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Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Vol. 3 Special Issue Blog Tour!

May 4, 2011

Welcome Quiltmaker Blog Tourists! I’m so excited you’re here!

Did you know it’s my first time being featured in Quiltmaker and my block made the cover? *happy dance*

Go on, guess which one is mine…

Did you guess right?

I’ve posted before  about my exciting adventure of being invited to design for Quiltmaker. And I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to finally see my first published pattern.

When Carolyn asked if I would like to submit a pattern to this issue, I immediately thought of this self portrait, taken by my friend John’s 6 year old daughter:

Photo courtesy of John Adams - Quilt Dad

I just fell in love with this photo. It brings back all kinds of childhood memories for me. Especially of how beautiful I felt wearing my fancy party dress when I was 6, and it reminds me of just how early my shoe obsession began. These strappy rainbow keds are absolutely adorable!  I had to see if it would work out as a paper pieced pattern!

Here is my first pattern attempt:

Doesn’t it look like you’re on a swing looking at the trees in the distance? The teal fabric is  “Forest” by Hokkoh.

You can see that the pattern started out with more detail on the toe of the shoes. Even I have to admit this was pretty fiddly so I tried simplifying the pattern around the toes..

I love the idea of the white tips of the shoes, but here they’re getting lost in that beautiful Kumari Garden fabric I chose for the carpet. I also love the idea of having the floor being a great place to showcase fun fabrics, so I again decided to further simplify the pattern and lose the white tips. I snuck some of the cambodian silk scraps from my SIL’s wedding dress  in the dress for this block. Wouldn’t this be a neat way to feature fabric from all those favorite dresses you used to wear? Or your daughter’s dresses you can’t bear to give away?

I made this wall hanging to show how easily this pattern can be used to tell a story. This is the Great Snail Race..

You can find all of the nifty free motion quilting designs I used at Day Style Designs. I’m like a kid in a candy store over there!

I love this block. It’s 12″ x 12″ and paper pieced. I would rate it as an intermediate level pattern due to the handful of little pieces around the shoes. You can simplify it even more by omitting the straps all together. If you need a refresher in paper piecing, check out my video tutorials. It’s just like riding a bike.

I think I’ll make pillows from my first attempt blocks. When I submitted my initial design idea to Quiltmaker, I put together a montage of some different fabric combos. When we laid my options out, we all agreed that it would make a really fun quilt of a little girl stepping on all the different rugs in her grandma’s home..

Thank-you all so much for reading and sharing my excitement over being published! It’s been really neat to be able to share my adventures with you, and I hope you decide to keep checking in on me to see what I’m up to next. *wink*

If you’d like a chance to win your very own copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 3, then leave me a comment below and I’ll choose one lucky winner on May 12th, 2011! ~ Good luck and be sure to visit the other great designers participating in the blog tour! ~


173 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa Broughton permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:49 pm

    These blocks are “out of the box” so inventive…I love the Great Snail Race

  2. Barb K. permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:06 pm

    What a glorious design–so fresh and new. Thanks for sharing!

  3. May 4, 2011 11:27 pm

    This is such a charming block. It’s amazing where you got your inspiration from. I’m a great fan of Leah’s FMQ designs as well. Love how you combined different techniques on the wall hanging – paper piecing and embroidery. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Julie permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:51 pm

    I love shoes. The story for the block is wonderful. Inspiration can be found everywhere. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on being published. I like the free motion quilting designs you selected for the Great Snail Race quilt.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Jamie permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:54 pm

    I loved reading the background on your block. It is gorgeous and it was neat to see the photo that inspired you as well as the different blocks that you tried out. The snail race quilt is real cute.

  6. May 5, 2011 12:53 am

    What an unusual design. I think I have only seen a top view like that once. It was a teapot and cup. Your block is great because it is unusual and everyday at the same time.

  7. Chris permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:55 am

    Very unique design. Wish I had a Granddaughter to sew for. Maybe I’ll sew for a girlfriend.

