Sunday, November 7, 2010

THIS WEEK: We're in Quiltmaker Magazine's 100 Blocks Blog Tour!



Have you seen Quiltmaker Magazine's 100 Blocks Volume 2 Issue, on newsstands, now?!  It's full of great ideas and the latest blocks by 100 of the top quilt designers!  I feel honored to have been asked to participate, and my block is Block #104, shown on page 23.  I'm so thrilled to be a part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.  It is such a great way to inspire quilters of all skill levels!

Quiltmaker Magazine will be giving away lots of great items at: QuiltyPleasures (Quiltmaker's blog) during the entire week of November 8th - 12th.  Some will be planned and some will be spontaneous, so you'll want to check back often!  Fabulous prizes will include fabric, patterns, books, notions, and of course, copies of 100 Blocks magazine.

I will also be giving away something every day this week, so please be sure to check back here, as well!

The name of my block is: Hearts Bejeweled

At the time I was contacted to submit a block, I was filling an order for my Patchwork Rendezvous quilt pattern (available for purchase through my website).  The fabrics I used to make the pattern are from Verna Mosquera's line of fabrics called Savon Bouquet for FreeSpirit.

Patchwork Rendezvous Quilt Pattern
by Susan Guzman of SuzGuz Designs

Because this pattern from our growing line has been such a great seller, AND because I love, love, love the fabrics, I decided I would pull out my scraps from this quilt to start working on an idea for my block.

To construct the block, I introduced a myriad of fabrics from my stash.  The brown polka dot fabric used in the center square and the small circles was left over from my quilt called Nonpariel, shown in McCall's Quilting, May/June 2009.  The 4 yellow squares and the fabric used for the hearts is from Verna's Savon Bouquet. The spear shapes' fabric and the pretty robin's egg blue polka dot background are from a fat quarter bundle I purchased last year at the International Quilt Market (forgive me, as we just moved, and I can't recall the fabric line . . . if interested, please e-mail me!).  I believe the green I used for the stems is one of the Kona Cotton solids.  I can check on this one, as well, if anyone is interested.

The applique hearts design I came up with was actually inspired by a fleur de lis image I found in a magazine.  I wanted to use fabrics that were fun and playful, yet connected back to the French fleur de lis.

In honor of the release of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 2 magazine, I will be giving away something every day this week.  For today, Monday, November 8th, I will be giving away a set of two of my most popular quilt patterns: Candy Bar Road, and Patchwork Rendezvous (as seen in the image, above).  These quilts are very easy to make and show off fabrics beautifully!

In order to be eligible to win these patterns, please post a comment at the end of this blog AND find me on Facebook by Friday, November 12th!  Winners of all of my giveaways this week will be announced by Monday, November 15th! (Note added 11.10.10 at 9:30 am, EST: If you do not use Facebook--or even if you do!--I'd love it if you'd add me to your blog read list, instead!  Thanks :)

To all of my old friends and all of my new friends, thanks so much for stopping by!  I look forward to hearing from you and I look forward to a fun week ahead.

Susan

42 comments:

Ella said...

Congratulations on the magazine! Thank you for the chance to win these great patterns, they look fun!

DutchQuilter said...

This is such a pretty block! Thanks for the chance to win one of your patterns!

Sharon said...

Yes, congratulations on being in the 100 blocks magazine. Your block is delightful. Thanks for the chance to win such fun patterns.

sao said...

Congratulations on your beautiful block that is included in the book. I really like it!

Maureen said...

Hi Suz! lots going on in Quilt world for you and all of it exciting. :)

Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake said...

Hi Susan, Congrats on being one of the top 100 quilt designers! I love the brown polka dots on your block! I love your designs...keep on creating! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
Leanne

gill said...

I love the blue polka dots!
Gill

Peach Rainbow said...

Congratulations on your beautiful being featured!

Connie said...

Congrats on your block being in the magazine!

Donna Joy said...

Thanks for sharing how you chose you fabrics for the Bejewelled block. It always amazes me how so many quilters can just know what colors of fabrics to use and voilà, stunning. Love your patterns and blog.

Petit Design Co. said...

I thin kI'm in love with that aqua background fabric

Marianne said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Great patterns! Congratulations on being chosen to be in the magazine.

Puddles of Grace said...

I love this block!!! Now I'm gonna look you up on FB! ;-)

Monica said...

I don't know why but the block makes me think of Alice in Wonderland...must be the hearts...love it!

vanos said...

I just read Monica's comment and I think it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland also -- how funny

Thankful~Threads said...

Suzanne, I have added your blog to the list of blogs I am following publically. Kathleen

Pat S. said...

Hi FB friend....thanks for the chance to win your fabulous giveaway!!!

Kathy said...

Very pretty block. Love the patterns too. Going to go find you on FB now!

Kathy H said...

I love the colors you chose for your pattern. Thanks for the chance to win .

annmarie said...

Patchwork Rendevous is right up my kind of pattern - perfect for jellyrolls which I also love. I love your block too. thanks

scraphappy said...

What a pretty block. It's nicely geometric which I enjoy in applique patterns.

SewLindaAnn said...

This is so fun, I've been reading through the posts and am a member on Facebook (is that the same as friending?) and subscribe in Google Reader. Love the patterns, thanks for the info on the fabrics.

kwiltnkats said...

I've enjoyed reading your posts this week Thanks for an opportunity to win!

kwiltnkats said...

I'm working backwards from Day 3 and I guess I was looking too hard at your Quiltmaker 100 block design. I wrote that I thought you'd got your inspiration from the flowers in the green vases...how wrong was I. I suppose you can see that I'm more the piecer than the designer!

Becky said...

I'd love to win your patterns. Thanks for the giveaway! Enjoyed reading about the fabric choices for your block!

marilyn said...

Love this pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

Peaceful Piecer said...

love your block....thanks for a chance to win

Melissa said...

Very pretty block. Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.

SheilaC said...

Thank you for the great give away!

SheilaC

Deb said...

I love to read how you started designing the block. I love it!

Nancy said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Annette said...

Such a darling block! Congratulations!

Marcia said...

Congratulations on the publication of your block in QM 100 Blocks! Your patterns are lovely. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks for the giveaway. P.S. I follow your blog publically - don't have FB or a blog of my own..

sandilee said...

you block is so pretty - will add you as a friend on FB - please enter me into your drawing -

sandi812@bellsouth.net

MoeWest said...

It's interesting to read how you came up with your design. I love the dots.

Kerry said...

It was interesting to read how you come up with your ideas. Love the block.

Laurie said...

This block is very pretty - I can even "see" it in different fabrics. Thank you for a chance to win some great patterns!!

Nancy said...

Your block is beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

Lee said...

Hi - I added you to my lists of blogs to follow! I really love your blog and your design. Congrats!

gill said...

I love your block but I don't do Facebook at all !!!
Gill

Kathy said...

Thanks for the chance to win the magazine. Beautiful block.