Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 Blog Tour!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol 6

Welcome, welcome!

November crept right up on me and here it is November 5 and time for my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour post!

I’m so excited to be included in another fantastic issue of 100 Blocks!

Let’s do it!

Leave a comment by Nov. 11 and be entered to win a free copy of this issue.

How fun and easy is that?! 

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

I have a new friend to introduce to you today called Scarecrow Surprise!

This guy came about because I wanted something that said “autumn,” but was also playful and included a tiny bit of hand embroidery.

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

You can find Scarecrow Surprise on page 30 of 100 Blocks Vol. 6. And look there to the right…I’m super excited to have Scarecrow Surprise right next to a wonderful pattern by Charise from Charise Creates! How awesome is that?

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

Here’s something else fun… Scarecrow Surprise is on the cover, too!

*throws confetti*

He joins May Showers as 100 Blocks cover alumni!

Scarecrow Surprise!

What? You’re supposed to be scared of me!

I started with just a scarecrow, but after a couple of doodles, I quickly realized that he was a lonely old guy standing there all alone. I started thinking about what a scarecrow is actually supposed to do and I wondered how often a birds ignore the You Shall Not Land directive.

A lot, I bet!


Scarecrow Surprise! Penciled in face.

When I drafted this guy out, he had a plain face. After adding the bird to his shoulder, I realized what was missing…his reaction! Here it is penciled in on my first draft.

Scarecrow Surprise! Design in Progress

Here’s a little sneak peak of how the pre-published version of the pattern looked. Look, ma, no numbers!

Scarecrow Surprise! Stonehenge variation Scarecrow Surprise! In blues Scarecrow Surprise! sold colors

And, of course, I have to share some variations!

Above is Stonehenge Scarecrow, Feeling Blue Scarecrow and Warm Colors Scarecrow!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 will be available at your local quilt shops and bookstores November 13 and I will be selling a limited amount of signed copies in my etsy shop, so be sure to check back for that!

Come see me at Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas, Sunday November 25 for a Quiltmaker’s 10o Blocks Vol. 6 magazine signing event! I will be signing magazines and sharing some of my other work!


Featured Pattern Set: Holly Jolly, just $6 on Craftsy!

301 thoughts on “Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 Blog Tour!

  1. Anita D in Oregon

    That’s great that your block was included! It is so cute. I’m looking forward to getting this magazine.

  2. Judy P

    Congratulations ! It looks like a beautiful book. Not only as a resource or project book but even a “just for fun” book to read and “wish”. You are very talented and creative; you deserve to be included and featured.

  3. Karen Nelson

    What inspiration this scarecrow brings! I would love to win Quiltmaker100 Blocks! I can hardly wait to see more inspiration in it! What a Treat!!!!

  4. Debby

    This is wonderful. He is great w/o the embroidery, but he is wonderful with it. It really does give him personality, Congrats on cover x 2. I would love to win – thanks for the chance.

  5. Janet P.

    Great block! Nice that it was on the front cover. I am looking forward to getting the newest Quiltmaker 100 blocks magazine.

  6. Cheryl

    Your scarecrow is sew cute! Wish I could have seen the stonehenge version. Wouldn’t he be cute as a ‘monthly’ guy, all done up in ‘theme’ clothes? Thanks for the chance.

  7. KT

    So cute! I think I need to learn to paper piece just so I can make it. Love seeing your variations as well. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mary Jo Jones

    What a darling block! I just have to make this little guy! Congrats on making the cover…how exciting:)

  9. VickiT

    What a cute block. Wouldn’t this be super cute in a Thanksgiving Table Runner? I love the facial expression you gave him.
    Congratulations on being in this next issue and on the cover too. Yay.

  10. Michelle B

    Love the scarecrow and perfect for the season! One can never have too many scarecrows…not in my opinion! Love VickiT’s idea of making a T-day Table Runner! Would also love to be the lucky winner of the new 100 Quilt Blocks Vol 6!

  11. Leanne

    What a cute block! I’m not sure what I’ll use him for, but I think I need to make him for something! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Cathryn H.

    Such a handsome scarecrow! He’ll be perfect for a friend who loves to decorate for all the holidays. Thanks for a great pattern idea!

  13. mandy laseter

    What a cute block! I recently tried paper piecing, and I am thrilled to say it is my new go to technique!

  14. Tami Chaulk

    Congratulations for getting your block in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks #6 and special Congrats for having your cute little guy on the cover! Love you block. 🙂

  15. sandratimmons

    That is so darn cute and a very clever block indeed. AND, it made the front cover. Good for you. The mug rug is a very good idea, too. Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of this precious magazine and for joining in on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour.

    Sandi T.

