If you’re itching to play along with us on Scott’s Block Builder game, well, it’s time to sharpen those pencils. Or styluses. Or fingers, if you’re a tablet jockey. (Does anybody even use pencils anymore, besides Melissa, who also claims to have a potato masher from the 1930s?)
Block Builder is a simple game based on a random doodle, which you turn into a quilt block design, based on (your) whim and fancy. Our Scott Hansen creates the doodle, or starter block, as it’s properly known, and then it’s up to you to make something wonderful of it. (Click here to read Scott’s Block Builder 101 post, which really gives you the low-down.
doodle starter block, for Block Builder in our upcoming Winter issue:
Or go to page 13 of our Fall 2012 issue, where you can also see what some folks did with Scott’s previous
doodle starter block.
Choose some colors and give your design a name, and then send it off to us for consideration in our Winter 2012 issue, which hits the shops and newsstands in early November. Best of all, you might win a prize. A prize for a
doodle starter block. You gotta love that! Betcha nobody gives you anything for those scratchings you make during the staff meetings (except grief).
We love playing this game with quilty celebs, too. You just never know when we’ll toss some famous quilt book author a doodle to complete. And they dig right in! Just like we know some of you want to.
And while we’re on the subject of random inspiration, how many of you create a fab new block or quilt design from something you’ve seen in your daily life? We know one quilter who was mesmerized by the glazed donuts at her local grocery. (Not for eating. For their looks, all lined up and coated evenly with icing. Her next project had circular applique, natch.) And whole books have been written about quilts inspired by floor tiles. And teacher/author Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio admits to being inspired by bridges and the lines of highway underpasses.
But back to Block Builder. You can do this. You really can. The deadline is Sept. 25. Email your Block Builder creation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and who knows?
And just for grins, let’s have a little giveaway….Leave a comment telling us about something that has inspired you to design a block. We’ll pick one random commenter on Friday morning, and that person will win Maya Donenfeld’s inspiring new book, Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (Wiley, 2012). Here’s a little tease: