4 May



     I’m so please and honored to share my block with Quiltmaker Magazine and all of you.  KANSAS FORTUNE is a great block for your future quilts.  Positioning of the block can give you lots of really quite different looks.   I’m excited to be working on a pattern that puts KANSAS FORTUNE on point too.    Great block for just about any line or style of fabrics imaginable.

        Here are two more ideas for you!


   Post a comment on this blog  May 2-6, and be eligible to win your own copy of QUILTMAKER 100 BLOCKS VOLUME 3.     Or get your copy on the stands appearing by May 10.   Trust me, you’ll want to get your hands on another great bunch of sampler blocks.    Make sure and check out all the designers on the blog tour.  

            My boys, MICKY, RUSTY AND WYLIE say bye-bye and Joyful Stitching to all !!!



  1. Jamie May 5, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    What a neat block. The yellow colorway makes me think of Kansas sunflowers. I love the different samples that show how the block will look in different colors and settings.

  2. Diana May 5, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    This is such a versatile block. Love all the different layout options. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Julie May 5, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I like the layout that creates the cross in the middle. Congrats on being published and thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Chris May 5, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    This is a fun block and since I was born in Kansas I will enjoy it.

  5. Val May 5, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    What a stunning block.I think I like them all in the same direction.

  6. Karen S May 5, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Great block, and how interesting to see the different looks you can get using it. Congrats on having it included in the magazine!

  7. Chris May 5, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Great block! Congratulations on being in the 100!

  8. Colleen May 5, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    What a great block! Congrats!

  9. Donna Russ May 5, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    wow, I love the versitile of this block, Thanks for sharring your block and I sure hope I win one of these books.

  10. QuiltSue May 5, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    What a great block. It looks so different depending on how you set it.

  11. Martina May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    It is a great block! Congratulations!

  12. Mary Jo Jones May 5, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Kansas Fortune…love it! I like the way you can arrange the blocks for different quilts. Congrats on making it into the magazine!I am looking forward to getting the magazine and stitching up a storm!

  13. Sandi P. May 5, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Great block and so versatile. Thanks!

  14. Lisa Marie May 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I love that your block is asymmetrical. Makes it interesting to see what designs emerge when you turn the blocks different directions.

  15. Karyn Ashley-Smith May 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Changing the color and the layout really changes the feel of the block! Thank you!

  16. Deb May 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Congratulations on being in the 100 Blocks book. I’m enjoying the tour!

  17. Darlene B May 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I love the different layout options with this block – so versatile! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  18. Renea May 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Really a unique block. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Judy C in NC May 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Wonderful giveaway and a great opportunity with so many beautiful blocks represented. Love your block and one of those dogs sure does look like a Cairn – we have two. Judy C

  20. Madeline May 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    anyone who loves dogs as much as me has my vote

  21. Vidaquilts May 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Love this block design.

    • Penny Geer May 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      I really enjoy blocks with great secondary patterns, and this one is super!

  22. Mary Kastner May 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Very nice block. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine.

  23. lady b May 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    wow this block is just beautyful, it has so manydifferent ways you can put a quilt together . i just love you block thanks and congrats to you.

  24. Lyn May 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Really like your block, especially in the first setting. And your cairn, Wylie, is such a cutie! (I used to have an Australian terrier, and I’m partial to terriers…so much playfulness and spunk in such a small package!)

  25. Lee Ann L. May 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I am loving the red version of this block. Congrats on getting into the magazine. 🙂

  26. Dee May 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Hugs and Kisses to MICKY, RUSTY AND WYLIE, love the block and the various ways to set it! Thank you

  27. deb May 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Very different block design. I bet it will look awesome on point too.

  28. Mary W May 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    What a great block. I want this magazine. I hope I win, but if not will be sue to pick it up. So much inspiration.

  29. donna keating May 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Nice design.

  30. Rose May 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Really like your block, but love the name of your designs: In the doghouse…that is where I usually am if I spend to much time in the sewing room>

    • inthedoghousedesigns May 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi Rose!
      from In the Doghouse Designs (and yes, you know exactly how I got my name!)
      Congragulations! You are the winner of a Quiltmaker Volume 3. If you will
      email me your address, I’ll forward it to Quiltmaker so they can send you your prize
      Thank you for participating, joyful stitching to you!

      • Rose May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

        I wanted to make sure you got my e-mail with my address. I have not recieved my magazine yet and thought that maybe I had been spammed out. Or maybe they just haven’t sent any of the winners their prizes.

  31. Linda E in AZ May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Congrats on your Kansas Fortune block! Thanks for sharing the different settings with us.