  8. cinzia permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:34 am

    I fell in love with your block the first time I saw it. I was hoping there was a series to make a complete quilt but I suppose I shall have to simply change the fabrics and make a quilt that way.
    thank you

  9. charmaine permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:42 am

    fantastic block best I hae seen

  10. Karen S permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:22 am

    Cutuest block EVER! Congrats on being published, well deserved!

  11. Karen S permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:25 am

    Please delete my last comment – I had a typo in my addy (got all excited!) Just wanted to say:
    Cutuest block EVER! Congrats on being published, well deserved.

  12. Joan Amundsen permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:21 am

    This is such a cute pattern and I love to paper piece!

  13. Sarah permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:45 am

    How fun! What a darling pattern:o) thank you for offering us a chance at it. Sarah

  14. May 5, 2011 3:47 am

    I am a Mother and Grandmother, I just love this pattern, I would like to make this for my granddaughter, Congradulations on your first publication, and thanks for sharing your ideas. I need all the help I can get…..

  15. Colleen permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:56 am

    Such a cute design – congrats! I enjoyed reading your blog too!

  16. Chris permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:57 am

    Congratulations! Your block is sweet!

  17. May 5, 2011 4:07 am

    I haven’t paper pieced in a while . If I won the book I would definitely have to make this block for my niece.

  18. Mary Jo Jones permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:23 am

    Darling pattern…so feminine! Congrats on getting in the magazine!

  19. May 5, 2011 4:30 am

    What a fun block. It would make a great quilt for a young lady.

  20. May 5, 2011 4:31 am

    It is a lovely and very special block! Congratulations to you, it must be very exciting! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

  21. Teresa in Music City permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:33 am

    What a unique and fun block! Absolutely love it!

  22. Jeanne permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:35 am

    A very cute block! Congratulations on being in the magazine.

  23. Sandi P. permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:39 am

    What a cute block, and I love the Great Snail Race! Congrats on your 1st published pattern. I’m sure it won’t be your last.

  24. Lisa Marie permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:43 am

    I’m a big fan of paper piecing and I think your block is just great. So original! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Karyn Ashley-Smith permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:46 am

    love the “rugs at grandmas” idea, and also using fabric from special dresses. My daughter is 4 months…I’m sure we will have plenty of dresses to incorporate!

  26. May 5, 2011 4:52 am

    This is different! I’ve never done paper piecing so I’m not sure I would be drawn to making this block myself! But you did a great job! Congratulations on being in the book!

  27. May 5, 2011 4:56 am

    This is such a sweet and charming block! SO creative too.

  28. Jacquie permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:57 am

    Love the block. What a great idea using a different perspective to create the look from. It could be used as ballet shoes in a little girls quilt. Great work

  29. May 5, 2011 4:57 am

    What a sweet design! You’ve done it again. I do love seeing what your brain comes up with.

  30. May 5, 2011 5:02 am

    Your design does bring back some sweet memories. I love paper piecing. And thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  31. Darlene B permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:03 am

    What an adorable block! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  32. Linda permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:11 am

    That is so adorable!

  33. Maria permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:14 am

    This is so pretty – very creative – Congratulations on it being published! I just found your blog and I know I will be a follower now! Can’t wait to get this issue and start sewing!

  34. May 5, 2011 5:22 am

    Congratulations on being selected. I can imagine it would be quite exciting. Your block is so clever and well done. Who doesn’t remember those first dress up shoes? Such a grown up feeling.

  35. May 5, 2011 5:27 am

    truly adorable, wonderful paper peicing!

  36. Madeline permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:32 am

    I agree, the simpler you made it, the more impact the block has!

  37. May 5, 2011 5:33 am

    Great design! I love the story and pictures behind it!

  38. Vidaquilts permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:35 am

    Love this idea, very cute.

  39. May 5, 2011 5:37 am

    I LOVE this block – how delightful – especially the one that “feels” as if she is swinging and looking at the trees. Judy C

  40. Mary Kastner permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:37 am

    Very sweet block. Nice work! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine.

