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Sunday, December 20, 2015

A New Book Project!

75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts

An exciting new book has just been released.
It is called 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts and many
designers have written chapters and I am happy
to be one of them.  My chapter is called 
One Simple Block
because all the quilts are made from, yes, you 
guessed it, one simple block, The Contrary Wife.
The quilt shown above is called  Au Contraire.

This quilt started with this sweet fat quarter
bundle because remember, this book is about
quilts that can be made from fat quarters.  And
all the quilts in my chapter are so easy to make
because the blocks are made from 4 half square 
triangles and 5 squares and you sew them into
a simple 9-patch block.  What makes this chapter
so interesting is the eight quilts that I designed 
all look so different by changing the colors or
changing the way the block was placed in the
quilts.  And just to get you a bit more excited,
I'm going to give you a sneak peek at the quilts.

This is Falling Leaves, a great Fall themed quilt
but you could use the same idea with any fat 
quarter bundle that you may love and it would
 look beautiful.

This is Chain Link, a completely different look
using white, red and black fabric.  This color
grouping is the favorite of my daughter Katie
Rose so I have lots of these fabrics in my stash.

This is Big Red, those of you that know me know
I love stars in quilts, they are such a traditional,
iconic look.  But this quilt looks bold and modern
by using bright, bold colors.

This quilt is called Magnificent Valour, I thought 
it would be perfect for those of you that make all
of those wonderful Quilts of Valor.

This is Ups and Downs, as you can see, again, I
have lots of red, black and white in my stash.  I 
think this would also be great if you did each row
in a different color.

This is Garden Paths, it reminded me of a show
garden with lots of flower beds surrounded by
grassy paths that meet with a fountain at the 

This is Candy Garland,  I thought of strings of
wrapped candies when I designed this one.  It 
would also be fun in Christmas fabrics.

And this is just one of many, many chapters from
all sorts of talented designers.  So there you have it, 
just a snippet of the chapter I wrote, after all, we want
 you to run out and buy the book so you can see the full 
designs for yourself.  And remember, this is all from
One Simple Block!

To win a free copy of this book* please leave a comment
on this blog post, let me know which of the quilts in my
chapter is your favorite or you can just say hi!
  Remember to include your email address with your 
comment so I can reach the lucky winner.  On Wednesday, 
December 23 I will select a winner using a random 
number generator. 

*If your address is  in the United States you will receive a 
hard copy of the book.  A winner from outside the US will 
receive a free e-book version.

So many people can get to know about this new book we
are having a blog tour.  Stop by these other sites to see
what some of the other designers have to say about their 
chapters.  There are still a few more days of the tour!

12/14 C&T Publishing blog
12/15 Jera Brandvig
12/16 Melissa Cory
12/17 Kate Colleran
12/18 Sue Pfau
12/19 Tiffany Jenkins
12/20 Ellen Murphy
12/21 Amanda Castor
12/22 Jo Kramer

All the best!   ~ Ellen

Update!  A winner has been chosen for 
this giveaway.  It was Bonnie.
Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. My favorite is Au Contraire, those blue squares does the trick for that quilt!

  2. Also are beautiful but I seem to lean toward the Chain Link,Magnificent Valour, and the Ups and Downs.

  3. Garden Path with all the little flowers in-between! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  4. I favor the Magnificent Valour quilt colors & pattern. Great variety!

  5. I love garden path, but candy garland would be a fabulous holiday quilt. Thank you for the giveaway

  6. Oh my, so many lovely quilts! I'm thinking Garden Paths is my favorite from the pictures of the blocks. I am anxious to get a look at each quilt in its entirety though because I believe I will want to make several from this group! This looks like a great book, thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

    1. Oops, forgot to list email
      jklmengland at windstream dot net

  7. I'm loving Big Red. Stars are some of my favorites!!

  8. I like Big Red! Love stars!!!
    louster388 at yahoo dot com

  9. I like thee chain link pattern! Love the color choice also. ndfromsd@gmail.com

  10. I love all of them but I guess I would pick Candy Garland

  11. Loved all of your quilt sneak peeks but my favorite would be "Big Red"-that bright red star just grabbed me! debram751@aol.com

  12. Ups and Downs is my favorite and I would love to read more about it in this awesome book!

  13. LOVE the Candy Garland; thank you for this chance to win a book. I'm from Canada, so the e=book will be awesome! Susan (suemacdon@bellaliant.net)

  14. I like Chainlink the best. What fun designing all those quilts. Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway.

  15. Hello Ellen, it's wonderful to meet you.
    As a fellow QOV quilter, of course "Magnificent Valour" is my favorite. Very comforting for a veteran. THank you for caring so much for our veterans too.


