May 5, 2011

A heartfelt welcome to those who are visiting for the first time today courtesy of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! So glad you came by! This blog is devoted to appliqué ~ any kind. You’ll find a wealth of information by exploring the Categories and the lists of links to designers and pattern companies. You can also search the archives by keyword if there’s something in particular you’re interested in.

100-blocks-3-coverToday I’m writing about my entry in Volume 3 of 100 Blocks, a very special collector’s edition of Quiltmaker magazine that hits the newsstands May 10.

Lookie! I’m on the cover!

This is part of a superfun blog hop that takes you on a trip through cyberspace to find out more about the designers and what inspired them to create their blocks.

Since it’s me we’re talkin’ about, of course my block was going to be applique. After my book Easy Applique Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes came out, I immediately started on another batch of new block designs. Some of them weren’t right for my next book, Inspired by Tradition, so I had a bunch of designs piled up, awaiting their manifest destiny. It was easy to pull one out, stitch it up in the right size, and send it in! Done, done, and fun!


Here it is, months later, Block #206!

party-frock-blogI used raw-edge fusible appliqué with a small machine blanket stitch. But of course, you can use whatever form of appliqué you like.

The magazine includes a pull-out section of full-size templates so no worries about blowing up patterns. I already received my advance copy, and let me tell you, each block is more spectacular than the last, whether appliquéd, pieced, foundation-pieced, or mixed-technique. This truly is a treasure trove… you’ll want to save it for your future use again and again.

Follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour daily May 2-6 at Quiltmaker’s blog Quilty Pleasures for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore! Look for 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers in your local quilt shop, or purchase it at

Be sure to visit Quilty Pleasures, because there are prize drawings still going on.

I happen to have a couple prizes of my own! I have a copy of the magazine to give away, and I’m throwing in my book Growing Hearts to Appliqué for another winner. So leave a comment before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, to enter the drawings! Thanks for visiting, come again soon!


By Kay Mackenzie


133 Responses to “Block No. 206!”

  1. Mary W on May 5th, 2011 6:40 am

    What a charming block. I can see a fun quilt to make. Thank you for sharing. Would love to win a copy of magazine, and your book.

  2. Erin in MI on May 5th, 2011 6:40 am

    Please include me in your giveaway! I love your work.

  3. Lee Ann L. on May 5th, 2011 6:42 am

    I’m loving this block as it reminds me of aprons which I absolutely love. (I have a dozen of them.) Congrats on making it into the magazine!

  4. robin on May 5th, 2011 6:44 am

    I love your block – :) So far I’ve only done a little bit of applique. It turned out well, so am looking forward to more. Thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

  5. Lisa Marie on May 5th, 2011 6:46 am

    We could stay busy for years making blocks and quilts from this magazine, couldn’t we? Your block is lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Lyn on May 5th, 2011 6:57 am

    This block is going on my to-do list from this issue!

  7. Dolores on May 5th, 2011 6:57 am

    What a cute block. I have always sewn my own clothes so this block is so appropriate. Thank you for the chance to win the Quiltmaker book and your own applique book.

  8. Subee Mohr on May 5th, 2011 7:06 am

    Waving my hand here in Indiana! Pick me!
    XOXOXO Subee

  9. Karen Beigh on May 5th, 2011 7:12 am

    I would love to win. I just recently purchased the last volume and think they make a great addition to a quilting library.

  10. Donna Keating on May 5th, 2011 7:16 am

    Fun design. Congratulations on being chosen for this publication.

  11. Mary C in WA on May 5th, 2011 7:17 am

    Cute block and congrats on making the cover. I’m meeting new designers on this Hop and I can hardly wait for 5 more days to get the magazine in my hot little hands. Vol 3 is even better now that I’m seeing the projects that go with it on the Hop.

  12. deb on May 5th, 2011 7:18 am

    Cute dress! lol. I’ll have to poke around your blog to see what else you’ve done! Thanks for contributing your time and talents.

  13. Linda E in AZ on May 5th, 2011 7:23 am

    Congrats on your cover appearance. I just went to 3 applique demos at our guild meeting yesterday, and I think it’s time for me to get back to trying some applique!

  14. Shelley Haines on May 5th, 2011 7:31 am

    I love your block! I also love applique. I normally hand-applique when I’m travelling, but when I’m home I am all about using the machine. Congrats on getting on the cover!

  15. Eden Hunt on May 5th, 2011 7:37 am

    What a great and different block. Congrats on being in this special issue and on your new book.

  16. Marie on May 5th, 2011 7:38 am

    Congratulations on being on the cover! I absolutely love this block and will definately be adding this to my list of favs.

