Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome To The Blog Tour!

I am so excited and honored that my block was chosen 
to be included in Quilt Maker's 100 Blocks magazine volume 8!!!  
The magazine goes on sale November 19th.  
There will be a blog tour from November 11-15 including prizes.

You can find all of the tour participants and the blog tour schedule at
 Please stop by for inspiration, ideas and giveaways!




I bet you want to see the block I sent in right?  
I have been dying to share it with all of you.
I can finally do that now!

It is called the Rainbow Gum Tree.  

I had so much fun making this block.  

Can you find the bunny face in one of the circles?



We were given the opportunity to make a quilt to submit that would also be included in the magazine.  Even though my life has been one hot mess of late I decided to go for it.  
The plan for the quilt came to me one night as I was falling asleep.  
I wanted to make 5 trees total.  
Four in the corners and one in the center.  
I wanted to do a rainbow progression all the way around the quilt.  
ROYGBV style. 
 I got the first 2 blocks finished and they looked great!


Notice that the outside tree trunks are dark gray and the center one is different.



Then began on the bottom two.  
OOPS the top ones needed to progress from left to right and the bottom ones from right to left.  
I ended up making that blue/green one twice!  
I am pretty happy with it now though!


Choosing the fabrics and making the progression was so much fun!
You just might find a heggie or an owl or something crazy in this forest!!!



Then because you send in your actual block to the magazine 
I needed to make another total rainbow block too.  


Next was to put it all together. 
 I had all the blocks set and decided that it needed something more so I added the circles and 
then spiral quilted it on my Bernina.  
Perfect!!

I am calling this Ring Around the Rainbow Forest.


I even decided to make the binding a rainbow progression to follow the theme. 
This little quilt was so much fun to make!

I kept thinking of other possibilities as I was making this one.  
You could do the seasons, you could add paths and animals, 
make it larger and use that as a centerpiece for a baby quilt.  
The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination!!

Here are a few "in Progress" shots too. 
 You can really see the quilting in these outdoor shots



I thought this was kind of cool how my drying line made a star in the sun on the quilt = )


Please leave me a comment about my block or my quilt and I will enter you into a giveaway
for a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine volume 8.

Then you would have my pattern to make this special forest for yourself!
Be certain to leave your email address.
I can't send you your magazine if you are a no reply!
I have directions on how you can fix that on my side bar too.

The winner will be posted on November 16th.

If you do make a block or a quilt I would love to see it.
Please post it to my Flickr group!

Don't forget to leave a comment on the 100 Blocks blog telling them how much you love this block.

Thanks everyone, comments are now closed.  
Winner announced soon

Pinch me I can't believe this is happening!!!

~XOP~


413 comments:

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Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is wonderful!

Kathy said...

OMG...this turned out fantastic! Congratulations!!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Me too....OMGosh is the word. This is so unique and adorable!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I was thinking what a great block for a pillow and then WHAM and gorgeous quilt! Congratulations on being selected for this year's issue.

sophie said...

I like the block, but I LOVE the quilt! Congratulations.

Catskill Quilter said...

Congrats on having your block selected! It is certainly worthy of the magazine, and I cannot wait to make it!

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, that is wonderful! Congratulations on being part of the magazine -- I have enjoyed every issue!

Sandra said...

Your block and your quilt look great. Grats

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Mhairi said...

I loved the block and thought that it would be one that I would like to create, then I saw the quilt and knew it was one that I HAD to make. I love this quilt and the simple look of the blocks and the way it all goes together.
Thanks so much for sharing it, it is a beautiful piece!

Gill said...

What a fab block Pam - and made up into a quilt they are stunning!!

Michele said...

OMG I just love it. I'm not a fan of curves in my quilting but I might give this idea a try. Nicely done.

charlotte said...

What a wonderful quilt. I love rainbow quilts and your design is so very unique. I think I would love to make one.

Martina said...

