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Glorious Autumn Block Party – Melissa Dunworth and Contemporary Cloth

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Hi everyone! Welcome to Block 31 of our Glorious Autumn Block Party. Today we have Melissa Dunworth as our featured designer and Contemporary Cloth has a fantastic 35% Super Deal too.

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


Super Deal from Contemporary Cloth Inc.

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Hello! Contemporary Cloth is your online place for fresh, modern, + unique fabrics for your sewing adventures, quilting and other creative pursuits. We carry a variety of fabrics and specialty notions for quilting, home décor, crafts, mixed media arts and more.

What is different about us? We focus on bold, modern prints, Yuwa Japanese Fabrics, organic fabrics and textiles created by fiber artists. See our fabric wall hangings and stencils + tjaps/wooden stamps from India for surface design. We plan to offer more original screen printed fabrics soon. Click here, to see them all!

What is new at CC?

Coming Very Soon?

  • More Yuwa Japanese fabrics coming in this week! We always love their unique designs.
  • Kaufman Fabrics, Architexture – text + maps on fabric.

Today’s Super Deal:

Special for “you”…35% off of Kaufman’s modern Fly Away, Remix + Stockholm! with the coupon code QuiltingGallery. Ends November 20, 2012.

flyaway.remix.collage

Stockholm Collage

Start shopping here for Stockholm and Fly Away!


Featured Designer: Melissa Dunworth

How did you get into quilting?

I grew up watching my mom quilt. When I was 20 my brother and his wife were pregnant with their first child and I spent my summer making their daughter my first every quilt. You can see in the picture that it is very well loved. I will be spending some time next year attempting to patch the holes that my niece loved into it!

First Quilt

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

I started designing my own quilts in 2011. It was easier for me to get excited about a project when it was my own design. I also love puzzles, so designing something and then figuring out how to make it represents a fun challenge for me.

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

I’m not sure I have a favorite quilt. Lately I love my Flying Arrows quilt, I designed it this summer. I wanted to create a pattern to be used with really large print fabrics, there is a free tutorial for it on my blog. I made it this summer and I just seem to be drawn to the colors in it lately.

Flying Arrows Quilt

How many UFOs do you currently have? More than I am willing to admit to myself even!

What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? I prefer to design lap quilts. They go together quickly and I can quilt them easily on my home machine. They also come in handy when we lose power here, we always stay warm!

What colour do you use most often in your quilts? Probably blue

Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if they intimidate you.

Favourite size and brand of rotary cutter: Olfa, 45 mm

Favourite quote or mantra: My favorite quote is from my dad but it is not PG, so here it is toned down a bit “Forget them if they can’t take a joke!


Block Party #31 – Mirrored Diamonds

Here’s Melissa’s block, Mirrored Diamonds. An excellent block for using up scraps. When making this block, you get two for one as the design is mirrored. Head over to Melissa’s blog to download the tutorial.

Mirrored Diamonds

See the previous free quilting blocks here.


Designer Give-Away

Melissa is giving away 2 charm packs: Prayer Flag by April Cornell for Moda and Collections for a Cause – Hope by Howard Marcus for Moda. Enter the give-away on Melissa’s blog.

Block Party Giveaway


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This post was published on November 13th, 2012. Post topics: Free Projects, Quilters' Discounts, Special Features.

One Response to “Glorious Autumn Block Party – Melissa Dunworth and Contemporary Cloth”

  1. Melissa says:

    Thank you for having me Michele! Looking forward to the rest of the blocks!

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