  17. MaryBeth on May 5th, 2011 7:40 am

    cool block. thanks for the chance to win.

  18. LizA. on May 5th, 2011 7:55 am

    Cute, cute, cute block!

  19. DebrafromMD on May 5th, 2011 8:08 am

    I love that the magazine gives full size templates for the applique. One of my pet peeves is having to enlarge templates before you can get to the fun part. Congratulations on making the cover.

  20. Linda in PA on May 5th, 2011 8:16 am

    Your applique block is very cute. It’s great that the magazine includes full size patterns.

  21. annie on May 5th, 2011 8:21 am

    very nice. congratulations on making the “cut”

  22. SewLindaAnn on May 5th, 2011 8:31 am

    Love the block, and cannot wait to make it. So generous of you to add another giveaway with what looks like a great book of yours.

  23. Cory on May 5th, 2011 8:31 am

    I love this block. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope I win the mag so my set is complete, until next year. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  24. Jeanne on May 5th, 2011 8:36 am

    Your block is cute. I would love to win your book and the magazine. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Julia P on May 5th, 2011 8:37 am

    Oh, what an adorable block! You are a very talented designer and can’t wait to get the magazine. Congrats on being in the magazine and on the front cover!!

  26. Irene on May 5th, 2011 8:37 am

    Your block is so cute and congratulations for making the cover AND the book. Thanks for the opportunity to win your applique books.

  27. Stephanie Matz on May 5th, 2011 8:41 am

    I love the block. . .but more, I love having found your blog. Long before I started quilting, I did embroidery and applique. And I’m happy to have found your blog focused on that technique. Especially today–it’s my birthday!

  28. Barb Rohrmayr on May 5th, 2011 8:44 am

    I just bought your latest book “Inspired By Tradition” It is beautiful as is your block in this latest magazine. I am grateful to have a chance to win one of your books or the magazine. Thanks for all you do for us. =!=

  29. martha mumaw on May 5th, 2011 8:52 am

    i have just started my first hand applique quilt ,and am totally in love with the process. would love to have a copy of you book. i am definetely going to purchase the volume III, as i already have one and two

  30. Meem on May 5th, 2011 8:56 am

    Love the applique quilt. I have done some small scale things and am now ready to do a larger piece. It looks so neat and is expressive. Thank you for your work.

  31. Janet P. on May 5th, 2011 9:00 am

    What a neat dress block. I swore years ago that I would never do applique and now most of what I do has at least some applique on it!

  32. Gail McHardy on May 5th, 2011 9:05 am

    Wonderful block! I think I would use leftover fabric from a dress I have made for my daughter if I made this block…

  33. Julie in WA on May 5th, 2011 9:16 am

    This is my first visit to your websight, but I will be coming back when I have some time. I have not done much applique, but I do think machine applique would be easier for me than needle turned! Your block is very cute, and made up in many different fabrics, it would be adorable as a wall hanging!

  34. Nancy on May 5th, 2011 9:20 am

    This is such a cute block! I enjoy your blog and have learned so much from you. Thank you.

  35. Caroline on May 5th, 2011 9:25 am

    Hi Kay. I love the dress block. I am currently waiting as I won your book from Annies podcast and can’t wait for it to turn up. Thank you for such a great giveaway. C

  36. Erin on May 5th, 2011 9:27 am

    I really like your block–and I could use some practice with applique, too!

  37. Dee Johnson on May 5th, 2011 9:29 am

    Love the block. Enjoyed the hop so far and, I need your new sissors – hearing alot of good things about them! May have to order them direct as I am not finding them in the MN shops.

  38. Carrie P. on May 5th, 2011 9:31 am

    Your block is adorable. Who doesn’t love aprons? congrats!

  39. donna on May 5th, 2011 9:40 am

    Thanks for sharing your amazing talent! So cute!
    The block makes me want to try’s always been scary to me.

  40. Maryellen McAuliffe on May 5th, 2011 10:03 am

    Really cute block! I could see a quilt made of different styles of dresses! Thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Joyce on May 5th, 2011 10:04 am

    I have 3 daughters and this would really be a great block for each of them…I used to make them the most beautiful dresses when they were little….(at least they thought they were beautiful)..

  42. VickiT on May 5th, 2011 10:05 am

    What a great block and one that can be done in so many different colors for the dress. Super cute. I cannot wait for my own issue to be in my hands.

  43. Karyn Ashley-Smith on May 5th, 2011 10:09 am

    LOVE IT!!!! One way or another I need to get my hands on a copy of this issue! Going to check out your books now!!

  44. Joanna on May 5th, 2011 10:11 am

    I guessed the right block as being yours when I saw the cover. It’s a very sweet and fun design.