  32. Mary C in WA May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Another Block that makes great secondary designs. Thansk for sharing. Been to Kansas and wanna go back. My son in in the Army there.

  33. Celeste May 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Looks like a fun block. Congratulations!

  34. MaryBeth May 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    cool block. thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Marie May 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Great block with lots of possibilities. Congrats.

  36. sandra May 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    LOVE the opertuniies with this BLOCK!

  37. annie May 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    congratulations on making the “cut”~a

  38. Cory May 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    This is a great design. Thank you for sharing it with us. Take care and God bless, Cory

  39. Stephanie Matz May 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    A really neat block . Can’t wait to try it! Love the dogs, too!

  40. Debora Williams May 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I love the movement of this block. The center of the yellow looks elevated in the picture.

  41. SewLindaAnn May 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Your block is wonderful and I love your design options. It’s so helpful to see things. It’s like a V8 moment!

  42. Gail McHardy May 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I love blocks that can be laid out in different ways to create a unique quilt!

  43. Glenna May 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Very versatile block

  44. Erin May 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    I really do love your block, especially the yellow! Very pretty!!

  45. Julie in WA May 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Your block makes me think of the faceted jewels block, except with some powerful ZING! The block creates appealing patterns when placed in different layouts! I love it!

  46. Carrie P. May 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Such a fascinating block. And what an interesting quilt it can create.

  47. Joyce May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Not sure what I like most, the block or the boys at the door!!! Only kidding, the block really has a lot of possibilities and nice that you were able to show us some of them!! Thanks and congratulations!

  48. Maryellen McAuliffe May 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Great block, and the layout makes it look 3d. Cool!

  49. Jeanne May 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Great block! Love the designs for quilts with it too. Congratulations on being in the magazine.

  50. Susan Wheatley May 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Amazing how different placement creates a whole different look! Good job!

  51. Joyce Mitchell May 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Great block. Thanks for the different layout suggestions. Congrats on being included in the 3rd 100 Blocks mag.

  52. Gail M. May 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Really nice. I love the different illusions when you set the blocks in a quilt.. Congratulations.

  53. Jennifer May 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I really like all the different quilts that could be made using this block. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the publication.

    jennhgray at gmail.com

  54. VickiT May 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Seeing how you’ve shown your block in the different configurations is such fun to see. I really love the last one shown. VERY cool. This is one of my favorites so far from the blog tour. Congratulations on being in Issue 3.

  55. WendyMT May 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Love the picture of your pets waiting at the door … very adorable! I really like your block as it’s combined with others … the layout possibilities are fun. Thank you for the opportunity and congrats on your inclusion in the 100 Blocks Magazine!

  56. Joanna May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I love your block in the first setting you show. It’s one of the blocks I’ve seen that I would really like to use in a quilt. Simple but makes a nice impact. Also, love that you have three dogs (all cuties), and let the rabbits have some space. Sweet.

  57. Sallie May 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    great block! Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. cyndy kryder May 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    I really like the contrast between the light and dark fabrics here. Great block. Thanks for sharing!

  59. Lou May 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Cool block! Love the dog pic too!

  60. Carol Sc May 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    There’s obviously a lot of “playing” possible with your block. It’s one of the things I find fascinating about quilting — how we each can add our own individual approach to using a block.

  61. Carol C. May 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    This is a great block, and so much fun to see how different it looks with all the different layout possibilities!! Congratulations on being in 100 Blocks Vol.3!!

  62. kathy h May 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Cute dogs in your doghouse. I like that you showed a few variations on how to set the blocks. Very nice.

  63. Dana May 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    I love the layout possibilities too, so great!

  64. Lynn M May 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Your block is great. And the picture of your furbabies is adorable. Love their names! Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Jennifer Padden May 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Wonderful design and great colors. Can I make one, too?

  66. Gill Watson May 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    What a versatile block – so many different ways to use it!

  67. Kate May 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Oh I do like this, I love to see that traditional blocks can be reworked and come out both modern and feeling vintage at the same time. On my list to try! Thanks!

  68. Jen May 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    That block sure has a lot of different layouts! Congrats on making it into the magazine! I would love to win a copy. I have Volume 2 and totally love it!

  69. Sherry Book May 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Love the name of your blog, the pics of your dogs, and your block Kansas Fortune…lots of possibilities putting on point, etc. Especially like the design that brings out a cross in the middle. Congratulations on getting your block in the magazine…can’t wait to see it in person!

  70. duff May 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    wow! your block is visually bold! I really like the secondary designs that come out–it has a Turkish feel to it!