Congrtulations! Such a cute block and I love the rainbowcolors in the quilt. Just lovely!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a creative block!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing a copy of 100 Blocks!

Judy in Michigan said...

Oh Pam!! It's just too wonderful for words!! The quilting and binding are brilliant! How clever and how special to be chosen for the magazine. Congratulations!!!!!

Linda said...

What a fun quilt! I love it!

Maryjo said...

Love your Rainbow Gum Tree!! It is so colorful...a great way to showcase many colors...and the final quilt is outstanding. Congrats for being in the magazine!

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance mama Spark, I love how your block was the inspiration for a whole quilt.

sandi said...

Your quilt is beautiful!!! I like how you progressed with the colors and the quilting is wonderful! Congrats on having your block published. Thanks for a chance to win.

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

Darling block! So nice to see it used in a quilt! Very cute! Thanks for the chance!

Sandie pinfeathersandpatches said...

Congratulations, simply wonderful design with so many possibilities!

Emma's Daughter said...

Love your block! The colors are so fun. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

Lee said...

Congratulations on having your block in the magazine! Its fabulous - I love the spiral quilting!!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Congrats on your cute block. I love the vibe. Thanks also for the giveaway.

Jeanne Gwin said...

What a cool block and quilt. I really like it. The picture of the shadow is awesome.

Debbie Rhodes said...

Delightful... I think the shadow star means something.. love this

Dana Gaffney said...

I love the quilt! It has such a whimsical look, it's wonderful.

Wilma said...

You are so creative! I love your progression of colors around the trees.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy Sue said...

What a fun quilt! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Maureen Williamson said...

This is a fabulous block! And then the quilt blew me away! Love it & thanks so much for a chance at the give-away. 100 Blocks is a great magazine.
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Jan Baker said...

I love this. I guess I will have to buy the magazine to find out how you id all those circles.

Donna Joy said...

Your block is just fun loving. It would be so cute for a kids quilt. What a fun way to play where is the bunny or owl etc.Thanks for sharing, and the giveaway

Diane said...

That's a very cute block. How about a baby quilt, with photos in the circles?

delaineelliott said...

I love it! Very fanciful. Thanks.

MissM said...
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MissM said...

Love this quilt..it's beautiful!

Sharon Green said...

What a neat addition, that hidden bunny is adorable. Very versatile block that can be blinged up or a great I Spy quilt for a toddler. Love it!!

TC in Idaho said...

OH MY, how wonderful your rainbow trees are.. I just can believe how they touched my heart. Thank you so much for the chance to win. Tish mtish44@yahoo.com

~Diana said...

Pam, with all you have going on...this is just beautiful! I *LOVE* it! Amazing piece of art! Thank you for the inspiration!
www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

Donna said...

What a beautiful and clever block. It will have us going in circles in a fun way.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous block and quilt. I am speechless.

Natalie Aggarwal said...

I love how simple and beautiful your quilt is. Simple is always beautiful.

Nancy said...

Pam,
Beautiful -- just beautiful -- I know the hard work and planning that goes into quilting... Cudos and hugs to you.
Nancy Chapman

Kiska Stevens said...

oh how creative! I just love it!

mascanlon said...

Wow, I was admiring the block and kept on reading...the quilt is fabulous! So interesting and the quilting adds so much to the quilt. Thanks for letting us all play along!

Kay said...

Just stunning!! This is my favoruite block so far.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

arlette said...

>>>> Pinching you, lol, your block and quilt and looks so cute, it reminds me bubbles or grapes, they're very interesting block, congrats!!!!

Mama Spark said...

Donna, Natalie, Jodi, Nancy and Kiska, thank you for your lovely comments. You are all set as no reply bloggers so I am unable to answer your comments directly. I really do appreciate each and every one of them though. If you want to change the no reply status I have directions on how to do that in my side bar. Thanks again!! ~ Pam

Jacklynn said...

Your trees are wonderful - the patience with the circles! I love the brights on white. Thanks for the give away!

Lisa said...

