Eagle Pass Has Landed

15 Nov

Fellow Quilters,100 Blocks Volume 14 cover

It is Tuesday today, and that means that it is my day to blog as part of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 13 blog tour.  The tour lasts all week, with 7 pattern designer bloggers each day.  I am wearing 2 hats today – I am blogging as a sponsor of the tour (Northcott provides some prizes for you to win) AND I have a block in this issue – woop, woop!  myblockisin14_95The issue is just hitting newsstands, and the blog tour is a great sneak peek at what’s inside.  I have an advance copy, and let me tell you, it’s good!

My block is #1319, Going to Class.  It has a school of fish, and the fish are swimming in opposite directions.  It reminds me of when I was in high school and there was a 5 minute window to get from one class to the next – everyone was racing in opposite directions!  Hence the name Going to Class.

#1319 Going to Class

#1319 Going to Class

Normally in my blog posts for 100 Blocks, I recolor my and a few other blocks and combine them to see what happens.  However, this time my block did not play nicely with the other blocks.  I scanned the issue looking for designers that I know, and spotted Chris Hoover’s #1341 Morning Glory block.  I recolored it in the Eagle Pass collection that Northcott is showing in this issue.  I came up with 2 color options – I think I prefer the green one.

Chris Hoover's Morning Glory block version 1

Chris Hoover’s Morning Glory block version 1



Chris’ block version 2

Scanning the issue, I saw Deborah Johnson’s #1380 Piper’s Puzzle.  Recoloring it gave me this.

Deborah Johnson's Piper's Puzzle block

Deborah Johnson’s Piper’s Puzzle block

Next, I combined the two.  I’m not really liking it.

Chris' & Deborah's initial Eagle Pass blocks

Chris’ & Deborah’s initial Eagle Pass blocks

What if I change the background to make it the same in both blocks?  Still not liking it.combined blocks different grounds

Okay, what if I designed a quilt around the panel from the collection?  This collection is digitally printed, so the detail in the designs is so realistic.  Northcott featured this collection in our booth at Quilt Festival last week, and the attendees loved it!  They came right up close to examine the detail in the fabric.  For my next attempt, I put the panel in the center and put blocks in the border.  Here are 2 options.  I’m liking it more, but I think I can do better.Framed panel with 2 options

My final version has some additional inner borders to separate the panel and the blocks so that both stand out.  It is double/queen size now, 86” x 96”, and I’m liking it a lot.  It’s a real guy quilt.  With 2 sons, guy quilts are popular at my house.Bordered panel with sky ground

Now, with these posts, there are always giveaways.  I will give a prize pack of the Eagle Pass fabrics to 3 lucky people who comment on my post by midnight tonight.  Quiltmakers has also given me a copy of Volume 14 to give away.  For your chance to win, please post a comment today telling me who you would make a guy quilt for and why.  And don’t forget to visit the other bloggers for a chance to win prizes at their blogs too.

I am blogging again tomorrow as part of Quiltmaker’s Mini sew-along, so please visit again – more prizes!!



94 Responses to “Eagle Pass Has Landed”

  1. Patricia Cash November 15, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    My husband because he is so appreciate of handmade. I have been sewing, all kinds of handwork and he is my best critic and support.

  2. Allison Evrard November 15, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    I’d make one for my son. I made one for him years ago and it is pretty worn. He’s asked for another so I think it’s time I get to it!

  3. craftytokyomama November 15, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my niece. I made a camping themed quilt for my nephew and now my niece wants one too! These fabrics would be just the ticket for a nice camping quilt for her. Congratulations on making the magazine again. My SIL studied salmon in college, so your block would make a great quilt for her!

  4. Diane Graham November 15, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    When I saw the announcement for this Eagle Pass panel last week, I quickly set about using Northcott’s wonderful online search feature to find out which quilt shops were carrying this panel. Unfortunately there where no quilt shops nearby that had the panel in stock, however I did find a shop in Listowel (2 hours away) called Pins and Needles – and I called and they’ve put a hold on it until my granddaughter who lives in Listowel can pick it up this week. I want the panel to make a throw for my grandson who’s life verse is: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

  5. Judy Kowalski November 15, 2016 at 7:00 am #

    I too have a “guy” house, but one of them has (finally) moved out. So…my choice would be to make a quilt for the guy of my heart, my hubbie, just…cause! Besides, it’s about time that I design a quilt for him and not with me or my likes in mind. Don’t you agree?

  6. Wanda November 15, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    I would make a quilt for my nephew who has joined the Marines.

  7. Sandy A in St. Louis November 15, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Oh, what a fun block! Those fish do remind me of the halls in high school! I think we had 7 minutes between classes and it was hard to make it sometimes.

    The eagle quilt would be much loved in my family. My family has 4 eagle scouts in it, so we are always on the look out for things with eagles.

