It’s Block 20 On 30 Blocks In 30 Days Here At Seams To Be Sew Today… Plus A Giveaway!!!

30 Days Blog Hop From Creatin' In The Sticks

Oh Boy, I have been waiting and waiting for this day to arrive on this really fun blog hop that Carla at Creatin In the Sticks has offered up for you in April 2018. It is a huge task to coordinate an event on the web and this one is no different. We were each given a choice of the block we wanted to do, and I chose block 20. I thought, this is so simple, I can whip this out in no time at all… and… to some degree I did… but let me tell you all about it.

First, I had to come up with something I like, now I didn’t care for the butting up of the same block over and over again with this block, it’s just not in me to want to see the same block over and over with what I’m going to say no real design to it. It’s just a bunch of squares if you want me to be honest… Don’t get me wrong, I love doing easy quilts, squares are as easy as it gets when you want to make a quilt. I decided right off the bat I was going to find another block to go with it to get more of a design. I played with several…

This is block 20…

So I played around with some of the other blocks in EQ and that is part of this hop and these are some of the ideas that came to pass…

As you can see, I had quite a bit of fun playing with the different blocks. While I really love the triangle blocks, I took those out of the equation really quickly because time is never on my side, and I really was trying to keep it simple. I really wanted something you could create in a day or two.

Once I came up with my design, it was right about the time I was checking out the Northcott Fabrics pages for the My Happy Place Row Along. Designers for this row along get a yard of fabric to add to there rows, and normally I am asked to pick which lines they would use for the rows. So I was having a serious looksie… I came upon two batiks that I just fell in love with, and so I got into there store locator to see who was carrying them (I love this about Northcott) and found them from one of my favorite vendors on the web… yes… I did first call the shops in my local area to see if they had any of the fabrics and they didn’t. I did find one of them in Denver, so I weighed the odds of driving to Denver, or just ordering it online. I chose to have them both shipped to me from a store online since I found a shop that carried both of the fabrics I used and ordered them. I only used 2 fabrics in my project.

Peek A Boo

The above is my project

I think this wallhanging has more of an Irish Chain feel to it now and I love the little square in the middle, plus I love love love the border. There is a funny little story about the border. When I was designing the quilt layouts in EQ,  I went to just add a normal long border, and I accidentally dropped the block 20 into one of the borders. I loved what I saw, so I split it up into blocks, and this is how I came up with the border, I added the corners so they looked like they would work nicely with the block.

What I will love most about this wallhanging tho is when it’s quilted, it’s really going to show the quilting, because of all the negative space involved and I think that will make those blocks really stand out.

I’m not telling the second block choice I used as it’s an upcoming block in the hop and I don’t want to spoil it.

I like to call this project Peek A Boo…
like my little Boo… (below)
but mainly because of the little block in the middle of all the negative space.. It just seems to be saying… “Boo”.

Wherever I go, she is sure to be there to… She does like to hide under blankets and quilts tho and peeks her little head out of the blanket. This is why she has been renamed to Boo…  As of Sunday this week, she has been with us for a year.

My Project uses Northcott Fabrics

Clicking the images will take you to Northcott Fabrics page for the above fabrics.

The cool thing about the black is that it really does give a shadowy appearance in the quilt. You can’t see it in the image, but it is most noticeable in the middle of the border pieces because of how I cut the strips.

I used Aurifil Cotton 50wt thread in there medium grey as my personal choice for piecing the blocks.

Did I say Giveaway???

I sure did, below, Northcott Fabrics has been kind enough to let me offer this fat quarter bundle of there Banyon Batiks for you to enjoy.

Northcott Banyon Batiks

Shipping is International, USA, and Canada.. everywhere in other words
Northcott will ship this out to the winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is the schedule

| April 1, Creatin’ in the Sticks | April 2nd – Kwilty Pleasures Blog |
| April 3rd – Sew Incredibly Crazy | April 4th – SBD Embroidery and Quilting |
| April 5th – What About Rheema | April 6th – Quilted Delights |
| April 7th – Joy Studio | April 8th – Just Sew Quilter | April 9th – Quiltscapes |
| April 10th – Beaquilter | April 11th – Freemotion by the River |
| April 12th – krislovesfabric | April 13th – MooseStashQuilting |
| April 14th – Quilts by Joanne | April 15th – Persimon Dreams |
| April 16th – Needled Mom | April 17th – Just Let Me Quilt |
| April 18th – Life in Scrapatch | April 19th – Quarter Inch Crafter |
| April 20th – Seams To Be Sew | April 21st – Just Let Me Quilt |
| April 22nd – Something Rosemade | April 23rd – Thimblemouse and Spouse |
| April 24th – Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. | April 25th – Words & Stitches |
| April 26th – Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats | April 27th – Selinaquilts |
| April 28th – QuiltFabrication | April 29th – Lakeshore Stitches |
| April 30th – Creatin’ in the S

I hope you enjoy your day and have a faaaaaaaaaabulous weekend!!!

