Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 Blog Tour!

Welcome, welcome to my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Post! It is with the utmost pleasure that I share my block and quilt from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5with you today!I’m celebrating by not only sharing my block and lots of fun photos, but with fun giveaways! Make sure you scroll to the bottom for details!

If you do a little bit of poking around on Sewhooked, you’ll find that I’m absolutely obsessed with paper piecing! I design my own patterns, I teach paper piecing courses both online and in real life and I am active in a number of paper piecing groups.

Just recently, I hosted the Garden Party Blog Hop, which featured a new paper pieced pattern every day during the month of April, each by a different designer!

You can also find me right each week hosting Talk To Me Tuesday, my crafty show and tell vlog!

Enough about me, on to the fun stuff…my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks contribution… May Showers!

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Meet Sue. She’s a sweet little lady, heading out for the day. She takes her umbrella and then reaches out to see if it might be raining. April is over now and she’s ready for May flowers, but a few drops of rain are still falling!

May Showers

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How about trying May Showers in a variety of fabrics?

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Just look at that sweet little hand! Don’t be scared of tiny pieces, they’re just like any other part of a paper pieced pattern, but with less stitches!

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I do tend to make a mess when I work!

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Quick Tip: When stitching block units together, remove the paper that is inside the same allowance after you stitch. That will keep those tricky little pieces from getting stuck when you stitch across the seams.
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 5

I was super excited when I was asked to contribute a quilt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks that included May Showers. I ran with the very first idea I had, which was our rainy day girl leaving her house! I call this piece 100% Chance of Showers. 🙂

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Sue and her house (which had to be purple!), in progress (above) and a great photo I took outside (below) before mailing 100% Chance of Showers off to Quiltmaker!

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This quilt is actually four individual blocks, all created to work together! It’s made primarily of Moda Marble coordinates.

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To quilt 100% Chance of Showers, I outlined the shapes of Sue and free-motion quilted in the background.

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For the house, I added “siding” with stitching and quilted around the windows so the panes would stand out.

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I make most of my quilt labels by ironing a piece of fabric to freezer paper and securing the top with masking tape. It works fantasticly, as you can see! To make attaching my label a bit quicker, I stitch two sides into my binding before appliqueing the rest.

IMG_6199 Sunbonnet Sue's Magical Friends

Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5! Another lucky reader will win a free PDF copy of my my pattern set, Fanciful Fairies! You have until May 8 to comment! Only comments with email addresses will be included in the drawing.

Use coupon code QUILTMAKER now through May 8 and get 20% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop! Offer not valid on Etsy or Craftsy.

I am giving away a copy of EQ7, so be sure and check out my Garden Party post from April 28 for details on how to enter! Winner to be announced on May 7.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Post and that you’ll stop back by sometime soon!

If you’re local to the Austin, Texas area, please stop by Honey Bee Quilt Store on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-Noon for my trunk show! There will be copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5 for sale at the shop and I will be giving away a wall hanging made from May Showers to one lucky visitor!



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243 thoughts on “Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 Blog Tour!

  1. Kerry Olson

    I am so excited for you! You deserve this Jennifer, way to go you talented girl!

  2. sewsurprising

    The book looks like a treasure trove of inspiration. I love your paper piece block, Ive discovered paper piecing to me is quilting and art combined, sadly Im not good at either hahahahah

  3. Dolly

    All your patterns are sensational or should I say ‘sew’sational. I can’t wait to make this one. Thanks

  4. Karen Nelson

    Love it! 100% chance of rain!! Even as just a smaller version square with hmmm some sunny days popping in too!

  5. Liz O-T

    What a brilliant block. Love the idea of her coming out of her house – almost two blocks in one! I am totally new to paper piecing but would love to give it a try. Just need a bit more confidence! Where to start. Liz x

  6. Ilse Bartlett

    She’s adorable. She would fit real well over here in Australia at the moment with all the rain we are having. Shame that I cannot find The 100 blocks magazine over here. Would love a signed copy with your signature.

  7. Gloria B

    What a pretty block! And so suitable for here in the UK where we have just had the wettest April since records began…….and it continues to rain!

