Last fall I saw an interesting Facebook post by Quiltmaker Magazine. They were looking for block testers and if you e-mailed them at the listed address in their post, you could be one of those people. Guess who e-mailed Quiltmaker Mag the next moment?! This lady! Yup, I could have sucked, good thing I don’t, but I was notified that I was going to be a block tester for Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks Volume 7 issue. I was so excited and announced it to friends and family. A couple of weeks later the process began. I tested nine blocks using different techniques, some which were intimidating, and really enjoyed the process.
A few weeks later, I received an e-mail inviting block testers to take on an additional responsibility. I responded immediately to the request and was now going to be making a quilt for the magazine using some of the blocks I had tested. Quiltmaker provided the fabric for the quilt and the quilt shop I work at, Quilter’s Quarters, sponsored the quilting. There was a chance that my quilt would be photographed and published in the issue. I didn’t have a guarantee, but I knew the quilt would hang in Quiltmaker Magazine’s headquarters in Golden, CO. Well, I am thrilled that a picture of my quilt was published in Vol. 7 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine!! I received an advance copy of the magazine as well as a mug with all 100 blocks pictured on it. How cool is that!?! It is sitting in a place of honor on my bookshelf in my studio.
Here are some pics of the blocks I tested as well as my favorite ones of the bunch.
Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7 will be on newsstands and available for purchase online and in quilt shops tomorrow, May 7th. I hope you’ll go out and buy it and then try some of the beautiful blocks yourself. Keep an eye out for my quilt! I named my quilt “San Joaquin Valley Sunset” and I hope you like it.