Quiltermaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 3 Blog Tour!

Hi everyone!

Well, the blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is well underway and this is my day to talk about my block (and to giveaway a little something extra – see details below)!  I used Swiss Chocolate sample yardage, which I had just received at the time the block was designed.  You’ll find the pattern on page 46 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 3, which should be out on newstands next week.

A lot of you know that Swiss Chocolate was designed in two color stories: Mocha and Chocolate.  Since I used Mocha for the Swiss Chocolate quilt in Quiltmaker’s March/April 2011 issue, I decided to use the Chocolate color story for this block.  Here she is…

A few of the prints in this collection really lent themselves to fussy-cut pieces, and I decided to make use of this.  I had a hard time deciding between the stripe and the blossom print, but in the end I chose to use the stripe. 

I’ve heard from many people who used Swiss Chocolate in home decor projects, so I thought it would be great to show you a table runner using this block x 3, with variations. 

Chocolate Striped Runner

Chocolate Blossom Runner

Mocha Striped Runner

Mocha Blossom Runner

I’ll be kitting up one of these table runners (your choice!) for three lucky winners.  The first winner will also receive a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 3., courtesy of Quiltmaker.  I can’t absolutely promise that the packages will go out before Market (still sewing like mad around here), but I’ll try.  If not, they will go out the following week.  To enter:
Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite quilting technique is.  If you already are a follower, leave a comment about your favorite technique too.  (My kids will be forever grateful for the follower part because, if I reach 250 followers, we get to go out for ice cream!)  Also let me know what table runner kit you would choose.
If you comment anonymously, please leave your contact information in the post so that I can contact you!
Only one entry per person, please.
The deadline to enter the giveaway is on midnight Saturday, May 7th.
And remember that Quiltmaker will be giving away a yard of each print of THE ENTIRE LINE OF SWISS CHOCOLATE courtesy of Robert Kaufman, along with other great prizes, later in the week, so check out their site.   There are some great giveaways, along with links to other designers’ fabulous sites!

Have fun and happy sewing!

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140 thoughts on “Quiltermaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 3 Blog Tour!

  1. love these runner but then WHO doesn't like chocolate?

  2. I love the Chocolate Striped Runner πŸ˜€

  3. Chocolate Blossom is gorgeous

  4. Hi! Just became a follower. Hope you'll be taking the kids out for ice cream soon. Love the Chocolate Blossom Runner! Hmm, I've been trying to perfect my free motion quilting technique lately. Been working on it for the last 6 months. Still has more practice to go through, coming up is to learn how to free motion quilt The "Feather". Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. If I win, I would pick the Chocolate Blossom Runner.
    Hope you meet your blog goal. Does anyone like Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream?


  6. My favorite technique is paper piecing. It is so easy to make a picture that way. I also like traditional pieced patterns. I like the chocolate striped runner the best. I hope you get your follower count so the children can have their ice cream.

  7. I am already a follower and I love both the chocolate runners. At the moment my favourite bit is FMQ I am only just learning but when I manage to do a flower or a heart it feels really good!!!!!

  8. I love both but the chocolate is great. I am a new follower. Enjoy the Market.

  9. Hi, I am now a follower…and I love chocolate! Your block looks good enough to eat. Congrats on having it included in the magazine.

  10. I like your block choice and I really enjoyed seeing the table runner options. My favorite technique in quilting is actually the fabric selection. Thinking of new ways to put colors together and stretching my boundaries of what is 'acceptable' – even stretching the limits of my likes and dislikes.

  11. I love piecing – putting bits of fabric back together into lovely patterns – the best fun ever!!!!
    I already follow and I just love the browns and blues together – I'm a mocha fan! Congratulations on having your block published and thanks for the giveaway chance.

  12. my favorate technicue is Guilt as you go, I just love that because I can get things done faster, for the big quilts, I also like to free motion quilting on smaller projects. I just love all you materal and my favorate table runner is the mocha Striped Runner, but I love them all. Thanks for sharing

  13. I love applique! Adore your block and the French look of it – my favorite would be the Choc striped runner.
    I am a follower and pray for more so your children may have some ice cream! thanks! Enjoye Market and congrats.