  8. Pat McFall November 15, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    I have just the right fabric for this pattern… Would love to have it!!! Pat McFall

    • Pat McFall November 15, 2016 at 7:35 am #

      I will make this quilt for my youngest son, who is a Deputy Sherifff. Pat McFall

  9. Julie Averill November 15, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    I would make one for my dad….and I really do love the combination of the 2 blocks above.

  10. michele breault November 15, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    I’d make my next guy quilt for my older son, a public health dentist in Oregon.

  11. Lynn D in NC November 15, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    I have 3 sons and my husband There is no shortage of males to make quilts for

  12. HEATHER PORRITT November 15, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    Love this fabric… I wouldn’t make a quilt but would give it to my husband and get him to make his 2ND quilt with it…. I taught him how to quilt this summer after he fell in Love with the Canadian fabrics… He loves Eagles (over 50 in a collection now) And this would be perfect Thanks for a chance to win

  13. CateD November 15, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    I also have two sons and a husband, so I know what you mean about living in a guy’s house. I would make this for my husband as I have never made a quilt specifically just for him.

  14. Carol J November 15, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Well, I would have to say first would have to be my hubby. He drives for a living and is away from home a lot. The truck is his apartment so a quilt would be a nice touch of home. Then would be my son-in-laws. I don’t know if they would appreciate them, but my one SIL is a cancer survivor, so I think he would be next in line. But I have to finish the projects for the girls first LOL Love your fishies Patti!!

  15. Rosalind Gutierrez November 15, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    My son-in-law just got home from Long Bow hunting in Montana and he would love it if I made him a quilt made with this wildlife theme fabric.

  16. Monica R November 15, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    I can see using this fabric to make a landscape quilt. Wonderful fabric.

  17. Dana Gaffney November 15, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    I’d make a guy quilt for my husband, I keep saying I’m going to do it 🙂

  18. Cindy M November 15, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    I’d make a “guy quilt” for my 84 yr old Dad:) This eagle fabric would be ideal! Since he is somewhat housebound I’ve recently gotten him into viewing various Eagle Cams across the country! This would be perfect!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

  19. Ariane November 15, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Your quilt top looks beautiful!! I have many guys to quilt for. My two sons, my husband, my Dad, and my 7 brothers. There’s always someone needing a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win. I love your block too. It’s perfect for a mans quilt too!

  20. ellenmccaulley November 15, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my son in law. My daughter and son in law love to wrap up in blankets after getting home from work He would love a guy lap quilt to wrap up in.

  21. Joellyn Partyka November 15, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Your bordered panel with sky background is so beautiful, and as you said lifelike. I think it is a great quilt for not just guys, but females who love the great outdoors and soaring eagles like me.

  22. Joyce Carter November 15, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    I would make a quilt for my grandson so that he could have something special from me. Thank you for the giveaway.

  23. Lori Smanski November 15, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    wow your quilts are wonderful. I would make a lap quilt for my son. He has always been so into eagles. He has always had them all around his bed room and later his college apt and now in his den. When he got his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony, his grandmother asked him if he would like a gift or money. Without pause he said “An eagle please” LOL

  24. Shirley Wygant November 15, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    I would make a “guy” quilt for my husband. I have made quilts for both of my sons, now it would be my husband’s turn. He has recently retired.

  25. Donna Joy November 15, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    With four nature loving nephews and three sons I a always looking for ideas for guy quilts.
    Really gorgeous fabrics and love your final design.

  26. Linda E in AZ November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Guy quilt would have to be for my husband from Wyoming – he’s love that fabric!

  27. Janie November 15, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my son. He usually requests one in June, I always have it ready by Christmas. He works at Boeing so anything soaring is right up his alley. Thank you for the inspiration.

  28. Paula Cullen Baumann November 15, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my husband. I’ve sewn for both myself and our sons so it’s only fair that he finally gets a quilt to call his own!

  29. Marsha November 15, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Love your block! I really like your final version using the panel. The others were too busy for me! Love Northcott fabric!

  30. Whiskers November 15, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    The guy that would appreciate this quilt is no longer a part of my life. His loss.

    I like the combination of the two blocks and it will make a wonderful design. I think you used the “stone” fabric too much. Punch up the contrast and I think you will be surprised.

    Congrats on having another block in the “100 Blocks”. I will have to look for that magazine at my local grocery store.

  31. elenore clark November 15, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    I would make mine as a comfort quilt.We always seem to be short of the larger teen boy quilts.

  32. Nancy November 15, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    I really need to make another guy quilt for my husband, he has literally loved his last one to shreds!

  33. Pat K November 15, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I have a husband and two sons and, if I make a quilt for one of them, then I also have to make quilts for the others or they would be jealous. Your ideas give me a lot of inspiration.

