Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour — Block #685

 Welcome to this stop on Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Tour! I’m so glad you stopped by. My block is called Between the Lines, block number 685 in Quiltmaker’s 100 Block series.  361The block itself is a 12 inch finished block. Thanks to some bold prints, it manages to pack a lot of drama into a small space. My friends, Jane Sassaman and Jennifer Paganelli, are two fabulous designers with distinct styles. Each of them does “Bold” beautifully and I couldn’t resist a chance to mix them together in this one block.Quiltmaker 100 blockTo maintain the high drama in your own version of this block, keep these tips in mind. First, utilize high contrast prints. I used the black and white zebra as my starting place. Black and white is guaranteed drama. Second, be brave and add another layer of contrast. In this case, I chose red and white polka dots. Large dots have plenty of inherent drama, but the play of dots and zebra stripes gave it an extra punch. Lastly, use the larger corner triangles to give breathing space to larger prints. This green tonal of Jane’s is perfect for adding movement to the block without overwhelming the center.

And speaking of overwhelming, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many great quilt blocks, especially with 100 of them in every issue of Quiltmaker’s series. Sometimes, you see a block you love, but you just can’t see yourself actually finishing up enough of them to make a quilt. So what’s a quilter to do? Grab a bit of coordinating fabric and you can enjoy a favorite block in a new way. If your browser doesn’t show the pdf above, click here for the link.

To celebrate Volume 7, Quiltmaker will send a copy to one lucky reader. Here’s all you need to do for a chance to be that lucky person:

  1. Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me anything you’d like, there’s no magic comment.
  2. One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
  3. You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday, May 3, 2013 to enter. 
  4. International entrants are welcome.
  5. Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator the weekend of May 4-5, 2013.
  6. Winner will be notified by email and will have until May 8, 2103 to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.

Good luck! Please note that due to the large volume of giveaway commenters, I will be unable to thank you all personally for taking time to visit and enter the giveaway. So to everyone who stops by, “Thank you!” And don’t forget to check out Quiltmaker’s giveaways on their blog!

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed. A winner has been chosen and notified by email. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Mary Jo says

    Oh gosh!! I LOVE your block and the COLORS are perfect! Love the pattern for the table mat, too! I have printed out a copy already! Volume 7 looks to be the best one yet and I cannot wait to get a copy!! Congratulations on having your block published!

  2. Lisa Marie says

    Love your block and your tips for making it work. I especially like “be brave”. Sometimes we just need to try something out to see how it will look. After all, it’s only fabric.

  3. KT says

    Great block! Thanks for your tips on how to do bold–I’ve never done bold well.

  4. Patricia S says

    Your color combination is phenominal! I really love how it pops!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win 😀

  5. Koricard says

    I love the bright, bold colors you have used in your block. I especially like your idea for turning the block into a simple table mat. I have so many projects that don’t get finished because they are so big and take so much time. This is a great idea for a smaller project that is quick and simple to complete. Thank you!

  6. Carol Sc says

    The suggestion to use strong contrast in your block certainly defines it well. I’m interested in seeing what effect the various settings might bring. I like the simplicity that can get very complicated looking.

  7. says

    I love your block! I have been afraid to try using bigger prints in smaller pieces but your block has shown me that it works great! I’m going to give it a try for sure!

  8. Donna Phelps says

    BOLD you have done and yes, it has drama and yes, I LOVE IT. Your block is great . Congrats for being one of 199 Blocks.Your work is wonderful.

  9. Suze says

    I adore the block. I think I could make this block. Thank you very much for the tips for me to be able to select fabrics for a successful block for myself. I think many quilters have trouble with fabric selection. The tips are very clear and concise and with my logical thinking, I appreciate that you told me the whys behind the decision – not just pick a fabric with high drama. You are very generous with the giveaway. I know many people are going to be thrilled with the magazine and other giveaways in this Tour.

  10. Sandra Timmons says

    I like the name you have chosen for your block. Your colors really look great together and make this bold beautiful block. Thank you for being a part of this blog tour and giving all of us a chance to win.

    Sandi Timmons

  11. SewLindaAnn says

    Friends with Jane and Jennifer – lucky you! I have a batch of Jane Sassaman projects just waiting for the right block – thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Patricia Hersl says

    Delighted in Sassaman fabrics too! Sometimes one needs to be cheery.

  13. Becky Turner says

    Well I have the black and white to start with….
    Then I am thinkin way out of my box with orange and yellow

  14. says

    This block is totally awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on the magazine and make a few of these!

  15. Linda Roe says

    Bold and beautiful. Love the colors. Red is my favorite color, but I haven’t made a red quilt yet, I have started collecting red fabrics for one.

  16. Brenda Hulsey says

    This block sure is an eye catcher with the bold fabrics and colors! Great job!

