197: 100 top designer #95..

197: 100 top designer #95..

Hey I am part of  another blog tour, and I wish I could be more “with it” right now as I write,  but I have been working extreme retail hours in Christmas prep work on top of my everyday work.  77 hours last week, so please bear with me as I try to share the fun news….

Last spring I was invited to participate in a special publication of  Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers….so I said “sure!” and sent in two blocks for them to choose from. Well I made it in…just barely at #95, but I am in!  So fun saying that I am in the 100 “Top” designer’s club…..but I know there are alot of other big names that didn’t have blocks in there, but it is fun to say that I am in there anyway!


I didn’t make the cover, but I am in and that is pretty cool with me. Here is the block I made mocked up into a quilt:

star crossed love quilt mockupI didn’t name the block, but I do rather like it. It was fun to be featured in this issue with 99 other great designers.  I really like how the robin’s egg blue and cheery cherry red play together in this block.  The fabric is from Lecien, a company which seems to be growing quite a bit in the marketplace and I am glad because they have  some very wonderful fabrics. Check them out!

 Another cool thing that Quiltmaker is doing with this issue and the blog tour is a big giveaway!  I was asked to send something to them  to help with their prize pack, and I sent in this sample pack of Moda 10″ squares that I had extra of…all in nice fall/winter colors…..

 fabric prize sent

So be sure to follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour daily Nov. 9-13 at quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore! Look for 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers in your local quilt shop, or purchase it at www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks   (yeah that is “official” publication speak for head on over  to their site to sign up for the marvelous prizes and more.)  Oh and all comments on this post are also eligible for a prize  from Quiltmaker too…so tell me what you are up to and how you are preparing for the holiday seasons ahead.  I will randomly draw a name using the random number generator and then Quiltmaker will send you a copy of the magazine…and I think you also get thrown into their drawing for some of the other cool stuff designers and companies donated…Like I said I am a little loopy right now, so if I am even somewhat coherent, we are all pretty lucky!   🙂

Well, I really would like to share more folks, but I am exhausted from work, and I still have more to do at Workville, so I need to leave Blogville once again.   But breifly before I leave here are some pictures of a nice little autumn tableau we have going on here at Shiloah Cottage–cause I know you peeps like the pictures!

fall village fall village 2

My mother in law made and painted these houses over 20 years ago….aren’t they incredible?? and they open up and have details inside too!!  They are definitely a treasure!

blue house

And for those of you who read ALL the way through posts like these, I have another prize to give away…after I get the first name to send to Quiltmaker, then I will draw another name and send you a free copy of the magazine and some 10″ squares to add to your stash…


  • Lisa England


    Love your block, and the secondary patterns that emerge in the mock-up. It’s Indian Summer here in KY so I’ve been doing yard work and enjoying the weather before it turns cold. Also making fall table runners and (just for fun) baby quilts. My holiday preparations are behind — this will be one of those “last minute” years!

    November 10, 2009 at 5:06 am
  • Congratulations Scott! I love the block you did. I’m working on a nautical flag quilt for my son but I still have to finish the square in square that I made for dear young hubby.

    Good Job!

    November 10, 2009 at 5:20 am
  • fleurette


    love the pictures and the houses.congratulations for being chosen a top designer.Im busy baking many fruit cakes for family and friends.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:40 am
  • Great block..Thanks for the pics of your table display. The little houses and decorations are wonderful.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:45 am
  • Loved the fall displays.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:45 am
  • Love the quilt block you made, Scott! And isn’t it nice to say you’re in the Top 100?

    Those tiny houses are pretty amazing, too. Talented family!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:17 am
  • Dee Johnson


    Love that your block makes a secondary pattern. Thank you for presenting it that way.

    November 10, 2009 at 6:20 am
  • Judy in SC


    I love the little building fronts that your MIL made. What a treasure!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:44 am
  • Jeanne


    very pretty block Scott!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:53 am
  • I love the tableau, Scott! Pastel houses and all:) The turkey makes me smile. Congrats on being one of the designers picked. I hope you recover from the pre-holidays busyness and get to enjoy some festivities too. I’m not making all my Christmas gifts this year. Instead I’m trying to finish some UFOs so I can start fresh next year. But I have been playing with new designs and making small gifts too – just no pressure gifts this year! This magazine will make a great gift – to give or to keep!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:54 am
  • congrats on being a top 100 designer. You have a lovely blog too!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:56 am
  • Congratulations on your magazine entry… I have some flower sugar just waiting for a project, Hmm???

