September 2012

Block Base Sew-Along

Beginning tomorrow, October 1, at, there will be a fun sew-along project using the Block Base software.

Block Base is the CD-ROM version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and it’s jam packed with over 4300 block patterns. And the best part is you can print the patterns for these blocks at any size you want

Block Base also includes a wealth of historical information for each block. Most of these blocks were originally published in the 1930’s. I particularly love the challenge of updating these old blocks and making them modern. “Everything old is new again,” and quilting is no exception!

Until next time,


High Tide










I am looking forward to the release of Jane Dixon’s new fabric collection “High Tide,” manufactured by Andover. I love the combination of  black, blues and greys, and the way she has used them in this sea-themed collection is wonderful.

The associated designs in the collection are interesting and versatile. I love this stripe.


These grey urchins are so pretty.

And who doesn’t love aqua waves?

Of course, you need some fish.

 And fish need a reef.

Okay, I could keep going here but I think you get the point. Such a fresh, fun fabric collection! Can’t wait to see it in person.

Until next time,


Latest Bee Blocks

I have had a steady stream of projects in my mailbox in the Quilt Around the World Bee over the last couple of weeks, so over the next couple of days I will share photos of my contributions to those projects.This block is for Tanya (of Manchester, England) who asked for a 14″ star block using bright colors. The pattern is called “Star Builder” and was designed by Judy Martin. It has 16 inset seams, but went together easily. I love the twisted effect in the center.

These are Tanya’s blocks so far. This is going to be a very cheerful quilt.

This block is for Ursi (Holzhausern, Switzerland) who asked for a 12″ block made from a variety of neutral fabrics and a tiny bit of teal for accent. This is going to be a very sophisticated quilt. It was very dark and cloudy when I took the photos and the group photos didn’t turn out – this one isn’t great either – so I can’t share that with you.

Still learning the ropes here at Word Press, but it is getting easier! Thank you to those of you who have followed me here from blogger.

Until next time,




My Challenge Block Featured on

Several months ago I submitted two blocks to the Mod Con Block Challenge. The Challenge was to design a block using solid fabrics, using only the colors in the Modern Quilt Guild logo. The blocks are being collected and vetted by Elizabeth Hartman. She will choose 20 blocks that will be used to create a quilt that will be featured at Mod Con (The Modern Quilting Guild’s annual show) in February in Austin, Texas.

This is the first of my blocks, and it was featured yesterday on

These are blocks that were submitted that use triangles as the theme.

There have been 350 blocks submitted and those that don’t make it into the feature quilt will be sewn into quilts that will be given to the Austin Children’s Shelter. Every block will be used, so everyone wins!

Until next time,


Welcome to CaliQuilter’s New Blog

Welcome to CaliQuilter’s new Word Press blog. I am very excited about moving my blog to my own domain and the expanded possibilities this presents.

If you have followed me here from, thank you so much for making the jump with me.

If you are new to CaliQuilter, welcome! I hope you will enjoy what I have to share here.