Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13–Blog Tour, Day 1

One of the fun quilting things I do, along with 34 others, is to test patterns/instructions for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks special issue.  Twice a year, Quiltmaker publishes a special issue with 100 Blocks from top designers. You will be sure to find something to tickle your fancy – appliqué, foundation piecing, as well as regularly pieced blocks.,



Beginning today, at Quilty Pleasures Blog, you are invited to participate in the Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Volume 13, which will be available on May 3rd, online (digital & in print) as well as many quilt shops and newsstands. You will get to know many of the designers, and you can win prizes from some wonderful sponsors – like a Kona Fat Quarter bundle by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  Go to their blog each day to enter for that day’s prices


I enjoy testing the blocks, the only problem is that I cannot share them until the magazine is released!  So I’m joining in with the Blog Tour this week with posts highlighting the blocks I’ve tested.

On the first day of Quiltmaker’s Blog Tour, they Previewed four blocks and I tested one of them.

  • Vixen, an appliquéd block designed by QM’s associate editor, Erin Russek.
  • Polar Star, a foundation-pieced block designed by Karen Ackva, using Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
  • Lovely, a pieced block designed by Corey Yoder, using her Prairie line for Moda Fabrics and Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
  • Picket Posies, a pieced block designed by Greg Jones.  This was one of the blocks I tested. Here is my version of his block.

Picket Posies, designed by Greg Jones, Pieced by M.E. Futch

Today’s Featured Designers: Here are the first 8 Designers to be featured on the Blog Tour. Scroll down on the Quilty Pleasures Blog post to click on their links to go to their blogs to read about their quilt blocks featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch their giveaways.

Please follow the instructions on their posts to be entered into their giveaways.

Note: *** indicates the blocks that I tested.

1. Pati Fried
2. Nancy Mahoney
3. Carol Steely ***
4. Debbie Martin
5. Jenifer Dick
6. Daphne Greig
7. Peg Spradlin
8. Doris Rice

My Tested Blocks

I tested one block from todays featured designers.

Carol Steely – Block #1212 – Spring Bloomers (Appliqué )

She is so excited that her block made the cover, too!! Read her post for a couple of tips that will make this easier. I wish I had thought of that when I was testing! Also, you can win a copy of Volume 13 if you visit her blog and enter.

Spring Bloomers – Designed & Appliqued by Carol Steely

Here is the one I made.  I guess I should have picked a lighter color for the leaves. But it a cute block.  Bet you can tell I need to work on my color choices.  Oh, well, I did have fun making it anyway.


May Flowers – Designed by Carol Steely, Tested by M.E.Futch

Well, that’s it for Day #1 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 13 Blog Tour. Join me tomorrow to see more blocks.

Happy Stitching!

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Pillowcase Lady Day


Yesterday was the Day of the Pillowcase. While enjoying another day of stitching in the beautiful Blue Ridge along with some talented, and sometimes funny ladies, I spent my time making pillowcases.

Now why in the world would I make pillowcases? It’s a simple project, but creates a token of love and remembrance. 

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Bag Lady Day


Yesterday I was a Bag Lady.  Honestly, I love tote bags – all kinds. 

This comes in handy because in our county all stores have to charge us a county “tax” of 5-cents for every plastic or paper bag they use for our purchases. 

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Finally Some Sewing Getting Done

For the past few months Life has gotten in the way of my sewing, but recently I’ve gotten back to it.

But before I share what I’ve been sewing, I’ve got proof that it is Spring.

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After not sewing for a bit it’s always great to work on some small projects so I can get the chance to feel the joy of completing something.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 12–The Rest of the Story

QM1550-COVER-200pxThis week we’ve been having fun following Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 Blog Tour.

There were prizes, Tips and Free Bitty Blocks patterns.  Each day different designers were featured and many shared their design process or even how their block looked in wall hangings, table runners and quilts.  Using a variety of techniques there were blocks for everyone’s interest.

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