  14. I'm already a follower of your blog, and I've loved your line of fabric ever since I first saw it. I would choose the mocha striped runner. And I love applique. Congratulations on being in the book!

  15. I follow your blog via Google reader. I love cutting and piecing and would choose the mocha stripe runner if I am the lucky pick.

  16. Love your fabric line…the block you designed works so well with it! I can hardly wait for the magazine!

  17. Lovely! The chocolat stripe runner is my favourite!
    I am a follower now!My favourite technique is applique and I love to handquilt!

  18. They are all beautiful, but I really love the original, chocolate stripe. I love your stuff and it was a pleasure to add you to my Google Reader so I don't miss a post.

  19. I am now a follower and love the mocha striped runner. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Mocha Blossom runner, although any one of them would be wonderful. I love all techniques except needle-turned applique. Easier to go this way than to pick a favorite technique. Thanks so much!

  21. I'm already a follower. (Sorry kids!) And, thanks to a really terrific teacher, my new favorite technique is to create mitered corners on my quilt borders! πŸ˜‰

  22. Love the chocolate stripe..but when it comes to chocolate, there's no "bad" stuff out there! I'm still learning and too new to have a favorite…I find it all enthralling!

  23. I signed up to follow. Looks like your kids will be getting ice cream soon! I love everything about quilting but my very favorite thing is probably paper piecing. And your runners and fabrics are gorgeous – I think Chocolate Blossom is my very favorite.

  24. Thanks for doing this runner in different fabrics-they're all great, but I especially like Chocolate Blossom Runner.

  25. I forgot to say that I like the chocolate stripe the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. I became a follower, so your kids are close to getting their ice cream. I like the Mocha Blossom table runner. Thanks for a chance to win.

  27. I'm a new follower! I like machine applique. Tendinitis in my wrists keeps me from doing hand applique, so I'm glad I can do it on the machine. I like the Chocolate Striped runner and the Chocolate Blossom runner. Thanks so much!

  28. I am an applique addict. I love the Mocha Blossom Runner. Isn't it great how everyone loves something different? Your fabrics are gorgeous.

    Can I go for ice cream too?

  29. I just became a follower – but have been a fan through magazines for a little while! I hope the kids get their ice scream!! I use my machine and plug away slowly at my quilting. I use the Quilt Pounce and find it easier that way…I hope to work up the nerve for FMQ!

  30. Great block! I just became a follower and hope your kids get the ice cream! I think my favorite technique next to traditional machine piecing is needle-turn applique. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Hi Amanda! Love your new Swiss Chocolate line of fabarics.

    One of my favorite quilting tips: I recently completed a baby quilt with hexagons on the edge where a regular binding would not do.
    I dedided to make a facing like one would do for a neckline or arm hole in garment sewing. I made large stips and sewed them to the edge of the quilt (fabric right sides together). I then clipped the corners of each hexagon and trimmed the seams carefully. I turned the facing inside out and it turned out beautifully.

    Granny Franny

  32. Great runner! Love the Mocha striped one. As a new quilter, I don't have a favorite technique–I'm still trying to master the basics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. I dont know how to become a follower, blogging is new to me, but I like the table runner with the blue stripe

  34. I am a follower and my favorite runner is Mocha Stripe!

  35. Mocha Blossom Runner – not sure about quilting technique – I love the entire process – well maybe not machine quilting so much, but my long armer is wonderful. I am a follower. Judy C

  36. Take those kids out for ice cream!I like the Mocha Striped Runner. My favorite quilting technique is to take it to my friend, Millie at http://milliesquilting.blogspot.com and have her quilt it on her longarm. πŸ™‚

  37. LOVE the Chocolate Blossum runner and truly loved this line of fabric. – I will folow you. Favorite quilting technique – I have my quilt professionally quilted so I can spend my time piecing and creating.

  38. I'm following. Table runner is very elegant. I love to applique but don't get it done much I'm afraid, the pre time gets me!

