit cat’s cradle. With their ruler, CGRHD1, it is easy to accurately make the units in many sizes.

You might want to look back at my May 18 post for block #293 that also uses this unit.