November 12, 2009

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.

I'm-featured-QM100-buttonToday I’m writing about my entry in 100 Blocks, a very special collector’s edition of Quiltmaker magazine that hits the newsstands November 17.

It’s part of a riproaring blog hop that takes you on a wild ride through cyberspace to find out more about the designers and what inspired them to create their blocks.

Back in May, when I received the invitation to submit a block, I jumped at the chance, and of course, since it’s me we’re talkin’ about, it had 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. I had a bunch of them piled up, awaiting their manifest destiny, so it was easy to pull one out, stitch it up, and send it in! Done, done, and fun!

puter-screenWatering Can design, still a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator.


Here it is, months later, Block #8! It came out so cute.

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.

And, when you do, Quiltmaker has create a Flickr group where you can post photos of the projects you make from this issue.

Follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour daily Nov. 9-13 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 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 9:00 p.m. California time on Friday, November 13, to enter the drawings! Thanks for visiting, come again soon!


By Kay Mackenzie


74 Responses to “100 Blocks from Quiltermaker!”

  1. Robin Gold on November 12th, 2009 7:19 pm

    Kay, Your block is soooo cute and fun! I’m eager to see the rest of the blocks you are piling up!! In the meantime, I’d love to win a copy of the magazine and your book!
    Best wishes, Robin

  2. kerry on November 12th, 2009 8:54 pm

    Congratulations on being included in this special magazine! Love your block!

  3. WYO Di on November 12th, 2009 11:11 pm

    OH WOW! I collect, ok, besides dust bunnies, watering cans! So, I of course, luv luv luv your block. Congrats on being 1 of 100!


  4. Teresa Downum on November 13th, 2009 12:49 am

    Yay to Kay for your beautiful contribution to this special magazine!

  5. gill on November 13th, 2009 12:56 am

    thanks for the giveaway – i love that watering can design!

  6. alda on November 13th, 2009 1:28 am

    It’s funny to pop up all over the world and to find so many wonderful blocks. Yours watering can is very, very pretty, lovely for the next spring time ;-)))

  7. My 1st Bambina ! on November 13th, 2009 2:47 am

    Ditto … I too love your block !!!! I’m
    thinking spring already….! Thanks
    for hosting this giveaway !!!

  8. Diane on November 13th, 2009 2:59 am

    Love your block. Although I still like pieced blocks, love any applique especially ones that are fun like this. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and congrats for being chosen 1 of 100!

    Make me a winner! Puh-leeez.

  9. Loy on November 13th, 2009 4:11 am

    What a cute block. This magazine will be a great resource for ideas for any area of quilting. Quilters are going to be lining up at their LQS to get a copy on the 17th. Kudos to all the designers and whomever at Quiltmaker though up the blog hop idea. It sure has created a lot of excitement.

  10. Sue Bennett on November 13th, 2009 4:38 am

    Cant wait to get the magazine. Going looking this week end. Love all the blocks.

  11. earlynne on November 13th, 2009 4:41 am

    the block is very cute. I can see it as the center of a table runner

  12. Cathy Norris on November 13th, 2009 5:00 am

    Love the block and love to applique, so I’d use those patterns! Enter me!

  13. Lynn S. on November 13th, 2009 5:14 am

    I love your site and have added it to my favorites so will begin reading regularly. Your quilt block is really cute and I love applique too. All sorts of possiblities here! Congratulations on being featured in this publication. I’ve been watchng the book stands and haven’t located yet!

  14. Lisa England on November 13th, 2009 5:14 am

    Enjoyed your blog. And I agree, your block did turn out cute!

  15. Lynne on November 13th, 2009 5:34 am

    Kay we could sure do with some of those water cans here. We are in the middle of a heatwave in Spring! 102 today and tomorrow and hotter the day after. Just love your block:-)

  16. THERESA on November 13th, 2009 5:38 am

    Great little watering can…very cute.

  17. Brenda on November 13th, 2009 5:39 am

    Congrats on having your block featured and for doing a give away. i would love to win either.

  18. Judy in SC on November 13th, 2009 5:46 am

    Your block is so cute. It would look great in a spring wallhanging.

  19. Mandy on November 13th, 2009 6:00 am

    I love your block! I can’t wait to make some quilts with this new mag….

    I smell several sampler quilts in the making!

    The best part about this blog tour is seeing new blogs!

  20. Deb G on November 13th, 2009 6:07 am

    Your block is great! Congratulations!

