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Glorious Autumn Block Party – Sarah Vanderburgh and Craftsy

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 10 of our Glorious Autumn Block Party. Today we have Sarah Vanderburgh as our featured designer and special savings from Craftsy too.

Visit the Block Party Headquarters for more info and upload your completed blocks to the Flickr group.


Super Deal from Craftsy

Learn how to quilt big projects on a small machine in this online class from Craftsy.

Online Machine Quilting Class


Featured Designer: Sarah Vanderburgh

Sarah Vanderburgh

How did you get into quilting?

I began quilting in 1997 as a homebound newlywed and new University graduate. I was dealing with endometriosis and not able to do much and in very low spirits. I found a quilting magazine – or it found me! – and I fell in love with the stories behind the quilts and the women who made them. I spent hours researching the names of quilt blocks and absorbing the rich heritage of Mennonite quilts in the area where I was living. I then decided to make a baby quilt. I was dealing with infertility issues and felt that making the quilt would give me a positive way to pass the time. I used scraps my mother had saved from clothes she had made for me and my dolls. My first quilt became a UFO as I found other quilts to try. I was nervous about finishing it with handquilting and put it aside. It took me several years to finish that quilt by machine – just in time for my baby!

Sarah Vanderburgh_first quilt photo

How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?

I’ve pretty much always designed my own patterns and definitely always picked out my own fabrics! I used to study quilts in books to see how they were constructed and I love to play with colour. I have recently started to have a small crush on appliqué – especially after discovering Mistyfuse. You can really layer colours with appliqué!

Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?

My favourite quilt of the moment is the one on my bed right now. It’s a queen size Lady of the Lake variation I figured out. All from scraps. It was a 12 year UFO! I started it before I had kids and slowly worked at it. Only in the last few years, with the rallying cries from my friends at Pat Sloan’s Quilt Mashup Forum, did I find the persistence to get it done! It has so many memories in it, fabrics from my husband’s late granny’s stash and from my sister, that it just brings me comfort to look at it.

favourite quilt

How many UFOs do you currently have? Almost enough to keep me happy!?!

What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? (e.g. table runners, lap quilts, bed quilts, etc.) I prefer to make bedsize quilts for my family, and have started designing smaller items like wallhangings, tablerunners and placemats.

What colour do you use most often in your quilts? As many as I can?! I try to give all colours an equal chance to get in my quilts, but I really love orange.

Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Enjoy the journey!


Block Party #10 – Pumpkin Patch

Here’s Sarah’s block, Pumpkin Patch. Yes, there are lots of pieces, but Sarah’s put together an excellent photo tutorial to help you put it together. Head over to Sarah’s blog to download the block tutorial.

pumpkin patch block by sarah vanderburgh


Designer Give-Away

Sarah is hosting a giveaway on her blog of three of her downloadable quilting patterns. Enter here!

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Posted: September 25th, 2012

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2 Responses to “Glorious Autumn Block Party – Sarah Vanderburgh and Craftsy”

  1. Gail says:

    Fall is my favorite season, the colors make me happy, and your project will shortly be on our kitchen table, have the fabrics chosen, ready to cut. Thanks.

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