  8. Joyce Mitchell

    Love your Sweet Sue block – and the quilt you made is darling. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Pam

    Love it! She reminds me of my granddaughters in her little yellow slicker and rain boots!

  10. Susan

    I think your Umbrella Sue is cute. I have never seen “Sue” done in paperpiecing before.
    Hope I win.

  11. Wanda

    Sue is so cute! I love paper piecing (and applique). I can already see this block in a wallhanging I’m planning.

  12. gardensandy

    I Love Your “May Flowers” Block! I also Love your Quilt Label Name! Thanks for having this Great Giveaway for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5!

  13. Joyce Carter

    I love the Sunbonnet Sue block. I am currently making a Sunbonnet Sue quilt but I am doing applique on it. I have never tried paper piecing one. Yours looks great! Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Jamie

    I love your block. It is neat How you took the traditional April Showers bring May Flowers and then added the twist that the rain does not stop just because the calendar date changes. I have already won a copy of the magazine, and I would appreciate it if you would consider me for the fairy pattern drawing. I think they are real cute. Thank you.

  15. vwlady54

    What a sweet block! Would be cute on a quilt for my grandbaby! Congrats! Thanks for the freezer paper tip!

  16. vwlady54

    What a sweet block! Would make a cute quilt for my grandbaby. Thanks for the freezer paper tip! Congrats!

  17. Pat Hersl

    You may even get me to like her. I see more things through little granddaughter’s eyes now. Love the raindrops.

  18. Sandra Timmons

    You have the cutest paper-pieced block. With the chance to rain today, this makes your block even more special. I like purple too, so I really enjoy the quilt you submitted to the Quilting Gallery. Thank you for your participation and the winner will certainly enjoy this creative magazine.

    Sandi T.

  19. Patty

    Oh how fun those girls are. Thank you for a chance to win, although paper piecing scares me!

  20. Drinkingcocoa

    Squee! I’ve been waiting and waiting to see which block is yours. It’s perfect for today’s weather. I love seeing the progress of your career.

  21. julie soden

    I really like your April showers and house block. so sweet and spring like. love it.

  22. Leanne

    What a cute block. Still lots of showers here, even if it is May…Sue would fit right in. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Kris S in WI

    I love, love, love your little umbrella girl. I also love paper piecing. I am bookmarking your blog for future reading. Thanks for participating.

  24. cherylmonica

    Love your block, Jennifer. Combining the house, the girl and the unbrella is so great. You keep me coming back , between the garden party blog and now this, I can’t stay away. Thanks for all that you do.

  25. Debbie

    I love this and it will be great to adapt for a set of place mats.. i make those for every season/month what a great May set…

  26. LIsa's Chaos

    I absolutely LOVE your creation! I do feel a wee bit intimidated by it. I have not paper pieced, something I would have to read up on and attempt before trying your block for sure, lol. Again intimidating but love it!

  27. Jill

    I love this block. I have made two sunbonnet sue quilts already and would love to try a diiferent version.

  28. Maria do Carmo Pezzuto

    É sem dúvida a peça mais romântica para o quarto de minha neta que tem só 19 dias.Eu sou viciada em tudo que é PP,claro que já fiz SUE,mas quero o seu padrão.Um beijo .Parabéns.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

  29. kathy h

    Great block. My daughter requested a year of table topper mini quilts and I was thinking I needed something with rain for APril. Your block is perfect.

  30. Sandy Dagg

    What a cute block and the wall hanging would look great in my granddaughters room.

  31. MarciaW

    The house with your new block is really cute – wish we had a 100% chance of rain literally. How did you make those tiny raindrops? The details of your composition are wonderful. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com Thanks for the chance.

  32. Patricia S

    Oh my goodness…what an adorable block! Thanks “sew much” for this chance to win!!

  33. jeannegwin

    Well you stole my heart. now how much cuter could that block get? None, it is already so stinkin cute. thanks for a chance to win the “orange” magazine or pattern. I have to make a quilt with your new block. Can’t wait.

  34. Jennifer P

    i AM in the Austin TX area but will be going to Houston for the Mother’s Day weekend to visit my daughter and granddaughter. I’m so sorry to miss your trunk show. Thanks for sharing so many great details of your block. I love to paper piece and your block is adorable.