  39. Love the Swiss Chocolate line. All the variations of the runner really get my creative juices flowing!

  40. Chocolate Striped is my favorite runner because of the pink stripe…it looks very striking. My favorite quilting technique is needleturn applique, but I'm starting to be a big fan of Cindy Blackberg's stamped templates for hand piecing…they make it much more accurate and portable.

    P.S. Looks like you're getting close to taking the kids out for ice cream!

  41. I've been getting your newsletter but have now become a follower – kids need ice cream you know…

    My choice would be chocolate blossom if I am lucky enough. Delicious fabrics!

    My favourite way to quilt is machine piecing (for speed) but I have a secret fondness for the old fashioned template piecing by hand (American style – not English)

  42. oooh I love the striped runners. I don't know if I could choose between the two! I would actually like the chocolate with the blue stripe! That would be perfect for me! Dana.
    nelfamily at windjammercable dot net

  43. What a fun table runner! I love Swiss Chocolate, especially in the blue. This blog hop has been so much fun. I've been meeting new people and going new places.

  44. Gorgeous block, Amanda. I love your Swiss Chocolate line, but then I love ALL your fabric collections! I really like foundation paper piecing, but am willing to try anything new. Thanks for a great giveaway. πŸ™‚

  45. Here's to Ice Cream !! I'm a new follower, I've been on your email list and enjoying it.
    My fav technique is machine quilting. Love the table runners, I'd choose the blue kit.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  46. I signed up to follow. Thanks for creating the different options. I like to see the blocks pieced into a project to see the secondary patterns that may be created! I don't have a favorite anything in quilting, my mood changes as does the projects I want to work on, lol.

    I really like the table runner with the blossom fabric in the pink and brown colors!

  47. Love the mocha strip combination. I love paper piecing. Have made several quilts using this technique.

  48. I'm a follower of your blog with Google Reader, and I like machine piecing. I'm a newbie quilter. I love this fabric line, and love the Mocha Blossom Runner, but would be thrilled to win any of them! πŸ™‚

  49. Wow. Just beautiful. I think if my arm was twisted really hard and I was forced to make a decision between all the options I'd choose Chocolate Blossom Runner. I really love them all but that one just looks more 'rich' to me.

    Hmm favorite quilting technique? I honestly do not have think I can point to just one specific technique as I like the entire process other than the toughest one of all; the one that's the toughest part in my mind is choosing WHICH quilt to make next. LOL

    Tell the kids to enjoy their ice cream! I have followed your blog for awhile now but never clicked that 'follow' button so now I'm a 'real' follower as opposed I guess to just being a stalker? LOL

  50. I'm all for helping your children get to go out for Ice Cream. I like all types of quilting techniques except paper piecing- I like the precision, but the paper…aaagggg.

  51. Beautiful blocks. Brown is one of my favorite colors. But then I love all clors.
    Crossing my fingers here in Indiana!
    XOXOXO Subee

  52. I love all of the runners, but my favorite is the mocha striped. And I have a bit of chocolate every day. The design part of quilting is what I enjoy most and also applique. Thanks for the chance to win the kit.

  53. I entered the anonymous comment on 5/5/2011 and didn't enter my contact info. Here it is.

  54. Good enough to eat! Great block.

  55. Hi, I'm a new follower. Just LOVE the pink and brown kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. My favorite quilting technique is "quilt as you go". A friend taught me the technique and I just love it. The "Mocha Blossom Runner" is my favorite.

  57. If looking at other people's quilts was a technique I'd say that was my all-time favorite! The thrill of discovering fabrics and colours that make sense together, the design process might otherwise rate the most enjoyment for me. Then, the actual quilting and binding because the vision has nearly been realised, many times very different to what I'd expected. The in-between stuff is mainly hard work and frustration as I try to get points to match etc… Thanks for asking…your work is superb, I especially like the bold beauty of Chocolate Stripe, it's not hard to imagine that in our home? God bless you.