  45. Deb L on May 5th, 2011 10:17 am

    I LOVE your block! I would love to win the magazine!

  46. Joyce Mitchell on May 5th, 2011 10:32 am

    What a cute block. Congrats on being included in the 3rd 100 Blocks mag. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Susan Wheatley on May 5th, 2011 10:34 am

    Such a cute ablock! Would look great with the other “accessory” blocks! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of “100 Blocks – Volumbe 3”.

  48. Cindy W. on May 5th, 2011 10:39 am

    Thanks for a chance to win. Cute block.
    Cindy W.

  49. Robin Gold on May 5th, 2011 11:20 am

    What a fun block, Kay!!! I am eager to get the issue and see it closer!!

  50. Angie on May 5th, 2011 11:24 am

    I spotted the darling dress on the dress form when I saw the cover of the magazine. I think that’s my favorite block and can’t wait to make some blocks.

  51. Kris Searle on May 5th, 2011 11:31 am

    What a cute block! and congrats on being selected and being a cover girl too!

  52. Sallie on May 5th, 2011 11:39 am

    Cute block! Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Carol Sc on May 5th, 2011 11:42 am

    I am a dressmaker, by profession, — a perfect block to include in the “story of me”.

  54. Jennifer Padden on May 5th, 2011 11:56 am

    Congratulations on being included in the who’s who! Cute block

  55. Carol C. on May 5th, 2011 12:07 pm

    What a cute block!! I love applique, and am happy to have found your web site! Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks Vol. 3!!

  56. kathy h on May 5th, 2011 12:17 pm

    What a cute block. It would be perfect to remember a special occasion dress.

  57. Dana on May 5th, 2011 12:17 pm

    I love this block- it reminds of a fancied up dressform. So fun and fresh!

  58. Jane Bissell on May 5th, 2011 12:26 pm

    What a cute block! I love your designs and have been following your blog for some time now. I aspire to be able to applique well some day.

  59. Gill on May 5th, 2011 12:32 pm

    This block would look great in a quilt made in lots of different colours!

  60. Sherry Book on May 5th, 2011 12:33 pm

    Such a fun block—I like how nicely you appliqued it on the closeup. So exciting that your block made the front cover—can’t wait to see it in the magazine. Congrats!

  61. Robbin on May 5th, 2011 12:40 pm

    Oh boy I am loving this blog tour. I really love applique. I have a project that I’m gathering up supplies for as I speak. I will definately be poking around your site for helpful information. I’ve tried my hand before on simple shapes but would love to become more involved in more detailed applique. Congratulations to you. Your block is very inspiring.

  62. Debbie St.Germain on May 5th, 2011 12:42 pm

    That is such a fun block and would be fun to do on pot holders and kitchen items.


  63. Kate on May 5th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Very cute block, I also love the fusable and blanket stitch way of doing applique. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Jen on May 5th, 2011 1:00 pm

    Congrats! I love the block. Your applique stitches are amazing!! I would love to win either prize. Thanks for the opportunity!

  65. quiltcookie on May 5th, 2011 1:25 pm

    such a clever block. I am a huge fan of your work.

  66. duff on May 5th, 2011 1:26 pm

    your block is so sweet! thanks for the close-up on your stitching. I just tried appliqué fr the first time about a month ago and I really had no idea how close or far to the edge I should be–now I know! I’d love to win your book and keep experimenting!

  67. Quilter Kathy on May 5th, 2011 1:32 pm

    I just learned how to applique last month, so I am excited to try some blocks!

  68. Christie B on May 5th, 2011 1:36 pm

    Cute block! Congrats on getting it in Vol. 3!
    HUGS… and stitches

  69. Kathleen C on May 5th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Your block is incredibly original and darling, too. I’m always excited about what can be done with applique motifs–everything and anything, particularly with machine applique.
    Thanks for the chance to win the books; If I were to win, I’d ask my local librarian if she’d like your book for the library collection, because their applique books are looking dated (if you approved, of course).

  70. Mary on May 5th, 2011 2:30 pm

    I have a painting of a red crineline dress, this block would be Fabulous with that.

  71. Barb A on May 5th, 2011 2:34 pm

    Love your applique. I think applique is my middle name…I love it. What better week for the give-a-way than my birthday week!!!!

  72. ~Kathleen on May 5th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Another great unique block. So cute with great fabric selections. Congrats on being included in #3 and thanks for a great giveaway!