  35. Carol Sc

    What a darling little block — and so appropriate for spring. I’m not sure exactly where I will use it, but I will.

  36. Becky Greene

    What an adorable block and quilt! I am amazed by the tiny pieces in your work!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Tracy

    so sweet…just see my DD when she was small splashing and having to have an umbrella for those very infrequent rain showers in W Texas!!!
    tracydvr at comcast dot net

  38. VickiT

    I LOVE your block. It’s just adorable. Congratulations on being chosen to be in Issue 5.
    vburr at charter dot net

  39. Joanna

    I love, love, love 100% chance of rain. I am an umbrella lover, so this block just draws me. However, I have never paper pieced and that would be the challenge for me. Great block.

  40. Maryellen

    Very sweet block. I haven’t tried paper piecing yet. I’ll get there! Thanks for the inspiriation.

  41. sheila

    I just love your block , that is just so cute , my granddaughters would love that little quilt. Sure wish I lived close enough to attend your trunk show I am sure it would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

  42. Shelley

    What a cute block!! Suits our Seattle weather to a tee!! I want to add this block to your garden party blocks because we garden in the rain!! Thanks for the giveaways.

  43. Carla G

    Very cool block! I love the umbrella! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

  44. Quilts By Amanda

    I’ve decided it is “April Flowers bring May Shower” (At least this year) amanda (dot) echler (at) hotmail (dot) com

  45. Victoria Miner

    What a cute block! I’ll have to use it for something for my granddaughter, she’d love it! Thanks for your giveaway.

  46. pbee

    When I get a granddaughter she will have a quilt with this block in it! Thank you for sharing!

  47. PhyLLis

    I love your block – it is so adorable! Sunbonnet Sue is getting a little long in the tooth, and Rainyday Sue is the perfect replacement *Ü*

  48. auntypsycho

    She is really cute Jennifer . I love her!! And I love her coming out of the house . A really sweet block . Is the magazine available internationally or just in USA?

  49. Pat Bond

    Your Sue is so cool! How fun this block is. I haven’t tried paper piecing yet, but this block is a perfect reason to start.

  50. Tabitha

    I love paper-piecing and I make a HUGE mess when I do it. Fun, fun! Here’s hoping I win 😉 Thanks! klucking(at)fairpoint(dot)net

  51. Julie in WA

    This is a great block…perfect for the rainy Pacific Northwest! I right away thought how fun to make a bunch of the girls on the streets of Seattle with the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square….

  52. kwiltnkats

    You’ve captured me for hours by all the information and links to paper piecing sites. I’m going to see what’s still active in the paper piecing blog hop that took place in April for certain! Your 100% Chance of Showers block is awesome. Those itty bitty sections to paper piece are a little daunting at first but doing them enough (sometimes the same piece) over and over builds up ones confidence. I’ll find time to visit you often. Thanks for an opportunity to win. Sandi

  53. Judy

    I love your cute block. I have not tried paper piecing yet but your block has definitely inspired me to try it.

  54. jmniffer

    I think your block is great! I’m new to paper piecing and love the precision it gives. Thanks for the freezer paper tip. I will use it on my next label.

  55. Judith Reynolds

    Another beautiful block Jennifer! Your are so talented in your work…I look forward to the Magazine and cannot wait to sew this beautiful pattern.. Congrats to your published block…Judith, Texas

  56. Diann Cornell

    What a cute and clever block and quilt. It’s like a Sunbonnet Sue in the rain.

  57. artisania

    You’re so talented Jennifer, I’m glad Quiltmaker finally found you! Congratulations, it’s a marvelous block 🙂 (don’t need to be entered, have my own copy 🙂

  58. Peg Wood

    As a recent “convert” to paper piecing, I am in awe! Love your Sunbonnet Sue and so appreciate your great photos illustrating how you actually machine quilted the block. Thought your label was cute and loved that you included how you did it! Thanks…

  59. KeriB

    What a fun quilt block! I am fairly new to quilting, so haven’t yet tried paper piecing yet, but I do look forward to trying someday soon! Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. sewlindaann

    Your block is awesome, and thanks for the tip on pulling the seam paper off. I read your blog thru Google Reader and I LOVE it. The Garden Blog hop was the most amazing and I can’t wait to make every one of the patterns. I don’t need a magazine, but I couldn’t resist entering for your pattern.

