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Quiltmaker Staff Challenge!

Hello everyone, it’s Jocelyn here! I have to start off with, WOW! First and foremost because Quiltmaker Magazine selected my “On the Grid” block to experiment with, and secondly because they made. Such. Amazing. Quilts! Their staff went above and beyond, and each of their quilts is so unique in their Staff Challenge feature of the January/February 2014 issue. At each one, I wondered, “That’s my block? Really??” Truly creative minds at work here, folks! Just look!

In Carolyn Beam’s block, the coloring is masterfully done to create all sorts of patterns.

June Dudley has an incredible diagonal effect in her layout! Using different shades of gray lends a blended feel.

Denise Starck’s is so fun. I love how she used the tonal blacks and greens for a grungy, sophisticated design.

Diane Harris keeps your focus with a dark gray dot, but has fun splattering the rest with bright colors and prints!

Eileen Fowler has created an awesome center-out design, just by changing out the block corner fabrics! Love this one!!

Shayla Wolf used it to create blocks of color, like a mosaic. Lovely!

Mine looks pretty straightforward, but leaves a “huh?” moment when you start wondering how it came together!

Kimberly’s is a myriad of blues, like little sparkles everywhere!

Thanks again to Quiltmaker, this was so much fun!!


  1. Very interesting to see all the inspiring interpretations of this versatile block!! I'm attracted in particular by the brilliant way it is worked out by Carolyn Beam! Wonderful job!!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  2. This is a perfect example of how quilters will never be bored! There is always yet one more way to create a 'different' quilt using the same pattern! Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!!!! You just might have started a new tradition for me…. the 1 block a year pattern challenge…. the hard part would be choosing the 1 block to use for the year! 🙂

  3. Wow! I didn't realize until I got to the last picture that they all have the same block. How different each one turned out. Really cool.