  71. quiltcookie May 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    enjoy your work. thanks for a chance to win.

  72. Christie B May 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I like your block – and love the gold setting! Congrats on getting in Vol. 3! HUGS… and stitches

  73. Shirley in Canada May 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    I so see this block being done using a black somewhere!!! Thank you!!

  74. Cathy May 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Love your block and the layout. Congrats for being in the magazine. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  75. joanne May 6, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    What a great block it can be used in so many ways!

  76. Pat V. May 6, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Love the patterns this block creates in combination.

  77. Judy W May 6, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Great, graphic block. Amazing how different it can look in a variety of setting! Thanks and can’t wait to see the book!

  78. Kaye M. May 6, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Congrats on being in the Quiltmaker’s 100! Thanks for showing us lots of ways to use your block.

  79. Kris S May 6, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    What a cool block! It is so versatile in the layouts you showed. Nice job. Congratulations on being selected for the magazine, too!

  80. ~Kathleen May 6, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    I love your block and your puppies. They are adorable!

  81. Marge in Louisiana May 6, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Congratulations on making the magazine.
    Your block has a lot of different layouts which makes it versatile and more interesting.

  82. Sheri May 6, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    I love blocks that make so many different designs when put together in different order. Great block!

  83. Linda in PA May 6, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    I like your block. The yellow is really pretty. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  84. candace May 6, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    thanks for the chance to win a copy:D can hardly wait to get my hands on one and read it…so many great looking blocks!

  85. Quilter Kathy May 6, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    I love all the variations for layouts with this block!

  86. Cecilia May 6, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Great block. I love the different designs you can make with it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. Carol C May 6, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    Lovely block. thanks for providing the different setting options to show its versatility. Congrats on being chosen for the magazine.

  88. Billie K May 6, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    I like the last one the best and am in love with your puppies.

  89. sandra May 6, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Very nice block. Congratulations on being chosen. Your work is very beautiful.

  90. Janet May 6, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    Oh my your animals are cute! Love your block too.

  91. Tammy Hempel May 6, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    This block is really neat!! I like the block!! Keep up the good work and congratulations on making the magazine!

  92. Christy May 6, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    I love the movement of your block. It reminds me of one of those optical illusions where you see something different every time you look at it.

  93. Nancy B from Many LA May 6, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    I really like your block – and all the different placements!

  94. Cindy W May 6, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Very interesting block. Like the colors you used. Your puppies are cute. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.

  95. wordygirl May 6, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Great block…and great blog name! I think I’d feel right at home at your house, since we have five of our own. 🙂

  96. amy dame May 6, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    wow! your block is stunning in the last example! and i have an intense dislike of that mustard colour, so that means i REALLY like it, if i was able to look past the colour!

  97. Marlene May 6, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Fun block, congrats on making it into v.3

  98. Evelene Sterling May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    It is a great block and the different ways to use it in a quilt give it so many possibilities. Congratulations on being in the magazine and thanks for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  99. KT May 6, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Love seeing all the different layout options–I really like the last one!

  100. Jillquilts May 6, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Great block! And love the picture of the pups! 🙂

  101. Jeanne Bishop May 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    What a versatile block. I enjoyed the setting ideas!

  102. Deserae Fiedler May 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I like your block because it is different from most of the other blocks. Very creative.

  103. Mary May 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Your block makes a very striking quilt. Congratulaitons on being included in the magazine.

  104. Terri May 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Great block. Thanks for the layout ideas – love the secondary designs this block can create.

  105. kwiltnkats May 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    How cute are your dogs! Must be something very exciting on the otherside of that threshhold to have them so riveted. Kansas Fortune and your first layout had me thinking of gold nuggets. Sandi

  106. JoAn GODFREY May 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    great block with lots of possibilities. i can’t wait to get this magazine.

  107. Dana May 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Great block, I love the way you can make so many different looks from it. Thank you.

  108. Subee Mohr May 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Beautiful quilts. I really like the colors.
    Pick me!

  109. Patty May 7, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Congratulations on a neat block. Love the picture of the pups.

  110. Debbie in WA May 7, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Fantastic layout possibilities with this block.
    Cute pups.
    Thanks for sharing.

  111. Annmarie May 7, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Great block – very versatile – love all the variations.

  112. jil May 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Dazzling design..lots of potential for fun with this block. The central cross is a powerful focal point, but the diagonal chains are equally dynamic. It’s a great block, congratulations!

  113. Nancy Sue May 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I love the one layout that makes a cross in the middle. Sooooo many possiblities! Congrats on your blog being chosen for the magazine!!

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