Be sure you stop in and see Carla every day, she has the schedule listed each day and the featured blogger.

Thank you, Carla, for this wonderful hop.

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78 Responses to It’s Block 20 On 30 Blocks In 30 Days Here At Seams To Be Sew Today… Plus A Giveaway!!!

  1. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Great quilt. I am continually amazed at how great these quilts look from such a simple pattern. The bonus is that they sew up so quickly.

  2. Beth B says:

    Nice designs! It is fun to play on EQ. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Diane W. says:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! What a great (and easy block!)

  4. Veronica says:

    Really nice block and choice of fabrics!

  5. Joan says:

    I’m playing catch up here…what a fun block and I love your fabric choices. It’s fun to see the different options too.

  6. Allison Evrard says:

    A block that I should be able to do! Very nice.

  7. Barb Colvin says:

    Looking forward to seeing the quilting! Have you decided what color you will use?

  8. Susan Earnhart says:

    I love this wall hanging with only two fabrics, you have done it again;)

  9. Meloney says:

    looks like lots of fun

  10. Susan says:

    Marian, what a great wall hanging that is! I really like the border, and that sounds like the perfect example of serendipity. Thank you so much for the chance to win the beautiful batiks! Thanks to Northcott for supplying them.

  11. Sobana Sundar says:

    Oh how sweet Marian. Thank you for the giveaway. The fabrics are gorgeous.

  12. Roseanne says:

    Good Morning!
    I’m trying to play catch up today. Love this block – very cute and I love it with the secondary block. Boo is so darn cute, too. I can just picture him under a quilt with his nose peeking out – or maybe his tail.
    ~smile~ Roseanne

  13. Audrey Neufeld says:

    I always enjoy and look for how a simple block can create an awesome design when paired with another block. That border is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sandy Allen says:

    Oh my goodness! I have some Christmas blocks in the pattern you chose. I have been looking for an alternate block, too, because I didn’t like them butted up next to each other also. Thank you for all the ideas!

  15. Nancy says:

    I love working with batiks and your wall hanging is perfect!!

  16. Carol W says:

    What a nice layout!

  17. Carol Kussart says:

    I love the design and the batiks you chose for this block, and the border is genius! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Delaine says:

    This is such a versatile block! So many possibilities. Thanks!

  19. Christi says:

    I like this block, easy and of course great fabric.

  20. Nicole Sender says:

    I love your choice of batiks! Your border is perfect!

  21. Kathy E. says:

    I’ve always admired Irish Chain quilts and yours is so special, especially since Boo loves it too! Your border is awesome!

  22. Linda Fleming says:

    Love your Irish chain block in those wonderful fabrics!

  23. Joyce Carter says:

    Awesome quilt Marian! Who would have thought such a simple little block could make such a beautiful quilt with just two fabrics. I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

  24. Darlene Slocum says:

    Your project would look very nice on any bed or couch

  25. Cindy Shelley says:

    I love how you auditioned different blocks and different color ways. I love your cute pattern and how you did the borders…so creative!

  26. Vicki H says:

    I like how you pieced the border on your quilt.

  27. Angela J Short says:

    Beautiful quilt and lovely colors! Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  28. Janet T says:

    Love your variations of the quilt! They have given me so many ideas for some of my stash. Thank you!

  29. mary says:

    It really does have an Irish Chain look to it – one of my favorite quilt patterns. Nice job.

  30. Brenda Ackerman says:

    A really fun quilt you have designed. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Sandi1100 says:

    Lovely wall hanging. I’m enjoying your Blog Hop. Thanks for a chance to win.

  32. Janey Cook says:

    Always such wonderful work. I love your choices! End result is awesome. Giveaway is super cool. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Susan Spiers says:

    That’s too fun how you came up with your border – it really goes well! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  34. I like your choice of alternate block, it looks great! Very nice quilt!

  35. Bev Gunn says:

    Just looking at your choices, I picked my favorite. I picked the same one you did! Love the fabric and the way the block worked out with the postive/negative to make such a stunning little quilt!

  36. Carol S. says:

    Such a fun way to use Carla’s block! Cute border, too!

  37. KJH says:

    I love all the combinations you showed and your final choice is great.