  58. What a lovely block. There's just something about pink and brown that I absolutely love!

  59. I love both the mocha striped and mocha blossom with the blues and pinks. Beautiful
    And I am now a follower (which brings you to 239) πŸ™‚ happy ice cream kids- it'll happen

  60. I am following your blog…I just love the Chocolate Blossom Tablerunner. The red just jumps out at you. As far as my favorite quilting technique…hum…since I am new to quiliting, I do love picking out the fabric and enjoying making some yo-yo's and EPP. Thank you for the giveaway!

  61. I'm a follower. My favorite is piecing and I love making scrap quilts.

  62. The chocolate stripe is terrific–but then, I'm addicted to chocolate. Love the block in any color. Congratulations.

  63. Love your swiss chocolate fabric.

  64. Love your block and your patterns for the block. My favorite technique would be piecing. It soothes my soul when I piece something and all my points match! Love the Chocolate Strip table runner. Have fun a market!

  65. Beautiful table runners!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  66. Hi again. I'm now a follower–because I enjoyed reading your blog!! And, I wanted to help ensure our kids get ice cream!

  67. Ooooh, so delicious,I find that I like piecing the quilt top. It alllows my creativity an escape, but, I also like paper piecing too! I love the chocolate and the mocha stripe

  68. Hi! I just became a follower. Can I come for ice cream too? Love your fabrics. Anything with chocolate is yummy. I like to do lots of things, but mostly piecing scrappy quilts with a little applique thrown in. Any of your table runners would be a hit at my house. Thanks for the offer.

  69. Yes, I am a Follower! I would love the Chocolate Blossom Runner. Great block thanks for the options.

  70. Hope I can add to the list so you children can enjoy the ice cream. I bet they are on the site with you each day to see if you made it. I like the Striped Swiss Chocolate runner. In fact the chocolate squares look like you could pick them up and enjoy them.
    Good luck kids, lol

  71. Love your block and tablerunners.

  72. Love you block. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Especially with chocolate added in. Like the striped chocolate runner, tho I am partial to mocha.
    My favorite of many technique is strip quilting. I get my scrap stash bins out, have a few colors in mind and have fun!
    Hope the kids get chocolate ice cream tonight!!

  73. I just became a follower. I am so grateful to Quiltmakers because I have been finding wonderful new blogers, like you. Your blog site really showcases your talents. Glad I found you!! Make sure they get really good ice cream from a specialty shop, like Bakin & Robins, my favorite place!!!!

  74. Mocha Striped Runner is my favorite! That would look so pretty on my table. My favorite quilting technique? I'm not sure I've done enough yet to have a favorite technique, but I can say that I love using precuts.

  75. Amanda, congrats on being in the 100 blocks magazine and the other magazine. So exciting.
    I just became a follower even though your blog is on my list. I want your children to get the ice cream. lol
    If I were to win I would like the Mocha Striped Runner. They are all so neat.

  76. Chocolate Blossom and a twist cone with chocolate sprinkles, please! I hope my following gets your kids one step closer (I scream for Ice Cream!) Great block and use of the print. I can't wait to see the magazine!

  77. wow i really love your block .will defenltey use it. thanks and congrats

  78. Wonderful runner! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  79. I'm nuber 248 as a new follower, so I don't make your kids' day, but I do add to the fun. I just love your block in chocolate, so that is the color I would choose if I win. I'm not sure what you mean by quilting technique, but if you refer to the quilting the quilt part, than I am getting better at FMQ and enjoy doing it.

  80. Love your block. I really enjoy foundation paper piecing. Just became your 251st follower.

  81. Like your block. I like mocha striped runner. No special technique for me. I have bookmarked your blog to read along with all my others. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.

  82. Great runners and great blog. I would chose Mocha Stripe. Thanks for the opportunity.

  83. GASP!!!! That block is absolutely STUNNING!!! I have contemplated a new table runner in my dining room & now I know exactly what it's going to look like!

  84. Wonderful! I like chocolate!

  85. Love the Brown and Pink!

  86. Chocolate blossom is beautiful! thanks for offering not only the magazine but also a kit to your winners!

  87. Love the Mocha Blossom color way. It looks like spring to me! It will go perfectly in my dining room too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  88. My favorite quilting method is machine piecing and quilting. I love to quilt as I go for ease of use on the home sewing machine. I also love your sweet block in chocolate and pink.