  41. Dee permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:45 am

    Reminds me of Spring….and I need a reminder of that here in MN!

  42. Penny Geer permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:15 am

    I love paper piecing and have two awesome granddaughters. No mystery what I will be doing with this block! Congrats on being included.

  43. Lyn permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:23 am

    What a neat, unusual block! And I enjoyed reading about your story ideas, the snails, the rugs, they made me smile!

  44. May 5, 2011 6:34 am

    These are so darling! I love this pattern, and I really am going to have to go buy this magazine now because I need to make one of these! You are so smart!

  45. Cameron h permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:37 am

    That is seriously one of the sweetest quilt block designs I have EVER seen. Love it!!!

  46. Mary C in KC permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:48 am

    I really like your block. You have done a great job. Your attention to detail shows and I congratulate you. Thanks.

  47. May 5, 2011 7:07 am

    This block is so different from what I usually see and so captivating. Congrats on getting into the magazine. 🙂

  48. deb permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:17 am

    How Creative! I love it, and the snail race quilt, What a hoot!

  49. May 5, 2011 7:18 am

    What a cute, sweet block, so sentimental in such a good way! I love that it takes you back to those innocent days of dress-up and new shoes. So special.


  50. Rose permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:19 am

    I love shoes and this block is just the coolest!

  51. May 5, 2011 7:30 am

    What a wonderful idea! I love this block. It doew have a lot of possibilities. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to get this magazine.

  52. Gale permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:51 am

    What a sweet and refreshing design. I love that it is not the same old thing and I love your enthusiasm shared with us in designing and using the block.

  53. May 5, 2011 7:57 am

    Not a fan of PP but those shoes are just way cute and I could make pillows for my cute ballerina’s for Christmas. Congrats on making the Cover! Hope I’m lucky and WIN the magazine.

  54. May 5, 2011 7:58 am

    How ADORABLE that pattern is!! LOVE it and the snail race, too. LOL

  55. May 5, 2011 8:03 am

    So cute. I can just see the little tea party going on!
    XOXOXO Subee

  56. donna keating permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:13 am

    Whimsical, fun block. Congrats!

  57. Linda E in AZ permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:19 am

    Congrats on your block and cover appearance! You just had too much fun with this block — thanks for sharing all of your design iterations with us!

  58. Marie permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:32 am

    Adorable block! Congratulations and keep up the good work!

  59. MaryBeth permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:37 am

    I just love this block, and the photo!

  60. Sally M permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:54 am

    cute pattern.

  61. May 5, 2011 8:55 am

    This is a beautiful block. Thank you for sharing it with us. Thank you also for the give-away. Take care and God bless, Cory

  62. May 5, 2011 8:58 am

    really paper piecing is NOT my strobng suit BUT I love the idea of Grands on Grandma carpet! I could go with that for sure BEAUITFUL! thanks fro the chance to WIN

  63. jil permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:01 am

    Delightful, pure and simply delightful. Yes, I remember those feelings you described, those special shoes that made you feel like a princess and want to dance and twirl your skirt so it stood out like a beautiful flower, thanks for reminding me of my own childhood by expressing it so well in your block. There’s scope for many delightful fabrics and ribbons and lace and each quilter would have her own experience to draw from perhaps. Thanks again for finding and opening a door back to childhood.

  64. May 5, 2011 9:03 am

    Congratulations on making the “cut”!!! I love all the blocks.

  65. christine permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:07 am

    How darling…I could see a beautiful girl’s quilt make from this block. Just beautiful!

  66. Linda in PA permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:12 am

    Your block is really sweet. Congratulations on getting it published.

  67. Stephanie Matz permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:33 am

    I love the block. Reminds me of a very young me with black shoes and white anklets.

  68. SewLindaAnn permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:41 am

    I love the design, thank you!

  69. Debbie B permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:49 am

    I love your block. What little girl doesn’t love party shoes. I will have to try this one. Thanks so much and congrats on your block being chosen.