  17. Lori Smanski says

    I love your block. What a pretty placemat this would make. Or a pillow. Hmm Thanks for the pattern.

  18. Cindy W. says

    thank you for the extra bonus of the table runner! I need to design something with zebra stripes for a young girl so thanks for the ideas.

  19. Donna Joy says

    Yeah to polka dots and zebra stripes and bold colors, thanks for sharing.

  20. Robin says

    Your color choices are great. I love the lime green. Thank you for the block.

  21. Donna says

    Smashing! Love the bold prints. Wonder how it plays with other blocks in a quilt so I’ll have to try it.

  22. kathy h says

    I think I will have to be bolder in trying different prints and colors together. Your block is wonderful and the colors are great together.

  23. Betty Domal says

    Love your block – red, white & black is a long time favorite color combination for me.
    I too love books, my morning coffee (usually 2 cups), sewing, crafting & quilting small items. Have not made a large quilt yet, but love to do place mats, table runners, wall hangings and small gifts for babies & children.
    Sure would love to win the 100 blocks magazine. Thanks

    Betty Domal bfdomal@gmail.com

  24. edith mascia says

    Love the bright colors! The hardest part of quilting is picking the colors.

  25. Darlene B says

    Great quilt block! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great magazine that is such an inspiration.

  26. Denise says

    Thank you for the advice on using large prints, they are quite eye-catching together!

  27. Tina in NJ says

    So the name of the block is Between the Lines. What’s black and white and read all over? Actually the block suggests a zebra butterfly on a leaf.

  28. Kathleen Wood-Kaiser says

    Great colors.. Lime green Is something I’ve mostly avoided, but it brings a lot of life to a block.

  29. Emily C says

    Lovely frame block. I can see all kinds of uses for that if one was prone to fussy cutting things, such as birds, bunnies, etc. very nice.

  30. Debbie Rhodes says

    Love your block and your idea’s… my seventeen year old granddaughter is a zebra print freak.. I will have to try this just as you did it..

  31. Linda Ferguson says

    Thank you for the pattern! I like your bright block – love the green!

  32. says

    I love your striking block! Beautiful! I love quilting and need to get back to it…but yard work comes first now that spring is here.

  33. Nancyanne C says

    Thank you for sharing! Those colors are just what I’m working with now.

  34. Susie says

    I have been interested in using high constrast fabrics, but have been afraid to use them because I’m not sure of the results. I see by your blocks that it can work wonderfully! Thanks for the inspiration

  35. Cher says

    Wow I really like your block. I’ve always been fairly traditional but find myself liking the bolder more striking modern effect these days. Can’t wait to experiment with your block.

  36. Chris P says

    I love your block and your color selection. They really pop against each other and I feel are unexpected. Love it.

  37. Cathy B says

    Congratulations on having a block in this volume. I really love it!! Thank you!

  38. Souix Bee says

    I am looking for an idea for a set of summer place mats. This could be it.

  39. Val says

    This looks like the best issue ever, your block is great!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  40. Darrell says

    Love your block.. it always surprises me how dramatic a simple pattern can be mixed with the correct fabrics.

  41. Joan H. says

    Love your striking fabrics used in your block. Congratulations on being in the book!

  42. Barb Johnson says

    Well, you said we could say anything, so…. Anything! ;->

    Seriously, though, love the block and the colors you chose.

  43. Margaret Andrews says

    It was refreshing to see the zebra stripe print in this block and the red polka dots…just my kind of block. Can’t wait until I have the magazine in my hand to make it.

  44. Pat V. says

    Love the crisp look of this block. Need to pull out some bold fabrics and start playing!

  45. says

    You always make such great blocks…this one looks more complicated than it is…my favourite kind! Congratulations on being in the issue!

  46. Gena in Dallas says

    There is a local shop that has a slogan: Lime green is the new neutral. It is wonderful in your block.

  47. chere wilson says

    really like your block. its nice to have a bold and different look —yet it isn’t over powering . thanks

  48. Cecilia says

    Great block! I love the colors and prints you chose. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  49. says

    YES, there are way too many Comments to reply to. Great time to Blog Hop. I’m enjoying seeing all the new Blocks and designers Blogs. It’s MAY! Thanks for a chance to WIN!

  50. Joyce Mitchell says

    Love your block. Thanks for the quick pdf tutorial & the chance to win.

  51. Bonnie Thiem says

    I love the colors in your block especially the red and white polka dot. Can’t wait to make my own.

  52. Donna W says

    I love your block, it is wonderful!! Thanks for the tips on how to do “bold”.

  53. Eva says

    Great block, I don’t know if I could be as confident as you when choosing colors, I am far too conservative. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

  54. Ruth Rocker says

    Congratulations on your block being published. It’s lovely. Thanks for a chance to win.

  55. Bonnie Pfrimmer says

    I like your block! I would like to make a whole quilt with it. Thanks for sharing.