  61. Mary Jo Baird

    I have never tried paper piecing and now I am going to have to! Love your cute little block and what a cute quilt it would make! Congratulations on being chosen to appear in Volume 5! I have the other 4 issues and can’t wait to get this one in my hands!!

  62. Renie Rowland

    Your block is sooo cute. I have been working on a wall quilt and this would look really cute on it.. however I have never done paper piecing — I look forward to trying this out Thank you

  63. CathyC in Alberta

    Absolutely love your block..I originate from BC/Canada where it is said we “rust” because of the amount of rain!! Thanks for a chance to win one of your giveaways..I already have the first 4 volumes of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks.
    CathyC in Alberta

  64. Diane Telfer

    I love your ready for rain umbrella girl. It is perfect for where I live (Oregon) since we get lots of rain which I love for the beautiful flowers it brings. I like the detail paper piecing allows. Hope I win.

  65. Marge in Louisiana

    That is so cute. Opens up a whole lot of ideas for other blocks doesn’t it?

  66. Cindy M

    Your block is so cute and I love it with the house! Paper-piecing is my favourite piecing method and this would be so fun to do 🙂

  67. Marsha

    The darling girl in your block is just perfect for the weather here in Vermont! Rain, rain and more rain. She’s just adorable, and I love your paper-pieced projects! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on having your block in 100 Blocks, Vol. 5. I’d love the magazine!

  68. Diantha Howard

    I like your block – that is so clever. I’ve never tried paper piecing, but I’d like to learn.

  69. candace

    Yea Jennifer! I’ve been a fan of your patterns for the past 5 years and I’m thrilled for you that you are published in this Quiltmaker vol. Your rainy day sue is perfect for those of us who live in the wet Puget Sound region of WA state for sure!!

  70. Sandi

    Your block is adorable and so are the fanciful fairies. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine and pattern. congrats on having your block in the magazine.

  71. Cindi C

    What a cute block! I love it, and your giveaway is go generous. This blog tour has been great. Congrats on having your block in the 100 Block issue

  72. Margaret R

    this block is awesome. I have done paper piecing only once and could not get the hang of it. Maybe I should try it again now that I have been quilting and sewing for a couple of years.

  73. Kaye M.

    Your block is so creative and i love the detail. Each block with different backgrounds shows how versatile your design is. Thanks for sharing.

  74. Nancy

    Your block is delighful. thanks for the tips on how you secure your label too. I do my sleeves like that (secure the top within the binding first), but I never thought about doing the label that way..what a time saver. And you would be sure to have the label on when the quilt is done. I have several quilts that are “owed” labels, and I know if I used your method, they would be there right now!

  75. Wilma Searcy

    What a fun block! I have enjoyed Sunbonnet Sue and Sam, but never dreamed that there could be a paper-pieced version.

  76. Donna Joy

    Your block is so fun, love sun bonnet sue. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    I’m making a sun bonnet sue with a Dresden skirt

  77. Donna Kurk

    I have been following your website for about two years now. I don’t know how I found you but have saved all the Harry Potter patterns and have been saving the Hobbit patterns. I saved all the Garden Party patterns too. I just retired a month ago and have so much sewing to catch up on. I am currently finishing a work in progress for about 5 years now, a black, yellow and white quilt which is almost finished for my younger daughter. I have a Victorian costume to make for a steampunk convention for my older daughter. I have many projects and am going to try the 12 in 12 UFO challenge. Thanks for inspiring me.

  78. Margaret Andrews

    Living in southeastern Alaska in a rainforest, this little girl would right in. She certainly needs that umbrella. I would love to have her pieced in my quilt.

  79. Claudia

    Goodness, I thought you were a neighbor of mine. The rain just won’t stop and winter won’t leave. Grump, grump. I wondered who made that little cutie with the umbrella. Yes, I have done some paper piecing and it is great for accuracy.

  80. Kathleen B

    Your block is amazingly adorable, Jennifer! Congratulations and thanks for a great giveaway. brown(dot)k[at]centurytel(dot)net 🙂

  81. Wendy

    This block is adorable! I have only done a little paper piecing but it is on my bucket list to try and do more. I think this block would inspire me to do some more.