  70. Janet Parde permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:54 am

    I love this block!

  71. Betty permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:02 am

    I love this block. What a great honor to make the cover of Quiltmaker. I can relate to this pattern (block). MY 3 year old granddaughter wore her first pair of Mary Jane shoes for Easter and this block brings those memories of being with her in her beautiful hat, dress, and shoes. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Julie in WA permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:10 am

    This is such an adorable block! It reminds me of my childhood…when my mom would make my sister and I a new summer dress every Easter. We would put on our white shoes and white gloves. It was such a special feeling to be all spruced up and pretty!

  73. donna permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:19 am

    Your block is adorable!! Brings tears to my eyes thinking of my little girl all grown up…that could be the transition block?? Thanks for sharing your talent!

  74. May 5, 2011 10:21 am

    Love your block, Sonja – so fresh and creative! Congrats on being included in this awesome publication!

  75. Erin permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:23 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your block! I also love the idea of using one of my daughter’s old dresses to make this. I am SO on board!!

  76. May 5, 2011 10:24 am

    Your block is adorable. Congrats!

  77. May 5, 2011 10:29 am

    Very cute. I like how you put two together with the little snails on the ground. And I like the idea of stepping on different kinds of rugs at Grandma’s house.

  78. VickiT permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:36 am

    What a great story about how you came to design this block. Such a unique block too. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

  79. Joyce permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:55 am

    You are an absolute genius!!! That block is exactly what I need to finish a quilt I am making for my daughter who was the girlest girl ever….I kept fabrics from the dress I made for her and unfortunately I only have little scraps of her very favorite ones 😦 Your pattern will work perfectly…THANK YOU!!!

  80. Maryellen McAuliffe permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:56 am

    Very cute block, and a great use for children’s clothes! Thanks.

  81. Michelle Lynch permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:58 am

    Cute block! I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  82. May 5, 2011 11:22 am

    I love your design and your wall hanging is a treasure; very sweet and happy.

  83. May 5, 2011 11:24 am

    What a beautiful post! I am glad my photo (and my daughter) could inspire you to create something so amazing, and to share it with the world. Congrats on being published!!

  84. Joyce Mitchell permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:28 am

    Such a fun block. I enjoy foundation paper piecing so this one’s right up my alley. Congrats on being chosen for the 3rd 100 Blocks mag and being on the cover!

  85. Susan Wheatley permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:31 am

    What an absolutely adorable block!

  86. May 5, 2011 11:32 am

    I absolutely LOVE your block and I don’t do paper piecing. This block might make me give it a whirl though. Congratulations on your block.

  87. Cindy W permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:33 am

    Wow that makes me want to try paper piecing.
    Cindy W.

  88. Jennifer permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:09 pm

    Your abilities are astounding. Thank you so much for showing your design process. It was incredibly insightful. The wall hanging is amazing as well. Thank you so much. Congratulations on making the cover of the magazine.

    jennhgray at

  89. May 5, 2011 12:13 pm

    This is my first time visiting your blog- I have to complement you on your darling design! Such a perfect piece for a little girl. Congratulations!

  90. Carol Sc permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:34 pm

    I have a granddaughter that, at the age of 7, already has a “thing” for shoes. She would love this block — and it wouldn’t require a whole quilt to thrill her.

  91. Carol C. permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:36 pm

    What an adorable design!! –I love it! Congratulations on being in the 100 Blocks Vol. 3!!

  92. Jennifer Padden permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:38 pm

    GREAT design! It is going to get made for my grand daughter’s room a soon as I can.

  93. May 5, 2011 12:42 pm

    Love your block! Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Lou permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:58 pm

    What a sweet block! Would be a cute wallhanging for a little girls room!

  95. kathy h permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:59 pm

    Your block is so sweet. I think every little girl would like to have this as a wall hanging or a pillow. Made in fabric from a wedding dress would be fun too.

  96. Dana permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:10 pm

    I’ve finally found a pattern to showcase my daughters dresses when she was young and let me dress her up. Great job on the pattern!