    THanks for the giveaways.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:30 am
  • I love all of your holiday decorations! I’m still not convinced that it’s actually November. What happened to October? How many days until Christmas??? Yikes!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:39 am
  • Oh my goodness congrats on the block in the 100 blocks I like the red, blue and dots all together! That fall village is just fantastic, what a memory I think I will have to go unbox my holiday village and put it out this week because I love looking at all the details.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:45 am
  • count me in for the giveaways. I’ve had good luck here!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:56 am
  • Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of the magazine! Try no to have too much at Workville.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:04 am
  • Love the houses! I’ve finally got a few tops done for Christmas (I was aiming for 10 total for my sister’s children but only have 7 done). I picked up flannel for the backs & will be quilting them on my stepmother’s longarm starting this weekend. And, then the binding (I “cheat” and sew them on though). If that all works out, I’ll be on time with my Christmas presents for the first time. Thanks for sharing your design & your blog.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:12 am
  • Nancy B


    Love your houses, and your block! LOL! Good luck in getting everything you need to accomplish. I’m about to finish a quilted throw, for me, and am about to start a quilt for my sister… Thanks for the giveaway!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:21 am
  • Jaclyn


    That quilt block is soooooo pretty! I love the colors!

    Right now I’m preparing for the holidays by trying to finish up all my home projects. Painting a couple pieces of furniture and sewing curtains and pillows so I can get started on my Christmas decorating!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:29 am
  • It’s been fun to visit new sites like yours during this blog hop of blocks. I like your block – I’m anxious to see the magazine to be able to create some new looks.

    Your MIL’s houses are amazing! She must love what she does – such detail!!

    Thanks for a chance to win! I’ve subscribed to your blog so I can follow along.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:30 am
  • I love blocks like that and I have seen the Lecien fabrics, they really have some wonderful designs. That little set up, is such a fun idea to use for holiday decorating.


    November 10, 2009 at 8:42 am
  • Congratulations, Scott – that block is stunning!! Count me in on your grand give-a-way!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:43 am
  • Brenda


    I am getting ready for the holidays by making gifts. i am finishing up UFO’s to give as gifts. This is a very tight holiday season for us. Congrats on making it into the magazine. I love your block.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:43 am
  • I LOVE the colors of your block, something about that blue with red is high on my favorites list right now! This blog tour is so fun! so many creative people I am feeling quite inspired….then again I have to clean the house to haul all my stuff out, and inspiration just flew right out the window. Guess I better hop around some more.

    I love your decorations too, and I hear you about retail hours. Sure I just work in coffee, and we don’t change much, but business is picking up so we have to do more in the same amount of time!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:50 am
  • Nancy


    I really like that you chose a star and that it is so prominent in the finished block. Congratulations for being one of the 100 chosen!
    Love your autumn groupings!!

    November 10, 2009 at 9:03 am
  • Loy


    Very pretty block. Thanks for the sample layout. Really like the autumn decorations. The houses are great. Lucky you, what a talented mother-in-law.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:06 am
  • Carol from Rock Hill, SC


    Thanks for the prize! Hope I am lucky enough to win. Working hard at a couple of wallhanging and Christmas stockings for my Christmas gifts.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:24 am
  • I have been making some table runners in Christmas fabrics for presents, and some chicken pincushions. I am binding a quilt in Christmas fabrics for my sister.s pressie, and have just started another one using Moda’s faded Memories range, which is also Christmassy. Oh, and I have bought a tin of chocolate biscuits!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 am
  • Hi Scott –
    Your block was one of my absolute faves in the magazine. Mine is Old Glory and my day on the tour is tomorrow. Congrats on your block and its inclusion. It’s a great design and fabulous colors!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 am
  • yes … i DID read all the way through!

    cool houses and i really like the star block, too!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:20 am
  • Congrats on getting in! Better to be 95 than 101, though I doubt they numbered them in some judgemental way.
    Your block is great, I love stars.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 am
  • I can’t believe I’m the first post! Your block is wonderful. As to preparing for the holidays, I’m trying to finish my Christmas shopping first and foremost. I buy throughout the year so I’m close to being done but still a few more things. I hope to finish on Saturday.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:03 am
  • Kathy R.


