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Glorious Autumn Block Party – Dana Bolyard and Craftsy

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Hi everyone! Welcome to Block 42 of our Glorious Autumn Block Party. Today we have Dana Bolyard as our featured designer and a new class from Craftsy to tell you about too.

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


Super Deal from Craftsy

I was thrilled to hear a few weeks ago that one of my favourite quilters, Sarah Fielke was filming a class for Craftsy. It’s now available: Big Techniques from Small Scraps.

Online Quilting Class

Playful, colorful, improvisational and just plain fun! That’s how Sarah Fielke’s fans describe her quilt designs. In Big Techniques from Small Scraps, this Aussie quilter makes six small, scrappy quilts that combine traditional techniques with updated fabrics and a fresh design sensibility. Try something different, like deconstructed piecing, or learn a new skill, like needleturn appliqué. Create Sarah’s designs or jump off and do them your own way.


Featured Designer: Dana Bolyard

Dana Bolyard

How did you get into quilting?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to scrappy patchwork quilts. My grandmother had them when I was a little girl and as I grew up my love affair with them only grew. When I was about 27 years old my mother-in-law bought me a quilt kit and my mother let me borrow her sewing machine. It wasn’t until I was about 33 that I began really working on that quilt kit. I’ve been hooked on quilting ever since.

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

In 2009 I hosted a quilt along on my blog that grew beyond my wildest imagination. The Flickr group that was born as a result didn’t want to stop quilting along just because that first quilt was complete. From that point on I’ve grown into a designer of sorts.

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

My favorite quilt? Oh! Well that changes depending on whichever quilt I’ve just completed. The most recent seems to always be my favorite.

How many UFOs do you currently have? Three. I’m generally a start-to-finish kind of quilter.

What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? I prefer to make bed-sized quilts.

What colour do you use most often in your quilts? Hard to say but I do know that the most common color of binding I use is red.

Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: There are no quilting police!


Block Party #42 – Starry Autumn Sky

Here’s Dana’s block: Starry Autumn Sky. I love the fabrics she’s used in this block. Head over to her blog to download the tutorial.

Starry Autumn Sky

Starry Autumn Sky

See the previous free quilting blocks!

See you next week for the final week of our Autumn block party!

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This post was published on December 6th, 2012. Post topics: Free Projects, Quilters' Discounts, Special Features.

One Response to “Glorious Autumn Block Party – Dana Bolyard and Craftsy”

  1. Barbie K In NC says:

    Luv it! Can’t wait to try it in plaid/batik combos… B-)

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