  73. Shirley in Canada on May 5th, 2011 2:46 pm

    What a wonderful block!! This would make a great carry-along block using up my scraps (an on-going feat!!) And your applique book would have a wonderful home here! ;)

  74. Karen on May 5th, 2011 2:58 pm

    Congrats on being featured and thanks for the chance to win. I am pretty new at applique but always looking to expand my skills

  75. Cathy on May 5th, 2011 3:05 pm

    You always come up with some beautiful applique blocks. Love your books. Congrats on being in the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine or book. Hugs

  76. Marcia W. on May 5th, 2011 3:07 pm

    Really like your block – and congratulations on being in QM 100 Blocks v3. As I want to learn the proper methods for applique, would enjoy winning your book too! Thanks for the lovely photos.

  77. Deb G. in VA on May 5th, 2011 3:19 pm

    Love your block! I have both of the previous 100 blocks magazines and they are wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win!

  78. Aggiequilter on May 5th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Congrats on the 100 Blocks ! I’m glad to see more applique designs here. Thanks for the giveaway !

  79. LisaT on May 5th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Fusible applique and blanket stitch is the only kind I do – I can handle this! Thanks!

  80. Becky in Georgia on May 5th, 2011 3:52 pm

    FABULOUS block!!! I love it!! I’ve been avoiding applique, but I will have to make your block. Will look for your book, too! Thanks for sharing!

  81. Sandra Davidson on May 5th, 2011 4:00 pm

    What a neat block, I just love the magazine, I have the last one and enjoy it so much.

  82. Sandy A from St. Louis on May 5th, 2011 4:12 pm

    Wow, great block! I am trying to conquer applique and find the right method for me. This looks like a great block to try that on!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  83. MaryB on May 5th, 2011 4:23 pm

    Love your party dress block and congratulations for being on the cover. It’s a fun book/magazine. Last year’s was great to look through but this year I actually know who some of the artist are. It’s exciting. Thanks for the give away.

  84. Jamie on May 5th, 2011 4:28 pm

    I love this block. It looks so fun and easy to put together.

  85. Pat V. on May 5th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I am looking forward to following your blog and hopefully learning more about applique. It is an area I have not yet ventured into…but I think I’m ready to attempt it!

  86. Kathy on May 5th, 2011 4:41 pm

    Love applique! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  87. KT on May 5th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Very pretty! Looks like I’ll have to try applique next so I can make your block! Thanks for sharing!

  88. Barbara Young on May 5th, 2011 5:26 pm

    LOVE this block. I made my own clothes long before I started quilting. Now I will have to do this block. Thanks for a great design.

  89. Marge in Louisiana on May 5th, 2011 5:35 pm

    Congratulations on having your block included in the magazine.

  90. Sheri Booth on May 5th, 2011 5:39 pm

    Love your block. Applique is one of my favorite. Looking forward to looking around your website. Thanks so much

  91. Sheri on May 5th, 2011 5:42 pm

    Another fun block. Thanks for sharing.

  92. Chris on May 5th, 2011 5:53 pm

    I have never done applique – but I love your block! thank you.

  93. Colleen on May 5th, 2011 5:54 pm

    I adore your block. Congrats on it and being on the cover! thank you for the giveaway.

  94. Deb on May 5th, 2011 6:00 pm

    Congratulations on not only being included in the 100 Blocks book but also on the cover!! I’d love to be entered for your giveaway. Your block is very unique!

  95. Dianne Bondaroff on May 5th, 2011 6:07 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway! I’ve seen your book reviews – looks great.

  96. Kathe on May 5th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Your block is so cute. I’ve enjoyed doing applique like that. Thanks for a chance to win.

  97. Cecilia Young on May 5th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Really cute block. I can just imagine the different dresses I could create. Thanks for the giveaway, your book looks interesting.

  98. Carol C on May 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Wonderful block. So creative. Congrats on being chosen for the magazine

  99. Ivani on May 5th, 2011 7:11 pm

    well, you don’t mentioned if international visitors may be in your giveaway, but I cannot be here and don’t write a comment to say Congratulations for beeing feature in this wonderful magazine. Love your block.

  100. Barb Skinner on May 5th, 2011 7:19 pm

    What a sweet block! It reminds me that summer is just around the corner.

  101. Ariane on May 5th, 2011 7:25 pm

    I just love your block. I can just picture it in the center of a wall hanging quilt in my sewing room. Love it!!!

  102. Jane on May 5th, 2011 7:43 pm

    I love this block and think a set of similar ones would be great. My 16yr old grandaughter requested a dress form for her gift and wouldn’t a quilt with these blocks be perfect for her!

  103. Mary Kastner on May 5th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Love your block. I love applique. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and magazine.

  104. Nancy B from Many LA on May 5th, 2011 8:13 pm

    I love your block — so cool!

