I'm pleased to announce that one of my original quilt block designs, Loyal Daughter, will be included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5. This wonderful new collection of block patterns officially goes on sale on May 8, 2012, although you may be lucky enough to spot it on the shelves of your favorite quilt shop or newsstand even earlier.
The Loyal Daughter block is featured in my most recent novel, Sonoma Rose (Dutton, Feb 2012), in which Rosa Diaz Barclay decides to make a special quilt for her steadfast eldest daughter, Marta, to thank her for her loyalty and love in difficult times. I used fabrics from my Red Rooster Fabrics line, “Elm Creek Quilts: The Winding Ways Quilt Collection,” for this version of the block.
As much as I like these pretty spring colors, I decided to try a few other fabric options for the Loyal Daughter block just for fun. What could be more appropriate than the vineyard harvest colors of the fabric line inspired by Sonoma Rose, “Elm Creek Quilts: Rosa's Collection”?
The rich, classic hues of my fabric line, “Elm Creek Quilts: Anneke's Collection” makes a much bolder statement:
I think my “Elm Creek Quilts: Circle of Quilters Collection” fabrics lends the Loyal Daughter block an antique, Christmasy look, don't you?
Arranged into a quilt top in straight sets, the block above would look a little something like this:
Here's how the Anneke's Collection version appears when arranged in straight sets with sashing and cornerstones:
The blocks are set on point in this rendition, made from Rosa's Collection:
This version also uses fabrics from Rosa's Collection, with the blocks set on point with sashing and cornerstones:
Here's another rendition of this same quilt using the soft, romantic colors of “Elm Creek Quilts: Caroline's Collection,” which was inspired by my novel, The Wedding Quilt:
Wouldn't you like to to try your hand at this fun block and some of the other 99 patterns in this special issue? The creative staff of Quiltmaker have graciously offered to give away a free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5 to one lucky person who visits my blog today. All you have to do is comment on this post, describing how you would select colors or fabrics to make a Loyal Daughter quilt that has special meaning to you or to an important person in your life. A winner will be selected at random from those who comment on this post before 11:59 PM Central Time tonight.
Don't forget to follow the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour April 30 to May 4 for inspiration, conversations with some of your favorite quilt designers, and lots of great giveaways. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5 will be available in your local quilt shop by May 8th, or you can order it directly from Quiltmaker.
Thanks, and Happy Quilting!