    Hi Scott. I think you sound pretty coherent – not loopy at all. Your block looks great in the mock-up. Congratulations on getting into the “Top 100”. I love your little village – do you decorate it for all the holidays? That would be a lot of fun. Unfortunately it wouldn’t last too long in my house – the cats would think it was theirs. Happy Holidays – hope you survive them in one piece.:)

    November 10, 2009 at 11:11 am
  • so we added chickens


    Those little houses are great! You have a very talented mother-in-law! and you are well ahead of many in your holiday decorations. Thanksgiving decorating here will be summed up in baking six or so pies – and then it will be time for Christmas!
    Congratulations on the publication of a beautiful block.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:26 am
  • Esther L.


    What charming houses! I love little tableaus like that. Right now I am in the process of finding yummy recipes to fill family and friend’s goody bags for the holiday (oh….and making an incredibly extensive wish list of fabrics to fill my stocking!) Sign me up for the giveaway!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • I am working of blocks for my version of a Dear Jane quilt using a huge assortment of orange fabrics. It has been lots of fun. As for getting ready for the holidays. I am one of those people who wait for the last minute and then hope for a miracle. Sometimes the little fairies sneak in and help me out, other times I am digging out various decorations shortly before the guests arrive.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm
  • Penne Sherer


    I really like your block and how lovely it looks in the whole quilt is even better. Hooray for you getting in the book and you should have been on the cover …:)

    November 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm
  • Congrats on being featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Love your block!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm
  • Lauretta Reyes


    Cute display. This is the first time that I have seen your blog. Nice page.
    Enter me in the drawing and I will be back.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm
  • I love your block. Your fall decorations are really great.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm
  • Billie K


    Love you block. I’m not ready at all for Christmas………..grin. I’ve never ready.

    Love all those decorations…wow.

    November 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm
  • I’m hoping I’m the lucky one and score a copy of the magazine.

    November 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  • Deb G


    I love the little houses! I’ve always wanted to create a miniature house and decorate it. I love your block and fabric choices too!

    November 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm
  • Great block! Congratulations on being included. Look forward to studying all the blocks in the magazine.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm
  • Susan G


    I really like the colors you used in your block – really bright and cheery. I’m getting anxious to see this great book of 100 blocks!

    November 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm
  • love the star crossed block and quilt
    looks great!
    OH MY I JUst love these houses, very nice, like the way your displaying them too
    Yes I would love to win the prize 🙂
    thanks Kathie

    November 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm
  • Hello! I love the color combinations in your block!!

    Please enter me into the 100 Block giveaway….

    thank you for sharing those pictures, I those houses are GREAT!



    November 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm
  • SewLindaAnn


    Well Scott (my husband and son’s name as well) I love your blog and you obviously are working very, very hard!! Hope you’re awake for Christmas after all this! I think it was an honor they picked your block, and you have to love anything done in aqua/blue. The fave colors of the year along with blue/brown I think. Mine anyway. Those houses are so cool, and a great heirloom for the family. Miniature vignettes are really neat to set up. The best thing about this Hop is getting to meet all these designers and artists in blogland that I might never have. It’s been so fun, thanks!!

    November 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm
  • Just love your festive pictures and your block. At the moment we are just trying to keep cool as it is 102 here today and we are having a heatwave and it is the middle of final exams for high school. Now after that I will get out all my Christmas Quilts and Christmas tree which is decorated with trains and teddies from everywhere 🙂 Oh and I must not forget to buy the Advent Calender so my Sons can have their daily fix of chocolate 🙂
    Have a great Day

    November 10, 2009 at 5:50 pm
  • I love your block! I love it in the Lecien fabrics..and it would be wonderful in any style! Someone had such a terrific idea to have a book with 100 blocks from all different and talented designers!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm
  • Barbara Colvin


    Robin’s egg blue (or aqua) and red are a great combo. I love the way work together in your layout. Congratulations on being one of the best!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm
  • Eileen O.