  82. Mhairi

    What a gorgeous block and I am glad that it got chosen. I also love the fairies patterns. What a great giveaway. Congratulations on the inclusion!

  83. Sue Phillips

    Wow, congratulations! Love this block. I am also a fan of the fairies. You are so talented!

  84. Sandy A in St. Louis

    I love to look through these magazine/books to get inspiration. The blocks are so neat and the instructions are great! Congratulations on your block being chosen.

  85. Shirley V.

    Your block is ABSOLUTELY adorable!! I have checked out your site in the past, and love it. You have a wonderful talent and are so generous in sharing your patterns. Your work and enthusiasm is inspiring. When I get a few current projects finished up, I would love to do some more paper piecing. (I have done one small project so far)

  86. liljabs

    Yay! I don’t think I’ve congratulated you yet. so Congratulations! 😀
    I really love May showers and the 100% Chance of Showers is adorable. I’m definitely heading out on the 8th to see if I can find a copy anywhere in town 🙂

  87. Rachell R.

    Oh, rainy Sue is very cute! I love paper-piecing too, now that I use Peggy Martin’s Quick-Strip Paper-Piecing method! I love the swirly Moda fabrics, and I would sure love to use some in one of my quilts. And I would love those cute fairies, too, because my nieces are such girly-girls princesses and they love TinkerBell. Thanks so much and congrats!

  88. bobbie

    Oh Wow! I love umbrellas and yellow raincoats! Your block is adorable! I am definitely going to have to make this one!

  89. usairdoll

    Your block is just darling! I really like it with the house included. Congratulations on having your block included in this year’s Vol. 5. I wish I was closer and could come to your trunk show. May 12 is my birthday. hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  90. scrapperdeb

    Your umbrella girl block is just as clever as can be!!! I’d love to be included in your draw.

  91. Heather Price

    I do love your website, Jennifer! Thank you for all your fabulous designs! Xxxx

  92. MoeWest

    That’s a sweet block, just perfect for the rainy west coast where my daughter lives.

  93. Nancysue

    Love the block! I will be sewing this one up for sure. Haven’t done a gazoodle of paper piecing so I’m appreciative of the paper removal tip, and also sharing the mindset of a small piece is just like anyother only with less stitches. Seems the smaller the pieces are, the more heebie geebee I get! I plan on sewing this block up for my 4 yr old son who LOVES umbrellas. Perhaps some pirate or construction truck fabric for the umbrella and coat and voila! Congrats on the success of your block….and love the quilt too. What a great house (siding)!

  94. Bev C

    Hello Jennifer,

    may showers is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine.
    happy days.

  95. Karen M

    I love your paper pieced block. How cute! I would love to win vol. 5 of 100 Quilt Blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  96. Sonja

    I love your block!

    I’m still working on my PoD blocks but I can’t wait to make some paperpieced Sue blocks…

  97. extermiteach

    I hope that you are so, so proud!!! I love this pattern – Sue is adorable, and piecing the different panels together to make a larger “picture” quilt-let is absolutely fantastic! Ooooohh, I’d love to win a copy of the mag, but in case that fails, I’m still on the lookout at the local fabric shops! 😀

  98. wigglypup

    I love your May showers block! Congrats on it being included in the book. Thanks for the
    chance to win!!


  99. Carol Moler

    I’m so thrilled that you were chosen to submit a block design for Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 magazine. It is no surprise that you are considered one of the top designers in the country. Your block is whimsical and beautifully crafted. It would be an honor to win a copy of the magazine and your fanciful fairies pattern. Congratulations on your success, Jennifer!

  100. Kathy H

    I have loved the paper pieced blocks so much. I’ve never attempted paper piecing but these blocks have been just what I need to be inspired to try it! Thank you… Be blessed, Kathy

  101. Elizabeth VK

    I love to paper piece and would love to have the fairies block.
    thank you for the opportunity.

  102. Gail

    I love the May Showers block. I’m new to paper piecing but I’d love to try that block. Have a blessed day.

  103. Shelley D

    I’m so lucky! I got to see this block in person….AND buy the magazine before it was supposed to be released. You are so talented Jennifer, I can’t wait to come to your demo.


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