  16. Wow! Great ideas. I like Big Red the best. Thank you

  17. I like Big Red as my favorite layout, but I love the red, black, and white combination the best. I'm intrigued as pot how this block was arranged to get so many different layouts. Thanks for sharing.
    ceciliayoung at gmx.com

  18. Hmm, it's a tough choice, I really like Candy Garland, but Big Red keeps drawing my eyes, guess I will have to make both! Thanks for the opportunity

  19. Toss up between Ups and Downs AND Chain Link. It was HARD to narrow down!

  20. I liked them all, but I would probably make Candy Garland.

  21. I like the Chain Link look. I like anything with a diagonal line. Looks like a winner.

  22. I like Candy Garland and Chain Link. I'm looking for a good Christmas quilt pattern and Candy Garland might be it! ajdepue@juno.com

  23. Candy Garland looks interesting to make.

  24. Congratulations on being insides in the book. I love the colors and design of Au Contraire as well as Falling Leaves. I love to see all the different designs one block can make.

    Thanks for a chance to win!


  25. I like Candy Garland a lot but they are all great.

  26. I like Falling Leaves. And Candy Garland is such a cute design, too. Wonderful! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

  27. All of your quilts are beautiful and it's hard to pick just one but I guess I'll pick Candy Garland. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  28. Ups and Downs is just right for a fat quarter bundle that I recently bought! Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. I love stars in quilts and bold colors so Big Red caught my eye but all the designs look wonderful. Lisa. golddust@kpunet dot net

  30. I like all of them, but Ups and Downs especially stands out. lori@ptak.org

  31. Big red because I love stars or Chain link because I love the colors or maybe Big red in Chain link colors.... They are all great!

  32. Since I am a big fan of star quilts, I love your Big Red quilt. Garden Paths is also a lovely pattern. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  33. I like Ups and Downs. Like your daughter, I'm a fan of the red, black and white, too. Thanks!

  34. I love Garden Paths. I have the hardest time envisioning different possibilities for blocks- would love this book to help me with that! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

  35. I love your quilts! Especially the first one and Candy Garland


  36. Big Red definitely caught my eye. All the quilts are great for sure. Love your fabric and color choices. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

  37. Big Red looks great - I love any quilt which has stars!

  38. I love BIg Red best. Thanks for the giveaway. It looks like a great book x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  39. All of the quilts are lovely but I really like Magnificent Valour. Merry Christmas

  40. Love them all, but Chain Link is my favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Sandy N

  41. They are all wonderful...hard to pick, but I would make Candy Garland. Great book!

  42. Hard to pick a favorite, but ups and downs.

  43. Congratulations on being chosen to write a whole chapter in this great book! From the photos you shared, my favorite is Garden Paths...the colors are so stunning together! duchick at gmail dot com

  44. I love stars too, but I also really like the look of candy garland.

  45. Falling leaves. Or Chain Link. Really, I liked almost every one of them. But one of those will be the first one I try. Good luck with the book!

  46. It is hard to believe that one block can look so different. I would love this book.

  47. Your quilts are all so beautiful it's hard to choose just one, but Falling Leaves might be my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  48. All are so great. I would choose Falling Leaves. Thanks

  49. I don't think I can pick a favorite, so I will say "hi". Seriously, I want to make them all!

  50. I like both Falling Leaves and Big Red.

  51. I'm saying WOW. this book looks amazing....thank you for the chance. sewfabrics@outlook.com

  52. I love Big Red and Magnificent Valor. I have a younger sister named Katie (Kathleen) Rose, LOVE it! Thanks for the chance to enter.

  53. Wow! I love them all!

  54. I like Candy Garland. The book looks amazing.Thanks!

  55. Looooove Big Red!!! & Garden Paths is close second!! They are all Beautiful tho too! Thanks for chance to win this Amazing Book!


  56. Yours is one of my all time favorite blocks! Love the Candy Garland variation. Thanks for the chance.

  57. I like your "Falling Leaves"" block--also the Quilt of Valor version! bjkaup (at)(huntel)(dot)(net)

  58. All of your quilts looks so vibrant and like they would be easy to make. Hard choice. Thanks for the chance.

  59. Love the bright colors you use. They make all of the quilts pop. What a book that has to be! robinsheloratlearthlinkdotnet

  60. Would like to try making one of your beautiful quilts.

  61. Love Candy Garland. Thanks for some great ideas. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  62. Garden Paths speaks to me! Found you via Jo's Country Junction.

  63. I like Big Red, but all the varieties are great.

  64. It's hard to tell, but I think Big Red may be my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. I like Au Contraire and Garden Paths!

  66. I like Au Contraire and Garden Paths!

  67. I really like candy string. sarah@forrussia.org

  68. BIG RED!! brookelyn.kelley@gmail.com

  69. Looks like a super book--I could never pick a favorite!

  70. I think Garden Path is my favorite. It's hard to believe these options are all made from the same block. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  71. My favorite is the ups and downs. I've been wanting to make a fat quarter quilt and that one looks like fun! All though it was very hard to choose. Enjoy your travels.
    Betty Lloyd