  97. Gill Watson permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:23 pm

    I adore this block – my favourite so far!

  98. Sherry Book permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:23 pm

    So adorable, those little shoes…love the first block you made with the trees in the background…then I saw the one with the snails and chuckled….cute, cute. And loved the quilting you did on that one! How exciting to have your block on the cover of the magazine…and at the TOP! Congratulations, and can’t wait to see it in the magazine.

  99. Robbin permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:34 pm

    That is the sweetest block ever! I really enjoyed reading how you went through the process. Much continued success to you, congratulations!

  100. May 5, 2011 1:39 pm

    What a fun block, so creative and original.


  101. Kate permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:45 pm

    This is darling and can be done so many ways. Either focus on the carpet and shoes fabrics or the dress. Thanks for the opportunitiy, and congrats too!

  102. May 5, 2011 1:49 pm

    Adorable block! thank you for sharing the process–it remind me that no one is perfect and to just keep at it! The rainbow/heart shoe photo is priceless, really. Isn’t it just amazing how inspiration and creativity strike us with one glance? Oh, and I think your Emmeline apron is fabulous! I couldn’t get through the directions on that one!

  103. May 5, 2011 1:56 pm

    Very cute! Whimsical! Congrat on making the magazine. I would love to win a copy.

  104. May 5, 2011 2:23 pm

    I love this block…so unique and creative! Congratulations on being in the new magazine!

  105. Christie B permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:26 pm

    Congrats on your block in Vol. 3! it’s very sweet! HUGS… and stitches

  106. Patricia permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:54 pm

    OH! that we all remember that beautiful feeling in that special dress:):)

  107. allred permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:29 pm

    I will be buying the mag just for YOUR BLOCK. Thank you.

  108. May 5, 2011 3:35 pm

    This is a very inventive unique block. I love it! Congratulations on being in #3 and thank you for a great giveaway.

  109. Karen permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:51 pm

    love how you posted the same block in various modern fabric, it’s precious for sure. thanks for the chance to win.

  110. Shirley in Canada permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:53 pm

    How great is that to share your memories that way! Thanks for a wonderful block!!

  111. May 5, 2011 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the process the block went through to reach it’s final stage. Your block is Senational!!!

  112. May 5, 2011 4:00 pm

    Your block is adorable. I really love it. thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Hugs

  113. LisaT permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:26 pm

    That is a great block, thanks for sharing!

  114. aggiequilter permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:35 pm

    Your block is one of the most original i’ve ever seen ! Congrats on the 100 Club !! Thanks for the giveaway too 🙂

  115. Margie permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:37 pm

    Congratulation on being in the book! When I see how many quilt blogs there are I am sure there are so many more quilters that you can be sure it is a great honor.

  116. joanne permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:23 pm

    This block is just to cute!

  117. Pat V. permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the insight on the evolution of this block. Your design process is quite fascinating. And those snails are to die for!

  118. Kaye M. permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:30 pm

    Your block is very unique and a wonderful self-portrait! Congrats on getting in the magazine, what a thrill that must be.

  119. Judy W permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:51 pm

    Very unique and creative block! How cute for a girl’s quilt or pillow sham!
    Judy W

  120. Arita permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:16 pm

    You are soooooo talented and we are soooooo lucky to have you as a member in the VMQG.

  121. Dianne Bondaroff permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:16 pm

    Your block is so amazing. I love the detail and the story you gave behind it. What a wonderful inspiration. I have two little girls myself.

  122. Sheri Booth permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:27 pm

    I love your block. I can see dressing up or dress it down, or maybe using seasonal fabrics for different times of the year,… It is exciting to get soo many ideas from one block!
    Great job.

  123. Melissa G permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:30 pm

    This is so cute. I will have to pass this on to Grandma to make for my youngest. Grandma likes making very personal quilts and this fits my daughter perfectly. Thank you.

  124. Marge in Louisiana permalink
    May 5, 2011 6:31 pm

    What a cute idea. Congratulations on making the cover. I’ve one brand new great granddaughter and one coming in July and this would be darling for them.