  105. jil on May 5th, 2011 8:14 pm

    Your love for applique is very easy to see and comes through clearly in the simply charming design of a dress-form with apron ties waving gently at us. The paper dolls we used a children springs to mind (well, some of us did). There was great fun in choosing the right print to make dresses and so much simpler on on that scale.. What joy to do it again on your design! Thank-you and lovely work.

  106. Terri on May 5th, 2011 8:15 pm

    What a fun block! Very cheerful. I love applique and can’t wait to pick up the latest 100 Blocks :-)

  107. Tammy Hempel on May 5th, 2011 8:28 pm

    What a cute block!! I like it. I can see all kinds of wonderful fabrics being used in this block. Can’t wait to sew it. Congrads on being in the magazine. Keep up the good work.

  108. Christy on May 5th, 2011 8:34 pm

    I’ve seen all of the blocks on the blog tour so far and seriously, yours is my favorite! I think it’s convinced me to buy a copy of the magazine if I don’t win one. :)

  109. Janet on May 5th, 2011 9:00 pm

    How cute! I think your book must be lovely too.

  110. amy dame on May 5th, 2011 9:54 pm

    thank you so much for your giveaway! i have your book on my amazon wishlist – the kitty on the cover would be a perfect prtoject for my mom’s birthday!

  111. Marlene on May 5th, 2011 10:04 pm

    So glad I have a blanket stitch on my sewing machine now.

  112. Evelene Sterling on May 5th, 2011 11:28 pm

    Your block gives me fond memories of my grandmother and how she was always in the kitchen cooking for everyone. Congratulations on being on the cover of the magazine. I have never done an applique block and would love to do one from your book giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win.

  113. Joan Workman on May 6th, 2011 1:15 am

    I love, love, love applique! I’d love these books! Thanks

  114. Donna on May 6th, 2011 4:47 am

    Your block is wonderful! Congrats to you! And thank you for the new giveaway!

  115. Quiltwhinny on May 6th, 2011 4:49 am

    Adorable frock block! Love the movement.

  116. Marcia Kosturock on May 6th, 2011 4:54 am

    This reminds me of Grandma.. and Mom.. when did (and why) did aprons become so not used in the kitchen. They are just beautiful! I need to make me up some beautiful aprons! I have one from when I lived in Japan.. I think I need some more… but bright pretty ones :)

  117. Jane H on May 6th, 2011 5:04 am

    Love the fabrics in the block!

  118. JBishop on May 6th, 2011 5:13 am

    What a lovely, sentimental block. It brings back memories of my mother.

  119. Stray Stitches on May 6th, 2011 5:28 am

    I love your block! I just recently started into applique and can’t seem to get enough patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

  120. Deserae Fiedler on May 6th, 2011 6:11 am

    I love your party frock! So pretty!

  121. Kat on May 6th, 2011 6:45 am

    I enjoy trying for the give aways! I have never won anything any where but it is always fun to give it a whirl. I am on my 3rd block from Inspired by Tradition. I am doing simple ones trying to get the back basting technique figured out. thanks for the cd in your books…they are sooooooooooo worth the price of the book~

  122. candace on May 6th, 2011 7:04 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! This is so much fun :D

  123. Mary on May 6th, 2011 8:39 am

    Your block is adorable. Wouldn’t it be fun to do as a block exchange? Thanks for a chance to win. I would love to have a copy of your book.

  124. Dana on May 6th, 2011 9:35 am

    I’ve never done raw edge applique but this adorable block looks like a good place to start. Thanks.

  125. Gerry on May 6th, 2011 10:03 am

    Oh, it just so happens, I l♥ve aprons!
    and appliqué has a special place in my heart.

  126. JoAn on May 6th, 2011 11:49 am

    great block!! i can see little dresses preserved this way. i can’t wait to get the magazine

  127. kathy g on May 6th, 2011 4:30 pm

    Love your work

  128. Patty on May 6th, 2011 5:01 pm

    What a fun block!

  129. Annmarie on May 6th, 2011 6:31 pm

    Your block is just darling. Hope I win the book so I can make it into a mini for my bedrooom wall.

  130. Billie K on May 6th, 2011 6:31 pm

    So cute! Does in come in a size 32?….grin.

  131. JudyT on May 7th, 2011 5:32 am

    Love the block! Love the Quiltmakers’ ideas to assemble such wonderful blocks from creative folks — like you!

  132. Kay on May 8th, 2011 4:42 pm

    The contest is now concluded! Thank you for visiting!

  133. Allison Gougeon on May 9th, 2011 4:14 pm

    Great Block! I love applique! Thanks for the chance to win! (Allison)