    Since you asked about holiday plans, I’m trying to come up with a Christmas table runner for my sister-in-law. She has given us several of her painted ceramic Santas over the years and I really owe her a handmade “something”. I loved the houses in your fall display!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm
  • Congratulations on being in the magazine! I like the block. The stars really stand out. Shamefully, I haven’t started anything yet for the holidays other than trying to organize my house and shopping for a new Christmas tree. No need to get in a rush. LOL!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm
  • Layne Perkins


    Your creativity inspires me when I am very tired from my day job. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm
  • JoAnne


    Your block is beautiful. It’s red, white and blue, fantastic! I love the village houses your mother-in-law made (she made them?!) and painted, they’re delightful!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm
  • Jill Neely


    Just getting ready to start making Christmas stockings, an annual tradition!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm
  • Linda P


    Cool block, I see lots of ideas in it.
    Linda P in IL
    (also tired from retail time)

    November 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm
  • Jeanette


    Congrats Scott (and I think a well deserved honor!)
    I love that you guys have paused on thanksgiving/fall decorations, we always rush so headlong into Christmas.
    Currently I am working on a quilt top based on your owl quilt using my version of your pattern, lots of blues, oranges and browns. I will send you a picture. Get some rest!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm
  • Lynn S.


    Love your block–the picture really shows how wonderful it will look as a quilt! My husband stopped and admired it too! Congratulations on being in this special publication…for the holidays, I am making a special quilt for my brother-in-law and so very excited to be able to surprise him with it!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm
  • Hello Scott, it’s a lovely block, congrats for the publishing, please count me in the giveaway, I’d like to go for the mag and the 10″ 🙂

    November 10, 2009 at 8:17 pm
  • Love your block and the colors – so kudos for being in the Top 100! Don’t work too much! I took a time-out myself and admired your display house pictures. Wow, I can only imagine how much imagination and work did go into these. Let’s hope they will make it another 20 years ( at least!).

    November 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm
  • Thinking up names would be hard for me too – but looks like they choose a great one for your block 😉 Thanks for the giveaway – you asked what I’m up to .. I just finished the Christmas Lights Mystery pattern that was published in Quiltmaker recently and love how it turned out -you can see pics of it on my blog.

    Thanks and Congratulations again on your block making the top 100! 😉

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

    November 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm
  • I love your mock up of a quilt…very cute pattern translated into a quilt. I love the colors and everything. Well, I am trying to sew some presents. A wallhanging, pillowcases, table runner, etc. BUSY!

    November 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm
  • Love the secondary designs in your block! Holiday preparations: quilting on customer quilts like crazy so I will have time to quilt a gift quilt before Christmas. I’ll start my shopping this week with a trip to the “big city”.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm
  • Congrats on your being published in the magazine! I love the colors of your block. Please enter me into your give-a-way!
    Laura T

    November 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm
  • Cindi C


    I love your block! And you are right the blue and red works so well together. Can’t wait to see the magazine.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm
  • congratulations…lovely block…. with a schedule as hectic as you have I am amazed you managed to post anything.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm
  • Congratulations on making it to the top 100! Like you say, you’re in and that’s all that matters. Those red, blue and whites look lovely together. I love all your fall decorations too.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm
  • Judy S.


    Great block and blog and, yes, I too read all the way through. Didn’t want to miss anything and certainly wasn’t disappointed. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with us.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm
  • Leslie Schmidt


    Your block design is just stunning. Congratulations on being asked to participate. It was a well-deserved honor.
    I love houses of all sizes and shapes. What a wonderful talent your mother-in-law has.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm
  • WYO Di


    Luv the block, get some rest so you don’t take ill! Congrats on being 1 of 100!


    November 11, 2009 at 12:17 am
  • Judi H


    Your block is just lovely and I love your choice of fabric. I also think you are very lucky to have such a talented Mother in Law the houses are so cute and I love the way you have used them.

    November 11, 2009 at 12:56 am
  • gill


    thanks for the give away

    November 11, 2009 at 2:00 am
  • Thanks for the giveaway! I love your block. I’m busy making a list of Christmas gifts to make. Starting to get overwhelming!

    November 11, 2009 at 6:59 am
  • Pamela Smith


    What a great block! I’m glad you made the group – you are a very talented designer, Scott. I love Lecien and your combination of fabrics is great, as always ~ Add me to the giveaway list, I’d enjoy seeing the magazine with the other 99 blocks especially!

    November 11, 2009 at 8:59 am
  • Love your block and your color and fabric choices! Congrats on your submission to this magazine.

    November 11, 2009 at 9:07 am
  • Yvonne Hamilton


    Congrats on making it in the magazine! I love that block. Hmm. Wonder if I can find a copy of the magazine at my local….BARTELLS? 😉 Miss seeing you over there. Hope they still keep stocking all the quilt magazines!

    November 11, 2009 at 9:34 am
  • Sandy


    I love the block and the quilt.

    November 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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