Oh my this is one awesome block and quilt! I would love to see my do.Good Stitches Nuture Circle do this for one of our quilts. How awesome would that be!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Dorothy's Blog said...

Ok, that is just too darn cute. And is now on my to do list. Congrats on being published in Quiltmakers Volume 8. It's a great magazine. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

Evie H said...

Lovely block. I wonder if I'll be able to work with all those little circles, with my clumsy fingers and all! =) Thanks for the giveaway.

Quilting Nanny said...

Wow. I would have never thought this to be a quilt pattern! Quite amazing from the usual style! I am not sure I'd be as sucessful, but sure would like to try!

Nancy said...

I love you block - it's so cute!

Quilter Kathy said...

Your block is amazing, and your quilt is spectacular...wowzer!
Love it!
I would love to try hand appliqueing all those circles... it would be great practice!
And your photography is incredible too!

LizD4400 said...

Wow! I really love the gum tree block! That is so unique and I love the colors! The quilt is so cute too!

Julie Holahan said...

This is the prettiest and most colorful quilt I've ever seen. I've always loved trees since I was a little girl and the rainbow of colors is PERFECT! I would love to have this pattern!!!

Mama Spark said...

Dorothy, Evie, Liz and Julie, I can't reply to you as you are "no reply" and you didn't include your email address. I thank you for your lovely comments though. If you want to know how to fix your no-reply status please see my side bar.

Susan said...

A very modern look and so colorful too. Nice job.

Angie said...

Oh oh oh I. LOVE. THIS---I love everything about it---I want one too :D

Regina said...

oh this is so fun - and like you said, so many possibilities to tuck little critters or themes here and there! Almost a tree "eye spy" - or catering to the likes of the recipient! Love the spiral quilting - been doing that a lot myself lately and it works great on this one!!!

Tiffanee said...

I LOVE your block absolutely LOVE the quilt...and such a great way to quilt it!!! I think I will be making your block for sure!!! I'm a follower of your blog!!

Kathryn Knox said...

I love your Rainbow Gum Tree block, such fun. And the colors are so pretty.

Ruth said...

I love the way your ball trees are set on the quilt - with the balls going around in a circle. Thanks for the giveaway!

JoyceLM said...

Cute block. Your spiral quilting is perfect for the quilt. Thanks.

Gwen Wehner said...

Fun block - love the rainbow binding on your quilt! Thanks for the inspiration!

Darlene B said...

What a creative block! Love the rainbow colors :)

Leslie L. Nunez said...

What a delight and how can we not smile when looking at this happy block!
Thank You!!
Leslie

Mom C said...

Very, very nice. I have to make a rainbow quilt, it's eating on me. Love yours. Thanks.

Andrea Menning said...

Trees + ROYGBIV = colossal win!

This block is a lot of fun, and as you mentioned there are a lot of possibilities with color changes.

Andrea
kmen3035 (@) hotmail dot com

Big Martha said...

Oh this is beautiful. I love all the fussy cuts. Gives it an "I SPY" aspect.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Super fun block and I love the quilting you did on the quilt!

shawn said...

I love your block it is so cute!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

RobotMomSews said...

This is so lovely!! I love it and how you utilized all the colors of the rainbow! And the fussy cutting - Adore it!

Amy said...

The block is adorable but the quilt is FANTASTIC. love it!

Wendy said...

I really love your tree block and the colorways you did each of them in, and then with all of the white background ... excellent job Lady!! Excellent job!! Congratulations on making the Magazine and thank you so much for sharing this!

Margaret Finnimore said...

I love your tree block and it is so fresh and the quilting sets off the block beautifully. Well done for being published in the magazine and I am just starting to go through all you other quilts - you are inspiring me so much. Thank you

Linda said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!

bertiequilts said...

okay.. now I absolutely have to have this issue as I am a sucker for all things circles and definitely will make this block... thanks

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Love the idea of using the rainbow for your tree colors and how you incorporated it all into one big quilt.

