100 Block Tour

I am so excited to be part of the 100 Blocks Tour. This is my block design called, “Sew Little Time”, in a fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called “Bloom and Grow” by My Mind’s Eye. I was asked if I would submit a design and I was working on this block at the time for another project and thought I would get 2 projects out of one design. The design idea behind this block came from my quilt group in Alpine. Generically we call ourselves “That Alpine Quilt Group” Last Year was our 20th year together and in celebrating the years  we decided to have several people each month design a block representing our 20 years together. 20 years ago when there were only 8 of us (now there are so many I don’t even know half of our quilt group, anyone is welcome to come) we used to bring our sewing machines to the little red church in Alpine and teach each other how to quilt. This is a representation of my sewing machine that I brought to my little quilt group all those many years ago.

This is my 20 year quilt finished with the sewing machine block. Each block in this quilt represents something from my quilt group experience. You can see the little red church that we meet in, the sheriffs in town block (the sheriff represents who is in charge of the group activities for the year), everyone is welcome block, delectable mountains, Alpine pine trees, the beautiful Alpine flowers, and many more. As you can see this sewing machine block can be used in various ways. It works great as a block of the month, maybe even a great block gift for your favorite quilting friend or I can see it in the middle of a quilt with some fabulous border.

I work for Riley Blake Designs as the Design Director. This is a picture of our booth from a few weeks ago at the Fall Houston Quilt Market 2010.
Another view of our booth showcasing the fabric line by The Quilted Fish called “Sweet Divinity.”

We won the merchandising award. As you can see, Cindy and I are so proud. Cindy and I work with the artists to bring their designs to fabric. The process of manufacturing fabric is long and tedious and the rewards of seeing the artwork come to life on the best quality fabric there is, can truly be satisfying. We just launched a new line of trim products called “Sew Together” which includes, fabric labels, ric rac, pom poms, ribbon, lace, embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries and buttons. We are working on a lot of other fun ideas to add to these as we continue to grow Riley Blake Designs.

I also have a pattern company called Butterfly Kisses where I design and create anything extra I might have floating around in my head. I love what I do and truly feel grateful for the opportunity to be working in the rapidly growing fabric industry. I hope you enjoy your blog tour and have fun taking these block designs from this 100 Blocks Quilt book to create something extraordinary.

Thanks for visiting my website. Have a wonderful day!!!

0 thoughts on “100 Block Tour”

  1. There is something to be said about coming together for 20 years and the memories that has created… Your "That Alpine Quilt Group! with your sewing machine block would certainly reflect that wouldn't it? I hear you- this is a block that could be stitched in sew many things…Congrats for being chosen, what a most deserving honor.

  2. Loved reading about Riley Blake designs! It's always interesting to hear some of the "behind the scenes" info. about the fabric industry. Love how you used modern fabrics for your sewing machine. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Hello Jina,

    Thanks for sharing about the story of your 20 year quilt. Love your block. Congratulations on being in such a great magazine.
    Happy days.

  4. Congratulations on your HQM award and QM 100 Blocks selection. The sewing machine block is cute. I'm posting here because there was no Friday post (you are listed on the Friday tour list). Thanks for a nice first visit to your blog. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. It's great to read all about how you have been in a group for 20 years. Your block is darling, it's like my first sewing machine, and that has a special place in my heart.

  6. It all comes down to that wonderful invention, the sewing machine! Where would the quilting world be without it? I love your precious block. I'll just have to make one. This is one glorious website and I'm your newest follower!

  7. What an amazing block…looks like lots of details? It fits right in in a sampler quilt showcasing quilting! I think every quilter needs this block in a wall hanging next to the sewing machine!

  8. Thanks for sharing your talents! I clicked over to find your Twas the Night Before Christmas pattern–I have to figure out how I can get my mitts on that beauty! No one in Illinois carries it so I guess I'll be cyber shopping!!

  9. Congratulations on your win. That little sewing machine would make a nice wallhanging to present as a gift for someone's sewing room wall. Great design!

  10. Wow!! I love, love, love this block. It is a must make block. I'm going to have to make a little quilt with it to hang in my sewing room. I love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs Ariane

  11. This is a lovely block – It is totally charming and would look great in any quilt made for a quilter.
    Congratulations on being chosen for the magazine and for your very successful booth at the Quilt Market.
    Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,

  12. Wow, crazy time of year from Market/Festival to kick off of 100 Blocks V2 plus all your other projects; you must be quilters! lol I'm off to visit Butterfly Kisses as I'm looking for granddaughter clothing patterms.

  13. What an adorable block. Thank you even more for your 20 years of quilting story. We can tell such rich personal histories from our quilting experience.

  14. That is one cute sewing machine block! I love, love, love Riley Blake fabrics…have some fat quarters now I'm dreaming with/about trying to decide how to use. I almost hate to cut them up. 🙂 blessings, marlene

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