  125. May 5, 2011 6:37 pm

    Your block is truly unique! Congrats!
    Guess I have to refresh my paper piecing skills with your videos before I’ll try this block.
    Thank you!

  126. May 5, 2011 6:39 pm

    Wonderfully creative! Love it!

  127. Mary Russell permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:05 pm

    Cute block!

  128. Kathe permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:45 pm

    Interesting, very interesting – and quite original. Congratulations!

  129. Carol C permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:58 pm

    Great block. I admire your creativity.

  130. laura permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:01 pm

    Congratulations you’re published! I remember a few Easter’s with my new shoes from the same point of view a very, very long time ago. I was so proud that day and my new outfit. Great block!

  131. Cecilia permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:03 pm

    I love your block. It reminds me of when I was young and wearing a new party dress too. Congratulations on being published.

  132. May 5, 2011 8:15 pm

    Wow!!! I just love this block! It is just amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  133. May 5, 2011 8:42 pm

    I read your Blog ,I love the shoe story I just love the inspiration you get. I love the block I almost feel like Im A little girl looking down at my shoes. It is truly beautiful and differant I really like something differant. I would love to have that hanging on my wall!!
    Congratulations on being published you should be very proud of that!!
    Thank You!!

    Erin Wilson

  134. Ruth permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:50 pm

    I have my favorite of these blocks :))) so thrilled to see your work published, congrats! Really nice to see your inspiration too.

  135. sandra permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:51 pm

    Love the block. My granddaughter would love this one. I enjoy paper piecing.

  136. May 5, 2011 8:54 pm

    What a sweet block! Reminds me of my little ballet dancer, but she’s has one of her own now.

  137. Nancy B from Many LA permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:07 pm

    What an absolutely adorable block – it’s so different – I love the approach you took!

  138. Tammy Hempel permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:17 pm

    I always love to hear about the stories that go with these blocks. I think it is great!! Now every time I see this block I will think of your story. Congrads on your block and keep up the good work!!

  139. May 5, 2011 9:27 pm

    The block montage would be really cute hanging on a wall too. And I LOVE the snails!

  140. May 5, 2011 9:55 pm

    I love that you said you did a happy dance and your block shows dancer’s feet.

  141. Leslie Schmidt permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:24 pm

    When I saw the cover of the magazine, I was immediately struck by the uniqueness of it. It’s just so sweet! I love it.

  142. Barb Colvin permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:28 pm

    Every 6 yr old princess should love this block! Me? I love the cute little snails LOL

  143. wordygirl permalink
    May 5, 2011 10:51 pm

    I simply love this block. It brings back so many memories. I’m thinking of making a block to represent myself and each of my sisters and our favorite Easter dresses. Thank you for creating this, and sharing it.

  144. May 5, 2011 11:30 pm

    yaaaaaayy!!! it looks fabulous!! i’m so excited for you Sonja, and i can’t wait to see the magazine in “real life”. i’ve been waiting (impatiently!) since the retreat in february, your block is so beautiful!

    you’ll definitely be bringing that for show and tell in may, right? you have to show it off!

  145. Evelene Sterling permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:20 am

    Congratulations on being in the magazine and on the cover! Your block is adorable and has so many possibilities. I love the view of swinging in the trees. I use to swing for hours on end so I could totally relate to that block.

  146. May 6, 2011 6:08 am

    Really cute block, and I also enjoyed seeing your creative design process!

  147. May 6, 2011 7:07 am

    I love your block! Very creative and sweet!

  148. Dana permalink
    May 6, 2011 7:48 am

    That block is adorable, so original. I like the little snails too. Thanks for sharing.

  149. Pam permalink
    May 6, 2011 8:31 am

    Your block is so creative and evokes so many memories of being all dressed up as a little girl–very cool

  150. May 6, 2011 10:10 am

    Woohoo! 150 comments?! You go girl! Your pattern is absolutely stunning! A big congratulations and huge hugs for making the cover. You must be tickled pink :o)

  151. Helen permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:12 pm

    I am fairly new to the quilting world and have to say that the patterns,blocks,this blog and all your ideas make this an exciting adventure. I love the block.