  56. says

    Thanks for the tips on combining designs in your block. I always learn so much from other quilters. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

  57. Linda Webster says

    Great colors in your block. Congratulations for getting your block in the book!

  58. Mary Arline S says

    “Congratulations!” “Thank you for your tips for adding not only drama, but beauty when choosing fabrics.”

  59. Carol Crisp says

    Your block is so cool! The green and orange fabrics are amazing together.

  60. Barbara Pricola says

    Thanks for the pdf tutorial!! And, thank you for this chance to win.

  61. says

    Your block really makes a statement!! I love your Block Mat too, especially with the zebra fabric!! Congratulations on having a block in the 100 Blocks Magazine!

  62. Miss Pat says

    It pays to be bold and beautiful. Congratulations on being included in Vol. 7.

  63. Barbara Colvin says

    What a great block! Using bright vibrant prints like the ones you chose would make any child happy!

  64. VickiT says

    Wow Melissa! That is a stunning block. I love those fabrics you’ve used. Thank you also for the simple addition pdf. That will definitely come in handy.

  65. Susan Pepper says

    You have given me some good ideas! I have been collecting fabric with peppers and they are such bright and bold fabrics that I’ve had a difficult time deciding what to do with them. Your block would make great table runner, place mats, etc.

  66. Kim says

    Loving your block and GREAT fabric choices. Your selections really make it pop! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  67. Karen says

    I really like the zebra look of your block…Thanks for the opportunity to win…:)

  68. Mary Frakes says

    Such a pretty block. Thanks for the pattern. What a great way to show off a single block.

  69. Janice Padgett says

    Love the boldness of your block. I need to embrace this concept and move away from the traditional fabrics. Thanks for sharing!

  70. Donna Amos says

    I really like your block. The colors are great, but most of all I like the tips you gave about fabric selection. Thank you for the giveaway.

  71. Lynn Van Keuren says

    Nice bright block! There’s lots of potential for this block. Thank you!

  72. Jinnine Pearce says

    Fantastic colours in your block and great advice about fabric choice.

  73. Sue says

    I am enjoying reading all the blogs that I did not know about. The blocks are beautiful and so interesting.

  74. Valorie Spanogle says

    This is the perfect block. I love the green with the red/black/white. Congrats on being in this issue of 100 Blocks!

  75. Gale says

    Love it! I’ve just made some blocks with the exact same colors and prints.

  76. Kris B says

    Thanks for the block, the fabric are very bright but highlights the lines in the block.

  77. Maggie Avrit says

    I really appreciate your suggestion for the high cocntrast in your block. It’s great.

  78. Laura G. says

    Thanks for the pdf. I’m going to print that & add it to my quilting binder. I love the color combinations & information on the block. Great Job.

  79. Steph says

    A block, tips for fabric selection to make it jump, AND a pattern, too! Nicely done. I love it! And thanks for your generosity.

  80. Brenda J. says

    Cool block! Really like the contrasting colors you have chosen. Congrats on being published and thanks for the chance to win!

  81. Laural says

    Your block has so much PUNCH to it! One of the first things I noticed was that I had that same green print, too. :-)
    Congratulations on your inclusion in Volume 7!

  82. Lou Brewer says

    This block is so dramatic in the colors you have chosen. My son absolutely feel in love with it and wants a quilt just like it.

  83. Theresa says

    I just love all the bold fabrics your used in your block. I’m slowly trying to come out of my traditional shell and moving towards the bold!

  84. Annie K says

    I love the bright, crisp feeling of your block…what a great summertime quilt it would make!

  85. Laura N says

    Love the block and the colors. Thanks for the pattern for using those single blocks.

  86. JillB says

    I LOVE the colors and your explanation as to why it works.
    Thanks for sharing and congrats on getting it published

  87. Sally H. says

    Thank you for your block and your suggestions for making it “pop”! Would love to try it.

  88. LeeAnn says

    I just love how you use black and white as a neutral. They make that block sing!

  89. Patty Swatzell says

    Congrats on having your block in Vol. 7. I love the bold colors which I find to be what I tend to buy when I go into a quilt store.

  90. Christina in Cleveland says

    Congratulations on your block! Not just for being published but what a fun and colorful block so full of possibilities! Thank you!!
    ~Christina in Cleveland.

  91. Linda says

    Wow bold colors! For me it’s difficult to envision such bold colors and patterns together. I really appreciate the tips, especially resting space.

  92. Beth T. says

    Congratulations on being included in this issue. Your block would look great in a variety of fabric styles.

  93. LJ says

    Totally cool!! I love all the colors; it really made the block dance. Thank you.

  94. Carla G says

    What a fantastic block! Love the colors & fabrics you used! And thanks for the table topper pattern! :)

  95. Karen McManus says

    I have been using lime green in my projects recently and love the flavor it gives a quilt.