  16. Janet Wright

    I love following your blog. I do not comment often but I do look forward to reading them. I am very excited about you being in the new mag. I hope to win a copy!

  17. Mary Jo

    Congratulations on being selected! Mr. Scarecrow is such a cutie! Can’t wait to get my hands on 100 Blocks Volume 6!! So many great patterns to drool over!!

  18. Marty Askins

    I love this block and congratulations on being included in the magazine again. I hope I can win a copy of this. Thank you for the chance to win.

  19. Barbara Orozco

    Fantastic! I’m a real newbie to machine paper piecing, I’m awed by the lovely blocks you have posted on your blog.
    Congratulations on being featured!

  20. Wanda Stenzel

    I love paper piecing and just finished teaching a class for our Guild on PP. YOur design is really neat.

  21. Alberta in N GA

    your scarecrow is too adorable…. he probably has lots of birdie friends to keep him company. Would love to win the magazine.

  22. Holly

    LOVE your scarecrow block, you just don’t see many quilt blocks of the little guy. personally, I’m not too fond of paper piecing but may have to try this one. enjoyed visiting your site.

  23. Margaret Andrews

    I love your site and have made quite a few of your paper pieced blocks. Your new blocks is excellent as usual. Thanks for making such a quality pattern to paper piece. It is so much fun to see your new block

  24. Maureen

    “Scarecrow Surprise” is a great block! I love it! Congratulations on being chosen again & having him on the cover! How sweet it is!

  25. vickievan

    Very cute….it reminds me of the lady that went viral on you tube…..saying they should move the deer crossing signs to less traveled areas…ROFLOL…I laughed so hard. I just could not believe she was serious? Well the birdy idea just reminded me, I am sure they pay no attention at all 🙂

  26. Kay L Ford-Sollimo

    Love that block! It’s not going to scare too many crows, but who cares?
    Congratulations for hitting the cover!

  27. Nancy Angerer

    Your block is darling. Love it. I also scrolled down and saw other blocks you do. Liked them all. Congratulations on being included in the new publication.

  28. Jennifer Schifano Thomas

    Hello Jennifer. Your scarecrow is so cute! I like the added embroidery “straw” coming out of him. Cute, cute, cute! Just stopping by to say “hello”. Don’t include me in the drawing, I’m on the tour, too.

  29. Rachell R

    So adorable! I love paper-piecing! He would have to go into my Halloween/Fall paper-pieced project.
    And looking back at your posts, that little Holly Jolly quilt is adorable, too!
    Thanks for such fun and congrats for two cover blocks!

  30. Carol Moler

    Jennifer, What an honor for you to be on the cover of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks! The scarecrow is an adorable design. Congratulations!

  31. sandi

    Your block is very cute and would be a nice wallhanging or table topper for the fall. Congrats on your block and thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  32. Jennie Steward

    Your block is adorable! Love all the others too. They would make a great sampler quilt. Congrats on being in the magazine.

  33. Barb

    Congrats – I want to add this pattern to my turkey for a Thanksgiving wall hanging. Thank you for sharing yourself and patterns.

  34. Karen H

    What an adorable little scarecrow man! Can’t wait to see the magazine. Thank you for offering the opportunity!

  35. Marcia

    Very fun block. I make seasonal wall/door hangings for my parent’s door in a retirement community. This would be so fun for that! Blessings!

  36. Terje

    This is fantastic!!! It’s so playful and yet intricate. Paper piecing really speaks to my heart so this is definitely one I want to work with as soon as the magazine hits our stores.

  37. Pam

    That block is adorable. I don’t do paper piecing really well and I am in awe of those that do. Thanks for allowing me to enter the contest to win the magazine.

  38. reeskylr

    What a great block. I am in awe of those who can paper piece well and have such an artistic way of doing so. Congrats on that block and thanks for letting me enter the contest.

  39. LIsa E

    Love the colors you chose for the scarecrow. I really enjoy hand embroidery so this block would be fun to make.

  40. LoriL

    Love the scarecrow. The hand embroidery adds just the right touch to complete him. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. maggie avrit

    I have enjoyed your site for a while now. Congratulations on making the 100 block cover with your not so scary scarecrow!!

  42. Patty Happel

    Cute block. We have two scarecrows in our garden but I’ve never caught a bird sitting on one of them. Bet they do though! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of a great magazine

  43. Elle

    Congratulations! What a great block. I just finished making your Christmas Sunbonnet Sue for a gift. Cute and easy too.

  44. Terri Lynch

    Your scarecrow is SO ADORABLE and FABULOUS….I don’t know which adjective I believe most!!! I MUST make him. I’m a total Wizard of Oz junkie…could you make me patterns for Dorothy and the Witch, Tinman and Lion too??? Please?? And maybe a house and a green castle. OH just design an entire paper pieced Oz quilt ok??? I’d be your #1 fan and purchase them all!