  152. Anna permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:21 pm

    Well, you’ve done it again. What a clever idea for a block. I like your idea of using a cherished garment.
    I can see making some for my nieces. Thanks for being so talented and sharing your ideas.

  153. JoAn GODFREY permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:37 pm

    great block. i can just see a little girl’s dress saved this way. i can’t wait to get the magazine.

  154. May 6, 2011 12:59 pm

    LOVE YOUR BLOCK! What a wonderful idea to use it with fabrics used in a previous item. I’ve been collecting the scraps of items that I’ve made for my 3 year old niece Morgan and now I know exactly what I’ll do with them. The satin ribbon is a wonderful surprise to the shoes. And how clever of you to lead us on a swing ride. Can’t remember when I was last on a swing until just now! Sandi

  155. Annmarie permalink
    May 6, 2011 5:27 pm

    Your block is ABSOLUTELY my favorite so far! Can’t wait to buy the mag (if I don’t win one) so I can make a mini out of it for my niece (and maybe one for me too!)

  156. Susie McKinney permalink
    May 6, 2011 5:40 pm

    Beautiful block . . . . so creative. Great quilty work! 🙂

  157. Debbie in WA permalink
    May 6, 2011 5:50 pm

    Congrat’s! What a delightful block. No wonder you are doing a ‘happy dance’. Those shoes were made for dancing. Thanks for sharing a great block idea!

  158. May 6, 2011 7:43 pm

    Congratulations, Sonja!!! I LOVE your block…..and I love your inspiration photo/story–it’s just the best!!!

  159. May 6, 2011 10:13 pm

    Your block’s stunning and awesome. I was babbling @ it, I’m a paper piecing lover…

  160. Ingrid permalink
    May 7, 2011 6:21 am

    Paper piecing is something I’ve only recently learned via your videos and it’s really fun! I just love this block pattern and think a wall hanging would make such a nice mother’s day gift!

  161. May 7, 2011 8:14 pm

    It’s really breathtaking, Sonja! Because of your pattern, I want to get this magazine really bad! Every little thing about your shoe pattern is just incredible! I’m owe of your creativity!

  162. Katy permalink
    May 8, 2011 9:21 am

    I would be thrilled to win a copy 🙂

  163. Colleen Tolzmann permalink
    May 8, 2011 10:48 am

    Oh, this is THE cutest, I really appreciate seeing your “in process” pictures too. I was a lucky winner of one of the blocks from Volume 2. So, am dying to get my hands on Volume 3 now that I see YOUR super paper pieced block. Can’t hardly wait ! Congrats on the front cover by the way. ♥

  164. May 8, 2011 8:17 pm

    I have never tried paper piecing, but all of your designs make me want to so badly!! I would love a chance to win this. 🙂

  165. Brenda C. permalink
    May 8, 2011 11:39 pm

    I’d love to win this book! I adore the pattern, if I don’t win I will go out and buy the issue solely to obtain your pattern!!! Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!!!

  166. gaylebrindley permalink
    May 11, 2011 2:36 pm

    I love this block andnthe story you told about howmit came to be. Congratulations on the magazine feature!

  167. May 11, 2011 5:28 pm

    Comments closed! Winner has been chosen!

  168. judy pendergraft permalink
    February 28, 2014 5:57 am

    i really love this pattern! Its like u said, brings back childhood memeories

  169. February 13, 2015 1:32 am

    I’m not sure why, but this block created an avalanche of memories of my mom! I love when things pull at the heart strings like that. Congratulations on being published, it is well deserved.

  170. J popma permalink
    August 11, 2016 5:13 am

    Love this pattern. We are parents of 4 girls so this is special ! I really have a hard time finding this magazine when I do I totally wear it out by looking at it ! Lol. Wish it had a subscription! That would be great for people in small towns.


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