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Congratulations! Great Block - I love the colors. Thanks so much for the chance to win. :)

GrownUpMe said...

that is absolutely adorable!!! Love it!!!

Laura McFall said...

What a beautiful idea - so modern and crisp! I am wondering how you quilted the circles? I tried this on a small quilt and it twisted like a stack of cocktail napkins... Any tips?

Cathy Jones said...

How cute, I found the bunny face!

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful quilt. It would make such a happy quilt for someone who is a little down.

BizyStitches said...

Congrats and lovely block and love the way you displayed it in your blog

Jennifer said...

THAT is a FUN quilt block! making the rainbow version is a fantastic inspiration! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Dorothy Crofts said...

This looks like a really fun block for fussy cutting!

Kim said...

Wow! Love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

Dawn said...

I love your block the finished quilt is so cute. The circle quilting add the makes the quilt flow.

Quiltnut said...

I love your trees....My grandson will just love them and his play matS!

Gena in Dallas said...

What a wonderful spin on ROYGBIV. I particularly love the circle of color connecting the trees in the quilt.

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I really like how you incorporated the circle theme with this quilt. The blocks all tied together well. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Lori said...

I would love to make this special forest. I love your FMQ circles, so perfect for these lovely trees and the circles connecting all the trees. LOL I saw the cute bunny face. Thanks for a chance to win.

swampgirl said...

what a brilliant was to use my circle maker thingy. Good job!!!

SewSealy said...

This is too cute! One could do so many things with this block. The use of the color rainbow, or you could do changing of seasons, or even use hexi's instead of circles.... Thank you very much for sharing with all of us!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

The spiral quilting is perfect for your rainbow of trees.

--C.B.

TheMartin's said...

FUN QUILT

txroseinajijic said...

I really love this tree block. I am getting more and more into applique and would love to try this Pamela. It's beautiful!

Jackie said...

Great block, love the bright colors

CharlotteT said...

I love your rainbow forest quilt!

Linda H said...

Love love LOVE your block/quilt, I can see doing it with the four seasons.... And your quilting design is perfect! Thanks for participating and for the chance to win a copy of this great mag.!!

Anita said...

Fantastic block, and an amazing quilt!

Hildy said...

I've always dreamed of having a rainbow tree best with a lot of different fruits (bananas, apples, pears, ...) on it, too. And it should please have leaves all over the year;-) Now, a girl can dream, right?
hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

Along the Perkiomen said...

Love the quilt, reminds me of a circus juggler!

Terri said...

I love how you carried the circular theme throughout! Congratulations. tdwoverton at gmail dot com

barbara woods said...

congrats , love that quilt

Grandma Helen said...

That is one gorgeous quilt you made from your block!

Janarama said...

LOVE this block and your quilt is absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

rrjane011749 said...

Your quilt is 'sew' pretty!

Vicki B said...

Beautiful quilt. Very creative idea

MarchAnn said...

Very cute, I love tree's and this is great. Being new to quilting it will be a whilt before I try this one.Great Block

dolls5000a said...

love the quilt an colors you used

suzanne0009 said...

This is a gorgeous block and very original. Congrats on making the book.

Kay Susan said...

Your quilt is fresh, clean, light, airy, and fun to look at! Yes, I liked the star shadow on the quilt.... nice frame for a solar clothes dryer..... It was nice to meet you on this blog tour for QM 100 blocks #8. Congrats and know this IS real. Sew Piecefully,

Jessica said...

This is such a cute idea! I love it!

Sybil Derderian said...

Your block is so cheery and the finished quilt is too! Congratulations on having it included in the book!

Loris said...

Love the gum tree and the picture of your cat too :-)
thanks for the chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

All I can say is 'Wow.' Your block is lovely! I was wondering how it could be worked into a quilt (I was thinking center block) but then I saw your clever ring of circles/trees quilt. Spectacular. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

WPBMOMMY1 said...

Wow. This block...wow. I love it and the quilting brings it all together. Very very very nice!