  96. Sue Biles says

    You have a lovely blog. I absolutely love your block and bright, bold colors. I will be visiting again soon.

  97. says

    Great block! I love the table mat and have printed off the instructions to start several for myself and friends immediately. Thanks!

  98. usairdoll says

    Such a great block and wonderful fabric choice. Thanks for the pattern as well. Something I like? Including embroidery with my quilt blocks.

    Thank you and Quiltmaker for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  99. says

    Wonderful block and I like how you made it into a mat.
    That is a great idea for using the blocks by themselves and making nice gifts for others.


  100. says

    for Christmas, I bought myself some design rolls of Jennifer’s Girls World Vibe–I love the colors and floral prints. I just need to find the perfect pattern to use the strips. I’m starting to get a bit bolder with prints….but I’ve realized that to do that, a simple block pattern is needed, or the block pattern gets lost in the prints. I like either the prints or the blocks to shine, and I’m not sure they can always shine at th same time. I do love the bright colors!

  101. Angelia L. says

    I love your bright bold Between the Lines block! Thank you for the PDF!

  102. Georgie says

    Congratulations on having your colorful block in the magazine. And thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  103. Cathlene says

    Very striking design and choice of fabrics. I learned a lot reading through your post. Thanks!

  104. Amy Lause says

    Firstly, I love brights and I collect animal prints. So I can appreciate how you put this block together. Sometimes it can be difficult to see a block when it’s in colors that I don’t LOVE, just part of the process. I really love what you’ve done and can’t wait to get the pattern from the magazine! Thanks for your incredible vision.

  105. Ellen says

    Congratulations on getting your block published. Looks like a fun block to make.

  106. Rhonda Desgranges says

    Love your block!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  107. Karrie Smith says

    Thanks for the chance to win! Congrats on your lovely block and being published in Vol. 7!

  108. says

    I love your bright colors. I call my quilts “sunglasses quilts”–you have to wear sunglasses to look at them. No drab quilts for ME!

  109. Judy Forkner says

    I love your use of fabric–it makes your block sing! Thanks for the little tutorial about choosing fabric!

  110. Julie B says

    The green really makes the red/black/white POP!. Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. Lynn says

    The last 3 blocks I have seen are all so different. It is great to have such a variety. Your block is so fresh looking. I always feel uplifted making blocks in colours like yours.

  112. Franci says

    I like your block and want to add it to my sampler, but I don’t do bright colors. It will be great in any colors, though

  113. Diann Cornell says

    I like that you gave tips on choosing fabric. It’s so important for a block’s effectiveness.

  114. toni-anne says

    Teacher’s are wonderful people and I appreciate any help with design.. your encouragement to add drama is music to me. I’m inclined to be a little reserved and my work reflects that I think… thanks for the little push to try something bold and more dramatic. I’ll do it!

  115. Deborah says

    It would be nice to win a copy, but I’ll be buying a couple anyways for my friends! Thanks!

  116. Sandy W. says

    What a cheery block and related pattern. It perked me up just to view it. I get so many ideas on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour, I’ll need to live to 150 to accomplish all the projects I jot down. Thanks for your involvement.

  117. Lisa E says

    Very cool colors in your block. Green is my favorite color. Thanks for the chance to win.

  118. Nancy Smith says

    I love your use of the bold colors. Thanks for the chance to win a prize.

  119. Tania says

    You are certainly right about the block being dramatic. I’m making 6″ Farmer’s wife blocks at the moment and they are just not conducive to those lovely big bold prints!

  120. Kathy says

    I do so love reading about the creative processes and inspirations of other quilters. So this tour is a big hit with me. It adds so much to then looking through the whole magazine afterwards.

  121. Jamie says

    I have not worked much with bold and contrasting patterns like your block needs. Thank you for including tips to help create a block that can look as great as yours. I just might have to give it a try. Thank you for a chance to win.

  122. Carrie O says

    I love that I have to look up a new word [autodidact], that you used the word ‘fiend’ in ABOUT YOU, plus the fabric and color choices you selected for that block. All of which brightens my day. So, thanks!

  123. Karen says

    I am loving this blog hop. Beautiful block and thanks for the chance to win

  124. Nancy Sue Phillips says

    I love the idea of giving breathing space to larger prints. A wonderful tip!! Congrats on your fabulous block and sharing it with us!

  125. physicsmom says

    My favorite block is Farmer’s Daughter. There are so many variations, depending on color and value placement. Your block is great; the zebra print pops!

  126. MarciaW says

    Thanks for the tips on fabric selection, and congratulations on your block being selected for Volume 7 of 100 Blocks. I love the quilting that you did with these blocks, and the extra embellishments. Good Job!

  127. kathy says

    I like the great work you designers have put into the 100 blocks issues, you certainly rate near the top, keep up the good work.