  89. I still find my favorite technique is simple piecing. I do some applique, but find that I relax a whole lot more when I am sitting at my sewing machine and just feeding one piece after another. I like all the tablerunners, but would choose the mocha stripe. — makes me yearn for some chocolate.

  90. Looks like the kids get ice cream!! I am now a follower. I LOVE your fabrics — the Chocolate striped one is my favorite!! My favorite quilting method is applique, and I do like to hand quilt.

  91. Very nice block, my favorite being the chocolate striped runner. It reminds me of boy scouts too with the symbols in the corners. COuld be made with some boy scout fabric.

  92. I guess you're going out for ice cream as you're already over 250 followers
    I am now a follower
    How can you go wrong with fabric called chocolate…of any sort! I love the mocha striped runner

  93. WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM…get your shoes on, there are over 250 followers now! My favorite quilting technique would be stippling because I don't have to think, just go! I have so many projects right now, the quickest way is the best for me. Love, love your chocolate striped runner, so that would be my choice if I were to win…thanks for the giveaway. Your fabrics are great!

  94. Just became a follower! I adore your swiss chocolate line. And I would love to make the Mocha runner. Right now, my favorite quilting technique is straight line quilting with a walking foot.

  95. I'm already a follower!
    I love FMQ but I need more practise!

  96. Finally a chocolate without all the guilt. I love the Fluer de Lis. I would have to have the Chocolate Blossom Runner. I am also a new follower. Hope you enjoy the ice cream!

  97. Im a fan of the Mocha colors, and love the fussy aspect of your block. Did the follow thing, and the kids will be happy, 258! Thanks much!

  98. really like the colors in the mocha table runner, just the color I want to decorate my new condo with.

  99. I enjoy traditional and paper piecing, not much of an appliquer. If I am the lucky winner, I would choose the Mocha Blossom…I love the touch of blue!

  100. I love the Mocha Blossom. My favorite colors right now are chocolate brown and blue. I also like the looks of applique although I am very slow at doing it.

  101. Congrats on your block in Vol. 3! Very neat block, love the runners! HUGS… and stitches

  102. I already follow your blog and think your block is wonderful. The Mocha Blossom Runner looks so pretty. If win, then can make one of your patterns from Fat Quarterly or your blog (I downloaded them when had the opportunity). Congratulations on being selected and have a productive trip to Market.

  103. Looks like ice cream is on its way. I am a new follower. Happy to have found your blog! I love the Fleur des Les on your block. Would love either colorway!!! My favorite technique is using the Angler 2 to make half square triangles. Enjoy Market!

  104. I am now a new follower. I really like the brown and red table runner. I really love applique, however I am a better piecer. Thank you so much for the great giveaway.

  105. Hi, This is such a great giveaway. I've been following you on google reader for a while and as a result am busy making one of your other designs. The chocolate blossom runner is the one I'd choose.
    wendzneil [at] googlemail [dot] com

  106. I am a brand new follower. Favorite technique? LOL, do I have to be able to do it? I pretty much stitch in the ditch and well, my stippling is getting better πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  107. I love your block, its a great one for fussy cutting your gorgeous fabric. I'm already a follower. I like the first table runner the best. Its hard to pick my favorite technique–maybe machine blanket stitch applique.

  108. I'm too new of a quilter to have a favorite technique. Love the runner in Mocha. Good luck getting to that ice cream — I'm following now, hope that helps, kids!

  109. I love the swiss chocolate striped table runner. My favorite technique is to have a book on tape playing while I sew. I could sew and listen to a good book for days on end!

  110. Beautiful. I love the chocolate blossom…well, I love all of the runners! As far as technique, I love to try them all but so far regular piecing is my favorite.

  111. Chocolate blossom gets my vote! Great runner. I'm a follower – so enjoy going for ice cream. Thanks for the give away. I love piecing and hand applique.