Kathy Pfaltzgraff said...

Great job with expressing your rainbow idea into a block and then a quilt. Thanks for all your work, Kathy

Donna Hawley said...

Fantastic I'd like to try making this using the 4 seasons . Thanks so much for sharing with us and giving away a copy of 100 blocks.

Joanna said...

Rainbow Gum Tree looks great in the quilt. It's really a sweet design.

Barbara Mead said...

My quilt class is exchanging tree squares and this would sure be one beautiful one to share. although our rules were we had to design it ourselves. (sigh) But I would love to add yours into the mix. Very pretty.

apple blossom said...

love your forest. nice

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Gabi Boris said...

Wow, great block.
Gabi

Regina said...

Your block is the best I have seen so far! I am a dot and circle maniac so I may be slightly prejudiced. This will be my next scrappy quilt block. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the modern quilt design "Ring Around the Rainbow Forest!" It is in my future.

velveteena said...

How cute!! Wow I would like to do this block for a block exchange, it is so modern and my grandkids would really love this!!

Rebecca said...

love the brights and the rainbow

Jennifer in WNY said...

I just love the rainbow colors, it is such a happy quilt!

Donna Phelps said...

Your blocks and overall quilt are just adorable. Love your design. Glad you carried through with your dream.

Annie said...

I really like how you took the extra time to match the binding color to the colors in the quilt.

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

Really like your circle of trees with the color wheel effect. So original!

Nanbon44 said...

I wasn't sure about the block, until I saw the quilt... WOW loved it.. thanks for showing the quilt..

Quilt n Queen said...

Way to go girl!! Congratulations on getting your block and quilt published in the magazine. Great job!!...love the fussy cutting, the fabric choices and the circular quilting are perfect. Luv it!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Happy stitching, enjoy your day!! xop

krislovesfabric said...

Congrats :) The quilt is a beauty and your quilting really makes it shine!

Lorraine said...

Totally cool block! Love what you did with it for the quilt!!

claire said...

Your circle trees are adorable. LOVE this block

Elaine said...

What an original block!

Gayle Robertson said...

Wow! I love all the white space. It really makes the designs pop!

Nichole A. said...

Such a pretty block!

JanineMarie said...

Delightful block--I really like the modern fabrics and little surprises in the designs. The possibilities are endless...

pbfab said...

How creative! Love that you showed the blocks in a quilt! Very inspiring!

Sylvie said...

What a wonderful block. I really like the quilt that you put together with the block too!

Deb said...

Congrats, it's really cute! Thanks

Roberta Kennedy said...

I had a cat who was my daily companion on my sewing table and who always had to "test" whatever I was working on as a possible napping location!

Kathy H said...

Wonderful block and it always makes me happy to see all those rainbow colors together.

Allison said...

I love the rainbow tree!

Toadally Quilts said...

Love the colors and the quilts is wonderful! mjmm773@yahoo.com

utahoosier said...

Oh my gosh! I love this block. I am really into trees lately and have designed a few myself, but this one is so playful and adorable. I want to make it into a baby quilt. Lovely... utahoosier@yahoo.com

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Awesome block and quilt. Thanks for sharing. Congrats.

carolph said...

Definitely trees of happiness. your block is great.

Hanke said...

I love the trees! So colorfull! Thanks for the chance!

Barbara Pricola said...

I love your Ring Around the Rainbow quilts!!

MoeWest said...

Your block is wonderful! I especially like the quilt you created with it.

Miz Karen said...

I love this block. I've been wanting to make trees recently and I love the way this looks. The quilting certainly enhances the quilt.

Deborah DeBerry said...

Your block is great and your quilt is gorgeous! Great use of color.

Kay said...

Such a fun block to make. I can see this one made into a wall hanging for my granddaughter's room.

kwiltnkats said...

What a fun project you've created. Your quilting really adds to it as well. Perfect selection for your binding! Thanks for an opportunity to win. Sandi

JANET said...