  21. Nancy B on November 13th, 2009 6:07 am

    Cute block! And thanks for the giveaway!

  22. DebbieKL on November 13th, 2009 6:08 am

    Congrats! Very cute block.

  23. cara on November 13th, 2009 6:09 am

    Super cute block. I’ve added your blog to my list, I love applique!

  24. Debbie St.Germain on November 13th, 2009 6:22 am

    That is a wonderful block and I can see why you were chosen for the book.


  25. Robyn Brown on November 13th, 2009 6:28 am

    That is a beautiful block. Congrats.

  26. Katie B on November 13th, 2009 6:37 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! Your block is lovely.

  27. Jeanne H on November 13th, 2009 6:42 am

    If you keep making all these awesome blocks how am I going to feed my family when I am so busy doing them!!! LOL
    Your watering can is adorable! I love your growing hearts book and had planned to purchase it after I finished your teapot book but if I WIN…..maybe do them at the same time. Hearts and flowers are my favorite things you will see them in almost every quilt I make. I just bought more heart fabric yesterday so a heart book would be great. :-)
    BTW I knew I liked you alot but when you mentioned in the comments of my November TAT block that you grew up with dachshunds. You are now on the list of people I love. ( big smile)

  28. Wendy on November 13th, 2009 6:55 am

    Your watering can block is so sweet. This magazine looks to be awesome. Congratulations on being included. I’ll have to look for a copy of your book as I’m fairly new to applique and enjoying it very much.
    Have you bookmarked :)

  29. dianne on November 13th, 2009 7:11 am

    i love watering cans!

  30. annie on November 13th, 2009 7:20 am

    I love your block. You are one talented woman. Congratulations on being one of QM’s 100 book. That is so awesome.

  31. Cathy on November 13th, 2009 7:20 am

    Cute block, and the magazine looks like a great resource for quilters.

  32. Norma on November 13th, 2009 7:20 am

    I love your applique, the hearts and the tea pots are so adorable

  33. Kathleen C on November 13th, 2009 7:40 am

    What a generous giveaway this is; I’d love to have these books. I’m an appliquer at heart and love the calmness of taking all those little stitches. Tho I do my share of patchwork too. I’m very glad I found your blog.
    Kathleen C.

  34. Kris S on November 13th, 2009 7:58 am

    The 100 Block book is such a good idea and what an honor it must be to be selected. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Jane on November 13th, 2009 8:12 am

    Hi Kay I love your block and I’d really love the giveaway with your book. Cheers

  36. Dana on November 13th, 2009 8:12 am

    What an adorable block! I am really enjoying “hopping” around looking at all the beautiful blocks. What an awesome book!

  37. Beth on November 13th, 2009 8:12 am

    The watering can would look so cute in a spring wall hanging. Congrats on being one of the 100 designers. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  38. Sarah Vee on November 13th, 2009 8:28 am

    Congrats on being in the magazine, Kay. I love your block. How generous to giveaway a book too! Thanks for the chance.

  39. arlette on November 13th, 2009 8:36 am

    Hello!, I love your watering can block, congrats for being one of them, but I’ll love to win your growing hearts to applique book, because I don’t have ANY quilting book yet, and I’ll love to win it. I adore hearts, they’re the cutest, I’m hooked with quilting right now, and it bite me really hard :S

  40. Bonnie on November 13th, 2009 8:46 am

    I would love to win one of you prizes, I am new to quilting and really want to learn applique, I need to find the teapot book, thanks to your blog and picture I have another project to work on.

  41. Mindy Peterson on November 13th, 2009 8:51 am

    Congratulations Kay! I love your little watering can. I would love to win a copy of your book. It looks great and I love applique.

  42. Laura Tawney on November 13th, 2009 9:24 am

    I love your block and have been having a lot of fun on this blog hop. It’s been so much fun to see all the great designers and bookmark your blog to come back to it. Please enter me into your give-a-way!
    Laura Tawney

  43. Christine J on November 13th, 2009 9:37 am

    My favorite aspect of your books (and YOU) is that you love all applique–hand and machine. I do, too, and I do both with great pleasure. Thanks for designing a terrific block.

  44. Emily on November 13th, 2009 10:02 am

    I love hearts, especially these equilateral, red, roundy, full ones! Lovely stuff!

  45. Jocelyn on November 13th, 2009 10:31 am

    Congratulations on being featured in the latest issue. What an adorable block! Love it.