  112. Love your block. I would pick the runner with the blue in it. My favorite quilting technique is applique with paper piecing a close second. Congratulations!

  113. What a great use of a striped fabric. But I have to say I love the Chocolate Blossom kit. Thanks for sharing the design.

  114. cheryl mitchell I love all of the table runners!!!The fabrics are wonderful!!!I love anything chocolate!!!

  115. I love this block – especially the fleur de lis. I have just learned to love applique to go along with the piecing.

  116. I'm helping your kids to get more ice creams, lol, I'm your new follower. The kit I like the most is Chocolate Blossom Runner

  117. Oh, but chocolate of course, but a gift is special in any flavor. I find this block special because I am close to New Orleans and I am a football fan. This block with the fleur de lis will be one I will try. My favorite technique is traditional with whimsical touch.

  118. Did the children get their Ice-Cream?
    I love the fussy cutting you did for the block, I seem to be in a fussy cutting mood at the moment I'm hand piecing stars in hexagons and fussy cutting most of them which is my favorite technique too.

  119. I love your block. I love the last blue and brown table runner. But they are all gorgeous. I like to piece my quilts.

  120. i love the chocolate stripe runner wow very impressed with your colors. do all my quilting by hand, i find it very relaxing.

  121. Yum! Love the chocolate

  122. I am a follower of your lovely blog already πŸ™‚ As I am just starting to quilt, I don't yet have a favorite technique! The Chocolate stripe runner is absolutely stunning!! Would love to win it.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  123. I'm already a follower and I love your block.

  124. I SO love those runners. My husband wants me to make one for him. He spent a few years in Quebec and speaks French. He also teaches french at a high school here in Vegas. He loves the fleur-de-lys. I would love to win one of the kits

  125. I'm following you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blocks – and I especially like the Mocha Striped Runner. Favorite technique? Finishing! LOL!

  126. I love all of them!! LOVE that Chocolate!! hehe Great BLOCK!

  127. I am now a follower. Did your kids enjoy the icecream? LOL. My favorite technique is piecing and I would love to win the chocolate blossom runner.

  128. My favorite technique is applique, especially with pieced backgrounds. The chocolate colorway of Swiss Chocolate is so yummy, so I'd choose the Chocolate Blossom Runner kit. Looks like the kids got ice cream πŸ˜€
    PS I'm a new follower.

  129. i'm a new follower! i think my favourite technique is strip piecing – because i'm impatient!! i also really love straight line quilting, especially if the backing is flannelette, it creates the loveliest texture!

    thanks so much for the giveaway! the mocha striped runner is gorgeous!

  130. Love Chocolate Blossom Runner –the fussy cutting is great. I don't know if this posted already, sorry if it is a duplicate.

  131. I am now a follower of your blog. My favorite quilting technique is pressing as you go. My favorite runner is the Chocolate Stripe. Thanks for a chance to win and congratulations on being in the magazine.

  132. That chocolate blossom just really pops out to my dining room table. Hint! Hint!

  133. Love the chocolate blossom runner! My favorite quilt technique–free-hand feather quilting.

  134. I love all the runners…but think the Chocolate Blossom is my favorite. What yummy colors! I just became a follower…not really sure how that works, but will learn as I go. I don't have a favorite techinque, I'm always looking to try something new…but I do love piecing.

  135. great block. i can't wait to get the magazine. i am following your blog and got the email notices too. i love piecing and hand applique. tell you kids to have a chocolate for me!!!!
    i like the chocolate striped table runner.

  136. Chocolate Blossom runner appeals to my romantic side! Are your kids happy yet? Have a successful "Market". Nice block design, reminds me of a box filled with chocolates. Sandi

  137. I am already a follower and would love to see the mocha blossom runner on my table! Great block – thanks for the chance!

  138. I Love those chocolate fabrics especially the one with blue. Favorite method is usually the one I'm working with (they all have positive/negative) I enjoy learning new things.
    Thanks for sharing

  139. Oh the Chocolate Blossom is my favorite! Gorgeous!

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