  34. Martina November 15, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    For our oldest son. He will be moving out in 2017 and so just needs a quilt!

  35. Lea Henthorne November 15, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    My husband, Ron. Because I have made many quilts and none for him as of yet. He is also an outdoors person so this would be a perfect quilt for him.

  36. Lee Ann L. November 15, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I am currently trying to finish up a quilt for my husband, Dan! I think Eagle Pass would be perfect for my bird-loving nephew, Scott and his wife, Amelia — both are avid birders.

  37. Bonnie November 15, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my wonderful husband who is so understanding of my fabric obsession. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  38. Colette November 15, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    My husband is patiently waiting for a quilt for him specifically, but I think this would make a great quilt for my dad. He is a big outdoors man.

  39. QuiltShop Gal November 15, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Gorgeous and definitely manly fabrics, blocks and overall quilt design. This definitely inspires me to make a quilt for my brother-in-law. He worked his entire career in Alaska for Federal Fish & Game and a true outdoorsman and naturalist. Recently retired and moved to Washington, but no longer able to live out his dream of retirement as his 60 year old wife has a rare and severe form of Dementia and he is has become an amazing care giver, who loves his wife and honors his commitment of marriage – till death do we part. They are in a new home, which could definitely use such a manly quilt as these fabrics and designs compliment his decor so well. Yeap, they definitely inspire me to make this for him.


  40. Elizabeth Norberg November 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    I’ve made a quilt for my guy last Christmas. I’ve made queen sized quilts for my three Grand sons who live in Ottawa from the Canadiana line after seeing how much they were affected by an incident at our National war memorial. I’ve made numerous quilts of Valor but I think I’d make the eagle quilt for a special veteran.

  41. Teri November 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    What a great quilt for my sister.

  42. goonyburd November 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    I love your block – and love your name!

  43. Judi Duncan November 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    I have been thinking that I need to make my future son in law a “guy” quilt. (even though this fabric suits my hubby lol)

  44. Pat Draa November 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I would make a quilt for my son. He has been very helpful to me and I’d love to give him a quilt!

  45. Rochelle Summers November 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    I’d make a quilt for my son. He has recently become single again and has very few of the things in life that make home happy. A quilt would be the way I could wrap him in love and warmth. Thanks for a generous giveaway. I look forward to seeing your blog about your block.

  46. Dianna Kring November 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    I quilt for Linus and TAPS and am always looking for teenage boy appropriate quilt ideas and fabrics. Most quilts are made for young children and babies.

  47. Delaine November 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    I would make a flannel rag quilt for my husband because I love him. Thanks!

  48. sewsingular November 15, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    I have made 2 “guy quilts” for my son. I actually just started another for him, but I need my sewing machine back. It is being repaired. I would like to sew a guy quilt for my husband. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

  49. caroline rohrer November 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    beautiful & majestic

  50. Claire McKiernan November 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    I would make a quilt for my girlfriends’ boyfriend. He is so caring and helpful to everyone. And, I would like him to know how special he is.
    BTW it was great meeting you at our guild meeting!

  51. dhowardvt November 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    I’d make a guy quilt for my son. I like the look of the panel quilts you showed.

  52. Nance November 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    I would make it for my hubby. He loves quilts and especially “guy” quilts!

  53. Diane Oakes November 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    I’d make a quilt for my husband. He is my biggest supporter. Thanks

  54. Karen November 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    I would make a quilt for a brother-in-law as he loves the outdoors.

  55. billiemick November 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    My Dear Sweet Husband who does everything for me.

  56. Kathie L November 15, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    I’d make a quilt for a veteran at our local VA. They need our show of support.

  57. Mara November 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    My 8 yr. old son has been asking for a non girly colored quilt, ever since blue became a “frozen” color that my daughter really loves now, lol

  58. Rhonda D in KY November 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    If I made one I’d have to make 4…one for hubby, one each for my two sons and one for my stepson. I have two grandsons but they are still using the baby quilts I made for them a few years ago.

  59. lee November 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    I would make the first guy quilt for my husband – who is a fabulous man! I also have two wonderful sons who have been asking for a quilt too! 🙂 thanks!

  60. Madeline Wallace November 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    I would make a quilt for my hubby who is my best friend. He is also a vet, and has been having some health ussues this year. He deserves some of this gorgeous fabric. I have some eagle panels that I need to add to to make a nice wall hanging for his den, or to use as a lap quilt in the evenings in front of the tv.

  61. Sandy K November 15, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    I would make my husband a quilt, he snuggles with our grandson each evening and they would love it.

  62. Vicki H November 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    I have 6 grandsons and want to make them all a quilt.

  63. Kimberly Smith November 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    My son, 15, needs a quilt from me for sure. Dad and his two sisters already have one – I feel like a bad mom! Thanks for the giveaway. New subscriber to your blog here!