  38. Ellen says:

    Cool! LOVE the batiks, thank you!

  39. Michele-Marie says:

    Hi Marian, Love your choice of fabrics, the dark really makes the light shine!
    Your end design shows a possible Halloween project. Just add ghosts 🙂

  40. Moira says:

    love the quilt, and that border is wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Cindy says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Nice layouts!

  42. Marti Morgan says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love seeing blocks

  43. Nina E says:

    Very nice! I love your choice of fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Ms Sam Nicholson says:

    This is fun!!!

  45. Deonn says:

    Very cute quilt! Love your little Boo, too.

  46. Cathy B. says:

    Cute little wall hanging! How big will it be when finished? Love those Northcott Fabrics!

  47. Susan Green says:

    I love the colors you’ve chosen. Thanks!

  48. Lori Smanski says:

    oh your quilt top is lovely. Boo is so sweet. I have a cat, Shadow, he is grey and follows me everywhere also. I love our fur babies.

  49. Karen McMahon says:

    I love your quilt.

  50. Kathy Luehrs says:

    love this block – thanks!

  51. Much like you, a repeat design is quite “boring” for me! I love color and contrast!

  52. Sharon Aurora says:

    Marian, you’ve worked magic with this block! I love your take on it.

  53. QuiltShopGal says:

    Fun design and beautiful fabrics. I enjoyed seeing the different layouts for this block too! You have such a great eye for design and color.

  54. Margaret Handlin says:

    Great block to choose, so many different designs..

  55. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Your block assignment turned out very well!! Having EQ to play around with must be fun.

  56. Susan says:

    Nice project, and I enjoyed seeing all of the other options you designed. For me, it would have been a tough choice, and I probably would have made them all!

  57. MoeWest says:

    Very nice project! I like the Irish Chain feel and the Northcott batiks. I’ll have to get myself some of the black one.

  58. Ioleen says:

    Love how the small block peeks out this would make a cute baby quilt.

  59. Carol says:

    Oh my goodness! It is obvious you had a blast working with this block! Looking forward to playing with this block over the weekend! 🙂

  60. Melody Lutz says:

    EQ can give me some oh no moments and sometimes it gives me Oh WOW! Love your layout.

  61. Carla says:

    Thank you Marian for joining us for the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Quilt Along. Your quilt is awesome! Thank you also for sharing all the great inspiration for using the Classic block. Your post is perfect and so fun to read.

  62. ShirleyC says:

    You always do such incredible work! I love the wall hanging.

  63. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    I liked to see the version ideas you came up with on EQ….amazing tool. Your block version is an inspiration.

  64. Theresa Taylor says:

    I enjoy seeing every ones blocks and their variation of quilts to go with the block. I will be doing several.

  65. Pat says:

    Fun to see the design options for this basic block. The block itself is one of my favorite easy sew alternate blocks. I sometimes call it “uneven ninepatch.” It is one of the blocks that went into the group quilt my friends and I sewed for my SIL’s QOV.

    May Boo claim his namesake quilt for his doggy bed. Every doggy should have a quilt.

    Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win the lovely batiks … 🙂 Pat

  66. Judy B says:

    This classic block looks good with a number of other blocks, doesn’t it. EQ must be a great program to have to figure out blocks and layouts. Your friend Boo is a beauty.

  67. Sherry V. says:

    I love your fabric choices. Black is such a hard color to photograph nicely.

    Thank you for the inspiration, both of your project and the EQ mock ups.

  68. JoyceLM says:

    Thanks for sharing the different designs with this block – they all look so different.

  69. Dorie says:

    Wow, they all look nice.

  70. Marilyn says:

    Great idea to combine with another block. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  71. Quilting Tangent says:

    Pretty quilt, like seeing the different versions.

  72. Janet P. says:

    I do like the combination of 2 blocks. I will be interested to see the quilting.

  73. Frances Campbell says:

    I love this block and what you did with it.

  74. Becky says:

    Your quilt is so pretty, I love black backgrounds.

  75. Lisa Marie says:

    Oh yes, the border really adds interest! I just love a happy accident in quilt design. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Betsy Lewis says:

    Great project. I do love the variations of the black fabrics

  77. Ronelle says:

    Your Peek a Boo project is awesome! Thank you for sharing your project and for offering the giveaway. As always, I love your work, Marian.
    Ronelle

  78. Beth T. says:

    More and more, I’m growing convinced that EQ8 is worth the investment. Coming up with those variations using the EQ program must have been easier than the way I would have done–pencil and paper and a whole lot of erasing!

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