  45. Debby

    Cute Cute Cute!!! Congratulations on getting published and making the cover! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win

  46. Mary

    Your block is super cute! Congratulations on being a covergirl! I had not heard of your blog before. You have some wonderful patterns here!

  47. Maria Kievit

    Love the added touches of his face and the embroidery stitches all over the place. They make this block! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Joanna

    Your scarecrow just grabs attention on the cover. He is a cutie. I’m not good at foundation piecing but I always want to try it when I see blocks like this.

  49. Beverly Caldwell

    How cute this scarecrow is (bet even the crows love him). Love your other patterns also. Looking forward to having this great book.

  50. Judy S

    Thanks for sharing your process. Makes it very interesting to see how you arrived at the finished product. Cute scarecrow!!

  51. Margie

    Congratulations Jennifer! I will be keeping my eyes open for the next issue. It took me over a month to find it the last time. Your little guy is so cute. I Love the staw peeking out all over him.

  52. Deborah Green

    A lovely looking block, it may me awhile to get the nerve up to try it as I just started quilting this summer.

  53. Linda (Petey)

    Mr. Scarecrow deserves his front page status! So cute, not scary at all. Wish Texas wasn’t so far away as your signing party sounds like fun.

  54. Linda Hoch

    Congrats on having your block included in this issue. I love, love, love this publication and snap it up whenever it’s released. Your scarecrow is TOO cute!

  55. Sher7753

    This blog is the first 100 block blog, I have participated in. It is fantastic seeing all of the participating sites that are taking part in this blog tour. I love seeing all of the new blocks you have created they are awesome. The scarecrow block is really cute!

  56. Eva Pearce-Ingram

    I love the block, most likely would do it in applique because I struggle with paper piecing. I would do the warm color version. Congrats on being published.

  57. Maria do Carmo

    Que medo!!!???Quando criança tinha muito medo de espantalhos,…na casa de minha avó tinha alguns espalhados por jardins e hortas.O seu não assusta ninguém é simpático e lindo,parabéns.Obrigada por dividir comigo esta técnica tão divertida.


  58. Brenda J.

    Scarecrow guy is so cute! I love thinking about all the scrappy variations that are possible! Congrats on your block and thanks for the chance to win!

  59. maureen

    Love your scarecrow! I’m just learning to paper piece, so I haven’t gotten this advanced yet. But you give me inspiration to keep practicing!!

  60. Susan

    WOOOHOOO you created a cover guy!!! He is sew cute!!!!! I love his perplexed expression towards the bird! How cool is it to be a published pattern designer?? Sweet!!!! Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to win this awesome book!

  61. michelle h

    This is so darn cute. 🙂 I haven’t done much paper piecing, but this block will be one to try!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being published in the magazine!!

  62. usairdoll

    What a handsome scarecrow! I’m a beginner when it comes to paper piecing but I will have to give this guy a try.

    Thank you and Quiltmaker for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  63. Terry (snowie44)

    I knew it!!! I saw that cute little scarecrow on the cover and had a feeling that was yours! Congrats on the block as well as getting on the cover!!! Can’t wait..gotta have this magazine..with an autograph..ofcourse!!!

  64. Clara

    Just learning paper (foundation) piecing on Christmas ornaments. This block looks like a great next project. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  65. Carolyn H.

    Your followers have always known that you were a cover-girl. I love your scarecrow. I would love to win your extra copy of the magazine.

  66. Judy1522

    Congratulations on having your block on the cover. What a cute scarecrow I love that you added the bird on it.


    I love paper piecing and would love to try your scarecrow block,congrats on making the book and cover.

  68. Linda

    What a great block for a fall quilt. I would love to have a sign copy; This would be my first 100 block book as I am new to quilting and I am slowly building a collection of books.

  69. KJ Hahn

    What a fabulous block. I love the little tufts of hair peeking out from under his hat. Well done and congratulations!

  70. Madeline

    love that scarecrow! Paper piecing can do so much! and it’s a great pattern for a scrap lover, like me, gets me thinking of a quilt for that scarecrow. maybe a scrappy house for him to live in on it……..

  71. artisania

    Jen!! Congrats on making the cover AGAIN!! Your scarecrow is co completely charming, I love all the extra details you added 🙂 No need to include me in the draw, just wanted to give you a virtual *hug*

  72. Nancy Sue

    Congrats on not only having the block published, but a covergirl as well! whoo hoo! Love this little scarecrow, especially his little wisps of straw peeking through here and there! Congrats!


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