How to Get Inspired to Quilt (Even if you’re out of Ideas)

My son was missing. Again. He was 2 years old, and we had put out the wading pool. He was so excited about this that he kept escaping from the house and I’d find him back in the pool. I didn’t want him out there unsupervised, because of his age, and I was getting frustrated.

The last time I found him I put his swimsuit out of reach and put his clothes on. Now the clothes were scattered on the floor, and I found him in the pool buck naked. Should I get upset or laugh?

I chose to laugh, run in the house and grab a camera. (These were pre-phone camera days.) When I tried to take the picture, he thought I would grab him, so he ran into the front yard, his boy parts dangling for all the neighbors to see. Then I laughed harder!

When was the last time you were THAT enthusiastic about a quilting project?

Well, this week is inspiration week, with the release of Volume 14 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series magazine. You will find 100 fabulous blocks to get your imagination running wild! Hop on over to Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, and they will take you on an exciting blog tour.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14

There are also lots of prizes available at Quilty Pleasures, and on each blog, including mine. Just leave a comment sharing your favorite autumn tradition to qualify. I will be giving away two copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14, and 3 patterns of your choice from my quilt shop. Winners will be selected randomly and notified by email.

I have been included in all but two volumes of this fun publication, and have been inspired by each issue.

My block is called Fallin’.

You’ll love the hand appliqué, and the creative piecing that creates a curved border look.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14

The inspiration for my block is my quilt, September, from Quilt Batik!, my book published by Martingale & Co.

September quilt

September quilt from Quilt Batik! ©2012 Martingale & Co.

As you can see, I used two of the leaf motifs from the original, and created a scalloped-looking border by using appliqué to make the rounded edges. I also used a more traditional autumn color way.

You could use the block as a focal point, with other blocks bordering it, use several blocks with solid blocks in between, or set it on-point, like the quilt.

You can order my book at Martingale’s site, or from other online retailers. Or ask for it at your local quilt shop.

So, get inspired, get enthused, and feel like you want to swim naked with excitement! Get the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14, available at newsstands, online, or your favorite quilt shops.

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