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100 Blocks Blog Tour

Happy Monday everyone!  Volume 4 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is now hitting stores (and will be online in our shop any day!)!! Twice a year, Quiltmaker comes out with a special edition called 100 Blocks where they select block designs from 100 designers. We are so fortunate to again have two of our own blocks in this issue. It is so thrilling to see our blocks in print!

Kimberly Jolly’s block, Hometown Star, is #382 and Debbie Taylor’s block, Jeremy Giraffe, is #359.

Kimberly’s Hometown Star

I am so happy that my block was selected to be in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It is so exciting to see it in print alongside a wonderful variety of other block designs!

I chose Kansas Troubles Favorites fabric by Kansas Troubles Quilters as my starting point for this block. I really enjoy rich, traditional country colors. They sparkle like little jewels against the creams and tans! I wanted to do a star block, something that would let the rusty red, navy blue, and forest green shine! This is a block that quilters of all skill levels can easily make and love.

I hope you pick up this edition and enjoy making this block! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Debbie’s Jeremy Giraffe 

I am so happy to be part of this wonderful magazine. I am always so amazed at the creativity in the quilting world and am happy to be part of that group.

When I saw the Meadow Friends collection by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics, I was drawn to create something from this line. I wanted it to be something very whimsical and kid related so I came up with a giraffe! I had lots of colors to choose from in this collection but the yellow polka dots seemed perfect for his body. The prairie points make a perfect “mane” and if you have never made prairie points before, this is a good chance to try them on a small scale. The block is easy and fun to put together, so much fun in fact, that I made three additional blocks and created the wallhanging on page 89!

This edition of the magazine is available now and I hope you are inspired by all the pattern designs.

Don’t forget to checkout Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures Blog to follow the rest of the tour!


  1. Both blocks are great but I love, love, love Jeremy! Giraffes are my favorite wild animal. Will need to make him for sure! Thaks for the inspiration.

  2. Great blocks! Would love to make a kids quilt with the giraffe–so cute! And I always love stars. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The Jeremy Giraffe and the Hometwon Star are the cutest blocks and are indeed an inspiration to quiltmaking. Of course, I would like to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4 for myself.

    Sandi from Sonora, CA

  4. Wow! Did you have 2 blocks published in 100 Blocks? I was a bit confused as to whether Hometown and Giraffe were both chosen. They should have been, if not, they are both great blocks! I love to have a copy of the magazine.

  5. The blocks are so different, and each is great in its own way. I can see a baby quilt featuring Jeremy! Kansas Troubles fabrics are among my favorites, too, so I love the Hometown Star.

  6. Absolutely love the giraffe–I'd like to make that for my next grandson (due in Feb.)! As for the star block, what can I say? I love stars!! So glad you were chosen for 100 Blocks.

  7. 100 Blocks is such a great value! I end up tagging many many pages for blocks that I want to make. Both your blocks will be on the "gotta tag 'em" list!

  8. This is what I like about this special magazine- a traditional block right there with a whimsical one. The giraffe is so cute and the traditional block is beautiful in the traditional colors. eye candy for sure

  9. it must be so exciting to see your design in a magazine!
    I'm looking forward to this, these issues are a treasure trove for bees and swaps! Yay!!

  10. Awesome blocks. I am just hoping that the store doesn't sell out before I get volume 4. I have 1 through 3 and use them all the time for inspiration 🙂

  11. I love the blocks–the star would make a good tablerunner with 3 repeats and the giraffe could certainly be used on a baby quilt. Congratulations!!

  12. Love this sweet giraffe 🙂 I asked my 4 yr old what sound this giraffe makes when it's happy. He came up with this noise, and I have no idea how to write it down in letter form!

  13. Love both the blocks for different reasons. My daughters room started off with a traditional Noah's Ark theme….but quickly turned into mostly giraffes….. not sure how or why, but we love it! This would make an awesome addition!

  14. I like the giraffe block and the possibilities–it might make a nice permanent height chart if his legs were shown…hmmmm…guess I need to think about that a little longer…

  15. Both blocks are great! I always enjoy the blog hops that go along with this mags release and will be picking up a copy for sure.

  16. Congratulations Kimberly and Debbie for having your blocks included in Vol #4.

    After seeing them both there is no surprise they were included. They are both wonderful! Jeremy Giraffe is adorable and the Prairie Points are perfect for that cutie. I bet this would be an adorable thing to create as a growth chart quilt by stacking them on top of each other for a child. And the Hometwon Star looks like it would be a fun one to put together. The fabrics were perfect for both, especially the Meadow Friends. I LOVE that fabric line.

  17. Congratulations to each of you for being published in QM 100 Blocks. Your entries are gorgeous. Hope to win a copy to get the directions.

  18. I can use both of those blocks. Congratulations on being part of Volume 4 ~ well deserved honor.
    I look forward to getting the directions to make the blocks.

  19. I love star blocks so I will have to get this magazine. Also know a couple of young families with babies on the way. The giraffe would be perfect.

  20. I love to make stars and will use this one, but the giraffe is so cute too. I might even change it into a long-necked dinosaur with just a few color changes!

  21. I will definitely pick up a copy is I don't win one first. I have the first 3 and there are some really great blocks in them.
    Yours are great too.