Your block is great! It put my imagination into overdrive.

Edie said...

What a fun looking block. Your quilt is awesome too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marca said...

This is a really fun block, and I love the way you designed your quilt. Very happy!

Cindy said...

Your block AND your quilt are both totally awesome! I am definitely going to make seasonal pillow covers for my son out of this pattern! LOVE IT!

Char Pullen said...

From Charmaine Pullen. Email CPullen@fnb.co.za
I love your Rainbow Gum Tree block and quilt. The spiral quilting is absolutely amazing, congratulations.

Char Pullen said...

From Charmaine Pullen. Email CPullen@fnb.co.za
I love your Rainbow Gum Tree block and quilt. The spiral quilting is absolutely amazing, congratulations.

Julie said...

Love your idea of the rainbow progression. Wonderful quilt.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love your block and love the quilt..beautiful!!!

theQmom said...

Please use: amstutzcrew at sbcglobal dot net
I LOVE this quilt! Your color progression is amazing! I'll have to try it. Thanks!

Madeline said...

That rainbow gum tree is really one of the most original things I've seen in a long time, great thinking!

Sheri Penner said...

Love this block! Definitely going on my to do list

Bernie said...

I love the way you used rainbow colors for the binding.

Barb said...

Love this Rainbow Forest

TheStylishHome said...

I love how the quilting added to the overall effect! VERY COOL! Congrats on being in the 100!

Jessica Thomas said...

I love trees...but that looks super hard to make! Respect!

Debbie said...

What a cute quilt your trees make ~ lots of possibilities for more quilts
Thanks

Beth said...

I love this block! I've been wanting to make a tree quilt, and Tree of LIfe patterns are more than I'm able for these days. I think your block is in my future. :)

Carmen N said...

What a fun tree! I love it

Michelle said...

This is beautiful! I love the how the colors change in the trees around the quilt and the concentric circles quilting. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

kt said...

Love the quilt you made with your block.

Dawn Frisch said...

What a beautiful quilt and block! Congrats on getting it in the magazine by the way. I just love the rainbow trees! So clever and creative! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. Happy quilting!
Dawn
array-dawn@cox.net

Marly said...

What a super block, and the combination in the quilt is breathtaking. I shall definitely be making this soon. I would love to win a copy of the book, but if I don't, I'll just have to buy it, because have it I shall.
Thank you for the invitation to your blog; I love your work and I have now added you to my reading list!

Carol V. said...

Awesome block and your quilting is wonderful....adds a very special element to the quilt.

Pati said...

What an awesome block and quilt! I think that it would look great with buttons instead of sewing circles!

Cindi said...

What a pretty block! Congrats on your block being chosen for the mag! That's too cool.

Kathy in NH said...

Cute Block - Congrats!

quilter1950 said...

Your block is beautiful and so is the quilt. I would buy the magazine just for this pattern .

Carrie P. said...

Such a cool looking quilt. I like your circle quilting.
Congrats on having your block in the magazine.

sharonm said...

How novel. I love that the blocks are so different.

BeachQuilter said...

Rainbow Gum Tree is a fun block, makes a great quilt and is a clever name!

PegP said...

Wow - such a great block! Love the quilt you made of it too!

ritainalaska said...

gasp! love that block! I've collected a whole bunch of 'tree' blocks; this one is the best! love the colorful quilt!

Sallie said...

Lots of possibilities! I love the star shadow behind your block, too!

Serena Proffitt said...

As a science teacher I really love this. It is great!

Kathryn said...

I love the circular setting for your very nice block.

Jitka said...

Perfect! Rainbow trees. Look great

Loretta's CC said...

This would be great as a family tree wallhanging with photos of family members!

Kathy MacKie said...

Great use of colors, thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa U said...

Love the trees what a great look

SubeeSews said...

Crossing my fingers here in Indiana!

Cecilia said...

Wow! I love your tree block! That is so creative. Your quilt is pretty, too. Congratulations on being in the magazine.

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