  46. SewLindaAnn on November 13th, 2009 11:01 am

    I love, love, love your watering can applique and cannot wait to get my book. I would dearly love to win your book, are you kidding me what an awesome giveaway!!! *Don’t put me in for the magazine, I actually won one!

  47. Sue Abrey on November 13th, 2009 11:08 am

    Your block is sooo cute. I’d love to win the magazine and your book.

  48. judy on November 13th, 2009 11:13 am

    Love your block and would love to see your book.

  49. Billie K on November 13th, 2009 11:14 am

    I really have enjoyed this giveaway. I’ve gotten to see so many blogs I wouldn’t have found.

  50. Nancy on November 13th, 2009 11:51 am

    Ohhh…your block is just too cute!!
    I will definitely be using that one; as I love flower gardening. I have been learning how to applique a little this year. Am self taught, so your applique book would be so nice to have!! It certainly has been fun doing this blog hop.

  51. Donna Knight on November 13th, 2009 12:41 pm

    What a sweet block. And a sweet giveaway. Please count me in.


  52. Cindi c on November 13th, 2009 1:19 pm

    Great block. Would love your book. I am learning to love applique!!!

  53. Nancy Brodeur on November 13th, 2009 1:24 pm

    I have your book EASY APPLIQUE BLOCKS and love it. Yours were my first try at applique, and the book was great. Love the watering can applique. Even if I don’t win 100 BLOCKS, I guess it will have to go on my wish list. Thanks.

  54. lisa on November 13th, 2009 1:42 pm

    that was so cool to see your block from the begining to the end (minus the middle) I like it!!

  55. Cecilia Young on November 13th, 2009 1:42 pm

    I love your block. Congrats on being in the magazine. Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. Karla on November 13th, 2009 2:00 pm

    Wow, I just LOVE your adorable teapot block!! Makes me think that maybe, just maybe I could learn to applique too! There IS hope, right? LOL Congrats on your block being in this wonderful magazine.

  57. MStark on November 13th, 2009 2:17 pm

    your watering can block is cute.
    thanks for sharing your blog with us.
    loved reading about the asian teapots.

  58. MarthaJ on November 13th, 2009 2:43 pm

    Cute block. Thanks for being a part of the giveaways.

  59. Melissa C on November 13th, 2009 2:47 pm

    My mom would love this block. Congrats on being in the magazine.

  60. Scarlette on November 13th, 2009 3:14 pm

    Congrats! I love the watering can and chance to win a copy of your book. Those teapots are really cool also.

  61. Mary on November 13th, 2009 3:30 pm

    First congrats on getting a block in the magazine! I think this has been a wonderful week of blog hopping and finding new blogs to add to my list such as yours.

  62. Barb on November 13th, 2009 3:41 pm

    Thank you so much for two great chances! I would love to win either! Congratulations on having a block in the magazine–it is beautiful! There is just something about a watering can that makes you want to smile and think of your garden! Thanks for the chances.

  63. Susan on November 13th, 2009 3:43 pm

    What a sweet block!

  64. Krist Van Os on November 13th, 2009 3:51 pm

    Congratulation for being in the magazine – I just have to tell you I really love applique and your design look right up my alley.

  65. Lemon Tree Tami on November 13th, 2009 3:58 pm

    What a delightful block! This is going to be a great quilting resource. Thanks for offering a copy in your drawing.

  66. Lin McQuiston on November 13th, 2009 5:04 pm

    Congratulations for being included in this magazine. Your sprinkling can is so charming.

  67. Jeanne S on November 13th, 2009 5:21 pm

    Love your watering can block. It is so cute.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book and the magazine.

  68. Donna Joy on November 13th, 2009 6:00 pm

    YOur watering can is just what my Mom would love to have. My mom learned to quilt from here mom and yes I also quilt. NOw I am teaching kids at school the art of quilting.
    Thanks again,

  69. Kathy (Utah) on November 13th, 2009 6:03 pm

    love your block and enjoyed reading your blog — you are now on my favorites! Thanks!!

  70. Claudia on November 13th, 2009 7:33 pm

    Love the teapot quilt. Good night for it here. It is snowing.

  71. Mary on Lake Pulaski on November 13th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Congratulations on being chosen to add a block to the book!

  72. Susan on November 13th, 2009 7:47 pm

    What a cute block! I also enjoyed reading your blog and will be back.

  73. D'Ann Caron on November 13th, 2009 7:57 pm

    What a wonderful block…..can’t wait to make one………

  74. Sheri Zaugg on November 13th, 2009 9:29 pm

    Great block! Thanks for sharing.