  64. Lisa Marie November 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    One of my quilty BFFs is engaged to a man who loves eagles. A quilt with this fabric would be perfect for him! I know she would love to make it for him, but right now he is battling cancer and that has them both busy and focused on all things medical. I would love to be able to make it and give it to them. And I’ll bet I could save some leftover fabrics for my friend to sew something when life gets back to normal. I think your bordered panel design is gorgeous!

  65. Diane Paul November 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    I’d make one for my husband because next week’s our 50th wedding annversary

  66. Joanna November 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    When you mentioned it makes a good guy quilt I immediately began to wonder who I could make one for and came up with two nephews. I really like you final version; it’s striking. Also, you Going to Class block is super.

  67. debbierhodes November 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    Well most likely my husband… or maybe a new son in law.. drhodes9@cox.net

  68. Allison in Alabama November 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    HI Patti! Love that fish block – very clever! I would love to make a quilt for my teenage son (he says the bug jar quilt on his bed is a little too juvenile!!) Thanks for the chance! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  69. Cecilia November 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    I would make a quilt for my husband. I’ve been quilting for 8 years and I haven’t made him a quilt yet. 😢

  70. JoAnne T. November 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    I would make the quilt for my son. He has long wanted to be a father, he and his dear wife have a little girl. He is such an incredible father! I’ve made quilts for his wife and baby but not for him. It certainly is his turn! Thanks for making me think about that!

  71. Lorraine November 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    I would make it for me brother. He loves the outdoors. Love your quilt; fun to see the process.

  72. JoyceLM November 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    I’d make a guy quilt for my husband, because I love him & he’s quite a guy. Thanks. And your Going to Class block is so cute.

  73. Bev Smith November 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    I love your finished product and I love the wood and rocks febrics. I love to make landscape quilts and haven’t seem any new earthy type fabrics for a while. How soon will they be available? I also love your fish block. It’s really cute! I just finished a flannel plaids quilt for my hubby and now my sons are waiting for one.

  74. Nancy D November 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    I love this! Would be perfect for my son who just moved back to Alaska!

  75. MARY D November 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

    I have three brothers, 15 nephews/great nephews and 5 grandsons that are all waiting for quilts from me with numbers in hand. I have plenty of males in my life to make quilts for. With this fabric it would be for one of my brothers.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  76. Nancy Tanner November 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Plan to make quilts for my son’s in the future. Thanks for the giveaway.

  77. chanzy01 November 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I would make a quilt for my newlywed niece’s husband. Kamron needs a quilt to snuggle up in with his new wife. edrin1932@gmail.com

  78. moosebaymusings November 15, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    I’ve been promising to make my son a quilt for years–he would love this one!!

  79. Susan November 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    I would make a guy quilt for my hubby as he has learned to love quilts and how warm and beautiful they can be. Plus he supports me in all my endeavors. I also have two special nephews for whom I would love to make quilts–one is awaiting a kidney and pancreas transplant and the other is battling Cystic Fibrosis.

  80. Sandi S. November 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    I like how you combined your block with others and making the quilt using the eagle panel. My father is a WWII veteran and was a prisoner of war in Germany. I would make it for him for his 95th birthday.

  81. Elaine M. November 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    I’ve been making quilts for others in my family but poor hubby has been left out. I’d sure love to make one for him..like your final sample. He’d so love that one!

  82. Loris Mills November 15, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve made quilts for one male co-worker, my dear hubby and also my brother and father. Oh yes and one for my pastor. They would all love one with the panel you used too!

  83. Vera Patterson November 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    Great color palette.

  84. Michele November 15, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    My son is a real bushman and would love a quilt with these fabrics!!!

  85. Anita November 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    I would make it for my husband, because he deserves it!

  86. Joy P November 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    All my relatives are aunts, nieces or granddaughters…I have one lone male cousin who would LOVE the eagle quilt (great design…except I also liked all your rejects too).

  87. Wendy November 15, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    I would make a guy quilt for my grandson. He will be graduating soon and will need a quilt when he goes to college.

  88. Pam November 16, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my teenage nephew’s high school graduation. Thanks for the inspiration and for the great giveaway!

  89. Ann Flower November 16, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    I like the eagle quilt. Would make it for my grandson Jayk. He is getting his Eagle South award.

  90. Chris November 16, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    That’s easy, my husband.

  91. Carol W November 16, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    A guy quilt would be for my husband.

  92. Judy November 16, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    I would make a guy quilt for my son. He does have the first quilt that I finished and now that I have been quilting for a while I would like to make him a bigger one.

  93. Nancysue November 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Definitely for my husband… he’s been so patient for my WIP 🙂 Love the eagle quilt 🙂

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